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Jack Weinstein was one of my teachers at Columbia Law School.
As a young professor he was already a master of his subject and was to
become master teacher. About the time I graduated-in the same year
that the Supreme Court published the legal watershed Brown v. Board of
Education -Jack became Chief Reporter for a New York State commission
charged with comprehensively revising the rules of New York civil
procedure. He performed the task superbly, given the constraints of the
almost suffocatingly conservative New York bench, bar, and legislature.
He was to become the authoritative expositor of the New York Civil
Practice Act and Rules, always seeking to reconcile arcane technicalities
with the larger purposes and values of procedural justice.
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