Memorial Service on Friday

Posted on Categories Marquette Law School, Marquette Law School History

Memory plays an especially large role in our profession. Lawyers are constantly looking to the past, whether their particular focus is on the law (e.g., precedents of courts or enacted statutes) or on the facts (e.g., the primary conduct underlying legal disputes). The death earlier this week of Michael R. Wherry, L’62, “a very fine lawyer and human being,” as a colleague downtown put it to me, particularly brings the matter to my mind. (I recall Mike himself remembering his father, the late Ray P. Wherry, L’37, and his view of Marquette Law School a few years ago.) So, too, does an event tomorrow: the Milwaukee Bar Association’s annual Memorial Service. I blogged about this last year, after the fact, and was able to share Tom Cannon’s remembrance of his father, Judge Robert C. Cannon, L’41. This year’s Memorial Address will be delivered by Michael B. Brennan, formerly of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court and now of Gass Weber Mullins: I have no doubt that he will particularly remember his father, the late James P. Brennan, L’60. This year’s ceremony will occur tomorrow (Friday, April 30) at 10:45 a.m. in the Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 500) of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. The Memorial Service is a fine tradition, and I hope that members of the bar in particular will continue to support it by attending. For it is a salutary reminder that we as lawyers stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us in the profession—and it is an enjoyable event as well.

Author: Joseph D. Kearney

On July 1, 2003, Joseph D. Kearney became the ninth dean of Marquette University Law School. Dean Kearney has been a member of the Marquette faculty since 1997. Prior to coming to Marquette Law School, Dean Kearney practiced for six years at Sidley & Austin, Chicago's largest law firm. He served as well as a law clerk to the Honorable Antonin Scalia, Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and to the Honorable Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Dean Kearney is an accomplished teacher, scholar, and lawyer. His teaching focuses on civil litigation, including courses in Civil Procedure and Advanced Civil Procedure. His scholarly articles have appeared in the Columbia Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, and Marquette Law Review, among other journals. They variously focus on regulation of industry (particularly telecommunications), civil litigation, and judicial selection. His background as a practitioner is in appellate and telecommunications litigation, and he has argued cases before the Wisconsin and Illinois Supreme Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and has been the primary draftsman of winning briefs on the merits in the United States Supreme Court. Dean Kearney is an honors graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

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