It was a busy summer in the dean’s suite, as some great new people came on board and got acclimated to the law school. Paul Manrique joined the UB School of Law staff in May as assistant dean of students. Manrique was previously senior associate director in leadership development at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to that role, he worked at the University of Notre Dame for five years as program director for new student engagement, where he managed orientation and created a graduation-required course for new students.
Manrique earned his B.S. at Michigan State University and his J.D. from University of Wisconsin Law School, where he was student government vice president, a member of the moot court team, and on the executive board of the Latino Law Students Association.
Before making the transition into higher education, Manrique worked as a litigator at a national law firm in Chicago specializing in education law and government relations. “Representing colleges and universities in the courtroom … allowed me to build relationships and pursue my passion to enhance the student experience on campus and in the classroom,” he says.
Manrique’s focus at UB Law is connecting with students on a personal level in order to help them thrive during their time at the law school. Celebrating diversity, increasing awareness around mental health and well-being, and expanding opportunities for leadership engagement are among his top priorities for year one on the job. Manrique’s student-centric approach uses transparency, consistency, accessibility, and clear communication to build and maintain relationships. “Students come first in this role,” he says.
Manrique’s office is in the 7th Floor Dean’s Suite and he will be hosting regular office hours in common spaces around the building.
Keri Hickey, J.D. ’17, joined UB School of Law in July as director of student support. She has worked in higher education administration at Coppin State University before and during law school. Hickey participated in the Fannie Angelos Academic Excellence program and was active in the Black Law Student Association while in law school.
Hickey was admitted to the Maryland Bar and practiced with a local law firm since graduating from UB Law. Her office is also located in the 7th Floor Dean’s Suite.
“As the director of law student support, I am here to serve. I see myself as an advocate for students,” Hickey says. “It is my job to ensure that students are supported academically and with difficult personal, social and emotional challenges that impact their ability to excel in the classroom.
“I came back to UB Law to fulfill my life’s purpose—to guide people THROUGH the challenges of law school and life to realize their unlimited potential. That’s what UB Law did for me, and I must give to the next generations of influencers the same belief in unlimited possibilities.
“When I am not changing the world,” she says, “you can find me writing and performing poetry at open mics around Baltimore, crocheting or cooking WAY too much food, then inviting family and friends over to eat it all.”
Greg Bordelon joined the UB School of Law in July as our director of bar success and professor of the practice, a newly created position. He came from Wichita State University, where he taught commercial law to business students. Prior to that he spent two years as executive director of the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions, and five years at Monmouth University in New Jersey.
While at Monmouth he was a lecturer in legal studies, director of the Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and a coach of the mock trial and moot court teams. From 2001 to 2011 he was a director at BARBRI, the bar review and preparation
provider. He earned his J.D. from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and his B.A. from the University of Louisiana.
“I am very excited to start this journey with UB Law students,” says Bordelon. “The fact that the position is titled ‘bar success’ director speaks volumes. It shows the commitment that the faculty and staff have to our students’ professional success — not just on the bar exam but as future advocates.
“I am eager to start working with each student hands-on to showcase their critical-thinking talents for all parts of the bar exam,” he continues. “I also intend to have a very deliberate informational aspect for our students beyond the classroom for other parts of the bar admissions process: speakers on professionalism and bar involvement, navigating the character and fitness process, maintaining an ethical practice and best practices in studying for the exam.”
Bordelon’s office is in Room 514 of the Angelos Law Center.