Morris L. Cohen, 1927–2010

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

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


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