Guide to the Daniel D. Smith International School of Law collection, 1973-1978

Daniel D. Smith International School of Law C0086


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Contact Information:

Fenwick Library (2FL)

George Mason University

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USA

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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Special Collections and Archives.
Creator Daniel D. Smith
Title Daniel D. Smith International School of Law collection
Date 1973-1978
Physical Characteristics 0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract This collection contains materials related to Smith's role in creating the International School of Law, which later became the George Mason University School of Law, including correspondence, publications, faculty and board meeting minutes and foundational principles and policies for the then newly created law school.
Collection number C0086
Language English

Biographical Information

Daniel D. Smith is a lawyer and a co-founder of the International School of Law in 1972, now the George Mason University School of Law. After receiving a law degree at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1969, Smith was admitted to the Virginia Bar and to the District of Columbia Bar shortly thereafter. When the International School of Law opened in 1972, Smith held the position of Administrative Dean. He later served as Acting Dean and then Associate Professor until he moved from teaching to private practice in 1978. He served as a member of the American Bar Association and the Virginia Bar Association and helped found and chaired several organizations, including Young Life of Loudoun County, the Loudoun Vocational Education Fund, and Loudoun Healthcare Foundation.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains materials related to Smith's role in creating the International School of Law, which later became the George Mason University School of Law, including correspondence, publications and faculty and board meeting minutes.

Series 1 of this collection provides information on the founding of the law school, the policies it held and the Judeo-Christian principles under which it was founded.

Series 2 contains the minutes from faculty and Board of Trustee meetings, arranged by date. These meetings discussed various topics from faculty appointments and dismissals on how to win American Bar Association accreditation.

Series 3 deals with the accreditation issue more directly. The International School of Law spent years attempting to gain the American Bar Association approval and suffered a number of setbacks and rejections. Series 3 contains the letters between the law school and the Association, suggestions for improvements and the actions taken by the school.

Series 4 contains a number of writings by Daniel Smith, including notes from the Contract Law course he taught for the law school while there.

Series 5 contains a number of publications by the International School of Law, in the form of newsletters, as well as correspondence with several States' Supreme Courts and the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners in attempts to allow their non-accredited graduates to sit for the bar exam. This series also contains material on the mergers and affiliations that the International School of Law tried to develop in order to gain accreditation. The merger with George Mason University is the last and most successful of these.

Series 6 contains information on the day-to-day administration of the International School of Law, complete with hirings and salaries as well as disciplinary action for Deans and professors who were dismissed and replaced during the law schools independency. This last series also contains the personal log book that Smith kept while employed by the law school.

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Arrangement

Organized into six series.

Series 1: Principles and Policies, 1972-1977 (Box 1)
Series 2: Meetings, 1972-1978 (Box 1)
Series 3: American Bar Association Accreditation, 1972-1978 (Box 1)
Series 4: Daniel D. Smith, 1970s (Box 1)
Series 5: International School of Law, 1970s (Box 1)
Series 6: Administrative and Faculty Matters, 1973-1978 (Box 2)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

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Related Material

Special Collections holds other archives pertaining to the establishment of George Mason University and the development of academic departments.

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Index Terms

Corporate Names:

International School of Law.

Subjects:

Law schools--Virginia.
Law schools--Washington (D.C.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Daniel D. Smith International School of Law collection, Collection #C0086, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Daniel Smith in 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Tom Duncan in 2010. EAD markup completed by Tom Duncan in 2010.

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Contents List

Series 1: Principles and Policies, 1972-1977 (4 folders)
This series contains information on the founding of the International School of Law, the principles behind the school and its administrative policies.
Box Folder
1 1 Founding and Principles, 1972-1975
Declaration of Trust, Christian Basis, Statements of Purpose, Institution's Philosophy
2 Policies, 1972-1977 and Undated
General Policies, Academic Regulations, Academic Programs
3 By-Laws and Faculty Manual, 1975-1977
4 Feasibility Study and Self-Studies, 1977 and Undated
Series 2: Meetings, 1972-1978 (2 folders)
This series contains the minutes from meetings of the faculty and Board of Trustees for the International School of Law.
Box Folder
1 5 Faculty Meetings, November 7, 1972 - May 3, 1978
6 Board of Trustees Meetings, 1973-1976
Minutes from the Board of Trustees meetings, Deans Annual Reports
Series 3: American Bar Association Accreditation, 1972-1978 (2 folders)
This series contains correspondence between the International School of Law and the American Bar Association, attempts to become accredited, and notes and suggestions how to win Bar approval.
Box Folder
1 7 American Bar Association Accreditation, August, 1972 - December, 1974
James P. White, Tightening Accreditation Standards, Recommendations
8 American Bar Association Accreditation, January, 1975 - June, 1978
International School of Law Relocation and Remodeling, Letters of Recommendation and Rejection, The International School of Law's Critique of the American Bar Association
Series 4: Daniel D. Smith, 1970s (2 folders)
This series contains correspondence and writing by Daniel D. Smith while at the International School of Law.
Box Folder
1 9 Correspondence, 1973-1976
10 Daniel Smith Writings, 1970s
Notes for Smith's Contract Law class, "Evolution and Jurisprudence", Thoughts on moral law
Series 5: International School of Law, 1970s (3 folders)
This series includes publications by the International School of Law, correspondence with states' Supreme Courts and the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners, and information on International School of Law mergers and affiliations.
Box Folder
1 11 International School of Law Publications, 1974-1976
International School of Law Newsletter, International School of Law "Evidence"
12 States' Supreme Court and Virginia Board of Bar Examiners Correspondence, 1975
Requests for International School of Law graduates to be permitted to sit for bar examinations.
13 Mergers - Attempted and Successful, 1970s
The Latin American Institute, Southeastern University, George Mason University
Series 6: Administrative and Faculty Matters, 1973-1978 (1 box)
This series contains faculty directories, salary information, correspondence between faculty and staff, and incidents among the faculty.
Box Folder
2 1 Administrative and Faculty Matters, March, 1973 - December, 1974
John Brabner-Smith, Budget Concerns, John Montgomery, Tony Nania
2 Administrative and Faculty Matters, January, 1975 - June, 1978
Ralph Norvell, Faculty Member Publications, Review of John Brabner-Smith and Dismissal, Daniel D. Smith's Request for Leave of Absence
3 Daniel D. Smith's Log Book, Undated
Personal log book with notes taken while at the International School of Law
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