Boalt Hall Valedictory Graduation Speech

Michael Tigar’s Notes:

May 1966, Valedictory Graduation Speech, Boalt Hall. This was the commencement speech that I gave, to a mixed reaction, about the Vietnam War. I believe it is relevant to current debates over military and anti-terrorism policy. I owe much of the initial research on these issues to public domain publications by international law scholars. By the end of 1966, when I gave this speech, 8,563 Americans had died in the Vietnam conflict. 49,519 more were yet to die. I ought to have kept better track of sources, but there are more citations in the relevant portions of the SSLR Practice Manual, which is also in this collection. (There is a paraphrase of Robespierre in there towards the end; I am sure you will see it.)

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