Sunday, September 7, 2008
Fernand N. “Tex” Dutile earned his A.B. from Assumption College in 1962, and his J.D. from Notre Dame in 1965, where he served as the articles editor for the law review, The Notre Dame Lawyer. Admitted to the Maine Bar in 1965, Professor Dutile practiced law in the Honors Program of the U.S. Department of Justice (1965-1966), and taught law at the Catholic University of America (1966-1971) before returning to Notre Dame, as a member of the faculty, in 1971. He became a full professor in 1976. During his tenure at Notre Dame, he has served in a number of administrative positions, including assistant dean (1976-1979), associate dean (1989-1991 and 1993-1999), and acting dean (1991-1993). He co-directed the London Programme in 1991, and taught in that program in 1994 and 1996. He has also held the position of senior visiting fellow at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and scholar-in-residence at the University of Queensland (Australia) during the summers of 1995 and 1996, respectively. He chaired Notre Dame’s Faculty Board on Athletics and served as the University’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative from 2000-2006.
Professor Dutile’s teaching and scholarship concentrate in two areas. He teaches criminal law to first- year students and has written extensively in that area. He also teaches and writes on the law of education. He served as faculty editor of the Journal of College & University Law, the hallmark publication of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) (1986-94), and has been a member of that publication’s editorial board since 1986. In 1994, NACUA honored his work by naming him a lifetime fellow of the association. Professor Dutile has served on countless University and Law School committees, including the Academic Council, of which he was a member for about a quarter- century. In 2001, the University’s Alumni Association conferred on him its Armstrong Award, bestowed annually on a graduate who has provided “outstanding” service as an employee. Professor Dutile has earned two Presidential Awards at Notre Dame (1982 and 2006). He also garnered the University’s Faculty Award in 2004. His Alma Mater, Assumption College, presented him with its Outstanding Achievement Award in 2007.