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The second annual report of the Harvard Law School association has just been made public by the council. According to this report the association now numbers 816 members. representing thirty-eight states and territories of the United States and Dominion of Canada. The membership roll comprises the names of about one-fourth of the whole number (3218) of former students of the Harvard Law School known to be living, and includes representatives from the class of 1830, 1831, 1833, 1835 and from every succeeding class from 1838 to the present time. Since the organization of the association in 1886, twenty-three members have died, and fifteen members have resigned. The increase in membership since July 1, 1888, is 200.

The association held its second annual meeting in Cambridge, June 26, 1888. An oration was delivered in Sanders Theatre by the Hon. Daniel H. Chamberlain, '65, of New York, followed by a dinner in Massachusetts Hall, which was attended by about 150 members and guests of the association. At that meeting Charles C. Beaman, '65, of New York, a member of the association gave $500 to the association to enable it to offer during the next five years an annual prize of $100 for the best essay to be written by some member of the law school. The prize of $100 offered by the association in 1888 was awarded to Samuel Williston, LL. B., '88, of Cambridge, for an essay on "The History of the Law of Business Corporations Prior to the Year 1800." The gift of $1000 from ten members of the association to the law school, made at the close of 1887, for the purpose of increasing the instruction in constitutional law during the academic year of 1888-89, has been applied to that purpose by increasing such instruction, given by Professor James B. Thayer, from one to two hours a week. The council has voted to give the school $1000 for the same purpose for the academic year of 1889-90.

During the past year the catalogue of officers and students of the Harvard Law School from 1817 to 1887 inclusive was published, and a copy was sent to every member of the association. Since its publication so much additional information concerning former members of the school has been received that the work of preparing a new edition has already been begun. The association is in a flourishing condition, and during the past two years has accomplished much.

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