Page 4-Saturday, August 12, 1978-The Michigan Daily
'U' profs refute Burger criticism
By R. J. SMITH
Recent remarks by Supreme Court
Chief Justice Warren Burger attacking
the efficiency of American law schools
in training trial lawyers have touched off
some heated criticism from a number of
University Law School professors.
Burger spoke Tuesday before the
'We now have the consen-
sus, namely that the qual-
ity of advocacy in our
trial courts falls short of
what it should be to pro-
tect the interests of the
consumers of justice.'
national convention of the American Bar
Association, and returned toa favorite
theme of questioning the competency of
a majority of American trial lawyers.
"WE NOW HAVE the consensus,
namely that the quality of advocacy in
our trial courts falls short of what it
should be to protect the interests of the
consumers of justice," Burger told the
"If the concept of recall applicable to
motor vehicles under governmental
standards were applied to law school
graduates, the recall rate would be very
high indeed on those who go into the
courts without substantial added
training," the Chief Justice added
Burger's address asked for a re-
structuring of law school curricula,
calling for the standard four-year in-
class education to be changed to a
program of three years of classroom
training, followed by a year of internship
for each student.
The internship would be a period of
"clinical training," in which the student
would work with professional lawyers,
much as medical students are interned
in the medical field.
SOME LAW school officials, however,
have strong reservations about the in-
stitution of such changes. The University
has long had optional internship
programs available, several argued,
and making such programs mandatory,
they said, would be a mistake."
"What he (Burger) focused on most
heavily is courtroom action. The bulk
of lawyers never even get near a cour-
troom," said Douglas Kahn, a Univer-
sity law professor. According to law
school officials, much legal work in-
volves working on legislation, doing of-
fice work and various consultations.
"There seems little reason for
requiring compulsory in-court
proceedings that they are not even going
to use," said Law School Dean Terrance
Sandalow. Sandalow said the University
has a variety of ways students wishing to
gain in-trial experience could receive
credit for internships. Both Campus
Legal Aid and the Child Advocacy Clinic
are organizations willing to take law
students on as interns, Sandalow added.
"I AM SURE there are a good many
people who go into court and are not
adequately prepared for it," related
Marcus Plant, another law professor.
Plant said a great number of these
inept trial lawyers come from poor
schools, which are unfortunately en-
joying a "sort of mushroom growth."
"But there are some law schools that
try to make sure that poor education
doesn't happen," Plant said. Plant
believes the University is one of those
Dean Sandalow questioned the value
Burger attached to intern programs.
According to Sandalow, "it is a very
common theme among lawyers who
come to recruit law students (that an in-
ternship) is not the most useful way to
participate ina meaningful career."
Many of Burger's remarks, Sandalow
said, were "not as judicious as one
would expect from a former court
is old news
Bay RICHARD BERKE
A news dispatch carried by
hundreds of papers yesterday
stated that a mummy found in a
mass tomb nearly 100 years ago
has been identified as King
But according to scientists who
made the study and a 1976 ac-
count in The Daily, the iden-
tification is nothing new.
DENTISTRY Professor Geof-
frey Walker - one of several
University professors who
worked on the Tutankhamen
project - said the identification
was made two years ago.
"The popular press may be
capitalizing on the public interest
(in King Tutankhamen),, Walker
said. "It's nothing new as far as
Queen Tiye's mummy was
found nearly 100 years ago in a
mass tomb of Egyptian kings and
queens. The major clue in iden-
tifying her came only two years
ago, however, when University
scientists found a lock of hair in a
locket in Tutankhamen's tomb.
QUEEN TIYE was a major fig-
ure in the ancient 18th Egyptian
dynasty. She was the favorite
wife of Amenhotep III, and
mother of the heretic king,
Akenaten. Akenaten was the first
pharoah to adopt monotheism.
Professor Edward Wente of the
University of Chicago's Oriental
Institutebsaid wire service repor-
ters probably spotted recent ar-
ticles in Science Magazine and
Scientific American about Queen
Tiye and thought the iden-
tification was new.
"I myself think it's (the press)
a little overworking it," he said.
King Tutankhamen's tomb
yielded the largest collection of
Egyptian artifacts found in
modern times. Part of the collec-
tion is on tour in the United
Senate primary offers insight
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t's east side. ticularly vicious during the campaign, Republican contenders in the S
State Senator John Otterbacher, saying Levin was "insensitive" to the primary attacked Griffin fo
d Rapids) who received nine per plight of the Michigan taxpayer and decision to run after he promis
f the vote, was the only loser, had a variety of choice words for Power retire. Several Democrats invol'
s Power, who made it to the plant and VanderVeen as well, the campaign say Griffin's re'
it 5:00 a.m. with Levin. State Nonetheless, Levin will go into the was part of a plan to keep Repub
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nt of the vote, VanderVeen and Counties where he did better than 50 per Governor William Milliken was
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