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Student Legal Forum records

Identifier: RG-32-200

Scope and Contents

The records of the Student Legal Forum are comprised of general files, correspondence, photos, newspapers clippings, card file of speakers, tapes and miscellaneous materials.

Of note is a scrapbook of clippings begun when Robert Kennedy was president of the SLF.


  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1946-1987

Biographical / Historical

The Student Legal Forum was founded in 1947 by Ridley Whitaker, Law Class of 1948. Organized to bring prominent speakers to the Law School "to supplement the regular academic work of the University of Virginia School of Law by providing a platform from which distinguished speakers may discuss timely national and international issues of general interest with an appreciative, interested, and informed audience." (See:Edgar F. Shannon: 1972-1973, University of Virginia The Student Legal Forum 25th Anniversary).

The Forum was funded partially by membership and initiation fees, alumni contributions to the Ridley Whitaker Memorial Fund, and Student Council funds. UVA Rector Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., Law School Dean F.D.G. Ribble and Professor Hardy C. Dillard were the first members of the Student Legal Forum Advisory Committee.


2 Linear Feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Student Legal Forum transferred records to the archives in 1978, 1980, 1985, 1986 and 1987.

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Repository Details

Part of the Arthur J. Morris Law Library Special Collections Repository

Arthur J. Morris Law Library
580 Massie Road
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22903 United States