Energetic and receptive, Charles Donahue belies the midwesterner's stereotype of a New Yorker with a Harvard B..A. and a Yale LL.B.
Suspendered and pipe-puffing, this new assistant professor is an engaging medievalist interested in urban planning and regulated industries. These dual interests of history and economics account for his teaching repertoire of a seminar on law, history and society on the Continent between 1100-1600 A.D., the first year Property course, and Regulated Industries.
Before coming to Ann Arbor, he spent a year as Assistant General Counsel of the President's Commission on Postal Organization, in which post he was involved with such matters as the economics of postal ratemaking and the prospects for the Post Office if it becomes a corporation.
After graduating in 1965 from Yale Law School, where he was Article and Book Review Editor of the Yale Law Journal, Donahue went to work for the Secretary of the Air Force in the General Counsel's office.
This fall Donahue was instrumental in providing to the Law School faculty a legal memorandum on the invalidity of Selective Service Local Board Memorandum No. 87, which denies the statutory right of a student who has not had a II-S undergraduate deferment since June 30, 1967 to receive a I-S deferment to permit him to finish out the school year. As a result of Donahue's efforts a letter was sent to national and local newspapers and to the Michigan Congressional delegation.
He enjoys the quality of Ann Arbor professional and student theatre and likes to scout around Detroit for good Greek delicatessens. Both these interests derive from his undergraduate days when he produced and acted in plays and majored in Greek and English. For diversion at Yale he directed a choral group of Gregorian chanters, a pastime now sadly subverted by the recent changes in the language of the Roman liturgy.
-- From the University of Michigan Law School's Law Quadrangle Notes, V. 12, Iss. 04 (Fall 1968).
Donahue left Michigan Law to accept a position at Harvard Law School.
Law Quadrangle Notes Articles
"Prof. Charles Donahue Leaves law School," 24 L. Quadrangle Notes 8 (Winter, 1980).