I sense a certain inevitability about the Allston move, persuasively supported by individuals I respect. Nonetheless, at the risk of sounding sentimental, I believe we must ask ourselves what Harvard Law School means to each of us. Is it a name only or the sum total of our years in a particular setting? What is it we will visit when nothing remains in the place we labored, matured, and shared unique experiences?
I attended SUNY Buffalo, and an entirely new campus was built about 10 miles from where I attended school. This severed any meaningful identification with the institution where we spent our memorable years. One should not discount the deep connection with the physical setting of our Harvard Law experience. I would be saddened visiting the shell of those experiences only to be guided across the river to “state-of-the-art” structures with which I could not identify.
I owe a great deal to Harvard Law School and ultimately will support it in whatever incarnation it may assume. I’m just wondering how many others share my preference (and if it matters).