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MSS 2014-05

Papers of Professor Walter J. Waddlington


Small collection of professional and personal documents (1983- 1995) related to the Menzies Lectureship at the Law School and
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant on Law and Medicine.

English English
.75 Cubic Feet (2 archival boxes) .75 Cubic Feet (2 archival boxes)

Scope & Contents

Professor Walter J. Wadlington papers were donated to the Law School Library June 30, 2014. These files (two archival boxes, 1.5 linear ft.) pertain to the organization of the Menzies Lectureships at the Law School during the years of 1983-1992. There are also some files related to The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant and the Harrison Foundation Professorship in Law and Medicine.

Collection Description

    Biographical / Historical

    The Menzies Lectures at the University of Virginia were established in 1983 by The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Trust, in honor of Sir Robert Menzies. Sir Robert Menzies was a Scholar in Residence at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1966, in which role he presented a series of lectures on the growth of federal power in Australian government. Those lectures were published in 1968 by the University of Virginia with the title <em>Central Power in the Australian Commonwealth</em>.

    In 1983, the Menzies Memorial Trust sponsored its first visiting fellow at UVA, Sir Zelman Cowen, Governor-General of Australia. His visit sparked the idea of a “home-and-home” lecture series on law, politics, or history by distinguished Australian and American academics or public figures. These new Menzies Lectures would be given by visiting fellows, in alternating years, at the University of Virginia and at the Australian National University. [See: Memo from Richard A. Merrill to Dick Howard, 2/15/1984]. The original Australian committee to select lecturers included Sir Harry, Gibbs, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, Dr. Gavin Griffity, Solicitor General of Australia, Sir Peter Finaly, Director of several large Australian public companies, and Professor Dennis Pearce of the Law School at Australian National University. UVA Law Professor Walter J. Wadlington, as an expert in Australian law, served as the American committee’s chief correspondent with the Australian National University. Also on the original American committee were former UVA president Edgar Shannon, UVA Law School Dean Richard A. Merrill, Judge John Butzner, Governor of Virginia Charles S. Robb, and UVA Law School professors Jeffrey O’Connell and Glen Robinson. [See: 1983-1984 Menzies Lectureship].

    Australian Sir Robert Mason delivered the first Menzies Lecture at UVA in October 1985. In 1986, Judge Collins J. Seitz, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals from the Third Circuit and a 1940 graduate of UVA Law, was the first American visiting fellow to speak at the Australian National University as part of the Menzies Lectureship exchange.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Professor Walter J. Wadlington papers were donated to the Law School Library June 30, 2014.

    Conditions Governing Access

    There are no restrictions.

    Conditions Governing Use

    There are no restrictions.

file1983, March 20-April 20; Sir Zelman Cowen, Governor-General of Australia, first Australian visiting fellow sponsored by the Menzies Memorial Trust – correspondence between Richard A. Merrill, Dean of the Law School and Prof. Wadlington; copies of correspoMSS 2014-05, Box 1
file1983-1985; Menzies Lectureship – correspondence between Dennis Pearce, Walter Wadlington, Richard A. Merrill, Dr. David Partlett (Associate Dean of the Law School, Australian National University), Chuck Robb (Governor of Virginia), The Sir Robert Menzies MSS 2014-05, Box 1
fileMenzies Lectureship – correspondence between Dennis C. Pearce, Prof. Wadlington, Timothy J. Sullivan (Dean of Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary), Collins Seitz, Sir Harry Gibbs (Chief Justice, High Court of Australia) and Richard MMSS 2014-05, Box 1
fileMenzies Lecturer: Sir Harry Gibbs, G. C.M.G., K. B. E – correspondence between Timothy J. Sullivan, Sir Harry Gibbs, Richard A. Merrill, D. C. Pearce, Collins J. Seitz; text of Gibbs lecture: “Appointment and Removal of Judges (An Australian Perspective)”MSS 2014-05, Box 1
fileMenzies Lectureship: Richard A. Merrill– Correspondence between Prof. Wadlington, Timothy J. Sullivan, UVA president Robert O’Neil, Edgar F. Shannon, Jr., Dean David Hambly (Australian National University), Richard A. Merrill, UVA Law School Dean Thomas JMSS 2014-05, Box 1
fileMenzies Lectureship: Sir Ninian Stephen, Governor General of Australia – correspondence between Prof. Wadlington, William F. Ray of New York, Geoffrey Lindell (professor of law, Australian National University), Timothy J. Sullivan, Richard A. Merrill, UVAMSS 2014-05, Box 1
fileCorrespondence between Geoffrey Lindell, Prof. Wadlington, Robert E. Scott, Robert M. O’Neil re: Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist lecture and other possible candidates; correspondence proposing Robert M. O’Neil and his acceptance to deliver the lecture,MSS 2014-05, Box 2
fileThe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant, 2001MSS 2014-05, Box 2
fileZines, Leslie (Visiting Scholar) – correspondence, 1988-1989MSS 2014-05, Box 2
fileFamily Law Sample Examination, ca. 1992MSS 2014-05, Box 2
fileDraft of a Report to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Special Needs in the Field of Law and Medicine. [Draft for use in a faculty workshop at the University of Virginia Law School on March 22, 1985, with permission of the copyright holder], 1985MSS 2014-05, Box 2