Arthur O. Kane (1939)  

Recollections of The Law School

In mid-September 1936, I entered the Law School. It was my senior year in the College. The school was housed in the old Gothic structure in the South Courtyard of the Quadrangles.

Wilber Katz was the dean. Sheldon Tefft the Assistant Dean. On the faculty, in addition, were Harry Bigelow, George Bogert, Malcolm Sharp, Mortimer Adler, Charles Gregory, Kenneth Sears, James Moore, Paul Cleveland, Max Reinstein and other notables.

I was in Ed Levi’s first class “Legal Methods.” The courses had simple titles; Corporations, Constitutional Law, Agency, Torts, Real Property, Evidence, Trusts to name a few.

The basement was the place for cards, ping-pong, lockers and discussions with fellow students; and friends made, some for life.

It was a period of transition in life, a passing from youth to maturity and hopefully, to professionalism and achievement.

Those three years were perhaps the most formative of my life. They served to cement my contact with the university, and particularly, the Law School. They were in great part responsible for whatever I have attained in life.