The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 86, July 1982 - April, 1983 Page: 196
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These appointments were to some extent dictated by budgetary con-
straints. There was, however, also the argument that other law schools,
too, employed members of the judiciary, and the regents' belief that
such men would add to the reputation and standing of the Depart-
ment of Law. Regent Prather, who later became president of the Uni-
versity, is on record as believing that professors "rising to the high de-
sire to build up a great law school" would not-and should not-have
"much opportunity to write books."oo00 In unvarnished terms, the ob-
jective of the law department had been scaled down (by Texas lawyer-
regents) to first-class status within the Texas legal system.
In the first decade of its existence, the academic department of the
University fell short of an impossible target, while the law department
fully attained a goal readjusted in more modest terms. This was not
only a solid achievement for that department, but also a vital one
more generally, for without the governor and judge and their 231
alumni, the University would not have escaped serious damage by its
looHarwood to Wooten, Aug. 25, 1892; Prather to Wooten, July 2, 1893, Wooten Papers.
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