Welcome to the Creighton University School of Law Spring 2016 E-Newsletter. After an extended absence, I am pleased to relaunch this excellent opportunity to communicate quarterly about the outstanding work of our faculty, students, staff and alumni. A lot has happened since the last edition, including my start as the 11th dean of the School of Law. I share some highlights in this welcome message, and I invite you to read much more about our community’s exciting work and accomplishments in this newsletter. You will see how our community lives the Jesuit mission to be men and women for others and to “Go, set the world on fire!”
In August, the law school welcomed 119 students, an increase over last year’s incoming class. This includes 14 students in the two-year, accelerated J.D. program, which is one of only 16 such programs in the country. More importantly, we maintained academic quality and diversity, and brought in students from 23 states.
The internationally recognized Werner Institute will celebrate its 10th anniversary next academic year, and we will have an event at the 2016 Homecoming Weekend to celebrate this important milestone. The Werner Institute was ranked 15th nationally by US News & World Report in the 2017 rankings of law school dispute resolution programs and enrollment has grown, with 42 students graduating last year with an M.S. degree in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution.
The GOAL Program is in its fifth year of providing law students the opportunity to spend a full semester in Washington, D.C., while earning an M.S. degree in Government Organization and Leadership. The students also perform a full-time externship, with this year’s placements including the World Bank, the American Red Cross and the civil defense team for a military commission proceeding at Guantanamo Bay. In the past, GOAL students have served as White House Fellows, and as externs in the Departments of Justice, Energy, EPA, State, Treasury, HHS and HUD, as well as the Senate Finance Committee.
The Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic has continued to provide our students with opportunities to live out Creighton’s mission by using their education to serve justice. The clinic took applications and gave brief service to 1,022 people, provided extended representation to 162 clients, and had four cases before the Nebraska Court of Appeals. Clinic students provided legal services at the Heart Ministry Center on food pantry days approximately twice a month and assisted about a dozen people at each visit.
Already this spring, Creighton law students have had great success in competitions across the country. A Creighton team took first place overall and the award for best brief at the 2016 Southwest Regional of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition in Dallas, earning the right to participate in the national competition in Washington, D.C. And another Creighton team took 2nd place at the 2016 ABA Client Counseling Regional Competition in Lincoln.
The School of Law has continued its global engagement. In July 2015, our summer abroad program in Germany had record enrollment, as 39 American law students from 12 law schools, including 25 from Creighton, and five German law students participated in From Nuremberg to The Hague. The program included an international criminal law moot court tournament held in Courtroom No. 600 at the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, where the Nazi war crimes trials were held after World War II. In January, Professor Ron Volkmer led nine Creighton students on the law school’s annual trip to the Dominican Republic in connection with the Institute for Latin American Concern. The group met with the country’s attorney general and traveled to the border of Haiti.
Please read the rest of this newsletter to see what else our community has been up to. And please be in touch about how you are setting the world on fire!