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A B., LL.B., 1931, University of Texas; S.J I).. 1936. Il.irvaid University. Professor of Law sincr 1939 Assistant Dean, University of Texas. 1940-42. Ori leave 1942-45 as Chief Counsel and Price Kxeentise of Petroleum Branch of O.P.A. and as Assistant Chief Counsel of Petroleum Administration for War. Washington. DC. Detn. University of Dkla-School, 1940-49. Dr .in. University of Texas I-aw School since IMft Member. Texas. American. Oklahoma Bar Associations, ami Judicial Council of OklalwNiia Co-editor erf Seasry. Keeton, and Thurston, tarsej on Torts; editor. Cases on Fraud and Mistake Puhlislied articles in several law reviews. Subject; Torts
UNIVERSITY Ol I The School of Law
Austin 12, Texas
Ofitt of th D«an
May. 19 6
Letter to the Law Student a:
A great law school require aa a minimum a hard-working st .dent body and a capable, energetic faculty working together In a cooperative manner, with such mutual trust, confidence and reaped aa to create a stimulating intellectual atmosphere for both faculty and students •l‘ke a substantial percentage of the atudenta in any law achool are habitually unprepared, are abaent from classes frequently without good reason, and in general are seeking to do only what is absolutely necessary in order to graduate, then the label of greatness can never be properly applied to that school. Likewise, If a substantial percentage of the faculty become satisfied with past accomplishments, show a lack of interest in and concern about the students and their intellectual development, and conduct themselves in such an unfair manner as to lose the respect and confidence of right-thinking students, mediocrity is inevitable.
The increasing demand for admission to this Law School makes it imperative that everything reasonably possible be done to limit the privileges of legal training here to those who are conscientious and intellectually curious. Moreover, the increasing financial support, not yet sufficient, makes it more nearly possible to assure a high level performance from the faculty.
I have every reason to believe, therefore, that those of you who graduate hereafter will be justified in feeling a sente of pride and accomplishment and that the caliber of legal service in this state will be materially improved.
Sincerely, Page Keeton
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DR. HUBERT WINSTON SMITH
Dr. Smith has achieved an education which few men can equal. After graduation from the University of Texas in 1927 with an A B degree he proceeded to Harvard Law School from which he received an LL.B in 1930. After six years of law practice, first as an associate of the law firm of Thompson. Knight. Baker, and Harris in Dallas, and later as a member of his own firm, he carried out an aspiration conceived in Law School of some day studying medicine with the plan of working on possible integrations of law and science. He studied for two years at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and finished his medical education at Harvard in 1941. Subsequently he was appointed as a Research Fellow of Rockefeller Foundation and accepted an appointment as an Associate in Legal-Medical Research on the faculties of Harv ard Law School and Harvard Medical School.
On leave of absence from Harvard in late 1943, Dr. Smith served in the Medical Corps of the USNR and was assigned to duty in the Legal Medicine Branch of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington. D.C. After the war he served on the faculties of the University of Illinois and Tulane University until his acceptance of a professorship in 1952 at the University of Texas School of law as Professor of Law and largal Medicine and Director of the newly created Law Science Institute. He is also a member of the Faculty at the Medical Branch in Galveston. In addition to teaching courses in I.cgal Medicine and Evidence, he conducts a seminar in the Law-Science area. Dr. Smith has written many articles which have been published on various aspects of thie Science of Proof and of I.egal Medicine. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.
and has been Editor and Contributing Author in several National Symposia devoted to Law-Scicncc Problems.
The Legal Medicine Short Courses on "Legal Medicine and Elements of Medicolegal Litigation" involve the use of a distinguished teaching staff made up of as many as fifty to seventy-five medical specialists and trial lawyers. It is estimated that today eighty percent of civil actions involve personal injuries and trial lawyers have l ecome increasingly concerned with obtaining instruction in the related fundamentals of medical science and medicolegal trial technique. Lawyers from every State in the Union have attended tlx- Short Course which involves from seventy to eighty-five hours of intensive instruction and constant experimentation with new post-graduate teaching techniques.
Dr. Smith has said that “only science can explain human Ix-havior and only law can regulate it and therein lies the basis of a necessary and enduring partnership.'- Today law schools throughout the country are endeavoring to launch' Law-Scicncc programs similar to that now functioning at the University of Texas Law School.
Dr. Smith lias received various honors and recognitions; among these has been his recent election as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in recognition of his contributions to the field of Scientific Proof.
In view of his tireless devotion to Law-Science ideals, and his energy in bringing its contributions to akl of the judicial process, to trial lawyers, and to undergraduate students, it is with deep pride that the staff of the 1956 Pcrcgrinus dedicates this yearbook to him.
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THOMAS J. GIBSON, III
Assistant Dean—Spring Semester
B.A. 1939, LL.B. 1948. University of Texas. Assistant Professor ami Associate Librarian, University of Texas School of Law 1954-56. Admitted to practice, Texas 1948. Texas State Librarian. 1952-54. Instructor, University of Texas Law School, 1950-51. Member, Texas Bar Association. U. S. Navy, 1941-46. Subjects: Legal Bibliography.
JACK PROCTOR Assistant Dean—Fall Semester
B.A. 1948, LL.B. 1949, University of Texas. Admitted to practice in Texas, 19-49. Practiced with Paul Bandy firm. 1949-50. in Wichita Falls. Appointed Administrative Assistant to Dean, University of Texas Law School, 1950; Executive Assistant to the Dean, 1952. Member of Texas State Bar.
EDWARD WELDON BAILEY Professor of Law
B.A. 1920, LL.B. 1928, University of Texas. S.J.D. 1942. Harvard University. Admitted to practice, Texas, 1928. Practiced with Callaway 6c Reed, Dallas, Texas. 1928-30. Associate Professor of Law, University of Texas, 1930-36; Professor of Law since 1936. Subjects: Private Corporations, Trusts, Future Interests, Wills.
LEO C. BLACKSTOCK Professor of Law
B.A. 1923, M.B.A. 1925, LL.B. 1933. University of Texas. Admitted to practice, Texas, 1933. U. S. Supreme Court. 1952; U. S. Court of Military Appeals, 1955. Chief Examiner, Cas Utilities Division, Railroad Commission of Texas, 1937-38. Head, Business Administration Department, Trinity University, 1924-25, and Sam Houston State Teachers College, 1925-27; ProfcsiOr of Business Law, University of Texas since 1927; Visiting Professor of Military Law, University of Texas School of Law since 1953. Member, Travis County Bar Association. Col. JAGC, 1940-46. Subjects: Military Law, Legal Accounting.
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