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Beverley J. Pooley
Regents' Proceedings 401

Beverley J. Pooley, professor of law, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 1998, after a splendid career as a teacher and administrator.

Born in England in 1934, Professor Pooley received his B.A. (1956) and L.L.B. (1957) degrees with first-class honors from King's College, University of Cambridge, and L.L.M. (1958), S.J.D. (1960), and M.A.L.S. (1964) degrees from the University of Michigan. From 1960-62, he taught at the law school of the University of Ghana. Professor Pooley joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 1962 as an instructor. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1963, associate professor in 1966, and professor in 1970.

In 1965, Professor Pooley was appointed director of the Law Library, a position he held for twenty years. He served as associate dean of the Law Library for another ten years, from 1985-95. Professor Pooley guided the Law Library through a dramatic expansion, culminating in 1981 in the opening of the new addition that is now known as the Allan F. and Alene Smith Law Library. He has written in the areas of land use, contracts, and African law. For decades, Professor Pooley has been one of the most popular teachers in the Law School, developing courses in African law, sports law, and entertainment law, in addition to introducing large numbers of students to the basics of contracts.

The Regents now salute this accomplished scholar and educator for his long and dedicated service by naming Beverley J. Pooley professor emeritus of law.