"At some point, every one of us will come across an opportunity to be part of something bigger than ourselves," says Cindy Blackstock (MJ '15), executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. "When that moment comes, we never feel prepared for it, smart enough for it, the best person for it. But do it anyway. Grab that moment and be a part of the co-creation of history."
In her advocacy for child protection and indigenous children’s rights, Blackstock, a member of the Gitksan First Nation and professor of social work at Montreal's McGill University, has been grabbing the moment for more than 25 years. As a young social worker, she became concerned that a focus on the family unit wasn’t taking larger societal structures into account. "That launched me into finding out what structures were placing First Nations children at risk and what could be done about them," she says.
In 2007, her organization and the Assembly of First Nations filed a complaint under the Canadian Human Rights Act alleging that Canada discriminates against First Nations children by consistently underfunding child welfare on reserves. A multiyear battle ensued, ending with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal substantiating the complaint and ordering the Canadian government to ensure First Nations children can access government services as other children in ways that meet their unique needs. Since that 2016 ruling, the tribunal has issued four noncompliance orders "and we’re now starting to see some compliance," says Blackstock. "Close 80,000 services have been provided to First Nations children as a result." The Tribunal continues to monitor Canada's implementation of its orders.
Blackstock pursued an MJ degree in children's law and policy because "I was confronted by the limitations of my own knowledge and realized I could do more with a legal education," she says. Unable to find a Canadian online MJ program that addressed children and families, she chose Loyola. "The instructors were fantastic—open to me tailoring my education as much as possible for the causes I was working on—and I really enjoyed the interdisciplinary student body," she says.
In other work, Blackstock has assisted the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in developing and adopting a General Comment on the Rights of Indigenous children and helped produce a youth-friendly version of the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child. Her 2017 children’s book, Spirit Bear and Children Make History, is based on the effective participation of indigenous young people in the court case.
When it went to court, "the Caring Society had one full-time staff member and a total budget of $500,000," she says. "But the very best group to deal with large governments is a small collection of people who believe in doing the right thing and have nothing to lose."
Studying the law abroad with RBG
For the second year in a row, students in the School of Law’s Study Law Abroad program at Loyola's John Felice Rome Center in Italy had the extraordinary experience of learning from a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Justices who participate in the program choose the form of their involvement. Last summer, Justice Samuel Alito taught a two-week course in constitutional law as part of the program. This summer, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave three lectures: "A Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg," moderated by Judge Ann Williams of the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; "Workways of the U.S. Supreme Court"; and “Highlights of the Major Cases of the 2017–18 Court Term.” She will also attend a faculty luncheon as well as a reception and banquet for students, faculty, and Rome Center administrators.
"Anyone who has heard Justice Ginsburg speak can understand the ‘rock star’ appeal of this diminutive giant justice," says Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Jean Gaspardo, who directs Loyola’s Study Law Abroad programs in Rome and China. “She is the icon of the advancement of women’s rights in our times. I had the honor of hosting her when she first lectured in our Rome program in 2009 with her late husband, Marty Ginsburg, and we’re very excited that she could join us in Rome again this summer.”
Now in its 36th year, the Rome program introduces students to comparative and international law. Studying in Rome, the seat of the Italian government and the site of European Union offices, private law firms, banks, and corporations, acquaints students firsthand with the Italian legal system while providing a deeper understanding of American legal culture.
Loyola’s Rome program also welcomed the late Justice Antonin Scalia as a guest lecturer in 2010 and 2015.
Bryant Cameron Webb, MD (JD '12), an assistant professor of medicine and health sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, has wanted to be a doctor since age five. In an undergraduate anthropology class, he began learning about health disparities based on race and ethnicity. Even controlling for economic and other factors, health outcomes are commonly less positive for minority patients.
“I realized that a legacy of discrimination is manifesting in the way we provide health care,” says Webb, who goes by the name Cameron. “I thought about it as a social justice issue and wanted to have the skill set to be an advocate for change. So I looked to the giants who used the law as a tool, from Thurgood Marshall to Charles Hamilton Houston.”
Webb decided to arm himself for more effective advocacy by earning both MD and JD degrees. After his third year at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, he took a leave from his medical studies to attend Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
“The timing was quite good,” says Webb. “It was 2009, and the national conversation was about how to deliver a health care system that works better for everyone. By that time, I’d had experience taking care of patients, so I was able to contribute that perspective to my classes.”
At Loyola, “I dove in and tried to get all the experience I could,” says Webb, who was a student attorney for the Health Justice Project, editor-at-large of the Annals of Health Law, and intern and consultant for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Health Policy Institute, among other activities.
Now, he says, “I use my moot court experience all the time, in the way I frame an argument, engage folks, and get them to see my perspective,” adding that he also stays in regular touch with former professors including Larry Singer and John Blum.
Webb’s elected term as president of the Student National Medical Association happened to fall during his time as a law student. “I learned the value of organizing for change,” he says, “and decided to found a vehicle for grassroots organization.” EquityRx, a nonprofit working for health equity, brought together interdisciplinary perspectives to screen communities susceptible to health disparities, treat social and structural conditions known to affect health outcomes, and build relationships within communities to advocate for equitable health policies.
After returning to Wake Forest for his last year of medical school, Webb completed his residency and internship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. Then, he followed up his unusual educational path with an extraordinary opportunity to influence health policy: a White House Fellowship.
Serving two presidencies
Webb’s fellowship extended across two presidencies, and his responsibilities changed along with the administration. In the Obama White House, he worked on the My Brother’s Keeper initiative addressing opportunity gaps facing young men of color. Valued for his rare breadth of experience, he was also drafted onto the health care team helping various Cabinet agencies coordinate awareness and promotion of open enrollment on the ACA insurance exchanges.
“My perspective on health care policy was really sharpened by that six months in the Obama administration,” Webb says.
After Trump’s inauguration, Webb moved to the Domestic Policy Council. There, he led meetings with health care stakeholders and influencers seeking to engage the Trump administration on issues like drug pricing and opioid addiction.
At the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Webb is director of health policy and equity. His role is a mix of teaching—“My last classroom experience was in law school, so I’m bringing a lot of that teaching style to my non-law students,” he says—and research on Medicaid as a measure of health care quality and equity, as well as clinical practice as an internist.
While he enjoys the multipronged opportunity academia provides to delve into issues and challenges, Webb sees his future path as “bouncing between this space and government, where I can implement some of the things I’ve learned and studied.”
In the short term, he says, “The question over the remaining years of the Trump administration will be how we can help both sides see health policy as an opportunity for cooperation and coordination. My conversations have led me to believe there are real possibilities at the intersection between politics and patient interest.”
Loyola University Chicago School of Law proudly congratulates its distinguished alumni named as 2018 40 Under 40 Illinois Attorneys to Watch.
Tracy A. Brammeier (BA '10, BS '10, JD '14)
Clifford Law Offices
Anne C. Couyoumjian (JD ’07)
Hinshaw & Culbertson
Thomas G. Cronin (JD ’04)
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP
Beata A. Leja (JD ’07)
Minsky, Mccormick & Hallagan PC
Elizabeth M. Neidig (JD ’05)
Hall Wrangle and Schoonveld LLC
Jordon S. Steinway (JD ’04)
Seven Loyola University Chicago law graduates were recently appointed as Cook County Circuit Court judges following a competitive selection process. Thirty-four finalist were chosen from 252 candidates, evaluated by the Alliance of Bar Associations and the Chicago Bar Association, and interviewed by an 11- member nominating committee, including Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans of the Cook County Circuit Court.
The School of Law proudly congratulates the following distinguished alumni who were named as one of the 16 new Cook County Circuit Court judges on May 21, 2018:
Gerald V. Cleary III (JD '89)
Jean M. Golden (JD '77)
Sanju O. Green (BA 97, JD '20)
Kathryn A. Miller (JD '06)
Margaret M. Ogarek (JD '98)
Lori M. Rosen (JD '96)
Patrick T. Stanton (JD '93)
CHICAGO, May 1, 2018—Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law named two distinguished faculty as Mary Ann G. McMorrow Professors of Law. The inaugural professorships were established to support meaningful research and scholarship that exemplify the extraordinary legal career of Loyola alumna Mary Ann McMorrow (JD '53), the first woman to head any branch of Illinois government.
McMorrow, who earned her JD from Loyola University Chicago in 1953, was the only woman in her graduating law class. At Loyola, she was elected class president and was an editor of the Loyola Law Journal. After graduation, she served as an assistant state's attorney in Cook County, where she became the first woman to prosecute major felony cases. She was the first woman to sit on the Illinois Supreme Court, and the first woman to serve as the court’s chief justice.
“These prestigious professorships will honor Justice Mary Ann McMorrow by advancing her tireless work as an advocate for justice,” said Michael J. Kaufman, JD, dean of the School of Law. “Her legacy inspires us all to reach beyond our potential, to fight for gender equality, to work on behalf of the vulnerable, and to make the world a more humane place to be.”
The following faculty members have been named Mary Ann G. McMorrow Professors of Law:
"The Mary Ann G. McMorrow distinguished award in honor of a trailblazer in the legal community, especially for women, will allow me to continue my research in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault. It is my distinct privilege to receive this recognition from the McMorrow family," said Zelda Harris.
"It is an honor to receive a professorship in the name of an outstanding pathbreaker for women in law. Mary Ann G. McMorrow is an inspiring role model for all women and men who work for justice through the rule of law," said Margaret Moses.
The faculty scholars will assume the title of Mary Ann G. McMorrow Professors effective immediately.
About Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Loyola’s School of Law has been educating students across the country and around the world for more than 100 years. The school offers full- and part-time Juris Doctor programs, with specialized certificates available in advocacy, child and family law, health law, international law and practice, public interest law, tax law, and transactional law. For attorneys pursuing advanced legal education, the school offers Master of Laws programs in advocacy, child and family law, rule of law for development, tax law, and international law for foreign lawyers, as well as online programs in business, global competition law, and health law. In addition, the school offers a Master of Jurisprudence program in rule of law for development and online programs for non-attorney professionals in business and compliance, child and family law, health law, and global competition law. Online certificates programs in school discipline reform and privacy law are also available. To learn more about the school, visit LUC.edu/law or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaLaw.
"I fell in love with Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus during my first visit," said Westchester, Illinois, native Jalen Brown (pictured center), a second-year law student. Soon after arriving at Loyola, Brown became involved in the Black Law Student Association, the Consumer Law Review, and the Frederick Douglass Moot Court team. Brown’s team won the Midwest regional competition and he received an individual award for best oral advocate.
A recipient of a Schiff Hardin/John J. Waldron Scholarship, and a Reed Smith Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholar Award, Brown enjoys helping fellow students, including those attending Loyola’s Arrupe College. The two-year college was founded in 2015 and sits adjacent to the law school on Pearson Street. It acts as a bridge between high school and college for diverse, low-income, first-generation college students.
When a new mentoring program, Black Men for Success, began last fall, Brown eagerly volunteered.
"We invite a diverse group of professionals to speak on topics aimed at helping our mentees be successful," said Brown from a coffee shop near campus. He and other Loyola law students, as well as some practicing attorneys, meet every other Friday evening with about 15 Arrupe students to offer advice on navigating college life.
"We talk about ways to avoid studying distractions—video games, friends who are not in school, procrastination, social media—so they can focus on school. We also give them career advice. I think they like having a group of people who support them and want them to succeed," Brown said. "Friendships are formed."
According to Black Men for Success program director Eliot Pope, "Jalen has been instrumental in helping his mentee achieve success not only in the classroom, but in society."
At the fall term’s closing ceremony in December, mentors presented Loyola neck ties to their mentees to recognize their commitment. “The best part of this program was seeing the students return to the group in January,” said Brown, who’s leaning toward a career in commercial litigation.
"My goal as a lawyer is to help others and be a part of positive change for the future. This program teaches participants how to be better students and better men. We want them to do well in school and guide them toward pursuing a four-year degree."
Laura Hoffman (LLM '10, SJD '12) has joined Seton Hall Law School as an assistant professor of law and a faculty researcher for the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy, where she works on the research, development, and dissemination of legal and policy analyses that informs and shapes federal and state policy to impact vulnerable populations including the disabled and children. She will also serve as a faculty advisor for Seton Hall’s online student publication Health Law Outlook. Prior to joining Seton Hall, Hoffman worked as a contract attorney for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, in Cleveland, Ohio, where she drafted decisions for appeals on disputes over Medicare payments for Administrative Law Judges.
A Loyola University Chicago double-Rambler, Hoffman earned her LLM in Child and Family Law from the School of Law in 2010, and her SJD in Health Law and Policy in 2012. Her doctoral dissertation focused on challenging the federal government to improve access to healthcare for children with autism and was published in its entirety by The John Marshall Law Review.
While a graduate student at Loyola, Hoffman served as a staff writer for Loyola’s Public Interest Law Reporter, and assisted drafting portions of the student manual for the Health Justice Project, a medical-legal clinic established by the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy to identify and resolve social and legal issues that negatively affect the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. She also served as a research assistant for the late professor Michael Zimmer. “Professor Zimmer was one of my greatest mentors at Loyola. I was invited by his wife to speak at his memorial service,” says Laura Hoffman. Zimmer, who joined Loyola in 2008 and served as a member of the School of Law’s full-time faculty until his passing in 2015, also taught at Seton Hall Law School. “It’s bittersweet to be working in my first academic position at a school where my most beloved mentor once taught.”
Hoffman’s career path to academia has not been without challenges. Visually impaired since birth due to a genetic eye disorder, she says her passion for making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, lots of hard work, and tenacity have helped her to achieve her goals and overcome obstacles.
“I am thrilled to be at Seton Hall and forever grateful to Loyola for giving me a strong foundation to foster professional development.”
Third-year student Ben Horwitz came to Loyola with dual interests in trial advocacy and public interest work—two areas in which he’s taken every opportunity to learn. In the classroom, in the clinic, and in competition, "Loyola has pushed me to develop valuable skills and varied experience in those areas," he says.
CHARMED BY CHICAGO: Raised on the East Coast, Horwitz has found what he calls “the Midwest experience” intriguing. “Chicago is a fun, exciting place to live with features that few other cities of its size can offer,” he says. “With the Daley Center just a couple of El stops away and the federal courthouse a few blocks farther, Loyola is on the doorstep of legal developments in this city and has a strong alumni network here. I appreciate the opportunities that going to school here has provided, and look forward to joining Chicago’s legal community after graduation.”
COURTROOM CHOPS: Horwitz holds a Philip H. Corboy Fellowship in Trial Advocacy—along with two other scholarships—and he and his team recently advanced from the Texas Young Lawyers Association Regional Mock Trial Competition to the National Competition. “Competing in mock trial competitions for Loyola my second and third years has been an immersive, challenging, and rewarding experience,” he says.
LEARNING BY DOING: "Loyola’s Community Law Center has allowed me to represent minors as a guardian ad litem and begin to develop interviewing and negotiation skills,” Horwitz says. “The clinic has also been a great opportunity to appear in court as a 711-licensed law student under faculty supervision." He’s also participated in a variety of volunteer programs as a member of the Public Interest Law Society, and honed his writing skills on the Loyola University Chicago International Law Review.
FAVORITE PROF: Henry Rose’s Law and Poverty class was one of Horwitz’s favorites. “It was wonderful to see how passionate Professor Rose is about public interest law,” he says, “and to hear stories from his career.”
WE’VE GOT HIS BACK: “Loyola faculty and administrators are incredibly welcoming and supportive. The professors are enthusiastic and willing to answer questions in class and during office hours, and the administration is accessible and helpful in providing guidance,” Horwitz says. “While law school is a constant struggle to find the 25th hour in the day, it makes it a lot easier to know that there are people who believe in you and have your back.”
Teaching and advocacy will strengthen law programs that advance equity and justice in underrepresented communities
Loyola University Chicago School of Law has named seven distinguished faculty as Curt and Linda Rodin Professors of Law and Social Justice. The inaugural professorships were created as part of a transformative gift from alumnus Curt Rodin (JD ’75) and his wife, Linda Rodin, who recently established the Curt and Linda Rodin Center for Social Justice at Loyola to strengthen and further develop several leading law school programs that advance fairness, equity, and justice.
The Curt and Linda Rodin Professors of Law and Social Justice, as well as the newly established leader-in-residence, will support meaningful teaching, scholarship, and advocacy on behalf of underrepresented and marginalized communities in areas that include health, education, and criminal justice.
"Curt and Linda Rodin have shown long-standing generosity in supporting Loyola’s social justice mission of service to others,” said Michael J. Kaufman, dean of the School of Law. Previous gifts from the Rodins have established scholarships, fellowships, and a professorship in Loyola’s Health Justice Project.
The following faculty members have been named Curt and Linda Rodin Professors of Law and Social Justice:
Anita M. Weinberg (JD '86) has been named the director of the Curt and Linda Rodin Center for Social Justice. She is also the director of the ChildLaw Policy Institute, a component of Loyola’s internationally recognized Civitas ChildLaw Center. Weinberg is the recipient of the University’s inaugural St. Ignatius Loyola Award for Excellence in Teaching for her commitment to excellence, raising global awareness, and promoting social justice.
Bruce A. Boyer, director of the Civitas ChildLaw Clinic, works with students to represent clients in a wide range of proceedings that focus on children and families. His work and scholarship have been shaped by his long-standing commitment to justice.
Josie M. Gough (BA '74, MEd '78, JD '84) is the director of Experiential Learning at the School of Law, where she develops externships opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in social justice.
Juan F. Perea is associate dean for faculty research at the School of Law. His teaching and scholarship focus on social justice issues, including racial inequality, the legal history of race relations in the United States, and the civil rights of Latinos.
Stacey E. Platt, associate director of the Civitas ChildLaw Clinic, has dedicated her legal career to representing low-income children and families. Her scholarship focuses on improving justice for families, including bringing forward the voice of the child.
Alan Raphael focuses his scholarship on social justice issues, including capital punishment and racial discrimination in jury selection.
Henry G. Rose served as director of Loyola’s Community Law Center for almost two decades. His principal areas of academic interest include civil law as it affects low-income persons and property.
In addition, Mary J. Bird (JD ’87) director of Public Interest Programs at the School of Law, has been named Loyola’s Curt and Linda Rodin Social Justice Leader-in-Residence. Bird has created and strengthened numerous innovative outreach programs and initiatives at Loyola that have advanced the school’s mission of service and helped to launch the careers of hundreds of public interest advocates.
Offered this fall: Immigration law practicum
Immigration law is one of the most complex, dynamic, and rewarding areas of practice. Yet is often viewed as a highly specialized field. A unique new immigration law practicum offered at the School of Law this fall will focus on current and emerging issues of immigration law and explore how this important area of practice can intersect with many others, including child and family law, poverty law, housing, education, health, and criminal justice.
Loyola's Immigration Law Practicum will include both a classroom and field study component. Students will meet two hours each week to discuss key immigration law issues and to develop skills tailored to immigration law practice and advocacy, with an emphasis on families and children. Topics include family-based petitions, representing victims of crime and human trafficking, unaccompanied minors, persons fleeing persecution, providing trauma informed services, intersection of family law and immigration law, and deportation defense.
One credit hour requires 55 hours of field study; two credits hours requires 110 hours of field study.
Immigration law faculty members are experienced practitioners who are experts in their fields and bring diverse perspectives to this growing area of law. For more information, contact Katherine Kaufka Walts, at email@example.com.
Students enrolled in Loyola’s Access to Health Care Seminar traveled to Portsmouth, Ohio, in March to meet with lawyers, judges, health care professionals, government officials, and recovering addicts, to learn firsthand about the opioid epidemic and ways the state of Ohio is approaching solutions to the complex public health epidemic.
Legal and regulatory strategies
Opioid overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. As a result, the crisis has led to complicated legal and regulatory measures governing the use of opioids. Specialized dockets to confront reoccurring criminal behavior, and a barrage of lawsuits filed against manufacturers of opioid prescription drugs in an effort to gain more effective control over unsafe distribution, are among the strategies state agencies have adopted to address the problem.
Learning through real-life study
The Access to Health Care Seminar is offered during the spring semester to examine a specific health care issue and concludes with a trip during spring break. “The field study is an important component of the seminar because it allows students to gain in-depth knowledge of the issue outside the classroom through real-life study,” said Larry Singer, associate dean for online learning and director of the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy. "To speak with individuals who have battled opioid addiction, as well as those who are working around the clock to help solve this devastating health crisis that has crippled communities across the nation, was truly a transformative learning experience for all of us."
Singer, who has taught the seminar for the past eight years and led the trip to Ohio with Ron Hochbaum, a clinical teaching fellow with Loyola’s Health Justice Project, has traveled with students in recent years to Appalachia to study disparities in health care, and McAllen, Texas, where students examined the issues surrounding access to health care for undocumented persons.
“The trip to Ohio was extremely helpful in providing a clearer picture of the opioid epidemic in our country,” said Emma Garl Smith, a 2L at Loyola who attended the field study. “In additional to learning about the crisis, we were moved by the strength of the opioid survivors we talked with, the strong sense of community in Portsmouth despite the challenges, and the beauty of the area—so it was a meaningful experience in multiple ways.”
Wednesday, April 4
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Lunch will be available starting at 11:30 a.m.
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor
The year leading up to his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. focused his energy on the Poor People’s Campaign. In speaking to striking sanitation workers in Memphis shortly before he was killed, King said, “Now our struggle is for genuine equality, which means economic equality. For we know that it isn’t enough to integrate lunch counters. What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn’t earn enough money to buy a hamburger and a cup of coffee?”
On the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination, Wil Haygood will address Dr. King’s work for economic justice, with attention to his final campaign in Memphis.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Wil Haygood is the author of seven books including the New York Times bestsellers Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America and The Butler: A Witness to History. His writing has chronicled America’s civil rights journey through the lives and times of Thurgood Marshall, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Sammy Davis, Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson and Eugene Allen, the real-life inspiration for Lee Daniels’ internationally acclaimed film, The Butler. Haygood was a long-time national and foreign correspondent for the Washington Post and Boston Globe, covering events such as Nelson Mandela’s release from prison after 27 years, the ascent of President Obama, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and his own experience as the hostage of Somali rebels. While at the Globe, he was honored as a Pulitzer Prize finalist. A storyteller for our times, Haygood has earned high praise for connecting the civil rights movement and its iconic heroes with current events and enduring struggles.
From prestigious interdisciplinary Centers of Excellence to innovative new academic programs and teaching methods, Loyola occupies a position of leadership among American law schools, which is often reflected in our rankings and accolades. Here are a few highlights, including the U.S. News & World Report rankings that were just released in March 2018.
3L Lauren Keane, the recipient of both a merit scholarship and the Class of 1967 scholarship, has been involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities that have expanded her skill set and shaped her career choices. "I'd encourage any and all incoming students to get involved their 2L year and to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities Loyola has to offer," she says.
A RISK THAT REWARDED: After working in media for six years, Keane didn’t feel challenged or inspired. Reflecting on her next step, she realized she’d long been interested in the law. “I took a giant leap of faith, quit my job, and came to Loyola—and haven’t looked back since. It’s been the best decision I’ve ever made,” she says.
THE PATH TO LOYOLA: "Loyola was an easy choice; it provides not only a fantastic education, but also the opportunity to grow as a person,” says Keane, who earned her B.A. degree in history from the Jesuit College of the Holy Cross. “It was important to me to find a law school that has that same sense of community and promotes the same types of Jesuit values."
LOOKING FORWARD TO LITIGATING: Keane, who is first in her class, is launching a career in litigation. “I love the writing and research aspects of preparing for trial. I also sincerely enjoyed my Trial Practice course and have participated for the past two years on moot court,” she says. After graduation, Keane will join the Chicago firm of Sidley Austin as an associate in the litigation group, where she’ll focus on product liability and mass torts.
PROFESSORS WHO ENGAGE: "My Loyola professors are interested in their students, both academically and as people,” Keane says. Her favorite faculty member, Matthew Sag, “takes the time to get to know his students and truly invests in their growth. I’ve learned so much from him."
ALWAYS ACTIVE: Besides tutoring Sag’s 1L students and coauthoring a currently unpublished article with him and another student, Keane has been a staff member and executive editor of articles for the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal. She’s also competed twice on the Saul Lefkowitz IP Moot Court team, advancing as a 2L to the national round in Washington, DC.
ENLIGHTENING EXTERNSHIP: A summer externship for Judge Sara Ellis of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois gave Keane exposure to the trial process and a glimpse into the justice system from the perspective of a judge. “The experience certainly shaped my trajectory here at Loyola and career-wise,” Keane says.
Six distinguished legal scholars who are experts in their fields have been named Georgia Reithal Professors of Law at Loyola University Chicago. The inaugural professorships were established at the School of Law from a generous bequest left by Illinois attorney and Loyola law alumna Georgia J. Reithal (JD ’78) to support and further develop impactful research and scholarship that promote and enhance access to justice.
Reithal attended Loyola's part-time evening Juris Doctor program and worked for most of her career as a labor attorney with Ameritech. She also participated in pro bono services that provided free legal representation to immigrants.
"We're grateful to Georgia Reithal for this generous gift that will encourage, recognize, and celebrate our extraordinary law faculty scholars for their work to transform the ways in which law and regulation can better foster human happiness and well-being,” said Michael Kaufman, dean of the School of Law. “Her legacy will live on for years to come."
The following Loyola faculty members have been appointed Georgia Reithal Professors of Law:
The faculty scholars will assume the title of Georgia Reithal Professor of Law effective immediately.
3L Pete Kalenik is earning a joint degree in law and public policy while balancing a full-time workload as a Chicago police officer and paratrooper in the U.S. Army Reserve. A recipient of the William F. and Kathleen Hynes Scholarship, Kalenik says receiving scholarship aid “provided me the freedom to continue serving our country, our communities, and Chicago’s citizens.”
EXPOSURE TO DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES: “I absolutely love Loyola’s student body,” Kalenik says. “Its diversity helps us grapple with the most current, complex, and controversial legal issues in America.”
A CLASS THAT CHANGED HIS CAREER COURSE: Kalenik’s favorite course has been National Security Law. “Applying constitutional theory to the intersection of international relations and modern warfare has impacted my military career,” says Kalenik, who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago before entering law school. “After more than 10 years of service as an enlisted paratrooper, National Security Law has motivated me to become a commissioned officer in the Illinois National Guard.”
HONING HANDS-ON SKILLS: Kalenik is taking full advantage of Loyola’s experiential learning opportunities. He has served as a judicial extern in the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Chancery Division and is currently enrolled in Federal Litigation Practice, under the supervision of the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall of the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois.
BUILDING BRIDGES: Prior to his law enforcement career, Kalenik taught and lived on Chicago’s Southside, as an AmeriCorps volunteer, while earning a master’s degree in education and social policy from Northwestern University. “As a Loyola Street Law instructor, I was able to educate students in the same community that I patrol as a police officer, which according to the Chicago Sun-Times is the most violent police beat in the city,” Kalenik says. “That experience allowed me to build bridges between the community and the Chicago Police Department, which previously, did not exist.”
DESCRIBING LOYOLA: Asked which words best describe his time at Loyola, Kalenik said, “We all serve.’”
NEXT STEPS: After graduation, Kalenik will enter Officer Candidate School in the Illinois National Guard and continued serving the Chicago Police Department as a Field Training Officer, responsible for instilling a sense of justice in Chicago’s newest police officers. “I will use my legal education to advocate for policies that make our families safer, while embodying the authentic leadership that Chicago desperately needs. As we all know, actions speak louder than words,” he says.
Second-year Loyola law student Amber Carpenter is a Philip H. Corboy Fellow in Trial Advocacy, president of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), and a member of the Loyola Consumer Law Review. “What I like best about Loyola is the many opportunities it’s given me,” she says.
ON CHOOSING LOYOLA: Carpenter realized how much she valued Chicago-area family and friends during her four years at the University of Iowa, where she earned a BS degree in biology. She focused her law school search on Chicago. “When I came to Loyola for my first visit, I absolutely fell in love,” she says. “The friendly and helpful atmosphere gave me the family environment I was looking for in a law school.”
PI LAW/IP LAW: Carpenter’s areas of interest include public interest law and intellectual property law. “A career in public interest law will allow me to continue to fight for justice, and intellectual property combines my interest and background in science with the law,” she says.
ACHIEVEMENTS IN ADVOCACY: Last fall, Carpenter competed at Georgetown Law’s White Collar Crime Invitational, where her team advanced to semifinals. “Through my Corboy fellowship, I’ve sharpened my public speaking skills, learned the fundamentals of trial advocacy, and benefited from hands-on experience with the Federal Rules of Evidence,” she says.
CREATING A NETWORK: Loyola connected Carpenter with the Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP), a nonprofit that supports women of color through law school. “With the help of this program, I was able to secure a summer associate position at Marshall Gerstein LLP, a Chicago IP firm,” Carpenter says. Through her work with BLSA, “I now have a network of black lawyers throughout the country and have strengthened my own leadership skills,” she adds.
FAVORITE PROF: “You can see the passion Professor Cynthia Ho has for the law through her lesson plans and lectures,” Carpenter says. “She meets with her students to get to know them, and has taken personal time out of her schedule to ensure I understood certain topics—she’s guided me toward a career in IP.”
Pilar Mendez, a 1L at Loyola University Chicago, wants to use the law as a tool to become a better advocate and policymaker.
Mendez holds a BS in public health from New York University and an MPH in global health p0licy from The George Washington University. “Given my public health and policy background, it’s beneficial to my career to better understand how the law works so that I can write effective legislation,” she says. “Learning the business and transactional side of health care is critical to this process.”
The fact that Loyola’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy was ranked #1 in the country in 2017 by Law Street Media and #6 in the country by U.S. News & World Report helped to solidify Mendez’s decision to attend law school at Loyola.
Experiencing racial disparities
Born in Hawaii and raised in both Honolulu and New York City, Mendez plans to concentrate her area of study on the intersection of health law and public interest law. Drawing upon her personal experiences of public health systems, she hopes to keep pursuing her passion for understanding and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health.
After experiencing persistent asthma attacks as a child, Mendez felt that her race negatively impacted her ability to receive equitable, quality care. “The doctors treated my family with indifference—as if to imply that what they were doing to care for me was not in my best interest health wise,” she says. “It turned out that the actual location of our home caused my respiratory issues, and after we moved back to Hawaii, I never saw an inhaler again.”
Bridging the health care gap
Mendez decided early on that she wanted to use her education to find opportunities to bridge the health care gap so that everyone who sought medical assistance could receive a positive patient experience. She completed several health care internships during her undergraduate studies and was bitten by the policy bug in Washington, DC, after she began working for the U.S. Department of Human Services Office of Minority Health. There, she was surrounded by people equally committed to finding community-driven solutions that translated research into policy.
Life as a law student
Mendez is the recipient of a competitive health law fellowship with the Beazley Institute, as well as a merit scholarship that she says has been helpful in financing her legal education. While her first-year studies have kept her busy, she participates in activities outside the classroom as a section member of Loyola’s Health Law Society and a BARBRI student representative.
Asked if she has a favorite professor, Mendez declines to name just one. “Honestly, I learned so much from each of my professors this past semester,” she says. “But it was amazing to be a student in Dean Nina Appel’s last Torts course before she retired—we learned a lot about medical negligence, malpractice, and the effects of tort reform, which became an area of law I find interesting.”
She continues, “I love the fact that everyone at Loyola is so supportive and wants me to do well. The professors are extremely approachable and well-connected. In fact, I’ve received emails from faculty members who’ve offered to put me in contact with practitioners in the community or forwarded information about health care-related programs I might want to attend, just because they know I’m passionate about this area of study.”
Focus on the future
What’s ahead for Mendez? “As a lawyer, I hope to one day join the ranks of the few Hispanic women working on Capitol Hill who are creating a more cohesive and comprehensive vision of what it means to be healthy in America,” she says. “Linking social justice issues with policy to reduce health disparities will help shape our national agenda. It’s exciting to think about being a part of that.”
Advocating for others
Recent Loyola law graduate Catharine Debelle (JD ’17) reflects upon her rewarding experience working with Loyola’s Health Justice Project.
On a cold Chicago morning in January, Maria (not her real name), a 24-year-old women from Champaign, Illinois, was awarded guardianship of her two younger siblings, a 10-year old girl and a 14-year old boy. The ruling came after Cook County Probate Court Judge Susan Kennedy Sullivan questioned Maria about her ability to take on the great responsibility of caring for her siblings, questioned her brother and sister about how they were doing in school, and asked the eager family members who filled the courtroom if they objected to Maria becoming the legal guardian of the two minors. The moment was touching and emotional.
“I applied to work as a student attorney in Loyola’s Health Justice Project to strengthen my skills representing clients in court,” said Catharine Debelle (JD ’17) a former student clinician who earned her law degree from Loyola University Chicago this past December. “It was an invaluable experience to work under the supervision of a clinical professor during my last semester of law school to represent Maria. I had represented clients in the past, but never on a case that I managed by myself from start to finish.”
Maria and her siblings lost their mother to a terminal illness two years ago. Since their mother’s death, no one had come forward to obtain custody or guardianship of the young children.
“Maria was a courageous young woman who is five years my junior, but we’ve got so much in common. Both of us have experienced profound loss in our lives but have moved on to grow and thrive in very different ways,” said Debelle.
Learning the process
Maria was referred to the Health Justice Project by medical providers at Erie Family Health Center after they discovered that her younger siblings had no legal guardian to consent to their medical care. The Health Justice Project partners with Erie, a federally-qualified health center that provides services to people in poverty, and LAF, Chicago’s largest provider of legal services to the poor, to identify and resolve social and legal issues that negatively affect the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. As a student attorney with the Health Justice Project, Debelle was assigned to investigate Maria’s case and the guardianship process, and to work on her behalf to obtain the necessary documentation to file for guardianship of her siblings.
“Over the course of representation, I grew close with Maria, the children, and Maria’s father and step-mother,” said Debelle. “It's a special feeling when your clients have confidence in your abilities as both a lawyer and a professional and begin to trust you. The research, meetings, case notes, and preparation, were all about Maria. Going to court was exciting, but the most rewarding part of my experience was helping my client to succeed. Maria is now the proud and empowered legal guardian of her brother and sister—and I am a wiser person and one step closer to becoming a pretty darn good lawyer.”
It’s no secret that the taxi industry has been decimated in the last few years by the rise of ride-hail services like Uber and Lyft. In Chicago, taxi medallion owners who once paid $350,000 to buy one of the city’s 7,000 licenses have seen their value plummet to less than $35,000. While it’s hard to argue with paying less for the same service, it’s not hard to see how unfair it is that the City of Chicago holds these drivers to two different standards.
“Now anyone can become a driver,” said Furqan Mohammed (BA ’08, JD ’12), who quit his job as a commercial litigator at a major Chicago law firm to help these small business owners who were at risk of losing everything. In early 2017, he cofounded Mohammed, Shamaileh & Tabahi, LLC, in Glenview, which has become the leading law firm in Illinois for negotiating and settling medallion debt.
“For decades, taxi operators leased a medallion and saved up to eventually buy one of their own,” he said. “For many immigrant families—from India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and other countries—medallion ownership was a way to build a middle-class life in America. But now many are severely underwater on their loans. Worse, it wasn’t just the medallion values that dropped, but also the income they generated.”
While providing free legal advice at a community center on Devon Avenue several years ago, a woman from Cab Drivers United asked Mohammed if he could talk to drivers who were behind on their payments. Their contracts were long, dense and backed by a personal guaranty. “They were on the hook personally, so every asset they had could be seized if they defaulted.”
Many of his clients came here 30 years ago thinking they would use a medallion as a retirement nest egg. Instead, they find themselves working 60 hours a week to earn half of what they used to earn.
Mohammed and his firm have renegotiated or settled numerous cases. Some lenders are willing to lower the payments, while others allow for a discounted cash buyout. But others refuse to budge, forcing these taxi operators to give up and file bankruptcy or work unsustainable hours to pay the loans.
“It breaks my heart to see these families suffering, and I’m grateful I was in a position to step up and help. I will continue fighting on their behalf.”
When Nick Zausch decided to go to law school, he set out on a journey to find the school that was right for him, touring seven schools in four states including Wisconsin, Illinois, Georgia, and Washington, DC.
“I wanted an outstanding legal education, but I also wanted to find a school where I would feel at home—where it would be easy for me to make friends,” said Nicholas Zausch, now a second year law student at Loyola. “Of all the schools I toured, Loyola was the only one that accomplished both. The school is ranked #1 in the country in my area of interest, and when I visited campus, everyone was friendly and genuinely interested in me.”
A Wisconsin native who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and attended a Jesuit high school in Milwaukee, Zausch says he was drawn to Loyola, in part, because of its strong Jesuit heritage.
“Loyola had the same supportive and collaborative atmosphere I had experienced in high school. When I was finished with my tour, I knew this is where I wanted to be,” he said.
Advocating for children
Prior to attending law school, Zausch worked at City Year Milwaukee, a non-profit Americorps organization that provides tutoring and mentoring services in underserved schools across the United States to help close the achievement gap of at-risk youth. “As a passionate advocate for children, I knew I could do more to help children who face some of life’s greatest challenges,” he said. “Whether it’s working with kids to get them back on the right track after they’ve made a mistake, helping them to escape an abusive home, or offering legal assistance to parents in need—I found my calling to become a lawyer.”
Zausch applied for and was selected to receive a prestigious ChildLaw Fellowship offered by Loyola’s internationally recognized Civitas ChildLaw Center. Over three years in law school he will receive scholarship assistance in exchange for completion of program requirements and a commitment to working in the field of child and family law for at least two years after graduation.
Honing skills outside of the classroom
In addition to his coursework, Zausch is involved in a number of extracurricular activities that have helped him develop his talents, interest, and skills. He is a member of Loyola’s Family Law Moot Court Team, serves as a junior editor of the student-run Children’s Legal Rights Journal, and as president of the school’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Society. He is also the director of outreach for Stand Up for Each Other, a law student-led initiative to address school suspensions of pre-K through high school students in the Chicago area. When he is not at Loyola, he works part time at the Chicago family law firm Berger Schatz.
“I am grateful to have found an outstanding law school that meets my personal needs as well as my professional goals,” said Zausch. “I’ve met incredible people at Loyola who I know will remain lifelong friends. I don’t have a ton of time to hang out after school, but when I do, my 1L classmates are the first people I call.”
Leading international scholar and expert in the area of antitrust and competition law Spencer Weber Waller has been named Loyola University Chicago’s inaugural Justice John Paul Stevens Chair in Competition Law. The chair was established to further strengthen Loyola’s outstanding reputation and exceptional academic leadership, research, and innovation, in the area of competition law and policy.
Competition laws, also referred to as antitrust laws, are statutes created to protect consumers from predatory business practices by ensuring that fair competition exists in an open-market economy.
Waller has served as a member of Loyola’s full-time law faculty and director of the School of Law’s nationally recognized Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies since 2000. He most recently served as interim associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Law, a post he held from June 2016–2017.
“Spencer Waller is one of the country’s great pioneers in the area of consumer and antitrust law,” said Michael Kaufman, dean of the School of Law. “His scholarly contributions as an extraordinary leader in this field and as a valued mentor to our students will be felt for generations to come.”
At Loyola, Waller teaches courses in antitrust, intellectual property, civil procedure, and international litigation. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute, and serves on the editorial boards of the Antitrust Law Journal and World Competition Law and Economics Review. Waller is the author and editor of eight books and more than one hundred articles on United States and international antitrust, including Antitrust and American Business Abroad, the leading treatise in the field, and the first full-length biography of Thurman Arnold, the founder of modern U.S. antitrust enforcement. He is also the coeditor and contributor to Brands, Competition Law and IP (Cambridge University Press 2015). His recent scholarship focuses on antitrust, brands, class actions, high-tech industries, innovation, and intellectual property. In 2014, Waller received the Concurrence Antitrust Writing Award for his scholarship in antitrust. He previously served as associate dean and professor of law at Brooklyn Law School.
“Justice Stevens is one of my personal heroes. I am delighted to have been appointed to a faculty chair at Loyola that is named to honor an extraordinary United States Supreme Court Justice and a distinguished antitrust practitioner,” said Spencer Waller.
As the Justice John Paul Stevens Chair in Competition Law, Waller will lead research, symposia, and academic colloquia at Loyola, and continue to direct the world's first online master degree programs in Global Competition Law offered at the School of Law. Waller will be installed as the John Paul Stevens Chair in Competition Law at a special ceremony at the School of Law on Thursday, April 19.
Sei Unno, a 2L at Loyola with undergraduate majors in history and psychology, enrolled this past fall in the School of Law’s nationally recognized Health Justice Project to gain practical training as a student clinician and to help those in need. The Health Justice Project, one of Loyola’s six in-house legal clinics, is an interdisciplinary medical-legal partnership that works to identify and resolve the social and legal issues that negatively affect the health and well-being of vulnerable populations.
“The Health Justice Project emphasizes a holistic approach to assisting low-income clients with their legal problems,” says Sei Unno, who is considering a legal career in health law. “Students not only address clients’ legal problem, but also the environmental, emotional, and societal issues that compound or influence their legal issues.”
Learning by doing
Each semester students enrolled in the Health Justice Project, a component of Loyola’s nationally ranked Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, learn critical lawyering skills through a combination of a seminar class, intensive case supervision, and collaboration with partner organizations LAF and Erie Family Health Center.
"Through my experiences as a student clinician, I learned how to address social systems of oppression both from an individual perspective and as an upstreamist, which means that we must look to the root of the health-care related problem and focus on prevention. At first I had some reservations about whether a clinical environment was right for me. But the hands-off, empowering supervision model that the Health Justice Project follows challenged me to face those doubts and helped me build confidence in my abilities as a law student beyond the clinic," she says.
“The best way I can describe the supervision model is that it is ‘free-range.’ Under the supervision of an attorney, I am free to explore my own way of approaching the facts and my clients’ legal problems. This has allowed me to learn from my mistakes and determine the best way to approach individual problems—not just to copy-paste from those with more experience.”
Taking the next step
Unno is currently seeking a health law-related internship for summer 2018. She hopes to apply the skills she has gained from the Health Justice Project in client-centered lawyering and upstreamist practices.
“Working as a student clinician at Loyola was both challenging and rewarding—I gained invaluable lawyering skills while helping some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”
Congratulations to our outstanding Loyola law alumni who were named among the 40 Under 40 Attorneys to Watch in 2017 by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.
Michael Alkaraki (JD '06)
Leahy & Hoste
Gia Colunga (JD '04)
Freeborn & Peters
Elizabeth O’Brien (JD '06)
Andrew (“AJ”) Thut (JD '12)
Levin & Perconti
English common law is the system on which the U.S. legal system is based—and nothing brings the study of American law to life like a personal introduction to British legal institutions. For three decades, a popular Loyola study abroad program has allowed law students to experience firsthand the similarities and differences between English and American advocacy.
All of the School of Law’s areas of expertise—health law, child and family law, advocacy, business and tax, antitrust, intellectual property—have strong international and comparative components. The School of Law’s rich curriculum, in Chicago and abroad, continually expands to respond to developing areas of international professional interest.
Now in its 30th year, Loyola’s London Comparative Advocacy Program remains a popular study option for second- and third-year students interested in experiencing different cultures, creating global connections, and deepening their understanding of foreign legal systems.
Each year over winter break, approximately a dozen Loyola law students, accompanied by Associate Dean James Faught, members of the law faculty, and distinguished guests, participate in the London Comparative Advocacy Program. For two weeks, students immerse themselves in London activities that focus on the English legal profession and system of advocacy. After a series of lectures at the Inns of Court, students observe trials at the historic Old Bailey while considering parallels and variances with the American legal system they’ve come to know.
“The many strong partnerships Loyola has forged with our London friends and colleagues over the years really makes this study abroad opportunity unique for our students,” says Faught, who founded the program in 1988. “It’s a wonderful learning experience to compare the English and American legal systems through interaction and educational activities with barristers, judges, and court administrators.”
Students also experience London through guided walking tours of various legal institutions, including the Inns of Court, the Royal Courts of Justice, the Law Society, and Parliament, which allows them to become acquainted with Central London fairly quickly. Many students take day trips touring Oxford and Canterbury, among other nearby destinations.
The London Comparative Advocacy Program is the study abroad portion of a two-hour course offered in the fall semester that focuses on the English legal system. More than 300 Loyola law students and dozens of alumni have explored London and studied its rich history through this outstanding law program.
Communities in need of critical legal services in such areas as health care, education, and criminal justice will benefit from a new center at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law thanks to the generosity of alumnus Curt Rodin (JD ’75) and his wife, Linda Rodin.
The Curt and Linda Rodin Center for Social Justice will strengthen and further develop several leading law school programs at Loyola that assist the most underserved members of society by offering support, training, and resources. These programs include Loyola’s nationally recognized Legislation and Policy Clinic, Education Law and Policy Institute, and Health Justice Project. The center also will produce meaningful research and advocacy to foster systemic change and to help eradicate gross inequities in these areas of basic human needs.
“Curt and Linda Rodin have shown long-standing generosity in supporting Loyola’s social justice mission of service to others,” said Michael J. Kaufman, dean of the School of Law. Previous gifts from the Rodins have established scholarships, fellowships, and a professorship in Loyola’s Health Justice Project.
“This transformative leadership gift will provide extraordinary opportunities for our students to use their professional skills to serve the most vulnerable members of our communities and to gain invaluable real-life practical training as student clinicians and agents for social change,” Kaufman said.
Anita Weinberg (JD ’86), a member of Loyola’s clinical law faculty since 1998, has been named executive director of the Rodin Center. Weinberg has more than 35 years of experience as an attorney and social worker, and serves as director of the ChildLaw Policy Institute, a component of Loyola’s internationally recognized Civitas ChildLaw Center. In 2014, she was the University’s inaugural recipient of the St. Ignatius Loyola Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes a faculty member whose teaching demonstrates a commitment to excellence, raises global awareness, and promotes social justice.
Curt Rodin began his legal career as a law clerk at Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak, & Kohen, Ltd. in 1975, and served as managing partner and president from 1996 to 2006. During his distinguished career, he represented victims of construction injury, product defects, and medical malpractice. He is one of only a handful of personal injury attorneys to be listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 10 consecutive years. Rodin has served as president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Society of Trial Lawyers, and chair of the Committee on Civil Jury Instructions of the Illinois Supreme Court. He has also served on numerous committees of the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.
“Linda and I have long believed that everyone deserves quality legal representation,” Rodin said. “It is our hope that the new Center for Social Justice at Loyola will help to serve those most in need.”
Rodin is a member of Loyola University Chicago’s part-time law faculty and the School of Law’s Circle of Advocates Advisory Board. In 2001, the Rodins established the Rodin Fellowship to support two student fellows in moot court. They also established the Harold and Shirley Rodin Scholarship and the Curt N. and Linda Rodin Scholarship, as well as the Curt and Linda Rodin Visiting Clinical Professorship to support a clinical faculty position in Loyola’s Health Justice Project, a nationally recognized medical-legal partnership that addresses social and legal issues that negatively affect the health of low-income individuals. In 2011, Rodin was honored with the School of Law’s Medal of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the school.
A celebration for the opening of the Curt and Linda Rodin Center for Social Justice is planned for spring 2018.
Online education has shifted from a unique learning option to a completely mainstream and growing means of instruction. With seven online legal degree programs, Loyola is a leader in the field. Christena Driscoll, a current student enrolled in Loyola’s Master of Jurisprudence in Business Law and Compliance, shares what she likes most about the program, and how this advanced degree for non-lawyers will benefit her career as a compliance examiner.
Saint Joseph, Michigan
Accounting Major, Environmental Studies Minor
Saint Mary's College at ND
National Futures Association
Why did you choose Loyola for a graduate law degree?
Incorporating Catholicism into my education as an undergraduate student was something I really valued, and I wanted to continue that path through graduate school.
Why an MJ in Business Law?
My co-worker at the National Futures Association was enrolled in the program at Loyola when I began thinking about graduate school. I had always wanted to pursue a JD, but I was unsure I wanted to take on the financial commitment in the event that I changed paths down the road. I felt the master’s program was the perfect fit for me, with its reasonable tuition and flexible schedule. In addition, as a compliance examiner, the program is very beneficial for me because I can sit for the compliance certification boards.
What do you like best about the program?
I love the flexibility. I travel a lot for work but I never feel overwhelmed by the program with regard to time management—it allows me to work at my own pace and on my own schedule.
How do you plan to use your degree?
I’m interesting in working as a consultant in the commodities industry. I feel that this degree will give me the skills I need to develop an expertise in the growing area of regulatory compliance.
What advice can you give prospective students interested in applying to one of Loyola’s Master of Jurisprudence programs?
If you are unsure of what you want to do but have a thirst for education, this is the best choice for you. There are so many interesting classes that allow you to steer your master’s program in the direction of your choice. The professors know what it's like to have busy lives, so they are fully aware that students have other responsibilities.
What do you like best about the online learning?
Although the lectures and assignments are online, there’s still a lot of interaction. Professors call me on my personal cell phone to discuss topics and projects. They draw out student during lectures and class discussion, which is truly a great learning experience when you hear the thoughts and opinions of classmates who are working in many different industries across the United States.
For more information about Loyola’s Master of Jurisprudence in Business Law and Compliance, click here.
You can provide invaluable help to Illinois veterans who need legal assistance—and gain meaningful practical lawyering skills—through an innovative program of Loyola’s Community Law Center.
Working under the supervision of clinical faculty, students at the new Loyola University Chicago Veterans Practicum will handle family law-related matters, minor and adult guardianships, and housing issues, and can execute simple wills/powers of attorney.
"Students enrolled in the new practicum will have the opportunity to hone their clinical skills while representing veterans and their families who are in need of both legal and social services,” says Theresa Ceko, director of the Community Law Center. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Chicago’s veterans who have served their country with great honor but are often underserved themselves.”
A collaboration between the Community Law Center and Loyola’s School of Social Work, the practicum aims to bridge the gap in current services through a cross-disciplinary effort to better address local veterans’ social and legal needs.
A 2016 study conducted by the University of Southern California’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families and Loyola’s School of Social Work found that many service members leaving the military and returning to Chicagoland aren’t prepared for the transition home.
“A wide range of organizations are working to meet the needs of veterans, but few—if any—provide holistic social and civil legal support to veterans, active service members, and their families,” says Emily Vaughan, assistant director of the Community Law Center. “As a result, veterans and their families often find their housing in jeopardy and their family units unstable.”
Until now, veterans and their families have had to navigate multiple service providers to address intrinsically connected legal and social-emotional issues—but the study found that the more complex access becomes, the less likely veterans are to pursue services.
“Providing a single destination where veterans, active service members, and their families can come for legal services—as well as receive or be referred for social-emotional support—will help eliminate this major barrier to access and promote a healthy overall transition back to civilian life,” Vaughan says.
In order to qualify for legal representation through the practicum, veterans or their family members must meet a residency requirement and income guidelines, and cannot have been dishonorably discharged. The Loyola University Chicago Veterans Practicum is a member of the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network.
For details on applying for the clinic practicum, contact Emily Vaughan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.915.7745.
Rukiya,* an 11th-grade student in Nairobi, Kenya, is a gifted scholar with special talents in French. But she almost didn’t make it to high school.
Rukiya’s large family struggles financially. When Loyola 3L Stephen Fleischer, then a volunteer teacher at the Marianist school in Nairobi’s Mukuru Kwa Njenga slum, learned Rukiya’s father had arranged for her to be married to a 70-year-old man in Somalia as a way to pay for some of his other children’s studies, Fleischer knew he had to step in. He offered to pay for the girl’s education himself—and Rukiya became the first student to benefit from a program that grew into The Fleischer Foundation.
The Kenyan government isn’t able to fully cover public high-school fees, so many talented and hard-working students end their education after primary school. “I was frustrated. I had many eighth-grade students who had a lot of potential, but none of them went on to high school,” says Fleischer of the year he spent teaching between his undergraduate years and law school. With contributions from family and friends, Fleischer began informally sponsoring high-school fees for several of his best students.
Then Fleischer arrived at Loyola and met now-3L Ethan Domsten, himself a longtime activist and fundraiser. With the help of Loyola’s Business Law Clinic, the two formalized and expanded Fleischer’s Kenya student sponsorship program into a 501(c)(3) organization. The Fleischer Foundation currently sponsors six students, and hopes to raise enough additional tax-deductible contributions by December 31 to add 10 or 11 more students for the 2018 school year.
Support that has a ripple effect
“These are kids who’ve done everything right—they’re almost always in the top 5% of their classes. They want to be successful and they have the grades to prove it, plus the family structure to support it,” says Domsten, who handles many of the foundation’s day-to-day legal and financial issues. “Supporting students like these through high school isn’t a one-time handout. It builds skills that can lift entire families up.”
Though it’s less well known than other Nairobi slums like Kibera, Mukuru—the foundation’s focus—is home to more than 100,000 people and lacks electricity, stable buildings, and running water. “Your money goes a lot farther there than it could ever go here,” Fleischer tells potential donors. “If you give $1,000, we can dramatically change someone’s life. That amount often barely makes a dent in the U.S.”
Smaller donations make a significant difference, too. “We tell people, ‘If you go out for two fewer Starbucks drinks a week, you can have a huge impact,’” Domsten says.
Several part-time employees in Kenya and the U.S. assist the foundation with student development, academic and spiritual counseling, and donor outreach.
“Angela Hashisoma, our director of student development, is our strongest role model,” says Fleischer, who set up the detailed program the foundation’s Kenya-based employees now run. Raised in Mukuru, Hashisoma got one of the best primary-school exam results in Kenya and is now an international economics student at the University of Nairobi. She assists with a variety of foundation operations, including the organization’s unique mentorship program.
“We don’t want to be invisible donors who pay for someone’s education and disappear; we want to have more of an effect on their development,” Fleischer says. Three to four times a year during Kenyan school breaks, the foundation holds mentorship sessions that include individualized discussions on academic, spiritual, and personal issues, plus group social time.
The foundation’s eventual goal, Fleischer says, is to operate its own high school that can provide more specialized, one-on-one attention than Kenya’s crowded public high schools can offer.
Meanwhile, besides ensuring students can continue their education and build life skills, the foundation is helping to provide basic needs. “In Kenya, almost all high schools are boarding schools,” Domsten says. “Our main focus is tuition and mentorship, but supporting our students also means you’re taking them from a dangerous place with poor sanitation and ensuring they have food, a safe place to sleep, and medical attention.
“We have a winning model with the foundation,” Domsten continues. “There’s so little cost on the administrative side that every contribution means a lot. We know we can’t change the whole world, but if we help other students do what Angela’s done, we can change their worlds.”
For more information, visit www.thefleischerfoundation.org.
*Name changed to protect privacy
The nation’s leading jurists, practitioners, business leaders, and scholars gathered at the Philip H. Corboy Law Center on Friday, October 20, to discuss the market-driven benefits of ethical conduct and regulatory compliance, as well as the legal pitfalls that firms face when adopting a more promiscuous operating context. Loyola’s annual Institute for Investor Protection Conference, “Corporate Ethics and Compliance in the Era of Re-Deregulation” also explored the growing corporate movement to embrace social responsibility activities, Dodd-Frank, and how a more relaxed approach to ethics and compliance issues has led to larger losses in shareholder wealth, reputational damage, regulatory fines, terminations, and lawsuits. A special luncheon presentation was delivered by Aaron Beam, found and former CFO of Health-South, and author of Ethics Playbook: Winning Ethically in Business. An article about the conference was published in Jim Hamilton’s World of Securities Regulation.
Loyola's Institute for Investor Protection (IIP) is a non-partisan, independent academic center that promotes investor protection for the individual consumer and the public, and seeks to shape policy issues affecting investors. Past IIP conference speakers include Nobel Prize-winning author Daniel Kahneman, former HUD secretary Shaun Donovan, and whistleblower Mark Whitacre.
One is a firefighter and paramedic. Another directs compliance and government affairs for a large food manufacturer. Still another is a special assistant to a state’s attorney, mom, and former Miss U.S. Virgin Islands who has used the platform of pageantry to advocate for social issues.
The students enrolled in Loyola University Chicago’s Weekend Juris Doctor (JD) program have a diverse range of demanding work and family situations, but they have one thing in common: this uniquely designed program is making it newly possible for them to pursue a law degree.
For more than a century, Loyola has offered a part-time, evening JD program as part of its commitment to accommodate employed students who want to study law. The School of Law recently redesigned its part-time program to provide a more flexible weekend format that includes an innovative mix of campus-based and online learning. Now in its second year, Loyola’s Weekend JD program continues to open doors for students who never imagined that they could attend law school.
Loyola’s Weekend JD is structured to address the demands of today’s busy professionals, many of whom are also juggling family responsibilities. Students receive Loyola’s rigorous, high-quality legal education in courses that meet seven weekends each semester (14 weekends a year), rather than in the evenings. Up to one-third of the instruction in each course is taught through distance learning, which allows the reduced in-class time to be used more creatively.
The Weekend JD program features the same comprehensive curriculum and renowned faculty as the full-time program. Students gain hands-on training by completing the school’s experiential learning requirement. The program was designed to ensure that participants have access to career services, student organizations, and other extracurricular activities. Breakfast and lunch are even provided on Saturday and Sunday.
Diverse range of experience
Students enrolled in Loyola’s Weekend JD program bring a wealth of experience and perspectives. Professions represented in the initial cohort of 43 highly qualified and diverse students from around the country—now in their second year of study—include medicine, government, agriculture, real estate, journalism, education, and stay-at-home parenting. The group is diverse in age, too, with students ranging from their 20s to their 60s.
This year’s incoming class of 50 bright and ambitious Weekend JD students represent 14 states; the median age is 31. In addition to the students highlighted above, the second cohort includes several paralegals, a tax associate, a CEO, and a registered nurse, among others.
To learn more about the Weekend JD and meet our exceptional students, visit LUC.edu/WeekendJD.
Loyola University Chicago’s Philip H. Corboy Law Center is the centerpiece of the University’s Water Tower Campus and the heart of community life. Located at 25 East Pearson Street in Chicago's vibrant Gold Coast area just steps from Michigan Avenue, the Corboy Law Center is a vibrant hub for law students, practitioners, and some of the country’s most prominent thought leaders. A recent renovation of School of Law facilities resulted in significantly expanded space, including new clinical and student gathering spaces, the state-of-the-art Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, new faculty and administrative offices, and modern classrooms. Dozens of conferences, symposia, and other law-related events are held at the Corboy Law Center each year.
Loyola’s strong alumni network
The dynamic world-class city of Chicago is a major draw for law students—and for Loyola law alumni, many of whom stay on to practice in the metropolitan area after graduation. Loyola’s outstanding network of more than 12,000 law graduates are invested in the life of the law school and return to campus to serve as adjuncts, professors, guest speakers, coaches, and mentors. Many Loyola alumni also offer externship opportunities and post-graduation employment to current law students.
The innumerable treasures of Chicago
Chicago is a superior American city with leading law firms, as well as research, cultural, and not-for-profit institutions, and corporations and government agencies in virtually every area of endeavor. In addition to providing an unparalleled setting for educational opportunities, Chicago is also one of the most prestigious cities in the world in terms of recreation and entertainment. The city is home to several world-class museums; hundreds of theaters, concert venues, and art galleries; thousands of restaurants; an infinite variety of shopping; and numerous professional and semiprofessional sports teams. There are two major airports in the Chicago area and Loyola University Chicago School of Law is convenient to public transportation.
Chicago quick facts
Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Anne-Marie Rhodes as the John J. Waldron Professor of Law. Rhodes has been a member of Loyola’s full-time law faculty since 1980. She teaches courses in estate-and-gift tax, income tax, estate planning, trusts and estates, art law, and comparative law, and is a frequent presenter and is widely published in these areas. Her book Fundamentals of Federal Estate, Gift, and Generation-Skipping Taxes (West Academic) was published this year. Her casebook Art Law & Transactions (Carolina Academic Press) was published in 2011.
Rhodes is an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and currently serves on the ACTEC Board of Regents. She has served as co-chair of its Legal Education Committee and on the Board of Trustees of the ACTEC Foundation. At Loyola, she served on the Advisory Board of the Martin D'Arcy Gallery, on the executive team of the Loyola Family Business Center at the Quinlan School of Business, and as a faculty mentor to the University's Center for Faculty Development. She is Of Counsel to the Chicago office of Reed Smith, LLP.
Rhodes taught as a visiting professor at the University of Tennessee School of Law and at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile, in the school’s tax-certificate program. She has presented on tax and estate planning, as well as art law and comparative law, at schools and organizations around the country and the world, including Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute; the College Arts Association; Harvard Law School; Second Symposium on Legal Aspects of International Art Trade in Geneva, Switzerland; ACTEC symposium at UCLA on Succession Law in the 21st Century; AALS; and the Universita Milano-Bicocca. She has provided commentary in Washington, D.C. to the IRS. Rhodes earned her BA from Albertus Magnus College, and her JD from Harvard Law School.
John J. Waldron was a friend and supporter of the School of Law and a revered attorney and former partner at the Chicago law firm Schiff Hardin LLP, where Rhodes practiced as an associate for three years following law school. “John Waldron was a legend in the Chicago bar and one of my first mentors,” says Anne-Marie Rhodes. “To have my name linked to his is a great personal and professional honor.”
John Blum, a professor of law in Loyola’s nationally ranked Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, also is a distinguished holder of a professorship honoring the late John J. Waldron.
2017-18 Center for Respectful Discourse Series
Loyola University Chicago School of Law has emerged as a center of discourse where the nation’s thought leaders gather to engage in respectful dialogue about new and pressing issues related to law and justice. In the past year alone, prominent jurists—including U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel Alito—lawyers, policy-makers, prestigious scholars, and best-selling authors have come to Loyola to share their knowledge and insights.
Unless otherwise noted, all programs listed below will be held in the Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom at the Philip H. Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago.
Friday, August 25
Loyola University Chicago Joseph J. Gentile Center, Lake Shore Campus
Wil Haygood, author of Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America
Thursday, September 14
Vanessa Grigoriadis, author of Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus
Tuesday, September 26
Andrea Petersen, author of On Edge: A Journal Through Anxiety
Thursday, September 28
Former Governor Pat Quinn – “Conflict Resolution in Politics”
Tuesday, October 10
Camara Jones MD, MPH, PhD speaking on The Social Determinants of Health Care Inequities
Wednesday, October 11
Randall Kiser, author of Soft Skills for the Effective Lawyer
Thursday, November 9
Katherine Kaufka Walts, Hon. Virginia M. Kendall, and Elizabeth Fisher of Selah Freedom
Panel discussion – “Human Trafficking”
Monday, November 13
Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of Real American: A Memoir
Wednesday, March 21
Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Loyola University Chicago School of Law is committed to the Jesuit tradition of service to others and provides numerous opportunities for students to use their skills to help those in need. From clinical programs to student groups, there are many ways for students to engage in public interest work during law school.
More than 60 first-year law students participated this year in Loyola’s 2017 Day of Service, which was held during orientation in August. Upper class student leaders introduced 1Ls to activities that reached across the city and included work with legal aid organizations and community-based programs.
2017 Day of Service activities included:
For more information on Loyola’s Center for Public Interest, click here.
A special thanks to Loyola law students Carrie Seleman, Jordan Hall, Megan Harkins, Candice Dundy, Ian Stukel-Fallon, Brianna Jenkins, Jalyn Mitchell, Amber Carpenter, and Jennifer Zymslo for their leadership role in organizing the 2017 Day of Service activities.
Loyola proudly welcomes a bright, talented, and diverse class of first-year law students. The School of Law values the stronger community that comes with a range of perspectives and in recent years has successfully improved outreach to underrepresented prospective students. This year we welcomed the most diverse incoming class in the school’s history.
Here are the 2017 entering class statistics as of August 2017:
|Full Time JD||210|
|Students of color||34%|
|Undergraduate Institutions represented||134|
|25-75 percentile LSAT||154-160|
|25-75 percentile GPA||3.09-3.64|
Lessons in lawyering
Margee Elias (JD ’86) is the executive vice president and general counsel and secretary of Gogo, the leading inflight internet and entertainment provider. Before joining Gogo, she was senior vice president and general counsel of eCollege.com, a provider of outsourced eLearning solutions. She also worked for more than 15 years in private practice at two major Chicago law firms, where she concentrated her practice in federal securities law, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Here, she shares her career highlights, her challenges, and what she enjoys most about the practice of law.
What has been your greatest professional accomplishment?
My work at Gogo. When I joined the company almost 10 years ago, I was the first lawyer in a company that had only 60 employees and was pioneering in-flight internet service with no revenue—in fact, no customers. We have since grown to 1,200 employees with annual revenues of more than $500 million. I had no prior experience with the industry and had to familiarize myself with many new areas of law—for example, FCC and FAA regulation and consumer internet issues. My job continues to be very challenging, and I encounter new issues all the time. The most challenging thing I’ve done is negotiate contracts with airlines. It’s not easy for a start-up company to negotiate with a major airline—David and Goliath come to mind—and these negotiations stretch on for months and sometimes more than a year. My legal team has successfully negotiated long-term contracts with more than a dozen airlines. I’m particularly proud of that.
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be?
A teacher of English literature, a travel guide accompanying people on exciting adventures around the world, the owner of a small bookstore, or (my dream job) a backup singer for Sting.
What did you enjoy most about law school?
I worked for seven years between college and law school, and it was wonderful to be able to focus on studying and thinking—law school was so much more cerebral than the day-to-day demands of a job. I loved learning how to think in new ways. I loved making new friends, some of whom remain my best friends 30 years later. We bonded as we commiserated, and collectively stressed out about tough professors and ridiculously hard exams, but nonetheless managed to have fun.
What career advice would you give new graduates about successfully navigating a changing legal profession?
First and foremost, be a sponge—be curious and soak up all the knowledge you can. Second, challenge yourself by taking on things that are outside your comfort zone. Third, acknowledge that however good you are at what you do, you are not perfect and you will make a mistake at some point in your career. Learn that while it’s incredibly painful to fail at something, you will survive, and you will be better for it. And last (and most important), do what you love, and if you’re not loving what you do, move on to something else.
How did private practice prepare you for the important role of general counsel with Gogo?
Private practice gave me great training in the fundamentals: how to write, how to spot issues, how to research, how to deal with very complex issues, and how to stay up all night! Also, years of practice dealing with a variety of legal issues have been extremely valuable. When I was a junior associate I was always amazed when a partner, without knowing anything about a particular issue, could get to the right answer—or at least the right direction–on the spot. I called it the “judgment thing.” Well, after more than 30 years of practice, I think I now have the “judgment thing” and it’s that, combined with the terrific training I received at law firms, that gives me the ability to deal with whatever issue comes over the transom at Gogo on any particular day.
What do you like best about being a lawyer?
On the pure legal side, I’m always delighted to be presented with a horribly complicated issue—like a law school exam question—and to work through it with my legal team. (Our business colleagues roll their eyes and often leave the room when the lawyers get nerdy.) I also enjoy the breadth of my work, which includes both my responsibilities as GC and my involvement as a senior executive in business and strategic decisions, and being a trusted legal and business advisor to my clients at Gogo, who fortunately view my team and me as partners and not obstacles.
How has technology changed the practice of law?
I’ll answer that from two angles. In terms of how we get our jobs done, technology has dramatically changed the speed of our action plan by facilitating communication and vastly increasing access to legal research materials, guidance from scholars and practitioners, and changes in the law. More substantively, technological advances have created numerous areas of legal expertise that didn’t exist 10 or 20 years ago. Privacy, data security, and some very complex intellectual property issues are just a few examples.
What brings you the greatest personal joy?
My wonderful family, my amazing friends, and my pug Maisie, whom I spoil beyond belief.
To improve the learning process—and at the same time make students more practice-ready at graduation—Loyola University Chicago School of Law has significantly expanded its menu of teaching styles to include more active, participatory learning approaches like team projects, collaborative exercises, and most recently, design thinking.
Design thinking is an effective, human-centered and collaborative approach to solving complex problems. This innovative process prefers the good over the perfect, action over inaction, continuous improvement over inertia, and even failure over failing to try.
Michael Kaufman, dean of the School of Law, and his wife, Sherry, an expert in the field of early childhood education law, policy, and pedagogy, approached an early childhood education law course they co-taught this summer at Loyola with design thinking in mind. The course objective: create a plan that will provide families with young children in Illinois access to high-quality early childhood education programs.
The 28 students from Chicago-area law schools who were enrolled in the JD course held at Loyola over a weekend in July were introduced to design thinking principles (listen with empathy, define, ideate, prototype, and test) through action-oriented classroom exercises. Students used various materials, including clay, to design models for an optimal early-education environment, and then worked together to assess their prototypes, make adjustments to improve upon their projects, and consider what steps might follow.
“The ability to engage in design thinking is an invaluable skill for exceptional lawyers who are trusted by their clients to solve extremely complex problems,” says Michael Kaufman. “Understanding and respecting the feelings and intentions of others is essential to good lawyering and aligns well with Loyola’s Jesuit Catholic mission of working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning. Sherry and I had a lot of fun teaching the course and our students walked away with new skills that will hopefully serve them well as ethical advocates for others.”
Kate Mitchell has joined the School of Law as director of the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy’s Health Justice Project. Mitchell areas of focus include poverty law, children’s legal rights, and health law. Prior to joining Loyola she spent three years as a clinical teaching fellow with the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. She previously served as the legal director of the Toledo Medical Legal Partnership for Children at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality and Legal Aid of Western Ohio. Mitchell started her legal career as a staff attorney with LAF in Chicago, and then as a staff attorney and policy director at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana in New Orleans. Following Hurricane Katrina, she worked as a Kramer Fellow at The Public Law Center at Tulane University School of Law focusing on economic and housing revitalization efforts in New Orleans.
Mitchell received her BA in Sociology, magna cum laude, from Beloit College, and her JD, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law. She has been admitted to practice law in Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, and Michigan.
At Loyola, Mitchell will assume a leadership role as clinical professor and director of the Health Justice Project, a national recognized medical-legal partnership clinic that identifies and addresses social and legal issues that negatively affect the health of low-income clients.
Loyola’s Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW) program, offered at the University’s John Felice Rome Center in Italy, has been expanded to include a one-year, practice-oriented master’s degree program for non-lawyers.
PROLAW’s Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) in Rule of Law for Development, which will be offered beginning in fall 2017, will run in tandem with Loyola’s Master of Laws (LLM) in Rule of Law for Development. The new MJ program is designed to support and strengthen the efforts of international professionals who do not have law degrees and currently work or aspire to work as advisors promoting the rule of law in transitional economies and developing countries.
Launched in 2011, PROLAW is a unique program that provides practical training to advance social justice through effective, sustainable governance and improved rule of law. Now in its sixth year, PROLAW has trained 104 legal professionals from 44 countries to be among the most qualified and well-prepared rule of law leaders in their countries and geographical regions.
“The launch of the new MJ in Rule of Law for Development reflects Loyola’s longstanding belief that establishing and strengthening the rule of law requires a multidisciplinary effort,” says William Loris, PROLAW program director. “We could not be more pleased to expand our program offerings to qualified individuals who will help to strengthen Loyola’s worldwide network of outstanding rule of law innovators and leaders.”
To earn an MJ in Rule of Law for Development, students must complete 30 credit hours of on-campus coursework at the Rome Center and a major rule of law capstone project in their home countries. For more information on PROLAW, click here.
After sitting for the Illinois bar exam in July, Loyola University Chicago law graduate Louis Gomes (BA ’14, JD ’17) will travel to Africa and Europe to spend time with family and celebrate the completion of law school before he embarks on a new journey—the practice of law. In late August, Gomes, who came to Loyola as an undergraduate from Paris, France, will return to Chicago to begin a prestigious legal fellowship with GE Transportation, a division of the General Electric Company.
Each year the GE Transportation Diversity & Inclusion Legal Fellowship Program offers a 3L from a Chicago-area law school a unique, one-year paid post-graduation position that involves learning from and working with the GE Transportation legal team, which is comprised of approximately 40 attorneys globally. Work opportunities include training from both GE and the five major Chicago law firms that have partnered with GE Transportation to support the Program, as well as substantive legal work for a global business in a variety of areas including commercial transactions, software, litigation, labor & employment, and compliance. If the fellow performs successfully, he or she has the opportunity to interview with the five partner firms for an associate position that commences after the fellowship ends.
“We are thrilled that the fellowship is providing meaningful opportunities to diverse law students, while also providing advantages to both the GE Transportation legal team and the law firm pipeline. We are very excited to have Louis join us at the end of the summer,” says Linda L. Miller (JD ’91), Global Chief Litigation & Product Safety Counsel for GE Transportation, who will work closely with Gomes.
Gomes is the third Chicago law graduate, and the first from Loyola, to receive the highly competitive GE Transportation fellowship. The first two post-graduate fellows received multiple offers for permanent placement at top Chicago law firms. The first fellow joined Sidley & Austin as an associate, and the second will begin at Jones Day this fall.
“I am very excited to start working with GE Transportation in the fall. The fellowship appropriately reflects GE’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive global work environment—the perfect place to begin my legal career,” says Gomes.
The program is open to current third-year law students in Chicago who are in good academic standing. Strong consideration will be given to applicants who can add to the diversity of thought within the GE Transportation legal department. For more information, contact Loyola’s Office of Career Services.
In a list of emerging authorities in education law, Loyola University Chicago’s Education Law and Policy Institute—a component of the law school’s nationally regarded Civitas ChildLaw Center—would be front and center.
“I think there’s increasing recognition that we’re a go-to place for curriculum and resources on education law,” says Miranda Johnson, the institute’s director.
That’s true for Olive Collins, a first-year student who pursued law school after teaching elementary school students for nine years, starting in the Los Angeles area and then in Oak Park, Illinois. She left teaching because the administrative and testing burdens were making her and her students fall out of love with school.
“I looked at several Chicago law schools, as well as some schools in California,” explains Collins, who plans a new career in education law or policy. “Instantly, I had this feeling Loyola was the right place.
“Few schools have a focus on child law, and then there was this education law component,” Collins continues. “When I was introduced to Miranda Johnson and Michael Kaufman, now dean of the School of Law, things came into focus. The faculty is so well connected that I thought they’d be really helpful when I was looking for a job. Those two things together made it a no-brainer.”
A recognized leader
The School of Law has long been at the forefront of programs related to children’s law and policy. “The ChildLaw Center goes back nearly 25 years, and addressing the legal needs of children in poverty is central to its mission,” says Johnson. “The center’s work has focused on child welfare, juvenile justice, and family law, and over the past 10 years, there’s been a recognition that children’s educational needs should also be part of the overall emphasis.”
The Education Law and Policy Institute was launched in 2006 to address those needs. “The institute provides a means to connect the ChildLaw Center’s work on education with its other initiatives involving direct representation of children and policy reforms that benefit children,” says Johnson.
Since it opened, the institute has drawn more and more attention from students and the broader education law community. “Students’ interest in working on education issues stems in part from the increased visibility of education law within the center’s programming,” says Johnson.
The most visible programming event may be Loyola’s “Education Law: A Year in Review,” which will be held for the fourth straight year in June. The half-day symposium on education law draws about 125 students, practitioners, and other stakeholders in the field.
Three years ago, the institute also supported law students’ creation of a project focused on reducing school suspensions and expulsions—and their adverse impacts on vulnerable students. The ChildLaw Clinic had already been providing representation to students and parents in school expulsion and special education cases.
“But there were no attorneys in Chicago consistently representing students who had been suspended,” says Johnson. “When a student is suspended, it’s a time to address concerns proactively, before the student faces expulsion. Our law students recognized that gap, and they’ve now served more than 40 families with children who’ve been suspended.”
Educators are responding
Loyola has a track record of attracting former teachers with an interest in studying law. “Many former teachers pursue child law and education law coursework,” Johnson says, “with the aim of having careers in education law or working on education policy when they leave.”
That’s true not just for Collins but for many other students as well. John Anders, a second-year, part-time student, chose Loyola because it’s the only school in the area that offers extensive courses in education law—and it allows him to continue teaching in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood while he pursues his law degree.
Cassandra Black has been the director of student services at Mount Prospect District 57 for the past five years and previously was a middle school assistant principal and school psychologist. In her current role, she oversees the district’s special education services, social emotional learning, and health services and works as the district’s homeless liaison.
“When I worked in high schools, I started to see that not all students loved school the way I did; they didn’t feel academically or socially successful,” says Black. “I became very interested in making school a place where students felt successful and connected. I also started looking at how I could make systematic change in our schools. By focusing on education law, I’ll have an even greater opportunity to work with school districts on policies and procedures that support best practices.”
These educators can help significantly shape children’s futures, Johnson says. “Teachers and other educators have a unique insight into issues related to children, poverty, and educational policy,” she says. “I think they’re attracted to Loyola because of its commitment to social justice and its outstanding national reputation in children’s law and policy. Loyola’s niche in education law and policy is quite distinct from what other institutions are able to offer.”
“We’re now at an inflection point where the number of people living in democracies may be smaller next year than it is this year,” said U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, ranking member of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. “Autocrats around the world are on the march…this is what is broadly at stake here.”
Schiff joined Loyola University Chicago law alumnus U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (JD ’89), a member of the same committee, at the School of Law on June 20 for a special panel discussion on current intelligence, security, and foreign policy issues. The event reflects the law school’s expanding role as a locus for community dialogue on issues relating to justice, democracy, and the rule of law. Barry Sullivan, Loyola’s Cooney & Conway Chair in Advocacy, and Jessica Droeger, member of panel cosponsor Lawyers for Good Government and a leader of Indivisible Lincoln Square, moderated the discussion.
The House intelligence committee is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and whether individuals associated with President Trump’s campaign and administration were involved in that interference. Without discussing details of the committee’s work, Schiff and Quigley spoke in general terms about why a full and complete investigation matters.
“The American public has a right to know” the nature and extent of Russian interference, Quigley said, noting that full knowledge of those activities is the only way to prevent future incursions. “This investigation is key to preserving the public trust in government.”
“We need to get to the bottom of what happened, what the Russians did and how they did it, not just for our democracy but for those around the world,” added Schiff. “The Russians will be back; in reality, they never left.”
Acknowledging that citizens across the political spectrum are eager for the investigation to wrap up, Quigley compared widespread demands for committee findings to asking jurors their opinions a quarter of the way through a trial. He counseled Americans “to be patiently impatient and let the investigation take its course.”
Added Schiff, “We are closer to the beginning of the investigation than to the end…it would be worse than negligent for us to stop before we do our work.”
Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to announce that Maureen Kieffer has been promoted to director of the School of Law's Office of Career Services. As associate director of the Office of Career Services for more than 10 years, Maureen has developed and implemented numerous programs to support our students interested in judicial clerkships, public interest, and government careers. She is a board member of the Public Interest Law Initiative and the chair of the Judicial Clerkship Section for the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). She has published two articles with NALP on judicial clerkship advising topics. In addition to her work in the Office of Career Services, Maureen serves as a member of the School of Law's part-time faculty, where she teaches a section of the Externship Program and the thesis/capstone course for the online MJ in Children's Law and Policy program.
Maureen’s creativity has led to new resources for our students. She launched a podcast series profiling various alumni career paths and a 1L workshop series. She also works with students on the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, manages an alumni reception in Washington, D.C., and oversees the post-graduate Public Interest Fellowship Program. She has served on the School of Law's Loan Repayment Assistance, Judicial Clerkship, and Clinic Committees.
Prior to joining the School of Law, Maureen worked as a staff attorney with LAF in the Children’s Law Project where she litigated on behalf of parents, foster parents, relative caregivers, and children in child protection proceedings, at education hearings and DCFS administrative appeals. Maureen also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable James Alesia, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. She received her BA from Creighton University, and her JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she was a Child Law Fellow and the managing editor of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to announce that Miranda Johnson, clinical professor and associate director of the Education Law and Policy Institute, has been named the Institute’s new director.
Founded in 2006 by then-associate dean Michael Kaufman, the Education Law and Policy Institute was created to serve the educational needs of children through the law and has grown to become a vital component of Loyola’s nationally recognized Civitas ChildLaw Center.
Since 2012, Professor Johnson has been a critical part of its leadership team, working alongside Dean Kaufman as the Institute’s associate director to oversee curricular development, research and outreach efforts, educational advocacy, and numerous other initiatives.
Professor Johnson directs the Education Law Practicum and supervises law students in the representation of parents and students in school discipline and special education cases. She supervised the creation of Stand Up for Each Other Chicago (SUFEO), a project developed in partnership with the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights to provide information and advocacy support to parents and students seeking to challenge suspensions issued to pre-K to 12th grade students.
She has also been instrumental in the development of two programs created with Loyola’s School of Education—a new online Certificate in School Discipline Reform that is designed to lead comprehensive initiatives to reduce the use of suspensions and expulsions, and the launch of a JD/MEd dual degree in Law and Education Policy. She also created with Loyola’s School of Education and a team of attorneys, school psychologists, and policy advocates, the Transforming School Discipline Collaborative (TSDC) to support implementation of equitable and non-exclusionary discipline practices. She is a contributor to TSDC’s Model Student Code of Conduct, and an accompanying resource toolkit.
Professor Johnson co-developed a proposal approved by the Illinois State Board of Education to offer training on prevention-oriented approaches to school discipline for school administrators. The initiative has provided training to more than 600 administrators throughout the state. She has co-presented on this initiative at various state and national conferences, and coauthored an article on this topic for Loyola’s Children’s Legal Rights Journal.
Professor Johnson is responsible for the expansion of Loyola’s outreach and programming offerings in the area of education law. She created “Loyola’s Education Law: A Year in Review,” an annual event that brings together more than 100 attorneys, educators, and other professionals interested in issues related to education law and policy. She has developed numerous career and informational programs on education law at Loyola and has contributed to Loyola’s outstanding partnership with the Family Action Network, which has brought to campus nationally-known speakers such as U.S. Rep. and civil rights icon John Lewis, and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Colson Whitehead and Matthew Desmond.
Prior to assuming as the role of associate director of the Education Law and Policy Institute, Professor Johnson served as the Salisbury Clinical Teaching Fellow in Child and Family Law in Loyola’s Civitas ChildLaw Clinic. Before joining Loyola, she worked as a staff attorney at Advocates for Children of New York and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Allyne R. Ross, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York.
She earned a JD from New York University School of Law and a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She was previously awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Tanzania.
“I am looking forward to continuing to enhance Loyola’s initiatives in the area of education law and policy, which provide rich learning opportunities for our students and further our social justice mission,” says Miranda Johnson. “The Education Law and Policy Institute’s work to promote educational equity builds on the Civitas ChildLaw Center’s long-standing commitment to protecting the rights of vulnerable children and families.”
Professor Johnson will assume the role of director of the Education Law and Policy Institute effective immediately.
The American Medical Association (AMA) and the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law announce the establishment of the AMA Health Law Fellowship Program for the 2017-18 school year.
The AMA Fellowship provides an opportunity for one highly qualified Master of Laws (LLM) candidate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s nationally ranked LLM in health law program to pursue additional certification in health law by providing support for the projects of the Litigation Center of the AMA and State Medical Societies.
Established as a coalition in 1995 by the AMA and the state medical societies, the Litigation Center helps shape the future of medicine in the nation's courtrooms. The Litigation Center brings lawsuits, files amicus briefs and otherwise provides support or becomes actively involved in litigation of general importance to physicians and public health. Forums range from administrative proceedings to cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the docket of more than 250 cases encompass the entire medical-legal landscape.
Based at the AMA’s Chicago headquarters, the AMA Fellow will attend AMA meetings, help prepare Litigation Center Executive Committee memoranda and presentations, review and prepare amicus briefs and, as appropriate, other legal pleadings. The AMA Fellow will also co-author a law review article with the Litigation Center Director on a topic approved by Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the AMA Litigation Center.
Fellowship terms are one year and will begin in August 2017. The AMA Fellow receives a scholarship award for half a year’s tuition, an annual stipend of $20,000, and academic credit.
Candidates must be enrolled full-time in Loyola’s LLM in health law program and have exceptional academic credentials, and health law-related research interests in areas like public health law, domestic health care law, and regulatory impacts on health, health and human rights. Successful candidates will have knowledge or experience in aspects of national health law and medical ethics.
To apply, please send a writing sample, resume, and a cover letter detailing your health law and litigation interest and experience via e-mail to:
LLM Fellowship Committee
Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
All applications must be received by May 1, 2017. Please note that Fellowship applicants must apply and be accepted into the LLM in Health Law degree program at Loyola before being considered for the AMA Fellowship. The fellowship committee plans to notify applicants of decisions by the end of May. Information about Loyola’s LLM in Health Law degree program can be accessed here.
Questions regarding the AMA Fellowship may be addressed to Kristin Finn, assistant director, Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at KFinn1@luc.edu or 312-915-6428.
Good luck to Loyola’s Vis Moot Fellows
Students selected for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot have the opportunity to study alternative dispute resolution in the context of international law, based on problems involving the interpretation of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. The Vis competitions take place each spring at in Vienna, Austria, and in Hong Kong. Only students who enroll in the International Commercial Arbitration and the CISG course in the fall semester may try out for the teams.
Good luck to Loyola’s 2017 Vis Moot teams!
Willem C. Vis (East) Hong Kong – March 25-April 2
*Payal Patel, Teresa Dettloff, James Kearney and Stephen Fleischer
*Loyola team members competed against 27 teams from 12 countries to win the Moot Shanghai 2017 and 3 honorable mention awards. The Moot Shanghai is held a week before the official commencement of the Willem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration.
Willem C. Vis Vienna – April 7-13
Julia Alberts, Lisa Besendorfer, Alison Davis, and Kara Smith
Loyola law students who are interested in participating in the 2017-18 Vis Moot Program and wish to compete in either Vienna or Hong Kong, must take International Commercial Arbitration and the CISG during the fall semester 2017. Sixteen students will be admitted to the course. At the end of the semester, eight students will be chosen as Vis Moot Fellows—four students will compete in the international moot arbitration competition in Vienna, and four will compete in Hong Kong.
To be considered for the class, please email a statement of interest and a resume to Professor Margaret Moses, email@example.com. You must send the statement of interest and resume by April 17, 2017. Because students are not selected for the course until the end of April, you should register for a full course load and be prepared to drop a course if you are selected for admission to the arbitration class.
Please note: Students who are recipients of the Corboy Fellowship or a member of a mock trial or moot court teams that compete in the fall or spring semesters are not eligible for the course.
Understanding and effectively addressing racial disparities in health care is important to the well-being of our society. Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the United States and is ranked the lowest in health outcomes. It also has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the U.S—the disparity between white and non-white babies is almost two-to-one. In addition, Mississippi has not adopted the Medicaid expansion offered by the federal health reform law. Given its myriad challenges, Mississippi provided an excellent setting for students to examine health disparities. Students enrolled in Professor Larry Singer’s Access to Health Care Seminar met over spring break with public health researchers, medical providers, health advocates, and government officials to learn about the state of health care in Mississippi, the impact that disparities have on the overall health status of state residents, impediments to change, and opportunities for improvement.
Every weekday except Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., you can find Jerry Overbeck, S.J., sitting in the Starbucks at Pearson and State streets. Father Jerry, a chaplain on the Water Tower Campus team of Loyola’s Campus Ministry, knows people seeking counseling can be uncomfortable in formal situations. So “I go where the people are: food courts, lobbies—and Starbucks,” he says. “I see more students, faculty, staff, and alums over coffee than I ever see in my church or office.”
Father Jerry doesn’t limit the locations where he’ll help people who are hurting, anxious, or despondent—and he doesn’t draw lines around whom he serves, either. A Loyolan since 1976 and a fixture in WTC Campus Ministry since 2003, Father Jerry is officially charged with ministering to the School of Law and School of Social Work, but the Loyolans who come to him—and the non-Loyolans they refer to him—represent all schools and colleges, life situations, and faiths.
“I make it clear I’m not here only for Catholics, not only for Christians,” he says. “If you call God by another name, I believe I should be open to you.” One of Father Jerry’s favorite memories is of a Jewish student who told him, “Everything about you telegraphs you’re here for all of us.”
Besides creating a presence through his hours at Starbucks, in other common areas, and in WTC’s Baumhart Hall, where he lives among Loyola students and is known for sharing his gourmet cooking door to door, Father Jerry is responsible for a variety of programming. He’s actively involved with the law school’s orientation, Family Day, and baccalaureate Mass, and coordinates a diocesan Mass for young adults every Sunday at the Archbishop Quigley Center’s St. James Chapel just off campus. He’s officiated at the marriages of many of his former students, and attends as many graduation parties as his schedule allows.
That schedule would demolish a less energetic and engaged person. Father Jerry complements his ministry work by team-teaching couples counseling, family therapy, and migration studies at the School of Social Work. During summers, he fills in for the rector at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu. While on Oahu, “Pono,” as Father Jerry is called there, furthers his research and writing and indulges his love of surfing.
No matter how well he plans them, Father Jerry’s busy days are guided by the needs of Loyolans who are struggling. At four distinct times during the year—the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the time around Holy Week, and the beginning and end of the academic year—he knows he can expect a larger-than-usual number of visitors in crisis. Counseling is exhausting work, “but I love my work and it never feels stale,” he says.
And he knows that it has significance. One of Father Jerry’s prized quotes is from Alfred Delp, S.J., a member of the German Resistance during World War II: “When through one man a little more love and goodness, a little more light and truth, come into the world, then that man’s life has had meaning.”
One of the things Alison Davis likes about working internationally is that it’s spontaneous—if you’re interested in getting experience abroad, you need to be flexible while trusting your instincts.
“Work just pops up,” says the third-year law student. “An organization might say, ‘We need somebody now, and you know the language and have the skills.’ A few weeks later, you’re doing the work.” The work Davis found herself performing this summer was consulting on an Ebola and Lassa fever prevention project in Benin. She’d traveled there to join her husband, who’s working in the West African country. Once on the ground, Davis put out feelers to local contacts and those she’d made earlier working for the Peace Corps and the United States government in Burkina Faso and Guinea. In short order, she had the job.
Davis and her colleagues focused on finding the best way to get border patrol agents, health care providers, and community leaders better prepared to quickly respond to health care emergencies in developing countries.
“It put into perspective the realities of global health security initiatives,” she explains. “People crossing the border who might have Ebola or Lassa fever could affect an entire country. It illustrates the urgency for countries to have an effective health care infrastructure because without it, entire villages can perish, and that can happen within months or even weeks.”
When her summer project ended, Davis wasn’t back at Loyola for very long before heading abroad again. In October, she traveled to Geneva with Katherine Kaufka Walts, the director of Loyola’s Center for the Human Rights of Children (CHRC), to present the center’s research on child labor trafficking to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.
After applying for a University graduate student scholarship with CHRC during her second year of law school, Davis landed a position under Kaufka Walts’s supervision researching the treatment of trafficking victims when they serve as victim-witnesses in criminal justice proceedings. The research served as the foundation for one of several recommendations to the UN committee, which is how Davis came to participate in the closed, confidential presentation. Her role included fielding questions from committee members. “We weren’t just representing children, but also organizations and experts in the field whose research we included in our report— people who’ve been dedicating their lives to the issues we were able to speak on,” says Davis. “There’s a lot of weight to that.”
Kaufka Walts believes Davis’s experience was unique because it allowed Davis to participate in an event that included the world’s experts on children’s rights. “It’s an exceptional opportunity to work on the critical, cutting-edge issue of child trafficking,” she says. “It was also invaluable in that it involved interdisciplinary research, exposure, and engagement with professionals across various disciplines, such as lawyers and social workers, and across sectors, such as nongovernmental organizations, public entities, and faith-based organizations,” adds Kaufka Walts.
“I think it gave Alison a really comprehensive perspective. When it comes to applied, real-world experience, it’s important for students to understand how their work impacts people in the field.”
Another student benefiting from hands-on international experience during the summer months was Teresa Dettloff. The 3L worked as a legal intern for UN prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Netherlands. There, she found herself doing research for the final trial brief in the case of Ratko Mladic, a former Serbian general accused of war crimes.
Dettloff was able to observe court proceedings, but the bulk of her work involved digging up research to support the prosecutors’ arguments in the nearly 2,000-page brief. She also worked on a witness credibility project, evaluating whether accounts of witnesses for the defense from the military and prominent families could be trusted. “Being part of a trial that big, I left feeling like I’d done something really important,” states Dettloff, who’d like to make a career of doing international work and finds the contacts she made invaluable. “I met people from all over the world with all types of backgrounds, including people who are prosecutors in their home jurisdictions but for the last six years have been working for this tribunal. It opens so many doors.”
How did Dettloff land that great gig? She tracked the UN’s online job postings for months. In the meantime, she built her credentials by working with Professor James Thuo Gathii, Loyola’s Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law, for whom she’d served as a research assistant since her first year of law school. She also worked closely with Professor John Dehn to draft a paper on various aspects of international military law.
“That was probably an important factor—to develop a writing sample tied to the potential job,” she says. “Professor Gathii also wrote me a letter of recommendation and connected me with other Loyola students who’d worked in this field.”
Dettloff has advice for other students with dreams of making a difference globally: Go for it. “I didn’t think I had a shot at getting this job,” she says. “Apply for jobs you’re interested in. The worst that could happen is that you don’t get the job.”
Every other Friday evening, Shemario Winfrey ends his workday as director of rail projects for the Phillips 66 Company in Houston, hops a plane, and travels to Chicago. Here, he settles in at Loyola’s School of Law for a packed weekend of classes, study, and a little socializing. On Sunday afternoon, he flies back home in time for a new workweek.
It’s an intense, challenging way to spend two weekends a month. But at the end of three or four years, Winfrey will have earned a Loyola JD degree. Winfrey is one of 43 students in the inaugural cohort of Loyola’s Weekend JD program, launched in fall 2016. This innovative offering, a mix of in-class and online learning, enables today’s busy professionals to pursue a Loyola law degree regardless of their weekday schedules or geographic locations.
For more than a century, Loyola has offered a part-time, evening JD program. “It's the way our law school began, and a vital part of our commitment to accommodating employed students who want to earn a JD,” says Dean and Professor Michael Kaufman. Like other law schools, Loyola has recently seen enrollment in its evening program decline, a reflection of many students’ heightened work and family demands coupled with an uncertain economy. Kaufman and his colleagues thought a weekend-centered program building on the School of Law’s proven expertise in online learning might answer those challenges. Market analysis confirmed their instinct. The team began constructing a program that blends two-thirds face-to-face learning on alternate weekends with one-third online study completed on students’ own schedules.
“Best practices in pedagogy tell us this kind of blended learning is actually stronger than either fully online or fully in-person learning,” says Kaufman. “Learning is not just about delivery of information, but also about the building of relationships with other students, faculty, and administrators. The on-campus time is really important, but we decided to have it every other weekend so the program could attract students from all over the country.”
The American Bar Association agreed with that approach, noting that the program is a model for future part-time legal education. Professor Nadia Sawicki, who taught for years in the part-time evening program, says adjusting the traditional curriculum for the Weekend JD program involved making decisions about what easily fit online and what was best experienced in person. The result, she says, is a stronger approach that encourages students to learn more actively.
“I use recorded lectures to give students the basics and arguments,” she says, “then we spend a lot of time in class practicing what they’re learning. It’s not passive learning; it’s very interactive.”
According to Sawicki, the variety of professional experiences Weekend JD students bring to the classroom enriches and enlivens discussion “whether the topic is medical malpractice, car insurance, boating, or bar fights.”
“These are phenomenal students from all walks of life, experienced professionals who bring an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience,” Kaufman adds. Students, now comprising two cohorts with the addition of 50 students in 2017, include a doctor, dentists, state legislators, a farmer, university administrators, insurance professionals, a CPA, a former editor, and stay-at-home parents, among others. The group of students is diverse in age, too, with students ranging from their 20s to their 60s.
Winfrey completed Loyola’s MJ program in 2015, “and that was a springboard to deciding I was committed to getting a JD,” he says. At Phillips 66, Winfrey manages regulatory compliance with the Federal Railroad Administration and works on business development projects; for the future, he plans a career in admiralty and transportation law.
“Weekend JD students come from different industries, but we have similar backgrounds in terms of our interest in law,” he says. “We probably do a better job of relating to each other than traditional students do; we know we’re going to be battling this together for several years.”
“Knowing what everybody is doing professionally definitely enhances classroom time,” says another student, Kechia Lewis. “I love that we’re learning not just about the law, but also about how it’s applied in different professional settings.” A chemistry lab manager for the City Colleges of Chicago, Lewis originally thought she’d like to marry her interests in science and law with a career in patent law, but now says she’s open to considering other practice options.
Tagen Vaughn, who lives in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, manages contracts and legal operations at Sargento Foods Inc. and hopes eventually to become an organization’s general counsel. “I’ve wanted to pursue a JD to grow in my career, but it seemed almost impossible working full time and being a wife and mom of two young children,” she says.
“When I found the Weekend JD program, I was thrilled. Not only was it manageable with my busy schedule, but it was at a well-known, highly credited university with a very good reputation.”
One of the School of Law’s strengths, a supportive community, is especially essential when students only see each other every two weeks. Weekend JD administrators and faculty designed the program to ensure that participants have access to career services, student organizations, and other extracurricular offerings available to traditional students.
The program provides breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and programming—for example, a professionalism presentation or a meet-and-greet with the University president—continues during meal periods. When students need extra academic help, they have access to peer tutors just as traditional students do.
“The goal is to make sure Weekend JD students have the same community experience every JD student has,” Kaufman says. “It may be different in the way it’s delivered, but the quality is the same.”
Beyond the program’s official community-building efforts, students are forging their own connections. Some touch base regularly with classmates during the days between Loyola weekends; others go out on Saturday nights for “bar review” and bonding. One group even carpools from the Madison, Wisconsin, area, using the commute time for informal group study.
Comments Vaughn, “There’s a tremendous amount of support at Loyola. From the deans to the professors to my classmates, I feel like there’s a strong community here that will help me achieve this goal in spite of all the other things I’m juggling.”
Although students have complete flexibility during the two weeks between in-class weekends, the Weekend JD coursework is as rigorous as the traditional program’s. Exceptional time management skills are key.
“You really can’t procrastinate. You have to treat this like you’re going to class every day,” Winfrey says. “I spend the same amount of time on readings and lectures as I would in an evening program, but the flexibility allows me to do things on my schedule and at my own pace.”
Lewis reviews the material she needs to cover over the coming fortnight, divides her workload, and, in case she has questions for her professors, attacks her assignments first, readings second. She’s so organized that she even plans her week’s wardrobe on Sunday nights and cooks the week’s meals on Monday evenings.
“With this program, you can keep your job and time with your family and still obtain a JD, but you have to give up something, usually your social life and some sleep,” she says, laughing.
Now into its second year, the Weekend JD has progressed even more than its creators anticipated, and feedback from students is very positive. “For the most part, it’s been wildly successful,” Kaufman says. “We have many more highly qualified and diverse students from around the country seeking admission than we imagined. Our hope is that with ample outreach and a track record of success, it’ll build on itself.”
“So far, the biggest complaints we’ve received have been about lunch options on Sunday or issues with the transportation pass students receive,” Sawicki says. “So clearly we’re doing something right.”
She adds, “We keep hearing from students, ‘This program is the only way I could have gone to law school.’ Students really want to be here and are valuing this experience. That enthusiasm is really gratifying for me as a faculty member.”
Learn more about our Weekend JD Program here.
The School of Law’s three intensive trial practice courses that provide focused litigation skills training to JD and LLM students kicked off at Loyola on Saturday, January 7. The intensive trial practice courses include Trial Practice I Intensive, Child Law Trial Practice, and Advanced Trial Practice, are offered annually at the Corboy Law Center the second week in January and expose students to litigation principles in a learn-by-doing environment taught by prominent attorneys and judges from Chicago and around the country. With a student-faculty ratio as low as 4 to 1 and never greater than 8 to 1, the courses ensure that each student receives personalized attention and constructive feedback.
Students develop persuasive communication and advocacy skills by performing simulation exercises that are necessary to try a case before a jury and the bench. The skills are transferrable to appellate advocacy, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution venues and professional presentation settings. Faculty guide and coach students through the process of case analysis, motion practice, jury selection and voir dire, opening statements, direct and cross examinations of witnesses, evidentiary objections and foundations for admissibility of evidence, exhibit usage, and closing arguments. Final jury trials are conducted with mock juries and professional actors as witnesses at the Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago’s Daley Center, the largest civil court building in the country, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in the Dirksen Federal Building.
More than one-third of eligible law students participate in these premier intensive courses that are led each January by Loyola’s distinguished law faculty members Zelda Harris, Bruce Boyer, and Bill Elward.
Robin Andrews, Senior Attorney, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Hon. Kathleen Burke, Cook County Circuit Court Judge
Hon. Samuel B. Cole, United States Immigration Judge
Debra L. Cruz, Assistant Public Defender with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender
Kathryn Doi, Trial Attorney, Daley Mohan Groble P.C., Chicago, IL
J. Cunyon Gordon, Director, Settlement Assistance Program at Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Honorable Daniel P. Guerin, DuPage County Circuit Court Judge, Presiding Judge of the Felony Division
Zelda Harris, Professor and Director, Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
J. Christopher Johnsen, Principal, Johnsen Law, LLC
Hon. Maria Kuriakos Ciesil, Cook County Circuit Court Judge
Diane MacArthur (JD ’82), Senior Litigation Counsel, United States Attorney’s Office, Chicago, IL
David Mann, Professional Performance Specialist
Megan McGrath, Assistant State's Attorney, Torts and Civil Rights Litigation Division, Cook
County State's Attorney's Office
Adrienne Mebane, Former prosecutor for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office , felony supervisor
Hon. Jack Moran, Retired Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County
Anthony Pinelli, Principal, Law Offices of Anthony Pinelli, Chicago, IL
Anita Royal, Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Ari Telisman, Litigation Counsel, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois
Nicholas Sitterly, Principal, Sitterly Law Firm, LLC, Albuquerque, NM
Radiance Ward, Assistant Public Defender, Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender
Hasti Barahmand, Salisbury Clinical Teaching Fellow in Child and Family Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law Child Law Center
Gideon Baum, Assistant State’s Attorney, Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney, Juvenile Justice Bureau
Dennericka Brooks, Senior Attorney, Legal Assistance Foundation
Bruce A. Boyer, Clinical Professor, Director, Civitas Child Law Clinic, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Joan Colen, Attorney at Law, Chicago, IL
Charles Golbert, Deputy Director, Adult Guardianship Division, Office of Cook County Public Guardian
Richard Hutt, Chief, Child Protection Conflicts Division, Office of the Cook County Public Defender
Djuana O’Connor Oshin, LegalBee, Bloomingdale, IL
Alpa Jayanti Patel, Assistant Deputy Director, Juvenile Division, Office of the Cook County Public Guardian
Stacey Platt, Clinical Professor of Law, Associate Director, Civitas Child Law Clinic, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Helen Kim Skinner, Adjunct Faculty, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Kevin M. Sobczyk, Assistant State’s Attorney, Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney, Felony Review Unit
Alison Stankus, Training Coordinator, Office of the Public Guardian, Juvenile Division
William X. Elward, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, Loyola University Chicago School of Law; Assistant Attorney General, Illinois Attorney General’s Office
Steve Nate, Chief of the Criminal Prosecutions/Trial Assistance Bureau, Illinois Attorney General’s Office
Claire Nicholson, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Trials Assistance Bureau, Illinois Attorney General’s Office
Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to announce that it will offer scholarship assistance to qualified admitted students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration status or who are DACA-eligible. These students are eligible for admission to Loyola’s School of Law and are eligible to sit for the bar exam and apply for and obtain a license to practice law in the state of Illinois. Application for admission may be made concurrent with pursuit of DACA status; matriculation requires completion of the process and conferral of deferred action from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
As a Jesuit institution of higher learning, Loyola University Chicago firmly believes in the dignity of each person and in the promotion of social justice. The School of Law offers a welcoming and supportive environment to all students, including qualified undocumented individuals who are interested in pursuing a legal education. Moreover, it is simply in the interest of the legal profession and the people we serve to utilize the talents of qualified students of this immigration status. We call upon our peers in legal education to also extend opportunities to these students and to advocate for reforms of the United States immigration system that would remove the remaining barriers and uncertainties confronting this category of students.
Admission to the School of Law
Loyola University Chicago admits students without regard to their race, color, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, ancestry, military discharge or status, marital status, parental status or any other protected status. Undocumented students and students with DACA immigration status are treated identical to any other applicant to the university during the application review process. For more information and to apply, click here.
DACA (Undocumented) Applicants
Loyola welcomes applications from qualified undocumented students and students with DACA immigration status or who are DACA-eligible. As a Jesuit institution of higher learning, we firmly believe in the dignity of each person and in the promotion of social justice.
These students join U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents as eligible for admission to Loyola’s School of Law. Application for admission may be made concurrent with pursuit of DACA status; matriculation requires completion of the process and conferral of deferred action from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
“Undocumented” refers to students who are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States, who do not hold a visa to reside in the U.S., and who have not applied for legal residency in the U.S. In many, but not all, cases the term non-citizen refers to undocumented students. Undocumented students are eligible to apply for and be admitted to Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced a new policy implementing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, whereby undocumented youth under 31 years of age who have been in the U.S. since they were 16 years old or younger, who have lived here for at least 5 years, and who have not committed a felony or 3 serious misdemeanors, will be protected from deportation and will be able to apply for work authorization. This policy is only temporary, each work authorization lasting a two year period. This is not the DREAM Act and the Deferred Action Policy does NOT provide a pathway to permanent residency or U.S. citizenship. (Dennis Lopez, CLYLP Volunteer 1984–2012)
Immigration status is no longer a barrier to admission to the Illinois bar. As of January 2016, DACA students are now eligible to sit for the bar exam, apply for and obtain a license to practice law in the state of Illinois.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal or state financial aid. For more information on financial aid, click here.
Loyola Scholarship Resources
Loyola applicants are eligible to be considered for institutional aid, including merit and need-based scholarships and fellowship and special scholarship opportunities. A limited number of qualified admitted DACA students may be eligible for tuition and fees.
Outside Scholarship Resources
We encourage you to research outside scholarship options. Organizations such as the Mexican American Legal Defense Education Fund (MALDEF) offer scholarship opportunities to undocumented students. http://www.maldef.org/leadership/scholarships/index.html
Undocumented students are eligible to apply for private loans with a co-signer who is a credit worthy U.S. citizen.
Please contact the JD Law Admission and Financial Assistance Office with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.915.7170.
Additional Resources for Undocumented Students
Students with questions about their immigration status are encouraged to consult with a qualified immigration attorney about their options. The resources listed below are intended for informational purposes only.
Thursday, Nov. 17
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor
Join the American Constitution Society and members of Loyola University Chicago's distinguished law faculty to discuss the potential impact President-Elect Trump’s policies will have on the law and social justice. The event will focus on several key areas including (but not limited to) healthcare, the economy, minority rights, immigration, women’s rights and the Supreme Court vacancy. The event will also provide students with the opportunity to discuss their concerns and ask questions about the implications of a Trump presidency.
Steven Ramirez, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Director, Business Law Center
Barry Sullivan, Loyola's Cooney and Conway Chair in Advocacy
Juan Perea, Professor of Law
Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.
This program is sponsored by the American Constitution Society, Black Law Student Association, Child Law Society, Cultural Impact Initiative, Health Law Society, Loyola Law Democrats, Muslim Law Students Association, National Lawyer’s Guild, OUTLaw, PILS, Political Law Association, SUFEO, and Women’s Law Society.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago, and the Lawyers Club of Chicago, honored the late United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia with a “Chicago tribute” at the law school on Sunday, Sept. 11. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave a special address featuring memories of her close and enduring friendship with the late justice.
Other speakers included Chief Judge Diane Wood and Judge Frank Easterbrook, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Scalia family was represented by two of the justice’s children, Ann Banaszewski and Eugene Scalia.
Judge Wood was a colleague of Justice Scalia’s on the University of Chicago law faculty and, like Judge Easterbrook and Justice Ginsburg, enjoyed a lifelong friendship with the late justice. She noted that Justice Scalia “approached every case with care and commitment.”
Remembering the surprise that greeted some of his opinions—for example, in Texas v Johnson (flag burning) and Kyllo v. United States (thermal imaging as a form of “search”)—she added, “He would not be categorized.”
Judge Easterbrook and Justice Scalia also were University of Chicago colleagues, and both served the U.S. Department of Justice during the Ford administration. Judge Easterbrook recalled the late justice’s vehement disagreement with the legal reasoning of a report approved by both the solicitor general and the attorney general.
Justice Scalia said of the analysis, Easterbrook said, “’You’re making it all up.’ The few words that Nino Scalia spoke in the attorney general’s conference room 40 years ago reflected the core of his jurisprudence,” an emphasis on grounding all decisions “in texts adopted through the constitutional process.”
Justice Ginsburg, who served on the DC circuit with Justice Scalia before sharing 23 years with him on the Supreme Court, told several warm and comical stories of the strong bond the two shared despite their often sharply differing approaches and opinions.
“Both on and off the bench, Justice Scalia was a convivial, exuberant performer,” Justice Ginsburg said. “I’ll miss the challenges and the laughter…and the roses he brought me on my birthday…It was my tremendous good fortune to have known the peerless Justice Scalia as a working colleague and treasured friend.”
Loyola’s incoming class of 250 bright and talented first-year students bring a wealth of demographic and experiential diversity to the School of Law. Like the law school faculty, the student body represents myriad cultures, backgrounds, and interests. Here is a snapshot of the law class entering this fall.
2016 ENTERING CLASS STATISTICS
Total number of applications received – 2,267
Total number of students enrolled –250
Number of full-time students – 207
Number of part-time students – 43
Number of colleges represented – 118
Number of states represented – 30
Percentage of students of color – 33%
Percentage of female students – 54%
Percentage of students outside of Illinois – 51%
Median age – 24
25th and 75th percentile GPA – 3.02-3.54 (combined full and part-time)
25th and 75th percentile LSAT – 154-160 (combined full and part-time)
For more information on entering class statistics, click here.
The Civitas ChildLaw Center has partnered with Erikson Institute to offer an innovative new dual degree program in children’s law. The MS in Child Development/MJ In Children’s Law and Policy, which is offered this fall, provides students with an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the law so that they can more effectively lead and advocate on behalf of children and their families who are impacted by the legal system. A distinguishing feature of this first-of-its-kind program is its focus on policy and leadership development. Students will learn how issues of inequality are addressed in law and policy, and gain the practical skills necessary to advocate on behalf of children in a wide range of disciplines. The dual degree program will also study childhood development in the context of family, community, and culture, and the critical factors that play a role in children’s lives.
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Michael J. Kaufman has been appointed interim dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He assumed the position on July 1, 2016, following the departure of Dean David Yellen. A member of the Loyola law faculty since 1986, and associate dean for academic affairs since 2005, Kaufman has devoted his entire professional life to the service of others and is renowned for his efforts to create greater educational diversity and equity at all levels of learning—from birth to the bar exam. He has published dozens of books and countless law review articles in the four areas of his expertise: education law and policy, securities regulation and litigation, civil procedure, and jurisprudence.
His casebook Education Law, Policy, and Practice: Cases and Materials (Aspen 1st ed. 2005, 2d ed. 2009, 3d ed. 2013) is one of the leading texts in both law school and graduate school classes devoted to education law and policy. Kaufman’s particular expertise in early childhood education and student learning is reflected in a book he coauthored, Learning Together: The Law, Policy, Pedagogy, Economics and Neuroscience of Early Childhood Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), and in his newest book, The Pre-K Home Companion: Learning the Importance of Early Childhood Education and Choosing the Best Program for Your Family (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Kaufman also created and directs Loyola’s Education Law and Policy Institute.
His influential publications in the area of securities regulation and litigation include two new treatises, Rule 10b-5 Private Securities Fraud Litigation (West, 2016) and Blue Sky Law (West, 2016), and a new casebook, Securities Litigation: Law, Policy, and Practice (Carolina Academic Press, 2016). Kaufman’s multi-volume treatise entitled Securities Litigation: Damages, first published by West in 1989, is now in its 27th edition. Kaufman founded and directs Loyola’s Institute for Investor Protection. Kaufman also has published the most widely used treatise in Illinois civil litigation, Illinois Civil Trial Procedure, now in its 16th edition. He also coauthored the textbook Learning Civil Procedure (West, 2015).
Kaufman was elected to three terms on the board of education of a large, diverse school district in the Chicago area, serving as the board’s president and vice president. He has won awards for his teaching and for his public service. He is also an expert consultant to federal and state regulators and a public arbitrator for securities disputes, and he delivers bar examination review lectures for thousands of law students throughout the country each year.
The Illinois Bar Foundation has awarded a post graduate legal fellowship to School of Law graduate Victoria Dempsey (JD ’16). She will begin her fellowship this fall working at Loyola’s Community Law Center Clinic. Victoria was a member of the Dean’s List and received an award for the highest grade in a domestic violence seminar and legal writing class. She was an editor of the Public Interest Law Reporter and a board member of the National Lawyers Guild. Among her volunteer work, she was an intern for the Legal Aid Society, the school’s Community Law Clinic, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and Prairie State Legal Services. She received her undergraduate degree in anthropology/sociology summa cum laude from Warren Wilson College in Ashville, N.C. Loyola’s Community Law Center Clinic is Loyola's first law clinic. Students who work in the clinic gain real-world experience representing Chicago-area residents who cannot afford legal services. Professor Theresa Ceko serves as director of the clinic.