In 1997, FSU Law welcomed Paul LeBel as the school’s seventh dean. LeBel, a professor at William and Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law, was selected from a field of more than 100 candidates. Also in 1997, two long-time faculty members retired—William VanDercreek and Robert Kennedy, after serving on the FSU Law faculty for 28 and 21 years respectively. VanDercreek was credited with building the College of Law’s successful Moot Court team, serving as its advisor for 24 years and building the team from four to 40 students. The law school also continued to adapt to technological advances in the late 1990s. In 1997, the law school’s website ran the American Bar Association Administrative Law database and hosted the website for Florida’s Constitution revision process. The fall 1996 semester saw the school’s first Cyber Law course and the spring 1997 trial practice course utilized chat rooms for the first time. The Summer 1997 issue of FSU Law magazine touted that about a third of the faculty communicated with students via email and posed questions about spending large amounts of money on hardware and software that would, at best, have a three-year useful life.  “Down the road I see the day when all students will have laptop computers and will interact with their professors and classmates over a computer network,” said Professor David Powell, chair of the law school’s Technology and Library Committee. “I also see a day when classrooms will be wired for computers and high-tech presentation equipment. The question is, how do we get there?”