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Jack R. Pearce
Law School

Jack R. Pearce was born in 1918 and earned an A.B. from DePauw University in 1940. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II, and completed an LL.B. in 1947 from Harvard. In 1947-48 he was clerk to Augustus N. Hand on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He then practiced law in New York City until 1955, when he joined the Michigan Law faculty.

Soon after arriving at Michigan, he instituted the Problems and Research program, to introduce students to researching real legal problems. In the early 1960’s Pearce served on the Scholarship Committee, and on the Executive Committee to plan a research program on state restraint of trade legislation. His subjects included torts, personal property, administrative law, landlord and tenant, and criminal law.

Pearce died in 1983.

Margaret A. Leary, Librarian and Director, University of Michigan Law Library.