Wednesday, March 14, 2007

J. Howard Marshall: Law Prof

Thanks to Gerry Beyer's link, I now learn that J. Howard Marshall was, apparently, not a wills and estates prof at Yale in the early 1930s--as had been widely reported. Beyer links to a report from the librarians at the University of San Fransisco Law School about what Marshall actually did teach:

[I]n the 1931-1932 academic year he taught "Business Units II (Management)", "Procedure II (Code Pleading)", and two honors and graduate courses entitled "Problems in Business Unites II (Management)" and "Some Legal and Business Aspects of Origination and Syndication". In the only other year he taught (1932-1933) he is listed as teaching "Procedure I", "Business Units I (Losses)", "Taxation", "Business Units II (Management)", and two "Seminars in Business Units": "I (Losses)" and "III (Finance)".
Wow; that be a lot of teaching, as we say around here--and new preps, no less. Guess he's one of Jeff Harrison's heroes.

Now, here's something else that's surprising--indeed, astonishing. Marshall and William O. Doulgas co-authored an article together, "A Factual Study of Bankruptcy Administration and Some Suggestions" in the Columbia Law Review in 1932. So Anna Nicole Smith and Justice Douglas are connected in an unexpected way. Just further evidence, as Ralph Ellison said, of the unexpected outdoing itself in its power to surprise. Reminds me of a story that Bruce Kuklick told about Holmes--he knew both John Quincy Adams and Alger Hiss. What lives!


Blogger Too much thinking said...

If that was not unusal for that period -- something I do not know -- no hero status for just doing the job. What is remarkable is how stressed out our comtemporaries get with a 9 hr. or less teaching load and very rare new prep. Is there and unhero category?

3/15/2007 3:30 PM  

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