Date of Birth: 1893 Date of Death: 1967
BiographyLaylin James, a member of the Law School's faculty for thirty-three years, died at Alpena, Michigan, on November 29, 1967, at the age of 74. He was a graduate of the Law School, receiving his J.D. degree in 1923, and joining the faculty six years later.
In his course in Corporate Organization the students worked with documents and materials drawn largely from the files of leading law offices and governmental agencies. He made effective use of the "problem method" of instruction in the course, long before there was a general recognition of the merits of that technique of law teaching.
In the classroom James was a vibrant and dynamic teacher. He aroused and excited his students, offered and invited intellectual challenge, engaged in animated debate, and encourage an attitude of healthy skepticism.
-- From the University of Michigan Law School's Law Quadrangle Notes, V. 12, Iss. 02 (Spring 1968).
Board of Regents Memoir
"Laylin Knox James: Memoir" Proceedings of the Board of Regents (1954-1957). 71-72.
Memorials & Tributes:
Memorial Resolution by Law School Faculty "Laylin Knox James" 66 Mich. L. Rev. 611 (1967-1968).
Law Quadrangle Notes Articles
"Cooper, Three Emeritus Professors Pass Away," 12 L. Quadrangle Notes 2-5 (Spring, 1968).
"Professors Blume, James Begin Retirement," 6 L. Quadrangle Notes 2 (August, 1962).