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John E. Tracy

John E. Tracy taught at the University of Michigan Law School, 1930-1956.

Date of Birth: 1880
Date of Death: 1960


John E. Tracy, professor emeritus of law at The University of Michigan, died December 21 1969 after an illness of two months. He was 79.

Professor Tracy practiced law for more than a quarter century in Michigan, New York City, and Chicago before joining the Law School faculty in 1930. He retired in 1950.

Among his books are The Successful Practice of Law (1947), The Doctor as a Witness (1957), and Stories of Famous Trials, the manuscript for which was completed for publication just before his illness.  He was the author of various other books and articles on law and legal practice, and was an occasional contributor to the Michigan Alumnus Quarterly Review.

"Professor Tracy had a rare gift for bringing the practicalities of the law into the classroom and into his personal consultations with students," Dean E. B. Stason has commented. "He performed invaluable service in his advice to young attorneys embarking upon legal careers."

Tracy received his A.B. degree from Maryville College, in Tennessee, in 1901, studied law at the University of Wisconsin, 1901-03, and was admitted to the Bar in 1904. He practiced law in Menominee and Marquette, Mich., New York and Chicago during the period 1904-30. He was honored by the Michigan State Bar in 1957 for 50 years' service to the profession.

-- From the University of Michigan Law School's Law Quadrangle Notes, V. 04, Iss. 01 (January 1960).


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