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Pound was a botanist, ecologist, attorney, judge, teacher, scholar, and legal theorist. He began his career at the University of Nebraska, where he received his doctorate in botany before switching to law. From 1899 to 1907, Pound taught law at the university. Later as dean of Harvard Law School (1916-1936), he greatly influenced the training of American lawyers through his lectures and writing. He was perhaps the chief U.S. advocate of sociological jurisprudence, which stresses that law is affected by social conditions, and his ideas influenced the New Deal programs of Franklin D. Roosevelt.


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