This essay was written marking the completion of Hugh Macgill's extraordinarily successful term as Dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law. I believe the skills Hugh displayed in leading sophisticated teachers and students offer important lessons to our broader political community. I will make that case along the following lines. First, I will link the challenges to political authority that form a core part of our understanding of the Vietnam and Watergate era with intellectual developments in the legal academy that have marked the last twenty-five years. Second, I will explain how criticisms developed in the narrow context of legal analysis are particularly significant when viewed as challenges to conventional notions of leadership. Third, I will describe the rhetorical problems leaders face in seeking to overcome our collective loss of faith in core ideologies that might have served as rallying cries in earlier eras. Finally, I will detail four strategies available to solve the rhetorical challenge and link them back to my initial remarks concerning Hugh's style in leading the law school.
University of Connecticut School of Law
Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 32, No. 5, pp. 1631-1644, Summer 2000.