Law: Juristic Elders

In March 1922, William Draper Lewis, longtime (1896-1914) dean of the University of Pennsylvania's Law School, called on the late great Elihu Root with a plan which he and Harvard's Joseph Henry Beale had discussed for years: the establishment of a law clinic charged with the monumental task of restating the principles of law. By February 1923 wise old Mr. Root had vitalized the idea, secured from the Carnegie Corp. an initial $1,000,000 appropriation to organize the American Law Institute. He became its first president. Professor Lewis its director. To Benjamin Nathan...

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