SCOTT, AUSTIN WAKEMAN. Fundamentals of Procedure in Actions at Law. New York: Baker Voorhis & Co., 1922.
8vo. Original blue cloth gilt. Mild spotting and toning to interior, light shelfwear, spine slightly cocked.
ANNOTATED AND UNDERSCORED BY GINSBURG.
Civil Procedure is a required course for first year law students; in it, students explore the process of civil litigation from the introduction of a lawsuit through the final judgement. Austin Wakeman Scott (1884-1981) was a longtime Harvard Law Professor who specialized in Trusts and Estates law. This book, according to the preface, was published to support his Civil Procedure class. Published in 1922, it was still in use when Ginsburg arrived in 1956.
The first chapter, "Venue and Jurisdiction," bears the most underscoring and annotation, as a young Ginsburg seeks to absorb the important points regarding transitory and local actions. In Chapter II, "Jurisdiction over Nonresidents," she underscores the arguments regarding "implied consent" particularly in regard to foreign and domestic corporations. There are minimal notations in the chapters "Trial by Jury," "Excessive and Inadequate Damages," and "Amendments and Jeofails."
Civil Procedure was a formative course for Ginsburg, whose mastery of the civil litigation system as a lawyer led to such landmark decisions as Roe v. Wade and Reed v. Reed, not to mention her spectacular judicial career. It is also one of the courses she taught during her long career as a law professor.