Regents' Proceedings 1024
Lewis Mallalieu Simes, Floyd Russell Mechem University Professor of Law, came into his seventieth year on July 17, 1959, and is now commencing his retirement.
Receiving his own legal education at the University of Chicago and at Yale, he taught at the law schools of the University of Montana and The Ohio State University before coming to Michigan in 1932; he has since held visiting appointments at Colorado, Stanford, and the University of Chicago.
Professor Simes is perhaps the leading authority in the nation in that branch of real property law known as future interests. His three-volume treatise, The Law of Future Interests, the leading textbook in its field, has been cited as authoritative by the United States Supreme Court and by the appellate courts of many states. He has served as adviser to the Section on Real Property Law of the American Law Institute and participated in many of the law institutes conducted by regional bar associations for the postgraduate education of their members.
His faculty associates selected him to deliver the Thomas M. Cooley Lectures in 1953-54. Neither his scholarship nor his public activity on behalf of his profession, however, distracted him from his immediate academic obligations.
As a teacher, he was at once sound and popular. As Director of Legal Research and Chairman of the Committee on Graduate Study, he was intimately involved in the conduct of his School's affairs. It is far from the least of his attainments, finally, that whatever he did was done quietly, modestly, and without ostentation.
The Regents offer him profound thanks on this occasion. As a token of the honor in which he is held, they now confer upon him the title Professor Emeritus of Law, and extend to him the courtesies due that title.