|Vincent C. Immel|
Law professors and students are invited to attend the first annual Saint Louis University School of Law Vincent C. Immel Lecture on Teaching Law at noon on Friday, April 15 in the William H. Kniep Courtroom. The lecture honors the late, revered SLU LAW Professor Vincent Immel's love of teaching students about the law.
Professor Anders Walker will give the lecture "Bramble Bush Revisited: The Rise & Fall of the Case Method." Walker's research and teaching focus on intersections of constitutional law, criminal law and legal history, and he was previously selected by the students as Teacher of the Year. Future lectures will focus on different topics of interest shared by teachers across all areas of legal education. Interested attendees should register at http://law.slu.edu/ImmelLecture.
"The legacy of Professor Immel is alive at the SLU School of Law, and we want to share his passion, veracity and love of teaching law with our friends and colleagues," said Sandra Johnson, interim dean. "Vince's reputation stretched well beyond the walls of the law school. He was a friend and mentor to scores of lawyers and judges in the region, and we're proud to celebrate his life and career together under our shared interest in enhancing legal education."
Professor Immel began teaching at Saint Louis University School of Law in 1958 and taught contracts and remedies through the 2003-04 academic year. Immel was appointed dean in 1
962, but resigned to return to full-time teaching in 1969. His enthusiasm for teaching and the high expectations for his students were apparent throughout the decades.
In fact, he was selected so often as Teacher of the Year that the honor was eventually named after him so that his colleagues could have a chance to receive it. Upon reaching the school's mandatory retirement age of 70 in 1990, Immel took emeritus status and proceeded to teach a full course load without pay for the last 13 years of his career. He passed away Nov. 26, 2009 at age 89.
"Vince's students marveled at his encyclopedic memory, his ability to recall not only their names but also the names of their spouses and children and the highlights of their careers," said professor John Griesbach. "They speak of him attending their parties, weddings and judicial inductions. Perhaps most, they remember the booming laugh that moved from the depths of his belly all the way up though his shoulders."
In 1981, Saint Louis University honored him as University Teacher of the Year, and in 1999 he was recognized with Missouri's Governor's Award for Teaching Excellence. In ultimate testament to their affection and his influence, his alumni established and continue to fund both a Vincent C. Immel Scholarship Fund and the Vincent C. Immel Professorship at Saint Louis University School of Law.
About Saint Louis University School of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law was founded in 1843 and is the oldest law school west of the Mississippi River. The strength of the faculty, breadth of course offerings and extensive clinical and professional skills experience provide students with a well-rounded legal education. The School of Law's rich history consists of strong connections to the community and a long tradition of public service. SLU LAW's location in the heart of the City of St. Louis, offers students unparalleled access to leading law firms, corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations - and a unique opportunity to see the law in action. For more information, visit http://law.slu.edu/.