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76 Harv. L. Rec. 1 (1983)

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VOL. 76, NO. 1

America's Oldest Law School Newspaper


TWC Calls for Student-Faculty Forum

By Brad Hudson
and John Morris
We come to you today because
you refuse to come to us. Thus be-
gan an emotional address to the
faculty by the Third World Coalition
that included charges that the
school's education is irrelevant.
During its presentation at the
Wednesday faculty meeting, the
coalition asked professors to join
students in an open discussion of
the school's policies.
The presentation set off an in-
tense discussion among the faculty
members of whether a discussion
of the criticism would be worthwhile
and whether a response was re-
quired. A number of faculty mem-

bers were clearly impressed by the
intensity of the presentation. While
the faculty passed no formal reso-
lution concerning the presentation,
Dean James Vorenberg said that
he expects to set up a faculty dis-
cussion about the issues raised
within the next month.
Speaking for the coalition, Cecil
McNab, 3L, accused the faculty of
teaching us the tyranny of un-
checked power while failing to dis-
cuss students' complaints. He called
this a sign of distrust of our char-
acter, undervaluing of our abilities.
McNab said the coalition's com-
plaints go beyond issues of minority
hiring. We're criticizing wholesale
the process of legal education at
Harvard, he said, referring to ad-

Boston Law Firm Labels
Placement Pamphlet Sexist

By Mike Isbell

Contents of an informational
pamphlet distributed by Harvard
Law School to employers who use
the school's placement services are
sexist, the members of the hiring
committee of a Boston law firm re-
cently told HLS Dean James Vor-
Vorenberg promised the firm he
would work with the Placement
Committee and the Women's Law
Association to change the wording.
In a letter to Vorenberg dated
Jan. 18, the hiring committee of
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak &
Cohen complained that items listed

as Women's Issues on pp. 13-17
of the Harvard Law School Place-
ment Information 1982, the pam-
phlet distributed to employers, are
not women's issues at all, but hu-
man issues, which should be ad-
dressed with reference to all persons
seeking employment.
The section, which was a sub-
section of a Special Request to
Employers, said, While our sta-
tistics show that women are now
receiving the same number of job
offers as men, we still hear of special
concerns women have that are not
always addressed by employers.
Such special concerns, according
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missions, curriculum planning and
hiring as specific areas of concern.
Legal Irrelevance
While 42 faculty members lis-
tened in an atmosphere filled with
tension, McNab called for profes-
sors [to] be part of the community
they profess to be teaching about.
Asserting that antiseptic academ-
ics are bad academics, he accused
HLS of failing in its promise to pro-
vide an education to make me more
valuable to my community. I'm
legally irrelevant to my commu-
nity, he added.
As an example of the school's
failure to offer relevant courses,
McNab cited the fact that no racial
discrimination, American Indian or
immigration law courses have been
regularly scheduled while a Dickens
and the Law course has been offered
the last two years.
McNab lashed out at the faculty's
resolution, passed in December, af-
firming its commitment to affirm-
ative action in faculty hiring. Don't
patronize us by passing watered-
down resolutions, he said. Our
demands are not subject to that kind
of tokenism.
Criticizing the faculty's closed-
door decision making, McNab told
the faculty that the coalition plans
to invite the faculty to an open
forum to discuss these issues. He
invited Vorenberg to appoint a fac-
ulty liaison to the coalition to work
out the details of such a meeting.
The coalition would use faculty at-
tendance at that forum as a ther-
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