It's well known that graduate William B. Cook's generosity provided the Law School with its trademark Gothic Law Quadrangle. It is less universally known that Cook endowed the Law School with a trust to support faculty research, and had a strong interest in the nature of that research. He chose to call the library building "Legal Research" and to inscribe above the main entrance "Learned and cultured lawyers are safeguards of the republic." Cook often said that the lack of "intellectual leadership 1s the greatest problem which faces America," and he wanted this Law School to provide that missing leadership. Judging from the books highlighted in the following pages, Cook's vision and the Law School's commitment to his goal have provided fertile ground to produce top rank, cutting edge research, scholarship, and writing.
Introduction to "Books" in Law Quad. Notes 44, no. 3 (2001): 3.