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.
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.
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.