It is a good bet that, when Bill Alcock crosses the stage at Gammage Auditorium on May 9 to receive his Master of Laws degree in Biotechnology and Genomics, he will be thinking about his mentor.
"Dan Strouse was so intelligent and in touch with the field," said Alcock, who is the only student at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law to be receiving an LL.M. degree this year. "And he was so open with his students, so approachable."
Strouse, a longtime professor at the College of Law, died on Aug. 7, 2007, after a five-month battle with lung cancer. Like Strouse, Alcock would like to use his education to become a law professor.
A third-generation member of the New York City Fire Department until he hurt his back in 1999, Alcock has a computer science degree from the City University of New York. He is a 2005 alumnus of the College of Law at ASU, where he graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, received the Dean's Award and earned a certificate in Law, Science, & Technology. Alcock also was a Note & Comment Editor for the Arizona State Law Journal.
Alcock practiced medical malpractice and product liability law at a local defense firm for a time after obtaining his J.D., and then was convinced by Gary Marchant, executive director of the College's Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology, to enroll in the LL.M. program. Following graduation, he is considering working on a master's degree in bioethics, after which he hopes to obtain a teaching fellowship at a major university.
"I liked the cross-disciplinary approach of the Center, and I enjoy being around people who want to learn," he said.