Earnest, John Paul

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John Paul Earnest, Professor of Law, 1935


“Old, fat and ugly,” quoting Mr. Earnest; to the law students, just “Dad,” for his personal interest in each one of them. Mr. Ernest began life in the Keystone State. In the 80’s he entered Pennsylvania College at Gettysburg where he worked his way through during the time he was able to attend. For his work there, the college later awarded him the honorary degree of A.M. Coming to Washington, he entered the Columbian (G.W) Law School, completed the two year course offered and graduated in 1888 with the degree of LL.B. in 1890 he received his L.L.M. from the same place.

Mr. Earnest was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1889 and has been practicing in Washington ever since. He first became connected with the present Law School in 1902. He is professor of Criminal Law and Procedure which subject he has taught almost without exception since he began. Criminal Law is Mr. Earnest’s special field in which he is an authority. He is in addition one of the judges of the moot court. During the past semester, at the request of Dean Borden, he taught Medical Jurisprudence to the Junior medicos.

He has been at various time president of the local organization of the Sons of the American Revolution and vice president general of the national society of Sons of the American Revolution. At the present time, he is a member of the Bar Association, chairman of the committee, of the Bar Examiners for the District of Columbia and is actively interested in elevating standards for admission to the Bar in the District. He was head of special Committee of the Bar Association which last month recommended to the association that educational requirements for bar examination raised to a four-year high school course or its equivalent.

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Photographic Credit: GW University Historical Photographs Collection
Author or Source: Hatchet, January 20, 1926
Document Location: University Archives
Date Added to Encyclopedia: January 22, 2007
Prepared by: Lyle Slovick

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