Vanderbilt Law Review

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Elliott Evans Cheatham

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Cheatham has made a marked imprint through his teaching and his writing on five areas of the law: international law, property, legal education, the legal profession, and conflict of laws. Of these, the legal profession is probably the field where his influence has been most deeply felt. Indeed, it is largely because of his ground-breaking casebook that the subject figures so prominently today in law school curriculums. Likewise, his Carpentier Lectures of a few years ago on "A Lawyer When Needed" provided the entering wedge into a subject that is of great contemporary significance. What Cheatham has done in the field of the legal profession represents an achievement that few men can rival. But he has done far more. Conflict of laws is the other field of Cheatham's major concentration. In this field too, he has written much and well.