The People v. Barrett File, May 9, 1942 - August 26, 1943 | University of Illinois Archives
Series Number: 2/9/807
Acquired: September 1964
Volume: 0.1 cubic feet
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Description: Printed and duplicated copies of letters, statements, resolutions and decisions relating to April 22 and May 7, 1942 attempts by Attorney General George F. Barrett to remove Sveinbjorn Johnson from his position as University Counsel and the Board of Trustees' mandamus proceedings to compel the Attorney General to rescind his orders halting salary payments to Johnson and withdraw a motion to remove the University Counsel's pleading in a Cook County case. Barrett contended that his office should represent the University. In November, 1942, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the University, as a public corporation, may employ persons to conduct and manage its business affairs without state control and that the Attorney General had no right to represent the University. The court also ruled that the legislature had made no appropriation for the University Counsel's salary.