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College of Law Faculty, Staff and Students Honored at 2018 Commencement

During the 2018 commencement ceremony, the DePaul College of Law proudly presented faculty, staff and students with individual achievement awards for their outstanding work this year. Congratulations go out to all the award recipients and the Class of 2018 on their accomplishments.

Professors Allen Moye and Bruce Ottley were presented with Faculty Teaching Awards. Moye made a special teaching contribution to Chicago police officers who were learning in the Master of Jurisprudence in criminal law at the police academy. He did an incredible job introducing the foundations of law and legal practice, in ways that make them better officers.

Professor Bruce Ottley has taught many of the students passing through the law school over the last 40 years, including last year’s entire first-year class of 240 students. Dean Rosato Perea stated, in presenting Ottley’s award: “he expresses care for students and their learning, and he makes great effort to ensure no student falls behind.”

Professor Wendy Netter Epstein was given the Faculty Scholarship Award for being a rising star in the field of health law. Dean Rosato Perea said: “She is developing her own unique voice in the field—blending her expertise in contracts, health law and economics.” Epstein has been featured in highly placed academic journals and speaks at conferences all over the country. She is also an outstanding teacher and director of the Jaharis Health Law Institute.

This year’s recipient of the Faculty Achievement Award was Professor Margit Livingston. Dean Rosato Perea noted that this award was given in the spirit of recently deceased Professor emeritus Barb Bressler, past faculty marshal and faculty achievement award recipient. “Professor Livingston is the embodiment of someone who gives all of herself to her students, to her academic passions and to her colleagues,” Dean Rosato Perea said. As Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Professional Development for the past four years, she helped her colleagues reach their full potential.

The Faculty Service Award was given to Senior Professional Lecturer Allison Ortlieb, who in the past year also has taken on the role of Associate Dean of Academic Operations with great energy and creativity. Executive Director Steve Rudolph was presented with the Staff Service Award for his support of Law Career Services, the Academic Success Program and Student Services. Rudolph, who also championed the aviation program through 2017, will retire later this year.

Four outstanding graduates were recognized with the Senior Service Awards: Nolan Downey, Kathryn Green, Ed O’Neill and Arielle Williams. Each made substantial contributions to the College of Law community during their time at DePaul. These students made extraordinary commitments outside of the classroom, including holding leadership positions in student organizations and participating in extensive service. The College of Law appreciates all that the students have done to improve our community - at the law school, University, and in the City of Chicago. ​​​