Philip Mechem

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Position: 

Professor of Law

Biographical Information

Philip Mechem earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1922, and legal degrees from University of Colorado and University of Chicago in 1922 and 1926. His father, Floyd Mechem, was also a law professor. He taught law at University of Idaho, University of Chicago, University of Kansas, and Washington University in St. Louis before joining the faculty at University of Iowa College of Law in 1930.

He was served as a professor at Iowa from 1930 to 1948. During World War II, he left Iowa to work in the U.S. Department of Justice, returning in 1944. In 1948, he left Iowa to join the faculty at University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he taught for the rest of his career. His work focused on wills, estates, and future interests. He died in 1969.

Publications

Books

Philip Mechem & Thomas E. Atkinson, Cases and Materials on Wills and Administration, 5th ed. (Foundation Press 1961)
Philip Mechem, Cases and Materials on Future Interests (Foundation Press 1958)
Philip Mechem, contributor: Floyd R. Mechem. Selected Cases on the Law of Agency, 4th ed. (Callaghan & Co. 1954).
Philip Mechem. Cases and Other Materials on the Law of Wills and Administration,4th ed., selected and edited by Philip Mechem and Thomas E. Atkinson. (Foundation Press, 1954).
Philip Mechem. Cases and Other Materials on the Law of Wills and Administration,3rd ed., selected and edited by Philip Mechem and Thomas E. Atkinson. (Foundation Press, 1947).
Philip Mechem. Murders I've Seen. [Fiction] (NY: Croydon Publishing 1945).
Philip Mechem, contributor: Floyd R. Mechem. Selected Cases on the Law of Agency, 3rd ed. (Callaghan & Co. 1942).
Philip Mechem. Cases and Other Materials on the Law of Wills and Administration,2nd ed., selected and edited by Philip Mechem and Thomas E. Atkinson. (Foundation Press, 1939).
Philip Mechem. The Columbine Cabin Murders. [Fiction] (Scribner's 1932)
Philip Mechem. Cases and Other Materials on the Law of Wills and Administration, selected and edited by Philip Mechem and Thomas E. Atkinson. (Foundation Press, 1928).

Articles

Philip Mechem, "In Memoriam: Thomas Edgar Atkinson," 35 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1233 (1960)
Philip Mechem, "Brief Reply to Professor Leach," 108 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1155 (1959-1960)
Philip Mechem, "Further Thoughts on the Pennsylvania Perpetuities Legislation," 107 U. Pa. L. Rev. 965 (1958-1959)
Philip Mechem, "Foreword," 15 Ohio St. L.J. 251 (1954)
Philip Mechem, "Rationale of Ratification," 100 U. Pa. L. Rev. 649 (1951-1952)
Philip Mechem, "What's Wrong with Agency--A Comment," 2 J. Legal Educ. 203 (1949-1950)
Philip Mechem, "Why Not a Modern Wills Act?," 33 Iowa L. Rev. 501 (1947-1948)
Philip Mechem, "Proposed Four-Year Law Curriculum: A Dissenting Opinion," 38 Mich. L. Rev. 945 (1939-1940)
Philip Mechem, "Specific Legacies of Unspecific Things--Ashburner v. MacGuire Reconsidered," 87 U. Pa. L. Rev. 546 (1938-1939)
Philip Mechem, "The Jurisprudence of Despair," 21 Iowa L. Rev. 669 (1935-1936)
Philip Mechem, "The Integration of Holographic Wills," 12 N.C. L. Rev. 213 (1933-1934)
Philip Mechem, "Some Problems Arising under Anti-Lapse Statutes," 19 Iowa L. Rev. 1 (1933-1934)
Philip Mechem, "Rule in Lemayne v. Stanley," 29 Mich. L. Rev. 685 (1930-1931)
Philip Mechem, "Requirement of Delivery in Gifts of Chattels and of Choses in Action Evidenced by Commercial Instruments - III," 21 Ill. L. Rev. 568 (1926-1927)
Philip Mechem, "Requirement of Delivery in Gifts of Chattels and of Choses in Action Evidenced by Commercial Instruments - II," 21 Ill. L. Rev. 457 (1926-1927)
Philip Mechem, "Requirement of Delivery in Gifts of Chattels and of Choses in Action Evidenced by Commercial Instruments," 21 Ill. L. Rev. 341 (1926-1927)
Philip Mechem, "Gifts of Corporation Shares," 20 Ill. L. Rev. 9 (1925-1926)