Friday, November 16, 2007
As I noted in a previous post, one of my former students loaned me his grandfather's Torts notebook from academic calendar year 1938-39 at the University of Minnesota. The professor was William Prosser. My student's grandfather is Leroy S. Merrifield, who went on to be a law professor (and teach Torts) at GW.
A quick perusal of the notebook reveals something striking--we still teach today a number of the cases Prosser was teaching in the late 1930's. For example: Weaver v. Ward, Brown v. Kendall, Vosburg v. Putney, Courvoisier v. Raymond, Ploof v. Putnam, Vincent v. Lake Erie Transp. Co., Palsgraf v. Long Island R.R. Co. (then only 10 years old and consuming more pages in the notebook than any other case), Winterbottom v. Wright, MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co., B&O R.R. v. Goodman, Martin v. Herzog, Byrne v. Boadle, In re Polemis, Butterfield v. Forrester, Davies v. Mann, and Rylands v. Fletcher.