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66 Harv. L. Rec. 1 (1978)

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America's Oldest Law School Newspaper
JANUARY 27, 1978

Nearly two feet of snow fell on Cambridge last weekend, but through it all
Harvard Law School survived. Classes were held as scheduled and the
library stayed open for near-normal hours.
Boycotted Firm Not Alone
Handling S. African Interests

By Terry Keeney
Editor's Note: This is the first in
a series of articles about representa-
tion of foreign clients by American
law firms. The next article will ap-
pear in next week's RECORD.
Last fall Harvard Law students
organized a boycott against a
Washington, D.C., law firm that
was the registered lobbyist for the
Republic of South Africa. Students
were urged to boycott interviews
with the firm in protest of the re-
pressive apartheid regime of the
firm's client. As a result of the
boycott, only three students signed
up to interview with Collier, Shan-
non, Rill, Edwards & Scott, and the
firm cancelled its trip to Cam-

Today, two months later, the
success of the boycott is open to
question. Collier, Shannon has had
more than 1,700 nationwide appli-
cants for a handful of new associate
positions. In addition, the activities
of other law firms, some larger and
more   renowned   than   Collier,
Shannon, have escaped notice in
their representation of South Afri-
can interests.
Representation of foreign clients
is today a vital component of
American private law practice.
Such representation can often be as
diverse as that of domestic clients
and may entail everything from fil-
ing SEC documents for foreign cor-
porations to advising foreign gov-
ernments on U.S. law to drafting
wills for diplomatic personnel to
(Continued on Page 4)

Added Flexibility
of New Schedule
By Bill Ross
The January interim semester
established under the new 4-1-4
schedule will give the Law School
an opportunity to experiment with
innovative educational programs,
according to faculty and student
members of the Legal Education
The curriculum at Harvard is
extremely rigid -just like a strait
jacket - but this breaks it wide
open, said Joan Williams, 2L, a
committee member, The thrust of
education here is away from what
people use in practice. This is a real
structural change that moves us
away from the Langdell model. I
hope that people get on the stick to
take advantage of this.
The committee recommended to
the faculty last fall that exams be
scheduled before Christmas, with
the' concomitant shortening of
fall and spring semesters from 15
to 13 weeks, with an interim
semester in January, The faculty
voted last month to accept the pro-
Offers Innovation
Of all the plans we discussed,
the 4-1-4 was the best because it
offered the greatest opportunity for
educational  innovation,  said
Phoebe Salton, 3L, a committee
member. This is the perfect thing
for really intensive clinical work. It
will rmean that students won't be
required to neglect their other
(Continued on Page 8)

VOL. 66, NO. 1


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