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Faculty and Administration Profiles

Josie Gough

Title/s:  Former Assistant Dean for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
Curt and Linda Rodin Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Social Justice

Email: jgough@luc.edu


Josie M. Gough is the former assistant dean for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she led the school’s ongoing efforts to further enhance and cultivate a learning environment for all students, faculty, and staff that promotes inclusion and advances its diversity goals. She is also a Curt and Linda Rodin Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Justice where she has been instrumental in strengthening the connection between diversity and academic excellence.

Gough has practiced law in Illinois on behalf of public and private sector clients for more than 25 years. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and represents the School of Law as a member of Chicago’s Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Consortium and Alliance for Experiential Learning.

Gough has been the recipient of numerous awards for her service to the legal profession, including special recognition from the Constance Morris House Legal Advocacy Program. In 1995, she was listed as one of the 100 Women Making a Difference in Today’s Chicago Women’s magazine. She is the recipient of Loyola’s Donald L. Hollowed Distinguished Service, the National Summit of Black Women Lawyers Exemplary Service Award, the Justice John Paul Stevens Award presented by the Chicago Bar Foundation, and the Chicago Bar Association’s Earl B. Dickerson Award.

She was honored as one of the Women’s Bar of Illinois Class of 2020 Top Women in Leadership.

Gough is a member of the American Bar Association, Black Women’s Bar Association of Greater Chicago, Chicago Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. She is also a member of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Diversity Council, advisory board member to Legal Prep, and a member of the University of Chicago Women’s Board.


BA, College of Arts and Sciences, Loyola University Chicago
MEd, Graduate School of Education, Loyola University Chicago
JD, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Program Areas

Municipal Law, Employment and Labor Law, Diversity and Inclusion

Courses Taught

First-Year Faculty Lead Professional Identity Formation