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Alfred Comstock Clapp, Lawyer ( law: pract. & administration, December)AntitrustEstate planning. Probate (including wills, trusts)lawyer.


Clapp, Alfred Comstock was born on June 8, 1903 in New York City. Son of Alfred C. and Anna (Roth) Clapp.


Bachelor of Philosophy, University Vermont, 1923. Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1927. Doctor of Laws, University Vermont, 1957.


Member faculty Mercer Beasley Law School, Newark, 1929—1930. Deputy surrogate, advisory master orphan's court Essex County, 1939—1947. Member New Jersey State Senate, 1947—1953.

Principal draftsman rules civil procedure, courts New Jersey, 1947—1948. Drafted revision; statutes on administration justice, 1950—1953. Member law school faculty New York University, 1947—1952.

Professor, dean Rutgers Law School, 1951—1953, lecturer, from 1971. Presiding judge Appelate Division New Jersey Superior Court, 1953—1958. Senior partner Clapp & Eisenberg, Newark, 1958—1988.

Counsel to Legislation on drafting New Jersey Constitution, 1944. Chairman New Jersey Real Property, Probate & Trust Section, 1975, New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee, 1947—1987, Rules Committee, 1959—1974, Institute Continuing Legal Education, 1962—1986. Draftsman judicial article New Jersey Constitution, 1947, 66.

Delegate Republican National Convention, 1960. State chairman Republican Candidate United States Senator, 1960. State campaign manager Republican Candidate for Governor, 1961.

President Brookside School, Montclair, 1945—1947.


  • Bar: New Jersey 1927, New York 1931.



Member faculty Mercer Beasley Law School, Newark, 1929-1930. Member New Jersey State Senate, 1947-1953. Member of law school faculty, New York University, 1947-1952.

Member American Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association (past president), Newark Bar Association, American Law Institute, American Judicature Society, Institute Practicing Lawyers New Jersey (president), Constitutional Convention Association (President 1959), Phi Beta Kappa (past president North Jersey), Sigma Nu, Phi Delta Phi.


Married Catharine Shotwell Clapp, June 11, 1932. Children: Alfred C. Junior, Edward S., John W., Roger S.

Alfred C. Clapp

Anna (Roth) Clapp

Catharine Shotwell Clapp

Alfred C. Junior Clapp

Edward S. Clapp

John W. Clapp

Roger S. Clapp