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Sturm College of Law


Preventive law, Legal autopsy, Louis M. Brown


Preventive law is practiced by experienced lawyers, many of whom do not recognize the principles of preventive law or practice, but nevertheless practice them instinctively. This has led Professor Edward Dauer to lament that preventive law is a widespread practice desperately in need of supporting theory. In fact, however, due in large measure to the pioneering efforts of Louis M. Brown (who may well be described as the father of the theory of modern preventive law) as well as the efforts of Edward Dauer, a substantial body of theory and scholarly literature now exists in the subject of preventive law. Louis Brown's landmark article, The Practice of Preventive Law in 1951 heralded the beginning of a movement in the legal profession to recognize preventive law as an area of discipline.

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