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60 Harv. L. Rec. 1 (1975)

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America's Oldest Law School Newspaper
JANUARY 31, 1975


Bureau Seeks Faculty Passes New Grades;
Altered Means Written Work May Increase
For Selection         By Patrick F. Kennedy

By Michael Bowen
The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
has offered to modify its selection
policies in order to reduce the de-
gree to which those policies dis-
favor white male applicants, ac-
cording to information received by
The offer grew out of discussions
with the Sander Committee, a fa-
culty panel appointed last fall to
investigate the Bureau's methods
of choosing new members, and is
expected to be presented by the
committee to the Law School fa-
culty later this month, with a rec-
ommendation that it be approved,
The proposal was narrowly
approved by the Bureau's
membership     according    to
sources familiar with the
committee's work. Bureau
members had earlier indicated
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In three extended meetings conducted during the last six weeks the
Law School faculty has moved toward comprehensive revision of the
Law School's grading system and academic requirements.
Based on proposals made to the faculty by the Committee on Legal
Education, tentative approval has been given to switch from the present
numerical grading system to a nine-category letter system. Tentative
approval was also given to eliminate the practice of giving credit for
failed courses and to establish new, stricter, minimum academic re-
quirements to accompany the new grading system. These proposals will
not become effective until the faculty gives approval to the new re-
quirements as a whole, however, such approval is expected.
Among the other proposals made by the Committee on Legal
Education which have not yet received faculty attention are
plans to upgrade the Written Work Requirement from two to four
credits and to increase degree requirements from 52 to 54 credits
in the second and third years.
Opposition to the proposed changes was voiced by student rep-
resentatives on the Committee on Legal Education and a minority of the
faculty. Russell D. Goldsmith, 3L, a member of the committee, said
afterwards that in a range of areas the faculty is tightening the screws
on students. To substantiate his claim Goldsmith cited the more
stringent minimum academic requirements, the credit increase in the
Written Work Requirement, and a proposal to give the Dean discretion
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01  Obledo Appointed Health and Welfare Head

By Phil Heagney

Three months ago Mario Obledo
had never met Pat Brown, Jr.
Today the former Law School
teaching fellow is the new Califor-
nia governor's appointee to head
the state Department of Health and
Obledo accepted Brown's nomi-
nation in December and has al-
ready completed his move from the
basement of Langdell to the state
capital in Sacramento. Obledo had
come to Harvard this past fall after
a distinguished career of legal work
in Texas and California.

Mario G. Obledo

Obledo will take over. one of
the   largest   government
bureaucracies in the nation. In
1974, the Department of Health
and Welfare spent $8.7 billion,
roughly 70% of the California
state budget. Obledo noted that
his department's spending ex-
ceeded the total budget of all
but four states in 1974 and that
Health and Welfare employs
50% of all the state employees in
* The new Secretary said that he
did not have a particular set of
priorities with which to begin his
(Continued on Page 9)

VOL. 60. NO, 1

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