Margaret Leary Discusses Her New Book: "Giving It All Away The Story of William W. Cook and His Michigan Law Quadrangle" at Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event was held on October 16, 2011 at Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

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Learn more about the history of the Michigan Law Quadrangle when retired Law Library Director and author Margaret Leary discusses her book "Giving it All Away: The Story of William W. Cook and His Michigan Law Quadrangle." This fascinating book not only illuminates a critical chapter in the history of the University, but sheds light on the development of laws pertaining to corporations and the communications industry.

This event, co-sponsored by the Washtenaw County Historical Society, will feature a book signing and books will be on sale.

The donor of the four architecturally outstanding buildings that are the Michigan Law Quadrangle, Cook decided to give his alma mater not just the finest physical facility of any existing law school, but to donate permanent resources that would permit the law school to engage in ground-breaking legal research. Providing these gifts to the law school proved tempestuous, protracted, and eventually very litigious and the drama included many influential players over two decades.

Author Margaret A. Leary was director of the Law Library from 1984 until her retirement in 2011. She worked to build the comprehensive library collection to support current and future research in law and a wide range of disciplines and also developed strong services to support faculty research. She received a BA from Cornell University, an MA from the University of Minnesota School of Library Science, and a JD from the William Mitchell College of Law.

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