Academic journal article St. Thomas Law Review

A Sense of Pride

Academic journal article St. Thomas Law Review

A Sense of Pride

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It was 1987; the year prior to the St. Thomas University School of Law receiving full accreditation approval. I can still remember the enthusiasm inspired as a young, vibrant, and hopeful law school pursued its national accreditation. As students, we were all inspired by the School of Law's struggle, and we felt a great sense of responsibility to the university, to ourselves, and to each other to contribute to the accreditation process. Although young and not yet accredited, the School of Law and its faculty invoked a sense of pride and unity as everyone focused on the task at hand. As students, we were kept informed on the status of the accreditation process and the benchmarks to be met. Meetings on the matter were all well attended and every breath on campus was filled with anticipation and hope for approval. It was a time of great excitement and uncertainty, but, with the quality of the faculty, we were confident that we would prevail.

During those early years, new opportunities to increase our legal education were being made available to students. The St. Thomas Law Forum was one such avenue that provided the students an outlet to publish well reasoned and thoughtful legal articles. With the introduction of the Law Forum's first successful publication, St. Thomas University School of Law established itself as an appropriate and suitable leader in legal studies.

I was privileged to have been part of the editorial board for Volume 2 published in the spring of 1990. We had a superb board with Brian McMahon as Editor-in-Chief. I specifically remember editing the work of our classmate, Carol Lee Childress, who authored an article titled Saudi-Arabian Contract Law. …

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