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David L. Chambers III
Regent's Proceedings 155

David L. Chambers, III, LL.B., Wade H. McCree, Jr., Collegiate Professor
of Law and professor of law in the Law School, will retire from active
faculty status on December 31, 2003, after an extraordinary career of
teaching, administration, and research.

Professor Chambers received his A.B. degree from Princeton University in
1962 and his LL.B. degree from Harvard University in 1965. He worked in
private practice (1965-67), served as special assistant to the executive
director of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (1967-68),
and was counsel to the Cabinet Committee on Price Stability in the Council
of Economic Advisors (1968-69). Professor Chambers joined the University
of Michigan faculty as an assistant professor in 1969 and was promoted to
associate professor in 1972 and professor in 1974. He was appointed the
Wade H. McCree, Jr., Collegiate Professor of Law in 1990.

A leader in studying the legal profession and the area of legal education,
Professor Chambers placed a particular emphasis on the provision of legal
services to the poor and working class. His contributions to legal scholarship
and education, the legal profession, and to society are many. Professor
Chambers served as chair of the board of Michigan Legal Services, president
and member of the board of the Society of American Law Teachers, and
chair of the administrative committee of the UAW-Ford Legal Services Plan.

He was also a member of the planning committee for the Association of
American Law Schools (AALS) Conference on New Ideas in Legal
Education, a member of the AALS executive committee, and chair of the
AALS Commission on Pro Bono and Public Service. Within the Law
School, he developed and served as director of the South Africa Externship
Program. Professor Chambers' scholarship includes Making Fathers Pay:
The Enforcement of Child Support, a pioneering book and important
example of the use of empirical techniques in addressing legal problems. His
recent work on AIDS and same-sex marriage and his surveys of the work
and professional life of Law School graduates have been widely influential.
The Regents now salute this accomplished scholar and educator for his long
and dedicated service by naming David L. Chambers, III, professor emeritus
of law.