Gerald M. Gallivan Law Scholarship
In the fall of 1970, the University of Wyoming College of Law celebrated its 50th Anniversary and Professor Gallivan, a graduate of Notre Dame, began his tenure as a Professor of Law at this great institution. Preceding his arrival in Laramie, Gerry spent two years clerking for a federal district judge in New York, one year in private practice with a small firm, and four years as Assistant United States Attorney in Buffalo, New York. What a transition it must have been for Gerry to arrive in the high plains of Laramie, Wyoming from New York; for his family, it was a greater shock. Gerry assured his family that Laramie was but a way stop. Four or five years from their arrival, they would most certainly be on their way to seek new opportunities. Five years became ten, ten became twenty and now after twenty-six years of service to the University, the law school, and to the hundreds of law students who had the privilege of studying law with Professor Gallivan, he has retired.
Truly, Professor Gallivan’s legacy to his students, the law school, the University of Wyoming, and the Bar, stand equally with the contributions of Deans Hamilton, Trelease, Rudolph, and Maxfield and the many others who have found teaching law has been the fulfillment of their professional life. Gerald Gallivan would have been successful in any area of the law, but he found his satisfaction in teaching law and the University of Wyoming College of Law has been the beneficiary.