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John W. Reed

John W. Reed joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 1949.

Date of Birth: 1918

Date of Death: 2018

 John W. Reed from ICLE website


John Reed is Thomas M. Cooley Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Michigan Law School. In addition to his decades of service on the Michigan faculty, during which he was repeatedly honored by his students for teaching excellence, Professor Reed has served as dean at the University of Colorado Law School and, in retirement, at Wayne State University School of Law. His visiting appointments have included Harvard, Yale, Chicago, and NYU, among others. He has maintained close contact with courts and the practicing bar in such fields as evidence rules, judicial selection, bar examinations, and continuing education for both lawyers and judges; and he has received distinguished service awards from the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Association of Continuing Legal Education Administrators, and the State Bar of Michigan. He is an Academic Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and serves as its administrative director and editor. Reed's law degrees are from Cornell and Columbia.

See also Professor John Reed's Res Gestae interviews here, here and here.

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Class Notes

Oral History: Law School (University of Michigan) oral history interviews, 1988-2002.

Board of Regents Memoir

*   "John W. Reed: Memoir" Proceedings of the Board of Regents (1954-1957). 308-309.

Memorials & Tributes:

*   Anderson, Austin G. "John W. Reed" 85 Mich. L. Rev. 1501 (1986-1987)

*    Hillman, Douglas W. "John W. Reed", 85 Mich. L. Rev. 1489 (1986-1987).

*    McKeachie, Wilbert J. "John W. Reed", 85 Mich. L. Rev. 1504 (1986-1987).

*    Robinson, James, K. "John W. Reed", 85 Mich. L. Rev. 1492 (1986-1987).

*    Robinson, James, K. "'To Teach Law in the Grand Manner'--A Tribute to Dean John Wesley Reed", 38 Wayne L. Rev. 1687 (1991-1992).

*    St. Antoine, Theodore J. "John W. Reed and the High Style", 85 Mich. L. Rev. 1496 (1986-1987).

Law Quadrangle Notes Articles

*    "Professor John Reed: Students keep your teaching fresh," 40 L. Quadrangle Notes 34-35 (Spring, 1997).

*    "Reed to head Wayne State L.S.," 31 L. Quadrangle Notes 6 (Winter, 1987).

*    "Kudos all around," 29 L. Quadrangle Notes 11 (Winter, 1985).

*    "Distinguished faculty named to chairs," 29 L. Quadrangle Notes 13-14 (Winter, 1985).

*    "Reed is recipient of Tweed Award," 28 L. Quadrangle Notes 10 (Winter, 1984).

*    "Reed to Return as Director of I.C.L.E.," 12 L. Quadrangle Notes 2 (Spring, 1968).

*    "John Reed Named Dean Of Colorado Law School," 3 L. Quadrangle Notes 8 (August, 1964).


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