Loyola University Chicago

Institute for Paralegal Studies

Leadership Changes

This June, after over 25 years of dedicated service, Jean Hellman Ryan will retire as the Director of the Institute for Paralegal Studies. As the founding director, Jean developed a well-regarded paralegal program focused on preparing graduates for the emerging legal market. As a veteran of the paralegal education field, Professor Ryan has been a speaker and writer for many groups, including the Illinois Paralegal Association, the International Paralegal Management Association, and the American Association for Paralegal Association. A major area of interest throughout her career has been the American Bar Association’s approval process for paralegal education programs.  Jean has served the ABA’s Standing Committee on Paralegals as both a member and an educational consultant.


Jean Ryan
BA, Honors, cum laude, 1974, Loyola University Chicago;
JD, 1979, 
DePaul University, Chicago;
LLM (Health Law), 1995, Loyola University Chicago

Jean will be succeeded by Marie Harrigan, the current Assistant Director. Marie Harrigan has worked in public interest law throughout her legal career, having worked in the past for CARPLS Legal Aid in Chicago and previously for the Chicago Legal Clinic. Her experience also includes service on the Approval Commission of the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals, where she conducted site visits to paralegal programs and advised on the ABA approval process. She has taught paralegal courses for over 15 years. 

Marie Harrigan
BA, 1988, JD, 1992, Fordham University, New York