The Law: Yale's New Dean

When Dean Louis Pollak of the Yale Law School announced last fall that he would resign to devote more time to teaching and family, possible successors eyed the job warily. At Yale, as at nearly every other top U.S. law school, black students and militant whites have beset the faculty with demands for liberalized admission standards, more student power and more "relevant" courses. The pressures for change at Yale, as elsewhere, weigh most heavily on the dean, a man traditionally selected more for his skills as a scholar and fundraiser than as a conciliator.

Last week, after a five-month search, Yale...

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