April 01, 2016

In Memoriam

Gary Palm

Gary Palm, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago Law School and a tireless advocate for clinical legal education, died on February 14, 2016, in Chicago. Professor Palm served on both the Section’s Council and its Accreditation Committee.

Born in Toledo, Professor Palm earned an undergraduate degree at Wittenburg University in Springfield, Ohio, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was awarded the Order of the Coif. He joined the Chicago faculty in 1970 and was an integral part of the law school’s Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic for three decades. Professor Palm also practiced in the areas of employment discrimination law and welfare-to-work advocacy.

At the March 2016 Council meeting, Council members Jane Aiken and James Klein offered this Remembrance of Gary Palm.

Beverly Tarpley

Beverly Tarpley, who served as Council chair from 1997 to 1998, died on February 14, 2016, in Abilene, Texas. Ms. Tarpley was born in 1930 in Houston. She earned both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1957, at the age of 27, she became the youngest lawyer and the first female Texas lawyer to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Other firsts include serving as the first woman president of the Abilene Bar Association, the first woman appointed to the Texas Board of Law Examiners, and the board’s first female chair.

Ms. Tarpley served on the Section’s Council from 1990 to 1999; the ABA’s House of Delegates from 1993 to 1996; and as chair of the National Board of Bar Examiners from 1992 to 1993.

At its March 2016, the Section's Council adopted a resolution In Memoriam of Beverly Tarpley.