The Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation honored Mary Bird, director of Loyola’s Public Service programs, with the Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Exellence at its annual awards luncheon in July. The award recognizes an exemplary attorney in academica who has made significant and lasting contributions to improving access to justice for the less fortunate.
Law Street Media has ranked Loyola University Chicago the #1 law school in the country in its 2015 Family Law specialty rankings. Loyola’s Civitas ChildLaw Center offers a wide range of family law-related classes, earning the program the only perfect score in the courses category.
Jerry Norton has retired after 44 years as a distinguished professor of law at Loyola University Chicago, where he taught criminal law.
Loyola Hosts Learn-By-Doing Program
Students from Chicago Public Schools recently attended a learn-by-doing program at Loyola, which was sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation's ABC Project (Action-Based Communities). Students discussed issues in their community, determined the best way to address them, and established action steps to make the change. Issues students addressed included school libraries, lunches, recycling, and better access to school counselors.
Civility and Ethics
Loyola alumnus Louis Lehr (JD ’51) and John Ropiequet discussed the US Supreme Court case Zenith v. Matsushita from a civility and ethics perspective to students enrolled in Loyola’s summer law externship course. Lou Lehr practiced law for over 50 years with the Chicago firm Arnstein & Lehr.
Mary Meg McCarthy (JD '89) is a nationally respected advocate for immigrants and people who are underrepresented. As the executive director of Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), one of the nation's leading immigrant and human rights advocacy organizations, McCarthy has grown the staff to 50 and developed an unparalleled network of more than 1,500 pro bono attorneys who provide legal services to 10,000 immigrants annually. With its unique combination of direct service, impact litigation, and advocacy, the NIJC promotes due process protections before the US Supreme Court, Congress, and the executive branch.
Exonerated after a decade in prison, Jarrett Adams graduated from the School of Law on Saturday and will start a fellowship with Judge Ann Claire Williams, Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals.
Hats off to the Class of 2015! Commencement for the School of Law was held on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Gentile Arena on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus.
Loyola Drafts Legislation to Benefit Exonerees
Loyola University Chicago School of Law students recently drafted an amendment to the certificate of innocence statute requesting higher compensation for Illinois exonerees.
School of Law faculty and students gathered for a luncheon celebration to recognized the hundreds of law students who participated in one of Loyola’s many public service organizations and events during the 2014-15 academic year.
BLSA Alumni Brunch
Germond Patton (2L) presented Cynthia Cornelius with the 2015 Norman C. Amaker Award of Excellence at the Black Law Students Association’s (BLSA) annual alumni celebration held on Sunday, April 12. Loyola Trustee Jackie Taylor Holsten (JD ’99) received the Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Service Award.
Excellence in Evidence
Katherine Hinkle (left, JD ’14) and Melissa Turk (3L) recently were awarded the 2013-14 Hon. Thomas Mulroy Award for Excellence in the area of Evidence. Judge Mulroy is associate judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County and a Loyola law graduate from the Class of 1972. The award is given to the two students at Loyola who achieve the highest grades in Evidence in an academic year.
Dr. Luis G Franceschi (center), dean of the Law School at Strathmore University in Kenya, recently presented “The New Constitutions in Practice: Lessons from the Kenyan Experience” to law students and faculty at Loyola. He is pictured with Dean David Yellen and Professor James T. Gathii.
Big Win for Corboy Fellows
Loyola’s Corboy Fellows Josh Cauhorn, Jasmine Morton, Prya Murad, and Ezrah Bryant won the national championship at the National Criminal Justice Trial Competition held in Chicago. In this invitation-only tournament of champions, Loyola competed against 20 top teams in the country. Josh Cauhorn won the Overall Best Advocate Award.
Three distinguished Loyola law graduates were among the featured speakers at the National Association of Women Lawyers' mid-year meeting. From left: Former White House Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama Susan Sher, Dean David Yellen, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and former American Bar Association President Laurel Bellows. Photo courtesy of Marty Morris.
Corboy Fellows Demetria Hamilton and Matt McDonald will compete in the national Texas Young Lawyers' Association National Trial Competition after they were named Second Place Champions at the regional competition held in Chicago in February.
Scott Kater won Loyola's Thirty-Ninth Annual Intraschool Moot Court Competition. He is pictured (left) with the Honorable Sarah Ellis, William Bauer, and Kenneth Ripple, final round judges; and finalist Adrienne Yoseph. Other honors: Grace Chua, Best Brief; Adrienne Yoseph, Best Oralist.
Professor Juan F. Perea’s new book, Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America (with Delgado, Harris, Stefancic, and Wildman), presents interdisciplinary, critical perspectives on race and racism and covers the roles of law and history in shaping the meanings of race in the United States.
Loyola’s International Law Colloquium organized by Professor James T. Gathii provides a forum for leading scholars and practitioners of international law to present their research and talk about their experiences to students and faculty. The colloquium is open to all students and faculty.
Loyola Places Third
Loyola’s INADR International Mediation team members Randy Ojeda, Lauren Cichowski, Ellie Chavez and Michael Gubiotti placed third in the advocate/client category of the 2015 INADR International Mediation Tournament held in London, England. Loyola advanced to the final round tournament, which included 44 teams from law schools around the world.
Loyola team members Eric Chung, Jena Grady, and Erin Sutton placed second out of 16 teams from across the country at the Fourth Annual Health Law Regulatory & Compliance Competition. Students were given 90 minutes to analyze a complex fact pattern focusing on the FDA's regulation of the life sciences, bioethical research issues, and healthcare fraud and abuse laws.
Thurgood Marshall Team
Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial team members Shawki Bell, Lauline Gough, Jade Gary and John Gnilka placed second in the Midwest BLSA Mock Trial Competition in Indianapolis where they competed against 14 other teams. They will advance to the national competition in Portland, in March.
Shamira Marshall and Jade Williams placed first at the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Regional Competition in Indiana. They will advance to the national competition held in conjunction with the National Black Law Students Association conference in Portland, Oregon, in March.