Dean's Message - November 2018
Dean's Message - November 2018

Dear friends,

Our fall 2018 semester is in full swing here at Creighton’s School of Law.  Mid-terms are over for the 1Ls, the 2Ls are completing their appellate briefs and oral arguments, and the 3Ls just took their diagnostic pre-bar exams.

Earlier this autumn we were happy to receive news from across many jurisdictions (including Nebraska) that our bar pass numbers are up. This is particularly heartening because it validates our investment of resources and people in building out the comprehensive bar review course, our 2L and 3L diagnostic exams, extending our summer bar support program and emphasizing bar material in our classes.

Creighton’s score for first-time takers in Nebraska rose from 72.86 percent to 77.19 percent, while our bar pass rate in Iowa rose to 89 percent and to 100 percent in Missouri.  Coupled with our employment numbers rising 5 percent both at graduation and 10 months out over the year prior, the numbers we are now posting show strong job placement.

Service continues to be a central theme of the law school, as evidenced by our motto, “Educating for Service and Justice.”  We launched our new pro bono program on Oct. 25 as an extension of the law school’s poverty law program under the directorship of special assistant professor Katelyn Cherney, BA’08, JD.

The poverty law program was awarded Nebraska Appleseed’s “Seeds of Justice” award on Oct. 11.  Creighton’s pro bono program calls for students to contribute 50 hours of pro bono/community service prior to graduation and has been enthusiastically embraced by the student body and the faculty.

Our first service day connected to the annual Red Mass was held on Sept. 28, and more than 60 faculty, staff and student participants spent the afternoon at either the Heart Ministry Center or at Mission Church.

Our Red Mass, marking the opening of the new court term and blessing the judges as they begin their work, filled St. John’s Church on Oct. 3.  Archbishop Lucas celebrated the Mass, and 13 judges attended from local, state and federal courts.  Creighton’s St. John’s Edition of the Bible was used for this special occasion, attended by both Gov.Pete Ricketts of Nebraska and Justice Susan Larson Christensen, JD’91, of the Iowa Supreme Court.

Justice Christensen was the featured speaker at the Red Mass dinner afterword and presented a compelling case for overcoming adversity and demonstrating compassion in our daily work. Look for a profile story on her in the December issue of Creighton magazine.

Finally, I’d like to direct you to the law school’s new Instagram account. While we’d like everyone to continue tuning into our Facebook and Twitter accounts, please add this to your list of visited sites to keep up with what we’re doing here at your law school.  Our alumni are our projection of who we are to the world, and your continued involvement and support is critical to us achieving our mission of making life better for people.

Thank you for all that you do every day to make Creighton’s law school proud of you.  Please enjoy the articles and stories in this newsletter and reach out to us with your feedback and news.