Law Alumni at Creighton

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.

For other engagement activities, contact the law school’s Alumni Relations Director, alumni [at] creighton [dot] edu or call 402.280.2740.

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message from the dean

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

In fall of 2018, we highlight the 25th anniversary of our Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic and the significant difference it has made — and continues to make — in the lives of its clients, the education of our students and the fabric of our community.

Through the tireless leadership of professor Kate Mahern, and the work of our students, the School of Law is putting into practice Creighton University’s Jesuit, Catholic mission of serving those on the margins of society — fighting for justice on a variety of legal issues.

I am delighted to announce that the Nebraska State Bar Association will be recognizing the clinic and professor Mahern in October with its 2018 Award of Special Merit.

Congratulations to all of those who have been involved with the Abrahams Legal Clinic — past and present — on this milestone anniversary and distinguished award. We are proud of your efforts.

In the Fall 2018 edition of Creighton Lawyer, professor David Weber explores the legal structures found in the popular television series Game of Thrones; professor Kent Neumeister chronicles our institutional commitment to engaging in the nation’s ongoing civil rights discussion; and we profile several law alumnae who are excelling in careers in our nation’s capital.

Congratulations and best wishes to our 2018 graduating class, as they begin their legal careers. I am pleased to report that our data shows a 5 percent increase in the job placement rate for this class.

I am also excited to welcome our incoming class, with 12 accelerated JD students from five states, who began in May, and 103 traditional JD students from 25 states, who started in August. Fifty-two percent of the class are women (an 11 percentage-point increase over last year) and 20 percent are minorities. In addition, the LSAT and GPA scores of our incoming class continue to climb. This also is the first class to include high-achieving students known as “Creighton Scholars.”

Meanwhile, our new faculty are realizing great success. Professor Kelly Dineen, who joined us last year from Saint Louis University to lead our Health Law Program, will assist the Law Review in hosting a spring symposium on health law.

The fall semester is busy, with an International & Comparative Law Journal symposium on cyber-security coordinated by professor Ed Morse, visiting lectures and annual events such as the Red Mass and the Sedgwick Golf Tournament. Judge Dragolzeb Popovich of the European Court of Human Rights has joined us for the fall semester as a visiting professor, teaching international human rights and comparative governments.

While the legal community mourns the loss of Judge Mark Ashford, JD’78, who died in August, we collectively look forward to seeing the new Douglas County Veteran’s Court that he created last year thrive and grow into a fitting legacy of his service to Omaha and Nebraska.

As you can see, we remain a vibrant, progressive community of legal scholars and students. We invite you to engage with us when you’re on campus or in town, or virtually through our alumni e-newsletters and social media pages. We are excited to keep demonstrating to Omaha and the world why a Creighton legal education is important, special and life-changing.


Alumni Advisory Board

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

The Honorable Fred Bates, JD’83
Chicago, Illinois

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

Patrick Cooper, BA ’99, JD ‘02
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

Thomas McCormick. JD ‘80
Wallingford, Connecticut

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

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, JD’73 
Omaha, Nebraska

John E. Pierce, JD ‘81
Omaha, Nebraska

Judith Twidwell Pogge, JD’79
Greenwood Village, Colorado

The Honorable Robert Rossiter, Jr., JD’81 
Omaha, Nebraska

Steve Seline, JD’79 
Omaha, Nebraska

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

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

Mary Vandernack, JD’92 
Omaha, Nebraska

Michael Wallace, JD’13
Omaha, Nebraska

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

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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 Mandy Whiddon at mandywhiddon [at] creighton [dot] edu.