In letter, Green says she’ll miss UB, her ‘home away from home’

Assistant Dean for Law Development Jill Green, J.D. ’94, sent a letter to law school faculty and staff after Dean Ronald Weich announced her departure for a new position at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School (see earlier blog post). Here’s the letter from Green, who will begin her new job this summer (names were bold-faced by the blog editor):

Dear UB Community,

Next month I will begin a new chapter in my life as I leave my position at UB Law for an exciting opportunity with the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. I am eager to take on this new challenge but so sad to leave UB, my home away from home. UB — where I started law school, represented my first client, and realized that I had the skills and knowledge to actually make a difference. UB — where professors like Jane Murphy, Barbara Babb, Byron Warnken, Jose Anderson, and Steve Grossman taught me that being a lawyer was not just about representing clients, but that it included community work and being an active member of a profession. They taught me the importance of excellent work and quality relationships. Lessons I carried with me into my practice, my life, and eventually back to UB.

Looking back on my time at UB, I am gratified by what we accomplished together — a robust externship program, terrific employment rates despite difficult market trends, Alternative Spring Break, the Pro Bono Connection, LEAP, Pro Bono Challenge, Women Lawyers As Leaders, Solo Circle, Young Lawyers Alumni Counsel, the Professional Development Institute, Practice Interview Evening, MSBA Annual Meetings, UB Running Club, and more. It is a team effort, and what a team we have here at UB — especially in the LCDO! Thank you to Alyson, Emily, Jernee, Millicent, and Shirley for your work on behalf of our students and for making our office shine!

At UB, I have the good fortune to work with smart, creative, and dedicated colleagues. It has been a true privilege to work with so many talented educators, administrators, judges, and lawyers, and to help UB continue delivering on its mission to our students and our community. Thank you Ron and Vicki for your leadership and guidance. Thank you to the fabulous faculty Career Services Committee, old and new!! And special thanks to Jane for her unending support and for encouraging me to teach at UB — would not have been here without her!!

Thinking about the many thank-yous, my gratitude for our students is the most profound. I have spent the last 10 years excited to come to work every day to help our students—to encourage and support them as they pursue their dreams. Students who have inspired, energized, and motivated me to do my best on their behalf. Thank you.

UB is a part of me and as a loyal alum, I will remain a part of UB. I look forward to seeing you all at the Alumni Awards Banquet on Nov. 2 — for tickets email

Warm regards,

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