Viewing William Reynolds Vance (1870-1940).
William R. Vance served as Dean of the University of Minnesota Law School from 1911 to 1920. His arrival on campus in 1912 set off what was known over the decades as "the Revolution of 1912." He instituted the case method of instruction, purged the faculty and hired future stars such as Edmund M. Morgan, then in private practice in Duluth. In 1920 he left Minnesota to return to Yale Law School. He died on October 23, 1940, at age 70. The next month, his obituary was published in The Hennepin Lawyer.