Spring 16 Features

From the Dean: Commendable Lawyers Respond to Human Need

Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird embodies our vision of the ideal lawyer — a man with a strong sense of right and professional mission. His decision to defend Tom Robinson, a black man charged with rape in the Jim Crow South, was heroic for the time, even if Atticus’ decency and modesty prevented… more »

Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua (JD. '87)

In Their Words | Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua (J.D. ’87)

Two judges on rehabilitation programs they started

Tell us about the “My Life Matters” program that you started.

I realized that we did not have options for 16- to 29-year-old offenders who were committing violent and semi-violent acts except to put them in prison or back in the environment they came from. I thought there… more »