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September 29, 2012

A meaty contribution from our venerable Northwestern past

by dan rodriguez

Courtesy of the great Dean John Henry Wigmore, who addressed the Law Alumni Banquet in June of 1921 and had this to say:

“I believe in Chicago’s commercial and industrial supremacy . . . As a center of American legal thought, it can thus vastly increase the hold which it now has on world commerce . . . It can become as famous for its law as it has been for its meat, its wheat and its repears.  Just a thousand years ago in a city in the north of Italy there grew up the first and largest law school of the modern world, and there was also devised the most popular and world-wide type of portable meat-food — the city of Bologna.  The fame of that city still rings down the ageas for two things — its sausage and its law school.  Why not also Chicago?”

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