Dalhousie Law Journal


John Willis, teaching, administrative law, constitutional law; history of English law; equity, bills of exchange and promissory notes, statute law, taxation, wills and trusts


I am an unabashed admirer of John Willis; and I have credentials that entitle me to speak of his teaching and his writing. We were law school colleagues for some fifteen years and were close personal friends for an even longer period. We remain such close friends today. What was remarkable about John Willis was the range of his teaching. I doubt that any other full-time teacher, at a time when the curriculum was limited and structured, exhibited his command of as many. subjects. Let me list the important ones: administrative (and constitutional) law; history of English law; equity (including mortgage and sale of land); bills of exchange and promissory notes; statute law; taxation; wills and trusts.