It has been a busy September with many distinguished members of the judiciary paying a visit to BU Law. We have been privileged to welcome eight judges to the law school in just the past two weeks.
Individual justices have joined us for book talks, a major conference, and meetings with our students, while the US Army Court of Criminal Appeals held an actual hearing in our Schell-O’Connor Moot Courtroom. Presiding over the case of United States v. Bostick were Colonel Michael Mulligan, Colonel Anthony Febbo, and Lieutentant Colonel Stefan Wolfe. After the hearing, the justices held a Q&A with our students and spoke with them during a reception in Barristers Hall.
US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Judge Robert L. Wilkins, who was instrumental in the effort to build the National Museum of African American History and Culture, spoke at BU Law just a few days before the September 24 opening of the museum on the National Mall. He recounted the century-long endeavor to establish the museum and his motivation for writing his book, The Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100-Year Mission to Establish the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Prior to Judge Wilkins’ talk, Justice Robert J. Cordy, a recently retired member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, talked about his international work with judges in Russia and Turkey to establish independent judiciaries in those countries. His comments came during a panel discussion of a new book by BU Law Professor Robert Sloane and Tufts University Professor Robert Glennon, Foreign Affairs Federalism: The Myth of National Exclusivity. Professor Glennon has deep ties to BU Law, having served as the William & Patricia Kleh Visiting Professor of International Law just last year.
We were also fortunate to host three judges who are graduates of BU Law.
Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers (’83), took time out of her busy schedule to have lunch with BU Law students in the law tower. The next day at our annual alumni awards ceremony, I was honored to present her with a Silver Shingle for Service to the Profession.
Judge Herman J. Smith, Jr. (’74) gave an invited talk at BU Law about his experience as an African-American judge and the interplay between the law and his Christian faith. He served as a Massachusetts Superior Court judge from 1994 to 2012 and a clinical associate professor at BU Law from 1979 to 1990.
And Massachusetts District Court Associate Justice Michael Vitali (’98) returned to campus for a conference honoring the 50th anniversary of the seminal Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona. He joined another BU Law alum, Mark Schamel (’98), who is a trial attorney in Washington, DC, and FBI Special Agent Peter Kowenhoven for a panel discussion moderated by Connecticut Senior Assistant State Attorney Russell Zentner (’89).
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