Tribute to Dean Daniel John Meadorby Former Representative Jo Bonner
Posted on 2013-02-25
in the house of representatives
Monday, February 25, 2013
Mr. BONNER. Mr. Speaker, I rise to pay tribute to a distinguished
Alabamian who made many valuable contributions to the study of law both
in his home State and in the state of Virginia. Daniel John Meador, a
retired University of Virginia law professor and former dean of the
University of Alabama Law School, recently passed away at the age of
Professor Meador was born in Selma, Alabama in 1926. He attended The Citadel and later graduated from Auburn University and the University of Alabama Law School. He pursued graduate study at the Harvard Law School where he received the degree of Master of Laws in 1954.
During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army, first in the artillery and then in the Judge Advocate General's Corps in Korea. From 1954 to 1955, he was law clerk to Justice Hugo L. Black of the U.S. Supreme Court. He then entered law practice in Birmingham with the firm of Lange, Simpson, Robinson, and Somerville. In 1957 he joined the law faculty at the University of Virginia. From 1965 to 1966, he was a Fulbright Lecturer in England.
His deanship at the University of Alabama Law School from 1966 to 1970 came at a time of transition in the School's development. With the backing of the University president, Dr. Frank Rose, he was successful in greatly increasing financial support for the school from its alumni and others. Under his leadership the law library collection was doubled, the curriculum expanded, new faculty recruited, and a program of visiting professors and lecturers inaugurated. He was instrumental in obtaining for the school a chapter of Order of the Coif, the national legal honor society. He initiated plans for a new law school building, completed a decade later.
In 1970, he rejoined the University of Virginia law faculty as James Monroe Professor of Law, a position he held until his retirement in 1994. At the University of Virginia he received the Raven Award, Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, and the Thomas Jefferson Award, the University's highest honor.
From 1977 to 1979, he was an Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, heading a new office entitled the Office for Improvements in the Administration of Justice. One of his most significant accomplishments there was the development of the bill that Congress enacted to create the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Court of Federal Claims.
Dean Meador was the founding president of the Cahaba Foundation, a non-profit corporation dedicated to securing private financial support for the state historical park at Cahaba, Alabama's first State capital. He took a deep personal interest in Cahaba because his mother's family lived and conducted extensive [[Page E185]] farming operations there for three generations, and he spent much time there in his childhood. He recounted all of this in a memoir, At Cahaba--From Civil War to Great Depression. For his preservation efforts in Cahaba he received the distinguished service award from the Alabama Historical Commission.
On behalf of the people of Alabama, I wish to offer condolences to his wife, Alice, and their three children--Barrie Meador Boyd; Anna Meador Palms; Daniel J. Meador Jr., seven grandchildren, and a brother, Dr. Clifton K. Meador, former dean of the University of Alabama Medical School.