Elias Clark (1921–2011), a member of both the Yale Law School and
Yale University communities, served on the faculty of Yale Law
School from 1949 to 2004, and as Master of Silliman College
from 1962 to 1981. “Eli” Clark earned a B.A. from Yale College
in 1943, an LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1947, and a Master of
Arts degree from Yale University in 1958. From 1944 to 1945, he
flew C-47s as a pilot in the Army Air Corps. As a faculty member
of Yale Law School, he specialized in property, family law, and
estate taxation. He was named a Professor of Law in 1958 and
the Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law in 1969. In 1991, he was
named the Lafayette S. Foster Professor Emeritus and Myres S.
McDougal Professorial Lecturer in Law. He retired from Yale
Law School in 2004 after more than fifty-five years of service.
Ralph S. Brown (1913–1998), Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law,
was a member of the Yale Law School faculty for more than
fifty years, from 1946 until 1998, serving as associate dean from
1965 to 1970. A graduate of Yale College (1935) and the Yale
Law School (1939), he served in the U.S. Navy during World
War II and as a lawyer in the Office of Price Administration in
Brown taught and wrote extensively in the field of intellectual
property, including copyright, defamation, and privacy. Among
his publications are:
“Advertising and the Public Interest: Legal Protection of Trade
and Symbols,” Yale Law Journal (1948)
Loyalty and Security: Employment Tests in the United States (1958)
Cases on Copyright, Unfair Competition and Other Topics (1960)
BORIS BITTKER (1916-2005) was a member of the Yale Law School
faculty from 1946 until his retirement in 1983 and was named
Sterling Professor of Law in 1970. A graduate of Cornell (1938)
and Yale Law School (1941), Bittker clerked for Judge Jerome
Frank of the U.S. Court of Appeals. He was an attorney in the
Lend Lease Administration in Washington, D.C. and received
a purple heart for service during World War II.
Bittker published widely in the field of taxation, and among other
important works, wrote The Case for Black Reparations (1973).
LEON LIPSON (1921-2005) was a member of the Yale Law School faculty from 1957 until his retirement in 1992, having been appointed the Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence in 1997. A graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law School (1950), Lipson also held a graduate degree in Slavic Languages and Literature from Harvard. His fields of interest were comparative and international law, specifically Soviet law, and the law of outer space.
Myres S. McDougal (1906–1998), a member of the Yale Law School
faculty for fifty years, became Sterling Professor of International
Law in 1958. He graduated from the University of Mississippi,
received an LL.B there, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and
earned a J.S.D. from Yale in 1931. He served as assistant general
counsel of the U.S. Lend-Lease Administration during World
War II. He then returned to Yale Law School, where he and
Harold Lasswell developed the influential policy science approach
to international law.
Some of McDougal’s publications include:
The Law School of the Future: From Legal Realism to Policy Science
in the World Community (1947).
The Public Order of the Oceans: A Contemporary International Law
of the Sea (1962, with William T. Burke).
Law and Public Order in Space (1963, with Harold D. Lasswell).
Human Rights and World Public Order: The Basic Policies of an
International Law of Human Dignity (1980, with Harold D.
Lasswell and Lung-chu Chen).
The International Law of War: Transnational Coercion and World
Public Order (1994, with Florentino P. Felciano).
abraham samuel goldstein (1925-2005) served as the eleventh dean
of the Yale Law School during the years from 1970 to 1975. A
graduate of the City College of New York, he received an LL.B.
from Yale Law School in 1949 and became a clerk for Judge
David L. Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District
of Columbia. Joining the YLS faculty in 1956, Goldstein was
named Sterling Professor of Law in 1975, the year he returned
to teaching after his deanship.
Goldstein’s publications include The Insanity Defense (1967);
The Myth of Judicial Supervision on Three Inquisitorial Systems
(1977); The Passive Judiciary: Prosecutorial Discretion and the
Guilty Plea (1980); as well as numerous articles on criminal
law and procedure.
EUGENE V. ROSTOW (1913 – 2002) served as dean of the Yale Law School
from 1955 until 1965 and became Sterling Professor of Law
and Public Affairs in 1984. A 1933 graduate of Yale College, he
received an LL.B from Yale Law School in 1937 and was editorin-
chief of The Yale Law Journal. Rostow served as the State
Department Under Secretary for Political Affairs from 1966
to 1969 and director of the Arms Control and Disarmament
Agency during the Reagan administration.
Among Rostow’s books are Planning for Freedom (1959); The
Sovereign Prerogative (1962); Law, Power, and the Pursuit of Peace
(1968); The Ideal in Law (1978); A Breakfast for Bonaparte (1993).
Note: this interview was intended to be the first of three. Unfortunately,
Eugene Rostow was not well enough to sit for further meetings.
LOUIS H. POLLAK (1922 – 2012) served as dean of the Yale Law School
from 1965 to 1970. He received an A.B. from Harvard College
in 1943, an LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1948, and clerked for
Wiley Rutledge at the U.S. Supreme Court. He joined the Yale
Law School faculty in 1955. In 1974, Pollak joined the faculty
at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, serving as dean
from 1975 until 1978, when he was appointed Judge of the U.S.
District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Pollak published widely in the area of Constitutional Law and
served on the board of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.