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James F. Blumstein, the last of the five law dean candidates to speak at Emory, is a big proponent of progress. And to him, progress doesn’t involve cutbacks. “In my view, stasis is death,” he said. “Progress is required.” Halfway through his speech before 70 law students and faculty on Monday, Blumstein held up a green-highlighted photocopy of a Feb. 22, front-page, New York Times article. Though the article doesn’t mention the law school, it briefly discusses university-wide cutbacks Emory plans in response to a decline in its finances. “That’s not a rhetoric that is conducive to greatness, frankly,” Blumstein said. “This notion of, ‘I’m tough and I’m going to cut back,’ that’s not how you build a great institution.” Emory University, as a whole, has one of the nation’s largest endowments — about $4.4 billion in 2001, Blumstein pointed out. Because of stock market fluctuations, that endowment has declined from about $5 billion in 2000. “The more I am around this place, the more I am drawn to it,” Blumstein said of Emory law school, but added, “If the university replicates the rhetoric that’s come out in this New York Times article, this will be a very short courtship.” EXPERT IN HEALTH CARE LAW Blumstein, 56, a chaired Vanderbilt law professor and an expert in health care law and policy, is just beginning his courtship with Emory, and has yet to meet with the university’s administration. In his speech, he seemed smart, smooth and funny, his jokes drawing frequent laughter. He was, at times, pointed in stating his aspirations for Emory law school. “This cannot be a law school that feels screwed by the university and continues to go on feeling screwed by the university,” he said. Some at the law school, he explained, feel financially slighted by the university’s central administration. He called it a cancer that must be stopped. The university’s $4.4 billion endowment is about double the endowment of his home school, Vanderbilt University, according to Blumstein. He said he planned to talk about money with Emory’s interim provost — who is also the law school’s immediate past dean — Howard O. Hunter, and with other university administrators. The law school adds value to the university, and should expect a reciprocal relationship with the university, he said. Besides money, the school needs to focus on goals, according to Blumstein. It must develop a sense of where it wants to go, and it must develop a spirit of unity, mutual support and harmony among faculty members, students and the administration, he said. He listed several areas in which the law school could improve, including: � Increasing the financial aid available to students; � Improving the law school building (where missing and water-damaged ceiling tiles present when earlier dean candidates spoke have been replaced); � Boosting the school’s job placement rate for students at graduation, currently at 69 percent. This, he noted, also would help the law school’s U.S. News & World Report rankings; and � Encouraging alumni to contribute more by helping them understand that the evolving perception of their law school affects the value of their degree even years after graduation. LEADERSHIP STYLE Blumstein also discussed his leadership style. He said a big part of a dean’s job is keeping communication lines open and asking questions. “You don’t want to have disagreements … fester,” he said. “Calvin Coolidge once said that no one listens his way out of a job.” He also noted that a dean must act as a catalyst for others’ success, be willing to bask in reflected glory, and have a strong enough sense of self-confidence to be a cheerleader for others’ successes. Along those lines, he admonished professors not to succumb to “sibling rivalry” in the face of a colleague’s academic triumph. “We should find ways to celebrate many people for many things, broadly and widely and often,” he said, reminding the audience that success comes to different people at different times. “Celebrating one is not denigrating the other.” Blumstein is the Centennial Professor of Law at Vanderbilt, and director of the Health Policy Center at the university’s Institute for Public Policy Studies. He also is an adjunct professor at Dartmouth’s medical school. He teaches in the areas of constitutional law, commercial constitutional law, health law and policy, land use planning, state and local taxation, and torts. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Yale, and completed his law degree there in 1970, serving as editor of the Yale Law Journal. He also has litigated several cases in federal district court, and has handled at least two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Some Emory law students and professors may have studied one case that he handled pro se, just a few years after graduating from law school. While a young professor at Vanderbilt, Blumstein filed a class action in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee when state law prohibited him from voting in state elections because he did not meet a one-year residency requirement. The U.S. Supreme Court held in Dunn v. Blumstein, 406 U.S. 330 (1972), that durational residence requirements for state voters are unconstitutional because they interfere with the right to vote, and penalize interstate movement.

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