Reflections on law school deaning by UC Hastings dean
who insists that being a dean at a University-embedded law school is little more than “middle management,” revealing struggle and conflict, rather than cooperation.
Not the way I see it from the perspective of my work at Northwestern. Whatever temptation there is to think the grass is greener at free-standing law schools (of which there is a handful, with Hastings perhaps the most prestigious), it is a distinct advantage to lead a law school that is connected in a network of a world-class research university. The opportunities for collaboration are great and the constructive conversations among dean colleagues and imaginative university leadership facilitates our objectives and gives us an opportunity to thrive — just as we improve the lot of “big NU.”
And, to boot, we have an undefeated football team to root for on Saturdays. Go Wildcats!