Extracts from an address delivered to the Southeastern Conference of Law Schools at Charlottesville, Virginia, August 23 1971, by Professor Conard, President of the Association of American Law Schools.
To address this Southeastern Conference of Law Schools in Charlottesville imposes a responsibility which is unique in my experience. Hovering over this campus is the spirit of the fathers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States...
We have been engaged today in the consideration of the provocative models of a two-year curriculu, and a clinical third year. We have probably fallen into the old rut of asking ourselves whether we would rather have had these alternatives latst year than the program which we actually conducted. This is the usual retrospective response to reform proposals. But if we were to take a leaf from the lives fo Jefferson and Madison, we would probably have approached the problem from quite a different viewpoint. Wewould ask what kind of a law school we would like to have 50 or 100 years from now, and then inquire what kind of structures would move us in this direction.
Alfred F. Conard,
The Law Farm - 1984,
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