Guide to the Ronald E. Kennedy Papers

Collection Title: Ronald E. Kennedy Papers
Dates: 1970-1984
Identification: 17/2
Creator: Kennedy, Ronald E., 1942-1984
Extent: 7 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Ronald E. Kennedy Papers contain education files, correspondence, teaching files, research and consulting files, professional organizations files, speeches, publications, and Northwestern University Law School administrative committee files.
Acquisition Information: The Ronald E. Kennedy Papers were donated to the Northwestern University Archives by Professor Kennedy on July 27, 1984 (Accession #84-116.
Processing Information: William K. Beatty; December, 1985.
Conditions Governing Access: This series may be used only with permission of the University Archivist.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Ronald Eugene Kennedy was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 1, 1942. He received his B.A. in philosophy and mathematics from the University of Illinois in 1965 and his J.D. from Northwestern University in 1973, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.

After receiving his B.A. Kennedy served in the U.S. Army and worked as a social worker and a probation officer. Following his graduation from law school he was employed for a year as an associate in the Chicago-based law firm of Sidley and Austin.

In 1974, the Northwestern University School of Law appointed Kennedy assistant professor. He was promote to associate professor in 1977 and to full professor in 1979.

Kennedy was active in legal work on behalf of ethnic minority groups as well as in several professional organizations. The Chicago Council of Lawyers presented him its Award for Outstanding Legal Service to the Chicago Legal Community in 1984.

Kennedy died of cancer on August 28, 1984, at his home in Chicago, leaving his wife, Alexis and two sons, Michael and Marcus.

Scope and Content

The Ronald E. Kennedy Papers fill seven boxes and are arranged in eight subseries: education files, correspondence, teaching files, research and consulting files, professional organizations files, speeches, publications, and Northwestern University Law School administrative committee files.

At the beginning of the series are three folders of biographical material including vitae, clippings, and financial records pertaining to professional travel.

The education files contain lecture and reading notes largely from Kennedy's first term (Fall, 1970) studies at the Northwestern University Law School.

The correspondence includes Kennedy's recommendations of candidates for academic and governmental positions as well as letters pertaining to speaking engagements and travel, teaching programs, publications, and minority affairs.

The teaching files, which occupy three and one half boxes, contain a few notes and related materials but consist mainly of senior student and master's degree research papers by Kennedy's students. Also found here are seven folders of correspondence, documents, teaching materials, and reports relating to Minority Legal Education Resources, Inc., which Kennedy helped found and in which he played a majority role. One of the chief purposes of MLER was to improve the success rate of minority students taking the Illinois State bar examination. Several other states copied MLER as a model for minority legal education programs.

The research and consulting files contain materials relating to minority legal education, Kennedy's service as arbitrator in several industrial disputes, and a variety of private legal cases in which Kennedy was involved.

The professional organizations files deal primarily with legal organizations. Of special interest are the nine folders of materials relating to the Chicago Council of Lawyers, an organization largely comprised of young, liberal lawyers of which Kennedy was president during 1978-1979. The Council took an active role in supporting minority students interested in legal careers, in improving the quality of judicial conduct in Chicago, and in merit selection of judges.

The speeches contain texts and related correspondence for five speeches Kennedy delivered at various meetings and events.

The publications files include a few legal and newspaper articles authored by Kennedy.

The administrative committee files are comprised of notes, correspondence, and reports relating to Kennedy's service to the Northwestern Law School. Of particular interest are the materials pertaining to the Bar Examination Committee and those documenting Kennedy's recruiting trips to several colleges and universities.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Chicago Council of Lawyers

Subjects

Law--Study and teaching--Illinois


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Materials
    • Personal Data, 1976-1984Box 1, Folder 1
    • Clippings and News Releases, 1974-1984Box 1, Folder 2
    • Financial and Travel Records, 1974-1983Box 1, Folder 3
  • Educational Files
    • Contracts, Fall, 1970Box 1, Folder 4
    • Criminal Law, Fall, 1970Box 1, Folder 5
    • Legal Process, Fall, 1970Box 1, Folder 6
    • Legal Writing and Research, Fall, 1970Box 1, Folder 7
    • Property, Fall, 1970Box 1, Folder 8
    • Torts, Fall, 1970; Fall, 1973Box 1, Folder 9
  • Correspondence
    • General, 1972-1974Box 1, Folder 10
    • General, 1975-1976Box 1, Folder 11
    • General, 1977-1979Box 1, Folder 12
    • General, 1980-1981Box 1, Folder 13
    • General, 1982-1983Box 2, Folder 1
  • Teaching Files
    • Introduction to Legal Learning, 1979Box 2, Folder 2
    • Pre-Law Remedial Programs, 1979Box 2, Folder 3
    • Antitrust Law and Policy, 1981-1983Box 2, Folder 4
    • Civil Liberties Seminar, 1978Box 2, Folder 5
    • Civil Rights, n.d.Box 2, Folder 6
    • Corporation Law, 1981-1982Box 2, Folder 7
    • Principles of Law Program, 1979Box 2, Folder 8
    • Real Estate, 1979Box 2, Folder 9
    • Bar Review, 1975Box 2, Folder 10
    • Bar Review, 1976Box 2, Folder 11
    • University of Illinois College of Law, 1980Box 5, Folder 8
    • Senior Student Research Papers
      • B.M.B, 1974-1975Box 2, Folder 12
      • G.C.B., 1979Box 2, Folder 13
      • P.E.B., 1979Box 2, Folder 14
      • D.P.C., 1979Box 3, Folder 1
      • S-J.C., 1979-1980Box 3, Folder 2
      • J.D.D., 1974-1975Box 3, Folder 3
      • J.W.D., 1976Box 3, Folder 4
      • K.F., n.d.Box 3, Folder 5
      • R.G., n.d.Box 3, Folder 6
      • R.H.G., 1977-1978Box 3, Folder 7
      • B.G., 1979-1980Box 3, Folder 8
      • R.M.H., 1978Box 3, Folder 9
      • D.H., 1978-1979Box 3, Folder 10
      • P.K., 1979Box 3, Folder 11
      • R.V.K and H.S.S., 1976Box 3, Folder 12
      • M.D., 1977-1978Box 3, Folder 13
      • W.M., 1978Box 3, Folder 14
      • B.J.M., 1981Box 4, Folder 1
      • J.W.O., 1976Box 4, Folder 2
      • P.P., n.d.Box 4, Folder 3
      • D.P., 1977Box 4, Folder 4
      • D.R., n.d.Box 4, Folder 5
      • C.B.W., 1978Box 4, Folder 6
      • S.Y., 1978Box 4, Folder 7
      • E.Z., 1978Box 4, Folder 8
    • LL.M. Research Papers
      • C.B.(S.), 1979Box 4, Folder 9
      • T.A.L., 1981Box 4, Folder 10
      • R.R.R., 1976Box 4, Folder 11
    • Minority Legal Education Resources
      • Founding Materials, 1977-1978Box 5, Folder 1
      • Teaching Materials, 1978Box 5, Folder 2
      • Correspondence, 1978Box 5, Folder 3
      • Summer Bar Review Program, 1976-1978Box 5, Folder 4
      • Summer Bar Review Program, 1979Box 5, Folder 5
      • Practice Exams, n.d.Box 5, Folder 6
      • Progress Report, n.d.Box 5, Folder 7
  • Researching and Consulting Files
    • Advising the Minority Student on Law as a Career, 1976Box 5, Folder 9
    • I.B., 1975Box 5, Folder 10
    • Carnegie Corporation, 1979-1980Box 5, Folder 11
    • Elders, Stony Island Church of Christ, 1975-1976Box 5, Folder 12
    • Kennedy vs. Capitol Records, 1973-1974Box 5, Folder 13
    • National Conference of Black Lawyers: Community College of Law, n.d.Box 5, Folder 14
    • Reynolds Metal Company, 1978Box 5, Folder 15
    • G.D. Searle: Sweetener Project, 1965-1973Box 5, Folder 16
    • Thompson, Richard E., 1974-1976Box 5, Folder 17
    • R.W., 1979Box 5, Folder 18
    • Worrill, Conrad vs. Board of Education of the City of Chicago, 1980Box 5, Folder 19
  • Professional Organizations Files
    • American Bar Association, 1977-1978Box 6, Folder 1
    • American Civil Liberties Union, 1979-1983Box 6, Folder 2
    • Association of American Law Schools: Committee on Sections, 1976-1978Box 6, Folder 3
    • Association of American Law Schools: Section on Legal Education, Accreditation Committee, Vanderbilt University, 1980-1981Box 6, Folder 4
    • Association of American Law Schools: Section on Minority Groups, 1977-1979Box 6, Folder 5
    • Chicago Bar Association, 1978Box 6, Folder 6
    • Chicago Council of Lawyers: Annual Luncheon, 1979Box 6, Folder 7
    • Chicago Council of Lawyers: Board of Governors, 1976-1979Box 6, Folder 8
    • Chicago Council of Lawyers: Judicial Education Committee, 1975-1977Box 6, Folder 9
    • Chicago Council of Lawyers: Judiciary Committee, 1978Box 6, Folder 10
    • Chicago Council of Lawyers: Minority Recruitment, 1977Box 6, Folder 11
    • Chicago Council of Lawyers: Miscellaneous, 1973-1974Box 6, Folder 12
    • Chicago Council of Lawyers: President, 1978-1979Box 6, Folder 13
    • Chicago Council of Lawyers: Publicity, 1978-1979Box 6, Folder 14
    • Chicago Street Law Project, 1979-1980Box 6, Folder 15
    • Circuit Court Case Flow Management, 1979-1981Box 6, Folder 16
    • Cook County Bar Association, 1974Box 6, Folder 17
    • Richard M. Daley for State's Attorney, Professional Advisory Group, 1980Box 6, Folder 18
    • Illinois Department of Human Rights, 1980Box 6, Folder 19
    • Illinois Governor's Commission on Individual Liberty and Personal Privacy, 1976Box 6, Folder 20
    • Illinois State Bar Association, 1979-1980Box 6, Folder 21
    • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1973-1974Box 6, Folder 22
    • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1974Box 7, Folder 1
    • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1974-1975Box 7, Folder 2
    • National Bar Association, 1974Box 7, Folder 3
    • Project Merit Selection, 1978-1979Box 7, Folder 4
    • Society of American Law Teachers, 1979-1981Box 7, Folder 5
  • Speeches
    • American Dental Association, 1976Box 7, Folder 6
    • Marvin Asspen Installation, 1979Box 7, Folder 7
    • Association of American Law Schools, 1976Box 7, Folder 8
    • Testimonial for Nathaniel L. Nathanson, 1979Box 7, Folder 9
    • Northwestern University School of Law Graduation Address, 1980Box 7, Folder 10
  • Publications
    • Reprints, 1978-1982Box 7, Folder 11
  • Northwestern University School of Law Administrative Committee Files
    • Bar Exam Committee, 1976-1980Box 7, Folder 12
    • Curricular Committee, 1975-1977Box 7, Folder 13
    • Faculty Advisory Committee, 1974-1975Box 7, Folder 14
    • Honor Code Committee, 1976Box 7, Folder 15
    • Recruiting, 1975-1979Box 7, Folder 16
    • Report on Clinical Legal Education at Northwestern University Law School, 1976Box 7, Folder 17