The work of the Law School Society for the year 1922-1923 has been similar to that in previous years. As has been customary, a representative of the society was present in Phillips Brooks House for the week preceding the opening of Law School in order to meet the incoming law men who were unacquainted with the school and give them such information as they desired concerning the procedure of registration, location of law buildings, possible rooming places, and so forth in the hopes of making them feel more at home here. At this time a leaflet was given out describing briefly the work of the society and announcing the opening meeting.
As soon as school opened there was as usual a large demand for case books. Although the Loan Library had been added to last spring by contributions of used books, it was still not sufficient for the students' wants. In order to do the greatest good to the greatest numbers, an effort was first made to distinguish the applicants really in need of this help and then three books were allowed to each of these. A nominal fee of 25 cents is charged for the year's use of a book and an added 25 cents is required as a deposit.
The opening reception to new students which was held on the evening of October 2d, attracted a large crowd. The faculty speakers were Professor Joseph H. Beale and Professor Calvont Magruder, both of whom gave the men an idea of what the studies in the school were like and how to undertake them. The student speakers were James M. Nicely, president of the Law Review and chairman of the society, who described the history and work of the Law Review and explained the opportunities of the school from a student's point of view; John E. Tarrant, president of the Legal Aid Bureau, who outlined the work of the organization; and the secretary, who stated the purposes of the society. Dean Pound had been unable to arrive in time for the speeches but gave an informal talk in the parlor during refreshments.
In the fall a campaign for contributions to the society was carried on through correspondence and with the help of the supervisors of the law clubs, $395 was collected.
The Sunday night talks have been continued. On October 22d J. Weston Allen, Attorney General of Massachusetts, spoke on opportunities for public service; on November 5th, Mr. William L. Marbury, of Baltimore, spoke on the practical side of the law and the ideals of the profession; on November 19th Mr. Henry F. Hurlburt, president of the Boston Bar Association, spoke on the trial of cases; on December 10th Mr. Henry H. Pierce, partner in the firm of Sullivan and Cromwell, spoke on work in the large New York offices; on January 14th, Judge Learned Hand of the U. S. District Court, gave some practical hints from the judge's side of the case; and on February 11th Mr. Herbert Parker, ex-Attorney General of Massachusetts, spoke on some experiences as a public prosecutor.
Legal Aid Bureau Handles 115 Cases
The Legal Aid Bureau had difficulties to contend with in getting under way this year. Very few men remained from the previous year, many graduating and some going to the Law Review. Therefore the Bureau was composed almost entirely of second and third-year men with no previous experience in the work. Furthermore it took some time for clients to learn that the Bureau was again holding office hours after the six months since the previous March that the Bureau had been closed. However, the men went to work with excellent spirit and have done much to help extend justice to those who cannot afford to buy it. One hundred and fifteen cases have been handled at the Cambridge office. Also six men have been sent to the Boston Legal Aid Society to aid in the work there.
At least since the war the Legal Aid Bureau has been very loosely organized, with little esprit de corps. Mr. John E. Tarrant, the president this year, has done much to bring the organization closer together. It is hoped this will be continued. To aid this it is suggested that some of the funds of the society be devoted to supplying the offices of the Bureau in Austin Hall with books and equipment so that the members may use that office in working up their cases. This it is believed will result in a feeling of unity and better work.
Respectfully submitted. LEEDS A. WHEELER. Secretary Law School Society.