Date of Birth: 1889Date of Death: 1967
He became assistant professor of law at the University of Illinois in 1919-1920, then left to join the law faculty at the University of Michigan. He was the youngest full professor on the law school faculty of that time. In 1931, he became editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review .
Shartel's interests included jurisprudence, constitutional law, and personal-property law. In the 1947-1948 academic year, he gave one of the first Thomas M. Cooley Lectures on the topic of "Our Legal System and How It Operates." His publications include the books, The Law of Medical Practice (1959; with Marcus L. Plant) and Readings in Legal Method (1959 and 1962; with B. J. George).
In the early 1940s Shartel's research interests included the functions of German civil law under the National Socialist Government. In 1951 the Department of State appointed him to lecture to members of the German bar on the American legal system. He served three times as guest lecturer at the University of Heidelberg, which conferred an honorary Juris Doctor degree on him in 1953.
In 1958, at the age of seventy, he retired from the law school faculty, becoming professor emeritus of law, and accepted a Robert Merton guest professorship at the law school of the University of Munich. When he returned to the United States in 1959, he became professor at California Western University College of Law in San Diego. He died in California in 1967.
Papers (Finding Aids)
Board of Regents Memoir
"Burke Shartel: Memoir" Proceedings of the Board of Regents (1954-1957). 1023.
Memorials & Tributes:
Memorial Resolution by Law School Faculty. "Burke Shartel" 66 Mich. L. Rev. 1089 (1967-1968).
Law Quadrangle Notes Articles
"A Memorial Scholarship for German Students," 12 L. Quadrangle Notes 15-16 (Fall, 1968).
"Cooper, Three Emeritus Professors Pass Away," 12 L. Quadrangle Notes 2-5 (Spring, 1968).
"Shartel and Simes Announce Retirement Plans," 2 L. Quadrangle Notes 1 (Spring, 1958).