Clark, Charles Edward, 1889-1963

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Charles Edward Clark was born in Woodbridge, Connecticut on December 9, 1889, the son of Samuel Orman and Pauline C. Marquand Clark. He graduated from Yale College in 1911 and Yale Law School in 1913; in the same year he was admitted to the Connecticut bar.

In 1919, after six years of private practice in New Haven, Clark was appointed to the faculty of the Yale Law School as assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1922, full professor in 1923, the Lines Professorship in 1927, and Sterling Professor of Law in 1929.

He served as Dean of the Law School from 1929 to 1939, one of the most productive and critical periods in the School's history. The Sterling Law Buildings were completed in 1931 and the Faculty of Law expanded. Clark's term as Dean was notable for a reorganization of the School's curriculum to place more emphasis on the social functions of the law, including the interrelation between law and commerce, sociology, medicine, psychology, and economics.

Clark was active in Connecticut politics and served on several committees seeking to improve the State's administrative and judicial systems; these included the Commission on Reorganization of State Executive Departments 1935-1936 and the Commission on State Government Reorganization 1949-1951.

Nationally, Clark was best known for his service on the United States Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Civil Procedure from 1935 to 1956. In his capacity as committee reporter he became the principal architect of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which were adopted for all Federal trial courts and copied by many state courts.

In 1939 he was appointed associate judge of the United States Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit (New York, Connecticut, and Vermont). From 1954 to 1959 he was chief judge of the Court. He resumed his seat as associate judge until his death on December 13, 1963.

Clark was the author of numerous articles and books, including Code Pleading, 1928; Real Covenants, 1929; and Cases on Pleading and Procedure, 2 vols. 1930, 1933.

For further biographical detail see the section of biographical newspaper clippings 1907-1963 in Series VI.

From the guide to the Charles Edward Clark papers, 1907-1967, 1935-1963, (Manuscripts and Archives)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Rodell, Fred, 1907-1980. Papers. Haverford College Library
creatorOf Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941. Letters, 1927 Nov. 5-1931 Nov. 21, Washington, D.C., to Charles E. Clark. Yale University, Law School Library
creatorOf Davis, Jerome, 1891-. Letter, [1955, to Passport Division, U.S. Dept. of State, Washington, D.C.]. Yale University, Law School Library
referencedIn Papers, 1927-1969 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Clark, Charles Edward, 1889-1963. Charles Edward Clark papers, 1907-1967 (inclusive), 1935-1963 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Thacher, Thomas D. (Thomas Day), 1881-1950. Thomas Day Thacher papers, 1779-1984 (inclusive), 1914-1950 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (inclusive), 1929-1957 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Clark, Charles Edward, 1889-1963. Photographs and clippings, 1929-1963. Yale University, Law School Library
creatorOf Clark, Charles Edward, 1889-1963. Correspondence with Johan Thorsten Sellin, 1945. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Morgan, Edmund Morris, 1878-1966. Papers of Edmund Morris Morgan, 1925-1949 (inclusive). Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972, 1929-1957 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn William O. Douglas Papers, 1801-1980, (bulk 1923-1975) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Thomas Day Thacher papers, 1779-1984, 1914-1950 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Warren, Earl, 1891-1974. Earl Warren papers, 1864-1974 (bulk 1953-1974). Library of Congress
referencedIn Earl Warren Papers, 1864-1974, (bulk 1953-1974) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Papers, 1925-1949 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Papers, 1840-1961. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Powell, Thomas Reed, 1880-1955. Papers of Thomas Reed Powell, 1905-1955 (inclusive). Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (inclusive), 1929-1957 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Charles Edward Clark papers, 1907-1967, 1935-1963 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Research materials on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1910-1972 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-1980. William O. Douglas papers, 1801-1980 (bulk 1923-1975). Library of Congress
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associatedWith Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971. person
associatedWith Arnold, Truman. person
associatedWith Arnold, Truman. person
associatedWith Borchard, Edwin Montefiore, 1884-1951. person
associatedWith Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941. person
associatedWith Cardozo, Benjamin N. (Benjamin Nathan), 1870-1938. person
associatedWith Clark family family
associatedWith Clark family. family
associatedWith Clark, Mary D. person
associatedWith Clark, Mary D. person
associatedWith Clark, Pauline C. Marquard. person
associatedWith Clark, Pauline C. Marquard. person
associatedWith Clark, Samuel Orman. person
associatedWith Clark, Samuel Orman, 1900-1975. person
associatedWith Countryman, Vern. person
associatedWith Countryman, Vern. person
associatedWith Davis, Jerome, 1891- person
associatedWith Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-1980. person
associatedWith Fordham, Jefferson Barnes. person
associatedWith Fordham, Jefferson Barnes. person
associatedWith Fortas, Abe. person
associatedWith Fortas, Abe. person
associatedWith Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965. person
associatedWith Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. person
associatedWith Friedman, Milton, 1912- person
associatedWith Gulliver, Ashbel Green, b. 1897. person
associatedWith Hand, Augustus Noble, 1869-1954. person
associatedWith Hand, Chauncey Harris, 1893-1961. person
associatedWith Hand, Learned, 1872-1961. person
associatedWith Hart, Henry Melvin. person
associatedWith Herbert Packer person
associatedWith Hincks, Carroll Clark, 1889-1964. person
associatedWith Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894. person
associatedWith Hutchins, Robert Maynard, 1899-1977. person
associatedWith Jackson, Robert, b. 1880. person
associatedWith Kaufman, Irving Robert, 1910- person
associatedWith Kefauver, Estes, 1903-1963. person
associatedWith Laski, Harold Joseph, 1893-1950. person
associatedWith Lumbard, J. Edward (Joseph Edward), 1901- person
associatedWith Marshall, Thurgood, 1908-1993. person
associatedWith McDougal, Myres Smith, 1906-1998. person
associatedWith Medina, Harold R. (Harold Raymond), 1888- person
associatedWith Michael Smith person
associatedWith Moore, James William, 1905-1994. person
associatedWith Morgan, Edmund Morris, 1878-1966. person
associatedWith Powell, Thomas Reed, 1880-1955. person
associatedWith Rodell, Fred, 1907-1980. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Smith, J. Joseph, 1904- person
associatedWith Stewart, Potter. person
associatedWith Stone, Harlan Fiske, 1872-1946. person
associatedWith Swan, Thomas Walter, 1877-1975 person
associatedWith Swan, Thomas Walter, b. 1877. person
associatedWith Thacher, Thomas D. (Thomas Day), 1881-1950. person
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correspondedWith Warren, Earl, 1891-1974. person
associatedWith Waterman, Sterry R. person
associatedWith Waterman, Sterry R. person
associatedWith Wright, Charles Alan. person
associatedWith Wright, Charles Alan. person
associatedWith Yale Law School corporateBody
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associatedWith Yale University. Faculty. corporateBody
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Birth 1889-12-09

Death 1963-12-13

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