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1987 Newsl. 1 (1987)

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Presient Addres


ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN LAW SCHOOLS & ONE DUPONT CIRCLE 9 WASHINGTON, D.C. 20036  NO. 87-1 JANUARY 1987


LEGAL EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONALISN
      By Victor G. Rosenblum


         (Prepared for delivery to the House of Representatives of the Association of
American Law Schools, January 5, 1987, Los Angeles)

         Legal education is in no danger of being inundated in 1987 by compliments and
bouquets.   Law teachers, practitioners, judges and other internal and external
commentators continue to critique legal education's content, methodology, anatomy,
orifices, secretions and excretions meticulously and with a plethora of prescriptions
and proscriptions for enhancing skills, efficacy, ethics and consonance with custom,
morality, social science and framer's intent. That's all to the good! Smugness and
ease do not become us.   Malaise, tension, perennial certainty that the status quo
should be reformed have typically spurred us to constructive action.

         I cheered three years ago when President Bok of Harvard called upon educators
and practitioners to recognize and rectify the torpor of our legal system in which
there is far too much law for those who can afford it and far too little for those
who cannot.  I still cheered, while also chafing a mite, when President Stevens of
Haverford charged in his book Law School that most law professors' chief and
sometimes only skill was the analytical one associated with the parsing of cases. If
I didn't quite cheer a month ago when William Bradford Reynolds, the Assistant
Attorney General for Civil Rights, lashed legal educators in a talk at my law school,
I had to appreciate at least his vital contribution to law teachers' arterial
fluidity.  The juices flowed mightily as a result of his insistence that most law
professors are aligned philosophically with the liberal left and are more concerned
with cultivating new recruits to their ideology than they are with teaching the
Constitution.

         Whether right or wrong, temperate or virulent, such statements provide
challenges and stimuli that enhance and tone the muscles of the law teachers. We're
increasingly conscious of our obligations as educators of, conduits to, and role

      EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: MILLARD H. RUUD  EDITOR: JANE M. LABARBERA, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
                ASST. EDITOR: BARBARA STUDENMUND, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE


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