Minnesota Law Review
Following the long and successful administration of Dean Everett Fraser (1920-1948), the University of Minnesota Law School's fourth dean, Maynard E. Pirsig (1948-1955), presided over seven transitional years at the school. With a talent for attracting young faculty members of extraordinary quality, he did much to enhance the school's tradition of excellence. But, at the same time, his administration suffered from the tensions incident to a changing relationship between the faculty and the dean. In 1955, a faculty-drawn self-survey provided the impetus for a statement of a new division of responsibility between dean and faculty, which clearly articulated both the faculty's responsibility for law school policy and the dean's responsibilities as leader of the faculty and executor of facultyestablished policy.
Robert Stein, In Pursuit of Excellence -- A History of the University of Minnesota Law School, Part V: The Lockhart Years -- A Time of Achievement and Challenge, 63 Minn. L. Rev. 809 (1979), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/437.