The University of Mississippi School of Law: A Sesquicentennial History

All excerpts are from DE L. Landon, Michael,1 The University of Mississippi School of Law: A Sesquicentennial History, University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, MS., ISBN -13: 978-1-57806-918-7 and ISBN -10:1-57806-918-1; 212 pages; (2006).

“Myres S. McDougal, [was] from Burton, Mississippi…[in] 1935,2 the law faculty...granted him a University of Mississippi LL.B.3 [I]n 1949, [he was] a guest lecturer April 5-8 4 …on January 11, 1966... Myres S. McDougal...became the first recipient of an L. Q. C. Lamar Fellowship, an honor…awarded to understanding “graduates of the Ole Miss Law School who have distinguished themselves in professional life.”5
“By [1966]...Professor Gorove[‘s] efforts [established] an LL.M.6 … Steve Gorove, very appropriately, had the longest list of publications to his name. His article, ‘The Outer Space Treaty,’ published in the 1967 volume of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, and his co-editorship of the American Journal of Comparative Law were both significant signs of things to come.”7

“And on April 10, 1969, just three months prior to the first manned landing on the moon by Neil Armstrong and Ed Aldrin on July 20 of that year, the [International Law] society in conjunction with the law school speakers bureau had sponsored an on-campus conference entitled ‘Man’s Landing on the Moon – Legal Implications and Perspectives.’ At the conference, held in the law building, an audience made up both of students and members of the general public heard a panel, chaired by Professor Gorove and including the general counsel to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, a special consultant to the U.S. Senate’s committee on aeronautical and space sciences, and the counsel employed by the General Electric Company’s test center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, address questions such as ‘What law is to govern man’s activities on the moon? Can any nation exercise sovereignty, jurisdiction or control? Can John Doe, AT&T or the U.N. acquire land or other valuables on the moon?’8

“[A]nother conference, held… April 7-8, 1972, …addressed… ‘Earth Resources, Survey Satellites and International Law.’ The visiting panelists for it included, among others, the director of what was then the NASA Test Center in Bay St. Louis; a Plainview, New York attorney who was serving as the president of Peace Studies, Inc.; and, from Washington, D.C., both the scientific counselor on the staff of the Italian embassy and the senior specialist in international relations at the Library of Congress. A number of student members of the Lamar Society also served as panel members.”9

[I]n the spring of 1973…a new publication called The Journal of Space Law, [was] published…The new journal had an editorial advisory board chaired by Professor Gorove that included scholars from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Buenos Aires; Geneva; Neuen Kirschen, Austria; London; Paris; Belgrade; Washington, D.C.; and New Haven, Connecticut (Yale University’s Sterling Professor, Myres S. McDougal). Its student editorial board, headed by editor-in-chief John H. Fitch Jr., also included Johnnie. M. Haley, Robert E. Williford, Jerry Mills, Mickey Mauldin, William M. Sigler, Luther S. Ott, and William L. Youngblood. As Dean Williams pointed out in the foreword to number I: ‘By limiting its scope to problems arising out of man’s activities in outer space’ it was going to fill “a void in international law publications.”10

“[I]n the 1995-96 academic year… alumnus Myres S. McDougal, the longtime Sterling Professor of Law at Yale University, had accepted a lifetime achievement award from the law school.”11

“The establishment of the Space Law Center at the University of Mississippi was a tribute both to its law class of 1935 alumnus Myres S. McDougal, whose book Law and Public Order in Space, published by the Yale University Press in 1963, was still the standard text on the subject, and to its professor emeritus Stephen Gorove, who had organized the first international space law conference on the campus in the summer of 1969 and since 1973 had been overseeing the publication of the Space Law Journal.12

“On May 15, 2001, Professor Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz became director of the law center’s newly established National Remote Sensing and Space Law Center (NRSSLC). An honors graduate of Hunter College at CUNY and graduate of the Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University in New York City, Professor Gabrynowicz had practiced law in New York for six years before joining the faculty of the University of North Dakota’s School of Aerospace Sciences. Serving there for thirteen years, she had earned an international reputation in the remote sensing and space law field. Just a few weeks after joining the law center faculty, she was in Europe attending a conference at the University of Cologne at which she lectured on the issues involved in developing remote sensing legislation, and on September 25, 2001, in Washington, D.C., at the annual meeting of Women in Aerospace, she was presented their Outstanding International Award.13

“In the fall of 2001, the [Center] sponsored a forum on the commercial remote sensing industry that brought to the law center during the semester the chief executive officers of five of the corporations in the United States most active in that industry. In the spring of 2002, the center hosted the first International Conference on the State of Remote Sensing Law, April 18-19. Attended by leaders and scholars in the field from the United States, Japan, France, India, and Canada, it was the first time that these key people had come together in one place to exchange valuable information and to try to agree on standards and principles.”14

“In the fall of 2003, the center hired as its associate director Jacqueline Etil Serrao, holder of a J.D. degree (1995) from the Golden Gate University School of Law in California and an LL.M. degree (1999) in International Air and Space Law from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.15 Also in 2003, the…Center resumed publication of the Journal of Space Law, which had lapsed in 2001 following the sad death of its founder, Professor Stephen Gorove.”16 “On October 1, 2003, Professor Serrao taught her Aviation Law Class at the law school live from Ulaanbataar, Mongolia, via the Internet. And, a month later, Professor Gabrynowicz taught her Remote Sensing law class live from Daejon, Korea, by using the university’s grid node videoconference facility. In 2004, the center was busy researching the legal rights of passengers on commercial space flights; very obviously it is on the cutting edge of space law research.”17

  • 1Michael De L. Landon us a professor emeritus of history at the University of Mississippi. His previous books include The Challenge of Service: A History of the Mississippi Bar’s Young Lawyers, 1936-1986 and The Honor and Dignity of the Profession: A History of the Mississippi State Bar Association, 1906-1976, among others. "
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  • 15Editor’s note: with the addition of aviation law expertise, the Center’s name was officially changed to The National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law.
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