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89 Harv. L. Rec. 1 (1989)

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Volume 89, No. 1     America's Oldest Law School Newspaper  September 8, 199
Clark Cuts Public
Interest Position       L    A

By Patrick Miles
Dan Robert Clark '72 hs
eliminated the position held by
Ron Fox '63, the - who for six
yearshaadirectedthelawschool's
trend- setting career counseling
office for students interested in
public interest jobs.
The move was described by
Clark in a national publication as
areorientationoffresouces. away
from things in the past that have
been for symbolic, guilt-alleviat-
ing purposes [rather] than to get a
real result.
The decision to eliminate the
office of career counseling an-
pred aome students and faculty
who have feard that the newly
appointedDe  would scaleback
clinical programs and de-enpha-
size public interest law. Clark
becanreDeaniuly I anddismissed
Fox on Aug. 9.

Because Fox was a national
leader in the field of public inter-
est counseling, his dissaimal has
drawn theatentionofthenatioal
legal press and from officials who
monitor public interest activity at
the nation's law schools. Harvard
in the late 1970s was the first law
school to create the position of
public interest counselor.
Clark summoned Fox to his
office the moning of Aug. 9 and
in a seven-minute meeting in-
formed Fox that his position had
been eliminated, along with that
of his administrative assistant,
Dana Bullwinkel. Fox said he was
stunned to hear the news.
It was totally unexpecte
Fox said this week. I sat there
during the meeting and tried to
f'iue out if he was saying what
he was saying. I couldn't believe
it.
(continued on page 7)

Accused Rapist, Barred From School, Sues Harvard

By Greg 9e~
Kevin T. Watkins, 3L and
fomer president of a student or-
ganization named the Society for
Black Profeaaion Enreprenom
(SBI'M) sued Hlarvan Universty
and the law school for $150 ril-
lion over the school's handling of
a Harvard College studaer's ie-
gations that Watkins raped her
and that he sexually hased her
in conneclion wi the SBPL The
law school has disbanded the
SlIP~idliaicedWatkinstolesve
school.
M1 womn, a former lover
ofWdm'rnd fomirofficarof
the orpisation, fled criminal

charges lat May with the Mid-
desexCountyDistrict Attorney's
Office. The Bay StAe Banner (5-
1149) reported that the woman
claimed Watkins had rped her at
his apartment repeatedly over a
three houw period. When con-
tal by the RECORD, the
woman declined comment.
In late Aug., Middlesex
County Judge Lawrence Feloney
found proable case that Wat-
kim had committed the crime
that District Atosney L Sco
Huashborer bad charged hi
wlt-4wocountaofrape and one
count of amult. Watkins now
ac   potential  dlDn  by a
grad jury on the three count

Kevin T. Watkins, 3L.

In a Sept. I letter to Watkins,
HLS DOaRobertClark'72stated
that. based on die finding of po
ablecauseWatkinwasrquired
to take a lave of absence from
school pending resolution of the
criminal proceedings. The letter
stated that the administrative
leave was required without
prejudletandwouldnhtbenoted
in Watkins' transcript.
iese developments are the
lateama bper in a bizarre scgmlo
thatthauifoldedinlighltofshok-
ing allegations made by the
woman and a Harvard Divinity
stilent last spring. The alleg-
dons firtpinted bytheBayStaz.
Asivi, included claims that
Watkins hod videotiaed himself,
the woman and a divinitys sslent
In the nude as a requirement for
becming an officw in SBPE.
Watkins admitted that the three
appeared nude ina videmape, but
vehemently domed that the tapes
had anything to do with SBPE or
tht thetapewerecoestedbylhim
in any way.
In an extensive telephone
interview with the RECORD on
Sept. 1. shortly after he received
Clark's letter, Watkins disputed
thechargessapgrithimandblaed
the law school's tretmentof him.
Watkins stated, Get any girl to
accuse you of rape. Wht can you
do? They kick you out of school,
publish your name as a rapist and
a child molester, your friends say
'that's rough, but I don't want to
associate with you.' All I'm ask-
ingforisafairshot. Theseprofes-

am illegally interfered with a
criminal ti. Who's to my wht
they'll do? They think they am
above the law.
Watbs' maor complas
with IILS centered around wha
he claimed was the gross unfair-
nes of the ILS Administrative
Board's proceedings and the
impropriety of Investigating as-
pacts of his private sex life that
had nothing to do with the law
school.
Tie Ad Board, which serves
as the disciplinary body for I-LS,
dealt with the woman's major al-
leation separately. The Board
first proceaded on her claims thia
Watking coerced members of the
SBPE to appea nude on vide.
otae in order to bsonme aoffi.
car in the organization, while
postponing investigation of the
womar'srape andmsuftchorges,
Watkins asserted that the Ad
Board members made up the
chargeof-uimudioriadvideoup.
ingsotheycouldview the videos
and satisfy their sexual palates.
The Ad Board concluded its
investigation of the charges sur-
rounding the SBPE in May, find-
ing Watkins guilty, by clear and
convincingevidenceofextreme
abuse of his athority as the head
of a law school organization for
engaging in unauthorized nude
videotaping under the auspices of
the SBIPE, according to Dean of
Students and Ad Board member
Sarah Wald. The Board issued a
reprimand to be filed with War-

kim' pernimenal uu lips, mis-
pnde ithe Sl fo six mahs,
and PIhd Watkins hom
hading any ode law scbool
The Ad Board has Postponed
its investigtion of the raps and
ssault chages pedn       -
lion Of the criminal proceedinga.
The divinity stuien, in a
telephone interview with the
RECORD,roealtedhisprioralle-
-~0Q that the nude vets
in which he appears wet part of
the security relations of
SBPE. Wkn and the divinity
tudeti both  dute ta the student
waS at one time owned acting
vice, President in char of secu-
rity.
The divinity student denied
any stgetion that he was sxu-
ally involved with Watkins, al.
though he UMd he slept at Wast-
kins' apartment several dines, I
do not fild Kevin atractive, so
ther was no Iut involved he
said. I m still a Christian, if Irm
goginto gotohell, it's gortobe
for something better than Kevitr'
David Wright, Landfbtm
SBaPEmember,toldtheRCORD
that he believes the videotapes
had nothing to do with the SBPE
because he never heard anything
about videotapes mentioned by
anyone in connection with the
organization. I really think it
was something they did among
themselvesas friends,he said. I
also believethat someonecharged
with a crime should be presumed
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