Ralph S. Brown, 108 Yale Law Journal 1461 (1999)
At the end of Ralph's suggested list of speakers for this memorial, he
said, "Admonish them to be brief." That caveat, of course, mirrored
Ralph's abiding modesty. It surely also reflected a weariness induced by his
faithful attendance at half a century of meetings that, however worthy and
even essential they may have been, were needlessly protracted. And
Ralph's courtesy led him to refer to us, the speakers, as "them," using a
collective pronoun rather than specifying those in particular need of his
advice. We are thus enabled to proceed in the spirit that animated a British
cabinet on addressing Queen Victoria, when they amended their
introductory disclaimer-" conscious as we are of our failings"-to
"conscious as we are of each other's failings."
Date of Authorship for this Version
Bittker, Boris I., "Ralph S. Brown" (1999). Faculty Scholarship Series. 2317.