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24 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 5 (1972-1973)
Dean Martin Lindsey Cowen

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Even a recent alumnus returning to this Law School might now
observe that nostalgia is not what it used to be. A year ago we
moved into a sorely needed new building with ample space, func-
tional classrooms, and elegant design. At least among those
who experienced the transition, there is a feeling that the new
facilities reflect a new phase in the development of the Law School.
Yet a college is defined, as William James noted, not by its build-
ings but by those who inhabit them. The pace, direction, and qual-
ity of our institutional growth is better measured by its new leader
- Martin Lindsey Cowen.
Dean Cowen brings to the Law School a rare combination of
abilities and experience. After many years as a scholar, Dean
Cowen is well acquainted with the peculiar processes and problems
of academia. A native of Ohio, and now 52, the Dean received
his J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he had served a
term as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and was a member of
the Order of the Coif. Following a brief period in private practice,
Dean Cowen returned to the University of Virginia, where he re-
mained for about 13 years as Professor of Law and later as Associ-
ate Dean, leaving only long enough to receive his LL.M. from Har-
vard. Then, before coming to Case Western Reserve he served for
eight years as Dean of the Law School at the University of Georgia,
where he led the school through a period of remarkable growth
and advancement.
A specialist in problems of the federal courts and conflicts of
law, Dean Cowen has published extensively. He has contributed to
Moore's Federal Practice and has been an editor of its annual sup-
plement. Even with the new demands of his office, Dean Cowen
has remained active in scholarship; he served for seven years on the
Georgia Commission of the National Conference of Commissioners
on Uniform State Laws, and has recently been appointed to the Ohio
Commission. He also served as Chairman of the Georgia committee
on a Uniform Law on no-fault insurance.
We are fortunate that Dean Cowen approaches legal education
with a scholar's appreciation of what is involved in intellectual
achievement. Furthermore, as an administrator he approaches the
perplexing problems of law school operation with the resolution
that draws those around him to affirmative action. He brings to
legal education a combination of open-minded resourcefulness and

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