November 11, 2010 11:18 Age: 3 yrs

A Message from Dean Partlett on Veteran's Day

On this Veterans’ Day, I join the entire Emory Law community in honoring our members of the military. We are deeply grateful for their sacrifice that secures for all of us the protections of the rule of law.

Emory Law has a long history of supporting members and veterans of the armed forces. Following World War II, we enrolled a close, tight-knit group of veterans, most of whom were recipients of the newly formed G.I. Bill. This influx of students greatly assisted Emory Law in reinstituting a full-time day program in 1946 that has grown from less than 50 students into our community of more than 800 students today.

For many years, these post-WWII classes maintained their special bond, gathering regularly for dinners and social events. These alumni and their stories are the focus of the Emory Oral History Project: WWII Era, an effort to preserve their experiences and memories for future generations of Emory students.

Today, we continue to welcome military veterans to our community. This year, we proudly joined the Veteran's Administration Yellow Ribbon Program to offer tuition assistance to veterans and their dependents. In addition, with the launch of our Military Law Society, we now have an organized group to provide programming pertaining to military issues and their intersection with the law for our entire community.

Emory Law has a powerful legacy of supporting those who have served, and we rededicate ourselves to the next generation of veterans who will join our community as Emory lawyers in the years to come.

As the country honors our veterans today, we at Emory Law recommit ourselves to the principles of liberty and freedom for which they have worked tirelessly and given much. We remember and honor both our students and alumni who have served, those with loved ones who are in the military and those who have lost a loved one in service to this country.

Best,

David F. Partlett
Dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law

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