"During four years at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, I acquired
two law degrees
and made two of the best decisions of my life: I became engaged
married and I applied to the UC Law School to attend on a scholarship
programme then funded by the Ford Foundation. Those decisions
stood the test of time for over forty years which have seen many
In 1960 I travelled by scheduled transatlantic liner from my home
port of Liverpool to Montreal and then by train to Chicago. The
shock was considerable - even though I spoke roughly the same
For the first time I learned what work was, the way of life was
different, and then the winter came!
There was a large element of lucky chance about that second decision.
knew nothing of the real eminence and qualities of the Law School,
the event it definitely made me a much better lawyer. I learnt
every proposition from first principles, and to think the unthinkable
allternative. I suspect these are characteristics of all our Law
graduates, and that they can make us uncomfortable colleagues
lawyers. There was great teaching, and Soia Mentshikoff had one
of the two
most penetrating legal minds I have encountered. But the great
of the program (by now I could write and speak American) was that
within the standard JD curriculum with the US students, and not
graduate program for foreigners. Despite having to tramp the snow
Midway from International House for 8.30 classes I wouldn't have
for the world."
I trust I have spelt Soia's surname correctly from memory - obviously
will correct it if I've got it wrong. I need hardly point out
divergent spellings 'programme/program are deliberate !
Take care and remember me to all at the Law School. I have made
of when I was a member of the faculty, because I assumed it was
days in which you were primarily interested... but like any lawyer
always expand on my brevity.
*David* *Marshall* *Evans*
*Designated* *Civil* *Judge,* *Liverpool* *Group*