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when Dr. Stansbury left Wake Forest in 1944 to become a professor at
the University of Tennessee Law School. In April 1945 Prof. Herbert
Baer, who had been with the OPA in Washington and Raleigh for
three years, returned to teaching and was made acting dean. For 1945-
46, the last year of the merged operation in Durham, Dr. Lake was
acting dean.
It was clear by this time that the end of military hostilities would
bring a clamor for legal training, and in returning the Law School to
the Wake Forest campus the trustees decided to look for an es-
tablished legal scholar to take up the duties of the deanship. They
found him in Dr. Robert E. Lee, a 1928 graduate of Wake Forest who
since 1929 had been a member of the law faculty at Temple
University (just prior to his return to Wake Forest Dr. Lee had been
professor of law at the United States Army University in Shrivenham,
England).
A native of Kinston, Lee held both the B.S. and the LL.B. degrees
from Wake Forest, an M.S. from Columbia, and both the LL.M. and
S.J.D. degrees from Duke. He also had studied in the graduate schools
of New York University and the University of Pennsylvania. As a
Wake Forest undergraduate Lee had been editor of The Student
magazine, managing editor of Old Gold and Black and president of
his senior class. While teaching law he had written several books on
jurisprudence, had contributed to various professional publications,
and was the author of a newspaper column on legal concerns.
Upon assuming the dean's office on June 1, 1946, Lee found the
Law School's old quarters on the second floor of the library (the
Heck-Williams Building) in urgent need of attention. Interim tenants
had left the faculty offices stripped of equipment and furniture, and
the student desks would have been removed from the classrooms had
Lee not protested loudly. That summer the Law School had an
enrollment of fifty students, twenty of them in the first year and 9o
percent of them veterans.
The Law School's experience as to the character and quality of
students was the same as that of the undergraduate departments in
those early postwar years. The returning veterans came with broader
backgrounds, greater maturity, keener purpose, and considerably
more energy than any group of students enrolled in Law
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