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Spencer L. Kimball

Spencer L. Kimball taught at the University of Michigan Law School, 1957-1968.

Date of Birth: 1918



Professor Spencer L. Kimball received the B.Sc. degree (1940) from the University of Arizona and attended the University of Colorado (1933-44) and University of Utah (1946-47). In 1949 he received his B.C.L. from Oxford University, England.

In 1949 also he joined the law faculty at the University of Utah and was Dean of the College of Law from 1950-54. During his tenure in that office, the Utah Law Review was established and a chapter of the Order of the Coif was installed. As chairman of the Utah State Bar Committee on Institutes, he started a regular program of institutes; as chairman of a special subcommittee of the Utah Judicial Council, he was charged with the task of making recommendations for reorganization of the courts.  The recommendations of the committee were endorsed by the Judicial Council and the State Bar, but not enacted by the Legislature.

In 1955-56, Professor Kimball held a Rockefeller Research Grant at the University of Wisconsin, working with Prof. Willard Hurst in the field of American legal history. He made a study of the legal implementation of economic public policy in the field of insurance, using Wisconsin source materials and interpreting the development of insurance law in relation to the social and economic development of America in the past century.

A portion of this study has been published as "The Role of the Court in the Development of Insurance Law" in 1957 Wis. L. Rev. 520-62.  The remainder of the study is nearing completion.

Professor Kimball is teaching Contracts, and is scheduled to teach a course in Insurance Law and, in alternate years, seminars in English and American Legal History.

-- From the University of Michigan Law School's Law Quadrangle Notes, V. 02, Iss. 01 (November 1957).

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*    "Three New Faculty Members Appointed," 2 L. Quadrangle Notes 8 (November, 1957).


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