How Alumni Can Be Our Students’ Competitive Advantage in the Job Market

Our Office of Career Development & Public Service, now headed by Assistant Dean Fiona Trevelyan Hornblower, as well as our faculty and administrative staff strive continually to offer more resources and create more opportunities that will prepare our students for their future careers. For our students to be successful in today’s competitive legal market, they also need the assistance of the BU Law alumni network. There are more than 23,000 of you practicing in all 50 states and a number of international locations! Read More »

How to Help Residents of Philippines Affected by Typhoon Haiyan

In the wake of the devastating typhoon that recently struck the Philippines, the BU Law community sends its deepest sympathies to all of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff who have loved ones living in that country and to all of our alumni who are currently residing in the Philippines. We in Boston share your grief for the thousands of lives that have been lost during this terrible disaster.

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Photo credit: Reuters / Romeo Ranoco via FT.com

For those of you who would like to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, there are a number of international organizations that have mobilized to provide assistance to the residents of the Philippines, including the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, with whom BU Law has had a long-standing relationship.

While we can’t always predict when or where a disaster of this magnitude is going to strike, we can always extend our support and sympathy to those who have been affected by it. On behalf of the BU Law community, we send our thoughts and prayers to all the residents of the Philippines and to their friends and family members.

Toasting Our New Building and Celebrating Our Community at BU Law

I’d like to extend a huge thank you to all our alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends who came to the celebration of the new Sumner M. Redstone Building and Alumni Weekend events. Over 250 people came to our Redstone Building Celebration, and we packed the Four Seasons Hotel for our Annual Reunion Dinner Gala and Silver Shingle Awards presentation.

It was a packed house at the Redstone Building Celebration!

These events only amplified how proud I am of the ongoing transformation of our school, and I hope you are as excited as I am. The enthusiasm we saw from our alumni and friends at the celebration and the enthusiasm we see from our students on campus really speak to our theme of “Thinking Forward”. We focus on integrating rigorous academics with hands-on learning opportunities that best prepare our students for the rapidly changing legal field. The new Redstone Building is going to provide the physical facility that we have long needed to enhance our students’ learning experience and sense of community. Read More »

Transactional Law: Where Business and Law Intersect

I always enjoy meeting BU Law alumni around the country and learning about their current careers and professional contributions to the legal field. It’s also a great opportunity for me to talk about our law school’s new programs, like the Transactional Law Program and Business Basics Boot Camp.

Last month, I travelled to New York City, Atlanta and Chicago to meet with our alumni. In New York, I attended a reception for Lois Herzeca (’79), a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP who has just co-authored Fashion Law and Business: Brands & Retailers, a book that provides a comprehensive overview of the legal environment as it pertains to the fashion industry. The next day, I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with Shari Redstone (J.D. ’78, LL.M. ’81), vice chairman of Viacom and CBS Corp. who has recently started an early-stage investment firm, Advancit Capital.

I met many of our Midwestern alumni, including Christopher Freeman (’04) and Michael Rothstein (’87), while attending the BU Law alumni reception in Chicago last month.

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Thinking Forward to the Sumner M. Redstone Building Celebration

When our law school’s founders decided in 1872 to admit students without regard to race, gender or religion, it was a bold decision by a forward-thinking group of educators.  In honor of that confident spirit and commitment to thinking forward, this monthly blog, “Thinking Forward,” will be a forum to share with you the creativity, resourcefulness, and dedication of the BU Law community as we embrace the opportunities and challenges in the new world of legal education.

I also invite you to follow me on Twitter (@BULawDean), where I’ll be sharing news about BU Law and providing updates on my many opportunities to meet our loyal alumni all across the country. This month, I will be visiting BU Law graduates in New York, Atlanta and Chicago.

boston university school of law tower and sumner m redstone buildingAs you may recall, we had to cancel our groundbreaking ceremony for the Sumner M. Redstone Building scheduled for April 19 when the City of Boston shut down while law enforcement officials pursued the alleged Boston Marathon bombers. Six months later, we remain “Boston Strong” and will hold the Sumner M. Redstone Building Celebration on Friday, October 25 at 2:30 pm on Alpert Mall to kick off Alumni & Reunion Weekend. I look forward to seeing many of you there showing support for our school and our city! Read More »