Carolina Law: A Sesquicentennial History

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of UNC School of Law, the North Carolina Law Review produced a special issue in 1995, The University of North Carolina School of Law: A Sesquicentennial History, 73 N.C. L. Rev. 563 (1995). This special issue covers UNC School of Law’s history from the founding in 1845 to its 150th year in 1995. Many of the authors of the articles are important figures in the law school’s development and history. For example, Albert Coates, the founder of the UNC School of Government, discusses the school during and after World War II, describing student and faculty activity, as well as changes to the law school curriculum. William Aycock, former Dean of the Law School and Chancellor of the University, describes the school during the Vietnam War, as well as the deanships of Judge James Dickson Phillips, Jr. and Robert Byrd. Professor Judith Wegner, former dean of the law school, writes about the school under Kenneth Broun and Ronald Link. Finally, S. Elizabeth Gibson discusses the law school under Professor Wegner, who was the dean at the time of publication of the special issue. There are other articles describing the evolution of the modern law school, including an article discussing African American and other minority students and alumni, as well as an article discussing women at UNC Law. There are articles describing changes in the UNC Law Library, academic programs like the clinics, and student organizations. This collection of articles provides readers with a look into the growth and development of the institution, as well as the lives of prominent figures that played a role in the UNC Law community and the legal community in North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Dedication by Martin H. Brinkley


A. Observations and Overview by Judith Welch Wegner

B. A Wonderful Journey: 1945-95 by William Brantley Aycock

C. Prophets in Reverse by Martin H. Brinkley

The University of North Carolina School of Law in the Modern Era

A. The War and the Postwar Era: 1945-64

The War Years: The Deanship of Robert Hasley Wettach (1941-1949) by Albert Coates

The Postwar Years: The Deanship of Henry Brandis, Jr. (1949-64) by Albert Coates

B. An Era of Expansion and Turbulence: 1964-79

The Vietnam Era: The Deanship of James Dickson Phillips, Jr. (1964-74) by William Brantley Aycock

An Evolving Institution: The Deanship of Robert G. Byrd (1974-79) by William Brantley Aycock

C. An Era of Transformation: 1979-89

The Modern Law School Comes of Age: The Deanship of Kenneth S. Broun (1979-87) by Judith Welch Wegner

A Time of Transition: The Deanship of Ronald C. Link by Judith Welch Wegner

D. Preserving and Enhancing a Legacy of Excellence in Challenging Times (1989- ): The Deanship of Judith Welch Wegner by S. Elizabeth Gibson

The Evolution of the Modern Law School: Crucial Trends that Bridge Past and Future

A. People

African-American and Other Minority Law Students and Alumni by Charles E. Daye

Women at UNC and in the Practice of Law by Laura N. Gasaway and Judith Welch Wegner

B. Academic Programs

The Changing Course of Study: Sesquicentennial Reflections by Judith Welch Wegner

Clinical Legal Education by Richard A. Rosen

C. The UNC Law Library: 1945-95 by Martha B. Barefoot

D. Student Organizations and Their Evolving Impact on the School of Law

The North Carolina Law Review at Threescore and Ten by Martin H. Brinkley

The North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation and International Course Offerings by Jerry W. Markham

The Holderness Moot Court Bench by Tracy Hamrick Davis

Student Organizations: 1945-95 by Winston B. Crisp

E. Law Alumni Service to the Public and the Law School

Lawyers Talking: UNC Law Graduates and Their Service to the State By Walter Bennett and Judith Welch Wegner

The History of the UNC Law Alumni Association and Law Foundation, Inc. by Todd T. Lindsley