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A native of Georgia, Garrard Glenn received his B.A. in 1899 from the University of Georgia and went to Columbia Law School from which he received an LL.B. in 1903. While a student there he served on the editorial board of the Columbia Law Review with John M. Woolsey, founder of the journal. Upon graduating he worked five years for Davies, Stone and Auerbach in New York. He then helped establish the firm of Shattuck and Glenn. In 1913 Glenn began lecturing at Columbia and continued there as a part-time associate professor until 1921. He had devised a course called Creditors' Rights which so impressed the Columbia faculty that they hired him to teach it. In early 1927 Glenn turned down the offer of a teaching position at the University of Virginia Law School, but in December he decided to accept. He was the James Monroe Professor of Law from 1929 until his death in 1949. Glenn, a well-loved and respected professor, taught Trusts, Equity, Corporations, Evidence, Creditors' Rights, Security and Insurance.
Garrard Glenn's prolific writing career began while he was a student and extended through the years of ill-health preceding his death. In 1910 he published Secret Liens and in 1915, Creditors' Rights, a major work in an area of the law which he helped bring into focus. World War I prompted him to write The Army and the Law, and in 1931 he published Fraudulent Conveyances. Naturally after he began teaching Glenn had more time for scholarship, and in the thirties and forties his most respected works were written. He also served as editorial adviser for Jurisprudence in Virginia and West Virginia and the Restatement of the Law of Security. Glenn produced more than 40 major articles for law reviews across the country and covered topics from creditors' rights to Sir Thomas More, whom he felt should be the patron saint of his profession. While at the University, he served on the faculty committee of the Virginia Quarterly Review and was a faculty advisor to the Virginia Law Review. Leslie Hepburn Buckler described Glenn’s teaching style: “Every student he ever taught will agree he was a great teacher. But he violated, or rather ignored, all the rules declared essential by the authorities on ‘legal teaching, method and objectives,’ whether according to the fashion that is in the ascendant, or the one which is in decline.” Armistead M. Dobie was to claim in his later years that his greatest contribution to the Law School was his ability to persuade Glenn to come to Virginia.
A compilation of Glenn's diaries and correspondence is available in Special Collections.
The Law of Fraudulent Conveyances (Baker, Voorhis, 1931).
The Law Governing Liquidation: As Pertaining to Corporations, Partnerships, Individuals, Decedents, Bankruptcy, Receivership, Reorganization (Baker, Voorhis, 1935).
Cases and Materials on Creditors’ Rights (West, 1940).
Fraudulent Conveyances and Preferences (Baker, Voorhis, 2d ed. 1940).
The Army and the Law (with A. Arthur Schiller) (Columbia University Press, 1943).
Mortgages, Deeds of Trust, and Other Security Devices as to Land (Michie, 1943).
Cases and Materials on Equity (with Kenneth Redden) (Michie, 1946).
Treasury Stock, 15 Va. L. Rev. 625-642 (1929).
The Diversities of the Preferential Transfer – A Study in Bankruptcy History, 15 Cornell L.Q. 521-542 (1930).
Edward Coke and Law Restatement, 1930 Va. St. B. Ass’n Rep. 388-402; reprinted in 17 Va. L. Rev. 447-460 (1931).
The Uniform Fraudulent Conveyance Act: Rights of Creditor Without Judgment, 30 Colum. L. Rev. 202-214 (1930).
War Without Guns, 8 Va. Q. Rev. 388-399 (1932).
Censorship at Common Law under Modern Dispensation, 45 Va. St. B. Ass’n Rep. 267-284 (1933); reprinted in 82 U. Pa. L. Rev. 114-128 (1933); 41 Com. L.J. 23-30 (1936); and Notable Virginia Bar Addresses 478-493 (O.R. McGuire et al. eds., Michie, 1938).
Gold and Our Honor, 9 Va. Q. Rev. 538-548 (1933).
Oppressive Bargains: Equity and the Credit Market, 19 Va. L. Rev. 594-609 (1933).
The Assignment of Choses in Action; Rights of Bona Fide Purchaser, 20 Va. L. Rev. 621-654 (1934).
Essentials of Bankruptcy: Prevention of Fraud, and Control of Debtor, J. Nat’l Ass’n Ref. Bankr., Oct. 1936, at 37-42; reprinted in 23 Va. L. Rev. 378-388 (1937) and 42 Com. L.J. 99-105 (1937).
Law Reviews – Notes of an Antediluvian, 23 Va. L. Rev. 46-48 (1936).
Rescission for Fraud in Sale or Purchase of Goods – Quasi Contractual Remedies as Related to Trover and Replevin, 22 Va. L. Rev. 859-890 (1936).
Right of Sanctuary, 12 Va. Q. Rev. 500-514 (1936).
Proposed Revision of the National Bankrupt Act: Corporate Reorganization and Stockbrokers, 25 Geo. L.J. 628-641 (1937).
The Pledge as a Security Device, 24 Va. L. Rev. 355-380 (1938).
The Chandler Act and the Trustee as a Bona Fide Purchaser: A Supplementary Note, 25 Va. L. Rev. 881-889 (1939).
The Chattel Mortgage as a Statutory Security, 25 Va. L. Rev. 316-339 (1939).
The Conditional Sale at Common Law and as a Statutory Security, 25 Va. L. Rev. 559-586 (1939).
The “Equitable Pledge,” Creditors’ Rights and the Chandler Act, 25 Va. L. Rev. 422-452 (1939).
Property Exempt from Creditors’ Rights of Realization, 26 Va. L. Rev. 127-150 (1939).
Basic Considerations in Tort Claims in Bankruptcy and Reorganization, 18 N.Y.U. L.Q. Rev. 367-374 (1941).
Purchasing Subject to Mortgage: First Phase: Mortgagor’s Rights Against Grantee, 27 Va. L. Rev. 853-872 (1941).
St. Thomas More as Judge and Lawyer, 10 Fordham L. Rev. 187-195 (1941).
Purchasing Subject to Mortgage: Second Phase: Mortgagor’s Rights Against Assuming Grantee, 28 Va. L. Rev. 445-466 (1942).
A Study on Strict Foreclosure, 29 Va. L. Rev. 519-556 (1943).
Effect of Discharge in Bankruptcy: Ancillary Jurisdiction of Federal Court, 30 Va. L. Rev. 531-542 (1944); reprinted in J. Nat’l Ass’n Ref. Bankr., Apr. 1945, at 83-86.
Equity: A Visit to the Founding Fathers (with Kenneth Redden), 31 Va. L. Rev. 753-783 (1945).
Mercantile Collateral Law – Present-Day Changes, 11 Law & Contemp. Probs. 281-300 (1945); reprinted in Significant Developments in the Law During the War Years: Creditors’ Rights; Mercantile Collateral Law 59-88 (Practising Law Institute, 1946).
Creditors’ Rights – A Review of Recent Developments, 32 Va. L. Rev. 235-294 (1946); reprinted in Significant Developments in the Law During the War Years: Creditors’ Rights; Mercantile Collateral Law 1-57 (Practising Law Institute, 1946).
Mercantile Collateral Law – Recent Developments, J. Nat’l Ass’n Ref. Bankr., Oct. 1946, at 24-26 (1946).
The Foreign Ship Mortgage (with George De F. Lord), 56 Yale L.J. 923-941 (1947).
Review of Wigmore, The Principles of Judicial Proof, 2d ed., 18 Va. L. Rev. 214-217 (1931).
Review of Hanna, Cases and Materials on the Law of Creditors’ Rights, 32 Colum. L. Rev. 149-151 (1932).
Review of Billig & Casey, Cases on the Administration of Insolvent Estates, 33 Colum. L. Rev. 183-184 (1933).
Review of Cook, Cases and Other Authorities on Equity, 2d ed., 19 Va. L. Rev. 313-315 (1933).
Review of Handler, Cases and Materials on the Law of Vendor and Purchaser, 20 Va. L. Rev. 257-259 (1933).
Review of Kocourek, Materials in the Law of Security Transactions. 28 Ill. L. Rev. 304-306 (1933).
Review of Sturges, Cases and Materials on the Law of Administration of Debtors’ Estates, 81 U. Pa. L. Rev. 893-895 (1933).
Review of Powell, Cases and Materials on Trusts and Estates, 20 Va. L. Rev. 601-603 (1934).
Review of Chafee & Simpson, Cases on Equity, 21 Va. L. Rev. 969-972 (1935).
Review of Dignan, History of the Legal Incorporation of Catholic Church Property in the United States (1784-1932), 22 Va. L. Rev. 249-254 (1935).
Review of Hanbury, Essays in Equity, 21 Va. L. Rev. 462-463 (1935).
Review of Walsh, Treatise on Mortgages, 21 Va. L. Rev. 595-598 (1935).
Review of Griswold, Spendthrift Trusts, 22 Va. L. Rev. 972-975 (1936).
Review of Hanna, Cases and Materials on Creditors’ Rights, 2d ed., 36 Colum. L. Rev. 176-177 (1936).
Review of Holbrook & Aigler, Cases on the Law of Bankruptcy Including the Law of Fraudulent Conveyances, 3d ed., 85 U. Pa. L. Rev. 128-130 (1936).
Review of Restatement of the Law of Trusts, 25 Geo. L.J. 212-216 (1936).
Review of Wormser, Cases and Other Authorities on the Law of Mortgages, 2d ed., 5 Fordham L. Rev. 383-384 (1936).
John Wood Fishburne, 49 Va. St. B. Ass’n Rep. 221-222 (1937).
Review of Belli, Treatise on Military Matters and Warfare, 23 Va. L. Rev. 961-964 (1937).
Review of Melick, Sale of Food and Drink at Common Law and under the Uniform Sales Act, 23 Va. L. Rev. 497 (1937).
Review of Stenton, Rolls of the Justice in Eyre for Yorkshire in the Year 3 Hen. III (1218-19), 24 Va. L. Rev. 95-101 (1937).
The University Created by Thomas Jefferson, Travel, Mar. 1937, at 18-21, 60-61.
Review of Restatement of the Law of Restitution, 24 Va. L. Rev. 828-830 (1938).
Review of Hanna & McLaughlin, Cases and Materials on Creditors’ Rights, 40 Colum. L. Rev. 760-763 (1940).
Review of Scott, Law of Trusts, 26 Va. L. Rev. 841-846 (1940).
Review of Thurston, Cases on Restitution, 35 Ill. L. Rev. 614-616 (1941).
Review of Pomeroy, A Treatise on Equity Jurisprudence, 5th ed., 29 Va. L. Rev. 507-510 (1943).
Review of Fortescue, De Laudibus Legum Angliae, 30 Va. L. Rev. 685-690 (1944).
Review of 1 Swaine, The Cravath Firm and its Predecessors, 1819-1947, 33 Va. L. Rev. 540-546 (1947).
Review of Stanley & Kilcullen, Federal Income Tax, 35 Va. L. Rev. 283-284 (1949).
Review of 2 Swaine, The Cravath Firm and its Predecessors, 1819-1947, 35 Va. L. Rev. 281-283 (1949).