From the law school’s leaders


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Marlan Wilbanks (J.D.’86)

Educating tomorrow’s legal leaders requires respected scholars and teachers, dedicated staff, a library equipped with world-class resources, and a talented and eager-to-learn student body. As our law school continues its pursuit of being the best return on investment in legal education in this changing academic landscape, it will need a supportive alumni / alumnae body to provide the resources necessary to ensure it can capitalize on new opportunities and educational models allowing the school to thrive into the future. Join me in answering this call for financial support and being counted among those who believe in the importance of our law school and its contributions to state and society.

— Marlan B. Wilbanks (J.D.’86), Board of Visitors Chair


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M.J. Blakely (J.D.’06)

Achieving good educational outcomes during a period of extreme adversity requires resilience. This is a hallmark of any great institution of higher learning that weathers life-changing events such as war, the Great Depression, 9/11 and a global pandemic. Backed by a 160-plus-year history, our law school remains committed to its mission of producing leaders who will serve state and society. This is also a time when our law school will need to draw on the strengths of every sector of its community – current students, faculty and staff, graduates and friends – to emerge ready to address future challenges and opportunities with the goal of benefitting our state, nation and world.

— Michael J. “M.J.” Blakely Jr. (J.D.’06), Law School Association President


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Nic Howell (J.D.’13)

The strength of our law school is our people. This year has presented challenges we could not have imagined one year ago. Over the past several months, I have heard many inspiring stories of strength, perseverance, generosity, and kindness between and among our students, faculty, staff, and alums. I am so very thankful for our Law Dawg family, as together we will continue to flourish while staying focused on our common vision for the law school – one that includes authentic relationships while providing first-class training for the legal leaders of tomorrow.

— Nicholas H. “Nic” Howell (J.D.’13), Young Alumni / Alumnae Committee President