Law School Community Gathers to Honor McKinney’s Retirement

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UNC School of Law students, alumni, faculty and staff gathered Thursday, Jan. 19, to celebrate the career of Ruth Ann McKinney, clinical professor of law and former assistant dean for legal writing and academic success, who is retiring after 20 years of service. [See photos from the reception]

The event, which drew more than 100 attendees, also marked the 20th anniversary of the school’s Writing and Learning Resources Center (WLRC), which houses the first-year writing program; the Legal Education Advancement Program (LEAP) that helps students achieve academic success; and the Supplementary Opportunities to Achieve Results (SOAR) program that helps students prepare for the bar exam.

UNC School of Law Dean John C. “Jack” Boger ’74 cited McKinney for the establishment of the WLRC during his remarks at Thursday’s event. It was for more than her institutional contributions that the large crowd gathered, Boger added.

“We come today to acknowledge...the thousands and thousands of hours, expended by Ruth, to guide and counsel our students,” Boger said. “She has challenged hosts of our students and alumni to expand their horizons, discover their deepest aspirations, to find strength and talent within themselves, and move forward toward their fondest goals.”

McKinney was regarded during her tenure to have built up the academic quality of the first-year writing program and created textbooks that are now nationwide standards.

The retirement celebration featured a slideshow, highlighting students, friends and colleagues of Ruth McKinney, clinical professor of law at UNC School of Law, including RRWA and LEAP students, TAs and RAs, and faculty, staff and friends.

-January 24, 2012

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