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86 Harv. L. Rec. 1 (1988)

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JANUARY 15, 1988

Bok Names New Dalton Panel

Asst. Professor Clare Dalton

By David Snouffer
An ad hoc committee of experi-
enced scholars and administrators
from other law schools will meet
next month to advise Harvard
President Derek Bok '54 on whether
to promote Assistant Professor Clare
Dalton, LL.M. '73, to a tenured full
professorship, Bok told the HLS
faculty last month.
A majority of HLS full professors
voted last May to recommend tenure
for Dalton, but she failed to receive
the two-thirds support needed for
her promotion bid to be forwarded
to Bok and Harvard's two Governing
Boards for approval. Bok neverthe-
less agreed to review her case when
over 20 HLS faculty members com-
plained about the way some pro-

fessors had scrutinized her schol-
Dalton said she hopes the com-
mittee will recommend her pro-
motion shortly after Bok convenes
the group in February.
In the meantime, Dalton is mull-
ing a job offer she received last fall
from Northeastern University Law
School in Boston. Northeastern
Dean Daniel Givelber '64 has of-
fered Dalton a two-year visiting
professorship with the understand-
ing that her scholarship already
passes muster for a tenured post at
that school.
If she takes the visiting appoint-
ment, the Northeastern faculty
would recommend her for tenure if
(Continued on Page 7)

Faculty Opts For Anonymous Tenure Voting

By Jeffrey Gershowitz
The HLS faculty has approved a
measure replacing the traditional
open show of hands voting method
with secret ballot voting for certain
hiring and tenure decisions. The
move is apparently in reaction to
concerns about coercion and con-
fidentiality stemming from public
disclosures about the decision-
making process in recent faculty
votes, highlighted by the incidents
surrounding the tenure vote on

Assistant Professor Clare Dalton,
LL.M. '63 (see story above).
The new plan, according to
Assistant Dean Stephen Bernardi
'52, calls for a secret ballot in the
cases of initial appointments of new
assistant professors and any 'lateral'
appointments to tenure for scholars
from outside the law school, usually
visiting professors. The secret ballot
will not be used in cases of pro-
motion to tenure of assistant pro-
fessors on the faculty when this new
procedure was adopted.

The secret ballot system also has
a sunset clause, explained Ber-
nardi, such that by its terms it
expires July 1, 1990. At that time
the faculty will reconsider the sit-
uation and may vote to continue or
discontinue secret balloting. The
voting decision was approved at a
faculty meeting on December 2 and
circulated in its final form to the
faculty in a December 9 memo from
Dean James Vorenberg '51.
(Continued on Page 5)

Inside the RECORD:
Feature:                       News:                    Off the Record:
Quality of Life             Journals on Hold               15 Years of Roe
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