Professor William Willier

willier-headshotProfessor William Willier taught at BC Law from 1960 until his death in December 1985. He was an expert on the Uniform Commercial Code and a staunch supporter of consumer protection laws and policies.Professors Willier and Hart were at the forefront of the emerging U.C.C. In 1962, they founded The Uniform Commercial Code Reporter-Digest, a research tool used by practitioners to find case law on various commercial law topics. It continues 54 years later and is one of BC Law’s premier law reviews.

Professor Willier was also the principal father of The Boston College Industrial and Commercial Law Review. He helped to assemble the first staff and marshall their energies and efforts, and was its faculty moderator for several years. Upon Professor Willier’s death, Father Drinan wrote: “The editors and staff members of the early years of the review had an extraordinary respect for Bill Willier because of his devotion to their law review and to them. For his dedication to the creation and the flowering of its law review, The Boston College Law School will always hold Bill Willier in grateful memory.”

Professor Frederick Hart

Professor Frederick Hart, an expert in commercial law, headed west to teach at the University of New Mexico School of Law.  He went on to shape the development of the law school, serving two terms as dean (1971 -1979 and 1985-1986).  The law school credits him for bringing in a more diverse student body, increasing the number of women law students, and fostering an amicable law school experience, which is a unique distinction among law schools. Despite his emeritus status, he regularly teaches contracts, commercial law, and practicum, and typically teaches half-time every school year.