Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Today is the last day of Dean Patricia O'Hara's deanship at the Notre Dame Law School. I joined the faculty of the Law School in the summer of 1999, at the same time that she became our dean. Ten years later, my colleagues and I are in a beautiful new building, working with outstanding students among excellent scholars, and we are as strongly committed as ever to the project of building a law-school community that is interesting and important, and preeminent, precisely because it is distinctively Catholic. Everyone who thinks the "Catholic legal education" project is a worthy one -- and I hope many do! -- have many reasons to be grateful to Dean O'Hara for her leadership and good stewardship. Best wishes to her, and God's blessings.