Law School Boards Honor Dean Walsh

Robert K. Walsh Scholarship Year at the School of Law

WHEREAS, Robert K. Walsh is a most loyal member of the Wake Forest family, who served the Wake Forest University School of Law as Dean from 1989 to 2007, and

WHEREAS,    Robert K. Walsh exemplifies the University’s motto of Pro Humanitate through his faithful service to Wake Forest and the community; he led the School of Law through the development and completion of two long-range strategic plans for the school; developed increased financial resources through the implementation of two university-wide capital campaigns, resulting in increased financial aid to students and the creation of four faculty chairs and three endowed professorships; opened the Legal Clinic for the Elderly, and

WHEREAS,    Robert K. Walsh is admired by his contemporaries, having won a number of awards and honors for the School of Law, including membership in the prestigious Order of the Coif, the Emil Gumpert Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy from the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association for its three-year comprehensive professional education program, and

WHEREAS,    Robert K. Walsh’s loyalty and service to Wake Forest have been constant and true: he created the Master of Laws degree program for international lawyers; started summer study programs in Vienna and Venice; moved the School of Law into the Worrell Professional Center; drove the success and progress of the School of Law which, in 2004, led the National Jurist magazine to declare Wake Forest the “best private law school for the money” in the United States, and

WHEREAS,    Robert K. Walsh’s leadership brought to the School of Law many nationally renowned guests, including U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and retired Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and U. S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

WHEREAS,    Robert K. Walsh is deeply devoted to providing opportunity; he made scholarships his first priority for School of Law fundraising; visited alumni and friends to share the message of the need for scholarships in order to ensure the future of the School of Law and to help keep students out of debt, and

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED on this the 27th day of October 2006 that the 2006-2007 academic year be designated the Robert K. Walsh Scholarship Year at the School of Law.

The foregoing resolution was adopted by the Law Board of Visitors and the Law Alumni Council on October 27, 2006.

Nathan O. Hatch, President
Wake Forest University