Setting The Bar High


If you’ve been a Law School student at Creighton in the past century, you know the beautiful cherry bench shown above.  You probably argued a moot court case there.  The bench first came to Creighton in 1912 and has moved a couple of times – each time the Law School moved.

Thanks to Craig Jackson, a member of our university’s excellent Facilities staff, for a reminder of a really neat story about the bench.  Originally the bench was used in Criminal Court Room No. 1 in the original Douglas County Courthouse.  Many significant rulings, including most of Omaha’s death sentences, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were handed down from this bench.  When a new county courthouse was built, the cherry bench became a fixture of Creighton’s Law School, where it was dedicated on October 16, 1912.

Now to the story, a neat plot twist,* if you will, that Craig brought to our attention:  The man who built the bench was later convicted from said bench on a count of manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years in the State Penitentiary.  You can read more about it in a 1912 Creighton Chronicle article about the dedication.


* Grace really wanted to use that phrase





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