Alumni Weekend is here!
Thank you to the more than 400 alumni and friends who joined us throughout the weekend at both our virtual, as well as in-person events. It was our privilege to celebrate with all of you and honor our outstanding award recipients on Saturday, October 23. To view the recipients' videos, please click the links below:
|2020 Alumni Award recipients||2021 Alumni Award Recipients|
|Jackie M. Taylor Holsten (JD '99) | Medal of Excellence||Michael J. Kaufman | Medal of Excellence|
|Romeo S. Quinto, Jr (JD '00) | Francis J. Rooney/St. Thomas More Award||Zachary J. Ziliak (JD '06) | Francis J. Rooney/St. Thomas More Award|
|Desiree F. Moore (JD '05) | St. Robert Bellarmine Award||Michael Alkaraki (JD '06) | St. Robert Bellarmine Award|
|The Honorable Lisette L. Shirdan-Harris (JD ’90) | Distinguished Jurist||Chlece Walker-Neal-Murray (MSW ’13, JD ’13, MS ’18) | Public Service Merit Award|
View previous award recipients or to nominate a member of our alumni community for a future award here.
Visit your class page by clicking the year below to make a gift in honor of your reunion, and update your contact and personal information:
Reunion Weekend Schedule of Events
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21
3:00 - 5:30 PM Rule of Law Institute Inaugural Lecture
5:30 - 7:30 PM Class of 2020 and 2021 Celebration at Jake Melnick's
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22
9 AM – 12 PM Virtual Women in Law CLE Program
9 – 10 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
Interim Dean Zelda B. Harris
Kristin Finn (JD '11) | Executive Director, Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Destiny Peery, Principal Consultant at Red Bee Group and Interim Managing Director at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice
Karen Richardson (BA '07, JD '12) | Executive Director, National Association of Women Lawyers
10 – 11 AM Panel Discussion: Feminist Lawyering
Dee Baker (JD-MA '11) – Appointed Commissioner, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission
Rachel Johnson – Staff Attorney, ACLU of Illinois - Women’s and Reproductive Rights Project
Sumaya Noush (BA '13, BS '13, JD-MA '16) – Associate, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Cheryl Thomas – Executive Director, Global Rights for Women
11 AM – 12 PM Featured speaker: Leslie Richards-Yellen | Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Debevoise & Plimpton
Pending 3 hours CLE Credit. Please note CLE program is being hosted virtually, and all times listed are in Central Daylight Time.
3 – 4 PM Virtual Conversation with Interim Dean Zelda Harris
Join us for a virtual conversation with Interim Dean Zelda Harris to learn more about the state of the School of Law.
6 – 9 PM 5th and 10th Year Class Cocktail Reception at Barrio
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23
Reunion & Awards Celebration - Palmer House Hilton 17 E Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois
4:45 PM Alumni Mass
5:30 PM Class Cocktail Receptions
6:30 PM Dinner and Awards Presentation
HEALTH & SAFETY The School of Law will be adhering to all University and City of Chicago COVID-19 guidelines. Please visit the Reunion website for updates on COVID safety at in-person events.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 SPONSORS:
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago
Sandra Anderson (MJ '06)
Matt Adair (JD '09) & Christina Adair
Freddi L. Greenberg (JD '75)
Senator Adriane Johnson
Power Rogers, LLP
John (JD ’94) & Julia (JD '95) Lynch
The Honorable Andrea M. Schleifer (JD '79)
REMAINING 2021 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- GOLD LEVEL SPONSOR
- SILVER LEVEL SPONSOR
- BRONZE SPONSOR
- PATRON SPONSOR
- Full page program advertisement
- Half page program advertisement
Full details and inclusions of the 2022sponsorship may be reviewed here.
COVID Safety & FAQ
COVID-19 AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS
The School of Law will be adhering to all University and City of Chicago COVID-19 guidelines. All attendees at in-person events must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR provide a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the event date.
Loyola will be utilizing CrowdPass, an easy to use, and secure digital health clearance platform that will allow all guests to upload their COVID-19 vaccination cards or negative COVID-19 PCR tests via their smartphones to expedite the check-in process. Attendees may upload their documentation here.
What protocols are in place for Reunion Weekend?
The 2021 Reunion and Awards events are taking place both virtually, as well as at off-campus locations throughout the weekend. All event are required to follow all Loyola University Chicago Return to Campus Guidelines and City of Chicago Regulations for all events taking place October 21 through October 23, 2021.
Spacing & Seating
Our team has selected venues and spaces that will allow for ample spacing. We will maintain detailed attendee reports and seating charts to allow for contract tracing. In order to maintain these documents and University event compliance, on-site registration will not be permitted.
All event venues will have sanitation stations throughout public spaces. Hand sanitizer will also be available at registration tables throughout the weekend.
All participants are required to wear a mask while indoors at the event, per the City of Chicago mandate and masks will be available at all registration tables to ensure continued compliance.
On July 30, 2021 an updated mask policy was put into place on all Loyola campuses and sponsored events.
In light of new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), and Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) guidance and substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in the city of Chicago and surrounding counties, masks are now required in all indoor public spaces and in all buildings at all Loyola campuses. This applies to all students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors regardless of vaccination status.
Loyola will continue to review its mask policy based on local health guidance and as we monitor levels of COVID-19 transmission. We will communicate any policy updates in as timely a fashion as possible. The most up-to-date guidance can always be found on the Return to Campus Webpage.
Our staff, faculty and students are required to be fully vaccinated. All vendors and attendees are required to be fully vaccinated or provide a negative COVID-19 test to enter our events. Loyola will be utilizing CrowdPass, an easy to use, and secure digital health clearance platform that will allow all guests to upload their COVID-19 vaccination cards or negative COVID-19 PCR tests via their smartphones to expedite the check-in process.
In alignment with new higher education guidance released from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), Loyola University Chicago will now require all full-time and part-time faculty and staff, along with students, to be vaccinated from COVID-19. Exemptions for medical contraindications or religious reasons will be reviewed and may be granted provided they are consistent with our policies. Visit LUC.edu/coronavirus/vaccine for more information.
Beginning August 1, all Return to Campus regulations will apply to any community members participating at in-person events both on or off-campus which are sponsored by the University. All attendees are subject to providing proof of a negative PCR test, taken no more than 72 hours prior to the event, or proof of vaccination.
When is Reunion Weekend 2021?
Reunion Weekend will take place Thursday, October 21 through Saturday, October 23. Come for all of the weekend or just the part that fits your schedule, but please join us.
What classes will be honored this year?
Due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2020, we will be hosting a combined Reunion Weekend honoring the School of Law classes who graduated from class years ending in 0, 1, 5 & 6.
What events and activities have been planned?
There are a number of events planned for alumni throughout the weekend. For a detailed schedule, visit the schedule of events tab.
Can I bring a guest to the events?
Yes, alumni are welcome to bring a guest to all events, so long as they are registered.
Where can I stay?
The host hotel is the historic Palmer House Hilton. A discounted rate of $209 per night is available for Reunion participants. To book visit this link or call 1.877.865.5321 and mention group code "LUS.”
What if I need accommodations (i.e. dietary, mobility)?
Please indicate on the reunion registration form what special accommodations you may need during Reunion Weekend. You can also contact the Office of Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.915.7458.
Where do I register? Is there a deadline?
You can register online here until the deadline of October 15, 2021.
What if I don't register on time, can I register on site?
Due to COVID-19 safety protocols currently in place, on site registration will not be available for in-person events.
What attire is appropriate?
Most events are business casual, with the exception of semi-formal attire for the Saturday evening Reunion & Alumni Awards Dinner at the Palmer House Hilton.
What if I need to cancel my registration.
Cancellations and refunds will be honored through October 8, 2021. Please call 312.915.7458 or email email@example.com to alert us of your cancellation.
Please feel free to contact us if you have additional questions:
By Phone (312) 915-7458
The host hotel for the weekend is the historic Palmer House Hilton:
17 E Monroe Street
Reserve a room at the Palmer House Hilton for the discounted rate of $209 per night.
BY PHONE Call 1-877-865-5321 referencing block code “LUS” on or before September 22, 2021. Number of rooms are limited.
PARKING Valet parking will be available at a discounted event rate at the Palmer House Hilton on Saturday evening. Entrance is located on the corner of Monroe Street and Wabash Avenue.