I do not write letters to the editor of alumni magazines or other publications, but I could not help but react to, and thank you for, the Faculty Tribute to Professor Kaplan in the Winter 2011 issue.
My first law school class (September 1958) was Civil Procedure. I watched in terror as Professor Kaplan called on and verbally sparred with names chosen at random from a seating chart of about 125 students. The day came in October when my name was called. I do not remember the question, but I remember nervously mouthing some response. This was followed by a short series of questions from Professor Kaplan and answers from me. His teaching skills converted the wide-of-the-mark answer I had originally given into a response somewhere near the target. The experience gave me the confidence I needed that long-ago first year.