Memorial Service on Friday

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.

Joseph D. Kearney

Joseph D. Kearney has served as dean and professor of law at Marquette University Law School since 2003. He joined the faculty in 1997.

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