It has been my good fortune to have served in more different roles in relation to Allan Smith than has any other person in this Law School. I was his student here longer ago than either of us would care to calculate. A decade and a half ago he recruited me for this faculty when he was Dean. Although the prospect of working closely with Allan had a good deal to do with my decision to leave active practice for teaching, that was not to be. The first morning of my return to Ann Arbor, I remember plugging in my stereo system and hearing Allan's voice over WUOM announcing his resignation from the deanship to assume a University vice-presidency. Ever since I've thought of him as my "Dean for a Day."
St. Antoine, Theodore J. "Allan F. Smith—My 'Dean for a Day'." Mich. L. Rev. 79 (1981): 383-5.