89_BCLaw_banner_DeansCouncilDean’s Council – advancing the BC Law mission

The Dean’s Council promotes the mission of BC Law–its commitment to economic and social justice–by providing financial support at leadership levels. Not only does the Dean’s Council recognize alumni leaders whose support is essential to the Law School, it also honors some of our most beloved professors, including Emil Slizewski (“The Slew”) and James Houghteling (“Professor Ho”) by naming giving societies in their honor. Dean’s Council giving societies start at $2,500. To learn more about joining the Dean’s Council, contact Liz Webster, Director, Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, at elizabeth.webster.2@bc.edu or 617-552-0054.

Houghteling Society $2,500

Houghteling_BC CROPPED4a7431ae-19f7-4ee2-8cc8-3068ed6fb3baJames Houghteling joined the BC law faculty in 1964 and taught for 24 years, until he retired in 1988. He is fondly remembered for, among other accomplishments, his role  in the creation of a seminar focused on women and the law in the early 1970s. The course attracted speakers such as now Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and it became a mainstay in the Law School’s curriculum for decades.

Over the years, Professor Houghteling came to be known affectionately as “Professor Ho” by his students. A favorite memory of students in the 1980s is Professor Ho, in his tall, burly frame, riding his bicycle to the Law School every day.

Professor Houghteling taught courses on constitutional law, freedom of expression, and education law. He also served as the Law School’s ombudsman. His intellectual curiosity, memorable constitutional law lectures, and great enthusiasm touched the hearts of students and inspired them to continue in their exploration of the law well beyond their days at BC Law. Professor Houghteling died in 1990 at the age of 69.

Slizewski Society $10,000

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One of the Law School’s most beloved professors, Emil Slizewski ’41, ‘43 was a legend on campus for his Trusts & Estates course. Affectionately called “The Slew” by his students, he was hired by the Law School as a librarian soon after graduating from BC Law in 1943. He joined the faculty in 1948 and taught for 50 years until his retirement. Multiple generations of BC Law students have regarded his Trusts and Estates course as a rite of passage. He provided some the most rigorous and most rewarding educational experiences at the Law School. Despite his reputation as a tough grader, he was one of the Law School’s best-loved teachers. His classroom teaching was marked by traditional-style lectures, sprinkled with a very quiet sense of humor. He would deliver a comment or joke without changing tone, then look to see if anyone caught it.

Professor Slizewski passed away in 2002 at the age of 83. He was the oldest living faculty member at that time.