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Meet the School of Law’s President’s Medallion recipient Maggie Condit

Maggie Condit blends academics and service like few others. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame, a master’s degree in education from Loyola and now, as a law student, is currently ranked 24th in her class. Condit, who taught for four years at a Catholic elementary school before entering law school, serves as the student articles editor of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal and also volunteers to help area children and families.  

In Demand for Downloads

Professor Jeffrey Kwall has been consistently listed this year on SSRN’s Top 25 US Tax Professors in the “recent downloads” category. This month he is #8 on the list. His article “Backdating” has reached over 5,660 downloads.  

Big Win for Corboy Fellows

Loyola’s Corboy Fellows Ezrah Bryant, Matt McDonald, Jack Healy, and Lauline Gough won the Vino Veritas: The Golden Gate University Professor Bernie Segal Mock Trial held October 25.

Pope Francis's Moral Message: Care for the Environment, Care for the Poor

Loyola University Chicago Chancellor Rev. Michael Garanzini, S.J. leads a panel discussion on Pope Francis's recent encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, in which the Pope challenges the whole human family to work together "to seek a sustainable and integral development."  

LLM Student Wins Writing Prize

Loyola University Chicago LLM student Harrison Mbori Otieno has received a runner-up prize award in the amount of $2,500 in the Benjamin E. Ferencz Essay writing competition.

Remembering Prof. Mike Zimmer

Outstanding legal scholar and mentor, Professor Mike Zimmer passed away from cancer on September 23 at the age of 72.

Identifying victims of Burge torture

A judge working to identify victims of torture by former Chicago Police commander turned to Dean David Yellen. With the help of seven Loyola law students, Yellen sorted through more than 500 letters and court files for the case.  

Meet Loyola’s SBA President

SBA President Dominic LoVerde (3L) will work to promote a culture at the School of Law where each student is valued.

Connect with Faculty on Social Media

Follow the School of Law on Twitter, connect with our Centers of Excellence on LinkedIn and Facebook, and watch for faculty blog postings.

3L leads Yale seminar on bioethics

Sumaya Noush (3L) led a six-session seminar this summer at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics titled “The Ethics of Global Pharmaceuticals.”

Justice Scalia in Rome

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia served as a special guest lecturer in July at Loyola’s Study Law Abroad program held at the University’s John Felice Rome Center.  

Chicago Bar Foundation
Honors Mary Bird (JD '87)

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 Excellence 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.  

Loyola #1 in Family Law

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.  

Professor Norton Retires

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 wins the Damen Award at the 2015 Founders' Dinner

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.  

In the News

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.  

Congratulations Law Graduates

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.

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