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Dean Emeritus Robert Walsh Participates in International Symposium

Professor Robert K. Walsh

Bob Walsh, who was the dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law from 1989 to 2007, is widely recognized as one of the leaders in legal education in the United States. Besides directing the rise of the law school into national prominence, Bob has been the chairperson of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus, Robert K. Walsh, of the Wake Forest University School of Law was a featured speaker in an international symposium from March 31 through April 2 at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. 

The title of the program was: “Symposium on the Status of the Legal Profession: Facing the Challenges of the 21st Century.”  

Professor Walsh spoke on the similarities and differences in the teaching of professionalism between the English Inns of Court on one hand and American law schools and the local American Inns of Court on the other. 

Other speakers on the two-day program were Justices Stephen Breyer and Sandra Day O’Connor from the United States Supreme Court, Chief Justice John L. Murray from the Supreme Court of Ireland, Lord Nicholas Phillips, the President of the United Kingdom Supreme Court, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, the former Attorney General of England and Wales, and Michael Chertoff, the former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. 

The symposium was sponsored by the American Inns of Court of which Walsh is the immediate national past president.  More than 300 lawyers and judges were in attendance from the United States, Great Britain and Ireland.