Honors for Prof. Parella and Prof. Baynes

I am pleased to announce two faculty honors.  First, at its meeting earlier this month, the University’s Board of Trustees, upon the unanimous recommendation of the Law School Faculty Council, awarded the title Professor Emeritus to Robert Parella. Prof. Parella retired from full-time teaching last year, after 50 years on the faculty. The Board of Trustees’s resolution noted its “respect, affection and gratitude” for Prof. Parella. Needless to say, we all share the Board’s warm feelings for Bob — and we’re very happy that he continues to teach at the Law School.

Second, upon my recommendation, Provost Julia Upton has named Prof. Leonard Baynes to be the Grand Marshal for the Law School’s Commencement Exercises on June 3.  This is a fitting honor to recognize Len’s many contributions as a teacher, a scholar, and a tireless worker for diversity.  Both St. John’s and the legal profession are better because of Len’s dedication.  He will be joined at Commencement by Faculty Marshal Paul Kirgis (a role traditionally filled by the Professor of the Year) and Student Marshal Andrianna Mavides (a role traditionally filled by the Law Review Editor-in-Chief).
Congratulations — and thank you — to Profs. Parella and Baynes for all they do.

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