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52 Harv. L. Rec. 1 (1971)

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VOL. 52 NO. 1

JANUARY 28, 1971


Bok Elected Harvard President

By Jerry Snow
Derek Curtis Bok, dean of the
Law School since 1968, has been
elected the 25th president of Har-
vard U*iversity, ending an ex-
haustive 11-month search for a
successor to President Nathan M.
Pusey. He will take office on July
1, 1971.
His election became official on
January 11 when Harvard's 30-
man Board of Overseers approved
the choice of the six Fellows of
Harvard College, who had 'con-
ducted the search for a' new presi-
Presildent Pusey, resigning af-
ter 18 years at the helm of Har-
vard' will become president -of
the Andrew Mellon 'Foundation.
Pusey expi'essed great pleasure at
the choice of Bok, stating, He
has shown 'himself admirably

equipped to cope with the
fied demands posed for a
trative officers in these
times, Pusey himself

Former Dean Derek C.

Braucher Named to State Bei

By John York
Before Professor Robert A.
Braucher was sworn in last week
as Associate Justice of the Su-
preme Judicial Court of Massa-
chusetts, he had to surmount sev-
eral obstacles.
The confirmation of Republican
Governor Francis Sargent's nom-
ination of Republican Braucher
by the solidly Democratic Gov-
ernor's Council was not the chief
worry: it was unanimous.
The real trial came in Brau-
cher's Contrvct8 class when his
first-year students presided over
a breach-of-contract suit brought
by disgruntled class members
against the 25-year faculty vete-
ran for abandoning his teaching
obligations in mid-year. Eventu.

aly the co-author of th
casebook triumphed with
fense' of   unforeseen

stances, but not before being
audience to what he termed a
listing of all the foolish things
I've said in class.
Having the swearing-in cere-
mony at the Law School rather
than at the Statehouse was his-
tory-making (but what about
Justice Story? interjected the
Massachusetts court's Associate
Justice R. Ammi Cutter '25). The
audience, including Justices Paul
C. Reardon '35 and Francis J.
Quirico, members of the faculty
and Braucher's students, seemed
as pleased with the laughter-filled
ceremony as did the participants.
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intensi-  part in the selection of his suc-
dminis-  cessor,
difficult  Bok, a 1954 graduate of the
:ook no  Law   School,. attended Stanford
University as an undergraduate.
He thus becomes the first presi-
dent of Harvard since the 17th
century not to have been a grad-
uate of Harvard College. His cre-
dentials also include an M.A. in
economics from George Washing-
ton University. While at the Law
School, Bok was an editor of the
Laiv:Review and graduated Jnag-
'iia cure /aude.
On January 23, Bok stepped
down as dean of the Lawv School
in order to devote' the next six
months to intensive preparation
for the presidency of Harvard. He
was the Law School's seventh
Meb .m..  dean. During his relatively short
Bok'     two-and-a-half. years in office he
acquired a reputation for sensi-
tive and skillful administration,
Sch      as the Law School underwent 'a
period of swift and sometimes
e class'  traumatic change,
h a de-        (Continued on Page 4)

Pusey Appoints Sacks
Acting Dean of School
Dane Professor of Law Albert
M. Sacks has been named acting
dean of Harvard Law School by
President Nathan M. Pusey, it
was announced last Friday, Jan-
uary 23. His appointment was ef-
fective immediately.
Sacks has been associate dean
of the Law School since 1968, He
has worked closely with outgoing
Dean Derek C. Bok. Dean Bok is
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