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Message from Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea

June 2016

Dear DePaul alumni and friends: 

DePaul Law Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea

I hope you enjoy the first issue of Dialogue in a digital format, which allows us to bring you more news about the law school in a dynamic and technically savvy way. In this issue we highlight some of the many ways that DePaul’s College of Law is innovative, especially focusing on our interdisciplinary work and its impact on our students and communities.

Innovation is reflected in the academic work of our faculty, such as Professor Susan Bandes’ work in law and emotion. When she began her research nearly two decades ago, it was on the cutting edge of this field. Her work continues to provide valuable insights for resolving complex problems in the criminal justice system in areas such as sentencing and police use of force. Our faculty’s scholarly work has had similar impact inside and outside the academy in a wide range of areas like tax, business, health law, intellectual property, climate change, immigration and disability rights.

Innovation also is evident in our collaborations across the university, the city of Chicago, the country and the world. Such projects and programs not only are valuable to the faculty, staff and students who are involved in them, but also enhance the reputation of the law school and the entire university. This past year, U.S. News & World Report recognized DePaul University as one of the 25 most innovative universities in the country, and I think the law school is a model of this spirit of innovation.

Associate Clinical Professor Julie Lawton’s collaboration with the business school’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center is one example of the innovative spirit at DePaul. She integrates learning experiences in entrepreneurship and business for students in her clinic and other courses. Similar partnerships with departments across the university are flourishing, including an interdisciplinary program in forced migration studies; the Berlin study abroad program, which includes JD, master’s, and undergraduate students; and the development of additional joint programs in business, health, and computer science and digital media. The law school also prides itself on alliances with public service agencies in Chicago, human rights organizations and universities around the globe.

Our innovative spirit and desire to collaborate will continue to be integral to the success of our strategic plan, which will further deepen DePaul Law’s unique identity as an urban law school, uniquely connected to Chicago and the world. In the next five years, we will be seeking collaborations to leverage our strengths, to build on our areas of excellence, to prepare our students for growing fields of practice, and to ensure the law school is sustainable and strong. By working together, we can make it all happen.

We appreciate your engagement with the law school and hope you will keep up with us in social media—especially Facebook and Twitter—until the next issue of Dialogue in fall 2016.

All my best,

Dean Jenn