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Concordia Law Founding Dean Cathy Silak Returns to Private Practice

Concordia University School of Law Founding Dean Cathy Silak will return to private practice with the Boise, Idaho-based law firm of Hawley Troxell.

"Concordia Law’s Founding Dean Cathy Silak is a torchbearer for education, justice and community service. Her tremendous contributions as founding dean of Concordia University School of Law brought educational excellence and economic vitality to the entire region," said Concordia University Portland President Charles Schlimpert.

Under Silak’s leadership as founding dean, and most recently as Vice President of Community Engagement, Concordia Law hired a top-rated faculty and staff; developed a legacy mentor program; established the annual Leaders in Action awards event; and attracted talented students who graduated, passed the bar, entered the legal community and continue to make lasting contributions.

“Just as Concordia Law serves the community, so has the community served us,” said Silak. “The experience students gain by learning from their mentors, and by serving clients through our housing clinic and countless other pro bono service opportunities, helps develop future leaders with a heart for service.”

"Silak’s modeling of community engagement will continue to remain a hallmark of Concordia Law's preparation of leaders and lawyers for the transformation of society," said Gary Withers, Chief Strategic Relations Officer.

For years, Boise remained one of the only state capitals in the United States without a law school, yet the city is Idaho’s legal center. In 2007, Concordia University Portland’s vision for a non-profit, community-focused Lutheran law school resulted in searching for a leader and found one in former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Cathy Silak.

Thanks to pioneering and visionary leadership from Founding Dean Cathy Silak, unprecedented hard work and determination from the University’s Board of Directors and the Dean's Advisory Council and generous financial support from long-time Boise resident and Concordia benefactor George R. White, Concordia University School of Law welcomed its first class in the fall of 2012.