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First Law Dean's Diary Reveals Inside History of University of Virginia, Law School; Offers Unique Snapshot of America

"The Diary of a Dean," published in March by the Law Library's Special Collections department, offers selections from an 11-volume diary kept by William Minor Lile, the first dean of the University of Virginia School of Law. His journal entries from 1882 to 1932 not only offer a unique personal portrait of the development of American legal education and the history of the University of Virginia, but capture an American society in transition from the late 19th century to the Great Depression.