W.A. Bootle

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"And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham," Genesis tells us. The famine now in mind prevailed in the United States in 1933 and for a few years thereafter. Banks that had not closed voluntarily were closed by order of the new President. Because of these conditions, budgets of small law schools were precarious, and their faculty members were seeking connections with schools more financially secure. Student enrollment dropped precipitately.

In June 1933, Dean J. A. McClain, Jr., resigned to join the law school at the University of Georgia. With budgetary considerations in mind, Mercer's president, Dr. Spright Dowell, sought only an acting dean as Dean McClain's replacement. A concatenation of circumstances led him to select for that position the writer of this brief article-an alumnus of Mercer who had served as a lecturer in the law school and who was leaving office as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia because the President who closed the banks was of a different political faith from that of his predecessor.