Associate Dean Bob Farrell

Déjà vu.
When the Class of 1993 arrived at the law school in August 1990, I had just finished my first tour as Associate Dean. Now, as your class makes plans to celebrate your 25th anniversary, I am beginning my second tour in that office. Back then, I was a very young Associate Dean; now, I am a very old one. In the interval, I have been fortunate to be a part of the lives of many people who started out as uncertain 1Ls and turned into polished and successful lawyers.

Soldiering on.
There is no doubt that the Class of 1993 attended law school during our most turbulent time. Although things have turned out very well for us, as events were unfolding, it was not at all clear that the law school would survive. Until that time, no ABA-accredited law school had ever moved from one university to another with its accreditation intact, and it sometimes seemed unlikely that we would be the first to do so. Thanks, however, to the dedication and loyalty of many people–students, faculty, administrators, Dean Benbow, and President Lahey–we made it. And the affiliation with Quinnipiac University has made us a far better institution.

In many ways, we are a different school now. We are situated on a beautiful campus in suburban North Haven, with a spectacular physical plant. We are a much smaller law school, with a smaller student-faculty ratio. We provide more student services and, unlike Bridgeport, it’s safe and easy to park here on campus.

But we are also much the same school you remember. Sandy Meiklejohn is still teaching Contracts, Bill Dunlap, Constitutional Law, and Marilyn Ford, Business Organizations. Although Marty Margulies has retired as a full-time faculty member, he still continues to motivate students in his part-time role as Emeritus Professor. And, most importantly, we are still the student-centered institution that (I hope) you remember. Our students continue to be our pride and joy. Our alums have achieved success in so many settings–as states attorneys, public defenders, judges, solo practitioners, in small firm laws, as partners in big law firms, and in countless law-related positions. We wish all our alums continued success.

As for me…
I am entering my 35th year at the law school. It has been the defining institution of my adult life. I arrived here in August 1984, with a wife and a two-year-old daughter. Since that time, I had two more daughters, and then, three sons-in-law, and now three grandchildren. I recognize how fortunate I am to have been a part of this institution and to have connected with thousands (yes, that’s right, thousands) of Bridgeport/QU students.

As the Class of 1993 plans its get-together, I look forward to seeing many of you, renewing memories, and giving thanks for how the law school has shaped my life.

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