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American Bar Association Section on Legal Education Oral History, 2001

A Guide to the Collection of Oral History Interviews at Indiana University Bloomington

Finding aid prepared by the staff of the Center for the Study of History and Memory with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access, 2000-2002

Overview of the Collection

Repository
Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory
Indiana University
400 North Sunrise Drive
Weatherly Hall North, Room 122
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812/855-2856
Fax: 812/855-0002
E-mail: ohrc@indiana.edu
http://www.indiana.edu/~cshm

Creator
Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory

Title
American Bar Association Section on Legal Education Oral History, 2001

Project No.
ohrc110

Interviews
1 interview. Audiotapes, transcripts, and collateral materials.

Physical Location
Interviews are housed in Weatherly Hall North, Room 122. Copies are also housed at the Indiana University Archives in Herman B Wells Library E460. For other locations housing the interviews from this project, please contact the Center for the Study of History and Memory office.

Language
Materials are in English.

Abstract
In this project, James P. White, the American Bar Association consultant on legal education, discusses the history, changes, goals, conflicts, and mission of that institution. He describes his involvement in legal education activities and the occasionally rocky relations between the association and the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. Law schools, legal specialization, and the commercialization of the legal profession are also major topics within this interview.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains one interviews conducted in 2001. The interview is 115 minutes and consists of audio tapes, a typed transcript, and collateral materials.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Oral history interviews conducted by the Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory from 1968 to the present, with particular focus on the history of twentieth-century America and the Midwest.
Usage Restrictions
The archive of the Center for the Study of History and Memory at Indiana University is open to the use of researchers. Copies of transcript pages are available only when such copies are permitted by the deed of gift signed by the interviewee. Scholars must honor any restrictions the interviewee placed on the use of the interview. Since some of our earlier (pre-computer) transcripts do not exist in final form, any editing marks in a transcript (deletions, additions, corrections) are to be quoted as marked. Tapes may not be copied for patrons unless the deed of gift permits it, and a transcript is unavailable for that interview. The same rules of use that apply to a transcript apply to the taped interview. Interviews may not be reproduced in full for any public use, but excerpted quotes may be used as long as researchers fully cite the data in their research, including accession number, interview date, interviewee's and interviewer's name, and page(s).
Preferred Citation
[interviewee first name last name] interview, by [interviewer first name last name], [interview date(s)], [call number], [project name], Center for the Study of History and Memory, Indiana University, Bloomington, [page number(s) or tape number and side if no transcript].
Interview List

Interviewee
White, James P. May 10, 2001 

Call Number
01-005

Physical Description

24 pages; 2 tapes, 1 3/4 ips, 115 minutes; index; interviewee's curriculum vitae, list of publications, monographs, articles, lectures, and seminars by interviewee, American Bar Association 1999-2000 annual report

Interviewer
Kraus, Deborah

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

James P. White, born on September 29, 1931, discusses his legal education and law school experiences, his work with the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General, and his involvement with the American Bar Association, or ABA, primarily as the ABA consultant on legal education. He speaks of the dynamic relationship between the American Bar Association and the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, as well as problems within the ABA revolving around tensions between practicing lawyers and academic members. In addition, Mr. White comments on the increasing specialization and commercialization in the field of law, and he describes the mission statement of the American Bar Association and the steps it has taken to increase diversity within the profession.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • American Bar Association
    • Army ROTC
    • Council of Post-Secondary Accreditation
    • George Washington University
    • Massachusetts School of Law
    • United States Department of Justice
    • University of North Dakota
    • Occupation Names
    • American Bar Association consultant on legal education
    • attorney
    • Judge Advocate General
    • Personal Names
    • Groves, Harry
    • Root, Elihu
    • Ruud, Millard
    • Place Names
    • Iowa City, Iowa
    • Subjects
    • Affirmative Action
    • American Bar Association Mission Statement
    • Central and Eastern European Law Initiative
    • diversity
    • law school
    • legal commercialization
    • legal specialization
    • salaries