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Groups Representing 40% Of Harvard Law Students Endorse David Wilkins For Dean

WilkinsHarvard Law Record, HLS Affinity Groups Endorse Professor Wilkins for Dean:

Thank you for including student input in your search for the next Dean of Harvard Law School. We write you as student leaders from the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), Harvard Black Law Students Association (HBLSA), Harvard African Law Association (HALA), Lambda, La Alianza, Middle East Law Students Association (MELSA), Native American Law Students Association (NALSA), Queer Trans People of Color (QTPOC), South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA), and Women’s Law Association (WLA). It is difficult to calculate the number of unique individuals we represent due to the intersecting identities of some of our members, but our combined membership totals at least 700 students, which is about 40% of the J.D. student body.

Collectively, we wholeheartedly offer our endorsement of Professor David Wilkins, a scholar, a researcher, an innovator, and a member of the Harvard Law School faculty. While we do not know the list of candidates under your consideration, we sincerely believe that Professor Wilkins has demonstrated a strong commitment to innovative legal thought, a deep understanding of the legal profession and legal education, and an unwavering commitment to equality and justice in the rule of law. His lived experience and nuanced understanding of the power of discourse puts him in a unique position to lead Harvard Law School into arguably one of the most crucial chapters in our school’s two-hundred-year history.

Harvard University has an obligation to the world to produce and promote leadership in the face of ongoing global struggle. We are living in a time of social, economic, and political upheaval that challenges the integrity of the values that underpin our democracy. As Dean Minow noted, “current challenges demand nimble and yet well-designed responses.” Professor Wilkins offers a keen and uniquely nuanced eye to the challenges we face and will lead the school into a third century focused on inclusive, transparent, and effective education that catapults lawyers and new voices into the world’s leadership. We, as a University, as a Law School, and as a distinctly privileged group of individuals, cannot afford to squander the opportunity to appoint Professor David Wilkins as Dean of Harvard Law School. ...

To address the complex democratic climate, rapidly changing legal profession, and community-based challenges at Harvard Law School, Harvard University must name a Dean who is a visionary and a fearless leader, who values transparency and inclusiveness, who is a seasoned educator and understands the challenges facing the legal profession and the rule of law, and whose life’s work supports students and alumni/ae alike. An institution of Harvard’s caliber cannot relinquish its obligation to provide a leader who will push the school to its potential as an innovator and as a beacon of hope for the rule of law.

We wholeheartedly offer our collective endorsement of Professor David Wilkins for the next Dean of Harvard Law School.

Harvard Crimson, Law School Student Groups Endorse Wilkins for Deanship

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Whatever chance he had, has now disappeared.

Posted by: mike livingston | Apr 15, 2017 7:21:08 AM