Though he was decked out in suit and tie, Wu spoke with disarming ease, dropping little life details into his chat with Legal Pad about more serious things, like fundraising and faculty recruiting.
He said he rolled down the windows on his drive from the airport Thursday evening so he could smell the eucalyptus in the air after landing here from the east coast.
The smell of the City, and why just a J.D. won’t be worth much, after the jump.
As for students, Wu envisions the Hastings of the future to be a home for hyper-educated specialists looking to crown their physics or engineering degree with a J.D. — because in the global economy, “just having a law degree soon is not going to be enough,” he said. To that end, he’ll be recruiting from undergraduate physics departments, for instance. Same goes for faculty. Wu said he doesn’t want to focus on just clinical or just scholastic professor recruiting. He wants both. The perfect person to teach negotiation, for instance, is that J.D. who has a Ph.D. in psychology, he said.
But before he heads back east, Wu has another pressing priority: finding a gym. He’s touring several Saturday. “My single greatest fear in taking on this job is weight gain,” Wu said. “An occupational risk of a law school dean is weight gain because of all the meals that you go to, especially with donors.”
Another reason to work out: Wu says it’s his goal to have lunch with “every single faculty member” in his first year.
— Petra Pasternak