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1976 Newsl. 1 (1976)

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FEBRUARY 27, 1976          NUMBER 76-1




                              Message From The President
                The months in which I have served as President-Elect of this Association proved
           highly instructive for me. It would not be humane to wish that all law teachers could
           share this experience, yet it produces insights hard to come by in other ways. Perhaps
           the fact that impressed me most is that interests of the greatest importance to legal ed-
           ucation are being heavily influenced by groups and agencies outside the law schools, and
           this to a degree that most law teachers, absorbed in teaching and research, are unaware.

                We all know, of course, that the schools are dependent on funding from legislatures,
           university administrators, and private giving, and that the ways in which scarce resources
           are allocated to legal education ncessarily limits our aspirations and capabilities. There
           are related questions. The pending educational appropriation bill in Congress makes no pro.
           vision for continuation of the CLEO program. The reasons or the reasons given for this
           decision appear to be based on considerable misinformation about the nature and purposes of
           CLEO. The Association is attempting to reverse or modify this decision. During the course
           of the year, we shall also be addressing the question, After CLEO, What?
                One of the disturbing developments of the past year has been the efforts in some
           jurisdictions to cdntrol or influence law school curricula by court rules. I believe
           that the efforts are mistaken. They imperil a long-established allocation of functions
           among the bar, the judiciary, and the schools-, upon which much of the achievement of the
           schools and the profession rests. These efforts represent more than a manifestation of
           jucidical machismo, however. They display a sincere concern about the competency of
           lawyers in the courtroom, to which we must attend. Accordingly, our response must include
           suggestions for alternatives that will prove more effective and less destructive. An able
           Committee of the Association is undertaking to formulate such alternatives.

                At this writing a proposal is pending in the A.B.A. House of Delegates to remove the
           requirement of a system of academic tenure from those necessary for law school accredita-
           tion. Support for this proposal is in some cases based on assumptions about law schools
           and law teachers that are clearly wrong. Moreover, if tenure is eliminated, to what other
           forms of job security will some law faculties turn? I find it hard to believe that the
           alternatives will prove more congenial to those who today propose the abolition of tenure.

                It is neither necessary nor desirable that all law teachers become immediately in-
           volved in the solution of these and related problems; but. it is important that there now
           be a wider awareness of their existence among law faculty members. Otherwise much may
           by  lost before awareness comes. We live in Camelot no longer. Maybe you've noticed.




                                                                  Francis A. Allen
                                                                  President


   1976 ANNUAL MEETING                                      RESEARCH AND FELLOWSHIP BULLETIN

       The 1976 Annual Meeting will be held December             The Association's National Office is pre-
  27-30 in Houston, Texas. Co-headqua-ter hotels            paring a bulletin dealing with sources of funds
  will be the Sheraton-Houston and the Hyatt Regency        for research and fellowships of interest to law
  Houston. Other participating hotels will be the           teachers. This bulletin should be mailed within
  Whitehall, the Lamar and the Holiday Inn.                 a couple of weeks.


Millard H. Ruud, Executive Director
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