Law Quadrangle (formerly Law Quad Notes)

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Bankruptcy Study


Excerpts from talk before section of corporation, banking, and business law of the Philadelphia Bar Association, December 16, 1966

... During World War II a relative of mine who lived in Knoxville, Tenn., told of a tremendous project near his town. It seemed not to be a military project because there were no uniforms in evidence, but the influx of people and materials and the pace of activity suggested that there must be some connection with the great national effort we were engaged in. But there were no signs, no newspaper publicity, and indeed no kind of report to appease the curiosity of the residents of the area. The mystery was much heightened by the fact that while much was shipped into this center of great activity, nothing was being shipped out. The speculation was ended on August 6, 1945, the day the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The place in Tennessee was the Clinton Engineer Works, Oak Ridge, where the bomb had been manufactured in large part.

There may be some superficial similarity in the operations of the Manhattan Project and of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules. We - the Committee and I as its reporter - have been working for several years now with a considerable input but no comparable output. And our operations, while not classified, have not been reported on generally.