Igor I. Kavass

Professor of Law and Law Librarian, 1972-1975


Igor Kavass joined the Duke Law faculty in 1972.  He was the first member of the faculty to have the title Law Librarian since Dale Stansbury in 1947.  In the intervening years the law school had a librarian on staff, but not a specific law librarian.  Kavass’s field of expertise was domestic and international treaties.  In 1973 he and co-compiler Adolf Sprudzs of the University of Chicago published UST Cumulative Index 1950-1970: Cumulative Index to United States Treaties and Other International Agreements 1950-1970.  Kavass continued to build on this indexing work for the rest of his career.  His indexing scheme is used by Hein Online's Treaties and Agreements Library.  Kavass left Duke in 1975 to become the law librarian at Vanderbilt.  

Kavass attended the University of Melbourne Law School, graduating with honors in 1956. After law school, Kavass entered private practice for a few years before becoming a professor of law at the University of Adelaide in 1959.   He then served on the faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law and Northwestern University before coming to Duke.  He died in 2008.

Sources:

Duke University, School of Law, Bulletin of Duke University School of Law [serial]

Igor Ivan Kavass Obituary [perma.cc/9BD3-XZ9R], The Tennessean (April 8, 2008) (last viewed April 6, 2015)