The Future of Law School
Dean Eric Gouvin
discusses how we are
the current climate
for the future.
For the past several years, you’ve been
reading a great deal about changes taking
place in legal education and the legal profession. Our feature story examines some
of the major trends in legal education over
the last decade and how they affect our
vision for the future of Western New
England University School of Law.
While this article looks forward, much
of this issue focuses on bonds formed in
the past. Increasingly, we are hearing from
alumni about their own mini-reunions
inspired by lifelong bonds of friendship.
We are happy to share a story about a
group of alumnae and colleagues working in appellate law who have formed a unique
group. Called the “Appealing Women,” the group offers a valuable platform for members
to brainstorm, support, and celebrate their professional challenges and achievements.
I think it will inspire you to form similar alliances within your own practice areas.
Indeed, we all know friendships formed in law school can be among the strongest.
That is the case in our profile on David Brink ’85 and Fred Smith Jr. ’86, whose friendship led to a professional partnership spanning two decades.
Many major firms in New England have a strong affinity to Western New England
University thanks to our alumni in their ranks. Our story on Bacon Wilson, P.C. Cantor
Colburn LLP, and Halloran & Sage LLP serves as a testament to the high regard these
firms hold for our graduates and students, whom they frequently hire as staff, externs,
or summer associates.
Looking forward, I anticipate that our current students will extend our alumni connections even further. Alex Mazzella 2L, the focus of our Student Spotlight, is already a
seasoned international traveler looking to work in international law when he completes
his combined JD/MBA studies. No sooner was Alex finished with our winter session in
Israel program on Comparative Law, then he was on a flight to Milan, where he will be
undertaking a prestigious internship at the city’s U.S. Consulate. I look forward to checking in with Alex in the years to come to see where his education has taken him.
In many cases, I don’t have to look far beyond the walls of the Blake Law Center to
know where our alumni have landed. Our faculty profile celebrates one of our own, 2001
graduate Pat Newcombe, associate dean for library and information resources and associate professor of law. One of Pat’s many initiatives at the Law Library has been greater outreach to alumni. Ours is the only Law Library in western Massachusetts and I expect that
you will continue to view this outstanding facility as a lifelong professional resource.
I hope this issue of Perspectives will encourage you to maintain those important bonds
with classmates and faculty and to share your own stories of these special connections with us.
Dean and Professor of Law