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This issue of the Saint Louis University Law Journal traces, in some sense, to two events that occurred a quarter century ago. On February 6, 1977, Richard J. Childress, professor and former dean, of Saint Louis University School of Law died at the age of fifty-five. Barely seventeen days earlier, President Jimmy Carter had pledged an “absolute” commitment to human rights in his inaugural address and called for “international policies which reflect our own most precious values.”[1] Later that spring, President Carter called for “a new American foreign policy—a policy based on constant decency in its values and on optimism in our historical vision.”[2]