6 Cornell Law Forum (Student ed.) 1 (1953-1954)

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Volume 6            The Cornell Law Forum, Ithaca, New York, November 20, 1953  Number 1

Leonard C. Crouch,
Jurist, Alumnus, Dies

Leonard Callender Crouch, retired
judge of the New York Court of Ap-
peals and former professor of law at
the Cornell Law School, died this
summer at the home of his daughter
in Falls Church, Virginia.
Born at Kingston, New York on
July 30, 1866, Judge Crouch was the
son of Henry Gage Crouch and Al-
mira L. Crouch.   After graduating
from Kingston Academy in 1884 and
before entering Cornell University,
he worked for his father, the pub-
lisher of the Kingston newspaper.
At Cornell, Judge Crouch received
his Bachelor of Philosophy degree in
1889. Thereafter he entered the con-
fines of Law School, then on the top
floor of Morrill Hall, where he was
to begin his brilliant legal career.
Though the physical equipment of
the law school was at that time mea-
ger, yet it was filled with the enthusi-
asm and vitality necesAary to train
and develop the student for the prac-
tice of law.

After graduation he practiced law
privately in Kingston and later in
Syracuse, where he formed a partner-
ship with Albert P. Fowler and Irv-
ing D. Vann which continued until
his first appointment to the judiciary.
The year 1913 witnessed the begin-
ning of his judicial career which was
to lead to the coveted legal position
of Judge of the New York Court of
Appeals. It was in this year that he
was appointed and later elected Jus-
tice of the New York State Supreme
Court from the Fifth Judicial District.
Ten years later he received an ap-
pointment from Governor Alfred E.
Smith. In 1932 Governor Franklin
D. Roosevelt appointed him to the
Court of Appeals, where he served
until 1936 when he retired.
Following  this  brilliant  career,
Judge Crouch realized a lifelong am-
bition when he accepted an invita-
tion to become a member of the Cor-
nell Law School faculty in 1941, to
teach problems of appellate practice.
Excellent training was provided by
the jurist, who used actual records
of pending cases from the appellate
court. The students, designated as ap-
pellants and respondents, prepared
briefs for written and oral argument
before acting student jurists. Deci-
sions and opinions were then com-
pared to those handed down by the
Court of Appeals.
Our esteem of Judge Crouch can be
best expressed in the words of Jus-
tice Jackson who said, Judge Leon-
ard C. Crouch was one of those who
maintained for the New York Court
of Appeals its pre-eminence among
English-speaking judiciaries. There
and on the Supreme Court his im-
partial judgments, sound scholarship
and lucid writing won for him the
deep respect of the legal profession,
while his companionable qualities won
the affections of his acquaintances.
His name will be written among the
ablest men of a conspicuously able

The Law Student Association cur-
rently headed by Tom Hogan Is re-
sponsible for many of the social ac-
tivities which are open to members
of the law school. At the top of this
year's social list is the annual Christ-
mas Ball which will be held on De-
cember 12, at the Statler Hotel. An-
other important event was the beer
party sponsored by the association for
the entering class. The coffee hour
which has received wide approval in
the past is being continued.
Funds from the organization are
used to pay for the periodicals and
magazines which are found in the
men's lounge. The association sup-
plies the law students with athletic
equipment used and enjoyed by many.
Repair of the television set is an-
other of its responsibilities.
The Law Student Association is not
solely concerned with social functions.
It is directly responsible for the ad-
ministration of the honor system and
the general welfare of the students.
The executives of the association act
as liaison between the students and
the faculty whenever controversial is-
sues arise. One such issue revolves
around the ten o'clock closing of the
library. This measure has been neces-
sary because of the abuse of later
privileges in the past.
One of the big advantages of the
association is the opportunity it gives
for students to make trips to various
law conventions. Jim Dodds was elect-
ed to attend the meeting of the Am-
erican Bar Association which was
held in Boston.
In the past the association has en-
deavored to bring a number of guest
speakers before the student body. This
year is expected to be no exception.
Speakers and their topics will be
posted at a later date. The association
hopes there will be a good turn-out for
these events.
... but I found
work stimulating
The Law School's upper classmen
were well represented this past vaca-
tion in all corners of the United
States and Europe.
This summer's most traveled bar-
risted was Lew Ress, who served as
recreation director on the Holland-
American Steamship Lines. Lew en-
flineered the recreation program for
the ship on which he was employed
and managed to visit ten European
countries while on the continent.
Buzz LaLone and Brad Walls worked
on a ranch in Eugene, Oregon, run-
ning tractors and clearing land. On
Sudays the versatile Walls supple-
mented his income by playing the
organ in the Congregational Church
in Eugene.
Hank Burgess was clerk at 4 sum-
mer resort in Holland, Michigan while
Mort Bunis and Wally Cooperstein
were councelors at play rather than
at law at a children's camp in Mun-
sonville, New Hampshire.
Dick McCarthy tended bar at The
Crow Barn in Sudbury, Vermont and
John McDonald worked for the Nestle
Candy Co. in Fulton, N. Y. making
candy bars and putting on weight as
a taste tester.
Cy Eilenberg was a waiter for a
hotel in the Borscht Belt.

Quarterly Greets New Competitors;
First Issue To Appear Near December;
Twenty-Three Year Index Is Planned

Standing: Elleuberg, Fox, Keeler, Ferguson, Schappi, Budge
Seated: Hampson, Harris, Lalone
Not Pictured: Bay, Perrillo, and Dunn
by Thomas Hogan

With the introduction of the First
Year Class to the Law School rou-
tihre, it seemed desirable to say a few
words, in print, concerning the opera-
tion of the Honor System. This sys-
tem was instituted, at the request of
the students, in 1908 and has operated
most successfully since then. It is
probably the honor system which does
more than any single factor to create
the one-big-family atmosphere in the
school. There is no cops and robbers
game. But there is a feeling of per-
sonal responsibility that attaches to
each of us-a feeling that we should
treat the physical parts of the school
as we treat our own homes and the
idea that we should act as good and
decent human beings generally. Law
yers are rigidly bound to a high stan-
dard of ethical conduct. If we are
not now able to live up to that set
of ethics then we find law school a
three year waste. Thus, the honor
The part of the honor system which
gets the most public attention is con-
duct during examinations. The giving
and receiving of information is, of
course, prohibited. Finishing on time
is likewise under honor. But this is
only a small part of the system. It
applies only during that two week
period when examinations are given.
The true importance of the honor
system, and its real benefit, is that it
governs our daily comportment. It
covers varied and diverse things such
as smoking in improper areas, hold-
ing extended conversations in the
library, placing cigarettes in the butt
cans provided, returning library books
to the proper shelves Immediately af-
ter using them. Of course, stealing is
a violation of the honor system, prob-
ably one of the worst. A good rule of
thumb as to what is permitted or not
is, If it will cause inconvenience or
discomfort to someone else, don't do
(Continued en page 4, cot. 5)

(9 ristmas rartg
Word has it that this year's Christ-
mas Party will be at the Statler on
campus December 12th.
The usual, or unusual as the case
may be, fraternity parties will take
place Friday night and arrangements
for pre-hop cocktail parties will be
made in the near future.
... but I found
Of the one-hundred and twenty
members of the Cornell Law School
Class of '53, sixty-two had secured
positions and an additional thirty
had entered military service by the
opening of the Fall Term. Twenty-
five are presently seeking employ-
ment while three are doing additional
graduate work.
The Class is dispersed between
Florida and Alaska. Nineteen mem-
bers started  working outside New
York State, Vermont leading with
five. Three members went to Connecti-
cut and two to Florida. Eleven per-
sons are employed in New York City,
and five each in Buffalo and Roch-
Three persons obtained legal posi-
tions in industry and finance.
Two accepted government positions.
They are:
Theodore Munson, in Juneau, Alas-
ka, as Clerk to United States District
Judge Folta.
John J. Donohue, as an Assistant
United States Attorney in the South-
ern District of New York at New
York City.
Starting salaries range between
$1700 and $5200 annually, with the
latter figure being an exception and
not to be considered as normal pay.

The Cornell Law Quarterly re-
sumed activity on September 15, 1953,
at which time assignments for the
first issue of Volume 39 were given
out. A banquet was held that eve-
ning, at which Dean Stevens welcomed
the competitors for this year's Quar-
terly. The Dean spoke generally about
Law Reviews, discussing their use
and value, especially as a pedagogi-
cal method.
The following persons were chosen
on the basis of merit as competitors
for next year's Quarterly:
Hamilton W. Budge
Joseph Dunn
Simon J. Eilenberg
William P. Ferguson
Irving P. Fox
Thomas Hampson
Robert Harris
Charles A. Keeler, Jr.
Bernard LaLone
Joseph M. Perrillo, Jr.
Kenneth P. Ray
John V. Schappi
Mr. Hampson     recently  returned
from military service. Two persons,
Frances Bernstein and Barry Tenzer,
were selected among the competitors,
but did not return to school this
term. Arthur Hornburg, of the third
year class, declined to compete.
The competitors are invited at the
end of their first year on the basis of
class standing.
Besides the technical jobs required
by the Quarterly, such as proof-read-
ing, publishing, etc., each competi-
tor is required to write three notes by
special deadlines. The successful can-
didates are elected to the Board of
Editors in April.
This year's edition, Volume 39, is
in the process of preparation, and the
first issue should be out approxi-
mately December 15, 1953. The Cor-
nell Law Quarterly also expects to
publish a twenty-three year index this
The following persons comprise the
Board of Editors of this year's Quar-
John M. Montfort, Editor-in-Chief
James E. Mulvaney, Managing Edi-
Carl Kaminsky, Managing Editor
Seymour Marcus, Note Editor
Edna Boorady, Note Editor
Lawrence Nirenstein, Book Review
Theodore Garver, Business Man-
The fall session of Law Wives was
opened by a meeting of the staff Mon-
day, September 28, 1953. The officers
are: President, Patty Frances; Vice-
President, Patty Ellison; Secretary,
Doreen Hornburg; Treasurer, Bar-
bara Emery, and Social Chairman,
Enid Harris.
Getting  Acquainted,  was   the
theme for the first fall meeting of
Law Wives, held October 13, 1953.
There was a short business meet-
ing followed by games and refresh-
For  the  November meeting, a
speaker will be presented. Also in Nu-
vember, a Hobo Party. At last year's
party old clothes were worn and
everyone had a good time square dane-
ing. Law Wives will furnish food for,
Thanksgiving baskets to be sent to
needy families.

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