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33 Harv. L. Rec. 1 (1961)

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VOL 33        CAMBRIDGE, MASS., SEPTEMBER 21. 1961     NO. 1
Advisers Change Ames

Administrative and procedural changes in
three areas of student activities coordinated
by the Board of. Student Advisers have been
made for the coming year by members of
the honorary organization.
First, in the area of the Ames and Willis-
ton Competitions, several administrative
changes have been made that should benefit
students. In the past the fall round of the
first Ames arguments has run for five or six
weeks. This year, however, the competition
will encompass only four weeks.
In both the Ames and Williston rounds,
much administrative work is required. The
Board must schedule arguments, supervise
procuring of judges, organize teams, inter-
pret the rules of the various competitions and
determine the validity of excuses from the
first year competition. In addition, the
Board members must pass on the eligibility
of students who desire to compete in the up-
per rounds of the Ames Competition.
New Editorial Policy
The second area of change involves the
preparation of cases for first year Ames argu-
ments, for the qualifying rounds and in the
Williston Competition. A new editorial poli-
cy is expected to improve the quality of
Previously, a case was the work of an indi-
vidual Board member whose work was exam-
ined by other Board members to correct
obvious errors. Under the new system, a
third year student will check cases being pre-
pared by second year members to insure that
the issues and fact situations are imaginative
and suitable for first year arguments.

After the case has been more fully devel-
oped, a second year student will check the
case to test its arguability. A similar editing
system has also been devised to improve the
standards of qualifying round cases.
In the third area of change, the Board will
advise first year students in the use of re-
search materials and in the presentation of
legal arguments. Recently the Board held
conferences in which second and third year
students exchanged ideas on the techniques of
,advising. Board members hope that this in-
terchange between recent advisees and their
advisers will improve the quality of the ad-
vising sessions.
(Continued on Page 9)
New Students
Given Welcome
By Peter R. Richards
An entering Law School class including
such diverse elements as an Olympic Gold
Medal winner, a husband-and-wife team, two
former Harvard football captains, a father of
three children and the past proprietor of a
San Francisco espresso shop heard a welcom-
ing address Sunday by Dean Erwin N. Gris-
The Dean outlined an almost unlimited
future for the 560 new students, telling them
of opportunities in law firms, business, public
life and many other fields.
The enrollment in the first year class was
rather more than we expected - and rather
more than we wanted, Dean Griswold said.
(Continued on Page 9)

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