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scholarships for each beginning class, the financial support to con-
tinue during the recipients' three years of study. This helped close the
gap between the $250 annual tuition charged at that time by the
University of North Carolina Law School and the $550 then charged
at Wake Forest. Subsequent generous gifts by the Mary Reynolds
Babcock Foundation and Charles H. Babcock provided additional
scholarship support for law students (the foundation funds are listed
in the table presented in Chapter X).
In teaching legal procedure Weathers continued a practice which
had been fostered by Dean Lee, that of holding periodic moot courts.
These mock trials were often presided over by eminent jurists who in
their summaries gave valuable instruction to the fledgling lawyers.
The subjects of the proceedings were usually serious, but they were
sometimes brought down to a level which engaged the attention of the
In one such procedure in the spring of 1955 Dean Bryan "sued"
Editor Dan Poole and Reporter William Pate for running a picture in
Old Gold and Black which made the dean appear to be suffering from
a powerful hangover. In his facetious complaint Bryan said that he
had been planning to run for the State Legislature after his retirement,
but "not a woman in Wake County would vote for a man that looks
like the picture printed of me." He claimed he had suffered
embarrassment, humiliation, and mental anguish, and he asked the
court to award him fifty-thousand dollars in damages.
At the trial, conducted by Superior Court Judge Malcolm C. Paul,
Dr. Lee testified that the picture made Dean Bryan appear to be "a
tough, hard-fisted old man with unkempt hair." Prof. Jasper L.
Memory told the court that since the publication of the picture Dr.
Bryan "doesn't seem like the same man anymore. People seem to be
shunning him and his spirit seems broken." President Tribble, called
by the defense, said he would be glad to continue to associate with the
dean. The charges against Pate were dropped, and a jury of
townspeople found Poole not guilty of injuring Bryan.
Beginning in 1950 law students participated in a national moot
court competition sponsored by the Bar of New York City. They did
not always win, but several times they placed in state and regional
finals. It was the Student Bar Association of 1953, under the
presidency of Edgar D. Christman, that sponsored the first observance
of Law Day by the Law School. That special day became an