|Rare Book & Manuscript Library|
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Case law, statures, correspondence, manuscripts, documents, memoralilia.
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Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Maurice Rosenberg Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Collection-level record describing unprocessed material made public in summer 2018 as part of the Hidden Collections initiative.
Papers [processed, etc.] [initials here] mm/dd/yyyy.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Professor at Columbia University's School of Law who became a well-known advocate for judicial reforms on the state and Federal levels. In his 39-year tenure at Columbia, Mr. Rosenberg wrote and lectured extensively on the legal system, particularly on issues of procedures and access to the courts. He deplored the staggering increases in cases clogging the courts and proposed measures to ease the burden, like replacing juries in small-claims cases with arbitrators. "Can it actually be good for a society to be quick to quarrel in court?" he asked in an interview in 1977. From 1971 to 1975, he was head of the Advisory Council on Appellate Justice and was later on the Council of the Role of the Courts. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter appointed him Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office for Improvements in the Administration of Justice. He was also on the Mayor's Committee on the Judiciary in New York City from 1962 to 1977 and in 1980 was appointed by Chief Justice Warren Burger to the Federal Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure, where he served until 1987. He was a graduate of Syracuse University and received his law degree from Columbia.