Joel Seligman, Dean and Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor

A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN


Having now had the honor of serving for one year as the Dean of the Washington University School of Law, I cannot help but feel pride in this remarkable institution. Our exceptional faculty and staff, our strong student body, and our wonderfully supportive central administration, alumni, and other friends make this law school and this university a special place.

As promised, the past year has been momentous. We have hired some fabulous new faculty colleagues, including John Haley, generally regarded as the leading Japanese law scholar in the United States and a towering figure in comparative law. We have further strengthened our already impressive student body.


"When I first arrived at Washington University, I immediately recognized the obvious international strengths of the university, the law school, and the institutional culture. An ambitious new initiative to synthesize and advance this priority made eminent sense."

We have moved almost all our clinical education operations in-house and have added a new interdisciplinary environmental clinic, directed by Professor Maxine Lipeles.

We have also established two new academic centers. The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, directed by Professor John Drobak, is off to a flying start. In the coming year, it will sponsor three mini-symposia leading




up to a major conference in the spring on the subject of "Norms and the Law." Nobel Laureate economists Douglass North of Washington University and Amartya Sen of the University of Cambridge will join a long list of other distinguished speakers. You will read more about the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in other School of Law publications.

All of this leads me to the subject of this brochure - our other new center - the Institute for Global Legal Studies. When I first arrived at Washington University, I immediately recognized the obvious international strengths of the university, the law school, and the institutional culture. An ambitious new initiative to synthesize and advance this priority made eminent sense.

For that mission, I turned to Steve Legomsky, one of this nation's premier scholars and a scholar of unflagging energy in immigration law. Steve has already provided a vision for the Institute that focuses on the leading international and comparative issues of our time. As he spells out more fully in his Director's message, the study of international, foreign, and comparative law is now a critical ingredient of a well-rounded legal education. It is also a core element of legal and interdisciplinary scholarship.

The Institute for Global Legal Studies will promote a broad range of international initiatives, and it will do so for all the right reasons. It is doing some stunning things, and the excitement is infectious.