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A Message from Dean Bard

We had an unusually event-filled first week of school as we welcomed 127 new J.D. students and 18 foreign graduate students (LLM) as well as celebrated the news of the board of trustee’s decision to build the law school a new building on campus.

This year the faculty revisited our “orientation” programming and created an academically focused “Week One” curriculum that engaged the students immediately in laying a foundation for success in the classroom. So many people contributed to its success that I am posting the “thank you email” on my web page, but its primary architects were Andrew Katsanis Professor of Law Betsy Malloy, Assistant Dean Joel Chanvisanuruk, Assistant Dean Nora Wagner, and one of our most recent hires, Assistant Director for Admissions and Director of Digital and Media Marketing Chad Vondenhuevel.

Our second and third year students are also back after exciting summers that took them to jobs all over the country and around the world. Luke Woolman ‘18 worked for the International Criminal Court, our first placement there; while Stephen Kelly ‘17 externed for the Center for Coalfield Justice. Zachary Eckles ‘17 worked for the Sentencing Project; Kalisa Mora ‘18 spent the summer at the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda; and two students, Rebecca Seipel and Katherine McDonald, both members of the class of 2018, externed for the Universidad Pontificia Comillas Irregular Immigration (EU Project) in Madrid, Spain. You’ll be hearing and reading about their experiences throughout the upcoming year. In addition to are students, so too are our faculty back after a highly productive summer that resulted in many interesting and very likely to be influential articles and books.

As always, the core group of administrators and staff who spend the summer here were also very busy closing out academic year 2015-16 and getting everything ready for the year ahead. There have been many retirements and new hires over the year and I am also including an update on “who’s who.” Most notable are the retirements of Assistant Dean for Administration and Finance Jim Schoenfeld, who managed the law school’s business affairs for 32 years and Registrar Charlene Carpenter who served the school Registrar for 37 years. Although they are irreplaceable, Jim Crossett, our new director of business affairs, and Sarah Strouse, Assistant Director for Student Services/Registrar are learning our ways quickly and look forward to meeting you.

A few words about the building. With the help of the Alumni Association, we sent out over 3000 letters as soon as we got the final vote from the board of trustees. What I can add since last Wednesday is that everyone in the building and—I expect—you too are extremely relieved that we can now move forward with planning (and raising money for) the new building our present and future students deserve. I hope that those of you who have been following this process closely and those who were watching from afar will consider themselves warmly invited to become a part of the process. We are just at the beginning of a new phase for the law school and the planning that happens now will affect the future of this law school for the next 75-100 years.

This is your law school and I welcome your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, and memories on its past, present or future.

With warm best wishes,
Jennifer

 

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