Dear alumni and friends,
2018 is starting off as a great year for us! We opened the semester by welcoming prominent civil rights attorney Fred Gray to campus to deliver the annual Lane Lecture on Jan. 15. Rev. Gray was Rosa Parks’ attorney in 1955. More than 500 people attended the lecture where Gray was joined on stage by Creighton alumnus Greg Rhodes, JD’81, and Kai Wahrmann-Harry, a second-year law student and vice president of the Black Law Students Association, for a conversation on civil rights. The discussion visited the rich history of the civil rights movement, but also inspired those in attendance about the work that is still left to be done.
We also celebrate the work of Professor David Weber, who was the recipient of the St. Ignatius Spirituality Award at Founders Day Convocation on Feb. 6. The award recognizes Creighton faculty and staff who reflect the Ignatian ideals of magis, cura personalis and being persons for and with others.
I am also pleased to announce that the Rev. Phil Amidon, SJ, DPhil, is returning to the law school and will be celebrating weekly Mass here on Thursdays in Room 235. Alumni and friends are welcome to return to campus and attend Mass at the law school. Additionally, we have a new law school chaplain, Gladyce Jancky, who will offer counseling services and pastoral care to our faculty, staff and students.
We continue to celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni as well. On Feb. 23, we will award the 2018 Judge Elizabeth D. Pittman Award to the Hon. Wadie Thomas, JD’80, as he retires from the Douglas County Juvenile Court.
And looking ahead to future judicial appointments, Nebraska U.S. Senators Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer have requested that I share information with Creighton law alumni that there is an opening on the federal bench for a new judge. We would like to have this seat filled with a Creighton graduate who would join Judge Robert Rossiter, JD’81, and Judge Joseph Bataillon, JD’74, at the court. The deadline for applications has been extended to Feb. 28. Please follow this link if you are interested in finding out more information or applying.
Thank you for your continued interest in and support of the School of Law – a very special place with a focus on forming the next generation of compassionate lawyers trained in the Jesuit tradition, ready to make the world a better place.
Interim Dean Michael J. Kelly, JD, LLM