Dean Paul McGreal's welcome message for the July 2016 e-Newsletter
Dean Paul McGreal's welcome message for the July 2016 e-Newsletter

Dear Law School Alumni,

Happy summer! In the three months since our last e-newsletter, a lot has happened. And while most of our students have left campus for work, externships, and other summer opportunities, there is still much activity at the School of Law.

To start, most of the second floor of the Ahmanson Law Center is closed for the second phase of its $4.5 million renovation. You might recall that last summer our first floor saw replacement of the heating and air conditioning, along with new lighting, carpeting, and paint. Round two will bring these same renovations to the faculty and administrative offices and the Schneider Commons. In addition, through the generosity of our alumni, the law school will complete a $100,000 renovation of the Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic to provide our clinic faculty, students, and clients an updated, professional space.

In May, I was privileged to participate in my first Creighton hooding and commencement ceremonies. We conferred 128 Juris Doctor (JD) degrees; 52 Master of Science (MS) degrees in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution for work in The Werner Institute; 11 MS degrees for our Government Organization and Leadership (GOAL) program in Washington, D.C.; and 8 JD/MBA degrees. It was exciting to celebrate these academic accomplishments with our graduates and their families. The ceremony included Janae Hofer, profiled in our last edition of Creighton Lawyer, who overcame cerebral palsy to graduate in December and take a position with Lamson, Dugan and Murray, LLP, in Omaha. Congratulations to all of our May 2016 graduates!

May also saw the arrival of our fourth class of accelerated JD students. As I write these words, they are awaiting their first law school grades after a rigorous first semester.

As I start my second year as dean, I am grateful for the kindness and support of the alumni and friends of our law school. As I visited with alumni around Omaha and across the country, I was excited to hear the stories of your times at Creighton, and humbled to see how you have made a difference in the profession and your communities. In a little over two months, on Homecoming Weekend of Sept. 15-18, I hope that you can return to campus to see the faculty and friends who are so very proud of all you have done. That weekend, we will honor Maj. Gen. Cassie Strom, Class of 1982, with the Alumni Merit Award, and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Werner Institute

Until then, all the best for a happy and healthy remainder of the summer!

With gratitude,

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Paul McGreal