Editor’s Note: This semester, Marquette University Law School students will hear the immortal words, “I already have a friend,” for the last time. After a legendary career, Professor Jack Kircher will end his teaching duties in December. He has influenced and inspired thousands of Marquette Lawyers over the past four-plus decades, and he has graciously agreed to share some reflections on his career. And if you don’t understand the reference to “She Who Must Be Obeyed,” the answer can be found in John Mortimer’s delightful television series “Rumpole of the Bailey.”
Someone, possibly me, once said that if you find a job you love you will never again work another day in your life. That speaks well of my time here at the Law School. My work here has been, with all apologies to “She Who Must Be Obeyed,” a love affair.
But my goal, leaving here as a graduate, was not to become a Law Professor. I wanted to be a lawyer who would spend most of the time in a courtroom. That is how I started, but then came the phone call. It was from Professor James D. Ghiardi, my most favorite teacher during my three student years here at the Law School. He asked me to join him as his assistant at the Defense Research Institute (DRI). It was a national think tank for lawyers who defend insurance and personal injury litigation. It involved a lot of research, writing and editing. It was then and there I learned, for the first time, that Jim had two full-time jobs.
My initial thought at his call was pride that he would seek me out to join him. I also came to the conclusion that if I did not like the new job I could always go back to the courtroom. But I did not go back to the court room. But how did I end up in the classroom? The first step again relates to Jim.