Vincent C. Immel Law Library Dedication

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Thursday, April 24
4 p.m., Scott Hall

Dean Wolff and SLU LAW are proud to announce the naming of the law library as the Vincent C. Immel Law Library. Join us for a panel discussion, dedication and reception as we honor the legacy of Professor Immel.

The Future of Legal Education: Continuing Progress, 4 p.m., Pruellage Courtroom

The panel will discuss the past, present and future look of legal education, with a focus on what to expect in the future. Several of the most significant changes in the Standards of Accreditation recommended by the American Bar Association’s Standards Review Committee and adopted by the Council will be highlighted. Discuss will also focus on curricular innovations, experiential courses and practice-ready law school graduates, as well as some of the most important recommendations of the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education.

Speakers will include:

  • Jeffrey Lewis, dean emeritus and professor at SLU LAW and current member of the ABA’s Standards Review Committee
  • Catherine Carpenter, professor of law at Southwestern Law School, former chair of the ABA’s Section Survey of Curriculum in American Law Schools and current member of the Standards Review Committee
  • Barry Currier, managing director of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • Michael Downey, litigation partner at Armstrong Teasdale and former member of the ABA’s Task Force on the Future of Legal Education



Immel Library Dedication, 5:15 p.m., 6th Floor
Reception, 6 p.m., Riethmann Pavilion
RSVP to Brittany Ford at or 314-977-3300.



Panelists’ Biographies

Jeffrey Lewis

Jeffrey Lewis currently chairs the ABA Standards Review Committee, which is engaged in a comprehensive review of the Standards of Accreditation for American law schools. He has been active with the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools throughout his career. He served on the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. He has also chaired the ABA Accreditation Committee, served on the AALS Accreditation Committee, and chaired or served as a member of more than 20 ABA/AALS site evaluation teams.

Catherine Carpenter

One of the foremost authorities in the country on law school curricula and accreditation, Catherine Carpenter has served in several leadership posts within the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association (ABA). The recent past chair of the Section's Accreditation Committee, she currently serves on the Standards Review Committee. As chair of the Curriculum Committee from 2002-2004 and again from 2010-2013, Carpenter was principal drafter of two comprehensive national surveys: A Survey of Law School Curricula 2002-2010 and its predecessor A Survey of Law School Curriculum 1992-2002. Her service in Legal Education earned her recognition in 2013 from National Jurist as Among Top 25 Influential People in Legal Education. Elected to the American Law Institute in 2012, Professor Carpenter is a nationally recognized criminal law scholar in the area of sex crimes and sex offender registration laws.

Barry Currier

Barry Currier is the managing director of the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Currier was previously interim consultant on legal education. He has considerable experience in higher education, including having been dean of two law schools and a long-time volunteer in the accreditation process. He also has prior experience as deputy consultant to the section. Currier’s title as managing director, rather than consultant, reflects the increasing importance and scope of the section’s regulatory role.

Michael Downey

Michael Downey is a legal ethics lawyer and litigation partner at Armstrong Teasdale LLP and chair of the ABA Law Practice Management Section. His law practice focuses on advising lawyers and accountants on legal, ethics and risk management issues and defends those professionals in civil and disciplinary proceedings. The national legal media often contact Downey for his law practice management and professional ethics expertise. He has been quoted on the front page of The New York Times and appeared on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.” He has been cited as an expert on professional ethics more than 30 times by publications including The American Lawyer, The ABA Journal, Accounting Today, Lawyers USA, Illinois Bar Journal, Missouri Lawyers’ Weekly and The National Law Journal. Downey has held numerous leadership positions in national, state, and local bar associations. He is a former chair of the Task Force on Ethics, which is focused on reviewing the work of the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20.

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