Last year, I attended the 2017 ABA New Deans Conference after being a dean all of six days. This year, I have the honor (with Lyrissa Lidsky (Missouri)) of addressing two dozen new law school deans at the 2018 conference about what we have learned about this job over the past twelve months. The conference is a technology-free zone, so unfortunately I cannot play George Washington's words in One Last Times from Hamilton:
I wanna talk about what I have learned The hard-won wisdom I have earned ...
Though, in reviewing the incidents of my administration, I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors.
The hope that my [law school] will view them with indulgence; And that after [one year] of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal The faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion.