100 Years of Education for Service and Justice

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Borchers, Patrick J.
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2005
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FIRST PARAGRAPH(S)|This issue of the Creighton Law Review arrives at a signal moment in the history of the Law School.|In October of 2004, the Creighton Law School concluded its first 100 years of educating lawyers for service and justice. I am mindful of Judge Posner's observation that there is no particular significance to round numbers. Much of what I say here could have been said in the ninety-ninth or the hundred-and-first year of the Law School. Nevertheless, a century seems like about the right amount of time to evaluate the development of as important an institution as the Creighton Law School.|Creighton Law School and Creighton University developed together. Like many (perhaps all) Jesuit universities, Creighton was conceived of as an institution designed to provide a quality education to recent immigrants and others who would not have had reasonable access otherwise. In so doing, Creighton was to transmit a particular set of values through that education. Indeed when the Rev. Micheal P. Dowling, the President of a then-young Creighton University, first broached with University's major benefactor (John "Count" Creighton) the notion of starting a law school, the latter replied testily: "Why should I lend my support to such a project when it is common knowledge that all lawyers are scoundrels?" Dowling's response is said to have been that the ethical foundation of the University were the very reason that it should create a law school, and so the Creighton Law School was born...
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38 Creighton L. Rev. [xix] (2004-2005)
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Creighton University School of Law
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