Aloysius Leopold returned to the St. Mary’s University School of Law campus one summer day in 1967. This time, following his years as a top law student, he arrived as a faculty member. For the next forty-eight years, Professor Leopold would help shape the legal minds of more than 10,000 students. Students rushed to take his courses, drawn to his brilliant expertise in property law and his fervor teaching.

A Teacher and Mentor

Professor Leopold was first offered a faculty position at St. Mary’s following his graduation, but he declined. He recognized that in order to be the best teacher he could be he needed to experience the life of a practicing attorney. Without this understanding, Professor Leopold did not feel prepared to teach. Professor Leopold invested himself in teaching for nearly fifty years, but he also continued to produce his own scholarly work. During his career, he produced more than twenty-five state and national writings as well as dozens of casebooks. Multiple state and federal courts have cited his work. Professor Leopold’s dedication to teaching and remarkable professional achievement has endeared him to students, his peers, and his field.

Professor Leopold’s impact on St. Mary’s Law students extended beyond the classroom- he continued to be a mentor and lifelong friend to countless former students as they established their distinguished legal careers.

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