The New Interim Dean at Saint Louis University Law School
posted by Gerard Magliocca
As you may have read elsewhere, the Dean at SLU resigned and fired off an angry letter about the university administration. Here is an excerpt of a report on Missouri Public Radio about the new interim Dean, Thomas O. Keefe:
Keefe, a 1978 graduate of the law school, and a personal injury attorney in Belleville, Ill. says it’s “not in his DNA” to say no to a Jesuit priest [referring to the University President]. He says he wants to focus SLU’s curriculum on teaching students to be lawyers, “not how to become law students, not how to write learned law journal articles, not how to espouse all kinds of legal theory.” He says he’s also looking forward to being the first dean to wear shorts and T-shirts in the office.
Last year, Keefe told Missouri Lawyers Weekly that he was the first to admit he’s “nuttier than a fruitcake.” Wednesday he said he stands by that statement.
“I think people are a little tired of everyone working so hard sometimes to be politically correct,” Keefe said. “A little dose of humor and a little dose of common sense take us a long way toward a little bit of sanity.”
UPDATE #2 — Keefe plans to continue practicing law while he is the Dean. Do the ABA rules even permit that?