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71 Harv. L. Rec. 1 (1980-1981)

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America's Oldest Law School Newspaper
SEPTEMBER 19, 1980


Dean Sacks Resigning at End of Year

By Dan Hershman
Dean Albert M. Sacks, who has
headed HLS since Jan. 23, 1971,
will resign his post on June 30,
1981. In a letter dated June 30,
1980 to University President Derek
Bok, his predecessor, he stated,
IFlor myself, and at this time, I
am confident that a decade is about
Dean Sacks, who is 60 years old,
told the RECORD, With 10 years [as
Dean] in the offing, I look to see
what my desires and intentions
were. In terms of personal career
development, I had the sense that
this [resignation of the deanship]
was for me to think about-and I
did it.
Sacks said he had -always sup-
ported an informal view of this

(HILS) faculty expressed some years
before I became Dean that one
ought not to be Dean for an indef-
inite period . . . I never specified
a precise term, but I did in fact say
that I thought a limit on a number
of years was proper. I suggested 10
to 12 years. Sacks is only the
eighth Dean in 110 years. He said
none of his colleagues ever sug-
gested he depart, but that he made
his own choice. In resigning, I
wasn't expressing a view that this
was the right thing for other peo-
ple. I was expressing the judgment
for myself.
Several Accomplishments
I think we've accomplished a
good deal, Sacks said when ques-
tioned as to what he had done as

I Prof. Detlev Vagts prepares to lecture on Accounting as perhaps
less than anxious 2Ls and 3Ls, fresh from summer vacation, wait.

Dean. He cited curricular addi-
tions, particularly in the clinical
area, like Introduction to Advocacy
and the new Legal Services Insti-
tute.  Examples  of  important
changes Sacks saw in the 1L year
were curriculum, exams, and ori-
entation. He felt his administra-
tion had contributed to the sup-
port of work done by student
(Continued on Page 7)
Orientation '80:
Starting HLS
Nice and Slow
Is it possible for a 1L to relax
during the first month at Harvard
Law School? The BSA hopes so and
is always working towards easing
the annual induction of students
into HLS. This year the effort re-
sulted in the extension of 1L Ori-
entation from two days to four days
plus a weekend.
According to BSA Orientation
Coordinator Rich Llewellyn, the
Board reviews the orientation pro-
gram each year with an eye to-
wards revisions. Primary input
comes from BSA members them-
selves, although account is taken
of IL evaluations of the previous
year's program. The usefulness of
the evaluations is limited, how-
ever, because the 1Ls have no basis
for comparison.
This year's orientation was ex-
tended largely because the LRT
Committee felt that its pro-
gram was getting lost in the ori-
(Continued on Page 11)

VOL. 71, NO. 1

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