Clark Milton Byse

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Assistant Professor

Biographical Information

Clark M. Byse earned a bachelor’s degree from Oshkosh State Teachers College in 1935, and later received law degrees from University of Wisconsin and Columbia University.  He was an assistant professor at Iowa from 1939 to 1941.  During World War II he served as an attorney in the Securities and Exchange Commission.  After the war, he taught law at University of Pennsylvania before joining the faculty of Harvard Law School in 1957. He is widely believed to be the inspiration for the fearsome Professor Kingsfield in the Harvard Law School movie The Paper Chase.

Professor Byse took emeritus status at Harvard Law School in 1983, and returned to Iowa as a Mason S. Ladd Distinguished Visiting Professor in 1985.  He taught law for more than 60 years before passing away in 2007.  Harvard Law School has now established six Byse Fellowships in his honor.



Clark Byse, Legal Scholarship, Legal Realism and the Law Teacher's Intellectual Schizophrenia (Nova Univ. 1988)
Clark Byse, A Half Century of Legal Education (Univ. Iowa C. L. 1985)
Clark Byse et al., Administrative Law: Cases and Comments (Foundation Press, 1979)
Clark Byse, Requirement of Findings and Reasons in Formal Proceedings in Administrative Law (Am. Ass’n Comp. Study L. 1978)
Clark Byse, Comments on a Structural Reform Proposal : Presidential Directives to Independent Agencies (Am. B. Ass’n 1977)
Clark Byse, The Availability and Scope of Judicial Review of Administrative Action by Ordinary Courts (E. Bruylant 1974)
Clark Byse & Sheldon H. Nahmod, Cases and Materials on the Role of Law on the Campus: Procedural Due Process, Academic Freedom and Tenure (Mass. 1971)
Clark Byse, The University and Due Process: A Somewhat Different View (Mass. 1968)
Clark Byse, The Judicial Review Provisions of S. 518, The Proposed Administrative Procedure Act of 1967 (1967)
Clark Byse, Judicial Review of Agency Action (Admin. L. Sec., Am. B. Ass’n 1967)
Clark Byse & Joseph Vitaliano Fiocca, Section 1361 of the Mandamus and Venue Act of 1962 and "Nonstatutory" Judicial Review of Federal Administrative Action, Harv. L. Rev. Ass’n 1967)
Clark Byse, A Modest Proposal (Houghton Mifflin 1964)
Clark Byse, Procedure in Student Dismissal Proceedings: Law and Policy (Mass. 1962)
Clark Byse & Louis Joughin, Tenure in American Higher Education: Plans, Practices, and the Law (Cornell University Press 1959)
Clark Byse, Academic Freedom, Tenure, and the Law: A Comment on Worzella v. Board of Regents (Mass. 1959)
Clark Milton Byse, Tenure Plans and Practices in American Higher Education: A Study of Eighty Institutions (American Academic Freedom Project 1957)
Clark Byse, Teachers and the Fifth Amendment (Boston 1955)
Clark Byse, Introduction to Contracts (University of Pennsylvania Law School 1950)
Clark Byse, Materials on Government Regulation of Securities Transactions (University of Pennsylvania Law School 1947)
Clark Milton Byse, The Federal Alcohol Administration (1939)


Clark Byse, "Archibald Cox," 118 Harv. L. Rev. 6 (2004)
Clark Byse, "Remarks at the Boston University Law Review Banquet," 82 B.U. L. Rev. 605 (2002)
Clark Byse, "Introductory Comments to the First-Year Class in Contracts," 78 B.U. L. Rev. 59 (1998)
Clark Byse, "Walter Gellhorn: Administrative Law Scholar, Teacher, Reformer," 96 Colum. L. Rev. 589 (1996)
Clark Byse, "In Memoriam: Phillip E. Areeda," 109 Harv. L. Rev. 894 (1996)
Clark Byse et al., "In Memoriam: Erwin Nathaniel Griswold" (Harv. L. Rev. Ass’n 1995)
Clark Byse et al., "In Memoriam: Albert M. Sacks," 105 Harv. L. Rev. 1 (1991-1992)
Clark Byse, "Recent Developments in Federal Administrative Law: Damage Actions Against the Government or Government Employees," 4 Admin. L. J. 275 (1990)
Clark Byse, "Judicial Review of Administrative Interpretation of Statutes: An Analysis of Chevron's {Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 104 S. Ct. 2778} Step Two," 2 Admin. L. J. 255 (1988)
Clark Byse, "Scope of Judicial Review in Informal Rulemaking," 33 Admin. L. Rev. 183 (1981)
Clark Byse, "Vermont Yankee and the Evolution of Administrative Procedure: A Somewhat Different View," 91 Harv. L. Rev. 1823 (1978)
Clark Byse, "The Department of Energy Organization Act: Structure and Procedure," 30 Admin. L. Rev. 193 (1978)
Clark Byse, Proposed Reforms in Federal "Nonstatutory" Judicial Review: Sovereign Immunity, Indispensable Parties, Mandamus (Harv. L. Rev. Ass’n 1962)
Clark Byse, "Suing the 'Wrong' Defendant in Judicial Review of Federal Administrative Action: Proposals for Reform," 77 Harv. L. Rev 40 (1963)
Clark Byse, "Review of Tenure in American Higher Education," 31 J. Higher Educ. 176 (1960)
Clark Byse, "A Report on the Pennsylvania Loyalty Act," 101 U. Pa. L. Rev. 480 (1953)
Clark Byse, "Opportunity to Be Heard in License Issuance," 101 U. Pa. L. Rev. 57 (1952)
Clark Byse, "Administrative Procedure Reform in Pennsylvania," 97 U. Pa. L. Rev. 22 (1948)
Clark Byse & Raymond J. Bradley, "Proposals to Amend the Registration and Prospectus Requirements of the Securities Act of 1933," 96 U. Pa. L. Rev. 609 (1947-1948)
Clark Byse, "Alcoholic Beverage Control Before Repeal," 7 Law & Contemp. Probs 544 (1940)