In February of 1998, FSU presented U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens with an honorary doctor of laws degree for his lengthy public service and contributions to the law. Following the ceremony, Justice Stevens spoke with law students and faculty members. Stevens was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Gerald Ford in 1975 and served until his retirement in 2010. Also in 1998, Paul LeBel resigned as FSU Law dean and returned to the classroom. Don Weidner returned to serve as interim dean while the College of Law conducted a new dean search. Weidner had previously served as dean from 1991 until 1997. The November 1998 issue of National Jurist magazine ranked FSU College of Law as the country’s 19th “Most Wired Law School.” The law school also named Jim Rossi Associate Dean of Technology that year. Although the dean of technology position no longer exists, FSU Law’s computer technology staff of 10 ensures that the College of Law is a technologically innovative law school.