Retirement Celebration Honoring Professor Jack Costello May 15
On Tuesday, May 15, Dean Daniel Polsby will host a retirement celebration honoring Professor Jack Costello for his years of service to the law school and the larger legal community. The event will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Hazel Hall's Levy Atrium.
Costello's distinguished career in law began in 1955, when after earning his Juris Doctor at Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law, he entered the United States Army. Costello served first as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, earning the rank of colonel, and ultimately as associate judge for the U.S. Army Court of Military Review prior to his retirement in 1977.
It was in that year that Costello began his association with a young law school called the International School of Law (ISL), destined in 1979 to become George Mason University School of Law. Costello arrived on the scene at time when the ISL was struggling to become part of a larger educational institution and to achieve ABA accreditation, and he quickly became part of the successful efforts to make both become realities. In his 34 years as a professor, Costello has retained the energy, ingenuity, and dedication that characterize that challenging era in the law school’s history, and to this day he remains a priceless repository for information pertaining to the law school’s early years.
Those who wish to attend the event may RSVP by calling 703-993-8000. Questions may be directed to Assistant Dean Richard Kelsey.