Thursday May 31, 2012

New Garden Honors Memory of Fran Conte

The University of Dayton School of Law dedicated a new garden honoring the memory of the late dean Francis J. Conte.

During Alumni Weekend, May 19, the University of Dayton School of Law dedicated a new garden honoring the memory of Francis J. Conte, who served as dean from 1987 to 2001, then as professor of law until his death in 2011.  

Construction of the garden, which is located on Keller Hall’s east lawn, was completed earlier this spring. The garden’s creation was supported by donations from alumni and friends of the law school and from proceeds from a 5K run the Student Bar Association sponsored last fall.  

The garden features two benches, pavers and several varieties of shrubs and flowers.  

The dedication ceremony included a blessing of the garden by Sr. Mary Louise Foley, F.M.I., and remarks from Dean Paul E. McGreal and James Kelleher ’79, an adjunct professor and partner at Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling in Dayton.  

“Fran would have loved this garden,” said Kelleher, who encouraged alumni, faculty, staff and students to visit the garden. “Come to this garden … and let the hustle and bustle of your world slow down and remember Fran Conte,” Kelleher said.  

The garden is just one way the School of Law has honored Conte over the last year.  

This spring, the University of Dayton Law Review dedicated an issue in memory of Conte. The issue includes articles honoring Conte from professors Lisa Kloppenberg and Richard Perna, Judge William H. Wolff Jr. and Morris Anyah ’96, a defense and victims counsel in The Hague.  

“Dean Conte was deeply committed to scholarship and was a stalwart supporter of the Law Review,” said Renee Wilkerson, editor-in-chief of the University of Dayton Law Review and a 2012 graduate. “It is because of Dean Conte’s significant contributions to the School of Law and his unwavering support of the Law Review that it is fitting that the tribute pieces written in his memory will survive in law libraries across the nation for years to come.”  

The law school also created the Francis J. Conte Fund for International Studies to promote international studies, help bring scholars and practitioners to the School of Law and provide financial support for law students studying abroad.  

And last fall, more than 150 people participated in the Inaugural Conte 5K Classic walk/run on campus. 

For more information, contact Bob Mihalek at 937-229-4683.