Law School to Celebrate 70th Year

Law School to Celebrate 70th Year

The Law School will mark its 7 0th anniversary on Friday, Oct. 8 with a panel discussion, the inauguration of a new faculty award, the formal opening of the new classroom wing and a birthday cake.

"This year is the 7 0th birthday of the Law School, which in the modern world is one lifetime," said Law Dean John Garvey. "In this short lifetime, it's grown from a handful of faculty and a few students in downtown Boston to one of the premier institutions of legal learning in the United States. This occasion offers us the opportunity to reflect on where we've come from, where we are and where we are going as we enter a new century."

The anniversary celebration will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a panel discussion, "The Changing Face of Boston College Law School." Panelists will include former deans Robert Drinan, SJ, Richard Huber and Monan Professor of Law Daniel Coquillette. Other panelists are: Mary Beatty Muse JD '50, former chief justice of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court for Suffolk County; Alicia Alvarez JD '85, a member of the law faculty at DePaul University; and Louise Clark, the Law School's long-time director of admissions. The discussion will be moderated by Renee Landers JD '85, a former Justice Department official.

The celebration will continue at 5 p.m. when University President William P. Leahy, SJ, joins Garvey to formally open the new classroom wing at the Law School.

At a reception afterward, the school will honor Prof. Emeritus Emil Slizewski (Law), '41, JD '43, who began teaching at the Law School in 1944 and retired last year. The Law School will inaugurate the Emil Slizewski Faculty Excellence Award, which will be presented by the students to an outstanding Law School faculty member each year. In addition, Slizewski will be called upon to cut the birthday cake which will be served at the celebration.

- Michael Seele

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