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Beware of Navel Oranges

Thomas F. Guernsey

Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Albany Law School


University of Toledo Law Review, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2002

This talk was given for the purpose of providing insight into leadership in law schools. Thirteen principles and irreverent topics are discussed: establish a set of principles; you’ll almost never know whether people like you because you are the dean or because of your scintillating personality; actually, you can ignore the last observation. People like you because of your spouse or partner; you better have a tough skin; ninety-percent of your decisions are irrelevant; if you stick around long enough, everything devolves into whether you should have let the faculty make a decision; the most important thing I needed to know about being a dean I learned in Political Science 101; it is one of life’s ironies that it is a failure if you actually have to first mention to a prospective donor the idea of a major gift. Of course, if neither you nor they mention the gift, it’s an even bigger failure; never buy boxed wine; the amount of money you raise is in direct correlation to the amount of weight you gain; show humility; you learn to hate everything that you once did as a faculty member; beware of navel oranges; everything you need to know about clinical wars; understand what cynicism is; and, be brief.

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Date posted: April 27, 2010  

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Guernsey, Thomas F., Beware of Navel Oranges (2002). University of Toledo Law Review, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2002. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1596305

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