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Con Law for Undergrads and Lawyers
My Dean at the Yale Law School, Harry H. Wellington, passed away last week at the age of 84. The New York Times lays out the details of a career noted for originality and breadth. However, I would be remiss to not recount an anecdote that gives evidence of Dean Wellington’s humor, particularly because this story has some relevance to Dartmouth undergraduates contemplating the study of law.
At the first meeting of the incoming class, Dean Wellington would regularly include the following in his remarks (I am paraphrasing):
“You are a remarkably talented group of people and the range of your past experience is impressive. However, some of you might be wondering whether your own particular backgroud puts you at a disadvantage in the study of law as compared to your classmates. Please do not worry. In our lengthy experience at the Yale Law School, we have found that despite your differences in education and learning, you will proceed to study law on quite equal terms with each other — with only one exception. Some of you have already begun your study of constitutional law as undergraduates; others have not. In light of this discrepancy, the faculty has decided to establish remedial classes in this area.
These classes will be reserved for anyone among you who has studied constitutional law as an undergraduate…”
Addendum: The Times repeats a note of praise for Harry Wellington that we would all do well to appreciate:
In a 2001 tribute, Judge Winter wrote that Professors Wellington and [Alexander] Bickel were representatives of a dying breed. “Today it is difficult to find people with intellectual rigor who will criticize a court’s work based on its reasoning in decisions with which they agree,” Judge Winter wrote.
This space regularly laments the absence of similar integrity in our daily lives.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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