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Boston Business Journal Profiles Dean O’Brien ’77

(Boston, Revised 11/13/09) New England Law | Boston: Dean John F. O’Brien’s more than two decades at the helm of the law school and the institution’s concurrent progress are highlighted in the Boston Business Journal in an article, “New England Law dean takes new moniker to new heights” (July 3, 2009).

The article, which appeared in the publication’s regular “Executive Profile” column, reviewed O’Brien’s tenure, mentioning the visits of several U.S. Supreme Court justices to the law school and informing readers of the school’s healthy revenues and endowment, debt-free status, and ownership of its primary facility on Stuart Street. (The school also owns its administrative building at 46 Church Street.)

The article noted that, “[i]mprovements range from earning membership in the well-regarded Association of American Law Schools to, late last year, changing the name of the 100-year-old institution to New England Law | Boston, to emphasize [the school’s] prime location in the heart of Boston.” It also addressed O’Brien’s successful efforts in expanding the applicant pool beyond its traditional Massachusetts base; approximately 70 percent of the most recent entering full-time class came from states other than Massachusetts.

Trustee Cary Sucoff, CEO and owner of Equity Source Partners LLC in New York, was also interviewed. “We lived in relative obscurity at the school for many years,” Sucoff said. “He has raised the prestige and profile of the law school.”

O’Brien said of the school’s outreach to the Supreme Court, “It’s all part of the plan. We want people to know us—to know who we are and our reputation.”


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