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Making Waves and Riding the Currents by Charles Halpern

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6FACING A TOUGH REALITY

I WAS SITTING in my Georgetown office when I received an unexpected call from Abe Chayes, with whom I had remained friends since we met at the Harvard Faculty Club. He got right to the point: “I’ve heard about the perfect job for you. They’re starting a law school in the City University of New York and looking for a new dean. It’s supposed to be a public interest law school, which means that you would have a chance to rethink what legal education ought to look like, and, perhaps, to build public interest law into a significant branch of the profession. The chancellor of CUNY called to ask if I had any ideas. I’d like to submit your name.”

I thought back to a conversation that Abe and I had in a Japanese restaurant ...

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