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Lawrence Waggoner papers (Restatement of the Law)


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Lawrence Waggoner is considered a leading figure in law reform in the field of wills, trusts, and future interests. Interestingly enough, Waggoner did not begin his law career after he graduated from Michigan Law in 1963. Instead, he pursued a doctorate degree at University of Oxford as a Fulbright Scholar and served as a captain in the U.S. Army from 1966-1968. Waggoner then had a short stint teaching at the University of Virginia School of Law but eventually returned to the University of Michigan in 1974. At Michigan, he cultivated a long and successful career not only as a professor of law, but also as an authoritative figure in trust and estate law.

Waggoner held many influential positions outside the classroom as well. He served as the director of research and the chief reporter for the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trust and Estate Acts, adviser for the Restatement (Third) of Trusts, reporter for the Restatement (Third) of Property, Wills, and Other Donative Transfers, reporter for the Uniform Probate Code which he completed the revisions for in 2008. In recognition of his accomplishments, Waggoner received professional accolades by his peers. He is a life member of the American Law Institute, an academic fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, an academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, and a life fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation.

After teaching law for 44 years, 38 of which were at Michigan Law, Professor Lawrence Waggoner retired at the beginning of 2012.

The Lawrence Waggoner Papers (Restatement of the Law), 1995-2010 and undated, specifically focuses on Waggoner's role as the reporter for the Restatement (Third) of Property (Wills and Other Donative Transfers) for the American Law Institute. The collection includes the preliminary drafts (#4, 6, 9-14), council drafts (#2, 4-7), and tentative drafts of the Restatement (#1-6); as well as cassette tapes regarding the Restatement of Property.

Accessioned on October 1, 2012

Processed by Hoang Tran, October 2012.


University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library
Finding Aid Author
Hoang Tran
Finding Aid Date
2012 October
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Collection Inventory

Preliminary Draft No. 4, September 12, 1995.
Box 1 Folder 1
Preliminary Draft No. 6, September 25, 1997.
Box 1 Folder 2
Preliminary Draft No. 9, September 6, 2002.
Box 1 Folder 3
Preliminary Draft No. 10, August 27, 2003.
Box 1 Folder 4
Preliminary Draft No. 11, August 26, 2005.
Box 1 Folder 5
Preliminary Draft No. 12, August 15, 2007.
Box 1 Folder 6
Preliminary Draft No. 13, August 28, 2008.
Box 1 Folder 7
Preliminary Draft No. 14, August 10, 2009.
Box 2 Folder 1
Council Draft No. 2, November 20, 1997.
Box 2 Folder 2
Council Draft No. 4, November 25, 2003.
Box 2 Folder 3
Council Draft No. 5, November 16, 2005.
Box 2 Folder 4
Council Draft No. 6, November 7, 2008.
Box 2 Folder 5
Council Draft No. 7, November 16, 2009.
Box 2 Folder 6
Tentative Draft No. 1, March 28, 1995.
Box 2 Folder 7
Tentative Draft No. 2, March 16, 1998.
Box 3 Folder 1
Tentative Draft No. 3, April 4, 2001.
Box 3 Folder 2
Tentative Draft No. 4, March 25, 2004.
Box 3 Folder 3
Tentative Draft No. 5, March 27, 2006.
Box 3 Folder 4
Tentative Draft No. 6, March 18, 2010.
Box 3 Folder 5

Restatement Third Property, September 19, 2003. 4 audiotapes.
Box 4 Folder 1
Physical Description

4 audiotapes

Restatement of the Law Third (RL3) - Property, September 28, 2002. 4 audiotapes.
Box 4 Folder 2
Physical Description

4 audiotapes

ALI Council Meeting (Property Discussion), December 11, 2003. 2 audiotapes.
Box 4 Folder 3
Physical Description

2 audiotapes

Property - Donative Transfers, undated. 4 audiotapes.
Box 4 Folder 4
Physical Description

4 audiotapes

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