Hugh Evander Willis (b. 1875; d. 1967) served as Acting Dean of the Indiana University School of Law in 1942-43, while Bernard Gavit served as General Counsel for the War Manpower Commission. Born in Stratton, Vermont, he received his B.A. (1897) and M.A. (1899) from Yankton College. He received an LL.B. (1901) and an LL.M. (1902) from the University of Minnesota. Prior to teaching at the IU School of Law, Willis taught at the University of Minnesota Law School from 1902 to 1913. He then became the Dean at Southwestern University Law School in Los Angeles (1913-1915) followed by five years as a professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law (1917-1922), including two years as Dean (1920-22). In addition to serving as a Law Professor and Acting Dean at Indiana, Willis served as the University’s varsity golf coach from 1935 to 1940.

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