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Jennifer Rosato Perea

  • Dean and Professor of Law
  • Full-time
  • (312) 362-1083
  • 931 Lewis Center

Jennifer L. Rosato Perea was appointed dean of DePaul University College of Law in July 2015. A nationally recognized leader in legal education, Dean Rosato Perea brings a wealth of experience to DePaul as an administrator, a longtime advocate of active learning and professionalism, and a scholar. She is one of only a small number of Latina law school deans in the nation.

Prior to joining DePaul, Dean Rosato Perea served as dean at Northern Illinois University College of Law for six years. She previously served as acting dean for Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law during its inaugural year and then as senior associate dean for student affairs and professor of law. She also previously served as associate dean for student affairs at Brooklyn Law School, where she was a professor of law and co‐director of the Center for Health, Science and Public Policy. Since joining the academy in 1992, she has taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, New York University School of Law and Villanova University School of Law.

Dean Rosato Perea is an accomplished scholar and expert on family law, bioethics, legal ethics and civil procedure. She has published extensively on diverse legal issues that affect children and families. She has presented nationally and regionally on the future and challenges of legal education before a number of organizations including the Association of American Law Schools, the American Bar Association and the National Association of Women Judges. She also regularly appears in the media as an expert on various legal topics.

Dean Rosato Perea is an active member in numerous organizations, including the prestigious American Law Institute. She serves on the Association of American Law Schools’ Membership Review Committee and recently chaired its New Law Teachers Conference. She also currently serves on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Task Force on Legal Education and Student Debt.

Dean Rosato Perea earned a BS with distinction from Cornell University and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. At Penn, she was editor‐in‐chief of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Business Law and won the Edwin R. Keedy Moot Court Competition. She began her legal career as a clerk for Judge Thomas N. O’Neill Jr. of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, before becoming an associate with Hangley, Connolly, Epstein, Chicco, Foxman & Ewing in Philadelphia.


BS, Cornell University; JD, University of Pennsylvania

Areas of Expertise

Family Law, Bioethics, Legal Ethics, Civil Procedure


  • Articles
  • Book Chapters


2012 LatCrit XVI Symposium, Reflections of a Reluctant Pioneer, 48 Cal. W. L. Rev. 445 (2012) string;#Click Here
2011 What Are The Implications of Roper’s Dilemma For Adolescent Health Law?, 20 J.L. & Pol'y 167 (2011). string;#Click Here
2008 Foreword to Medical Decision Making for Children/Adolescents Symposium, 8 Hous. J. Health L. & Pol'y 195 (2008). string;#Click Here
2006 Reforming a Traditional Family Law Professor, 44 Fam. Ct. Rev. 590 (2006). string;#Click Here
2006 Children of Same-Sex Parents Deserve the Security Blanket of the Parentage Presumption, 44 Fam. Ct. Rev. 74 (2006). string;#Click Here
2004 The Children of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology): Can the Law Protect Them from Harm? 2004 Utah L. Rev. 57 (2004). string;#Click Here
2003 Bringing the Outside In: Recipes for Integrating Child Protection Policy and Practice into Our Classrooms, 41 Fam. Ct. Rev. 439 (2003). string;#Click Here
2003 Symposium, Domestic Violence in Legal Education and Legal Practice: A Dialogue Between Professors and Practitioners, 11 J. L. & Pol'y 409 (2003). string;#Click Here
2002 Let's Get Real: Quilting a Principled Approach to Adolescent Empowerment in Health Care Decision making, 51 DePaul L. Rev. 769 (2002). string;#Click Here
2000 The Ethics of Clinical Trials: A Child's View, 28 J.L. Med. & Ethics 362 (2000). string;#Click Here
2000 The Future of Access to the Family Court: Beyond Naming and Blaming, 9 J. L. & Pol'y 149 (2000). string;#Click Here
2000 Using Bioethics Discourse to Determine When Parents Should Make Health Care Decisions For Their Children: Is Deference Justified?, 73 Temp. L. Rev. 1 (2000). string;#Click Here
1997 The Socratic Method and Women Law Students: Humanize, Don't Feminize, 7 S. Cal. Rev. L. & Women's Stud. 37 (1997). string;#Click Here
1997 A Color of Their Own: Multiracial Children and the Family, 36 Brandeis J. Fam. L. 41 (1997-98). string;#Click Here
1996 The Ultimate Test of Autonomy: Should Minors Have a Right to Make Decisions Regarding Life-Sustaining Treatment?, 49 Rutgers L. Rev. 1 (1996). string;#Click Here
1995 All I Ever Needed to Know About Teaching Law School I Learned Teaching Kindergarten: Introducing Gaming Techniques into the Law School Classroom, 45 J. Legal Educ. 568 (1995). string;#Click Here
1994 Putting Square Pegs in a Round Hole: Procedural Due Process and the Effect of Faith Healing Exemptions on the Prosecution of Faith Healing Parents, 29 U.S.F.L. Rev. 43 (1994). string;#Click Here
1986 Comment, Restoring Justice to the Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens for Foreign Plaintiffs Who Sue U.S. Corporations in the Federal Courts, 8 J. Comp. Bus. & Cap. Market L. 169 (1986). string;#Click Here

Book Chapters

2009 Regulating Assisted Reproductive Technology: Avoiding Extremes, in The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics (Arthur L. Caplan et al. eds., 2009). string;#