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  • Professor Perea Honored

    Professor Juan Perea (pictured second from right) was recently honored by the Latino Law Professors Group with the 2015 Award for Scholarship, Teaching, and Service for his scholarly contributions and advocacy work on behalf of the civil rights of Latinos in the US.
  • Loyolans in London

    Loyola’s London Comparative Advocacy Program, now in its 26th year, immerses students in activities in London that focus on the English legal profession and system of advocacy.
  • New Online Offerings
    In Global Competition Law

    Loyola’s Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies has launched the world’s first online-only master’s programs in Global Competition Law for lawyers and working professionals in the field.
  • Study Law With Scalia In Rome

    US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will join Loyola this summer in Rome as a special guest lecturer. Space is still available. Enrollment deadline is March 2.
  • Yellen Among Most
    Influential in Legal Ed

    Dean David Yellen is #5 on the National Jurist’s list of 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education. The January 2015 issue calls Yellen an ‘Innovator’ for his work with the ABA and for his leadership role in the national dialog that is addressing today’s challenges and offering ways to improve legal education.
  • Happiness and The Law

    Professor John Bronsteen’s new book, Happiness and the Law (University of Chicago Press, 2014) (with Buccafusco and Masur), assesses how the law affects people’s quality of life.
  • Jonathan Sheffield: To him, service means more than free legal advice

    There’s very little down time in Jonathan Sheffield’s life—and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Sheffield, who ranks 8th out of his class of 251 law students, regularly serves meals to the residents of Lawson House YMCA.
  • Loyola Wins Appellate Lawyers Assoc. Moot

    Jon Puskar and Scott Kater won the Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA) Moot Court Competition, which was held Nov. 7-8 in Chicago. The moot court problem covered the Fifth Amendment and the admissibility of witness testimony under Federal Rule of Evidence 701.
  • Con Law Colloquium

    The Fifth Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium brought together constitutional law scholars from universities around the country to debate and discuss many of the controversial issues surrounding the constitution.
  • Loyola Wins Thomas Tang

    For the fourth year in a row, Loyola has won the Thomas Tang Regional Moot Court Competition. Basim Kamal and Sevan Avakain will compete in the national competition in Arizona.
  • Loyola Receives $1.3 Million
    US Dept. of State Grant

    Loyola has received a $1.3 million grant from the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs to support PROLAW’s partnership agreement with the African Union.
  • Public Interest Convocation

    Lawyer and best-selling author, Scott Turow, provided remarks this year at Loyola’s Public Interest Law Convocation for first-year students. Loyola law alumna Julie Harcum Brennan (MSW ’03, JD ’03) was honored with Loyola’s Outstanding Public Interest Award.
  • International Legal Careers

    Lara Elborno (JD ’12), a trainee attorney in International Arbitration at the Paris office of Winston & Strawn LLP, offers advice on landing an international legal career.
  • Excellence in Teaching

    Clinical Professor of Law Anita Weinberg, director of Loyola’s ChildLaw Policy Institute, was awarded the prestigious Ignatius Loyola Award for Excellence in Teaching at Loyola University Chicago’s Faculty Convocation held on September 14.
  • School of Law
    Teams with Barbri

    Loyola will collaborate with BARBRI, a leading legal education provider, to provide law students with innovative, academic support and a bar preparation program.
  • Exploring Issues of School Discipline

    Elissa Johnson (MSW ’11, JD ’11), a staff attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center and former Civitas ChildLaw Fellow, was among the distinguished speakers to participate in the recent symposium “Discipline in Schools: Moving Beyond Zero Tolerance” hosted by the Children’s Legal Rights Journal.
  • 2014-15 Corboy Fellows

    The Philip H. Corboy Fellowship Program in Trial Advocacy provides intensive training in trial advocacy to ten students who are chosen annually as Corboy Fellows.
  • New Book Published

    Professor Larry Singer, Megan Bess, and Kristin Finn, have published a new book, Careers in Health Law, which discusses the development of health law, and where to find jobs in this growing area of law.
  • Securities Fraud Class Action

    Thomas Goldstein, Supreme Court practitioner and founder of SCOTUS blog, will deliver the luncheon keynote address at this year’s Institute for Investor Protection Conference, “The New Landscape of Securities Fraud Class Actions.” Continuing Legal Education credit is available.
  • Student Spotlight –
    Nicole Grabianowski

    Nicole Grabianowski was recently honored with a Ms. JD Fellowship. Ms. JD is an organization dedicated to the success of aspiring women lawyers.
  • Committed to Public Service

    Law students Sarah Wittenauer (left) and Khari Fischer were among the first-year students to participate in a public service activity during 1L orientation. Volunteers served hot meals at a local YMCA to underprivileged Chicago-area residents.
  • Shakespeare and the Law Macbeth: Overleaping Ambition

    The Wall Street Journal has called Writers Theatre "the best drama company in the nation." Join Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and actors from Writers Theatre on Mon., Sept. 29, at 5 PM, for a remarkable look at selected scenes from Macbeth.
  • Lawyer and Author

    Distinguished Scholar in Residence Laura Caldwell, director of the Life After Innocence clinic at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, has just published her 14th novel, The Dog Park.
  • Advocates For Racial Justice

    Loyola recently participated as a host for a new training initiative to establish a network of advocates committed to advancing a coordinated racial justice agenda. Fellows included Carol Ashley, a member of Loyola’s adjunct law faculty, and Loyola law graduates Candace Moore (JD ’13), and Aneel Chablani (JD ’97).
  • Constitutional Implications of Capital Punishment

    Professor Nadia Sawicki, Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, was interviewed by The New England Journal of Medicine about her recent article, which discusses the constitutional implications of clinicians' involvement in capital punishment.
  • Gathii Elected To AJIL Board

    James Thuo Gathii, professor and Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law, has been elected to serve a four-year term on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law (AJIL).
  • Education Immersion

    Natalie Ratliff recently attended an Education Immersion Weekend (EIW) as part of the online Master of Jurisprudence in health law degree program. Over 80 online students, faculty, and staff participated in the EIW held at the School of Law in May, which included thesis presentations as well as social and networking events. Learn more about the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy
  • Commencement 2014 Photos

    Loyola University Chicago conferred the following law degrees at the 2014 School of Law Commencement on Saturday, May 17: 1-SJD, 68-LLM, 108-MJ, and 263-JD degrees. The Honorable Ruben Castillo (BA '76), Chief Judge, Northern District of Illinois delivered the commencement address. Michael Tien, President, Student Bar Association was the student speaker.
  • Alumni Spotlight – Ann Park

    School of Law graduate and Civitas ChildLaw Fellow Ann Park (JD '13) has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to South Korea. She will work to assess the country’s child protection system, focusing on how its child protection laws are being enforced in child abuse and neglect cases. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States.
  • PROLAW Class of 2013-14

    Students enrolled in Loyola’s LLM in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW) held a special ceremony to celebrate the end of the coursework portion of the degree program. David J. Lane, U.S Ambassador to the UN agencies in Rome, was among the speakers to deliver remarks at the ceremony.
  • Loyola Wins Vis Moot East

    Loyola won the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition in Hong Kong. Loyola beat the University of Amsterdam in the final round. Ninety-nine schools from 28 countries competed in the 2014 Vis Moot East. Congratulations to Jan Greszta, Erin Wenger, Jennifer Fair, Kelsey Leingang, and their coaches Professor Margaret Moses, John Calhoun, and Josh Heffernan.
  • Video: National Security Debate

    Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, was among the distinguished speakers to participate in Loyola’s National Security and Civil Rights Symposium on Feb. 7. Romero discussed fugitive Edward Snowden and the political and moral implications of the government’s electronic surveillance programs. Video of the event is now available.
  • Loyola Wins National Ethics Trial Competition

    Team members (from left) Loukas Kalliantasis, Kathleen Murphy, Erin Webb, and Abigail Ledman, and coaches Matthew Chimienti, William Murphy, Chris Dionne and Giselle Santibanez Bania pose with their trophy after winning the Eighth National Ethics Mock Trial Competition hosted by University of the Pacific McGeoge School of Law.
  • Elements of Punishment

    Hon. Nancy Gertner, a former federal judge and current faculty member at Harvard Law School, delivered a special address at the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal Conference, which discussed the fundamental theories underlying criminal sentencing in the United States.
  • Celebrating Life After Innocence

    Nationally prominent defense lawyer Barry Scheck delivered a special address at Loyola’s Life After Innocence 5th anniversary luncheon celebration in February. Scheck is co-founder and co-director of the Innocence Project, which uses DNA evidence to exonerate the wrongly convicted
  • International Law Mediation Tournament

    Loyola team members Meg Davis (center), Giorie Mahn and Randy Ojeda (holding trophy) were one of 52 teams to compete in the 13th Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament held March 5-8 at the Philip H. Corboy Law Center. The competition was co-hosted by Loyola University Chicago and the INADR. Loyola advanced to the semifinal round.
  • Loyola Wins Frederick Douglass

    Loyola team members Johanne Verpil (left) and Kandice Harris won the Midwest Regional Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition held at the Midwest National Black Law Students Association Convention February 1-2. Johanne also won Best Oralist. The team will compete for the national championship in March.

    Professor of Law George Anastaplo passed away on Friday, February 14, of metastatic prostate cancer. He was 88. For more than 30 years, he was a vital part of the fabric of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law community, serving as a beloved colleague, a revered teacher, and a world-renowned scholar.
  • Alumni Spotlight: White House Internship

    While a 3L at Loyola, Brenda McKinney (JD '13) was awarded a Fulbright scholarship starting in January 2014 to study conflict resolution in cases of youthful offending in New Zealand. Because she was also interested in gaining policy experience in Washington, DC, a friend encouraged her to apply to the White House Internship Program (WHIP). Read more about Brenda’s internship with the Office of the White House Counsel.
  • Father Araujo Greets Pope Francis

    Rev. Robert John Araujo, S.J. Loyola's John Courtney Murray, S.J. University Professor, spoke with His Holiness Pope Francis at a gathering at the Sala Clementina during a recent visit to Rome, where he presented a lecture to the International Union of Catholic Jurists and the International Network of Catholic Legislators.
  • Con Law Connection

    More than 100 Constitutional Law scholars recently gathered in November at Loyola's annual colloquium to debate and discuss constitutional law theory and US Supreme Court rulings.
  • A whole new world

    As the world changes, the School of Law’s international programs are changing with it. Our study abroad programs span the globe to give law students the skills they need to stay ahead of the legal curve.
  • Student Activities Fair

    The School of Law hosts a Student Activities Fair at the beginning of each academic year to provide first-year students with the opportunity to meet and talk with student organization leaders about the many activities available at Loyola. There are numerous active law student organizations offered to students this year.
  • PROLAW Three

    Bernie Salinas (Mexico) and Dafina Bardhi (Kosovo) are among the 20 new students from 17 countries who have enrolled in Loyola's LLM in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW) program hosted in Rome, Italy. A bell-ringing ceremony has become a PROLAW tradition to kick-off the academic year and welcome the incoming class of students. Loyola's PROLAW degree program, which was first launched in 2011, is directed by William Loris (pictured at left).
  • Loyola Aids Families in Chicago Public School Transition

    Loyola’s Education Law and Policy Institute and the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law partnered to conduct an independent monitoring project for two days at Chicago Public Schools when classes resumed in August.
  • Wing-Tat Lee Induction

    Professor of Law James T. Gathii (third from left) was inducted as the School of Law's Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law at a special ceremony at the Philip H. Corboy Law Center on Thursday, March 14. As the Wing-Tat Lee Chair, he will pursue teaching and scholarship, and bring to the School of Law international conferences, lectures, and exchange programs for students and faculty.
  • President's Medallion Award Recipient Jillian Burstein

    Jillian Burstein (3L) was the School of Law's 2012 President's Medallion recipient. The award, which recognizes outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service, was presented to a student from each school at the University by Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president, Loyola University Chicago. The President's Ball was held at Navy Pier on November 9, 2012.
  • Trivia Night at Loyola

    Loyola's Catholic Lawyers Guild hosted its 13th Annual Trivia Night on April 4. As a result of the generous food and prize donations of local business--and the participation of Loyola students, professors, and friends--the Catholic Lawyers Guild raised $1,786 to benefit Southwest Chicago Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS). PADS is one of the largest non-profit agencies that provides for the immediate needs of Chicago's unemployed and homeless as well as provides job training and long-term housing alternatives to end the cycle of poverty.
  • Yet Another Corboy Fellows Win

    Loyola Corboy Fellows have won the National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, which was held in Chicago April 4-7. The competition is co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association and John Marshall Law School. Pictured from left, Kyle Flynn, coach Albert Maldonado, David Rivelli, coach Rebecca Gold, Daina Staisiunas, and Matt Anderson.
  • Loyola Wins Tang Regional

    For the third straight year, Loyola University Chicago School of Law finished in first and second place at the Regional Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition held in Chicago. Shirley Chen and Kristen Kawaguchi were named regional champions. Arianne Freeman and Duo Park placed second. Both teams competed in the national Thomas Tang Competition held in Kansas City. Chen and Kawaguchi finished in second place; Freeman and Park were semifinalists.
  • President's Medallion Recipient

    Kristen Totten (3L, center) was the School of Law recipient of the 2013 President's Medallion. The annual award recognizes students in each of Loyola's schools for their outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service. Kristen is pictured with Loyola President and CEO Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., and Jean Gaspardo, assistant dean of student affairs.
  • Student Spotlight: Rebecca Wylie

    Who better to advocate for people with disabilities than a lawyer with disabilities? That's the reasoning of Rebecca Wylie (3L), who is planning to graduate with a law degree and health law certificate in May 2015.
  • Loyola Alums Embrace Careers as Military Lawyers

    When United States Air Force Major Ja Rai Williams (JD ’05) was three years old, she announced to her household that she wanted to be a lawyer. She held onto that goal when she entered law school at Loyola, where she was a Philip H. Corboy Fellow and earned a certificate in trial advocacy.
  • Life After Innocence

    With support for new transitional housing, Loyola’s Life After Innocence continues reintegrating the exonerated into the world outside prison.
  • School of Law

    Dean Yellen named one of the most influential law educators

    The National Jurist has named Loyola University Chicago School of Law Dean David N. Yellen as one of the “25 most influential people in legal education” in its January 2014 issue. Yellen ranks 17th on the list of those named as having the most influence in 2013.
  • In Memoriam - Professor George Anastaplo

    Professor of Law George Anastaplo passed away on Friday, February 14, of metastatic prostate cancer. He was 88. For more than 30 years, he was a vital part of the fabric of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law community, serving as a beloved colleague, a revered teacher, and a world-renowned scholar.
  • Loyola Wins Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

    Loyola’s won the Midwest Regional Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition held at the National Black Law Students Association Convention in Minneapolis in early February. Team members Jennifer Thomas, Jasmine Morton, Andrea Williams, and Diona Rogers will compete at the national championship in Milwaukee in March. Thomas was also recognized for her outstanding leadership as president of Loyola's Black Law Students Association.
  • Consumer Privacy

    Maneesha Mithal of the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection delivered a special address at Loyola’s recent Consumer Law Review Symposium, Consumer Privacy and Data Collection. Her address focused on FTC initiatives to protect consumer privacy.
  • Geraghty Honored

    Professor Diane Geraghty, Loyola’s A. Kathleen Beazley Chair in ChildLaw and director of the Civitas ChildLaw Center, was recently honored by the Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society at its 2014 Legal Legend Luncheon, held at the Union League Club.