In announcing the selection, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, praised Garvey as a person of integrity and compassion who possesses the vision to direct BC Law into the new millennium.
"John Garvey is a widely acclaimed scholar and an accomplished teacher who cares deeply about the important role that law plays in American society," said Fr. Leahy. "He distinguished himself at Notre Dame, both in the classroom and through his solid track record as chair of the faculty appointments committee in helping to diversify the Notre Dame Law faculty. He is also well known for his commitment to a legal education that integrates classroom instruction with clinical experience and social justice.
"I know John Garvey will relate well with the students, faculty and alumni of BC Law, and that he will be an excellent dean,
" Fr. Leahy said.
"We are delighted to have him join us."
Garvey has served as law professor at Notre Dame since 1994. Prior to his appointment, he served for 14 years as a professor at University of Kentucky College of Law, and was also a visiting professor at University of Michigan Law School.
A 1970 graduate of Notre Dame, he received his law degree (cum laude) from Harvard Law School in 1974. During his career, he has been honored with several awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Danforth Fellowship at Harvard University. He won the Duncan Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Kentucky, and was elected to the American Law Institute at age 34.
In addition, Garvey has served as chair of the Constitutional Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He currently serves as co-chair of the AALS Religion Law Section, and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Irving R. Kaufman Public Service Fellowship Program at Harvard. He is also a member of the American Bar Association's Reading Committee.
A widely published legal scholar, Garvey is the author of What Are Freedoms For? and co-author of the forthcoming book Religion and the Constitution. He has also published book chapters, articles and book reviews in dozens of law reviews throughout the United States.
Garvey is a distinguished attorney who has argued several prominent cases before the United States Supreme Court, including Karen Silkwood v. Kerr-McGee Corporation, and Heckler v. Campbell, which addressed disability regulation within the S ocial Security Administration. He has also briefed more than 20 cases before the Supreme Court, including Mueller v. Allen, which addressed the issue of aid to parochial schools.
"I am honored to accept Boston College s offer to serve as dean of its law school," said Garvey. "BC Law is a place for serious scholarship that also cares about educating the whole person. The BC Law faculty are committed to their students and dedicated to both scholarship and social justice. As a person who has fought on behalf of social justice thr oughout my career, it will be a pleasure to become a part of the BC Law community."
Former colleagues from across the country offered praised for Garvey s appointment as law dean at Boston College.
"It is clear that John Garvey is one of the two or three most important law and religion scholars in the United States,
" said Frederick Schauer, a professor at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. "He is a constitutional and political theorist of the highest order. He is also an open-minded, cutting-edge academic in the best tradition. John is simply a terrific person; it is impossible not to like him."
Added Rutherford B. Campbell, the former dean and a present faculty member of the University of Kentucky College of Law, "John Garvey is one of the brightest and most decent people I have met in this profession. The two qualities that you need to be successful as dean are to be bright and decent; John has them both. I congratulate Boston College for securing him.
Garvey was also praised by colleagues at Notre Dame who had worked closely with him over the past four years.
"John Garvey is an exceptional leader, teacher and person,
" said William and Dorothy O'Neill Professor of Law John Blakey.
"We have no one to replace him.
A native of Sharon, Pa., Garvey is married to Jeane Walter Garvey and father of five children.
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