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:
- Returning to campus for Homecoming and other events
- Staying updated with School news
- Updating your contact information
- Getting involved in our Regional Alumni networks
- Giving of your time through mentoring and shadowing
- Giving back to support the School of Law, its mission and future generations of law students
- Connecting through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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.
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’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, 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.
The Honorable Joe Bataillon, BA’71, JD’74
Fred Bates, JD’83
Jim Bausch, BSBA’66, JD’69
Roger Blauwet, BA’69, JD’75
Patrick Cooper, BA ’99, JD ‘02
Patrick Duffy, JD’97
Scott Dosek, JD ‘78
Thomas Gaughen, JD ’78
Richard Gilloon, JD’77
Thomas Grennan, BA’75, JD’78
Bill Hargens, BSBA’79, JD’81
Lisa Andrus Hayan, JD’03
Dr. Cynthia Irmer, JD’80
San Diego, California
Arnold Johnson, JD’80
Bill Lillis, JD’68
The Honorable Michael McCormack, JD ‘63
Thomas McCormick. JD ‘80
Ray McGaugh, BA’76, JD’84
River Forest, Illinois
Karen Morauski, JD’86
Neven Mulholland, JD ‘79
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Mike Mullin, JD’80
Maureen O’Connor, Jr., JD ‘87
Robert O’Connor, Jr., JD’74
Y. Kamaal Patterson
John E. Pierce, JD ‘81
Judith Twidwell Pogge, JD’79
Greenwood Village, Colorado
Bob Rossiter, Jr., JD’81
James Seifert, JD’82
Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Steve Seline, JD’79
James Silhasek, BA’69, JD’72
Paradise Valley, Arizona
Bradley Skinner, JD’96
Dianne Loennig Stoddard, JD’75
Gayla Lee Thal, JD’80
LTC. Francisco Vila, JD ‘94
Michael Wallace, JD’13
Judy Brumm Weill, JD ‘79
Gail Werner-Robertson, BA’84, JD’88
The Honorable Horatio Wheelock. JD ‘02
Patricia Zieg, BA’71, JD’75
Jill Robb Ackerman, JD’84
Gary Blackford, JD ‘82
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Daniel Cole Jr., JD ‘69
St. Paul, Minnesota
Thomas Gaughen, JD ’78
Patrick Duffy, JD ‘97
Richard Jeffries, JD ‘93
Amy Longo, BSN’70, JD’79
The Honorable Michael McCormack, JD’63
John Pierce, MSGUID’72, JD’81
The Honorable Robert Pratt, JD ‘72
Des Moines, Iowa
Gail Werner-Robertson, BA’84, JD’88
Harold Rock, BS’54, JD’59
Charles Rohe, JD ‘89
Judy Brumm Weill, JD’79
Larry Welch, Sr., JD’61
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.
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.
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.