Boston University School of Law’s Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law has awarded attorney Francis C. Morrissey, who teaches bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, the 2012 John S. Baerst Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Launched in 1984, the program was the first in the nation to grant the master of laws degree in banking law with its own faculty and a curriculum designed exclusively for graduate study. The late John S. Baerst directed the program from 1996 to 2005. The annual award was established in his name for “excellence in teaching” to honor his memory and years of leadership.
“I am extremely grateful and honored to be receiving this award,” said Morrissey. “My teachers at Boston University School of Law were inspiring and they provided us with a wonderful education. I am very fortunate to follow in their footsteps.”
Morrissey is a partner in the firm of Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos LLP, where he concentrates in the areas of commercial litigation, insolvency, and distressed acquisitions and divestitures. He also serves, by appointment of the Supreme Judicial Court, as a trustee of the Client Security Board and recently completed his second term as a hearing committee member for the Board of Bar Overseers.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 33,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 16 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes central to the school's research and teaching mission.