A Congratulatory Note for the 30th Anniversary
5 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2019
Date Written: December 5, 2019
When I became Associate Academic Dean at UC Hastings in 1989, a predecessor advised me that the most important skill for the job is to be able to say no nicely to students. I certainly said “no” to a lot of students in two years; I hope I said it nicely, at least most of the time. Of course, even an associate academic dean occasionally can say yes to a (usually) grateful student. However, sometimes I could only reply “maybe” and explain why. When a group of students first came to me with their idea of establishing another scholarly publication at Hastings, this one focusing on women and the law, I had to say maybe. After all, it would have been our fifth publication at Hastings. The reason for an equivocal answer at that time was that at Hastings, we had a tradition of testing the determination of students who say they want to start new scholarly publications. Students get the bright idea of starting journals all the time. The institutional challenge is to determine if there is support from enough of the student body to sustain that interest once the first students’ original enthusiasm fades and the initiators graduate. We do not want to commit significant College resources—such as precious space and our limited budget for scholarly publications—to an enterprise that will never get off the ground.
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