Minnesota Law Review
When the seven-year administrationof the school's sixth dean,CarlA Auerbach,ended,thenewLawSchoolbuildinghad become a reality, and Dean Auerbach's principal goal was achieved. As Auerbachpassedthe torchto RobertA Stein, how- ever, he did so amid controversy and widespreadfrustration at the Law School with the legislatureregardingbudgets and class size. Stein,atageforty,wasyoung,energetic,andableto achieve the balanceofwhatDeanAuerbach termed "scholarlyattainment with administrativesavvy." As Stein ascended to the ranks of what he describedas "thebest law school deanshipopportunity in the country,"' he was unanimously viewed as an "extremely ener- getic, enthusiasticand responsive man. 2 Chosen because he was perceived by both faculty members and administratorsalike as an open, easygoingperson who was able to communicate effec- tively, Dean Stein's optimism proved to be the perfect ingredient for the Law School at the time.
Edward S. Adams, The Stein Years--A Time of Advancement and Prosperity, 82 Minn. L. Rev. 1527 (1998), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/95.