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Learning on the job
Summer positions extend education beyond the classroom
Advancing the rule of law
PROLAW program in the spotlight
Gaining career confidence
Candace Jasso sharpens her skills in the ever-changing arena of compliance
Neil Williams has been appointed to prestigious inaugural professorship
Connecting to our community
Learn how our law students earn practical experience helping business owners bring their ideas to fruition
How I thrived at Loyola
Members of the School of Law’s Class of 2019 share their secrets to success
Research with impact
Paradise’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of law, science, and technology, with an emphasis on the life science realm
Thomas M. Haney named Loyola’s inaugural Hubert Louis Will Professor of Law
Building a global gaming practice
Martha A. Sabol (JD ’99) focuses her practice on regulatory gaming and business law.
Advocating for parents and children
Student-run hotline provides real-world advocacy experience
Protecting civil rights
Born and raised in Chicago, David McKinney (JD ’11) works as a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota.
Top in health
U.S. News & World Report ranks Loyola #2 in nation
Acing the job search
Students work with career advisors to develop winning strategies
Matthew Sag is a nationally recognized expert in copyright law and a leading authority on the legal implications of text data mining.
Aisha Cornelius Edwards (JD ’05) is working to create a fairer, more effective criminal justice system.
Law meets technology
Staying ahead of the curve in emerging areas of law
An advocate for change
Third-year law student Liz Rodriguez finds her niche serving vulnerable populations
Pioneer in child and family law
Professor Diane Geraghty: Leading the way in children's law
Advocating for the homeless
Loyolans tackle an array of issues that affect housing
Compliance: A critical thread
New York attorney gains specialized training to better serve her clients
A passion for IP
Third-year law student Eric Liu looks ahead to a career in IP
Rising to meet global challenges
Heidi Cerneka has traveled the world advocating for women’s rights.
Connecting social service with policy
Contrell Washington (MSW ’18) builds on her work as an advocate for children and families
Research for Justice
Loyola law faculty scholarship turns knowledge into action
John Blum named school’s first health law chair
Blum is a pioneer and widely respected expert in health law
Meet our incoming class
Loyola welcomes the talented and diverse JD law class entering in fall 2018
Advocates for justice
New practicum readies grads for rewarding work in immigration law
Following a social justice mission
Alison Davis (JD ’17) is using her legal education to help shape policy abroad
Law program provides tools for healthy work-life balance
Moving into mindfulness
Loyola community embraces practices aimed at reducing stress and boosting performance
Steven Ramirez is named Loyola’s inaugural Abner J. Mikva Professor of Law.
A tool for positive change
Loyola’s clinics serve a key role in preparing students for practice
Josie Gough (BA ’74, MED ’78, JD ’78)
Josie Gough is a Curt and Linda Rodin Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Social Justice and director of Loyola’s Experiential Learning program, where she collaborates with members of the judiciary, government agencies, public interest organizations, and Chicago-based corporations to provide externship placements for students.
Dean Jean Gaspardo honored by CLG with Lifetime Achievement Award
Learning to lead
Weekend JD program strengthens Illinois Rep. Christian Mitchell's work as a social justice advocate
On civil rights
Preventing police misconduct by legal intervention is a focus for Professor Stephen Rushin
Views from the top
Students welcome Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Rome campus for summer lecture series
Associate Dean Zelda Harris is leading efforts to ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment
An in-house legal clinic led by Emily Vaughan (JD '14) helps returning veterans re-adjust
Lawmaker and law student takes on new role
State Rep. Christian Mitchell, a Weekend JD student at Loyola, recently was appointed interim director of the Illinois Democratic Party.
Breaking barriers, building foundations
Dean Emerita Nina Appel retires after 45 remarkable years at Loyola.
Advocating for others
Kate Mitchell, director of Loyola's Health Justice Project, shares with Chicago Lawyer magazine how lawyers can break the link between poverty and poor health.
Thriving at Loyola
Recent law graduates share their secrets to success.
Cheers to the Class of 2018!
Loyola University Chicago awarded 281 law degrees at commencement on May 12
Advocating for children
Emma McMullen (JD ’18) is a Civitas ChildLaw Fellow and the 2018 recipient of the Dean Nina S. Appel Scholarship. This is her story.
Loyola’s part-time JD makes law school a reality for working professionals
Attend an online information session and learn about our flexible weekend program.
Corboy Fellows place first
Ben Horowitz, Nicole Gaudin, and David DeSchepper won the Texas Young Lawyers Association Regional Mock Trial Competition. DeSchepper also won Best Advocate Award. The team will advance to the national competition in April.
Loyola wins Thurgood Marshall
Loyola team members Jalyn Mitchell, Ayah Elfarra, Anais Holland-Rudd, and Bill Lowry won the BLSA Thurgood Marshall Mock Competition held at the Midwest Regional BLSA Convention in St. Louis. The team will compete in the national competition in New York.
Loyola wins Fred Douglass
Loyola team members Kechia Lewis and Jalen Brown won the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition held at the Midwest Regional BLSA Convention in St. Louis. Brown also received the Best Oralist Award. The team will compete in the national competition in New York.
Transforming social justice
The Amaker Retreat aims to capture the spirit of our late professor Norman Amaker who fought alongside civil rights leaders to transform the social justice landscape by challenging racial discrimination during the civil rights era.
Big win for Corboy Fellows
Loyola took First Place at the In Vino Veritas Mock Trial Competition hosted by Golden Gate State University School of Law in San Francisco October 26-29. Corboy Fellows Ben Horwitz and Teresa Russo are pictured above preparing to make their closing argument in the final round of the competition, while team members Edet Nsemo and Britney Pennycook look on.
Loyola wins Thomas Tang National
Loyola won the Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition held in Washington, DC, November 3-4. Loyola also won Best Brief and Best Oralist Awards. The competition is sponsored by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation. Congratulations to Emily Olivera, Jasmine Stanzick, Sevan Avakian (coach), Lucas Terna, and Sowmya Sastri. Not pictured: Coaches Kristen Kawaguchi and Ann Shea.
Exploring corporate ethics
Loyola’s Institute for Investor Protection Conference discussed 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 legal and economic pitfalls. Aaron Beam (pictured), author of Ethics Playbook: Winning Ethically in Business, delivered the luncheon address.
Loyola law faculty members are renowned scholars who are making a significant impact.
Con Law Colloquium November 3-4
Loyola’s 8th Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium brings together constitutional law scholars at all stages of their professional development to discuss current projects, doctrinal developments in constitutional law, and future goals. This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Professor H. Jefferson Powell, Duke University School of Law.
Equity in health care
Dr. Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, a noted authority on equity issues in health care, recently spoke to students and faculty at Loyola about equality and justice in the national health debate, and specifically addressed the social determinants of health, which include race and poverty.
Assisting undocumented families
Across the country families who are undocumented risk being separated if family members are detained or deported. Loyola’s Legislation and Policy Clinic created a guide to assist undocumented parents in preparing safety plans for their children.
Justice Ginsburg to join Loyola in Rome
United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will join students and faculty as a guest lecture next summer in Loyola’s Study Law Abroad program in Rome, Italy. The program is open to current Loyola law students.
Thomas Tang Regional Champs
Loyola took First Place, Second Place, Best and Second Best Brief Awards, as well as Best and Second Best Oral Advocate Awards, at the Thomas Tang Regional Competition held it Chicago October 13-15. Congratulations to regional champs Jasmine Stanzick and Emily Olivera, and second place team members Sowmya Sastri and Lucas Terna.
Progress and achievements
The 2016-17 Dean’s Annual Report highlights recent School of Law honors, accomplishments, and outstanding alumni support.
Law Journal Executive Board
The Loyola University Chicago Law Journal is edited and managed entirely by students and publishes the work of distinguished writers, including academics, practitioners, and judges. Meet the 2017-18 executive board.
Shakespeare and the law
Monday, October 2 – 12:00 p.m. Michael Halberstam has directed more than 35 productions for the company, and has received numerous awards for excellence in theatre management and artistic achievement. This year’s program on Shakespeare’s Othello, is made possible by the generous support of Loyola law alumna Randy Lamm Berlin. Pizza will be served.
There is no better time to be a student of the law
Earn an outstanding Loyola law degree by attending our Full-time or Weekend JD program
Design thinking in the classroom
To improve the learning process and make students more practice-ready at graduation, Loyola has significantly expanded its teaching styles to include more active, participatory learning approaches like team projects, collaborative exercises, and most recently, design thinking.
The Faces of Chicago Health Law
Loyola Law magazine highlights Loyola grads who dominate the field
Learning the law in Rome
Students and faculty attended a tour of the Supreme Court of Cassation in Rome, Italy, with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who joined Loyola this summer for two weeks to teach a course in Constitutional Law.
Top in the country
Loyola’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy is ranked #1 in the country in healthcare law by Law Street Media.
Loyola grad lands prestigious fellowship
After sitting for the Illinois bar exam in July, Loyola law graduate Louis Gomes (BA ’14, JD ’17) will travel to Africa and Europe to spend time with family. In late August, he will begin a prestigious legal fellowship with GE Transportation, a division of the General Electric Company.
U.S. Reps. Schiff and Quigley speak at Loyola
U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, ranking member of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, joined Loyola law alumnus U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (JD ’89) at the School of Law on June 20 for a special panel discussion on current intelligence, security, and foreign policy issues.
Bringing visibility to predatory litigation
When Professor Matthew Sag and recent Loyola law graduate Jake Haskell (JD ’16) decided to work together on a public interest research project about predatory litigation and copyright trolling, they did not expect that their paper would go viral. More than 4,000 downloads later, their law review article has gained national visibility.
Loyola to honor Tom Dart
Tom Dart (JD ’87), Cook County Sheriff, will be honored with the School of Law’s Damen Award at Founders’ Dinner, on Friday, June 9. Since 2006, Dart has brought an aggressive yet innovative approach to law enforcement. Dart recently was featured on 60 Minutes where he discussed mental illness in prisons and his unique efforts to reform the Cook County Jail.
Loyola now offers JD/MEd
Loyola’s School of Law and School of Education are now offering a JD/MEd in Law and Education Policy. The dual degree program brings together Loyola's expertise in education policy studies, education law, and the legal rights of children.
Maureen Kieffer promoted to director of Career Services
Maureen Kieffer has been promoted to director of the Office of Career Services, where she has served for more than 10 years as associate director to develop and implement programs that support Loyola law students interested in judicial clerkships, public interest, and government careers.
Congratulations, Class of 2017!
Commencement exercises for the School of Law will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13.
Loyola noted for Best Law School Experience
Loyola University Chicago’s received an “A” letter grade for best law school experience from The International Jurist magazine for its International LLM programs.
Wiet Life Science Law Scholars Conference
Loyola University Chicago’s nationally acclaimed Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy is pleased to invite original research submissions for its inaugural Wiet Life Science Law Scholars Conference on Friday, October 13, 2017.
New Health Law Fellowship Opportunity for Master of Laws Candidate
The American Medical Association (AMA) and Loyola’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy have announced the establishment of the AMA Health Law Fellowship Program for the 2017-18 school year for one highly qualified Master of Laws (LLM) candidate.
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. The Vis competitions take place each spring at in Vienna, Austria, and in Hong Kong. This year Loyola competed against 27 teams from 12 countries to win the Moot Shanghai 2017 and 3 honorable mention awards. The Moot Shanghai is a pre-moot held a week before the Willem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration.
Scholarships Open Doors
Loyola is committed to ensuring that a quality legal education is attainable
Field study in Chile
Loyola students recently participated in a week-long field study in Chile. Since 2003, Loyola has partnered with the Universidad Alberto Hurtado, a Jesuit school in Santiago, to host research visits over spring break. Loyola students Brian Huff, Neda Tolooi, Laura Garcia, Caitlin Cervenka and Tony Wadas, along with Professors Anne-Marie Rhodes and Thomas Haney, are pictured at the Centro de Justicia, the central criminal court of Santiago.
Access to Health Care
Understanding and effectively addressing racial disparities in health care is important to the well-being of our society. 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.
Loyola #33 on NLJ’s list of Top 50 Go-To Law Schools
Loyola University Chicago is #33 on The National Law Journal’s 2017 list of top 50 Go-To Law Schools for new associate hiring in the country’s largest law firms. In placing alumni in major law firms, Loyola was listed as one of the schools that significantly outperformed its 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranking. Loyola was also one of the 50 law schools to see the most alumni promoted to partner in 2016, with 12 promotions.
Loyola Announces New Law Dean
Prolific legal scholar, visionary educator, and beloved professor Michael J. Kaufman appointed School of Law dean.
Restaurant brings alum back on campus
After a brief legal career as a corporate associate, Carey Cooper (JD ’81), left the practice of law to pursue a business career. His latest restaurant venture, Lyfe Kitchen, located at the corner of State and Pearson, has brought Cooper back on campus.
Loyola Wins Evans Moot
Jessica Pedersen and Collin Kurtenbach have won the Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition held in Madison, Wisconsin. The Loyola team beat out 20 teams from across the country to win the championship.
Best-selling author Colson Whitehead
Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead recently spoke to students and faculty at the School of Law about his work as a writer and his award-winning book, The Underground Railroad, about a young slave who escapes a Georgia planation.
Loyola team members Payal Patel, Sarah Stewart, and Jocelyn Chancellor were semi-finalist at the 8th Annual Transactional Law Meet Competition held at University Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in February.
Loyola advances to Jessup International
Loyola was runner-up in the Philip C. Jessup US Midwest Regional Moot Court Competition and will compete this spring in the international round in Washington DC.
Counseling over coffee
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.”
Loyola places in Saul Lefkowitz Moot
Loyola earns second and third place and wins Best Oralist Award at the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition.
Study abroad in Italy or China
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito will join Loyola this summer as a guest lecturer in Rome, Italy.
PROLAW to offer an additional master’s degree program in Rome
Loyola has expanded its Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW) program in Rome, Italy. The program will now include a one-year practice-oriented master’s degree for non-lawyers.
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Trump Presidency: What it means for law and social justice
SPECIAL PROGRAM – Thursday, Nov. 17 – 1 p.m. Join us to hear Loyola University Chicago’s distinguished law faculty discuss the potential impact President-Elect Trump’s policies will have on the law and social justice. Pizza will be served.
Loyola law alumna and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (JD ’94) was honored by the Illinois Bar Foundation with the 2016 Distinguished Award for Excellence at its recent Gala.
Phil Angelides, who served as chair of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission that presented a report on the causes of the financial economic crisis of 2008 to the President and Congress in 2011, delivered a special luncheon address at Loyola’s Institute for Investor Protection Conference. Speakers at the conference focused on the impact of criminal activity within the financial sector and the special role that lawyers can play in protecting investors.
Leading in Trial Advocacy
Loyola’s nationally renowned trial advocacy program continues to take top honors. Meet our 2016-17 mock trial teams.
Professor Diane Geraghty honored by UNICEF
Professor Diane Geraghty, Loyola’s A. Kathleen Beazley Chair in Children’s Law and director of the Civitas ChildLaw Center, along with her husband, Thomas Geraghty, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, were recently honored by UNICEF for their local and international contributions to improving the lives of children.
Loyola Law Journal
The Loyola University Chicago Law Journal is edited and managed entirely by students and publishes the work of distinguished writers, including academics, practitioners, and judges. Meet the 2016-17 executive board.
Compliance program launches new journal
Loyola boasts one of the nation’s most robust course offerings in the area of compliance. On September 22, Loyola launched the first student-run law journal dedicated solely to regulatory and compliance issues.
Renowned scholar in law, science, and technology
Loyola welcomes Jordan Paradise to its full-time law faculty. She brings to the School of Law and the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy years of expertise in the life sciences realm. Her recent scholarly work addresses diverse legal and ethical issues of technologies, including nanotechnology, synthetic biology, biosimilars, precision medicine, and gene editing.
Constitutional Law Colloquium
Loyola’s Seventh Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium with more than 100 constitutional law scholars will take place at the School of Law Friday, Nov. 4 – Saturday, Nov. 5. Reva Siegel, Yale Law School’s Nicholad deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, will deliver the keynote address.
Congressman John Lewis speaks at Loyola
Iconic civil rights leader and activist Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) spoke at the School of Law about the Civil Rights Movement and the final volume of the March trilogy he coauthored with Andrew Ayden. “I am very optimistic about the future of this country,” he said to Loyola students and faculty. “Together we will create a loving community.”
Recent law grad helps navigate mental health maze
Amanda Walsh (MSW ’14, JD ’15) receives fellowship for her work to create first behavioral health-legal partnership in Illinois.
Learning the law in Rome
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (JD ’94, left) and Ignazio Caramazza (right), the former attorney general of Italy, were special guest lecturers this summer at Loyola’s Study Law Abroad Program in Rome. They are pictured with Assistant Dean Jean Gaspardo, who has served as director of the Rome program since 1991.
The School of Law welcomes Jo Ann Rooney
Loyola’s new president is a lifelong educator and a lawyer.
Michael Kaufman appointed interim dean
A member of the Loyola law faculty since 1986, and associate dean for academic affairs since 2005, Kaufman has devoted his professional career to the service of others and is renowned for his efforts to create greater educational diversity and equity at all levels of learning.
Doctor expands her expertise with health law degree
From Peace Corps to PROLAW, David Saldivar (LLM ’13) transitions to international development
Lessons in lawyering
Sonia Antolec (JD '07) shares what she likes best about the practice of law
Meet the law students who spent spring break helping immigrants in U.S. detention centers
Margaret Moses discusses her passion for international arbitration
Leadership through education
Master's program strengthens student's commitment to vulnerable children
Prof Sam Brunson weighs in on tax law and ties
Illinois senator, part-time law student
Jacqueline Collins juggles career and law school at Loyola
Interprofessional courses benefit students, clients
Business + law
Tech company owner Dan Saavedra (MBA/JD '09) benefits from a dual degree
Welcome 1L Class
Meet Loyola’s incoming class of exceptional law students
Moving into Mindfulness
Mediation expert shares tips for successful lawyering
Imani Hollie takes the lead of Loyola’s SBA
ChildLaw alumni in action
Loyola’s Civitas ChildLaw Center alumni are leading the way in advocacy
Law degree provides a platform for unique career
Expanding career options
Family Nurse Practitioner balances her demanding work schedule with school by taking online courses
Business law leadership
Patricia Lee is the Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Professor of Business Law and executive director of the Business Law Center.
Loyola takes top honors at trial advocacy Tournament of Champions
Loyola law graduates take action to improve their communities
From doctor to lawyer
Weekend JD student prepares for a new career
Celebrating their passions
Law school provides a solid foundation for alternative careers
Environmental law expert Carmen Gonzalez joins Loyola this fall
Julie Campbell awarded prestigious LLM fellowship in health law
On the move
3L Loan Tran embraces opportunities at Loyola
Richard Vaughn (JD '93) is a leader in reproductive technology law
Research for Impact
Loyola law faculty scholarship turns knowledge into action
Barry Sullivan named Anastaplo professor
New professorship honors Loyola legend
Rule of law leader
Alisa Muzergues (LLM '17) uses her training to make positive change
3L Carly Helman receives top Loyola honor
From student to teacher
Pamela Izvănariu (JD '07) uses her education to effect change
Innovation. Integration. Impact.
Advocacy is the heart of a legal education at Loyola.
Faught’s first forty
Assoc. Dean Jim Faught (JD ’76) celebrates career milestone
Advancing her healthcare career
Elizabeth Romero, MD (MJ ’18) benefits from specialized legal training
A passion for advocacy
Ruddy Abam hones her courtroom skills as a student competitor
Professor Kalyani Robbins teaches courses in environmental and natural resources law
From scholarship to syllabus
Loyola law profs bring their research expertise into the classroom
With an interest in advocacy, 3L Joe Muska knew Chicago was the perfect city for him to begin his legal career
Professor Anita Weinberg encourages students to embrace social justice work as a lifelong commitment
Kevin Lichtenberg says it’s his job “to make the law accessible and tangible to my clients and their families.”
Harrison Mbori (LLM '16) returns to Loyola for an SJD
Serving those who served
Loyola is helping veterans with legal representation and the transition back to civilian life.
Law students help others during the coronavirus crisis
Connecting passion with career
For Lauren Zbyszinski, learning is a lifelong endeavor – and there’s always more to learn as a student and as a teacher.
Sisters land at Loyola for law school
Anique and Deanna Aburaad love their Loyola experience
Mediator by day, professor by night
Rae Kyritsi (JD '12) returns "home" to serve as an adjunct faculty member and coach
At your service
Professor John Dehn uses his military experience to encourage students to work for the greater good
The road to a JD
At Loyola, students tailor their learning experiences to their goals.
Innovation in action
Thanks to her legal education, Baiq Maesarah is proposing a change to Indonesian immigration law.
Paralegal Nicole Bieganski tackles the Weekend JD program while working full time
Real world, real skills
Professor James Hagy encourages students to call on their own experiences to solve client problems
Jim Argionis (BA ’92, JD ’95) says “It’s always been in my blood to help those around me.”
Ready to serve
Scholarship recipients prepare to take on the world
Professor Jeffrey L. Kwall shares why every budding lawyer must learn tax law
First-generation law student B. Alvarez aims to be a community-minded lawyer in everything she does
A new perspective
Experienced regulator Jeme Ertl finds fresh ideas through Loyola’s MJ in Health Law program
Brendan Cournane (BA ’75, JD ’78) has completed 100 marathons–in every state and on every continent
A year in review
Top stories from the past year highlight our strengths as a community
Fighting for the rule of law
Buhlebenkosi Nxumalo (LLM ’16) works to put people at the center of land governance