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1964 Newsl. 1 (1964)

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ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN LAW SCHOOLS          Jp5At-L. S. Newsletter
1755 Massachusdtts Avenue, N. W.
Washington, D. C. 20036                     No. 64-1 - March 23, 1964



  Visitation Program

         At this writing about half of the visits arranged as a result
  of the letters sent last October to the presidents and deans of mem-
  ber schools have been completed. Expressions of appreciation for
  the counsel and observations by the visitors have characterized the
  reactions in almost all instances. In a few cases there seems to
  have been some misunderstanding of the aim of the visitation pro-
  gram, so it may help to repeat here a few of the background state-
  ments that launched the program.

         The starting point is the statement in Section 5-9 of the
  Articles that the Executive.'Committee may request an advisor to
  visit a school whenever a school requests it, the visitation to be
  at AALS expense. Because of the availability of the Carnegie funds,
  President Gellhorn last October advised each president and dean of
  the Executive Committee's readiness to meet the expenses of a visit-
  to any school desiring it. In these letters President Gellhorn em-
  phasized that the object is to help, not to invade, so that the
  program contemplated sending visitors to schools only if requested
  to do so, As a result of the responses received, visits'have been
  scheduled at over thirty schools.

         The purpose of the visits was described by President Gellhorn
  in the following terms:

            The Association has at times been able to help
         member schools and their parent universities by
         making available to them the advisory services of
         highly regarded legal educators. An outsider's in-
         formed view may stimulate local consideration of un-
         noticed imperfections, or may suggest solutions of
         seemingly intractable problems; moreover, a visitor's
         awareness of activities elsewhere may encourage fresh
         experimentation that might not otherwise have occurred.

  He emphasized that these visits were not to be confused with evalu-
  ations or inspections to determine if standards were being main-
  tained: The object in view is not 'inspection' or censorious re-
  ports, but, rather, the making of suggestions aimed at reinforcing
  local faculties in their pursuit of excellence. These points were
  again emphasized in the letters to the visitors explaining their
  function within the program:


            You will note that we do not contemplate, in the
         present context, an 'inspection' or other policing
         operations. Rather, we are seeking to make available
         to the member schools the stimulation that will come
         from purposeful conversation with wise, experienced
         legal educators from other institutions. We hope that

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