Following up on my previous post, Martha Minow To Step Down As Harvard Law School Dean: Harvard Law School Record, Student Groups Seek Role in Law School Dean Search:
Just weeks after University President Drew G. Faust launched the search for the next Dean of Harvard Law School, student groups at the school have started organizing to make themselves “an indispensable part of the process.”
While Faust and University Provost Alan M. Garber ’76 invited students to submit feedback through an email account during the search, some Law School students argue that they should be more formally included in the search process. In January, Law School Dean Martha L. Minow announced that she would step down at the end of the academic year and said that she expects the search will conclude by the time she returns to teaching full-time.
The Law School’s student body president Nino Monea wrote a letter to Faust Jan. 18 requesting that Faust and Garber attend a student forum about the dean search, a student become a member of the committee leading the search, and that students help interview candidates for the position.
Monea said he was disappointed with the level of student involvement in the search Faust originally described. “[Faust’s letter] did not outline any specific role for how students would be engaged. I think that’s unfortunate, especially since faculty were mentioned,” Monea said. “It’s not asking for much that we be given the same sort of courtesy.”
Kristin A. Turner, the president of the Black Law Students Association, shared Monea’s concerns about how the search will incorporate student voices. “As much as we appreciate the gesture, I don’t know if that’s going to be wholly sufficient considering the magnitude of what the Harvard Law School dean search entails, and the climate that the next dean will be inheriting, in terms of the ongoing conversations we have about how to set a more progressive course into our bicentennial era,” Turner said.
Update: Brian Leiter's take: Startling Development: Harvard Law Students Think They Are More Important Than They Really Are! (Plus Brian's prediction of who the next Harvard Law School Dean will be .)