Barton, Albert (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 5, Number 1 (Oct. 1903)
Sanborn, A. L.
Edwin E. Bryant, pp. [unnumbered]-3
Edwin E. Bryantý teller, and considered that the time was not lost by the telling of a story in the class room, if thereby some point of law was emphasized. He illustrated the work as he went along by - hypothetical cases in which some members of the class-would figure, to the amusement of their fellow students, and by this method there was usually carried away from the class room a grasp upon the principle of the law. Dean Bryant not only understood the teaching of the class, but he was well fitted to teach not only.his own particular subjects, but any of those included in the curriculum of the law school. For he was "very learned in the law," and he was willing and anxious that the students who sat under him should have every facility which he could offer in their advancement in their chosen profession. The student who wished to learn from the instruction of Dean Bryant had ample opportunity for the ful- fillment of that wish. The student who did not care whether he became a good .lawyer or not did not have his work forced upon him by the dean, but he could not but carry away a-considerable insight upon the subject at which he had been working. The essential characteristic of Dean Bryant both in his work as a man and in his life in the law school was his extraordinary kindliness.- It was in this also that his faults as a teacher lay. He was too good-natured and too willing to give the dull or in- different student another chance, and yet, after all, it may be incorrect to call this characteristic of Dean Bryant a fault. There are plenty of those who- stand ready for the sterm and severe parts who will force the student to the utmost of his en- deavors, who will drive instead of lead, but those who like Dean Bryant, can bring to their work a spirit of affection for the stu- dentý, a fund of information which is ready for the service of those who wish to learn, and high ideals for their profession are all too rare both in active practice and in academic life. A. L. SANBORN. 3
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