ILS Faculty Jimmy Gurulé named Law School Professor of the Year

Author: Oliver Ortega

Law School Professor and ILS faculty Jimmy Gurulé has been selected as the 2021 Professor of the Year by the graduating class.

During his commencement speech, he congratulated the newly minted law graduates for finishing their program in the midst of the global pandemic, calling them "inspiring" for meeting the challenge.

His main message to the audience was to follow the Christian imperative of serving others. Carrying out this ethical duty is what sets Notre Dame-trained lawyers apart, says Gurulé.

"I want to exhort each of the graduates today to take on a complex problem of equal justice and systemic inequities and become a specialist on it. It will be one of the greatest experiences of your lives."

Gurulé has been a professor of Law at Notre Dame for just over three decades. He teaches courses in Criminal Law, Criminal and Forensic Evidence, Law of Terrorism and International Criminal Law. From 1998 to 1999, he served as Associate Dean.

The Law School and Notre Dame have enjoyed a rise in prestige following the selection of former Law School professor and alumna Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court last year.

(Gurulé's speech starts at 9:25 of the video.)