President's Message

A MESSAGE FROM Brian Smigelski, L'87

I am truly honored to be your Marquette Law School Alumni Board president for the 2020-2021 academic year. It’s amazing that it has been over 30 years since I walked the hallways of Sensenbrenner Hall.  It seems like just yesterday that Professor Ghiardi was lecturing our torts class and I was studying for finals with my classmate and now wife Barb O’Brien, L87.  Fast forward to today and under the guidance of Dean Kearney, the law school continues to climb in the national rankings. Along with this climb, the law school has gained national notoriety for its polling and public forum discussions on a wide variety of important and timely social topics. 

Since graduating from Marquette, I have been fortunate to meet many amazing alumni that have readily demonstrated what it means to be a Marquette Lawyer.  I encourage you to follow in their paths and lead by example in giving back to your community, living your faith, and excelling in your personal and professional life.   Participating in alumni events/programs can help you in achieving these goals.  You can stay in touch with classmates and keep apprised of events and happenings at the Law School through publications, emails, Facebook, LinkedIn, and the Law School website. These resources will provide you with many opportunities to connect, learn, and serve with others who are positively redefining what it means to be a “Marquette Lawyer.”

If you have questions about opportunities to stay connected with Marquette Law School, please contact Associate Dean Christine Wilczynski-Vogel at


Brian Smigelski
Class of 1987

P.S. Take a minute to enjoy a stroll through Eckstein Hall.