Thomas Jefferson’s Dean Rudy Hasl receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dean and President Rudy Hasl of Thomas Jefferson School of Law received a Lifetime Achievement Award from TJSL’s Student Bar Association at the 2011 Barristers Ball held Feb. 12.

The award, which was a complete surprise to Dean Hasl, was presented by three highly distinguished TJSL alumni: San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis ’76, San Diego County Public Defender Henry Coker ‘85 and Board of Trustees Member Randy Grossman ‘94, who is an adjunct professor at TJSL as well as an attorney and sports agent.

All three recognized Dean Hasl for one of his greatest achievements: the realization of the new downtown campus of Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

“Dean Rudy Hasl has changed the future of Thomas Jefferson School of Law,” said Student Bar Association president Jeremy Evans, who was instrumental in organizing this year’s Barristers Ball and arranging the award for Dean Hasl.  “His vision, leadership, and guidance have led our law school to new heights while continuing its growth both inwardly for students, faculty, and staff and outwardly toward the community.”

Dean Hasl said he was honored to be recognized by the students.

“The students are the reason that we as administrators and faculty do what we do,” he said. “The great satisfaction is knowing that we have made a difference in the lives of our students. What drives me every day is the thought of what this law school community can achieve – and there is no limit to what we can achieve."

Dean Hasl has earned the distinction of currently being the longest serving law school dean in the nation. He has achieved a total of 30 consecutive years as dean at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and three other ABA law schools, including Saint Louis University, St. John’s University and Seattle University. Over the decades, he has built a successful track record in fundraising, capital improvement planning and oversight, and institutional reputation building.