William Wilson Cook ardently believed that the future of democratic institutions must depend in large measure upon the ability and integrity of the members of the legal profession. He hoped to improve the quality of the leadership provided by that profession by improving the law schools. As the immediate object of his philanthropy he chose his Alma Mater, The University of Michigan Law School. The Law Quadrangle is the physical embodiment of one aspect of his idea and marks a milestone in legal education. In making possible a close fellowship between lawyers, teachers, and students in an inspiring environment he has promoted high ideals of scholarship and of professional conduct. The following pages will outline the evolution of his plan and will depict and describe the beautiful buildings which his generosity has provided. It is hoped that the reader will be able to catch some· of the idealism which motivated the donor in devoting the material fruits of his life's endeavors to the welfare of the legal profession, and, through it, to the welfare of his country.
Fred, Nathan, ed. A Book of the Law Quadrangle at the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor: Board of Governors of the Lawyers Club of the University of Michigan, 1934.