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Law Library Oral History Project

To help commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Hamline University School of Law, the Hamline Law Library received a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to create an oral history of the law school’s inception and early days. The library staff recorded memories of four early faculty members and two alumni who were students in the first years of the school. Professors Len Biernat and Larry Bakken, Emeritus Professors Joseph Daly and John Weeks, and alumni Bill Harper, JD '77, and Steve Kirsch, JD '76, shared their early memories of Hamline Law. The stories revealed why the law school was created and how it was done with few resources, recalling the accreditation process and the journey from being a stand-alone law school to becoming affiliated with Hamline University. Thanks to Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants for providing the grant that made the project possible, and special thanks to Melinda Hutchinson, Grants & Field Programs associate for the Minnesota Historical Society, for answering all grant related questions and concerns during the project. To learn more, please visit the Hamline Law Library Oral Histories website.