Associate Dean Chris Marx to Retire from BU Law
“Dean Marx is a steadfast supporter of our students who has worked tirelessly to ensure that each class of BU Law students has the best possible experience,” says BU Law Dean Maureen A. O’Rourke. “She has been a mentor, teacher, and friend to countless students and a wonderful colleague to all the faculty and staff who have worked here over the years. It has been a privilege and honor to work with and learn from Chris, and I will miss her very much.”
Since joining BU Law in 1987, Dean Marx has overseen our dual degree and J.D. advising programs; provided support to our 30+ student organizations; initiated the Live Well, Learn Well initiative to aid students in balancing the rigors of law school with healthy living and overall wellness; overseen new student orientation programs at the start of each school year; organized monthly faculty brown bag lunch talks on legal issues; and counseled too many students to count. She has also taught the First Year Writing & Research Seminar and Judicial Process Seminar, supervised the Judicial Externship program with Lois Knight, and served on many committees including the Academic Standards Committee and the J.D. (Curriculum) Committee.
During her tenure, Dean Marx has demonstrated a tremendous commitment to diversity and to providing a welcoming environment for all students, regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. She created an orientation program focused on issues of diversity and diverse students, and added an administrative position that focuses on diversity issues.
Outside of BU Law, Dean Marx has served as chair, chair-elect, secretary, and on the executive committee of the AALS Student Services Section. She also is vice president of the board of directors of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers in Massachusetts, the sole lawyer assistance program in Massachusetts exclusively dedicated to helping judges, lawyers and law students with the many personal and professional issues of life in the law.
Deans Marx holds B.A., M.S.W. and J.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable R. Thomas Cane, Wisconsin Court of Appeals, and for the Honorable William Bablitch, Wisconsin Supreme Court. After moving to Boston, she was a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit and practiced law at a small Boston firm, concentrating on litigation, corporate and appellate work.
A search for a new associate dean of student affairs will begin immediately.
Reported December 23, 2013