University of Wisconsin–Madison

Dean Cliff Thompson

Dean Cliff Thompson

“One of my mental stabilizers as a dean has been a constant and simple belief in a society governed by rules. I am aware of the flaws in actual legal systems compared to the ideals heard in Law Day speeches. But I am convinced that overall government by laws has been better for humans than the two main alternatives: dictatorship (from enlightened to ghastly) or rule by ideology (religious to secular). Legal education is crucial to a strong legal system, and this is the environment in which I have been happy to work.”

Cliff Thompson, dean from 1983 to 1990, in “Thoughts and Counsel for a New Dean

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