Morris L. Cohen, 1927 – 2010

Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

Morris Cohen

  • Chair, Education Committee, 1961–64
  • Chair, Program Committee, AALL Institute, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1976
  • Chair, Institutes Committee, 1966–67
  • Chair, Federal Legislation Committee, 1968–69
  • Vice President/President-Elect, 1969–70
  • President, 1970–71
  • Immediate Past President, 1971–72
  • Chair, Liaison with the Library of Congress Committee, 1971–72
  • Chair, Task Force on Study of Legal Research, 1972–73
  • Chair, Annual Meeting Program Committee, 1975–76
  • Member, Special Committee on Financial Planning, 1982–84

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award, 1996
  • Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award, 1999
  • Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 1991
  • AALL Presidential Certificate of Appreciation, 2002 (“for enduring commitment to AALL and the profession and for personifying the importance of our community of law librarians”)
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “Background to Law Library Education,” Law Library Journal 55 (1962): 190–99.
  • “A Suggested Master’s Program in Law Librarianship for Columbia University,” Law Library Journal 55 (1962): 225–37.
  • “Publication of State Administrative Regulations: Reform in Slow Motion,” Buffalo Law Review 14 (1965): 410–27.
  • Legal Research in a Nutshell. St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing, 1968. (2d ed., 1971; 3d ed., 1978; 4th ed., 1985; 5th ed., 1992; 6th ed., 1996; 7th ed., 2000; 8th ed., 2003; 9th ed., 2007; 10th ed., 2010. 5th–10th editions with Kent C. Olson)
  • “Miles O. Price and Education for Law Librarianship,” Law Library Journal 62 (1969): 17–20.
  • “Research Habits of Lawyers,” Jurimetrics Journal 9 (1969): 183–94.
  • “Towards a Philosophy of Law Librarianship,” Law Library Journal 64 (1971): 1–4.
  • “Computerizing Legal Research,” Jurimetrics Journal 14 (1973): 3–9.
  • “Legal Monographic Bibliographies,” Law Library Journal 69 (1976): 366–68.
  • How to Find the Law, general editor. 7th ed. St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing, 1976. (8th ed., 1983, with Robert C. Berring; 9th ed., 1989, with Robert C. Berring and Kent C. Olson)
  • “Tradition and Change in Law Library Goals,” Law Library Journal 75 (1982): 192–97.
  • “The Common Law in the American Legal System: The Challenge of Conceptual Research,” Law Library Journal 81 (1989): 13–32.
  • “Marian Gallagher: A Memorial Dedication,” Washington Law Review 65 (1990): 731–34.
  • “Research in a Changing World of Law and Technology,” The Dalhousie Law Journal 13 (1990): 5–19.
  • Law, the Art of Justice. New York: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, 1992.
  • A Guide to the Early Reports of the Supreme Court of the United States. Littleton, Colo.: Fred B. Rothman, 1995 (with Sharon Hamby O’Connor).
  • The Bench and Bar: Great Legal Caricatures from Vanity Fair by Spy. New York: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, 1997.
  • Bibliography of Early American Law. 6 v. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein, 1998.
  • “Harry Bitner: A Memorial,” Law Library Journal 94 (2002): 193–95.
  • “An Historical Overview of American Law Publishing,” International Journal of Legal Information 31 (2003): 168–78.
  • “Researching Legal History in the Digital Age,” Law Library Journal 99 (2007): 377–94.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • “Morris L. Cohen,” in Frank G. Houdek, “AALL History through the Eyes of Its Presidents,” Law Library Journal 98 (2006): 304–05.
  • “Morris L. Cohen.” In Reflections on Law Librarianship: A Collection of Interviews, edited by Marjorie A. Garson et al., 47–79. Littleton, CO: Fred B. Rothman, 1988.
  • “Morris L. Cohen, 1927–2010: A Remembrance and Celebration,” Law Library Journal 104 (2012): 11–24.
  • Daniel A. Cohen, “In Praise of Morris L. Cohen’s Bibliography of Early American Law,” Law Library Journal 104 (2012): 25–28.
  • Morris S. Arnold, “Morris L. Cohen: A Reminiscence,” Law Library Journal 104 (2012): 29–30.
  • Jordan D. Luttrell, “Memories of Morris—and How I Use His BEAL,” Law Library Journal 104 (2012): 31–32.
  • David Warrington, “Morris Cohen and Rare Book School,” Law Library Journal 104 (2012): 33–37.
  • Michael Widener, “Morris Cohen and the Art of Book Collecting,” Law Library Journal 104 (2012): 39–43.
  • S. Blair Kauffman, “Cornerstones for Enduring Law Libraries: Morris Cohen’s Influence at Yale,” Law Library Journal 104 (2012): 45–51.
  • Kent C. Olson, “Birth of a Nutshell: Morris Cohen in the 1960s,” Law Library Journal 104 (2012): 53–67.
  • Wilfrid Prest, “Blackstone and Bibliography: In Memoriam of Morris Cohen,” Law Library Journal 104 (2012): 99–113.
  • Mary Whisner, “That Most Congenial Lawyer/Bibligrapher,” Law Library Journal 104 (2012): 135–47.
  • “Reflections: An Interview with Morris L. Cohen,” Law Library Journal 104 (2012): 149–64.
  • Ryan Harrington & Camilla Tubbs, “Morris L. Cohen: A Bibliography of His Works,” Law Library Journal 104 (2012): 165–71.

Professional Positions

  • Private Practice of Law, New York City, 1951–58
  • Assistant Librarian, Rutgers University Law School, 1958–59
  • Assistant Librarian, Columbia University Law School, 1959–61
  • Librarian and Associate Professor of Law, University of Buffalo Law School, 1961–63
  • Librarian and Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1963–71
  • Librarian and Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, 1971–81
  • Librarian and Professor of Law, Yale Law School, 1981–91
  • Librarian Emeritus, Professor Emeritus, and Professional Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School, 1992–2010

Education

  • B.A., University of Chicago, 1947
  • J.D., Columbia University, 1951
  • M.L.S., Pratt Institute, 1959
  • Honorary LL.D., Dalhousie University, 1989

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside law librarianship)

  • Admitted to practice, New York, 1951
  • Chair, Task Force on Automated Research, ABA-AALS-AALL, 1971–75
  • Member, Board of Visitors, Columbia University Law School, 1977–95
  • Joseph Shaw Medal, Boston College Law School, 1985
  • Member, AALS Special Committee on Archives, 1988–89