Inspired by Yale's legal realists of the 1930s, Yale law students between 1967 and 1970 spawned a movement that celebrated participatory democracy, black power, feminism, and the counterculture. After these students left, the repercussions hobbled the school for years. Senior law professors decided against retaining six junior scholars who had witnessed their conflict with the students in the early 1970s, shifted the school's academic focus from sociology to economics, and steered clear of critical legal studies. Ironically, explains Kalman, students of the 1960s helped to create a culture of timidity until an imaginative dean in the 1980s tapped into and domesticated the spirit of the sixties, helping to make Yale's current celebrity possible.
About the Author
Table of Contents
1 Setting the Stage: Law Schools and the Sixties
2 The Yale Law School on the Eve of the Sixties
3 The Sixties Come to Yale
4 Student Power
5 Alumni Weekend, 1969
6 Trials and Tribulations
7 Bringing Us Together Again
8 After the Fire
9 The Most Theoretical and Academically Oriented Law School in America
"Students Provide Welcome for Alumni"
Charles E. Clark
Sterling Law Buildings under construction
Sterling Law Buildings today
"Another Color on the Campus"
Eugene V. Rostow
Alexander M. Bickel
Yale law faculty in the late 1960s
Front page of the first issue of the Yale Advocate, December 11, 1967
Law students and faculty protest the war
"The Inner Logic of Grades"
Scenes from Alumni Weekend, 1968
J. Otis Cochran
"Negotiating Committee Asks Joint Student-Faculty Rule"
Hog Farmers at Yale
Hog Farmers' bus
Dedication page, "Women Lawyers' Centennial, 1869-1969, No Progress"
"Create Two, Three Many Yale Law Struggles"
Women picketing Mory's
"Kidnapped": Bobby Seale
Meeting at Yale, ca. 1970
Surveying books saved from the fire
May Day rally on New Haven Green, 1970
Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton's Prize Trial Competition
The Clintons and Calabresis
What People are Saying About This
Laura Kalman's new book on the Yale Law School is a stunning work of microhistoryno academic institution has ever been studied in greater depth. At the same time, the book also illuminates general developments in American culture during an especially important period in our history.Sanford Levinson, University of Texas Law School