There were no meetings scheduled in the morning, so the first official thing that kicked off the day was lunch with UAPD Chief Steve Gahagans. He has been here around 4 or 5 years as Assistant Chief and when Officer Slammons retired, he became the Chief. I’d never had a chance to talk with him. We’ve been in meetings together and seen each other in passing. He was very helpful with some difficult law school issues, so I invited him to lunch as a way of saying thanks. He picked me up out front and we went to Taste of Thai. I know, I’m kind of doing a lot of Thai lately, but it’s pretty healthy and light. Anyway, we went to Taste of Thai. He’s not a big Thai food regular so I suggested that he try the barbeque Thai chicken with vegetables and he enjoyed it. I had the combo Pad See Eu which I highly recommend. Three stars (that is in spiciness). We had a wonderful conversation during which I discovered that he’s very, very funny. I guess I don’t think of police officers as being funny, especially Steve because when he is around campus he is pretty serious. It was great to get to know him a little bit better.

I learned that he has many years of law enforcement experience and we’re really fortunate to have him. One of the things he’s going to help us with this summer is a detailed security plan for the law school, which was one of the things that we talked about at lunch. He described what components it might include, such as who should be called on each floor of the building to assist in an emergency, creating a calling tree, evacuation plan, and the like. There were a number of things that I had not considered. He has developed a template from which we’ll develop our plan. Once that’s done he, will walk the building with us and go over the plan to look for gaps. I’m looking forward to working with him and thank him again for his past support.

At 2:00 p.m. I met with Professor Schneider and that was an enjoyable meeting as well. We talked about some very exciting plans she has for the LL.M. program and ways for us to integrate the program more thoroughly into the law school.

At 3:30 p.m. Teri Stafford and I had our weekly meeting. We were preparing for graduation and it’s very exciting in that we will, on the 60th anniversary of the year of his admission to law school, recognize Silas Hunt with a posthumous degree. We hoped that a member of his family would be able to be present to accept it. We were working really hard to make that happen. Getting ready for graduation is always an exciting time around the law school, and I was looking forward to Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the Fayetteville Town Center.