Message from the Dean
This summer was my first as dean of Western New England University School of Law, and it was an exciting one. Although I served on the faculty here for twelve years before taking on the deanship, this role offers a unique perspective on the institution as a whole, and I am grateful for the opportunity to begin connecting in a new way with prospective students and their families, current students, alumni, bar associations, and community partners. It’s a wonderful reminder of the vital role that the School of Law plays in the lives of our students, as part of the University, and in the greater community.
It was also a pleasure to welcome our incoming 1Ls and our new LLM and Master’s in Law students to the School of Law this month. A few days later, I was able to touch base with our returning students as they came back to campus fresh off of new experiences from legal internships and summer associate work, with an enthusiasm for taking on the opportunities and challenges of a new year. The start of the academic year is always exciting and energizing.
In welcoming our new students, I shared some thoughts on navigating law school and being part of the tight-knit community that characterizes the School of Law, as well as on the vital role that lawyers play in our society: we model fact-based, ethical analysis; we argue and advocate for positions and clients with civility and integrity; we serve a social justice mission in underserved communities with clients facing fundamental, life-altering issues; and we serve as stewards of the most fundamental institutions in a democratic society. I invite you to read my welcoming remarks to incoming students here.
Dean of the School of Law