Law

REINFORCE YOUR CREIGHTON SCHOOL OF LAW CONNECTIONS.

You chose wisely when you chose the Creighton University School of Law for your legal studies. As an alumnus, we want to invite you to stay involved with the School and strengthen the bonds you formed here with your former law classmates and professors by:

To learn more about how you can provide opportunities for current law students, Chris Bauer, Director of Development for the School of Law at chrisbauer [at] creighton [dot] edu or call him at 402.280.3884.

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message from the dean

Michael J. Kelly, JD, LLM
Interim Dean and Professor of Law 

Welcome to the School of Law page on the Alumni website.

This summer, Professor Paul McGreal stepped down as dean of the Law School. He is currently on sabbatical, spending time researching key U.S. Supreme Court papers. In the interim, I will serve as dean until the University conducts a search for a new permanent dean. During that period, I will work with alumni, students, faculty and staff to continue the law school’s forward momentum. Creighton University School of Law is and always has been a special place. That sense has defined us for the past century, and I am confident it will continue to do so for the next. 

One of our most highly-anticipated recent achievements is the establishment of our Immigration and Refugee Law Clinic that rolls out this fall under the direction of professor David Weber and special assistant professor Charles “Shane” Ellison. Like our other clinics, this one will provide student-led/attorney supervised legal services to an underserved community. Last year, 40 percent of immigrants appearing before the U.S. Immigration Courts did so without legal representation. We aim to make a small yet meaningful impact on those statistics while simultaneously imparting demonstratively to our students the principle that everyone deserves legal representation.

Like other Catholic, Jesuit institutions, we look to the Jesuit Order for inspiration and guidance. Almost a year ago, at its 36th General Congregation, the Society of Jesus issued Decree 1 – Reconciliation and Justice, which said with respect to “The displacement of peoples (refugees, migrants, and internally displaced peoples): In the face of attitudes hostile to these displaced persons, our faith invites the Society to promote everywhere a more generous culture of hospitality.”  Your law school answered that call with this clinic. We chose to “stand with the marginalized,” as we always have, in this new way.  And we are determined to make a positive impact.

This year has been a year of transitions. Assistant professor Kelly Dineen joined us in July to lead a new programmatic and curricular emphasis on health law.  Having taught previously at St. Louis University School of Law, Dineen appreciates our shared Jesuit identity and is committed to exploring new areas of collaboration and enrichment for this important and developing area of law.  

Professor Kay Andrus retired after 37 years of loyal service as our law library director.  We are indebted to him for the legacy of a strong research institution that he helped build.  Professor Nicholas Mirkay joined the faculty at the William S. Richardson law school at the University of Hawaii after six years of dedicated service to Creighton; and professor Palma Strand has moved to a new position at the University’s Graduate School. And we are happy to have former Congressman Brad Ashford, JD’ 76, join us this fall as an adjunct faculty member.

The Masters program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NCR) departed the Werner Institute and relocated to the Graduate School, although we will retain the dual JD/MS-NCR degree opportunity for law students who wish to pursue it.  A national search will commence soon to identify a new director for the Werner Institute.

 

 

 

Alumni Advisory Board

The Honorable Joe Bataillon, BA’71, JD’74 
Omaha, Nebraska

Fred Bates, JD’83
Chicago, Illinois

Jim Bausch, BSBA’66, JD’69 
Omaha, Nebraska

Roger Blauwet, BA’69, JD’75 
Arlington, Virginia

Patrick Cooper, BA ’99, JD ‘02
Omaha, Nebraska

Patrick Duffy, JD’97 
Omaha, Nebraska

Scott Dosek, JD ‘78
Pheonix, Arizona

Thomas Gaughen, JD ’78
Omaha, Nebraska

Richard Gilloon, JD’77
Omaha, Nebraska

Thomas Grennan, BA’75, JD’78
Omaha, Nebraska

Bill Hargens, BSBA’79, JD’81 
Omaha, Nebraska

Lisa Andrus Hayan, JD’03
Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Cynthia Irmer, JD’80
San Diego, California

Arnold Johnson, JD’80
Houston, Texas

Bill Lillis, JD’68 
Urbandale, Iowa

The Honorable Michael McCormack, JD ‘63
Omaha, Nebraska

Thomas McCormick. JD ‘80
Wallingford, Connecticut

Ray McGaugh, BA’76, JD’84 
River Forest, Illinois

Karen Morauski, JD’86
Johnstown, Ohio

Neven Mulholland, JD ‘79
Fort Dodge, Iowa

Mike Mullin, JD’80 
Omaha, Nebraska

Maureen O’Connor, Jr., JD ‘87
Omaha, Nebraska

Robert O’Connor, Jr., JD’74 
Omaha, Nebraska

Y. Kamaal Patterson

John E. Pierce, JD ‘81
Omaha, Nebraska

Judith Twidwell Pogge, JD’79
Greenwood Village, Colorado

Bob Rossiter, Jr., JD’81 
Omaha, Nebraska

James Seifert, JD’82
Chair
Lake Elmo, Minnesota

Steve Seline, JD’79 
Omaha, Nebraska

James Silhasek, BA’69, JD’72
Paradise Valley, Arizona

Bradley Skinner, JD’96 
Altoona, Iowa

Dianne Loennig Stoddard, JD’75
Washington, D.C.

Gayla Lee Thal, JD’80
Omaha, Nebraska

Mary Vandernack

LTC. Francisco Vila, JD ‘94
Davie, Florida

Michael Wallace, JD’13
Omaha, Nebraska

Judy Brumm Weill, JD ‘79
Dever, Colorado

Gail Werner-Robertson, BA’84, JD’88 
Omaha, Nebraska

The Honorable Horatio Wheelock. JD ‘02
Omaha, Nebraska

Patricia Zieg, BA’71, JD’75 
Omaha, Nebraska

Lifetime Members

Jill Robb Ackerman, JD’84 
Omaha, Nebraska

Gary Blackford, JD ‘82
Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Daniel Cole Jr., JD ‘69
St. Paul, Minnesota

Thomas Gaughen, JD ’78
Omaha, Nebraska

Patrick Duffy, JD ‘97
Omaha, Nebraska

Richard Jeffries, JD ‘93
Omaha, Nebraska

Amy Longo, BSN’70, JD’79 
Bellevue, Nebraska

The Honorable Michael McCormack, JD’63
Omaha, Nebraska

John Pierce, MSGUID’72, JD’81 
Omaha, Nebraska

The Honorable Robert Pratt, JD ‘72
Des Moines, Iowa

Gail Werner-Robertson, BA’84, JD’88 
Omaha, Nebraska

Harold Rock, BS’54, JD’59 
Omaha, Nebraska

Charles Rohe, JD ‘89
Washington, DC

Judy Brumm Weill, JD’79 
Denver, Colorado

Larry Welch, Sr., JD’61
Omaha, Nebraska

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career resources

As an alumnus you can use our Career Development Office (CDO) for career and professional development needs. CDO staff members are available to answer your questions or to provide career counseling. To schedule an appointment or submit a question, please email cdo [at] creighton [dot] edu or call 402.280.3094. The CDO is located on the second floor of the Ahmanson Law Center. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Job Postings

The School of Law posts job openings for attorneys on Symplicity. You may also view listings and more through our online career management system, Jobs4Jays. You may also learn about career opportunities through the School of Law LinkedIn Group.

Volunteer Opportunities

We encourage you to volunteer as a career resource for current School of Law students by:

  • Providing advice about your practice area and/or geographic market
  • Serving as a volunteer interviewer for our Practice Interview Program for 1Ls
  • Participating as a panelist for student programming sponsored by the Career Development Office (CDO)

To learn more about volunteering, please email Karen Dixon, Career Development Assistant, at KarenDixon [at] creighton [dot] edu or call her at 402.280.3094.