Loyola University Chicago School of Law holds a wide variety of events that range from student organization activities and moot court or mediation competitions, to alumni events and large public conferences and symposia.  Many of our programs are also offered for Illinois MCLE credit.‌

All events are virtual, and times listed are Central time. If registration information is not provided, please reach out to the contact listed for that specific event.


2023-2024 EVENTS


10th Annual Education Law: A Year in Review

June 29, 2023

This seminar will address important developments in education law and policy during the past year. Topics will include:

  • school discipline, student civil rights, and the work of the Illinois Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau;
  • national trends in legislation concerning LGBTQ+ identities in schools;
  • recent developments in the Supreme Court;
  • updates on Title IX and special education law;
  • student behavioral and mental health challenges and how schools should respond; and
  • legal, policy, and legislative updates from the Illinois State Board of Education.

This program was approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 5 hours of general Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit.  The seminar and CLE credit for attorneys are offered free of charge. Lunch will be provided, and a reception will be held after the event. Please register here.

2022-2023 EVENTS


Journal of Regulatory Compliance Annual Symposium

February 24, 2023
9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Click here for more information.


9th Annual Education Law: A Year in Review

June 21, 2022

This seminar will address important developments in education law and policy during the past year. The program will discuss:

  • recent developments in the Supreme Court;
  • First Amendment rights of teachers and how schools and districts can respond to curriculum objections and library book concerns;
  • student mental health needs;
  • ticketing of students and their parents for school-related conduct; and
  • legal, policy, and legislative updates from the Illinois State Board of Education.

This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 3.75 hours of general Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit. The seminar and CLE credit for attorneys are offered free of charge. 

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2021-2022 EVENTS


Women in Litigation Conference: Teaching Trial Advocacy & All Star Bracket Challenge Midwest Regional

October 1, 2021 - October 4, 2021

Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy is pleased to present a unique conference and competition experience, as it holds its bi-annual Women in Litigation Conference in connection with the All Star Bracket Challenge regional mock trial competition it will be hosting the first weekend of October 2021. "Teaching Trial Advocacy" is a multi-day virtual conference which will focus on concepts in teaching trial advocacy while addressing issues of gender and race. The All Star Bracket Challenge is the largest invitational mock trial competition in history, and the first to have regional-to-national qualifiers. The competition includes 64 schools, divided into four regional tournaments of 16 schools each. The conference will begin Friday, October 1st in the afternoon with a practical skills training course in how to give effective feedback to trial advocacy students. 

2020-21 EVENTS


8th Annual Education Law: A Year in Review

June 24, 2021

This seminar will address important developments in the area of education law and policy in K-12 schools during the past year. The program includes:
•              a session focusing on diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism in education law;
•              a legal and legislative update from the Illinois State Board of Education; and
•              a panel discussion on the way forward for special education in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 3.5 hours of general credit, including 1.25 hours of Diversity & Inclusion professional responsibility credit. The seminar and MCLE credit for attorneys are offered free of charge. 

Racial and Social Justice Speaker Series

The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again

February 10, 2021, 6 p.m.

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is proud to co-sponsor this Family Action Network event.

In a sweeping overview of more than a century of history, drawing on his inimitable combination of statistical analysis and storytelling, Robert D. Putnam, Ph.D., with Shaylyn Romney Garrett, analyzes a remarkable confluence of trends that brought us from an “I” society to a “We” society and then back again. He draws inspiring lessons for our time from an earlier era, when a dedicated group of reformers righted the ship, putting us on a path to becoming a society once again based on community.

Putnam is the Malkin Research Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, having retired from active teaching in May 2018. Romney Garrett is a writer and social entrepreneur who has dedicated her life to the pursuit of connection, community, and healing in an increasingly fragmented world. Putnam and Garrett will be interviewed by Spiro Bolos, a 26-year veteran of the classroom who has taught a wide range of courses in the Social Studies at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, among other institutions.

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The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

February 16, 2021, 7 p.m.

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is proud to co-sponsor this Family Action Network conversation between Heather McGhee and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.

One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone–not just for people of color. Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy–and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public.

McGhee will be in conversation with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who in 2012 became the first woman from Massachusetts elected to the United States Senate and was re-elected in 2018.

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Speaker Series on Global Racism

The College of Arts & Sciences offers a Speaker Series on Global Racism. These lectures will shine a light on issues of global racism around the world. The lectures are open to Loyola students, faculty, alumni and the broader community.

Black History Month

Loyola University Chicago celebrates Black History Month 2021. Loyola students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public are invited to participate in these events, which include guest speakers, interfaith dialogue, a book discussion, a Rambler video series, and an LUC Faculty & Staff Black History Research Symposium. For more information and to register, go to LUC.edu/CBH.


2021 Loyola Antitrust Colloquium

April 15-16, 2021
4-5 p.m.

The 21st annual Loyola Antitrust Colloquium will feature a welcome address from the Hon. William Baer, the former head of the Antitrust Division in the Obama Administration and a key member of the Biden transition team. There is no charge and CLE will be available. To request your invitation and full details, contact antitrust@luc.edu.


Children’s Legal Rights Symposium

March 19, 2021, 1-4 p.m.

This year’s Children’s Legal Rights Symposium will bring together scholars, practitioners, and youth to address current issues impacting racial inequity in the juvenile justice system. Distinguished speakers will examine the intersection of race and justice-involved children, specifically among dual status youth and students. The symposium will also address Illinois’ leadership in juvenile justice reform. Lastly, a panel of speakers will discuss possible solutions and best practices for reducing racial disproportionality and disparity in the juvenile justice system.

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Journal of Regulatory Compliance Annual Symposium

March 12, 2021
9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Contact: Center for Compliance Studies, Janie Garb, health-law@luc.edu

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These events are open to School of Law community members, who will receive email notification of how to register via Zoom one to two weeks before each event.

Scales of Memory: Constitutional Justice and Historical Evil

February 18, 2021, 12 noon

Justin Collings, BYU Law
This presentation will explore the relationship between constitutional interpretation and the memory of historical evil. Specifically, it examines how the constitutional courts of the United States, Germany, and South Africa have grappled, respectively, with the legacies of slavery, Nazism, and apartheid.

Constitutional Revolution

March 12, 2021, 12 noon

Gary Jacobson and Yaniv Roznai
The authors will construct a clarifying lens for comprehending the many ways in which constitutional revolutions occur. The authors seek to capture the essence of what happens when constitutional paradigms change.

You Are Not American: Citizenship Stripping from Dred Scott to the Dreamers

March 18, 2021, 12 noon

Amanda Frost (American University Washington College of Law)
Professor Frost will grapple with what it means to be American and the issues surrounding membership, identity, belonging, and exclusion that still occupy and divide the nation in the 21st century.

The President and Immigration Law

April 8, 2021, 12 noon

Cristina Rodriguez
Professor Rodriguez will dive into history of American immigration policy from founding-era disputes over deporting sympathizers with France to contemporary debates about asylum-seekers at the Southern border to show how migration crises, real or imagined, have empowered presidents. She’ll also uncover how the Executive’s ordinary power to decide when to enforce the law, and against whom, has become an extraordinarily powerful vehicle for making immigration policy. These events are organized by Alexander Tsesis, Raymond and Mary Simon Chair of Constitutional Law.


Consumer Law Review Symposium 2021: Racial Justice In Consumer Law

March 4, 2021, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

March 5, 2021, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The issues of racial justice in consumer law have always been an important point of conversation in this area of law, and this issue has received increased attention over the last few years. This symposium will consist of three panels that will discuss underlying issues in this area with Q&A sessions after each panel. Click here for more information.


Wing-Tat Lee Lecture in International Law 2021: Racial Borders

January 27, 2021, 4 p.m.

Every year Loyola University Chicago School of Law hosts a distinguished speaker to deliver Wing-Tat Lee Lecture in International Law. This year, the Wing-Tat Lee Lecturer is Professor E. Tendayi Achiume. Achiume is professor of law at UCLA School of Law and former faculty director of the UCLA Law Promise Institute for Human Rights. She is also a research associate with the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of Witwatersrand. The current focus of her work is the global governance of racism and xenophobia and the legal and ethical implications of colonialism for contemporary international migration. More generally, her research and teaching interests lie in international human rights law, international refugee law, international migration, and property. In November 2017, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Professor Achiume as the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, making her the first woman to serve in this role since its creation in 1993.


Law Journal's Annual Symposium

April 9, 2021, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Law Journal's Annual Symposium will be held on April 9, 2021 via Zoom. The Symposium will focus on the criminal justice system and discuss pressing legal issues in this field. The Symposium will include four panels and seventeen speakers discussing topics ranging from qualified immunity to federal consent decrees.


Are We Ready for Politically Motivated Violence?

January 21, 2021, 4 p.m.

The recent attack on the Capitol and the delayed law-enforcement (and military) response to it raise serious questions about America’s preparedness for potentially widespread, politically motivated violence by domestic extremists, including white supremacists and nationalists. This panel discussion is regarding the current posture of the Department of Justice, constitutional concerns associated with investigating “armed protests,” and lawful responses to serious incidents of violence, including the use of state and federal armed forces.

Barry Jonas, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois
Alexandra Hughes, Trial Attorney, Counterterrorism Section, National Security Division
Thomas Durkin, Distinguished Practitioner, National Security & Civil Rights Program
John Dehn, Faculty Director, National Security & Civil Rights Program

Moderator: Joseph Ferguson, Executive Director, National Security & Civil Rights Program

Domestic Terrorism: Should Congress Create New Federal Crimes?

February 18, 2021, 4 p.m.

The Department of Homeland Security and F.B.I. have warned for some time of an ongoing domestic terrorism threats from right-wing radical extremist groups. The events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, brought the issue to the forefront of national security discourse. While many federal criminal statutes could apply to such threat when acts of violence occur, no federal statute criminalizes support for or involvement with "domestic terrorism" in the same way as foreign terrorism. Join us as our Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, Tom Durkin, moderates a very distinguished panel of national experts discussing whether a new federal domestic terrorism statute and/or Domestic Intelligence Agency are necessary and appropriate responses, considering the risks they would present to civil liberties.


Mary McCord, Legal Director, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Professor Mary McCord was the Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2016-2017 and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division from 2014-2016. Previously, McCord was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for nearly 20 years in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, where she served in several important supervisory positions.

Diala Shamas, Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
Diala Shamas is a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she works on challenging government and law enforcement abuses perpetrated under the guise of national security, both in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to joining the Center for Constitutional Rights, Shamas was a Clinical Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, and a Senior Staff Attorney supervising the CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) project at CUNY School of Law.

Adam Goldman, Investigative Reporter, New York Times 
Adam Goldman reports on the F.B.I. for The New York Times and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for national reporting on Russia’s meddling in the presidential election. Previously, he covered national security for The Washington Post and worked on the investigative team at the Associated Press, where he and his colleagues revealed the New York Police Department’s Muslim spying programs. Their reporting on the department won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. Goldman is the coauthor of Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden's Final Plot Against America.

Register: https://luc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpdeChrzsqG9FrDdFx6dMfUOynJf-OmASL

Recalibrating Emergency Presidential Powers

March 25, 2021, 4 p.m.

A panel discussion on necessary and likely reforms to the legal framework of emergency presidential powers.

Register: https://luc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqdO-hqzgpG9RBQuPxJU1znA0wb9meCQA3


Rooftops Conference Chicago 2021

February 19, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

The Rooftops Conference Chicago 2021 will be our seventh annual Chicago symposium for the not-for-profit sector focused on the role of real estate--owned, leased, or hosted physical space--in the operations, financial performance, and achievement of mission by not-for-profit organizations of all sizes and mission types. Panelists from the not-for-profit sector, the real estate industry, and the professions will explore themes illustrating how not-for-profit executives, staff, and board members can collaborate in addressing real estate and space needs in achieving their organizations’ core objectives. The Conference is a forum for meaningful discussion and also a chance to interact with peers in the social sector and the real estate industry. Whether you are involved in real estate and space decisions every day or once in a while, you’ll hear something new that may validate, challenge, or even change your approach. We hope you will join us! Who should attend: not-for-profit executives and staff, board members, volunteers, lawyers, real estate industry and social sector professionals, donors and funders, government officials and staff Register: HTTPS://WWW.EVENTBRITE.COM/E/ROOFTOPS-CONFERENCE-CHICAGO-2021-REGISTRATION-99850365130

Contact: Jim Hagy, jhagy@luc.edu.


Rodin Center for Social Justice Annual Program

March 12 and March 19, 2021, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Keynote speaker will be Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.
Contact: Anita Weinberg, aweinbe@luc.edu


These events are open to School of Law faculty and staff, who will receive information on how to attend via email before the event.

In Congress We Trust? Enforcing Voting Rights from the Founding to the Jim Crow Era

February 24, 2021

Franita Tolson
Franita Tolson is the vice dean for faculty and academic affairs, and professor of law at USC Gould School of Law. Her scholarship and teaching are focused on the areas of election law, constitutional law, legal history and employment discrimination. She has written on a wide range of topics including partisan gerrymandering, campaign finance reform, the Elections Clause, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. Her forthcoming book, In Congress We Trust?: The Evolution of Federal Voting Rights Enforcement from the Founding to the Present, will be published by Cambridge University Press.

The Effect of Changing the Military’s Rape Law on Law Enforcement Case Processing

March 9, 2021

Eric R. Carpenter
Eric R. Carpenter is an associate professor at FIU College of Law. He is a nationally recognized expert on military law, death penalty litigation, and sexual assault law and policy. Professor Eric Carpenter served in the Army as a helicopter pilot and is a graduate of Ranger School and Airborne School. He was a judge advocate, serving as a prosecutor, supervising defense counsel, and chair of the criminal law department at the Army’s law school. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2003. And as an elected member of the National Institute of Military Justice and the ABA’s Military Justice Committee, he writes on military justice system reform.