William W. Cook of the Class of '82, had a dream, and he lived in this dream from its inception until his death. It was to develop a great law school, housed in the most inspiring of buildings and devoted to the ideal of creating leaders of men. He often said, "Intellectual leadership is the greatest problem which faces America today; without leaders we perish." This he placed above all else. With these ideals in mind he proceeded with his work. Architects and artists were dispatched to centers of learning both here and abroad in order that the law school buildings would become outstanding monuments of American architecture, a credit to himself, to the University, and to the country. Upon his death he endowed the Law School under a perpetual trust in order that his ideal might be given effect forever.
A Book of The Lawyers Quadrangle at the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1931.