Collection Summary

Creator: Meador, Daniel J.
Title: Addendum to the Papers of Daniel J. Meador 1963-1985 [a]
Accession: MSS 82-3a
Parent Collection: The Papers of Daniel J. Meador 1959 - 1975
Description: 6 boxes.
Location: Special Collections
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Digitized Content: 0 objects
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Collection Description & Arrangement

This addition to the Meador papers consists of correspondence, committee files, and other professional working papers.

Biographical & Historical Information

Daniel J. Meador received his J.D. from the University of Alabama in 1951, served as a Judge Advocate General officer in Korea, and received an LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1954. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, practiced law in Birmingham, Alabama, and joined the law faculty at the University of Virginia in 1957, leaving once to serve as Dean of the University of Alabama Law School from 1966 to 1970.  His courses included Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure, Constitutional Litigation, Legal Method, Federal Courts, and Federal Appellate Practice. Meador has been chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Journal of Legal Education and a member of the board of directors of the American Society for Legal History.  He served as director of UVA’s Graduate Program for Judges from 1980 to 1995.  Meador has participated in numerous projects and organizations concerned with improving the administration of justice, including the State Justice Institute, the American Judicature Society, and the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements.  From 1977 to 1979, Meador served as an Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, heading a newly created Office for Improvements in the Administration of Justice.  He also served as executive director of the congressionally created Commission on Structural Alternatives for the Federal Courts of Appeals.

A recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award, the Raven Award, and the Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, Meador retired from teaching in 1997.  He describes the challenge of balancing teaching, scholarship, and professional activities:  “Zeal for getting to the bottom of legal conundrums can so preoccupy the mind that the classroom is neglected.  I tried always to guard against this, reminding myself that for the students the classroom comes first.”  Meador is Professor Emeritus at UVA Law.

Acquisition Information

Date Received 1986
Donor Information Professor Meador gave this addition of the papers to the library in 1986.

Content List

Box 1:

  • 1976-1982, General Correspondence and Memoranda (8 folders)
      •  f. 1: 1976-1977; Correspondence and memorandum re: Curriculum Committee recommendations of 3/2/1977
      •  f. 2: 1977-1978; Correspondence and memoranda between Law School, Law School Foundation and Assistant Attorney General DJM re Law School issues. Includes correspondence with Student Legal Forum and memorandum re UVA Law graduates teaching or in administrative positions in universities of 9/15/1977.  
      • f. 3: 1979, Jan. – June; Correspondence between DJM and Dean Emerson Spies, Frank L. Hereford, H. Lane Kneedler re Law School issues.    
      • f. 4: 1979, Aug. – Dec.; Correspondence and memoranda re Law School issues. Reports, schedules, committees, directories; Law School Admissions Report to the Board of Visitors (Oct. 1979); Law School Committee on Portraits memorandum (11/2/1979); Memorandum re Initiation of LL.M. Program (with Specialization in Oceans Law) (n.d.); Curriculum Committee memo re combined degree programs and credit courses taken outside Law School ( 11/14/1979); Memorandum to Student Body re Applicability of New Grading System to Small Courses and Seminars and Faculty’s Policy Concerning Enrollment in Seminars (12/4/1979; faculty committees list; Student Admissions Committee memo to professors.
      • f. 5: 1980; Correspondence and memoranda re Law School issues. Reports, schedules, committees; schedules, calendars, course offering directory, organizational chart of Law School and Law Library, faculty committee assignments memorandum; Transfer Program Memo (9/17/1980); Legal Assistant Society Memorandum re LAS Extra-Curricular Credit Proposal (11/13/1980); memorandum of Academic Review Committee Rules and Procedures (11/17/1980); memorandum of Long Range Curricular Committee re extracurricular activities.
      • f. 6: 1981, Jan. – June; Correspondence and memoranda re Law School issues, reports, schedules, committees, calendars. Special Committee to Study the Lecturer Program memorandum (4/3/1981); University of Virginia Law School Placement Office Dean’s Report (1980)
      • f. 7: 1981, June – Dec.; Correspondence and memoranda re Law School issues, reports, schedules, committees, directories. Memorandum re Visiting Scholars in Resident and Graduate Students in Residence during the 1981-1982 Academic Year (10/2/1981); Summum Bonum [a non-profit association] at the Law School; Moore Society Symposium on Immigration and Refugee Law Program (11/1981); Proposal for Criminal Law in the First Year Curriculum (11/9/1981).
      • f.8: 1982; Correspondence and memoranda re Law School issues. Reports, schedules, directories, faculty committees etc. “Analysis of Applicants who were accepted to the 1981-82 entering class of the UVA Law School”, Study by the University of Virginia School of Law Admissions Office; Report of the Special Committee to Study the Flexible Exam System (3/3/1982); Report on the Subcommittee on Registration Procedures (3/36/1982); Curriculum Committee First Year Grouping Proposal (3/26/1982); Student Bar Association memo re flexible exam system (4/2/1982); Report of the Special Committee on Clinical Education (4/7/1982); Student Funded Fellowships (SFF) brochure; Dean Richard A. Merrill report on Law School Self Study ( 4/21/1982).   


Box 2:

  • 1982-1985, General Correspondence (5 folders)
      • f.1: 1982; Correspondence and memoranda re Law School issues. Reports, schedules, directories, faculty committees. Virginia’s Tort Claims Act Effect on University Employees Memorandum (6/16/1982)
      • f. 2: 1982-1983; Correspondence and memoranda re Law School issues. Reports, schedules, directories, faculty committees. Memoranda re Academic Planning: Law School Program Components (10/18/1982); Curriculum Committee memorandum re New Student Publications [Journal of Law and Politics controversy] (12/12/1982); correspondence re Sir Robert Menzies Visiting Fellowship awarded to Sir Zelman Cowen; Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Employment and Residence and Report on External Studies Projects (4/18/19830).
      • f.3: 1983; Correspondence and memoranda re Law School issues. Reports, schedules, calendar; Legal Writing Committee memorandum re Grading of Dillard Fellows; DJM letter to Dean Richard A. Merrill re his trip to the German Democratic Republic (10/18/1983); correspondence and memoranda re UVA Honor System; BLSA “boycott – teach in” of classes: correspondence and memoranda (10/1983); Legal Writing Committee proposal on Legal Writing (11/4/1983);      n     Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cheating and Plagiarism to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (3/1984); Report of the Committee to Design a Model Honor System to the Student Bar Association (4/5/1984); ABA Advisory Committee questionnaire to evaluate Graduate Program for Judges (6/21/1984)
      • f.4: 1984-1985; Correspondence and memoranda re Law School, honor system and UVA issues; UVA Honor System brochures and memoranda for law students (8/1984); Introduction to Contemporary Legal Thought, Seminar in Legal Education Syllabi (Fall 1984);  University of Virginia The Judicial System brochure;  Report of the Committee to Consider the BLSA Petition for Student Membership on the Minority Subcommittee of the Admissions Committee (10/23/1984); SBA Law School Disciplinary Board Constitution (11/1984); Couric: ”Positive thinking at a popular school”, The National Law Journal, vol. 7, no.17 (12/1984); SBA resolution in support of clinical education at Law School (4/17/1985); The Honor System Today, vol. 1, no.1 (4/1985); Ground Breaking of the JAG School Program (6/13/1985). 
  • 1977 – 1983, General Information; [5 folders]

Box 3:

  • 1981 – 1984, Center for Law and National Security Committee
  • n.d., Confidential Honor System Poll
  • 1979 – 1982, Curriculum Committee; [2 folders]
  • 1984, Dillard Papers
  • 1981 – 1983, Ewald Chair Committee
  • 1981 – 1983, Farmer Memorial Fund
  • 1981 – 1983, Graduate Committee
  • 1982 – 1985, Journal of Law and Politics Committee
  • 1979, Law Review
  • 1982 – 1983, Moot Court
  • 1978, “National Character” of Admissions Committee
  • 1980 – 1982, Part-time Student Committee
  • 1985, Procedures Committee
  • 1983 – 1984, Summer School for Lawyers Committee Personal Files

Box 4:

  • 1965, 1969 – 1977, General Correspondence [2 folders]
  • 1973, 1975, Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals
  • 1971 – 1977, American Academy of Judicial Education
  • 1973 – 1976, American Academy of Judicial Education Judicial Writing Program; [2 folders]
  • 1972 – 1977, American Judicature Society

Box 5:

  • 1966 – 1977, American Society for Legal History; [2 folders]
  • 1976, Appellate Court Administrative Seminar
  • 1977 – 1979, Attorney General – Miscellaneous
  • 1977 – 1979, Datebooks
  • 1971 – 1974, Federal Judicial Center

Box 6:

  • 1963 – 1976, Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations
  • 1975 – 1977, Justice on Appeal; [2 folders]
  • 1973 – 1975, National Conference on Appellate Justice
  • 1966 – 1971, Prelude to Gideon 1980 – 1982,  Venue Legislation

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