Josh Weinhold | June 30, 2015
When Jack Blakey was studying theatre at Notre Dame in the 1980s, he never dreamed he would one day be hearing legal disputes on the federal bench.
But his liberal arts courses were preparing him for it nonetheless.
“Having a sensitivity to language and to stories of lives that other people have lived makes you a more well-rounded person,” he said. “That’s really the type of person you want presiding over a complicated dispute.”
Blakey B.A. ’88 J.D. ’92 was formally installed this spring as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, following his nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate last year.