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September 27, 2012

Reflections on law school deaning by UC Hastings dean

by dan rodriguez

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!

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