A Valuable Lesson
Fall Issue Had the Right Touch
The extended Class Notes were, to
me at least, an eye opener in the sense that seldom before have you focused on other than the celebration of the anointed. I would like to congratulate Debra Dickerson ["Unconventional Wisdom," p. 59] on her attitude and guts and I do congratulate HLS for admitting her
More Worthy of the New Yorker
Clark or Mr. Byse?
I am a member of the Class of 1941, now retired. My home was in Panama during my law school years. Still living in Panama as a civilian employee of the Panama Canal in 1944, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Panama had a large U.S. Navy establishment, and because I was able to type I was given the rank of Yeoman 3d class, subsequently making 2d class.
As Panama was my home and being fluent in Spanish, I was assigned to Naval Intelligence as an agent and wore civilian clothes. My friends tell me I am the only service person they knew who stayed home, wore civilian clothes, and drew overseas pay.
Most of the intelligence officers were attorneys and I was quite friendly with them. Among the group was Lt. Clark Byse. Of course at that time I addressed him as "Mr. Byse." Years later when Clark Byse came to HLS I became friendly with him. My first question to him then was, should I call you Clark or Mr. Byse? From that day on, he was "Clark" to me whenever our paths crossed.
I cannot think of a more qualified person to receive the Harvard Law School Association Award.
Article Betrays Double Standard
Chayes Example Should Be Followed
As I searched the Internet site to see how I could send a letter to this effect, I noticed on your Letters page [Fall 2000] that Professor Chayes had died. I stopped short. My interest in Professor Dershowitz waned.
Abe Chayes was a man I will always admire. His keen intelligence was leavened with a wry wit. The sparkle in his eyes revealed a life that had known both the highest circles of power in the Kennedy administration and the day-to-day flow of academic life. He had heard Kipling's challenge and accepted it--he could "meet with Triumph and Disaster, And treat those two imposters just the same."
The grace with which he taught Civil Procedure was disarming. It made the experience of a 1L a good deal more bearable.
I never spoke with him after that class. But, I remember him as clearly as if it were yesterday. It was more than 25 years ago.
Professor Dershowitz could learn much from the memory of Abe Chayes. I only wish he would.
A Misplaced Ax
Editor's note: Thanks to Mr. Huwe and others who wrote to point out that the illustration from Polnoe sobranie zakonov Rossiiskoi imperii does indeed depict a cavalry ax.
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Inquiry about an HLS Visitor
H. L. A. Hart, who was professor of jurisprudence at the University of Oxford, 1952-68, and visiting professor of legal philosophy at HLS, 1956-1957, is the subject of a biography in progress by Nicola Lacey, professor of criminal law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She would like to hear from anyone with information about, interesting memories of, or correspondence from Hart. She can be reached at the Law Department, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE; tel.: 44 020 7955 7254; fax: 44 020 7955 7366; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The story in the Fall 2000 issue about author Cheryl Mendelson '81 (p. 51) misstates the number of chapters in her recent book, Home Comforts. The book comprises 72, not 27, chapters, of which only 18 focus on cleaning.
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