To say that the 2020/21 academic year was a tough one for students and faculty feels like an understatement. Many classes were moved online. Zoom fatigue set in. The in-person opportunities to socialize and take the edge of the stress of law school were vastly diminished. So it’s nice to see that through all those challenges, standout law professors still found a way to connect with their students in a meaningful way. I was reminded of that when I saw this local news story about students in Loyola University New Orleans School of Law professor Rob Verchick’s class showing their gratitude for his patience and dedication during the year.
When Verchick logged in to the final Zoom class of the semester on April 29, he was surprised to see that all his students had turned their cameras off. He didn’t think too much of it until one student asked all her classmates to flip their videos on. Each one was holding a handmade sign thanking Verchick.
A law class at Loyola University has gone viral on Tik Tok. Almost five million people have seen the video, which delivers a special message to their professor.
The moment meant the world to Verchick. "I just want to thank them and encourage any student who is touched by a teacher to let them know," he said. "These are the moments we live for." It also taught the class a lesson that day, that the smallest 'thank you,' even virtually, can go a long way.