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A Message from the Dean

Welcome to the web pages for the New England Law | Boston Centennial Celebration.  We are very excited about our upcoming anniversary and about the events and activities that we have planned to observe it.

We see this year as an opportunity to draw together our own community – students, alumni, trustees, faculty, and staff – and to acknowledge the many characteristics and achievements that make us proud of our affiliation with this institution.  The Centennial also provides a chance for us to convey to people outside New England Law | Boston the special qualities and history that fuel that pride and affection. 

We’re not just celebrating the birth of a singular institution; we’re toasting the law school that it’s become.  It is an impressive school that has remained true to the core value that prompted its founding – offering the opportunity of a legal career to those who might not have otherwise pursued it.  We have refined that vision to meet the needs of the times and the populations that we serve, starting as a law school only for women and later welcoming returning GIs and first-generation professionals.  Over the years, we have added faculty with increasingly impressive backgrounds and qualifications; we have extended our scholarly reach and our service into areas of the legal profession and parts of the world that our early faculty and students would never have envisioned.

Many of the events during this Centennial year are open to the public, and we invite you to take advantage of these dynamic programs.  Our approximately 9,500 alumni are especially encouraged to participate often during the year.  To all who care about education, history, the rule of law, and the pursuit of excellence, please join us in celebrating the anniversary of the founding of a remarkable law school – New England Law | Boston, founded in 1908 as Portia Law School.

John F. O’Brien (’77)
Dean and Professor of Law

(September 2008)