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IN MEMORIAM

A. LEON GREEN

A. Leon Green, professor emeritus of law, died on June 15, 1979, in Austin. He was 91. Burial was at Austin Memorial Park.

Professor Green was born on March 31, 1888, in Oakland, Louisiana. He earned his bachelor's degree from Ouachita College in 1908. He earned his law degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1915. His teaching career took him to Yale University in 1927, where he taught until he accepted the deanship of the law school at Northwestern University in 1929. During his 1929-47 tenure at Northwestern, Professor Green rebuilt the law school program, transforming it into one of the strongest in the nation in the 1930s and 1940s. He also taught John Paul Stevens and Arthur Goldberg, both of whom would later be appointed to the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Green taught at The University of Texas School of Law for a total of 38 years. He first became a member of the faculty at the University in 1915, teaching until 1918. He returned to teach at UT Austin until 1929, and again from 1947 to 1977. Professor Green gained the reputation for teaching more different courses and introducing more casebooks into the law school curriculum than any other teacher in the history of the school. His other accomplishments included creating first-rate courses on Texas procedures and originating the idea for the Texas Law Review, the oldest law journal in the Southwest, which continues to be published by the law school. At UT Austin, he also trained another future justice of the United States Supreme Court, Tom C. Clark.

Recognized universally as a distinguished scholar, Professor Green published numerous legal studies. His major works included Rationale of Proximate Cause, Judge and Jury, and Traffic Victims: Tort Law and Insurance. Professor Green also gave many lectures throughout the United States, including the Harry Shulman Memorial Lecture at Yale and Rosenthal Lectures at Northwestern.

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John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty

Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November 17, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center and the New Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association, 1996.

The UT Law Library Archives has addtional materials at http://www.law.utexas.edu/rare/archives.htm