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Laylin K. James

Laylin K. James taught at the University of Michigan Law School, 1929-1967.

Date of Birth: 1893
Date of Death:  1967


Laylin 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).

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