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party line. Within any field, there are intense debates over how the law ought
to develop. Any first-rate law school has to foster those debates, not foreclose
them. Students have to see those debates and engage with them intensively,
so that they can develop their own powers of analysis and judgment, and
anticipate and shape the evolution of the law. Moreover, vigorous discussion
stimulates us all—faculty and students—to do our best work.
Third, and finally, again like our J.D. program, we do not know in detail
what consequences will flow from the J.D./J.I.D. We are confident of its
premise. It is difficult to imagine, for example, that there could be an effective
child protection regime in Indigenous communities that did not take
into account the Indigenous peoples’ conception of familial responsibility,
and the same could be said of many other areas. But we are now at the start
of a new level of engagement with Indigenous legal orders, one tied to contemporaneous
initiatives to achieve reconciliation and rebuild Indigenous
peoples’ ability to determine their own futures. As with any educational
program, the outcomes will be, in very large measure, the product of the
ability, imagination and energy of its students.
We do not know what that imagination and energy will produce, but we
know that it will be intriguing, exciting and transformative, and that it will
reinvent the way in which we grapple with these issues in the decades to
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