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December 2014 Bar Bulletin

"Why, When I Was in Law School ..."


[This month, we continue with John Rupp's story of his days at the University of Washington School of Law and "old" Condon Hall in the 1930s. When last we left you in August, in his discourse on the faculty, Mr. Rupp had introduced us to Prof. George Mechem.]

Seventh of a Series

I think the only other regular professors who were there when we were in school were three quite young men: John B. Sholley, Warren L. Shattuck and Alfred Harsch.

My recollection is that they all came on board during our second year. Shattuck and Sholley had been doing graduate work somewhere else, and Harsch had been with the State Tax Commission (now the Department of Revenue).

I think that's the way it was, but, if I'm wrong in a detail or two in these reminiscences, the historian can readily put things right by examining the archive materials to which I alluded at the beginning of this paper.

It is always well to check the records. One of the objections to the confirmation of Hugo L. Black, Franklin Roosevelt's first nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States, was that Senator Black had been a member of the Ku Klux Klan. I had thought that Black's famous radio speech - "Ah was a membuh of the Kew Klux Klan. Ah am no longuh a membuh of the Kew Klux Klan." - was made before he was confirmed. That would have been a logical time to make it, it seemed to me. But I was wrong. It was made after he had been confirmed.

This memoir is getting a bit long, and, since Professors Harsch, Shattuck and Sholley had long tenures, I think it best to leave to younger people the recounting of tales about them. Al Harsch was the faculty editor of the Law Review when I was student editor, and I can certify that he was a tower of strength. I think I had a course from Warren Shattuck, but I can't remember what it was, probably "Debtor and Creditor". Even in those early days he was famous for his use of the word "Basically". I can't remember taking any of John Sholley's courses, but I remember, with respect, the help he gave me in preparing a long Comment on "Constructive Fraud In The Washington Law of Taxation".

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