President's Message

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A Message from Jonathan Ingrisano, L ’99

It is an honor to serve my fellow law school alumni as this year’s President of the Law Alumni Association Board.  I want to thank the Honorable Brittany Grayson, L’11, for her fine work as President this past year.

The Law School means a lot to me, and I hope that I am able to use this position to give back to a school, faculty, and alumni community that has been so formative of my person and career.  I write both to introduce myself and to set forth the unifying theme that I hope to incorporate throughout my tenure as President.

As an introduction, I am a 1999 graduate of the Law School and a litigation shareholder in Godfrey & Kahn’s Milwaukee office.  More material to my role as President, however, is my passionate belief, not just in Marquette, but in Catholic schools and the Jesuit educational tradition.  My wife Elizabeth (Nursing ’97) and I were able to pass that enthusiasm on to our children, Emma (Creighton B.A. ’22, Loyola-Chicago Law ’25), Rose (Marquette Nursing ’24) and Charlie (Marquette University High School ’25).  We believe Jesuit institutions are special.  My time as a Loyola undergrad and Marquette law student laid an important foundation that I continue to try to build upon, however imperfectly, to synthesize my faith and professional vocation as an attorney.

As President, my vision is to emphasize a simple foundational Jesuit principle and to issue a call to our Law Alumni Association Board members and to each Marquette Law School graduate:  Be an alumnus for others.  Fifty years ago, Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., then Superior General for the Society of Jesus, announced that the “prime educational objective” of Jesuit institutions “must be to form men-and-women for others.”  To be men and women for others puts into action the truth, shared by many faiths and world views with Catholicism, that we discover who we are meant to be by giving ourselves away in service to others.  As Jesuit-trained lawyers, we are the best versions of ourselves in service to the poor, the sick, and the needy, and to our fellow alumni, law students, and the Law School itself.   Let’s start this journey together by taking a moment from our busy personal and professional lives to examine what we can do as lawyers to help our many, overlapping communities—our neighbors, our peers, the next generation of Marquette lawyers, and the law school that is forming them.

Your Law Alumni Association Board serves as a resource for you and the Marquette Law School community.  You are invited to take full advantage of it.  I am excited by the work that your Alumni Association Board undertakes and by the opportunities this next year presents.  I hope to see you at law school and alumni events, but please feel free to reach out to me in the meantime.