In my few months as dean, I have already concluded that it is a great honor and pleasure to be dean of the UALR Bowen School of Law. ¬†The faculty and students here at the law school and the alums I have met at various bar functions and smaller gatherings have all been more supportive than I possibly could have imagined. ¬†Thank you for the warm welcome; based on my experiences so far, I look forward to getting to know all the Bowen alumni. ¬†
I hope you feel great about your experiences at Bowen. ¬†I am generally known to be an enthusiastic guy, and I am no less than thrilled by what I found when I arrived at the law school, what my colleagues and I have been able to do so far to improve the law school, and what I think we can build together.
As the end of the year approaches, I am asking for your continued support. ¬†The law school is launching a series of initiatives aimed at enhancing the law practice skills and professionalism of our graduates.¬† These initiatives include:
- a new mentoring program in which each entering student is matched with a lawyer who practices in an area of interest to the student;
- a new effort to directly teach teamwork and other interpersonal skills;
- an expanded menu of research and writing experiences; and
- a Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence speaker series, which will bring members of the bench and bar to the law school to teach law practice skills we cannot fit within our curriculum, such as attracting and retaining clients, managing employees, working with forms, and preparing witnesses.
Other practice-focused projects are in the works.¬† All of these projects require funding, and, in an era of diminishing state support, we need help from our alums to make these things happen.¬† I hope you will keep the law school in mind as you make your year-end, tax-deductible contributions and consider making a meaningful gift to the school.
¬†Your continued generosity to the Bowen School of Law is greatly appreciated.
Michael Hunter Schwartz
Dean and Professor of Law