Minnesota Law Review
When Everett Fraser retired as Dean of the University of Minnesota Law School in June of 1948, he left to his successor a school ripe for change. The length and the strength of DeanFraser's administration,togetherwith the dramaticeffects of World WarII on the size and atmosphereof the school, had stifled the articulation andresolutionofseveralproblems.In theyearsfollowingFraser's retirement and the War's conclusion, issues long muted began to surface and developments long postponed began to require atten- tion. Through his seven-year administration,the new dean, May- nard E. Pirsig,preserved the school's traditionof excellence in its faculty and curriculum, while the groundwork was laid for the diffi- cult transitionto a new faculty-dean relationship.UnderDean Pir- sig's direction,the law schoolmaintainedthe courseestablishedby his predecessorsin the continuingpursuit of excellence.
Robert Stein, In Pursuit of Excellence -- A History of the University of Minnesota Law School, Part IV: The Pirsig Years -- A Time of Transition, 63 Minn. L. Rev. 299 (1979), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/435.