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Law School (University of Michigan) records, 1852-2010

121 linear feet — 1 oversize volume — 4 oversize folders — 2 folders — 1 drawings (outsize; roll of architectural drawings and blueprints) — 2.1 GB (online) — 11 digital audio files — 1 digital video file

Records of the Law School document the evolution of legal education at the University of Michigan as well as tenures of various deans and faculty. Documentation includes historical and class files; student organizations and activities; planning and construction of Law School buildings; information on William W. Cook and his bequest; topical files; deans' correspondence; reports and minutes. Also included are materials related to the Thomas M Cooley and William W. Cook lecture series and portraits of faculty and students, photographs of activities of the Judge Advocate General's School held at the Law School during World War II, the construction of the Law Quadrangle and Law Library addition, and student activities.

The Law School Records begin in 1852 and span the years through the end of the twentieth century. The records document the history of legal education at the University of Michigan, the administration of the Law School, and the lives of some of the scholars who have studied and taught there.

The physical arrangement of the records reflects the various accessions of material that have been received from the Law School over the years. This finding aid is structured to reflect the intellectual organization of the records - continuing series and like materials have been brought together regardless of when the records were transferred to the library. The Summary Contents List provides and overview of the organization of the records.

There are eight major series in the record group: Historical and Class Files (1865-1974); Deans of the Law School (1852-1999); Faculty Files (1859-1994); Student Files (1894-1996); Law Quadrangle and William W. Cook, (1919-1938); Law School Lecture Series; Committee of Visitors and Audio/Visual Materials.


Deans of the Law School, 1852-1999


The Deans of the Law School series represents the central administrative files of the Dean's office and several top administrators. The series is divided into nine subseries:, Deans' Files, 1852-1975; Francis Allen; Theodore St. Antoine; Terrence Sandalow; Lee Bollinger; Administrators; Committees; Programs and Projects; and Topical Files. The files include correspondence, topical files, reports, and memos to the faculty.


Legal Assistance for Urban Communities (LAUC)


Legal Assistance for Urban Communities program served as a legal resource for non-profit organizations in and around Detroit. The staff and students provided services relating to incorporation and taxation, as well as counsel relating to legal cases. The LAUC files--retained in their original order--are arranged by name of client. They contain correspondence, memoranda, research materials, and reports and legal documents produced by students. Clients represented here include Alternatives for Girls, Cass Community Non-Profit Housing Corporation, Lawrence-Loves-Linwood and Dexter Development Organization, and Weatherization and Retrofit Maintenance (WARM) Construction.