John Saeger Bradway Collection

Identifier: NEJL-032

Scope and Contents

The collection includes: The first annual report of the Duke Legal Aid Clinic (1932), along with related documents and drafts and commentary by Robert MacCrate (long-time friend and colleague of Bradway); Duke Legal Aid Clinic Materials: teaching aids and materials used by Bradway in the Duke Clinic and compiled by John Lindsey (1975), they are bound in five volumes and cataloged (KF 337 .N6 B7); Bradway's first but nearly complete "Concise Biography of the American Bar" (1980-82), a history of the American Bar from 1600 to 1937-, and related documents, drafts, and commentaries; Correspondence between Bradway and Haverford College President Robert Stevens (dates), these letters concern all manner of educational matters; A bound book of letters of farewell, regret, commendation, etc. upon Bradway's Retirement as Secretary of National Association of Legal Aid Organizations (1940); Correspondence regarding Bradway's estate; Bradway obituaries; Miscellaneous articles authored by Bradway; a Bradway portrait, Pennsylvania Law School Year Book. The collection appears to have come from either John Lindsey, Law Librarian at Temple University or a Robert MacCrate.


  • 1914 - 1985



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Biographical / Historical

John Saeger Bradway was born in Swarthmore PA, 1890. He earned an A.B. from Haverford College 1911 and an LL.B. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School 1914. After completing law school Bradway worked for the firm Taylor & Robey, 1914-1917; and it was during this period that he first began working in legal aid, working half-time at the Taylor & Robey offices and half-time with the Philadelphia Legal Aid Society. Bradway served in the Navy during World War I, 1917-1919; and after the War he left Taylor & Robey to start a practice of his own. It was about that time that he also became Chief Counsel of the Philadelphia Legal Aid Bureau. In 1922 Bradway became Secretary of the National Association of Legal Aid Societies, he also served as Association President, 1940-1942. From 1920 to 1928 Bradway taught part-time at both Haverford College and at the University of Pennsylvania. He was Professor of Law at the University of Southern California from 1929-31 and at Duke University from 1931-1959. While at Duke he also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina School of Social Work. He retired from full-time teaching in 1959 and moved to California where he taught part time at Hastings College of Law and later at California Western University. He retired from teaching all together in 1973. Bradway was author of over seventy articles and fifteen books and articles including Growth of Legal-Aid Work (1936), co-authored with Reginald Heber Smith Law and Social Work (1929), that was one of the first volumes attempting to bridge the two fields. He was bestowed with many awards and was active in a number of professional and civic associations. He died in 1985.


0.8 linear feet (2 boxes)

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