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Professor George D. Brown


George D. Brown, current Interim Dean of Boston College Law School and a professor of law, takes a fair and no-nonsense approach to the legal profession as a whole.

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Professor George D. Brown
By Donna McGill

George D. Brown, current Interim Dean of Boston College Law School and a professor of law, takes a fair and no-nonsense approach to
the legal profession as a whole. With a mission to ensure the integrity of the American justice system, his passions lie in the field of
government ethics. Keep reading about this versatile man of law.

                        Not many can make such a powerful              quagmire. The lines were drawn with a surprising high number
                        statement as ‘’the elected judiciary is        of law students responding with disbelief that a fellow student
                        in trouble, perhaps in crisis’’ and not be     would feel as though he’s entitled to a reimbursement because
                        challenged. Dean and Professor George          of the job outlook. Turns out, the school agreed. Its statement
                        D. Brown can, however, and does in a           read in part:
                        recent article entitled, ‘’Political Judges
                        and Popular Justice: A Conservative            ‘’...we are deeply concerned about the job prospects and
                        Victory or a Conservative Dilemma?’’           general well being of our students and our recent graduates...
                        Noting the difficulties associated with        no institution of higher education can make a guarantee of
campaigning on the political trail, along with efforts of raising      a job after graduation. What we can do is provide the best
money, Dean Brown raises the concerns pointed out by the               education possible.’’
Supreme Court in 2007 of a ‘’possible loss of trust in state
judicial systems’’. Not many in the legal sector would see such        And with that, the decision was made. Boston College,
a statement as a challenge to others to take a step back and           founded in 1863 and with 9,000 undergraduates and 4,700
see these issues from a different perspective. Brown, however,         graduate and professional students, in one fell swoop, drew
knows the importance and also recognizes that only with a              its line in the sand and chose to not reimburse the student. It
transparent approach can true change be found.                         has, however, out of respect, maintained the student’s privacy.

It’s likely, however, that even though you may associate Dean          For now, the Harvard University graduate continues to focus
Brown with his publications, you might also equate him with            on where his passions truly lie: the legal sector and all it
another growing controversy: the disgruntled law students              represents. A well respected author, he continues to be
who thought a law degree could protect them in difficult               published in many journals, most recently focusing his efforts
economic times. If you’re familiar with the anonymous letter           on the role of the courts in the war on terror. He has also been
written several weeks ago from a third year law student                invited as a guest speaker on several occasions to NPR’s All
asking for a tuition refund, then you may know that letter was         Things Considered radio show.
sent to none other than Dean George Brown.
                                                                       For more information on Dean Brown, visit the Boston College
While much of the student body and faculty waited with                 School of Law website at
baited breath, Dean Brown carefully considered the student’s


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