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    DePaul Law student recieves Prettyman Fellowship

    First DePaul Law student to receive honor, Fadya Salem is "beyond excited" to become a Prettyman Fellow.

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  • Faculty Spotlight

    Director of Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic Professor Sioban Albiol shares her passion for Immigration Law.

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  • Alumni Spotlight

    Annual law alumni awards highlight three who lead by example.

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Immigration-Inspired: An Interview With Professor and Director of Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic Sioban Albiol

For over 15 years, Professor Sioban Albiol has led DePaul College of Law's Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic (“AILC”). As the director of AILC, Professor Albiol guides students in providing legal assistance to refugees and immigrants, as well as collaborates with similarly committed organizations throughout the state. Her work (and the work of the clinic) is well-recognized and Profession Albiol is called upon regularly to provide her perspective on a wide range of immigration issues regionally and nationally. With the candidacy and subsequent election of President Donald Trump in 2016, questions regarding immigration law have been on the forefront of the national consciousness.

In her own words: “The ongoing purpose of the Clinic is to ensure that students have opportunities to engage in immediate and pressing issues surrounding immigration, asylum, and refugee law. I hope that AILC can continue contributing to the training and expertise needed to continue its mission.”

We talked with Professor Albiol about her work with the Clinic, which shows her tireless commitment to immigration issues and access to justice.

Q. What made you decide to focus in asylum and immigration law?

Before I went to law school, I had an interest in immigration given my own personal background - both of my parents immigrated to the United States - but it was really only after I had been practicing a little while that I made it my focus. I made a point of getting exposure to a couple of different areas of law after completing some immigration-focused internships, but decided to return to asylum and immigration law. I think I’ve been drawn to this field because of my experiences with clients who were willing to trust their stories to me and because of a community of amazing, dedicated immigration advocates.

Q. How did you become part of AILC?

I joined the Clinic in 2001. Before that, I had worked for a not-for-profit providing low-cost legal services to immigrants and managing its legal services program. AILC interested me as an opportunity to collaborate with legal experts and to offer the considerable resources of a law school to immigrants and refugees with legal issues.

Q. How many students are involved in the AILC every year? What are some of their most common responsibilities?

AILC offers two main clinical courses – (a) a year-long asylum and immigration law clinic, where the focus is on representing asylum-seekers and (b) a semester-long clinic, where the focus is on providing legal assistance in immigration matters. Consistent with clinical best practices, enrollment for each is generally limited to eight students per clinical course (16 total per semester).

Clinic students receive guidance from faculty members and alumni. Our faculty-student ratio means that students are provided with valuable support, training and supervision in developing essential lawyering skills, while at the same time meeting a significant community need. Students are involved in every aspect of a case, including developing the case theory, leading client meetings, drafting pleadings and preparing and presenting the case to US Citizenship and Immigration Services or before a judge in Immigration Court. Moreover, students are allowed to interact with other professionals - from expert witnesses to fellow practitioners.

Along with this type of legal experience, students get to further their expertise by developing informative training materials for immigrant advocates who provide services to low-income individuals.

Q. What are the most common types of cases handled by AILC?

Students in the year-long clinic represent asylum-seekers from dozens of countries. AILC has been successful in winning asylum for clients who would be persecuted if they were returned to their home countries because of their political opinions, religion, sexual orientation, gender and other affiliations. Students also work with survivors of domestic violence and crime victims and help clients – both newcomers and those with extensive ties to the United States - become naturalized citizens.

Q. What are some of the most common issues you've encountered when handling cases?

It is difficult to predict the range of issues that a case may present. Clinic students are engaged in the practice of law; they play a lead role in the cases they have been assigned and in that lead role, they must examine and sort through actual ethical and strategic issues; develop and analyze facts; and understand how the law applies to an individual seeking its protections and benefits. Taking ownership of the case provides students with unique opportunities related to their professional development. They learn to appreciate client needs and circumstances and to examine their own role as lawyers, including their relationship with the client as well as their responsibilities to the client and to the profession.

Q. What would you consider to be some of the most notable/interesting achievements of AILC during your time at DePaul?

Over the past 15 years, I think AILC has become trusted within the legal and immigration community. It is recognized as a respected resource of immigration advocacy and has obtained a reputation of providing quality immigration legal services.

Throughout my time in the Clinic, I’ve had a number of opportunities to accompany students to non-adversarial hearings with the Asylum Office and to Immigration Court to see how well prepared they are and the case is. It’s wonderful to see a student’s work acknowledged in these professional settings, and for students I think there is no better reward than being able to witness a positive outcome for their clients.

In addition to aiding students, AILC offers technical assistance to around 30 non-governmental organizations throughout Illinois. It has collaborated with groups such as Catholic Charities, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and the Chicago Legal Clinic. It also recently co-sponsored a conference on guardianship and immigrants, which looked at mixed families and providing support for minor children of immigrants.

Q. What are some of the changes you've noticed since the election of President Trump?

DePaul has always had an active and interested student body that is committed to service and public interest. The rhetoric directed against immigrants and refugees preceding and following the 2016 presidential election meant that students and alumni took more opportunities to become informed, involved and supportive of all members of our community. They engage in community education, outreach and in increasing support for immigrants and refugees.

Q. What are some of the biggest concerns facing your clients and the Clinic as a whole since the election? What do you see as some of the biggest issues affecting the current state of asylum and immigration law?

I think the discussion leading up to and following the presidential election reflected a lack of respect for the rule of law and legal protections. I think for some this created a misconception about what is acceptable or permissible in a system of laws. It’s been disheartening to consider the scope of punitive and mean-spirited proposals directed toward immigrants. At the same time, it has been encouraging to work with so many newly engaged and re-engaged advocates who are active in expanding our resources and expertise to better serve our communities.

Leading up to the election, many of the programs and policy directives in place under the Obama administration that impacted the work of AILC were called into question. Members were forced to think about what the new landscape would look like, and how it would affect ongoing and upcoming litigation. Although the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA, founded in 2012) is still one of the biggest concerns, the overall confusion and uncertainty surrounding this field requires continuing education and information about the basic rights shared by all of us.

Since the election, we've seen a regular increase in people wanting to get involved. Students in and outside of the Clinic, as well as alumni and other legal professionals, have turned to AILC to see how they can express their support. Along with volunteering in the Clinic, people have given community education presentations and spread information about what executive orders actually mean.

Q. What would you like to see the Clinic doing more of?

The Clinic has so many wonderful alumni in practice in and around Chicago and across the United States. I’d like to explore how the Clinic can better learn from our experienced, diverse and accomplished alumni and better engage them with the work of the Clinic and our Clinic students. A lot of 1Ls have also expressed interest in participating with AILC, and I wish to provide additional service opportunities for them and others who can't presently join. ​

Entrepreneurship, innovation, & the law at 1871

DePaul Law Entrepreneurship, innovation, & the law at 1871 Class
This summer, a number of CIPLIT students are taking a newly created course “Entrepreneurship, innovation, & the law at 1871.” The course was conceived by Professor Anthony Volini in collaboration with CIPLIT and is proving to be very successful. Students are doing legal research in connection with 1871 presentations they have attended, addressing the business, technology, and legal issues facing innovators. It’s exciting to have them engaged in the holistic learning experience that is highly relevant to innovative businesses in the marketplace and will provide them helpful insights for future interactions with clients in their legal careers. Professor Volini is also teaches the IP Legal Writing course (a long time favorite established by CIPLIT) where first-year students learn their required first year research and writing skills in the context of intellectual property issues.​

2017 Law Alumni Award Recipients

This May, DePaul University honored three of its most notable graduates at the 2017 Law Alumni Awards Lunch. During the annual ceremony, Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea acknowledged the achievements of these DePaul Law Champions, whose contributions to the legal profession exemplify the mission of the school. This year's winners were: Shawn Kasserman ('90) – Distinguished Alumnus Award; Damon Ritenhouse ('11) - Outstanding Service to the DePaul Community Award, and Sufyan Sohel ('11) - Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.


DePaul Alum, Shawn Kasserman ('90)
A founding partner of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman LLC, Shawn Kasserman ranks as one of Chicago's top personal injury lawyers. Dedicated to representing people dealing with life-changing tragedies, Kasserman has won over $150 million in verdicts and settlements, including from products liability, construction liability, and premises liability suits. Outside of his legal career, Kasserman gives back to his community by sitting on the Board of Directors for Kids in Danger and volunteering with Anchored for Safety.

Kasserman felt genuinely honored by winning this award. “When I saw the list of past recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna award I was overwhelmed with pride,” he said. “To be recognized by my beloved DePaul - alongside of some of the greatest names in the legal community is perhaps the highest professional honor of my career. The truth is that I share this award with my professors, fellow students and my family - all of whom have given me unending support.”


DePaul Law Alum, Damon Ritenhouse
As a partner at EV Has, LLC, Damon Ritenhouse focuses on foreclosure defense law and oversees the office's litigation practice. In addition to these accomplishments, Ritenhouse has spent the past five years as the attorney supervisor for DePaul's Neighborhood Legal Assistance Program (NLAP). Through NLAP, law students provide legal aid to homeless persons by assisting them in expunging and sealing their criminal records and acquiring state IDs. He is a role model for his student volunteers, and his efforts have allowed NLAP to grow and include more attorneys and students who are looking to make a difference for the city's most vulnerable populations.

Ritenhouse considers the receipt of this award to be “one of the high points in my legal career.” He continues, “one of the best aspects of winning the award was that I got to speak about the work we have done at NLAP over the last five years and recognize many of the people who have contributed to its success during that time.”


DePaul Alum, Sufyan Sohel
Sufyan Sohel is the deputy director and counsel at CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations)-Chicago. Along with providing legal and strategic direction to the group, he is responsible for its day-to-day management. Sobel gained experience in public service while at DePaul Law by participating in the activities of International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI). In addition to receiving the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 2017, he also won the Chicago Bar Association's prestigious Vanguard Award.

Sobel is “deeply humbled to receive the DePaul College of Law Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. … DePaul fueled the flame that drives me to provide aid to those most disenfranchised and to better serve all my communities. DePaul sent me to Egypt and the United Nations to advocate for women’s rights issues, empowered me to lead fellow classmates in teaching the US Constitution to CPS students, and introduced me to CAIR-Chicago where I started as a law clerk and now serve as Deputy Director & Counsel. … This award more than anything, pushes me to work harder to combat hate and injustice in our communities. ”

While these three are singled out, the entire DePaul alumni network is responsible for some other remarkable achievements over the past year. More than 200 alumni participated in the school's Prepare-to-Practice (P2P) program, with more participating as mentors and employers. Alumni have raised over $175,000 in Alumni Achievement Scholarship Awards for students starting in September 2017. Dean Rosato Perea also recognized other “DePaul Law Champions” for their generosity and commitment to the law school, especially its students and recent alumni.​

Announcing our Illinois Bar Foundation 2017 Fellow

Illinois Bar Foundation 2017 Fellow
DePaul University College of Law alumna Mallory Morgan (JD ‘17) will be joining the law school’s Civil Litigation Clinic​ as a staff attorney through the post-graduate fellowship she received from the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association.

In an effort to help recent graduates gain on-the-job experience and increase access to justice in our communities of most need, the post-graduate legal fellowship program was created through a partnership between the IBF and selected law schools. The law schools and the IBF pay each fellow’s salary to work in each law school’s legal clinic for a year post-graduation.

Ms. Morgan acknowledged the need for public interest attorneys and her desire to serve through the IBF fellowship: “There is such a need for public interest attorneys but it is difficult to graduate from law school and immediately gain employment. I look forward to being one of the individuals in Chicago helping others attain the legal justice everyone deserves.”

Civil Litigation Clinic Director David Rodriguez is looking forward to Ms. Morgan joining the clinic staff later this summer. In his view, “the DePaul Clinic’s ability to serve underrepresented clients will continue to grow with the arrival of the second Illinois Bar Foundation fellow, Mallory Morgan, who will begin her one-year fellowship in August of 2017. Ms. Morgan will begin her fellowship after Caitlin Duane, the clinic’s 2016 IBF fellow, concludes her fellowship. Ms. Duane represented clients in consumer, employment, and housing matters, and the clinic expects Ms. Morgan to continue to represent clients in these and additional areas as the clinic continues to branch out into new areas of practice.”

Ms. Morgan graduated cum laude from Villanova University with a BA in History and Spanish Language Literature, and while there engaged in community service. After graduation, she joined DePaul University College of Law, in which she achieved numerous accolades, among those being a Public Interest Honors Scholar; receiving the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Scholarship as well as the DePaul University College of Law’s Chancellor’s Award for Service. Ms. Morgan also served as the associate editor of the DePaul Law Review and was a member of the Committee for the Center for Public Interest Law.

The Illinois Bar Foundaton is also sharing the cost of two public interest fellowships this year for new graduates at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Northern Illinois University College of Law. For more information concerning this fellowship program, visit the Illinois Bar Fo​undation​ website.​​​​

DePaul Law announces new partnership with MLER

DePaul Law announces partnership with MLER
DePaul University College of Law is excited to announce its new partnership with Minority Legal Education Resources, Inc.​ (“MLER”). After 40 years at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, MLER starts its next chapter with DePaul Law in Summer 2017. This strategic partnership between DePaul Law and MLER emphasizes DePaul's commitment to diversity, inclusion and community-building, as well as its holistic, supportive environment for students and recent alumni.

MLER was co-founded in 1977 by Northwestern Law professor Ronald Kennedy and attorney Ann Claire Williams (now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit). Its mission is to increase diversity and inclusion in the legal profession by maintaining its tradition of excellence through its supplemental bar process management program. Open to everyone, but specifically targeted towards minority and underrepresented groups, its bi-annual program aims to provide students with the tool box and encouragement necessary to pass the Illinois bar exam.

MLER is considered a companion program to commercial bar preparation courses, such as BARBRI and Kaplan. Professor Ben Alba, DePaul College of Law’s Director of Academic Success and Bar Passage, describes the distinct contribution of MLER: “While commercial review courses focus on the black-letter law, MLER teaches how to navigate the daunting bar review process and use study time effectively.” He recognizes MLER as a valuable resource for all bar-takers, noting that “half of effective bar exam preparation is psychological, meaning that if students develop a constructive attitude toward the bar prep grind, they will put in the time and effort and do all the things needed to ensure their success.” MLER provides students with the guidance and inspiration necessary to achieve this “professional and personal milestone.”

Joi Thomas, president of MLER, and alum of DePaul College of Law, first joined the organization as a student and has since been active within the program. She considers her achievements in this group to be one of the “more meaningful aspects of being an advocate” because she is “part of the doing.” Like Ben Alba, she wants students to leave with the confidence to be successful throughout the bar exam, and their careers.

Thomas recognizes the diligent effort of all MLER members in making the group a success. She remains impressed with the dedication shown by its current, nine-person Board of Directors, which consists of legal practitioners from across all sectors. She also acknowledges Jerome Taylor, MLER’s program coordinator and DePaul College of Law adjunct, whose energy and enthusiasm “keeps students in their chairs,” and tutor coordinator Candice Smith, whose countless efforts ensures each MLER volunteer is prepared to lead their classes and student groups towards success.

The move to DePaul is not the only major milestone for MLER in 2017. This year marks the first time MLER is expanding out of Illinois with a new program in California, partnership with the California Bar Foundation.

To learn more about MLER, please visit​. ​​​​​​​

PBCSI Annual Service Award Reception

The Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) held its annual service awards reception on April 12, 2017. This year, 74 law students earned a service award for reporting at least 50 hours of pro bono or community service work while at DePaul. This includes students who reported upwards of 100 and 200 hours of service.

The College of Law recognized 32 students with the Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Public Service Award, which is given to graduating students who report 200 or more service hours. In total, law students reported nearly 11,000 hours of service in the 2016 – 2017 academic year!

PBCSI also presented the 2017 Pro Bono Alumni Award to alumnus Joseph W. Pieper (JD ’88). Mr. Pieper currently runs his own practice, focusing his area of expertise in Probate, involving the administration and litigation of adult disabled estates, decedent’s estates, and minor’s estates, but still remains committed to pro bono work. Mr. Pieper has been involved with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) for the past 20 years. In 2002, he received the Distinguished Service Award from CVLS in recognition of the pro bono work that he has done for the organization. Mr. Pieper was also one of the attorneys featured in the September, 2011 issue of Chicago Lawyer in the magazine’s issue on pro bono work which was being done by Chicago area attorneys. He truly exemplifies the outstanding commitment and dedication to pro bono work that the Pro Bono Alumni Award recognizes.

Dean Jennifer Rosato-Perea addressed the students in attendance and emphasized the need for pro bono and community service work. She talked about how lawyers can make an impact, more now than ever, and encouraged students to continue their volunteer efforts while at DePaul and as they go on to becoming practicing attorneys. ​


IALP Article Wins Prestigious Writing Award

Congratulations to René David-Cooper, who received the International Air Transport Association’s prestigious Constance O’Keefe Writing Award for his paper, “Defining Common Law Property Rights – The Ownership Conundrum of Landing Slots Resolved.” This paper was the lead article in the Autumn 2016 edition of IALI’s journal, Issues in Aviation Law and Policy.

IALP Article Wins Prestigious Award
René David-Cooper (center), recipient of the 2017 Constance O’Keefe Writing Award, with Laura Pierallini (left) and IATA General Counsel Jeffrey N. Shane (right) at the IATA Legal Symposium on February 23, 2017.


DePaul Law organizations participate in Donate-a-Day

On Saturday, March 25th, the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) partnered with DePaul University Ministries, If/When/How, PAD and WBA to host the March Donate-a-Day. Volunteers went to Dolores' Safe Haven​, a branch of Deborah's Place for a fun morning and afternoon. Deborah's Place provides supporting housing for single women experiencing homelessness. Volunteers played Bingo and ate lunch with the women who are staying at the Dolores' Safe Haven location.

Spending time at Deborah’s Place was both fun and rewarding, as we had the opportunity to spend a stress-free afternoon playing Bingo and eating lunch with the women," said first-year law student Mandi Moreland. "The most rewarding part of the day was simply socializing and getting to know people we may never get to meet otherwise. While women won prizes during Bingo, I noticed several of them sharing their game-winning boards with other women, so everyone had a chance to receive a prize. Th​is was such a great reminder that no matter how much we have, we can always be generous and helpful to others.​​​​​​​​​​

Law Students Spend Spring Break Making a Difference at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center

A devoted cadre of twelve law students volunteered for the College of Law’s annual Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Spring Service Break Project from March 13-17, 2017. The project was organized by DePaul’s Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, Center for Public Interest Law, and University Ministry in the Loop. Throughout spring break week, the students worked in small groups to teach lessons on juvenile justice issues to incarcerated youth at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. The lessons covered topics such as handling encounters with law enforcement, the various stages of the juvenile justice system, the differences between probation and parole, and a juvenile justice jeopardy game. Opportunities for reflection and discussion were also part of the experience. The student volunteers found the week both challenging and rewarding. First year law student Katie Wishnew shared this about the volunteer week: 
My experience at JTDC was invaluable, and one that makes me thankful that I answered my friend's casual question, “Wanna do this with me?” with my gut. My week at JTDC was practical; I was able to learn the general processes of the juvenile justice system from the youth and staff at JTDC. But, I also witnessed the real and often harsh effects of the juvenile justice system that I could not have realized outside of JTDC's walls. Though I became aware of the many injustices present in the system, I was more awestruck by the hope and fight the youth and their fervent advocates have for a more just future. Their desire to be better and make the system better was and is contagious. My experience at JTDC will have ripples for a long time. 
In addition to teaching, the students met with a variety of juvenile court personnel in order to gain a better understanding of the juvenile court system and the role of attorneys, judges, and probation officers. Specifically, students had sessions with a juvenile court judge, attorneys from the Public Defender’s and State’s Attorney’s Office, and Intensive Probation Officers. Students also had an opportunity to talk with a formerly detained youth. 

It was a week full of intense learning and inspiration for both the students and leaders of the service week. According to Cheryl Price, Director of the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, “I’m always so impressed by our students’ determination and flexibility when working with the youth at the JTDC. They work hard to engage with the kids in a meaningful and fun way and care deeply about the social justice issues associated with juvenile detention. Many of our students end the week with a strong commitment to helping marginalized youth in some capacity. It’s truly a life-changing experience.”​
DePaul LawStudents with Judge

Health Law Ranking

The DePaul College of Law’s health law program ranks 15th in the nation according to the recent U.S. News & World Report law school specialty rankings. “I am proud of the important work that our faculty, students, alumni, and community partners are doing at the forefront of health law and policy. There is no more important time than the present to be engaged in the difficult issues that face our health care system,” said Wendy Netter Epstein, Faculty Director of the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute

Students of the health law program at DePaul College of Law not only have access to a broad health law curriculum that spans the field, but also may obtain a certificate in health law, an LLM, or a masters of jurisprudence in health law or health care compliance. Students are mentored by prominent practitioners in the field, and many participate in the Jaharis Summer Scholars program, where they obtain paid summer positions at some of the most distinguished law firms and health organizations in Chicago. Most recently, the Institute, together with the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law, the nationally ranked Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology, and the DePaul Journal of Art, Technology, and Information Technology, held its annual Symposium, “Telehealth: Transforming the Healthcare Delivery Landscape.” 

The health law program has an accomplished faculty teaching and writing in a broad range of health-related areas including price transparency, incentive pay, disability discrimination, intellectual property licensing of pharmaceuticals, federal regulation of medical devices, and informed consent in medical research. With the generous support of a $5 million endowment from the Jaharis Family Foundation, the Institute has recently expanded to include a faculty fellow to teach and write on topics at the increasingly important intersection of health law and intellectual property. 

DePaul’s health law program is always innovating, keeping ahead of the dynamic nature of the field. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Executive Director Katherine Schostok​.

Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Ranking

The DePaul College of Law’s Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology (CIPLIT®) ranks 25th in the nation according to the recent U.S. News & World Report law school specialty rankings. “We are delighted that our strong program of student-focused education, training, and placement, and our strong scholarship and alumni and community relations are again being recognized. Since its founding by Professor Roberta Kwall in 1997, CIPLIT has stood in the forefront of IP legal education and scholarship. IP and IT remain critically important areas of legal practice and growth that will continue to shape our future,” said Ellen Gutiontov, Executive Director of CIPLIT.

Students studying at DePaul College of Law not only have access to a broad and innovative IP/IT curriculum that covers the fundamentals of copyright, trademark, patent, and trade secret laws but can also pursue one of the four IP/IT certificates: general intellectual property law, patent law, information technology, and arts and cultural heritage law. Students may also earn a joint degree program with College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM), and an LL.M in intellectual property law. CIPLIT’s distinguished faculty teach and write in a broad range of intellectual property related areas including copyright, creativity, patent law, innovation policy, trademark, cyberlaw, and arts and cultural heritage law.

If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Executive Director Ellen Gutiontov.

23rd Annual Clifford Symposium Shines the Light on “Dark Money and Judicial Elections”

DePaul College of Law has been home to the longest running civil justice symposium in the country, sparking conversations each year among top legal scholars and influencing policy in cutting-edge topics. Each year, papers reflecting this high-level exchange of ideas are published in the DePaul Law Review, which continues to elevate the journal’s and law school’s reputations. 

In April 2017, DePaul College of Law continues this tradition of excellence with the 23rd Annual Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy, which will focus on “Dark Money and Judicial Elections.” 
This year's symposium will examine the changes in funding for judicial elections brought about by the Supreme Court rulings in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010) and Caperton v. A. T. Massey Coal Co., 556 U.S. 868 (2009). These decisions have inspired a renewed tension between a desire to allow the political process to be unimpeded, and the dangers of the judicial process being influenced by money. Of particular concern is maintaining the integrity of the judicial system in localities that allow for elected judges in an era of virtually unrestricted campaign contributions. 

Throughout the two days of the Symposium, this subject will be explored from empirical, remedial, and experiential perspectives. Some of the most renowned thinkers in the areas of social science and law -- including Tom Tyler (Yale Law School), Herbert Kritzer (University of Minnesota Law School), and Alicia Bannon (Brennan Center for Justice). These thought leaders will share their perspectives and research on this issue, along with judges who have been affected by the changes in election funding. 

Professor Emeritus Stephan Landsman, who has organized this event for over 20 years, recognizes the importance and relevance of this topic in today's climate. The symposium, in his view, will reveal how the “system encourages subterfuge” by allowing people to donate to third parties, which can then fund campaigns. But the symposium will not stop there – it also will identify potential solutions, such as enforcing disclosure of where money came from and went to. 

Landsman credits the long-running success of the Clifford Symposium to “being anchored in the world as it exists.” The symposium gets the best people “not simply for erudite discussion … but to look at the challenges of the real world in a scholarly manner.” He also recognizes that this symposium would not exist without the boundless generosity of Robert Clifford, a DePaul Law alumnus who personally underwrites the event every year. Dean Rosato Perea agrees: “Through Bob Clifford’s support and vision, and Professor Landsman’s expertise and commitment, year after year the Clifford Symposium facilitates important conversations among participants who are the leaders in their fields.” 

The 2017 Clifford Symposium will continue its distinctive and valuable tradition of focusing on real world legal issues and presenting real world solutions. Registration is open and free to the public until April 14, 2017.

DePaul College of Law Inspired by our 287 Illinois Super Lawyers

Illinois Super Lawyer® magazine recently recognized 287 DePaul University College of Law alumni - continuing the law school’s long-standing tradition of preparing accomplished lawyers and leaders in Chicago and throughout Illinois.  Among the DePaul graduates listed, 11 are in the top 100, four are in the top 50 women lawyers, and two are in the top 10, including one who is ranked as the No. 2 attorney in Illinois.

In response to this recognition of so many alumni, Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea commented that "the accomplishments and leadership of DePaul Law alumni inspire our community every day, and the Super Lawyers ranking gives us a moment to share that inspiration even more broadly."

For 2017, the top 100 list includes the following DePaul alumni:
In addition the four alumnae recognized among the top 50 women lawyers are: 
DePaul University College of Law continues to be recognized as the law school generating the most Super Lawyers in Illinois.  Super Lawyers magazine recognizes lawyers in more than 70 practice areas nationwide.  Their patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.  Only five percent of the state's attorneys are annually selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers. 

DePaul student receives 2017 Scandaglia Ryan Intellectual Property Legal Writing Award

2017 Scandaglia and Ryan winner Nolan Leuthauser
2017 Scandaglia Ryan Intellectual Property Legal Writing Award Nolan Leuthauser (fourth from left). Also pictured (from left to right): William J. Ryan, Michael S. Shapiro, DePaul Law Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea, and Gregory J. Scandaglia.
For the fifteenth consecutive year, Scandaglia Ryan LLP presented the Scandaglia Ryan Intellectual Property Legal Writing Award to Nolan Leuthauser. The honor is given annually during the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology (CPLIT®) ceremony to the 2L who receives the highest grade in the first-year IP Legal Writing Program. 

Although Leuthauser came to law school with an interest in intellectual property, he has since discovered a fascination in all areas of the law. Set to be a summer associate at Kirkland & Ellis, he hopes to gain experience in substantive areas within its litigation department. This award is a particularly important honor for him because “I try to do all that I can every day to make myself a better future lawyer, and I know that the most important thing I can do is improve my writing skills.”

Scandaglia Ryan LLP founded and has sponsored the IP Legal Writing Award since its inception in 2002. Past recipients include Jonathan M. Crowley, Kyle Dickinson, Stephen C. Jarvis, Nicholas C. Thompson, Emily Monteith, Justin Piper, Jonathan Schildt, Nicholas J. Angelocci, Jamey A. Orchik, Lee James, Jeremy Bridge, Hillary A. Mann, Philipp Ruben and Lauren Bursey.

Remembering Michael Jaharis (JD '58)

Michael Jaharis (JD ’58)
Michael Jaharis (JD ’58)
The Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute at DePaul University College of Law would like to remember Michael Jaharis (JD ’58) on the one year anniversary of his passing in February of 2016. Mr. Jaharis, a graduate of DePaul University College of Law, was the founder of several pharmaceutical companies. He and his wife, Mary, have generously supported the students, faculty, and programs at the College of Law.

In 2015, a $5 million endowment established by the Jaharis Family Foundation Inc. was donated to the College of Law to expand and strengthen scholarly and educational programs at the dynamic intersection of health law and intellectual property law. Mr. Jaharis’s generous endowment has funded the Journal of Health Care Law’s yearly symposium, summer externship programs for law students committed to practicing intellectual property and health law, and the addition of a faculty fellow who focuses on teaching and research at the intersection of health law and intellectual property, among others. In recognition of the Jaharis Family’s support, the Health Law Institute was renamed the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute.

The Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute is grateful to Mr. Jaharis, and will continue to promote his passion of health law and intellectual property law through its curricula and research.​​​

International Women’s Day Film Screening & Panel Discussion

The Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center & SHALVA are partnering to host a film screening and panel discussion of NO WAY OUT BUT ONE. This award-winning independent documentary tells the remarkable story of Holly Collins, an American woman who kidnapped her children to save them from a life of abuse at the hands of their father. Holly went on the run and became an international fugitive pursued by the FBI. She and her children are the first American family to ever be granted asylum by the government of the Netherlands, due to domestic violence. Panelists include: David H. Hopkins, Partner, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP; Jean M. Bax, Senior Staff Attorney, Life Span and Rosemary McKillip, SHALVA In-House Legal Liaison.

The event is taking place on International Women’s Day--Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the College of Law (25 East Jackson), Room 241. Food and beverages will be provided. Two (2) hours of professional responsibility credit will be available for this program. Co-sponsored by DePaul's International Human Rights Law Institute and Journal for Women, Gender & the Law.

Additional information can be found here​. Please RSVP to Cheryl Price.

DePaul College of Law partners with Illinois Legal Aid Online to host legal answers pro bono clinic housing and family law

DePaul’s Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, Center for Public Interest Law, and Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative joined forces with Illinois Legal Aid Online to host a Legal Answers pro bono clinic in family and housing law. The clinic took place on Friday, February 24th at DePaul College of Law. 

Fifteen pro bono attorneys, many of who are DePaul alumni, and twenty five law student volunteers participated in the virtual legal advice clinic. They worked in small groups to research and respond to family and housing law questions on the Legal Answers website ( Legal Answers is an American Bar Association sponsored web program where lower income Illinois residents can ask an attorney for help with a legal issue. Legal Answers uses technology to increase access to legal help while making pro bono easy for attorneys. By the end of the clinic, the attorney/student teams answered forty-six family law and seven housing law questions. 

The attorneys enjoyed working with students, helping them figure out how to answer complex family and housing law questions in a manner that is understandable and accurate. According to Michelle Cass, alumna and associate at Rinella & Rinella, Ltd.: “The pro bono clinic offered an excellent opportunity for practitioners and students alike to connect with and assist families in need of legal advice. Students rose to the challenge and conveyed professionalism and poise while addressing the access to justice gap that continues to be a rising call to action for the family-law community.” 

The students found the hands-on experience invaluable. First-year law student and Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Fellow, Hannah Thayer, explained that the clinic was incredibly worthwhile: “The pro-bono event was extremely beneficial because I was able to work hands-on with a practicing attorney in a field that I am interested in to answer real-life questions. It gave me the opportunity to learn about specific statutes and requirements while also applying skills that are taught in 1L classes. This experience allowed me to gain more knowledge of and interest in family law, while also helping others in a time of confusion and need.” First-year law student Sal De Los Angeles agreed: “The Legal Answers Pro Bono Clinic was incredible. I think what made it so valuable to me as a student, was the opportunity to work and be mentored by a practicing attorney. I would definitely do it again.” 

DePaul College of Law is the first law school in Illinois to offer this type of clinic and hopes to host additional clinics in the future. It was the perfect blend of pro bono, mentoring, and legal tech to address access to justice issues.​


DePaul Law alumni support scholarship initiative benefiting incoming students

DePaul University College of Law launched a fundraising initiative through Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 to increase the generosity of the scholarships benefiting incoming students. It is through initiatives like this that DePaul Law continues to strengthen its mission and enhance its reputation. Dean Rosato Perea would like to share important news with our community regarding this effort.

Dear College of Law alumni and friends,

I am thrilled to share some exciting news with you!

Back in September at the College of Law Alumni Reception, I announced a generous contribution from alumnae Younghee Ottley (JD 1982). In making this gift, Younghee challenged her fellow alumni to join her in supporting student scholarships at the College of Law.

Our goal was to raise $150,000 by February 1, 2017 to help provide enhanced scholarship awards to students admitted to the College of Law. I’m pleased to announce that we have surpassed our goal! As of February 9, 2017, we have received more than $175,000 from our generous alumni and friends. I thank you for answering the call to ensure promising students will be able to receive the excellent DePaul College of Law experience, with greater affordability.

If you haven’t had a chance to contribute to this initiative and would still like to do so, we welcome your support. You can make a gift by visiting​ and designating your support for the Law Student Scholarship Fund. If you’d prefer to pay by check, you may also send your gift to:

DePaul University
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604-2287
Attn: Advancement Gift Processing

Thank you so much for your support of the College of Law and its students; we are deeply grateful to your commitment to building the law school’s future one student at a time.

All my best,

Dean Jenn
Jennifer Rosato Perea
College of Law

The entire DePaul Law community would like to join Dean Rosato Perea in extending its gratitude to everyone who contributed to this initiative to build the future of DePaul Law.

DePaul Law student wins National Law Review writing competition

DePaul University College of Law 3L Sherry H. Joseph
DePaul University College of Law student Sherry H. Joseph, winner of the 2016 National Law Review student writing contest.

Sherry H. Joseph, a DePaul Law student, was recently awarded the National Law Review's 2016 Law Student Writing Competition for her article titled, "Chicago Plastic Bag Ordinance: Incentivizing Consumers to Change Their Plastic Consumption Behavior". Josephs's writings were based on the original Checkout Bag Tax that was first proposed in 2015 with a reworked version going into effect on February 1, 2017. Although skeptical on the original 2015 plastic bag ban proposal, she ultimately wanted to research how effective the ban would be in hopes of creating awareness. 

Joseph considers the National Law Review award an important milestone that helped her find a deeper meaning to one of her favorite inspirational quotes: "I learned that people fall down, winners get up, and gold medal winners just get up faster." (Bonnie St. John, first African-American woman medalist in the Paralympics). Relating her achievement to the inspirational quote, Joseph says she "may have fallen, even when I was down, I still succeeded. Now I am back up and standing steady on my feet, and I am fulfilling the promise that I made to my father years prior. I am carrying his name as far as I possibly can."

While finishing her final year of law school, Joseph serves as a judicial extern, a student representative for the Illinois State Bar Association and is the managing editor of the Notes and Comments section for the DePaul Business & Commercial Law Journal. She would like to give credit to the staff and faculty at DePaul Law for their encouragement and guidance throughout this experience.​

Family Law Center Hosts Distinguished Lecture on Child Welfare Reform

Family Law Distinguished Lecture featuring DCFS Director
Dean Rosato Perea with DCFS Director, George H. Sheldon and Center Director, Cheryl Price (right)
DePaul’s Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center recently held a Distinguished Lecture featuring guest speaker George H. Sheldon, Director of the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS). The lecture focused on Sheldon and the agency’s reform efforts of improving outcomes for children and families.

Sheldon began his presentation by explaining that for much of its history, child welfare services solely focused on the child’s safety by removing abused or neglected children from unstable and unsafe home environments. Sheldon believes that at the center of a child’s well-being lies a secure and healthy attachment to a committed, responsible adult. This core belief motivates the efforts made on behalf of DCFS to provide a positive and enduring adult attachment for children in its care. To accomplish this goal, DCFS focuses on three broad areas: family strengthening and preservation to keep children from coming into foster care; stability and family-centered care during the time in foster care; and timely permanency through adoption, permanent guardianship or reunification. Sheldon highlighted the love children have for their parents, even when they are imperfect by stating, “If we can find a way to strengthen families, by dealing with mental illness or substance abuse or anger or inadequate parental skills, we can keep that family together and avoid having children come into foster care.”

Through his reform efforts at the agency, Sheldon hopes to improve the lives of children and youth who come into the child welfare system by placing more of them in permanent homes. In Cook County alone, there are currently more than 400 children and youth in DCFS’s care that have been in the system for more than 10 years.

In closing, Sheldon encouraged law students to get involved with these issues by considering a law career in child advocacy. He also answered questions from a variety of topics including Governor Rauner’s Executive Order, which eliminates the use of the term “ward” from child welfare parlance in Illinois and “Normalcy legislation”, which grants foster parents the same kind of decision-making authority for children in their care as other parents and removes bureaucratic hurdles.

IALI welcomes visiting scholar Professor Weimim Diao

IALI Professors Weiman Diao (left) and Stephen Rudolph of DePaul Law
Visiting Professor Weiman Diao (left) and Professor Stephen Rudolph (right) of DePaul Law
DePaul University College of Law's International Aviation Law Institute welcomes its 2017 visiting scholar, Professor Weimin Diao, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Law Research Center at the Civil Aviation Management Institute of China. Planning to be at DePaul Law until the summer, Professor Diao will conduct research in the areas of aircraft leasing, foreign investment and air consumer protection.

Renowned for his scholarship in international law, Professor Diao has lectured to various groups across the world. He has spoken to CCTV, Legal Daily, and Singapore Strait Times, among other media outlets, about topics such as aviation safety and passenger blacklists. His publications include “The Legal Analysis Of Civil Aviation Passenger Blacklist” (Law Science Magazine, July 2012), “The Application of the International Aviation Security Conventions in China” (Journal of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Social Science Edition), March 2012) and “Aviation Security in US Before and After “9/11” and the Revelations for China” (China Civil Aviation, Feb. 2009).

In addition to his academic accomplishments, Professor Diao practices law out of China. He serves as a lawyer at King & Partners' Beijing office and as a mediator with the Shanghai International Economy and Trade Arbitration Commission (also known as the Shanghai International Arbitration Center). He has advised companies including Air China, Chongqing Airport, Wuhan Airport, Shanghai Eastern Air Travel Agency, and the Civil Aviation Resource Website on matters ranging from foreign investments to air consumer protection. ​​

DePaul Law student recieves Prettyman Fellowship

DePaul Law's Fadya Suleman, receipient of the Prettyman Fellowship
DePaul Law student Fadya Salem, recipient of the Prettyman Fellowship

DePaul University College of Law student Fadya Salem (3L) was recently accepted into the E. Barrett Prettyman and Stuart Stiller Fellowship Program at Georgetown University Law Center, which selects three fellows annually. The Prettyman Fellowship was established in 1960 for recent law school graduates to represent indigent clients in Washington, DC. During the two-year program, participants obtain practical training as defense attorneys while gaining a greater understanding of the court system.

The first DePaul Law student to receive this honor, Salem is “beyond excited“ to become a Prettyman Fellow and to work “with indigent clients who are marginalized in society and among the most deserving people needing help.” She first learned about the Fellowship while spending a summer as a law clerk with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, which was funded by DePaul College of Law's Judge Richard D. Cudahy Fellowship.

Salem was further inspired to apply for the Prettyman Fellowship due to its mentorship opportunities. Having learned first hand the value of receiving guidance from professionals with similar passions, she would like to also counsel aspiring attorneys and recognizes this program as an important way to reach out to others. Salem credits two DePaul Law alumni in particular for guiding her on this path: Chalet Braziel (JD '09) and Theodore Thomas (JD '09), both of whom are Cook County Public Defenders. As her mock trial coaches over the past two years, Braziel and Thomas promoted extensive preparation and practice as keys to success, and their “unwavering support” drove her towards excellence.

After completing the Prettyman Fellowship, Salem hopes to continue her work as a public defender and positively impact the lives of others. ​​

DePaul Law congratulates its three Unity Award winners

DePaul Law Unity Awards Dinner
The DePaul Law table at the 2016 Unity Awards Dinner. (standing, left to right) Mahmud Suwwan, Fadya Salem (3L), Emily Steinert (2L), Kary Moyer, Terry Smith; (seated, left to right) Bryanna Jenkins (1L), Lark Mulligan (3L), Lubna S. El-Gendi, Ben Alba.
DePaul University College of Law congratulates three students, Lark Mulligan, Fadya Salem and Emily Steinert, on winning scholarships at the 2016 Unity Award Dinner & 14th Swearing-In of Bar Presidents Ceremony. Both Mulligan and Steinert received the Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award, which honors students who promote diversity within the legal field and improve their communities as a whole through pro bono work and advocacy. Salem earned a Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship, which goes to third-year students with proven academic success, plus the need for financial aid.

All three students engage in public interest law through different areas. Mulligan, who also recently won the Women's Bar Foundation scholarship, provides extensive assistance to the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois and focuses on LGBTQ issues, namely offering pro bono legal aid to transgender people. Steinert helps refugees and other underrepresented people by working for nonprofit organizations, including the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, United Nations Population Fund and the Cape Town Refugee Center in South Africa. Salem educates others on their constitutional rights through her association with the First Defense Legal Aid Street Law Program and Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project.

The Unity Award Dinner is hosted by the Diversity Scholarship Foundation, NFP. It celebrates legal professionals across three states who are dedicated to enhancing diversification within the legal community, and has become one of the region's biggest professional diversity events. Along with honoring students, the ceremony recognized others who have chosen careers in public service, such as Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, who was this year's Unity Award Recipient; Chasity Boyce, Tiffany Harper and Cecilia Horan, who were among the Advocates for Diversity Awards recipients and the Honorable Laura C. Liu who posthumously won the Access to Justice Award. The dinner also features the symbolic swearing-in of more than 50 bar presidents who pledge their commitment to diversity, unity and friendship among their fellow professionals; Judge Timothy Evans officiated 2016's Oath of Unity.

Lubna S. El-Gendi, director of student affairs and diversity, hosted the DePaul Law table and spoke highly of the students and their "inspiring, amazing work for communities," as well as of the numerous alumni who supported the event. She further complimented the organizers for the night and the entertainment, which featured Secretary White's tumbling group. El-Gendi also noted that following the heated rhetoric surrounding this year's presidential election, it was encouraging to see people who recognize the importance of diversity and of bettering their communities. ​

DePaul Law announces 2016-2017 Appellate Moot Court Society members

2016 moot court team
Members of DePaul's 2016-2017 Appellate Moot Court Society.
DePaul University College of Law is pleased to announce the members of the 2016-2017 Appellate Moot Court Society: (back row, left to right) Blaire Theuerkauf, Collin Fernandez, Mike Maienza, Evan Finneke, Michael Bishop; (second row, left to right) Alessandra Faso, Sierra Hagl, Corinne Cundiff, Cristina Mares, Deba Alam, Jessica Rodriguez, James Phillips, Ted Leonas; (front row, left to right) Stephanie Cueman, Samantha Grund-Wickramasekera, Cindy Medina-Cervantes, Betty Murcia, Natasha Mangal; (not pictured) Erica Gibbons, Lindsey Gotkin and Jessica Torres.

In spring 2017, members will comprise nine teams and compete in events throughout the country, including the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, the Whittier National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition, the George Washington National Security Law Moot Court Competition, the UC Davis Asylum & Refugee Law Moot Court Competition, the University of Wisconsin Evans Moot Court Competition and the New York Law School Wagner Competition.

Appellate Moot Court Society President Cristina Mares said, "The 11 competing 3Ls and six 2Ls hope to have another successful year ahead." She also thanks the faculty, alumni and other moot court team members for their guidance in helping prepare the teams for the upcoming competitions.

Family Law Center events focus on child custody and collaborative divorce

DePaul's Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center hosted two Learn-N-Learn events in November.

Jim Pritikin explains the concept of parental alienation to DePaul’s family law students.
James Pritikin explains the concept of parental alienation to DePaul’s family law students.

The first featured James Pritikin, a DePaul Law alumnus and partner at Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli & Swerdlove LLP, examining Chicago Bulls player Dwayne Wade's child custody case. As Wade's attorney throughout his divorce, as well as during the child custody case, Pritikin offered unique insights into the high-profile suit. Although the custody battle began as a customary request for visitation and joint custody, it continued for an unprecedented 38 days and lead to Wade winning sole custody of his sons. A major factor in the case was the mother's parental alienation, and Pritikin further explored how courts may consider parental alienation when determining child custody arrangements.

Sandra Crawford gives an overview of collaborative law in the divorce context.
Sandra Crawford gives an overview of collaborative law in the divorce context.

The second event focused on collaborative divorces with speaker and attorney Sandra Crawford, past president of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Collaborative divorce is a method of ending a marriage using interest-based negotiation. Unlike conventional divorces, which often require litigation where the court makes the final judgment, collaborative divorces provide clients with greater control over the ultimate outcome. Each client hires a team of professionals, such as attorneys, mental health practitioners and financial experts, who will work with the couple over several months to resolve their issues. This process leads to more creative solutions, as well as encourages positive communication between both parties.

JHLI executive director Schostok quoted in 'InBusiness' magazine

Katherine Schostok, executive director of DePaul University College of Law's Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute, was recently quoted by InBusiness magazine. The article, 'Can alternative medicine lower costs?', examines the potential health and financial benefits to, as well as the arguments against, expanding insurance to cover complementary and alternative medicine. DePaul Law's Journal of Health Care Law is among those groups advocating for greater funding into evidence-based research in determining the efficacy of alternative treatments, which include chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapies.

According to Schostok, "There is definitely a push to do more studies to look at these alternative kinds of medicines, but right now it's pretty limited." Among the journal's recommendations are allowing the Affordable Care Act to reimburse for evidence-based alternative treatments, enabling the the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health to determine standards of success and combining intellectual property protection and government awards for proven alternative treatments.

Family Law Center hosts annual panel on practicing family law

DePaul Law Family Law Panel
(from left to right) Laura Ashmore, Alexis Mansfield, Andrea Belard and Dave Zwaska discuss their family law careers with law students.

DePaul University College of Law’s Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center held its annual panel on the practice of family law featuring attorneys from the public and private sector. Its participants were Laura Ashmore, partner at Davis Friedman; Dave Zwaska, associate at Dussias Skallas Wittenberg; Alexis Mansfield, supervising attorney of CLAIM at Cabrini Green Legal Aid and Andrea Belard, staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services. The first two speakers compared practicing family law in a small and large firm, while the second two discussed aiding low-income and incarcerated clients.

Although the speakers highlighted different areas of their careers, they all gave attendees relevant information about pursuing their own paths in family law. They encouraged students to take advantage of the many opportunities DePaul Law has for students interested in the field, including a Family Law Clinic and a Child & Family Law Certificate. Additionally, the four attorneys shared the belief that while family law can be emotionally powerful, it also be very rewarding because you are helping real people and families. 

The panel was co-sponsored by Law Career Services and the Center for Public Interest Law.

Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative, Center for Disability and Elder Law celebrate Pro Bono Week 2016

DePaul Law Students Assist Seniors During Donate A Day 2016
DePaul law students assist seniors during the Pro Bono Week Donate-A-Day in November 2016.

For the sixth consecutive year, DePaul University College of Law's Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative and the Center for Disability and Elder Law held a day of service as part of Pro Bono Week's Donate-A-Day, an initiative celebrated around the country wherein legal professionals provide their services to those in need. Under the tutelage of the Center for Disability and Elder Law's legal director Tom Wendt, participants aided low-income seniors in drafting living wills and powers of attorney for health care and property.

Attorney, alumni and student volunteers spent the day at the Center on Addison. During the workshop, they interviewed and assisted more than 15 seniors in creating important legal documents. First-year student Dave Hem praised the program, saying it was “one of the greatest volunteer experiences I have ever had. Not only did I learn about issues impacting low income seniors in this country, it allowed me the opportunity to help them. ... It was very enlightening for me to note the differences in public service provisions between developed countries (like the United States) and developing countries (like Cambodia, where I am from). … I look forward to participating in such activities again.”

IALI/Chaddick lunch lecture analyzes active shooter situations

Stephen Rudolph, Kathernie Schweit, and Joseph P. Schwieterman
Pictured from left: Stephen Rudolph, executive director of DePaul Law's International Aviation Law Institute; Supervisory Special Agent Katherine Schweit of the FBI's Active Shooter Initiative; and Joseph P. Schwieterman, PhD, director of DePaul College of LAS' Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.

DePaul University's Sixth Annual International Aviation Law Institute and Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development Lunch Lecture explored the importance of planning for active shooter situations, particularly in high-traffic transportation areas such as airports.

Supervisory Special Agent Katherine Schweit of the FBI's Active Shooter Initiative and the senior executive responsible for the agency's planning, policy and training to better prepare, prevent and respond to active shooter and other mass casualty situations, led the talk and answered questions from attendees regarding crucial security issues. A major component of her discussion was the often-ignored financial ramifications of active shooter incidents, and how preparing in advance for potential occurrences can significantly reduce post-situation costs. Other areas she highlighted were the need for enhanced security requirements in the design stage of new infrastructure and her belief that airports will expand their security protocols to lobbies and entryways, instead of focusing primarily on keeping boarding gates safe.

Schweit, an alumna of DePaul Law, thanked DePaul University "for the opportunity to make the business case for why security considerations must be an integral part of the initiation of all airport and urban planning efforts. Inadequately assessing security risks from inception makes a business entity more vulnerable to targeted violence and can result in extraordinary and potentially unnecessary expenses when tragedy strikes." She also appreciated "the opportunity to return to my alma mater and see first-hand how dedicated these institute participants are to tackling cutting-edge topics; topics that often have no simple answers and are fraught with competing interests."

The IALI/Chaddick Lunch Lecture is cosponsored by the College of Law's International Aviation Law Institute and the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences’ Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.

DePaul Law alumna Ritchie named WBAI 2016 top women lawyer

Meredith Ritchie, Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at Alliant Credit Union
Meredith Ritchie, vice president, general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer at Alliant Credit Union, is the recipient of a 2016 Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Award from the WBAI.

The Women's Bar Association of Illinois selected DePaul University College of Law alumna Meredith Ritchie as one of 2016's Top Women Lawyers in Leadership. Only five people received the honor, which recognizes the state's most notable female legal professionals. They are recognized for their leadership and the valuable guidance they provide to others. Winners have come from various disciplines, including litigation, academia, entrepreneurship, public service and journalism.

Ritchie currently serves as vice president, general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer at Alliant Credit Union. She also leads the company's legal and compliance department and the ethics program, is a member of its senior leadership team, and oversees the in-house legal team in all matters related to mergers and acquisitions. Among the first in her industry to negotiate for cyber liability insurance, Ritchie has received accolades for combining pragmatic and creative problem solving to aid clients in business, law and risk management.

“I am ecstatic that the Women's Bar Association of Illinois bestowed this amazing award upon me and am grateful that Corinne Heggie, counsel at Scharf Banks Marmor, nominated me!” says Ritchie. “I have been so fortunate in my career to have role models and managers mentor and sponsor me so that I can be a leader. I, in turn, find great satisfaction in helping people, particularly attorneys, make connections that will enrich their careers and lives.” Alliant Credit Union and Scharf Banks Marmor LLC have also specifically recognized Ritchie for this honor.

Meredith Ritchie and Corinne Heggie, Counsel at Scharf Banks Marmor
Corinne Heggie (left), counsel at Scharf Banks Marmor and the nominating attorney, congratulates Ritchie on receiving the WBAI award.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Ritchie regularly speaks to national organizations on matters related to strategic planning and regulatory compliance. Events she has appeared at include the Association of Corporate Counsel's General Counsel Roundtable (September 2014), the National Law Journal's Corporate Compliance Event (November 2014) and the Women, Influence & Power in Law panel "Advisor & Chief: Top Ways to Communicate Your Strategy More Effectively" (October 2015). She also was featured in a 2014 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article "Aligning Alliant."

Before joining Alliant Credit Union, Ritchie was deputy general counsel, central management services and attorney/bureau chief, public aid for the state of Illinois, and state and local government corporate counsel with Accenture LLP. She also studied at the Sorbonne, the Institut d'Etudes politiques de Paris and Hamilton College.

DePaul Law student Mulligan receives Women's Bar Foundation scholarship

DePaul Law student Lark Mulligan is honored at a Women's Bar Foundation Scholarship Reception
Pictured from left: Shaye Loughlin, executive director of DePaul's Center for Public Interest Law; Jennifer Rosato Perea, dean of DePaul University College of Law; Lark Mulligan, recipient of the Women's Bar Foundation scholarship; Sue (Lee) Pak, JD '16; and Terrie Sullivan, JD candidate '17.

DePaul University College of Law student Lark Mulligan is one of nine recipients this year to receive the Women's Bar Foundation scholarship award. For over a half century, the Women's Bar Foundation has provided scholarships to exceptional female Illinois law students for their outstanding educational and professional accomplishments, as well as their dedication to aiding their communities. Winners were celebrated at a luncheon in October, which also honored Andrea Zopp, deputy mayor of the city of Chicago, for her professional and philanthropic achievements.

I feel honored to receive this award as a queer transgender woman, as a feminist and as a prison abolition activist,” said Mulligan. I want to be a lawyer because the U.S. is experiencing an urgent crisis of hyperpolicing and mass incarceration of poor people of color. 

As a prison abolitionist, Mulligan advocates on behalf of “dismantling systems of incarceration, surveillance and policing” and creating “a world that has no need for prisons or police by addressing the root causes of violence, inequality and oppression in our communities.” She promotes alternative solutions such as community-building and empowerment, reparations, healing and restorative practices, open dialogue, accessible and affordable healthcare and food justice.

Mulligan also performs as a collective member and board member with the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois. Founded in 2008, this group provides legal services to low-income transgender and gender nonconforming people. With this organization, she drafted Transgender 101 for Judges in the Civil Division,” which has educated judges about gender identity and the importance of allowing transgender persons to change their names as a crucial step in claiming their true identity. Since 2010, its Name Change Mobilization project has enabled more than 500 transgender people to change their name. She has filed grievances with Cook County Jail on behalf of transgender individuals who face rampant abuse at its institutions and cocreated a re-entry support program for transgender women following their released from prison. She also publishes the 'zine Hidden Expressions,' which features the writing, artwork and guidance of transgender prisoners. Along with her responsibilities at the Transformative Law Project of Illinois, she interns at Cabrini Green Legal Aid where she handles criminal records relief, such as expungement and clemency, and performs criminal defense.

After law school, Mulligan plans to continue providing holistic legal guidance to criminalized transgender people in Chicago. Other accolades Mulligan has earned include winning the Pro Bono Publico Award in 2015 and being named one of the Windy City Times' 30 Under 30 in 2013.

Family law center teaches students about public service and child advocacy work

The Honorable Patrick T. Murphy talks to attendees of DePaul University College of Law students
Judge Patrick T. Murphy speaks about a legal career in public service and child advocacy.

DePaul University College of Law's Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center joined with the Center for Public Interest Law and the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative to host a discussion on public service and child advocacy work. Professor Allison Ortlieb moderated the panel, which featured the Honorable Patrick T. Murphy of the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Domestic Relations Division and Susan DeCostanza, staff attorney from Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. Focusing on the work of Cook County's Public Guardian Office, the speakers educated attendees on the value of aiding others and how experience in public interest can improve one's overall legal acumen.

Judge Murphy described his experience as the first Cook County Public Guardian. During his 26 years in the role, he saw how the Public Guardian program expanded from just aiding adults to also helping children. Throughout his career, he has also inspired legal reforms to benefit youths. DeCostanza further explored the importance of Public Guardians, such as how they make the legal process easier for children and families.

DePaul Law announces 2016 Loan Repayment Assistance Program recipients

DePaul University College of Law is proud to announce its 2016 Loan Repayment Assistance Program award recipients. Started in 2006, the Loan Repayment Assistance Program recognizes graduates who have dedicated their career to the public sector by providing them with financial support towards alleviating their student debt. Over the past decade, more than 60 alumni have benefited from the efforts of the program and its sponsors.

The nine recipients for 2016 are:

DePaul Law 2016 LRAP Recipietns
Pictured from left: Megan Davis; Olivia Villegas; Courtney Kelledes; Brandon Williams; Jarrett Knox; Dean Jennifer Perrea Rosato; Tracy Walsh; and Professor Patty Gerstenblith.

DePaul will host a reception to celebrate the recipients at the College of Law on Thursday, November 3 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. For details, please visit the event calendar

Seven DePaul Law alumni selected for 40 Under Forty

DePaul Law 40 Under 40
Law Bulletin Publishing Company recognized seven DePaul University College of Law alumni in its annual publication featuring 40 of the most talented young attorneys practicing in Illinois. The 2016 “40 Under Forty” publication profiles the following DePaul alumni:
  • Paula S. Kim (JD '15), Polsinelli
  • Heather Becker (JD '03), Laner Muchin
  • Devon J. Eggert (JD '06), Freeborn & Peters
  • Michael L. Gallagher (JD '03), Burke Wise Morrissey Kaveny
  • Patrick Giese (JD '11), Tomasik Kotin Kasserman
  • Jaime A. Koziol (JD '11), Levin & Perconti
  • Carolyn Daley Scott (JD '06), Power Rogers & Smith

For more information about the selection process, visit the 40 Under Forty site.

DePaul Law to co-host discussion on airline security

DePaul University College of Law's International Aviation Law Institute and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences' Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development will host their sixth annual lunch lecture, “Targeted Violence & Security Issues: Implications for Airport Planning.” Increase in global terrorism threats have required airports, rail and bus systems across the world to develop new ways to protect travelers, and this has become a matter of increasing importance, particularly with the holiday season approaching.

During the lecture, Katherine W. Schweit, head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Active Shooter Initiative and a DePaul law alumna, will discuss the security strategies of public transportation systems. She will also answer questions about how Chicago is responding to these concerns.

This free event will be held on Wednesday, November 2 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the DePaul Center, 1 East Jackson Boulevard, Room 8005. Register to attend by emailing Only people who have registered will be admitted to the event.

DePaul Law joins Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program

DePaul University College of Law is proud to announce its inclusion in the Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP) and its continuing commitment to diversity in the legal profession. This year, DAPP expanded its program to DePaul, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law to support its mission of enhancing opportunities for women of color law students.

The program selected eleven first-year law students as DAPP scholars for the 2016-2017 academic year. They will receive the support of the organization in obtaining summer associate positions at law firms and corporations. Throughout the year, DAPP also will offer large-scale professional development programs and empowerment webinars and programming across the country.

Founded in 2013, DAPP was created as a nonprofit organization to respond to the overall decrease in women of color legal professionals. It began as a pilot program at Loyola University Chicago during the 2014-2015 academic year, and continued at John Marshall School of Law the subsequent year. 

For more information or to learn how to host a DAPP scholar in summer 2017, visit


DePaul Law hosts 'Crook County' author Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve

Author Nicole Gonzales Van Cleve discussed her book Crook County at DePaul Law
Author Nicole Gonzales Van Cleve discusses her book, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in Chicago's Largest Criminal Court, at DePaul Law.
DePaul University College of Law's Journal of Social Justice welcomed author Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve for a talk about her new book, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in Chicago's Largest Criminal Court. Crook County emerged from Van Cleve's 15 years of field research into Chicago's criminal court system, and her analysis of the racially biased culture that permeates it. She and her staff interviewed judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and other members of the legal community and discovered the various types of discrimination (both explicit and implicit) that occurs at multiple levels of the law.

Attendees praised the event and what they learned from Van Cleve's insights into the judicial system. Javier Roman, an employee at a Chicago Boys and Girls Club as well as an interviewee for Crook County, discussed his experiences with people in need and expressed the universal problem that "no one is trying to understand the why [individuals may commit crimes]." DePaul College of Law students also felt the presentation enhanced their understanding of their future careers. Patricia Hudson, a 3L, found the talk "insightful, thought-provoking, and encouraging! As an African-American and future attorney, I can completely recognize the issues that Dr. Van Cleve has presented to the rest of society," and it further encouraged her "to continue to figure out my role within the law community." Another 3L, Tobin Klusty, who interns with the Cook County Public Defender's Office, called it "eye opening." He continued that although the discovery that "Cook County frequently discriminates against people of color is disturbing, the end of [Van Cleve's] speech was inspiring - future lawyers and the community can work together to stop discrimination in Cook County."

DePaul Journal of Social Justice hosted the program and received support from the Center for Public Interest Law and the DePaul University Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.

Alumna Jochner discusses fee shifting in marital dissolution cases

Michele Jochner
The Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center's October Lunch-N-Learn program focused on fee shifting in marital dissolution cases in Illinois. Alumna Michele Jochner, a partner at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck and an active member of the center’s advisory board, examined the history of fee shifting in the divorce context.  She discussed the doctrine’s common law origin in 1917 and explained how the doctrine evolved to its current understanding today.

Additionally, Jochner highlighted a split among the Illinois Appellate Courts on this issue. Currently, the appellate courts disagree on which test the lower courts must apply to determine whether fee shifting in a particular case is appropriate: inability to pay or comparison of the parties’ financial standing. In January, Jochner will argue before the Illinois Supreme Court that a party must show an inability to pay in order for fee shifting to apply and that the parties’ financial standings is contrary to Illinois Supreme Court precedent and Illinois’ public policy.

Jochner’s presentation helped students learn that fee shifting is a common practice in family law. The students look forward to learning about the forthcoming Illinois Supreme Court decision on this issue, as it may shape their future work as family law practitioners.

DePaul Law hosts discussion advocacy for migrant farm workers

DePaul University College of Law will host a discussion on advocacy for migrant farm workers today, Monday, October 24 from 12 to 1 p.m. DePaul's chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and the Society for Asylum and Immigration Law will present attorneys from the Farmers & Landscapers Advocacy Project (FLAP) and the Immigrants and the Workers’ Rights Practice Group of the Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF) to discuss important and often underacknowledged legal issues facing millions of people across the United States.

According to a recent Chicago Tribune article, there are approximately 2.5 million farm workers in America; up to 70 percent of them are undocumented and fear deportation. This event expects to introduce the legal community to their plights and needs. Attendees will learn about the advocacy efforts of legal and social services, as well as ways that attorneys and students can further aid the Illinois farm worker population.

Speakers include Jose Alonso, an attorney with the Immigrants and Workers’ Rights Practice Group at LAF, and Meghan A. VanLeuwen, Litigation Director at the Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project.

About the organizations:

  • The Society for Immigration and Asylum Law at DePaul Law educates students in the areas of asylum and immigration law.

  • The National Lawyers Guild at DePaul Law advocates for basic changes in economic and political systems and defends the rights of disenfranchised groups, such as migrant farm workers.

  • FLAP was created in 1999 due to federal funding that severely limited the assistance federally-funded legal services programs could provide. FLAP offers clients employment-related litigation assistance, outreach, and education.

  • LAF provides free legal assistance to people living below the poverty line in Cook County, Illinois; its Immigrants & Workers’ Rights practice group focuses on migrant agricultural and landscape workers.

DePaul student receives Chicago Bar Foundation Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship

Marovitz Insalaco Loughlin
Pictured from left: Andrew Marovitz, chair of the CBF Marovitz Scholarship selection committee; Amanda Insalaco, recipient of the 2016 Marovitz Scholarship; and Shaye Loughlin, executive director of DePaul's Center for Public Interest Law.
From a young age, DePaul first-year law student Amanda Insalaco has aspired to a career in public service. As the first in her family to attend college, she graduated with honors and determined she wanted to pursue that dream as a public service lawyer. On October 17, she became one big step closer to realizing that dream after she received the 2016 Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship.

The CBF Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship has been awarded annually since 2004 to an incoming first-year law student attending one of the nine Illinois law schools. The scholarship was made possible through the generous financial contribution of the late Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz. Throughout his distinguished life and career, Judge Marovitz was a firm believer that financial need should not be a bar to dedicated young students who want to pursue careers in public service. For nearly a century, Judge Marovitz consistently demonstrated his commitment to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through a variety of charitable activities. Prior to his death in 2001, Judge Marovitz ensured that this legacy would continue by establishing funding for a number of charitable initiatives, including the CBF Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship.

The CBF’s scholarship award to Insalaco includes $40,000 in financial assistance payable over her law school career, which will help ease the financial burden of law school and enable her to pursue a career in public service.

Insalaco receives award
Andrew Marovitz presents an award in recognition of the 2016 CBF Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship to DePaul first-year student Amanda Insalaco.
“Amanda is a great choice and she will be a real credit to the Marovitz Scholarship and the CBF,” said Andrew Marovitz, chair of the CBF Marovitz scholarship selection committee. “The selection committee was impressed by all of her public service work and her academic achievements. Her strong commitment to dedicate her legal career to making our justice system work better for everyone made her stand out from a competitive and talented pool of applicants. We look forward to seeing all that she accomplishes in her legal career.”

Upon receiving the scholarship, Insalaco said, “The Marovitz Scholarship will enable me to better focus on law school without the distraction and stress that often accompany years of financial hardship due to student loans. I am confident that I’m now much better positioned to pursue a legal aid career in Chicago to help the most vulnerable people in our community.”

Story and photos courtesy of the Chicago Bar Foundation.

preLaw magazine gives DePaul's public interest and health law programs high marks

DePaul University College of Law's public interest law and health law programs each received high marks from from preLaw magazine in the 2016 Back to School issue​. The periodical ranks law schools that are dedicated to innovation and provide exceptional offerings in key areas. DePaul was one of only five schools to receive an A+ rating, the magazine's highest grade, in public interest law, while its health program garnered an A-.

The public interest law program offers students myriad opportunities for professional growth with a focus on social justice issues. Among its most notable programs are the DePaul Journal for Social Justice, a first-year legal writing section dedicated to public interest law, summer job placements, and numerous pro bono and volunteer opportunities. 

Shaye Loughlin, the executive director of the Center for Public Interest Law, was "thrilled to learn about our public interest grade by preLaw magazine." She said Professor Emeritus Leonard Cavise, the founding faculty director of the center, recognized how the public interest law program reflects the university's Vincentian philosophy to aid the poor and vulnerable in our communities. “The preLaw grade recognizes the strength of our public interest law training program and our committed community of social justice advocates,” continued Loughlin.

For more than 30 years, DePaul's health law program has been on the forefront of health law education, research and scholarship. The health law curriculum offers a wide range of coursework in traditional, face-to-face classes, online classes, fieldwork and other experiential offerings. Courses cover diverse areas including regulatory, corporate compliance, policy, social and ethical issues. 

Through the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute (JHLI), students also have numerous opportunities to expand their potential in the health law field through a fellowship program, summer job placements and moot court competitions. Executive Director Katherine Schostok and Faculty Director Wendy Epstein oversee the JHLI programs.​

Family law center helps students understand new Illinois Parentage Act

Alumna and Family Law Attorney Colleen Hurley speaks with 2L Candace Watkins about her interest in family law.
Alumna and family law attorney Colleen Hurley (left) speaks with second-year student Candace Watkins about her interest in pursuing a career in family law.
Family law attorney and alumna Colleen Hurley (JD ’14) presented on interpreting the newly revised Illinois Parentage Act during a lunch-and-learn event sponsored by the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center. Hurley explained many of the changes found in the new act’s provisions by contrasting them with the language in the former law. While Hurley acknowledges that there are still uncertainties when deciphering the statute, she has developed a firm understanding of how to utilize the new revisions.

Hurley based her talk on her experiences as an associate at the family law firm of Wakenight & Associates, PC. She covered areas ranging from how one would establish paternity to how a legally recognized parent would construct a parenting plan, and the relevance of attorneys in developing these plans. Along with providing real-world anecdotes about life as an attorney, she helped attendees expand their own understanding of the act by allowing them to review a Cook County order that laid out the formation of a parenting time allocation judgment.

After the presentation, Hurley answered questions about the practice of family law and how to break into the field.

DePaul Law and Chicago Committee collaborate to launch law school pipeline program

The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms and DePaul University College of Law are proud to announce their collaboration on LegalTrek 2017.

The Chicago Committee is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote racial and ethnic diversity in large Chicago law firms and in the Chicago community through programming, business development and networking opportunities, LegalTrek is an original Chicago Committee pipeline program that ran successfully from 2008 to 2012. Under the leadership of legal diversity champion Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea, LegalTrek will continue to inspire and empower minority students interested in joining the legal profession. LegalTrek’s mission is to diversify the Chicago legal community by encouraging and supporting college students from historically underrepresented groups to attend law school.

LegalTrek scholars will attend summer classes at DePaul Law, where they will increase their understanding of the role of the law in society, the different kinds of lawyers and legal career options, and successful strategies for applying to law school. LegalTrek scholars will be linked with mentors and coaches from the Chicago Committee (some of who are now LegalTrek alumni themselves). LegalTrek 2017 is designed to showcase Chicago’s legal community to diverse college students wishing to enter the profession and providing them with a clear roadmap to success.

Applications for LegalTrek 2017 will be available in January.

"Trolls and Other Patent Inventions" the topic of the Niro Distinguished Intellectual Property Lecture

Professor Zorina Khan Speaks at CIPLIT's 17th Niro Distinguished IP Lecture and Luncheon
Professor Zorina Khan Speaks at CIPLIT's 17th Niro Distinguished IP Lecture and Luncheon.
DePaul University College of Law's Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology (CIPLIT) hosted the 17th Niro Distinguished Intellectual Property Lecture and luncheon in September. The event features notable persons in the field of intellectual property law. This year's speaker was Professor Zorina Khan, professor of economics at Bowdoin College, who presented on “Trolls and Other Patent Inventions.”

During the session, Professor Khan focused on ongoing issues with the United States' patent system due to excessive litigation and the challenges in responding to constant advancements in technology throughout the 21st century. Her speech explored the history of patents in America, from its relevance at the birth of the nation to its impact on modern free market principals. She further examined at how the patent system set up by the United States influenced the development of other national patent systems during the 19th century and beyond.

The event also paid tribute to Raymond P. Niro Sr., who passed away earlier this year. Niro sponsored the event since its creation in 1998, and his support was crucial in CIPLIT's ongoing efforts to analyze important legal issues in intellectual property. Professor Bobbi Kwall, the Raymond P. Niro Professor of Intellectual Property Law, and his son Dean Niro, who is a partner at Niro Law, spoke about Niro's legacy as a champion of the underdog in patent litigation. ​

Alumnus Roger White inspires students to make a difference in family law

DePaul Presents Alumnus Roger White To Discuss Family Law
DePaul law alumnus Roger White discusses family law with students.
DePaul’s Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center hosted Roger White from White Scott & White, for an informal discussion on life as a family law attorney. White provided nearly 20 students with practical advice on the best courses to enroll in during law school, tactics when interviewing for family law jobs, and other methods for obtaining success, such as working hard and adapting to new opportunities. White's guidance, which included advice on practicing as an attorney and for working with family clients, was useful for all students, regardless of whether they choose to pursue family law.

White ended his presentation with an anecdote about how a lawyer can go above and beyond to impact his community and client. He talked about how family law attorneys can be essential to their clients' overall well-being as well as the myriad of responsibilities that lawyers have in this role. Students enjoyed the presentation and stayed after to ask him questions about this practice area.

Professor Wendy Epstein named a 2016 health law scholar

2016 Health Law Scholars
Wendy Epstein (middle) pictured with fellow 2016 Health Law Scholars - Elizabeth McCuskey of University of Toledo College of Law (left), and Rachel Sachs of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (right).

The American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and Saint Louis University School of Law recently named DePaul Associate Professor Wendy Epstein a 2016 Health Law Scholar for her work-in-progress “Price Transparency and Incomplete Contracts in Health Care.”

The Health Law Scholars Workshop recognizes the achievements of junior faculty in health law and bioethics. Each year, health law professors choose four exceptional works from emerging scholars in these fields. The honorees are invited to Saint Louis University Law School in September to present their pieces to a gathering of health law scholars, who will provide feedback and guidance on the thesis. Many participants subsequently get their articles published in notable law journals. Epstein's fellow scholars are Rachel Sachs of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, Elizabeth McCuskey of University of Toledo College of Law, and Jasmine Harris of UC Davis School of Law.

Epstein's “Price Transparency” analyzes the issues with the use of open price term contracts for medical services. Currently, the law permits patients to consent to medical procedures without knowing how much they will cost, which often causes the patient to incur significant fees and possible debt. In the article, Epstein argues in favor of the use of “patient-provider” contracts. Since, with rare exception (e.g. emergency care, complicated surgeries), medical providers can readily reveal pricing information, both parties would be better served with this openness.

In addition to “Price Transparency,” Epstein has had articles featured in numerous journals. The Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics is set to publish her “Revisiting Incentive-Based Contracts” in a 2017 edition. Other recent publications include “Facilitating Incomplete Contracts” (65 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 297 (2015)), “Contract Theory and the Failures of Public-Private Contracting” (34 Cardozo L. Rev. 2211 (2013)), and “Public-Private Contracting and the Reciprocity Norm” (the lead article in 64 Am. U. L. Rev. 1 (2014)). Her scholarship can be found on her SSRN page.

Epstein has been a member of DePaul’s College of Law faculty since 2013. She currently teaches Contracts and Health Care Law and is faculty director of the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute.


Michael Grynberg article named one of intellectual property's best in 2015

DePaul Law Associate Professor Michael Grynberg

Thomson Reuters (West) selected DePaul University College of Law Associate Professor Michael Grynberg's article The Meaning of Hana: The Promise of Lexmark (39 Colum. J.L. & Arts 41 (2015)) as one of the best intellectual property articles of 2015. It will be included in the 2016 edition of Thomson Reuters' Intellectual Property Law Review.

Professor Grynberg's article analyzes two recent Supreme Court decisions related to trademark law. Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank raised issues regarding whether trademark tacking and the “likelihood of confusion” question is a matter of fact for juries or a matter of law for judges, as well as highlighted the Lanham Act's limited defenses. In Lexmark International, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc., the United States Supreme Court clarified who has standing to sue for false advertising. In the article, Grynberg acknowledges that this decision could simultaneously lead to more false advertising plaintiffs while also offering greater protections for trademark holders.

Professor Grynberg was inspired to write the article while preparing for an American Bar Association panel about recent Supreme Court decisions on trademark law. During his initial research, he discovered a depth to Hana, particularly in relation to its connection to the Lexmark decision, that could have significant impact on intellectual property law decisions in the future.

A member of DePaul's College of Law faculty since 2012, Grynberg teaches Cyberlaw, Property, and Trademark.

DePaul welcomes family law focused students and professionals

Cheryl Price, executive director of the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center speaks about DePaul's family law program
Cheryl Price, executive director of the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center speaks about DePaul's family law program
DePaul University College of Law's Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center and the Child & Family Law Association combined to host a welcome reception for incoming and returning family law students. The event's crowd consisted of a significant number of law students, alumni, faculty, staff, and members of the Family Law Center’s Advisory Board, all of whom share a connection to the subject and its practice.

Notable participants spoke about the importance of family law to the school and the legal community as a whole. Cheryl Price, executive director of the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, informed guests about the center's achievements and operations, particularly how it advises and assists students interested in this field of law. Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea explained her interest in family law based on how it encompasses a wide range of topics, such as tax, constitutional, and real estate law. Evan Compton, the president of the Child & Family Law Association, discussed how his organization further expands DePaul's commitment to family law by encouraging student involvement and attempting to develop a family law moot court team.

The event also provided important networking opportunities. Students connected with professionals who gave guidance on choosing classes, finding internships, job hunting, and volunteering.

DePaul law students give back during service day

1L Service Day
DePaul University 1L law student Brad Morley, left, joins faculty member Martha Pagliari, and fellow students Latiera Rayford and Paras Aneja (clockwise from left) as they sort spaghetti squash at the Howard Area Community Center in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
DePaul’s College of Law held its fifth annual 1L Service Day on August 19, 2016. This year, more than 100 volunteers participated, including incoming students, second- and third-year students, and faculty and staff, as well as Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea.

Volunteers chose between seven service sites throughout the city to visit and assist persons in need: Pacific Garden Mission, Cornerstone Community Outreach, Marillac House, Legal Prep Charter Academy, Catholic Charities Madonna House, Catholic Charities St. Vincent de Paul Residence, and Howard Area Community Center. Among their responsibilities were making beds and serving meals at homeless shelters, preparing classrooms for the upcoming school year, and interacting with senior citizens.  

During the event, College of Law Chaplain Tom Judge encouraged participants to share what motivates them to serve. Some felt that “it’s a good way to meet and connect with new students,” while others agreed that “it is part of how I live out my faith.” By taking part in 1L Service Day, participants were able to accomplish these and other goals, in addition to exploring different communities in Chicago and aiding others.

The Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative and University Ministry in the Loop organize the annual event with support from the Center for Public Interest Law.

Chinese lawyers, judges visit DePaul to learn about intellectual property program

Chinese delegation visits DePaul Law
DePaul College of Law’s Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT) hosted a delegation of seven judges and lawyers from China to discuss global intellectual property issues and education on August 2, 2016. The program was arranged as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. 

Considering the importance of how intellectual property law affects global trade and the business community, participants shared ideas about how the public and private sector can work together to implement greater legal protections for intellectual property rights. Education was another important topic of the meeting as the delegates learned about CIPLIT and DePaul’s approach to intellectual property education, expressing a particular interest in legal drafting courses. 

The Chinese delegates represented various areas of law and government. Judge Shiwen Lan of the Intellectual Property Rights Court of Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court has handled hundreds of intellectual property cases and has performed extensive research in determining damages in these matters. Judge Li Liu of the Jiangsu High People’s Court, Intellectual Property Rights Division, has spent over a decade advocating for stronger intellectual property protections through research projects and speaking engagements. Judge Hong Ma, presiding judge of the Ningbo Intermediate People’s Court and Intellectual Property Court, has authored numerous publications on strengthening intellectual property rights legal policies. Judge Zhizhu Zheng, is one of 10 presiding judges of the Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court, which is one of three courts in China that seek to develop consistency in intellectual property trials. As deputy office director of the law enforcement department, Ningbo Municipal Intellectual Property Bureau, Huarong Wu resolves patent disputes and creates new policies to improve intellectual property rights protections. Fajie Li, senior partner of Yingke Law Firm, concentrates on corporate law, finance and intellectual property, and also serves as deputy editor-in-chief of a legal reference guide.

Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea, CIPLIT Executive Director Ellen Gutiontov, and Professors Tony Volini and Ana Santos Rutschman represented DePaul, along with alumni Dermot Horgan (JD ’94) and Jing Zhang (JD ’08) from the Buffalo Grove, Illinois, law firm IpHorgan also participated. 

DePaul's inaugural Third Year in Practice class ready for real-world experience

Members of the first class of students in DePaul’s innovative Third Year in Practice (3YP) program will begin their intensive legal field placements at government agencies, nonprofit organizations and corporations in fall 2016.

Following is an excerpt from a recent article about the 3YP program that appeared in Distinctions.

“3YP is the reason I came to DePaul,” says Clint Pierce. Rebekah Gonzalez agrees: “I learned about 3YP when I was researching law schools, and it’s why I decided to come here. I did not see anything like it at other schools in the area.”
The Third Year in Practice (3YP) program allows law students to complete general course requirements in two years and then spend their third year immersed in the simulated and actual practice of law. 3YP students learn and practice professional litigation and corporate skills, while working under close supervision, at a law firm, government agency, corporation, nonprofit organization, or any one of DePaul’s legal clinics.
“3YP is a way to attract students, for sure, but it’s also just the right thing to do,” says David Rodriguez, the program’s director and a clinical instructor for the Poverty Law Clinic. "The first year out of law school is baptism by fire, as new lawyers struggle to do the work. It’s one thing to learn theory in the classroom, quite another to apply it on-the-job, with real-world pressures, deadlines, and expectations. Students who’ve done 3YP can hit the ground running after graduation—they’ll be confident and competitive.”
Read the full story.​​​​​

Professor Fox addresses world transport conference

Sarah Jane Fox
Dr. Sarah Jane Fox, the International Aviation Law Institute's (IALI) 2015-2016 Fulbright Scholar, made two presentations at the 14th World Conference on Transport Research held July 10 to 16, 2016,  in Shanghai, China. 
At the airlines program, Dr. Fox presented an overview of her research work for IALI, summarizing and providing illustrations from the four papers she prepared during her Fulbright year at the institute. Her papers considered conflicts in aviation and the legacy to historical events, with the overlying factors relating to politics, sovereignty and governance. A particularly timely illustration involved possible aviation-related repercussions resulting from the UK's recent vote to exit the European Union.​​

DePaul joins 1871, nation’s largest entrepreneurial technology incubator; College of Law part of collaboration

DePaul University is opening a dedicated space at 1871, Chicago’s prestigious entrepreneurial technology hub. (Photo by Carol Hughes)
With a commitment to innovation, quality education and providing real-world experiences to students, DePaul University is opening a dedicated space at 1871, Chicago’s prestigious entrepreneurial technology hub. The collaboration gives DePaul students, faculty members and alumni access to 1871’s programming, special events, workshops, lectures, and provides networking opportunities with industry thought leaders.

The College of Law is one of four academic units, along with the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center in the Driehaus College of Business, the College of Computing and Digital Media, and Academic Affairs, to be part of the collaboration with 1871.

It is important for the College of Law to be a key partner in this collaboration. We recognize that law, business and technology are inextricably intertwined in today's world, and lawyers and law students need to problem solve in contexts—like the ones offered at 1871—where those disciplines all come together,” said Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea of the College of Law. 

As part of University Row, DePaul joins the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Loyola University, University of Illinois, DeVry University, and Illinois Institute of Technology at 1871. Each of the universities will participate in Campus 1871, a springtime, weekend-long event that brings together the best and brightest from each of the partner universities to create their own startups with like-minded university students.

“This partnership has been a long time coming and we are thrilled that DePaul is formally joining the 1871 community,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “Our partnerships with universities are one of 1871’s biggest advantages and offerings, and DePaul is a crucial addition to this fold. We look forward to welcoming people from around the DePaul family to 1871.”

Excerpted from DePaul Newsroom press release.

DePaul appoints development director for the College of Law

​Tracy Krauchun (SNL ’05, MS ’10) has been named senior director of development for DePaul’s College of Law. A longtime member of DePaul’s Office of Advancement, she has worked in a variety of roles and with all the university’s schools and colleges, including the College of Law where she began her development career.

Most recently, Krauchun served as senior director of foundation relations at DePaul. She brings more than 10 years of expertise in building strong, long-term relationships with academic partners, external constituents and alumni to support university initiatives. She has a proven track record of exceeding fundraising goals, including for scholarships and programmatic support. As the senior director of development, she will be working with the College of Law and the Office of Advancement to fund strategic priorities in the college that will enhance its reputation and the success of its students.

Krauchun is a board member of Tutoring Chicago and has served in a volunteer capacity for various organizations including the American Heart Association, the Leukemia Research Foundation and Wishing Well NFP. She is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the National Council of University Research Administrators and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

She received a BA and an MS in nonprofit administration from DePaul. This fall, she will begin the Master of Jurisprudence program at the College of Law.

Professor David Franklin appointed solicitor general of Illinois

David L. Franklin
Professor David L. Franklin is named solicitor general of Illinois.
​Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has appointed Associate Professor David L. Franklin to serve as the new solicitor general in the Office of the Attorney General. Franklin will oversee more than 40 attorneys in Madigan’s Appellate Division who work on behalf of the state, its officers and agencies. The solicitor general oversees attorneys’ work in the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois Supreme Court and the federal and state appellate courts.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the exceptionally dedicated and talented staff of appellate lawyers in the attorney generals office,” Franklin said.

At DePaul, Franklin is an associate professor of law and served as vice dean from 2011 to 2014. He also is an advisor to the American Law Institute and previously was a law professor at the University of Michigan Law School, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, and George Washington University Law School. Prior to academia, Franklin practiced as an associate at Covington & Burling LLP in New York.

Franklin clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court. He received his bachelor’s degree from Yale College and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.

Alumna Martha Pagliari named interim director of DePaul’s legal writing program

Martha Pagliari
Martha Pagliari, Interim Director of Legal Analysis, Research & Communication
Martha Pagliari (JD ’84) will lead the Legal Analysis, Research & Communication (LARC) program as interim director at DePaul’s College of Law beginning in July 2016. She has served as the associate director of the program since 2007.

Pagliari was instrumental in the successful development, implementation, and coordination of the upper-level legal writing curriculum. She reformatted the legal drafting courses to focus on particular areas of practice, including civil litigation, health law, family law, business transactions, real estate and intellectual property law, among others. She also advised legal drafting instructors on syllabus and assignment development to ensure courses employ interactive teaching techniques and maximize the benefits of students' skill development in a particular practice area. As interim director, Pagliari will oversee the LARC program and will be joined by associate directors Jody Marcucci (JD ’03) and Anthony Volini.

Prior to joining academia, Pagliari was a partner at Cassiday Shade & Gloor. She has an extensive background in civil litigation, including medical malpractice, products liability and employment law litigation. She also served as professor-reporter by appointment of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts for its Illinois Judicial Conference Study Committee on Complex Litigation. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is a member of the Federal Trial Bar.

Pagliari is an active member of several academic and professional organizations and frequently presents on the topic of legal writing. She has served as chair of the legal writing section of the Association of American Law Schools and on several committees within the Association of Legal Writing Directors. At DePaul, Pagliari also serves as faculty advisor to the appellate moot court team.

She received her BA from the University of Notre Dame and her JD from DePaul.


DePaul Law appoints new director of Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative

Shehnaz Mansuri
Shehnaz Mansuri, Director of the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative
Shehnaz Mansuri joined DePaul's College of Law as director of the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative in June 2016. In this role, Mansuri will lead the pro bono and community service program for students, faculty, staff and alumni. She will work closely with community partner agencies and develop new opportunities for DePaul students to gain professional and legal skills while assisting the community. She also will manage the Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project, DePaul's pro bono legal help desk that operates at a food program for the homeless in Chicago's South Loop.

Mansuri has more than 15 years of public service experience. Prior to joining DePaul, she served as manager of the Pro Bono Service Initiative at the University of Chicago Law School, where she oversaw a wide range of pro bono opportunities, developed new partnerships with law firms and legal aid agencies, and engaged students to participate in pro bono service projects. Before moving to academia, Mansuri was a trial attorney at a Chicago-based civil rights litigation boutique where she gained substantial federal, state and appellate court experience representing clients in police accountability cases. 

Mansuri is a member of the board of directors of Illinois Legal Aid Online and is a member of the executive committee of the Section of Pro Bono & Public Service Opportunities of the Association of American Law Schools. She received her BS in psychology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and her JD from Loyola University Chicago.

Alumna Shannon Schaab to lead DePaul's Law Career Services team

Shannon Schaab
Shannon Schaab (JD ’98), Assistant Dean and Director of Law Career Services
DePaul University College of Law has named Shannon M. Schaab (JD ’98) assistant dean and director of Law Career Services (LCS). An experienced legal career development professional, she has served for the past two years as associate director at DePaul. Beginning in July 2016, Schaab will lead LCS as it implements initiatives in the College of Law’s new strategic plan. This process will expand the College of Law’s efforts to build and maintain relationships with private and public sector employers and to prepare students for careers in emerging as well as traditional areas of practice.

Schaab is a proud alumna who received her JD, with highest honors, Order of the Coif, from DePaul in 1998 and served as the managing editor of notes and comments for the DePaul Law Review. Prior to becoming a legal career development professional, she practiced law as a staff attorney at The Pampered Chef, Ltd. She also worked as a litigation associate at Ungaretti & Harris LLP (now Nixon Peabody LLP) and Seyfarth Shaw Fairweather & Geraldson LLP (now Seyfarth Shaw LLP). She spent nearly five years as the law clerk to Judge George M. Marovich in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. While a clerk, she also taught legal research and writing to first-year law students. Schaab’s diverse legal background in private practice, in-house roles, and within the judicial branch gives her a unique perspective in her new role as assistant dean and director of LCS.

Schaab is an active member of both the Chicago Area Law School Consortium and the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). Her articles have been published frequently in the NALP Bulletin. She also has presented on a number of career services-related topics at NALP’s Annual Education Conference and is currently both a Midwest representative on NALP’s Regional Resource Council and a member of its Law School Employment Outcomes Task Force.

Illinois Bar Foundation awards fellowship to DePaul graduate

Caitlin Duane
DePaul University College of Law alumna Caitlin M. Duane (JD ’16) has received a post graduate fellowship from the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, to work in DePaul’s Poverty Law Clinic.

In addition, the foundation will fund public interest jobs for new graduates with two other law schools—Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Northern Illinois University College of Law. IBF will contribute $25,000 to each of the three fellowships and the law schools will fund the remainder. The law schools selected the fellowship recipients.

“There is a growing need for public interest lawyers,” said Shawn Kasserman, IBF president. “That fact, combined with the tough job market for new law school graduates, drove the creation of our fellowship program, which will provide on-the-job training for new lawyers, while simultaneously helping fill the gap in legal aid services.”

At DePaul, Duane was a Law Merit Scholar and a member of the Dean’s List. She also held posts as vice president of the Student Bar Association and president of the Women’s Bar Association. Among community service work at DePaul, she was student coordinator of the Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative, a volunteer with the Neighborhood Legal Assistance Program, and participated in a spring break pro bono staycation at the Chicago Legal Clinic in Pilsen. She also received the CALI award for excellence at the school’s Family Law Clinic.

My experiences in the DePaul legal clinics provided me with valuable experience as a law student, said Duane. I look forward to returning as a post graduate fellow and continuing to work with underserved communities on a variety of civil legal matters. ​

Duane received her BA in social welfare and justice from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. in May 2009.

For more information on the legal aid fellowship program, visit the IBF website.

Jaharis Faculty Fellow focuses research on biopharma IP negotiations in pandemic outbreaks

Ana Santos Rutschman
Ana Santos Rutschman is DePaul's 2016-2017 Jaharis Faculty Fellow.
DePaul University College of Law has named Ana Santos Rutschman the Jaharis Faculty Fellow for academic year 2016-2017. Rutschman will be conducting cutting-edge research at the intersection of health law and intellectual property, specifically related to the negotiation of intellectual property licensing in the biopharmaceutical industry during pandemic disease outbreaks.

Rutschman, an SJD candidate at Duke University School of Law, is currently finishing a project with the World Health Organization (WHO) that charts the licensing of intellectual property and its effect on the response to the outbreaks of the Ebola and Zika viruses in 2014 and 2015. Her research evaluates the global response, but in particular maps the European and American reaction times and systems. She explains that organizations, like the WHO, are beginning to look at how intellectual property negotiations can be streamlined to allow for faster development and deployment of medical treatments during such outbreaks.

“The area of IP negotiations is still underexplored, especially in terms of what are best practices in emergency responses,” said Rutschman. “Much could be avoided if we had better blueprints for negotiations in pandemic outbreaks like [Ebola]. The biopharmaceutical industry traditionally acts very slowly; it generally takes at least 10 years to develop a vaccine. ... It’s unfortunate that IP could stand in the way for vaccines already in the pipeline when an emergency happens, like the Zika and Ebola outbreaks.”

Rutschman discovered that, with Ebola, vaccines were eventually passed through the system before licensing was completely finalized. “If we can agree in advance on a set of provisions related to IP, then we can move ahead with those contracts or agreements after the vaccines have been pushed through the pipeline to help address emergency situations.”

During the course of her research on the response to the Ebola outbreak, Rutschman talked to many different organizations, some of which were not yet looking at Ebola as a case study on the interplay between intellectual property and global responses to pandemic outbreaks. Then, the Zika outbreak began. She explained that some of the same organizations “rushed to map out previous alliances based on the Ebola responses. ... Behaviors changed a lot. That was certainly some of the most fascinating part of my work.”

In addition to her research, Rutschman will teach a seminar on health innovation and intellectual property and a course on food and drug law at DePaul. She also will work closely with the Jaharis Health Law Institute and the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology. She begins the one-year fellowship on July 1.


IALI Fulbright Scholar addresses cyber security at world summit

The effect of cyber threats and cyber-terrorism on aviation was the theme of Sarah Jane Fox's presentation at the World Summit on the Information Society (​WSIS) Forum 2016, held May 2 to 6 in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Fox, the International Aviation Law Institute​'s 2015-16 Fulbright Scholar, reiterated the vulnerability of civil aviation, in particular, to cyber-terrorism.

"We need to look at past lessons and ensure that we go forward in a proactive way; which may necessitate a regulatory framework which looks at an effective means for addressing risks and vulnerabilities in cyberspace," Fox stated, adding, "We need to think more about addressing cyber-terrorism from a counterterrorism strategy approach—prevent, protect, pursue and respond—and ultimately how we track and bring perpetrators to justice."

Dr. Fox was invited to speak as part of the European Commission's Medici Cooperation Framework, which focuses on the use of digital and other emerging technologies supporting social and economic development.

The WSIS Forum 2016 was the world's largest gathering of the "Information and Communication Technologies for Development" community, and was organized and facilitated by more than a dozen United Nations agencies.  Presentations by Dr. Fox and others will be used by the UN in its discussions aimed at formulating policy.

DePaul receives $2.5 million estate gift for law scholarships

DePaul University College of Law recently received a $2.5 million gift from the estate of John O. Tucker (JD ’64). The gift will be used to fund a number of student scholarships, which will be available to students entering law school in fall 2016 and beyond.

“We are so thankful for Mr. Tucker’s generous gift, as it shows his appreciation for the education he received at DePaul Law, and his thoughtfulness in investing in DePaul’s future generation of lawyers,” said Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea.

Tucker, an Ohio native, served as a radar technician in the Air Force during World War II. After his military service, he returned to Ohio, enrolled in the Case Institute of Technology and earned a degree in chemical engineering. He worked for Glidden Paints and then for Cleveland-based Lincoln Electric Co., the company that would bring him to Chicago and, eventually, to DePaul.

While working for Lincoln Electric’s Chicago office, Tucker decided to pursue advanced degrees. He enrolled in DePaul’s College of Law and earned his JD in 1964. He also earned an MBA from the University of Chicago. Tucker continued to work for Lincoln Electric, transferring from Chicago to San Francisco and then to Seattle, where he would finish out a 45-year career with the company.

Though Tucker never formally practiced law, he was grateful for his legal training. He leaves a legacy that will benefit future DePaul law students who seek to advance their training and education as he did.

Former State Department official Byerly lectures on aviation policy

The International Aviation Law Institute​ once again welcomed John R. Byerly, the State Department's longest-serving deputy assistant secretary for transportation affairs, as its scholar-in-residence in April. Byerly served as guest lecturer for the Public International Aviation Law and Policy course, and led a lively student discussion about the application and interpretation of air services agreements.

Over the course of the lecture, Byerly engaged with students and shared his views on international aviation, diplomacy and his long career at the State Department. From 2001 until his retirement from government service, Byerly was the lead U.S. negotiator for air transport agreements, including the landmark U.S.-EU Open Skies agreement and the U.S.-Japan air transport agreement. Each spring, he visits the institute and teaches a class as scholar-in-residence.​​

College of Law graduate lands public interest law ‘dream job’

Sue Lee was motivated to become a public interest lawyer by a desire to help people as much as she could in her community. Now, she is among the 2015-16 graduates of the DePaul University College of Law and the recipient of a prestigious Skadden Foundation fellowship. (DePaul University/Deanna Williams)

A criminal record is like a ball and chain — even after the sentence is served, it can weigh a person down for years. An old conviction can keep a person from getting jobs, loans, and even public housing, and those being crushed beneath this burden rarely have the legal resources to free themselves. Sue Lee finds injustices like these intolerable, and that indignation moved her to pursue a career in public interest law. 

“There’s obviously a huge gap between those who can afford legal services and those who cannot, and the wider the gap, the greater the social injustice that exists in the world,” said Lee.

This May, Lee will graduate from the DePaul University College of Law with a Juris Doctor. “I felt like I wanted to be a part of bridging that gap by providing those legal services,” she said. 

Public interest law as a second career
Lee’s first career was in the ministry, both working in a local church and most recently, at a Christian college where she oversaw the service opportunities of its students. However, she was ready to be more involved. “I was compelled to be more personally engaged in those social issues my students encountered,” said Lee. “As a person of faith, I started praying and asking people who mentored me about how I could do this, and I really felt God calling me to go to law school.”

Lee enrolled at DePaul and was immediately drawn to the Center for Public Interest Law​. Before she even began her classes, Lee reached out to the center’s executive director, Shaye Loughlin, asking how to get involved with the center’s work.

“In that first year, Sue was present for every event, every networking reception and every opportunity to learn,” said Loughlin. 

At these events, Lee began to navigate the wide field of public interest law. The center and Loughlin became a touchstone for Lee and helped her pursue scholarships and internships. “I don’t know how I would have accessed all of these resources without the center,” said Lee.  

She took a position as the center’s student assistant, and Lee brought a “tremendous skillset” from her previous work experience, said Loughlin. Lee helped with every aspect of the center’s programming and improved center communications and outreach to the community. In all that she does, Lee is adamant about advocating for support and resources for underprivileged and marginalized populations.

“I feel that as lawyers, it is our professional responsibility to be involved in some form of pro bono legal services,” said Lee. She assisted with DePaul’s Public Interest Law Association’s annual auction to ensure that her classmates had financial support to pursue unpaid summer positions in public interest law. Faculty and alumni took notice, and for two summers in a row she was awarded DePaul’s Honorable Lawrence X. Pusateri Endowed Fellowship for her summer public interest internship.  

“What I say to students is that you will get out of law school what you put into it, and Sue is a prime example. She put all of herself into being an engaged law student and pursuing public interest law opportunities. Now, as a result of that dedication and hard work, she has been awarded a prestigious fellowship that will allow her to follow her dreams and work for social justice,” said Loughlin.

In her time at DePaul, Lee volunteered for a number of public interest legal organizations, including LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago), where she worked on juvenile expungement. She also contributed time to the Chicago Legal Clinic and the Center for Disability and Elder Law founded by the Chicago Bar Association. 

A commitment to justice
Recently, the Skadden Foundation awarded Lee with a prestigious Skadden Fellowship. She will work with Cabrini Green Legal Aid and primarily focus on juvenile and adult expungement and the issues young people face surrounding criminal records, which Lee believes is one of the most difficult legal issues facing the underprivileged today. 

“So many people, even after they’ve served their time in prison or completed their community service, and after their case is closed, are still suffering the consequences of having a criminal record for many years. Somehow, an employer lawfully or unlawfully gets ahold of one’s record, and that person may face barriers to employment, housing, or public benefits. It’s all affected, and certain people are unable to move on in their lives, and I feel that that is an injustice,” said Lee.

Lee will begin the two-year fellowship in September as a full-time staff lawyer for Cabrini Green Legal Aid. She is determined and excited to bring justice to those in need.

“I basically get to do my dream job,” she said.

Spirit of service
Reflecting on her education and career thus far, Lee noted that DePaul’s Vincentian mission and values aligned with her own.

“From what I know of St. Vincent de Paul, he modeled his life after the two greatest commandments in the Bible, which are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself,” she said. “And that’s my mission in life as well.”

Story courtesy of the DePaul Newsroom. Article written by Kyle Morrell. 

Kristin Claes Mathews ​

DePaul law students, alumna receive awards for pro bono work

DePaul University College of Law’s Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) recognized 84 students who collectively reported more than 15,000 service hours during academic year 2015-2016 at an awards reception on April 21.

2016 Pro Bono Alumna Award recipient Kathleen Curtin (JD '07), center, is congratulated by colleagues from the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services.
Alumna Kathleen Curtin (JD ’07) received the 2016 Pro Bono Alumni Award for her deep commitment to pro bono work in the area of family law. Curtin, who currently runs her own law practice, is a dedicated volunteer at the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services and Prairie State Legal Services. She also serves as president of the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County.

Among the awardees, 30 graduating students received the Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Public Service Award for contributing 200 or more hours of service while at DePaul. The award is named for the late Benjamin L. Hooks (JD ’48), a civil rights activist and former executive director of the NAACP, the first African-American to be named to the Federal Communications Commission, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Recipients of the Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Public Service Award are honored at PBCSI's annual service awards reception in April.
Third-year student Alex Antonacci, a PBCSI student coordinator and Hooks Award recipient who tallied 334.5 service hours while at DePaul, reflected on her pro bono experience.

“I learned the importance of giving back,” she said. “With my law degree comes a responsibility to use it to give back to my community.” Antonacci will be working as an assistant public defender in Palm Beach County, Florida, after graduation.

Following are this year's award recipients.

Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Public Service Award Recipients
Frank Albi Lucienne Doler Ann Jackson Walter Lincoln Simone Patras Krista Sifuentez
Alexandra Antonacci Sarah Foley Caroline Kane Scott Lucas Guadalupe Perez Alyssa Silva
Molly Bruno James Garfield June Kowalewski Destinee Metoyer Alexandra Perraud Morgan Wilkinson
Katherine Davis Charlie Giger James Kozlowski Maggie Miller Jacqueline Pesenko Natalia Wontorczyk
Santiago DelReal Andrew Hays Sue Lee Marta Mizak Patrick Schweska Caitlin Zusy
President's Award for Service
Elise Blandin Kate Fritzmann Qin Lu Sonam Patel
Erica Boos Jacqueline Kliment Natasha Mangal Holly Sanchez-Perry
Corinne Cundiff Sukhpal Singh Kooner Ritta Merza Brooke Sartin
Alessandra Faso Arben Kurtovic Jaime Ochoa Cecilia Villalvazo
Chancellor's Award for Service
Class of 2016
Danielle DeLeon Spires Xiaoxue Du Caitlin Duane Deirdre McGrory
Class of 2017
Ruth Abarca Abigail Durkin Maria Gimena Puppo Martinez Fei Tan
Amanda Alasauskas Lindsey Gotkin Noora Shubbak
Kathryn Brown Gina Leahy Alexandra Siciliano
Class of 2018
Nolan Downey Lasheda House Marisa Reongpongdit Elizabeth Toth
Dean's Certificate of Service
Class of 2016
Lindsay Brown Bryce Newell
Class of 2017
Natalia Anuszkiewicz Lauren Masching
Natalie Monteil
Evan Compton Kaitlin McKenzie Rebecca Smart
Class of 2018
Belfor Arichavala Sukhmanjit Kaur
Rachel Migliore​
Maria Calderon Anne Marie Knisely​ Edward O'Neill
​Alexandra Cox Morgan Litterly Nicole O'Toole
​Kathryn Green ​Daniel Melfi Erica Tremble​

Immigration advocate Edwin Silverman to address DePaul College of Law graduating class

Immigration advocate Edwin Silverman to address the College of Law's graduating class May 15.
DePaul University College of Law will hold its 118th commencement ceremony May 15 at the Rosemont Theatre where some 250 students will receive their Juris Doctors or Master of Laws degrees. The graduating class will be addressed by Edwin Silverman, a leader in U.S. refugee resettlement policies and programs. 

The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul, will confer the degrees in a ceremony scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

During a career spanning nearly four decades, Silverman led and shaped refugee resettlement and immigrant integration policy on the local, state and federal levels. With Silverman’s guidance, Illinois became a leader and national model for refugee resettlement. He began serving as the Illinois state refugee coordinator in 1976, first under the Governor’s Center for Asian Assistance, which then became the Refugee Resettlement Program under the Illinois Department of Public Aid.

On a wider scale, Silverman worked with lawmakers and policy experts on refugee matters and helped draft the United States Refugee Act of 1980, which established the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program.

From 2003-11, he chaired the Advisory Council for Immigrant and Refugee Affairs for the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. Now retired, Silverman’s long career made it possible for international victims of war, violence and terrorism to make new lives in the United States.

Silverman will be introduced by Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea of the College of Law.

Since its establishment in 1912, the College of Law has graduated more than 19,250 students. DePaul law graduates have gone on to become highly skilled, committed and vigorous leaders of the bar, bench and business industries. Alumni include numerous state and federal judges, three Chicago mayors and managing partners of dozens of major law firms.

Its rich history of quality education, access and diversity has long set the College of Law apart. DePaul was among the first law schools in Illinois to admit historically excluded groups including female and Jewish students.

The college is home to distinguished centers and institutes that are dedicated to teaching, research, advocacy, and public education and engagement across a wide range of disciplines. Distinctive educational opportunities for students include joint degrees, certificate programs and experiential learning taught by 36 full-time faculty members who are all accomplished attorneys.

Areas of concentration for the College of Law include business law and taxation; child and family law; criminal law; health law; intellectual property law and information technology; international and comparative law; and public interest law.

In 2015, the National Law Journal named the College of Law's Clinical Program, Master of Laws (LLM) Program and joint Juris Doctors/Master of Business Administration Program the “Best in Chicago.”

DePaul has had the most alumni recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers for the past seven years. In the 2016 edition, 340 were listed, with 11 in the top 100, two in the top 10 and one ranked the No. 1 attorney in Illinois.

The Rosemont Theater is located at 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Those unable to attend may watch a live stream of the event at Click on the word “webcast” once the ceremony begins.

Commencement ceremonies for DePaul’s nine other colleges and schools are scheduled for June 11 and 12. For additional information, including a list of speakers and honorary degree recipients, visit

Story courtesy of the DePaul Newsroom.

Wendy Smit
312-362-7749 desk | 312-342-6193 cell

Wolters Kluwer’s expert discusses use of social media in health care

Writer/analyst Melissa Mitchell (JD ’09) with Wolters Kluwer’s health law editorial team presented “#healthcare: The Promise and Pitfalls of Using Social Media to Enhance Health Care” at DePaul's College of Law on April 12, 2016. Her lecture explored how social media functions from a health care consumer standpoint, and was the final in a series hosted by the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute during academic year 2015-2016. 

Mitchell addressed how health care providers may take advantage of the opportunities presented by social media while avoiding the pitfalls of its use and overuse. The lecture delved into how social media can enhance knowledge and the spread of information on both the consumer and the provider sides. Mitchell discussed how the use of social media can make the delivery of health care more complicated and dangerous, as well as how providers can get into hot water when the use of social media in their organizations goes awry. 

For more information or to be added to the JHLI email list, please contact Kathryn Brown or Sarah Balas. 

DePaul team wins best oral presentation honors at international air law competition

From left, assistant coach Sarah Beaujour, Hendrik du Toit, Brent Buyse, Christopher Andrews and coach Patrick Jones.
DePaul law students took best oral presentation (applicant) and runner-up best oral presentation (respondent) honors at the Leiden Sarin International Air Law Moot Court Competition, held April 7 to 10 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The student air law moot court team of Christopher Andrews, Hendrik du Toit and Brent Buyse submitted memorials and delivered oral arguments at the seventh annual event. In addition to bringing home the oral presentation honors, the team also scored top 10 finishes for their applicant and respondent side memorials. Patrick Jones (JD ’99) and Sarah Beaujour, a member of DePaul's 2015 air law moot court team, coached the team. 

The Leiden Sarin Moot Court is organized by Leiden University and the Sarin Foundation. Twenty-six teams from 21 countries participated in this year’s competition. 

Health law symposium explores technological advances and big data

DePaul's 2016 health law symposium featured practitioners, technological experts and other professionals working together in the health care sector and using technological advances to improve upon traditional practices. "The New Frontier of Health Innovation: Navigating the Regulatory Landscape" offered insights from individuals navigating an increasingly complex set of statutory and administrative rules and the legal practitioners that aid their efforts.

"In many ways, this is a lecture we couldn’t have given two to three years ago," said Dr. Raj Shah, principle investigator at the Chicago Area Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Network and associate professor of family medicine at Rush University Hospital. Shah led the panel discussion, "Protecting Information in the Face of Innovation: Precision Medicine and the Population Health Research in Health Systems." Shah provided a brief history of health care security regulation, including complications with the HIPAA Privacy Rule and HITECH, and presented current tensions needing resolution. He described evolutionary steps toward acquiring more data, such as contractual agreements to enable efficient and value added data flows for research, institutional collaboration and data repositories at institutions. In addition, he discussed the balance between data privacy and protecting commons.

Other panels discussed legal and regulatory considerations, ethics in healthcare technology and the impact of gender and sex on innovation and health technology. 

"The symposium provided DePaul a terrific opportunity to bring together health care innovators with lawyers and regulators to discuss both the potential and the challenges that technological advances and the use of big data bring to the field," said Associate Professor Wendy Netter Epstein, faculty director of the Jaharis Health Law Institute (JHLI). "This sort of collaboration among key industry players is central to the mission of the institute."

The symposium was presented by the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law,  the JHLI, the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology, and the DePaul Journal of Art, Technology & Intellectual Property. 

Attorney panel offers advice on career path in family law

Family law attorneys shared career experiences, advice on practicing family law and tips on leveraging legal education during a panel discussion for students at DePaul's College of Law in April. 

Panelists included attorneys from both the private and public sectors: Michael Alvarado, partner, Davis Friedman; Michelle Cass, associate, O’Connor Family Law; Stacy Freeman, partner, Rinella & Rinella; and James Champlin, staff attorney, Domestic Violence Legal ClinicAlexandra Perraud, president of the Child & Family Law Association, moderated the event.

Perraud asked panelists about their day-to-day tasks, career paths and advice for students hoping to become family law attorneys. Panelists encouraged students to get as much practical experience as possible during law school and emphasized networking. They encouraged students to enroll in DePaul's Family Law Clinic and to take Evidence, Trial Advocacy and Federal Income Tax. They also emphasized the financial aspects of divorce and encouraged students to gain as much familiarity with this aspect of divorce as possible. Though panelists agreed that the practice of family law can be stressful, they acknowledged it as a rewarding career path. 

The Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center and the Child & Family Law Association partnered to present this event.

DePaul takes second at Maryland health law compliance competition

JHLI moot court team members Anthony Lopez, Lana Smith and Lauren Masching.
DePaul University College of Law's Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute (JHLI) moot court team placed second in the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Health Law Regulatory & Compliance Competition. Team members included third-year student Lana Smith and second-year students Lauren Masching and Anthony Lopez, who are all health law fellows at JHLI.

"We are extremely proud of our moot court team who placed second at the University of Maryland competition," said moot court team supervisor and health law institute executive director Katherine Schostok. "They gained invaluable experience and knowledge in the compliance and regulatory field."

At the competition, the team analyzed a hypothetical problem for potential compliance and regulatory issues. The students worked together to answer a variety of issues facing a hospital system that included the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, the False Claims Act, employment matters and corporate structuring of a hospital system. After a brief research period, teams presented two 20-minute presentations, one as counsel for the Food and Drug Administration and the other as outside counsel for the hospital system. This was the second time the Jaharis Health Law Institute has competed at the regulatory and compliance competition. 

"We were nervous leading up to the distribution of the problem, but once we evaluated the issues we gained our confidence back," said Lana Smith. "The health law classes we've taken at DePaul, especially Professor Schostok's Healthcare Fraud and Abuse course, gave us the research skills and knowledge to tackle the problem, as well as the ability to comfortably discuss our recommendations.

"After the presentations, we received positive feedback, but it was a wonderful surprise to hear we placed second out of the teams who competed. It was an incredible feeling to be able to represent the Jaharis Health Law Institute and DePaul." 

DePaul students team up for service project at detention center

DePaul law and graduate counseling students spent five days at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) working directly with residents and staff as part of the Spring Break of Service in Chicago Project

DePaul law students and College of Education counseling students worked in small teams to teach lessons on civics, juvenile justice issues and juvenile expungement to the youth. 

"Taking this opportunity to work with the JTDC residents, although at times frustrating and saddening, has further solidified why I want to work in a helping profession," explained counseling student Sanober Kanjee. "It has fueled me to continue to be passionate about advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves and more importantly educating them on ways they can help themselves. I know my presence has not 'fixed' a person or a system but my hope is that I have positively impacted the lives of the youth that I've worked with and taken away a fraction of their distrust in adults and/or authority figures."

Each day before teaching, students met with various juvenile court personnel to learn more about the juvenile justice system in Cook County. For example, students met with several attorneys from the Juvenile Justice Bureau of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender. They also met with the detention center chaplain and a juvenile court judge. ​

Students found the service project informative and inspiring. ​"As someone who wants to work with children in the legal system, having this opportunity gave me a great amount of insight and perspective as to the challenges they are facing," said first-year student Rachel Migliore. "It’s easy to look at numbers of how many children are in the system, but entirely different to see their faces and hear their voices. This project gave a real face and name for me to all of the children in the juvenile justice system." ​​

The program was a collaboration between DePaul's Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, Center for Public Interest Law, University Ministry in the Loop and College of Education. 

Law students teach restorative justice at Jones College Prep

Students setting up the interactive restorative justice activity for the students at Jones Prep.
DePaul University College of Law student volunteers visited neighboring high school Jones Prep to teach freshman and sophomores about restorative justice and the use of restorative justice circles in high schools. The Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative and the Student Bar Association partnered with Umoja Corporation to facilitate the lessons as part of the law school's Donate-a-Day program in March.

Students engaged in small group discussions after reading about hypothetical situations and discussing how they would play out in the traditional justice system versus a restorative justice system. Law students were also able to work with junior and senior students who are currently enrolled in pre-law classes and are exploring legal career opportunities. The law students spoke about their undergraduate and law school experiences, and answered questions the Jones' students had about this education path. 

"It was inspiring to speak with teens about restorative justice," said first-year student Raven Lewis. "I loved discussing and seeing how the students valued restorative justice in our society and education system. The teens reaffirmed my belief that lawyers must work with the system and the community to provide justice. I would urge all students to participate in a Donate-A-Day because you can learn so much and continue to be inspired."

For more information about community service opportunities, please contact Alex Antonacci at

Students spend Donate-a-Day at Deborah's Place

Students preparing the prizes to be handed out for bingo at Deborah’s Place.
DePaul's Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative​ and Women’s Bar Association (WBA) partnered to bring a bingo event and meal to Deborah’s Place in February as part of the Donate-a-Day program. WBA provided prizes, ranging from shower curtains to jewelry to craft supplies.

"Playing bingo at Deborah's Place was a great experience,” said first-year student Kendall Dingwall. "The women got so excited as they picked out their prizes. Most people take things like shampoo, paper towels, cleaning wipes and glue sticks for granted. I, for example, have never had to choose between getting a new shower curtain and buying food, but some of these women have. Being able to give them such items was extremely eye-opening and rewarding."

Deborah’s Place opened its doors as an emergency shelter to homeless women in Chicago more than 35 years ago and currently houses more than 230 women. The majority of the residents are over age 40 with at least one mental or physical disability. Deborah’s Place staff and volunteers connect women to the services they need, including case management, assistance with benefits, health care coordination, employment training and access to education.  

For more information about service opportunities, please contact PBCSI Program Coordinator Alex Antonacci at ​

34 law students study in Cuba with DePaul Law

Professors Alberto Coll​ and Cary Martin Shelby​ accompanied 34 law students on a nine-day study abroad trip to Cuba in March. The program offered students an opportunity to learn about the Cuban legal and economic framework regulating foreign investment, trade and international business transactions. During the program, students also met with a supreme court justice and department chairs and deans at the University of Havana, and visited the Cuban Bar Association, a major Havana law firm and the Capitol building. 

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin recently published a story on the program. "We always hear so much about Cuba in the media and everywhere, so this seemed like a good opportunity to see it for ourselves and form our own opinions of it from the ground," DePaul third-year law student Jessica Watkins told the publication.

Read the article.

BLSA mock trial team secures national championship

From left, Chalet Braziel (JD '09), coach; Fadya Salem; Stacey Berdejo; Nicholas Simpson; Brittney Cato and Theodore Thomas (JD '09), coach.
DePaul University College of Law's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) mock trial team members are the 2016 national champions of the NBLSA Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition. 

Team members Stacey Berdejo, Brittney Cato, Fadya Salem and Nicholas Simpson were coached to victory by alumni Chalet Braziel (JD '09) and Theo Thomas (JD '09). The students met each Saturday and Sunday during the academic year, practicing up to six hours a day in order to prepare themselves for the competition. 

As a dean, I could not be prouder of DePaul Law and the accomplishments of these students with the great mentorship of their coaches, said Dean Rosato Perea. They show the skills, the grit, the hard work and the devotion of our alumni that are the best of DePaul.

Stacey Berdejo said that coaching played a large role in the preparation process. Our coaches are passionate and dedicated. They're invested not only in the team and in our competition but also in us, as individuals. Our coaches are our professors, our mentors, our supporters. I think the most essential part of our preparation was that we were prepared by Chalet and Theo. 

Nicholas Simpson said he and the team set their sights on the national championship after placing second during the March 2013-2014 academic year—missing first place by .7 of a point. 

Through our hard work, dedication and exceptional coaching, I can now say that our goals have been fulfilled. This is only the beginning of what this program and our school can accomplish and I am happy to say that I will forever be linked to a team of such great people, great coaches and even better friends. We are proud to be the 2016 national champions.

Law Review symposium brings daily fantasy sports to light

Moderator Scott Rochelle and panelists for "Daily Fantasy Sports—General Discussion and the New York Case," Daniel Wallach, Todd Heyden, Peter Schoenke, Marc Edelman and Gabe Feldman.
DePaul Law Review held its 26th annual symposium on daily fantasy sports (DFS) and sports gambling, bringing together leading experts in both areas of this burgeoning industry. Speakers addressed a variety of issues regarding DFS, including the legality, the economic impact, the stances taken in New York and Illinois, as well as what the future holds for the industry. Topics also included issues in sports gambling, such as the potential economic impact of legality, and New Jersey’s attempt to legalize.

“We’re talking about a niche industry almost 75 million Americans will use next year,” said Todd Heyden, co-founder of Chicago-based fantasy sports app maker SportsLock and panelist for “Daily Fantasy Sports—General Discussion and the New York Case.” For this preliminary panel, a roster of lawyers and DFS industry representatives provided a basic overview of daily fantasy sports, its history and the current business models. Discussion included pertinent regulations such as the federal Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006 and centered on the potential impact of the decision in the case of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman against DraftKings and FanDuel on the DFS space. 

“The crux of the New York lawsuit is, what is the future contingent event, the sporting event or DFS?” argued Daniel Wallach, attorney and shareholder at Becker & Poliakoff. Panelists sounded off on the skill versus chance ratio of DFS, and touched on the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) and the broader effect of the New York case on the Illegal Gambling Business Act (IGBA).

"I thought the symposium went fantastically," said DePaul Law Review symposium editor Sean Hennessy. "We had a wide variety of speakers who were all knowledgable on the topics. Professor Feldman's opening address was insightful, humorous and really set the tone for the entire event. I enjoyed the give-and-take we had on each panel. Panelists were not afraid to disagree with each other, which allowed for more insightful conversation. All of our moderators: Scott Rochelle, Danny Ecker and Christopher Grohman did a terrific job of facilitating conversation amongst the panelists. Finally, I enjoyed Dan Wallach's closing address. It had a personal touch to it that I don't think happens at a lot of symposiums.​"

Video footage of the symposium will be available for viewing at a later date.

​​​​​Family Law Center Hot Topic speaker Professor Shari Motro discusses new article

DePaul's Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center invited Professor Shari Motro from the University of Richmond School of Law to explain the concept behind her article "Preglimony" at the February Hot Topic event.

Under preglimony, Motro said, men in unmarried relationships would financially support their partners before a child’s birth. Men would help cover costs associated with pregnancy, such as maternity clothes and medical bills. This obligation would require men to cover costs that assist pregnant women in their own right and not as an element of child support. Thus, men would have a financial responsibility even if there is no birth. 

Professor Motro further proposed tax law as a way to support and reward men who already participate in the costs of pregnancy. Akin to alimony payments, preglimony could be deducted from the income of the payor and included as income for the recipient if they elected to do so. This would provide a benefit in cases in which the payor’s income is higher than the recipient's.

As Professor Motro explained in her article: “The fact is that the world in which we live leaves many pregnant women to fend for themselves. Unless and until society steps in more robustly, incentivizing men to shoulder more of the burden is preferable to the status quo, and though it will only affect the well-off, its symbolic effects are likely to spread more broadly.”      

The college's Law Students for Reproductive Justice and Journal for Women, Gender, and the Law co-sponsored the event.  

IALI director's team wins 2016 IATA grand debate

Professor Brian F. Havel, director of the International Aviation Law Institute, led the proposition team to victory in Barcelona on February 19 at the grand debate of the International Air Transport Association’s 2016 Legal Symposium. 

Professor Havel's team, which carried the day by virtue of an e-poll of the audience members, argued in favor of the proposition that “this house believes there is no future for airspace sovereignty.” He was joined by Switzerland-based air transport consultant Andrew Charlton and Jones Day senior aviation lawyer Rebecca MacPherson. An audience e-poll taken before the debate favored the opposition side.

The opposition team, which defended traditional sovereignty as set out in article 1 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (the Chicago Convention), included IALI Foundation board member Professor Pablo Mendes de Leon, the director of IALI’s sister institute at Leiden University in the Netherlands. This was the first time that Professors Havel and Mendes de Leon faced each other publicly on the opposing sides of a major proposition of international aviation law.
The grand debate is the highlight of IATA’s prestigious legal symposium, now in its 19th year and regarded as the world’s leading forum for international aviation law and policy issues. This year’s grand debate was chaired by aviation lawyer Richard Gimblett of U.K.-based global law firm Holman Fenwick Willan.​

Family law symposium highlights experts in alternative dispute resolution

The Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center​ hosted a series of expert panels on alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for its first annual family law symposium, “Making Non-Adversarial Proceedings a Reality: The Evolution and Impact of ADR in Child and Family Law Cases.”​
For a room filled to capacity, panelists discussed the challenges and successes of mediation and arbitration in child and family law cases, as well as the differences between financial mediation and mediation to resolve parenting issues. Speakers also expounded on emerging models for children and families, exploring topics such as the value of restorative justice and serving as a parenting coordinator. Many touted ADR methods as highly effective in upholding a productive, non-adversarial environment.  
“Our goal is peace,” summed up panelist Sandra Crawford, an attorney, mediator and trainer who discussed collaborative law at the symposium. Crawford covered the spectrum of conflict resolution and highlighted core concepts of the marital dissolution process—from the importance of a disqualification agreement to attorney roles as negotiator, navigator and educator. 
Featured speaker, Judge Grace G. Dickler, talked about her efforts in getting the local rules for the Circuit Court of Cook County revised to include provisions relating to financial mediation in divorce cases. She described the committee that she created to draft the proposed revisions and the impact that the new rules have had on reducing conflict in family law matters.  
Judge Martha Mills discusses restorative justice at the first annual family law symposium.
Other symposium panelists included restorative justice pioneer Judge Martha Mills, who discussed the benefits of the circle process, as well as the original case that led to the establishment of her restorative justice pilot program in the Cook County Parentage and Child Support Court. “Children need families more than they need courts,” Mills advocated.

Closing speaker, Professor Andrew Schepard, talked about an interdisciplinary center being used in Denver where families can gain access to a range of services when getting divorced, including mediation, financial planning assistance and therapy. He emphasized the high satisfaction rates and lower stress reported by parents and children who used the center rather than pursuing a traditional divorce via the courts.   
The strong turnout at this event demonstrates that this topic—the use of ADR in family law matters—is something that attorneys and other professionals helping families in conflict are interested in learning more about and applying, said Cheryl Price, symposium organizer and executive director of the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center. All of the presenters did a fantastic job describing why these alternative models can be good for families pursuing divorce and separation and offering ideas for moving forward to make these models more ubiquitous in the field of family law. The audience greatly enjoyed the discussion and had excellent questions for the panelists. The center was very pleased to be able to offer a symposium on this very important topic.  ​

PILA auction raises more than $20,000 to support public interest summer stipends

More than 225 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members gathered at the 20th annual DePaul Law Auction on February 19 to raise money for stipends to support students who work in unpaid, public interest positions over the summer. More than $20,000 was raised, including ticket sales and other monetary donations. The stipends support students working at nonprofits and government agencies, which often have heavy caseloads, but are unable to pay summer interns to help serve more clients. Students receiving these stipends have worked in areas such as civil rights, disability advocacy, domestic violence, immigration and criminal law. 
From left, second-year student Nate Raymond, first-year student Emily Steinert, first-year student Nolan Downey and first-year student Erica Tremble.
This year's event included a silent auction, a raffle and a live auction. Popular silent auction items included four one-day "hopper" pass to Disney World, tickets to a Cubs v. Cardinals game, a FitBit HR, a Las Vegas hotel package and tickets to a Second City comedy show. Following the silent auction, Professor Alberto Coll led a live auction, which included many of the highest priced items for the event. Bidding wars ensued for an Australian dinner for six students with Professor Zoë Robinson, which went for $1,000, and other popular items included a weekend getaway at a Wisconsin cabin, a faculty Whirlyball challenge, and a private, in-home wine tasting party for up to 18 hosted by Wines for Humanity. In addition, many professors and alumni donated networking lunches and dinners. 

PILA auction committee chair Madeleine Wineland, center, with second-year student Casey Williams and third-year student Katherine Davis, PILA president.
The auction is one of the most amazing gatherings and showings of community support I have ever seen, said PILA auction committee chair and second-year law student Madeleine Wineland. It's truly remarkable to see so many students and faculty come together on behalf of those in the public interest law community. I am so happy to be a part of this.

Third-year student and SBA president Alex Antonnaci agreed. The auction is such a great event each and every year. It's a great place to socialize with students, faculty, and staff you don't normally see—all while raising money for a worthy cause!

The Public Interest Law Association organizes the event each year. The auction committee, chaired by Madeleine Wineland, would like to thank all those who attended and donated to the auction.

International Aviation Law Institute hosts back-to-back Fulbright grantees

DePaul University College of Law’s International Aviation Law Institute​ will host two successive Fulbright grantees with the arrival of Turkish Fulbright Student Program grantee Baris Mesci during the 2016-2017 academic year. 

The announcement coincides with the conclusion of Professor Sarah Jane Fox’s Fulbright term with the institute and return to Coventry University in England. Fox holds a PhD in law from the University of Northumbria and specializes in free movement, transport law and policy—particularly aviation—and conflicting and comparative areas of law and policy.

Professor Sarah Jane Fox
“It has been a privilege to have been at DePaul University at the International Aviation Law Institute for the last six months,” said Fox. “The experience has been tremendously rewarding, both in the sense of the academic research and the opportunity to fully immerse myself in U.S. culture. I remain grateful to my colleagues within the aviation institute for their kindness and support, and I look forward to collaborating on further ventures and maximizing joint opportunities in the future.” 

During her time at DePaul, Fox researched aviation law and policy and related cross cutting aspects. She undertook extensive research concerning aeropolitics—international relations, history, politics and the law—particularly related to Open Skies and further liberalization of air services. Her research also included the paradoxes of policies and the associated risks of policy change, or failing to change and advance in a globalized world. 

Mesci is a PhD candidate at Istanbul Kultur University in Turkey and will be conducting high-level research and writing during his stay at IALI. His desired areas of practice include private international law, international commercial arbitration, international investment law and international trade law.

“We have been very fortunate indeed to host Fulbright grantees at the institute for two years,” said Stephen Rudolph, executive director of IALI. “This is indicative of the recognition that the institute has received worldwide for its groundbreaking work.” ​

preLaw magazine gives DePaul IP programs highest mark

DePaul University College of Law's intellectual property and information technology law programs received “A” ratings in the Winter 2016 issue of preLaw magazine. The magazine graded law schools based on the breadth of their curricular offerings. 

“We are pleased by the ‘A’ rating accorded our intellectual property program,” said Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®) Director Margit Livingston. We take pride in our IP faculty’s teaching capability and scholarly achievements, the diverse and excellent backgrounds of our students, the depth and breadth of our IP curriculum and the extent of the opportunities for students for hands-on experience in IP through our IP clinic, externships and summer fellowships.” 

DePaul offers a wide range of intellectual property courses and programs​, including four IP certificates, the Technology/Intellectual Property Clinic​ and two joint degrees. ​

Illinois Super Lawyers recognizes 340 DePaul alumni in 2016

Top, from left: Robert A. Clifford (JD ’76), Peter J. Flowers (JD ’92), Keith A. Hebeisen (JD ’83), Shawn Kasserman (JD ’90), Kerry M. Lavelle (JD ’89). Bottom, from left: Christopher T. Miller (JD ’02), Adria East Mossing (JD ’88), John P. Scanlon (JD ’89), Donald C. Schiller (JD ’66), Catherine L. Steege (JD ’82), Joshua G. Vincent (JD ’83).
llinois Super Lawyers® magazine recently recognized 340 DePaul University College of Law alumni —​ representing the law school with the most graduates included in the 2016 edition. Among the DePaul graduates listed, 11 are in the top 100, two are in the top 10 and one is ranked the No. 1 attorney in Illinois. 

DePaul Law has been well-known for its distinguished alumni in Illinois,” said Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea, “and each year the Super Lawyers ranking shines a spotlight on these outstanding attorneys and their accomplishments. I could not be prouder. 

Illinois attorneys who receive the highest point totals through the selection process are recognized in the top lawyer lists. For 2016, the top 100 list includes the following DePaul alumni:

In addition, two alumnae are recognized among the top 50 women lawyers

Each year, Super Lawyers rates lawyers in more than 70 practice areas in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C., through its publications and online listings. Super Lawyers’ patented selection process involves independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Only five percent of the state’s attorneys are annually selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers.

IALI prepares for the IATA grand debate

On Friday, February 19, International Aviation Law Institute (IALI) Director Brian F. Havel will join leading air transport consultant Andrew Charlton and senior Jones Day aviation lawyer Rebecca MacPherson in Barcelona, Spain, to propose the motion for the grand debate at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual Legal Symposium:  “That This House Believes There is No Future for National Airspace Sovereignty.”

The grand debate is the highlight of IATA’s Legal Symposium, now in its 19th year and regarded as a leading forum for international aviation law and policy issues. This year’s debate will be chaired by aviation lawyer Richard Gimblett of U.K.-based global law firm Holman Fenwick Willan.

The opposition team consists of Andrew Harakas of London aviation law firm Clyde & Co., Julie Oettinger, Delta Airlines’ managing director for legal and regulatory affairs in Europe and the Middle East, and IALI Foundation board member Professor Pablo Mendes de Leon, director of IALI’s sister institute at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

This is the first time that Professor Havel and Professor Mendes de Leon will face each other publicly on the opposing sides of a major proposition of international aviation law.

o prepare for the grand debate, students in Professor Havel’s Public International Aviation Law class (which he co-teaches with IALI FedEx/United Research Fellow John Q. Mulligan) will have the opportunity to hear Professor Havel’s argument and to respond, in traditional Oxford debating style, with objections in the form of “points of information.”  Later this month, IALI will report further on the proposing and opposing arguments, and will reveal the outcome of the symposium audience’s vote on the proposition.

PBCSI volunteers join Marillac Social Center at MLK Peace Fair

Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) volunteers participated in the Marillac Social Center's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Fair on 
January 16 on Chicago's West Side. 

As part of PBCSI's Donate-a-Day program, volunteers helped Marillac students and their families with arts and crafts, playing bingo, dancing, decorating cookies and reading short stories. Before the fair ended, volunteers, students, family and staff gathered together to discuss the importance of MLK's legacy and its relation to community and, in particular, gun violence in Chicago. After the group discussion, DePaul volunteers heard from Marillac staff members and young women who had attended Marillac's after school program for a number of years and continue to volunteer or work there. 

“It was honestly one of the most rewarding experiences I have had at DePaul,” said first-year student Katy Green. “More than the actual Donate-a-Day was the opportunity we had to sit down with several girls, who were all around the same age as us, and hear their stories about gun violence and the struggles they face on a daily basis just walking around their neighborhood. Our discussion highlighted the importance of having places like the Marillac Center for kids to go to in order to just be kids. You could tell that the families and staff were appreciative of us being there. It was a really great experience.”

BCSI's next Donate-a-Day event will be held Saturday, February 20, at Deborah's Place, which provides housing and services to homeless women in Chicago.

Student receives MLK Scholarship for essay on nonviolent direct action

Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea, scholarship winner Grace Allen and scholarship committee chair Ben Alba.
Third-year law student Grace Allen is the recipient of the DePaul University College of Law 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship. She received $2,000 for her winning essay.

The essay contest was held in coordination with the College of Law's annual MLK Programming. This year’s contest prompt was the Martin Luther King Jr. quote, We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.” 

Allen’s essay drew from the words of civil rights activists and protest lyrics to modern mantras of social activists in an effort to highlight the legacy of nonviolent direct action: ​ 
“​Though the mode of the movement is evolving, the driving force behind the movement remains the same, a burning desire for substantial change. [...] The key to a successful civil rights movement is the passing of the torch from the older generation to the younger generation. One must pass on to others that which they gained from their predecessors. This ensures that the legacy will continue to grow stronger from generation to generation. Modern day activists must begin to look to the past to gain inspiration and guidance as to how previous methods and theories can be applied to current movements. It is through conducting a close reading of past trials and triumphs that one can learn the pathway to success in the future. The struggles currently faced by African-American communities were foreshadowed by events that occurred in the past. As young activists begin to study the methods and theories behind the movements and protests conducted in the 1960s -1980s they will be better able to understand the direction in which the current movement must be steered.

In addition to her essay, Allen was chosen for her involvement with the College of Law. Allen is the former president of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), a Dean’s Scholarship recipient and member of the BLSA mock trial team. She has participated in DePaul’s international moot court team and is a member of Phi Alpha Delta fraternity.

In fall 2015, Allen was one of seven law students selected to work in the advanced mediation clinic primarily focusing on legal issues relating to real estate. The following year, she was one of eight law students selected to work in the criminal appeals clinic under the supervision of the Office of the Illinois State Appellate Defender.​

The MLK Scholarship committee consisted of Student Advising & Bar Passage​ Director of Academic Support Ben Alba, Director of Student Affairs & Diversity​ Lubna El-Gendi, Center for Public Interest Law​ Executive Director Shaye Loughlin and Associate Dean for Information Technology and Library Services Allen Moye.

Cultivating Confidence: LARC teaches students skills for success

​​​​​What are the benefits of developing writing skills? Professor Susan Thrower has the short answer: Getting a job and keeping a job. 

“Employers are looking for writing ability and coherent analysis in writing, in addition to good overall grades,” she explained. Most of our DePaul College of Law alumni would agree, along with a number of surveys of lawyers who hire law graduates.

Thrower is the director of DePaul’s Legal Analysis, Research & Communication (LARC) program. An eastcoast native, Thrower taught at American University Washington College of Law and George Washington University Law School before dedicating more than a decade to overseeing DePaul’s legal writing program. At the College of Law, she works alongside Associate Director Martha Pagliari (JD ’84) to help students enrich their communication skills and cultivate confidence.

The LARC experience

The College of Law’s comprehensive four-semester LARC curriculum establishes a set of tools for students to hone legal thought and expression throughout law school. The LARC program recognizes that writing in law school needs to be progressive and practiced regularly, with lots of feedback along the way.

LARC I focuses on the foundational skills of synthesis, analysis, written communication and plain-language drafting during the students’ first semester. LARC II, taken in the second semester of the first year, expands upon this initial instruction and includes research skills and strategy, persuasive writing at the trial court level and reporting orally to a supervising attorney. Both require five major writing projects, as well as a number of smaller assignments. 

The program also aligns with the College of Law’s certificate programs by offering first-year writing sections in several concentrations. The same skills are learned, but in the context of an area in which the student is particularly interested–including intellectual property, family law, and public interest law. 

LARC III prompts students to hone their persuasive writing and oral advocacy skills. Students learn to write for the audience of a judge as opposed to supervising attorney or client, and briefs are developed and revised according to several rounds of feedback. Students present in a series of oral arguments before their professor, the first being a trial level motion.

The last week of LARC III features an argument on an appellate brief, for which instructors assemble a panel to replicate an appellate court argument. “It’s far more formal and it’s a big deal to students—it always has been,” said Thrower.

Third-year student Jennifer James agrees. “The final oral argument created an opportunity for me to develop the critical skill of oral advocacy,” she said. “It gave me a chance to take my culminated work throughout the semester and present my argument in a real simulation, including a panel of expert appellate attorneys.”

Grace Barsanti, also a third-year student, echoes her sentiments. “Had I not done an oral argument in LARC III, I might not have realized that I really love litigation,” she said. “It was really refreshing to be able to see where all the hard work we put into our writing assignments could actually lead, and it put into perspective what we were researching and writing about.”

Not only are students required to take LARC I, II and III, they also must take an upper-level writing requirement, which allows students to dig deeper into different kinds of writing, including legal drafting or judicial or scholarly writing.

Practicing lawyers in a leading role

For LARC III and Legal Drafting, DePaul Law takes advantage of the talents of Chicago lawyers in a wide variety of practice areas. Students can take a course in patent law drafting or matrimonial law, for example, and receive guidance from experienced and practicing attorneys.

We are always looking to have a robust pool of available adjunct professors,” Thrower said. “We like for that pool to be varied with respect to background, because we have a lot of disparate needs, both for LARC III and drafting. Martha also practiced in the city and we draw on the fantastic set of contacts she has.”

Pagliari, who was previously a partner at Cassiday Schade & Gloor in Chicago, has a background in civil litigation, concentrating in medical malpractice, products liability and employment law. From 2008 until 2014, Pagliari was appointed by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, an arm of the Illinois Supreme Court, as professor-reporter for its Illinois Judicial Conference Study Committee on Complex Litigation, which made recommendations to the Illinois Supreme Court with regard to successful practices for managing complex civil and criminal litigation.

The cache of adjuncts—sometimes up to 60—includes practicing lawyers from firms of all sizes, including sole practitioners and government lawyers. Recent hires include Shankar Ramamurthy, the assistant regional counsel for Health and Human Services and Lisa Hugé (MA ’08), a director of the Cook County Forest Preserve. Thrower says this range of practice areas helps accommodate changes and trends in the marketplace.

“We have many voices adding to the conversation on what young lawyers need when they go off to practice.” The adjunct line-up showcases the strength of the DePaul College of Law community. Alumni, including personal injury lawyer Vince Browne (JD ’97), Illinois Appellate Court Clerk Natalie Carlomango (JD ’98), and civil defense litigator Joe Comer (JD ’10) routinely teach these courses.

The LARC experience emphasizes personal feedback. LARC instructors make a point to offer office hours at times when students are not in class. Instructors carry through with mandatory conferences during all three semesters and drafting, meeting with students one-on one to discuss everything from works in progress to technical questions like citations.

“From what I can tell from my national colleagues, DePaul Law offers oodles more teacher access to students, both informally through office hours and through structured time in the conferences,” said Thrower. “This is something we were really intentional about when I came in and restructured the curriculum to make sure that we were embedding these kinds of conferences into every single semester and every LARC course.”

Jennifer Rosato Perea, Dean of the College of Law and long-time proponent of writing across the curriculum, agrees: “the LARC program is distinctive in its comprehensiveness to ensure that students ‘exercise’ their writing muscle throughout law school, in its incremental building of skills to instill confidence, and its variety of offerings by both experienced instructors and skilled attorneys.”

Prepared (and confident) to enter the real world of practice

Thrower says students tend to realize the benefit of the program when they go out into the world. Many students find that firms are incorporating time pressured writing projects as part of the interview, and they are ready for them because of their LARC experiences. Thrower believes they’re also more prepared for the performance piece of the bar exam (the MPT).

“It makes sense to me to let students practice while they’re still in school,” she said.

For example, several years ago, Thrower introduced a short capstone exercise for LARC I that gently removes the training wheels for students to realize their own progress and autonomy in writing and legal analysis. Through this exercise, she witnessed a positive response from students as well as a swell of confidence.

 Much of the gratification for her and other LARC teachers comes over time. “The gratification comes as students practice their skills in the classroom, gain confidence in themselves, and then are able to excel in hands-on experiences like externships and clinics. Students learn a bucket from us and their employers recognize it.” 

Student receives Skadden Fellowship to provide legal services to young adults

DePaul third-year law student Sue Lee is the recipient of a 2016 Skadden Fellowship​ to support her work in public service following law school. Lee is one of 28 graduating law students and judicial clerks from across the country who received this prestigious two-year fellowship established by law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom​. ​​​

In collaboration with sponsoring organization Cabrini Green Legal Aid​ (CGLA), Lee’s project will target at-risk, emerging adults, ages 15 to 24, in Chicago, with legal services in the areas of criminal record expungement, housing law and family law. Through these efforts, she hopes to remove the legal barriers to employment and lessen the impact of collateral consequences of having a juvenile or criminal record.

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to do the exact kind of legal work that I’ve dreamed of right after I graduate,” Lee said, “working with an organization and staff attorneys that I respect and can learn from, alongside social service organizations that have already been serving the inner-city youth in Chicago for decades.” ​

The Skadden Fellowships, which provide a salary and benefits, were established in 1988 in recognition of the need for greater funding for graduating law students who want to devote their careers to helping the poor, elderly, homeless and disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights. 

Students explore courtroom firsthand with Shadow-a-Judge series

​​​​​As part of the College of Law’s Institute for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution​ and Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic​, students shadowed judges at several events during fall 2015. 

This year's annual Shadow-a-Judge series included a tour of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center at the Juvenile Justice Courthouse, a visit to the Chicago Immigration Court for a Q&A with an immigration judge and the chance to witness a sentencing hearing. Students had the opportunity to network, interact with judges and observe the crucial operations of the courtroom. 

On September 23, students attended the sentencing hearing of Bryant Brewer at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Brewer was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder in the 2010 shooting death of Chicago Police Officer Thor Soderberg. 

The [Shadow-a-Judge] experience puts law students face-to-face with the realities of life in the judicial system,” said Renita Ward, a second-year student who attended the Criminal Division event. “I had the opportunity to walk through the same entrance lawyers and court officials use at the courthouse, meet staff attorneys and clerks in chambers, witness court proceedings involving all parties (defense counsel, prosecutor, jurors, suspected offenders/inmates and the fact finder) and to ask questions of a sitting judge during lunch. The visit allows the machinations of rules of evidence and matters of law to be examined and questioned in real time.” 

I liked the overall experience of not feeling lost in a huge courtroom,” added first-year student Mary Johnson. “We had several guides and we were truly treated with respect and able to engage law clerks and judges in conversation. I honestly and sincerely thank you for the opportunity. It was great and super informative.” 

On October 28, students toured the Juvenile Justice Courthouse, including the school and living quarters for youth ages 10 to 16. The center houses juveniles who are awaiting adjudication of their cases by the Juvenile Division of the Cook County Courts and provides care for youth who have been transferred from juvenile court jurisdiction to criminal court. These youth would otherwise be incarcerated in the county jail. 

“The detention center is not normally open to the public,” explained Field Placement Program​ (FPP) Director Natalie Wolfe, “so getting to tour it is a unique experience, even though we do not get to interact with the juveniles themselves.” 

First-year student Candace Watkins found that the visit provided some clarity. “I am unsure about what area I want to focus on and this gave me a better perspective,” she said. “I especially enjoyed the small panel that allowed us to talk with members of each side of the legal system. I also enjoyed the tour of the juvenile facility.” 

As a new addition to the series, the immigration court Q&A gave students a chance to meet directly with immigration Judge James R. Fujimoto. The event took place on November 17 at the Chicago Immigration Court, also known as the Executive Office of Immigration Review. Asylum & Immigration Law Clinical Instructor and Director Sioban Albiol organized the Q&A, vetting students’ questions in advance before the group met informally with Judge Fujimoto and his clerks. In addition to Albiol’s yearlong clinical students, FPP Director Wolfe brought in four nonclinical law students. 

Shadow-a-Judge events take place every spring and fall semester. Please contact Natalie Wolfe at or (312) 362-8312 if you are interested in participating in the spring 2016 program.

DePaul alumna successfully argues 7th Circuit immigration case

DePaul alumna Carla Espinoza (JD ’12) successfully argued a case before the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which reversed a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals that would have permitted deportation of the appellant.

Espinoza, an attorney with Chicago Immigration Advocates​represented petitioner Hair Rodriguez-Molinero, a Mexican citizen formerly involved in the methamphetamine trade who has lived in the U.S. for years as a lawful permanent resident. Rodriguez-Molinero remains in custody of the Department of Homeland Security and is subject to removal. He sought a Convention Against Torture (CAT) deferral of removal due to threats from the Zetas Mexican drug cartel and torture from the Mexican police at the behest of the cartel, but was denied protection by an immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

The Rodriguez-Molinero v. Lynch opinion by 7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner reversed the immigration judge’s ruling that Rodriguez-Molinero had failed to show that he faced a substantial risk of torture were he to be removed to Mexico, or that the Mexican government would acquiesce in the torture.

report​ from LexisNexis®​ Legal Newsroom praised Espinoza's work on the case.

t DePaul, Espinoza volunteered extensively with DePaul’s Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic​. She was named Sullivan Fellow at the International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI)​, where she worked on indigenous human rights cases in association with Mexican nonprofit organizations.​​​ Through this work, Espinoza brought human rights cases before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and presented oral arguments during public hearings. One of these cases resulted in the creation of legal precedent for the Inter-American Human Rights System. 

In addition to her JD, Espinoza earned a Certificate in International & Comparative Law​​.

Professor Martin Shelby inspires at January Lunch-n-Learn

Assistant Professor Cary Martin Shelby shared her experience growing up in foster care at the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center's January 14 Lunch-n-Learn.

From a teen growing up in Illinois’ foster care system to a lawyer and law school professor, Professor Martin Shelby has surmounted many obstacles. Yet she cites the constant movement from one foster home to another as a top challenge in her life.

Describing her journey for law students and staff, Professor Martin Shelby credited teachers and caseworkers as some of her staunchest advocates, helping her with everything from clothing and toiletries to discovering a path to college. She recalled one caseworker, in particular, who told her she could attend college for free and helped her navigate the application process. Once in college, Professor Martin Shelby identified law school as a goal and proceeded to earn her JD from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Following law school, she joined law firm Sidley Austin and worked on regulatory and corporate matters involving hedge funds, commodity pools and derivatives trading.

Professor Martin Shelby also discussed the role of lawyers and the court system in her life. She found her guardian ad litem most helpful, she said, if she needed a new placement because of issues in a particular foster home or with a particular foster family. She also talked about how Illinois’ foster care system could improve, particularly when supporting youth who are transitioning out of foster care to independence.

The Black Law Student Association(BLSA) and Center for Public Interest Law co-sponsored the event. In addition to teaching at the College of Law, Professor Martin Shelby is the faculty advisor for BLSA.

BLSA President Gloria Crawford was deeply moved by the presentation. “The January Lunch-n-Learn with Professor Martin Shelby was one of my favorite panel discussions that I have attended thus far in my law school career,” said Crawford. “As BLSA president I have had the pleasure of working closely with Professor Martin Shelby. She has always encouraged and supported me both personally, and as a law student and student organization leader. For me, learning the story behind the woman was inspiring and motivating. Her experience in foster care was eye-opening for me, because my background in a two-parent household was vastly different. She could have let this difficult situation define her and her future. Instead, she used it as fuel for success for herself and her son. As a law student I feel blessed and honored to know that Professor Martin Shelby is on the faculty of my law school. Her presence lets me know that I can face adversity and win. One of the most important lessons that she taught me [during the presentation] was that it is possible to achieve success while unapologetically striving for my own happiness.”​

Carving out a niche: Phil Ruben

In today’s consumer marketplace, many people pay as much attention to how an object looks as they do to its purpose or function. While some might see this trend as strange, even frustrating, third-year student Phil Ruben sees opportunity. 

For the past two summers, Ruben has worked as a summer associate at the Chicago-based intellectual property law firm McAndrews Held & Malloy. His special area of interest: design patents.

“This is a rapidly growing area of patent law, with companies specializing in everything from technology to furniture seeking to protect their designs,” Ruben explained. “It’s a fascinating space to be in, and one that’s filled with opportunity.” Following graduation, Ruben will be working in the patent law sector full time, an achievement he attributes to his DePaul education and his experiences as a summer associate.

A mechanical engineering major at the University of Cincinnati, Ruben said he was attracted to the firm because of its highly technical bent and depth of experience. He began working his first summer in law school following an introduction from the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology’s (CIPLIT®)​ Executive Director Ellen Gutiontov. 

McAndrews is widely recognized in the intellectual property field and boasts one of the most highly regarded teams of IP attorneys, patent agents and technology specialists in the United States. Every attorney in the firm holds a degree in science or engineering and many have also worked in technology and IP-focused industries, a combination that dovetails nicely with Ruben’s background and experience. “My engineering degree program at Cincinnati was a mandatory five years and included a total of six co-op placements in the field, so I had worked at BMW Manufacturing and Dow Chemical before entering law school,” he explained.

Ruben spent his first summer at the firm conducting a variety of research projects, document reviews and prior art searches and enjoyed the work so much that he continued on with the firm part time through his second year of law school. His responsibilities expanded as his knowledge and experience grew. “I was assigned more writing projects and had the opportunity to draft a couple of motions and prepare several design patents,” he noted.

Ruben remained with McAndrews through his second summer in Chicago and was given the opportunity to work on a state-of-the-law memo for a big client’s inhouse counsel. “It was incredibly rewarding to have my work make its way into the client’s hands.”

Ruben said that his time at DePaul Law, as well as his summer associate work, has been invaluable in preparing him for a successful career in law. Although he’ll be continuing in a full-time position with McAndrews following graduation, he asserts that even if he hadn’t stayed with that particular firm, his summer associate experience would prove beneficial. 

“Being able to speak the lingo of your specialty and gaining hands-on experience while still in school makes you so much more marketable as a new attorney,” he observed. “Working on cases in a law firm introduces you to things that would never come up in the classroom, and you’re exposed to much more material than you could ever cover in a semester.

“I chose to attend DePaul because it offers an IP specialty,” Ruben noted. “The faculty is top-notch and the alumni network is tremendous. The school is well-known in the greater Chicago area, which is where I wanted to stay, and 
DePaul alumni have a reputation for being very supportive of one another and welcoming to recent graduates. From the first time I stepped onto campus, I really liked the culture I encountered, and that initial impression was borne out. I’ve had a great experience.”

A new lens on human rights work: Annie Simunek

For her first law school summer, Annie Simunek pursued an even greater challenge—a new legal system.

Simunek spent the summer in India, interning with the International Justice Mission (IJM). The human rights organization works in 20 communities around the world, partnering with local justice systems to help victims of violence. Highly selective, IJM accepted just 13 of more than 400 applicants to its 10-week summer internship program.

In college, Simunek worked with Indian families in the U.S. and abroad, teaching and working at children’s homes in South and North India. She studied theology and international studies online through Ecclesia College, originally based in Arkansas. Inspired to volunteer, she chose to work for a year and a half in India because of its high population of orphans and street children. At DePaul Law, she gravitated toward the International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI)​ and received guidance from Executive Director Elisabeth Ward. She also began working with Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center​ Executive Director Cheryl Price and Center for Public Interest Law​ Executive Director Shaye Loughlin.

“I started leaning toward public interest law near the end of my last spring semester and just wanted the summer to determine if that was the best direction for me,” Simunek said. She was honored with a Child and Family Law Fellowship and an International Human Rights Law Fellowship, both of which fully sponsored her work in India this summer. 

Simunek said she identified and chose IJM for their antihuman trafficking mission as well as their distinctive Justice System Transformation Model. “Essentially, they aim to work themselves out of a job so that the local government will adopt the process,” she explained. “And they’re seeing that happen in communities such as Cambodia.” 
Training began at IJM’s Washington, D.C., home office the first week of June. Simunek, who knows some Hindi, braved a heat index of 130 degrees her first week in India. At the IJM office, she provided direct support to the head of legal and staff attorneys in researching and supporting trial briefs as well as assisting with training programs for field workers in relieving victims of sex trafficking and bringing perpetrators to justice.

Simunek said she was struck by the differences in the legal systems of the United States and India and how injustice manifests itself in both countries, yet in opposite ways. “Often the United States is quick to prosecute and hand out long prison sentences for smaller offenses. In India, it was often very difficult to get convictions. Convictions could take up to 10 to 15 years and, even then, those convicted may apply for bail at any time.”

She explained that her experience in India allowed her to view U.S. current events through a new lens. “My work overseas really gave me time to see human rights issues here in the U.S. I came back from India at the end of the summer inspired to face legal issues here and to aim to enact policy changes and system reform in my home country.”

Simunek plans to pursue criminal law and juvenile defense litigation or public interest clinical work, working with clients who cannot afford representation and continuing her focus on anti-human trafficking.

“One of the things I like about DePaul is that a lot of my professors are adjuncts,” she said. She cites Cook County Public Defender Richard Hutt and Jay Readey, executivedirector at Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, as examples.

“They’re working in the places I’m interested in. They have really valuable real-world experience that they bring to class.” For the time being, Simunek is bolstering her commitment to justice on a local level with an externship at the Chicago Legal Clinic’s Pilsen office, providing community-based legal services to the underserved and disadvantaged in the Chicago area.

Q&A with Professor Margit Livingston

Professor Margit Livingston is the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Professional Development; Vincent de Paul Professor of Law; and Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®)​Livingston teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property, commercial law and animal law. She has won numerous awards for her teaching, scholarship and service, including the DePaul College of Law Faculty Achievement Award, DePaul University Spirit of Inquiry Award and, most recently, the 2015 DePaul University Excellence in Teaching Award. This year, Professor Livingston was also honored as a Vincent de Paul Professor of Law. Here she discusses what makes DePaul’s College of Law distinctive, dynamic and dedicated.

Among your many roles at the College of Law, you serve as associate dean for research and faculty professional development. What does this position entail?

As associate dean for research and faculty professional development, I wear a number of hats. I ensure that the candidates for tenure and promotion submit their application materials in a timely manner and are evaluated by a faculty committee. I also work with the dean and the director of communications to promote faculty research and scholarship to the legal academic community and the public. In addition, together with the faculty programs committee, I attempt to foster the intellectual environment at the College of Law by bringing in faculty members from other law schools to speak to our faculty on cutting-edge legal topics. Also, I assist junior faculty in getting their scholarly works placed in law reviews and other outlets.

In what ways are our professors affecting students, the DePaul community and the legal field beyond the classroom?

My faculty colleagues have a significant impact on our students, the DePaul community and the law in general beyond their classroom teaching. They produce scholarly writings cited by courts and referenced by Congress, thus having an impact on law reform. Several colleagues have coauthored amicus briefs in conjunction with appeals to the United States Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeal. Others serve in the role of public intellectual, publishing essays and op-ed pieces with the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and other media. One faculty colleague, legal writing instructor and CIPLIT member Tony Volini, collaborated with a recent graduate, Nicholas Restauri (JD ’12) in filing a patent application for a data center migration tracking tool. This kind of engagement with the legal community and our alumni is an important part of our role as law faculty.

DePaul recently introduced a faculty advising program. How does this support the College of Law’s emphasis on mentoring?

The College of Law is committed to connecting with our students on a one-on-one basis throughout their time at DePaul. Each first-year student is assigned a faculty advisor who can guide that student through some of the challenges of law school and advise him or her about course selection, externship opportunities, networking and career building. This program is part of our personalized attention to our law students and furthers our goal of ensuring that our students are successful in law school and beyond.

You are director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology (CIPLIT®). What are some of CIPLIT’s proudest achievements?

CIPLIT was started over 15 years ago by Professor Roberta Kwall, who had the foresight to understand the growing importance of intellectual property law. She created a center that serves our students, faculty and the wider community by fostering research and scholarship in IP, featuring nationally renowned speakers on IP topics, providing faculty and attorney mentors for our students, and forging connections between our students and alumni. This summer we hosted the acclaimed Intellectual Property Scholars Conference in partnership with Berkeley, Cardozo and Stanford. Over 180 IP scholars from across the country presented papers on the latest developments in copyright, trademark, patent, cyberlaw and international IP. The exchange of ideas at the conference, we hope, will stimulate further research and scholarly development in IP.

What role do our centers play in enhancing the reputation of the law school and enriching the community?

Our centers and institutes allow us to create areas of excellence within the law school. They bring together faculty and students who are interested in a particular area of law, such as health law, public interest, aviation law, cultural heritage, intellectual property and family law. Faculty affiliated with a center or institute develop curricular offerings, promote scholarship and research, build connections with the local bar, and assist our students who plan careers in a particular field. Some of our centers, such as aviation and cultural heritage, are virtually unique and all of them have done much to enhance our national reputation.

You were recently appointed Vincent de Paul Professor of Law. Congratulations! What does this honor mean to you?

It is a profound privilege to have been elected to the Society of Vincent de Paul Professors. The society is composed of 32 professors from across the university who have demonstrated outstanding teaching in core courses, have engaged in worthwhile and significant scholarship, and have provided excellent service to their academic unit and to the university. Except for some visits at other schools, I have made my legal academic career at DePaul and am honored to have my achievements recognized in this way. St. Vincent de Paul was noted, of course, for his commitment to the poor and disadvantaged, and it is deeply gratifying to be linked to his name.

Navigating a path to health law: Samantha Grund-Wickramasekera

The daughter of a Chicago nurse, second-year law student Samantha Grund-Wickramasekera (BA ’14) has always had the public interest at the back of her mind.

As an undergrad at DePaul University, she double-majored in political science and women’s & gender studies, with a minor in LGBTQ studies. She also worked as a legal intern for Chicago’s Domestic Violence Legal Clinic. Although Grund-Wickramasekera enrolled in law school with a focus on public interest law, her work at Ohio Northern University’s Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program indicated a natural grasp of intellectual property law (her exam scores were the highest in the class). 

As someone with many interests, Grund-Wickramasekera spent her last two years of undergraduate school, as well as her first year of law school, working at real estate, business law and estate planning firm, Spencer & Rozwadowski. At DePaul she gravitated to both the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®) and the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute (JHLI)​With three years' experience in real estate and  nearly a year of legal coursework behind her, she decided to pinpoint her passion beyond the classroom. This past summer, Grund-Wickramasekera secured an internship at the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History’s Office of General Counsel and an externship as a law clerk at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Bureau of Administrative Hearings.

As she navigated her path through her work experiences, Grund-Wickramasekera felt the constant and strong support of the faculty. She credits CIPLIT for the Field Museum internship tip: “CIPLIT Director Ellen Gutiontov was active the entire year making sure we had something lined up for the summer.” Grund-Wickramasekera also found a fellow Double Demon in her supervisor, Office of General Counsel attorney Sarah Ebel (JD ’14, BA ’05). 

Grund-Wickramasekera’s role at the Field Museum involved contract reviewing, copyright issues and work with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which she found particularly captivating. “I was interested in the way museums are fulfilling the objectives and regulations stipulated in that law,” she detailed, “but also spearheading the way toward total inclusivity at museums, given that their academic missions are to open education to as many people as possible.”

Grund-Wickramasekera said her interest in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) led her to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the government agency that oversees the distribution of Medicaid benefits, as well as child support.

“When the agencies underneath the Department of Healthcare and Family Services make decisions, such as denying requests for additional funding for children with disabilities, the family has the opportunity to appeal the denial all the way up to our agency, where the agency reviews whether a lower agency made the proper determination in light of the evidence available,” she explained. At the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, she worked under various hearing officers and administrative law judges who oversaw these hearings. She also wrote numerous final administrative decisions (FADs) and was able to further educate herself on the ACA, Medicare and Medicaid through lectures and attendance at the Chicago Bar Association events.

Ultimately, she reached her own verdict. “I realized I loved government and healthcare-related work and decided this was the field I wanted to pursue,” she said. “There is a huge human element to the practice of health law that makes it less abstract than other areas of law and makes me feel as if my work can still make a difference in someone’s life.” She cites JHLI Faculty Director Wendy Netter Epstein as a sounding board for jobs and direction in health law. Following Netter Epstein’s promotion of the Health Law Institute, Grund-Wickramasekera joined as a Health Law Fellow.

“The Health Law Institute really fuses together things I’ve learned from my undergrad—public policy issues, minority access to healthcare—but combines it in a way that brings together my first-year law courses, such as contracts, civil procedure and constitutional law, all classes which I excelled at during the first year.”

Though offered a continuing externship position with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services throughout the fall, Grund-Wickramasekera is choosing to invest her time as a member of DePaul’s Journal of Health Care Law and the Appellate Moot Court Society. More recently, Grund-Wickramasekera secured a judicial externship position with the Honorable Sara L. Ellis, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

She aims to use the skills learned from these activities in pursuit of a healthcare litigation-based career. As for her hectic summer schedule, she accepts it as the nature of the field. “The law is constantly a learning profession—there were changes and updates that my supervisors were also learning,” she commented. “If you have a grasp of the foundational principles, that’s good; but even then, those skills are put to the task in the summer. I’d say there’s still obviously a lot left to learn, but I am so excited to keep learning and following my passions in my field of choice at the same time.”

Crafting a career in health law: Tobin Klusty

F​​irsthand experience never hurts, especially when it comes to crafting your legal career.

Just ask second-year student Tobin Klusty. Fresh from an American Medical Association Ethics Department Scholar position this past summer, the promising second-year student is embracing the intersection of health care and civil rights.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Klusty came to DePaul University College of Law for its location and deep alumni network. “Chicago is full of practicing attorneys, and has a very large professional network. DePaul’s large group of alumni enhances my ability to make important connections, which will aid my career search,” he said.

Klusty credits Legal Writing Instructor Allison Ortlieb, Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute​ (JHLI) Executive Director Katherine Schostok and JHLI Faculty Director Wendy Netter Epstein with guiding his journey at DePaul. His specific academic journey focuses on litigation, but he is also interested in pursuing policy and trial advocacy.

“I am attracted to litigation due to its competitive atmosphere and complex argumentative nature. I am also attracted to policy because of its wide impact on the 
community,” he said. “Within litigation and policy,” he added, “I am most interested in health law and civil rights, specifically how health law impacts civil rights.”

“Professor Ortlieb has been an outstanding role model, being a reliable source of professional advice and helping me craft my legal writing skills. Professor Schostok has guided me through my quest as a fellow of the Jaharis Health Law Institute, and recommended me for the [American Medical Association] Ethics Scholar position.

Lastly, but certainly not least,” he continued, “Professor Epstein has been an exceptional mentor, and has expanded my knowledge of the U.S. health care system through my research assistant position for her upcoming literature-review manuscript on health care compensation models.”

Health law is a very interesting and expanding field that has a high demand for competent young attorneys,” Klusty said. “The application of health law also has strong influence on civil rights, namely the opportunity for minority groups to access affordable and adequate health care.” Klusty added that his dream job would be a litigator for the Office of General Counsel for the Department of Health and Human Services, and he seems to have found his footing along the right path.

As the AMA’s Ethics Department Scholar this past summer, Klusty said he was able to see how a self-regulating organization conducts itself in practice and he learned the importance of wording when it comes to policy. As such, Klusty developed a strong interest in working with policy.

Among the projects Klusty contributed to as an AMA Ethics Department Scholar include researching legal implications of the AMA’s Code of Medical Ethics; drafting the Reference Committee on Amendments to Constitution and Bylaws Report during the AMA’s annual policy meeting; coproducing the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs Report in conjunction with Ethics Policy staff; preparing detailed summaries about the legal and ethical issues of “responsible physician prescribing, the relationship between pregnancy and advance directives, and informed consent regarding medical research”; and authoring and coauthoring several articles on pivotal cases in health law and topics at the intersection of health law, medicine and bioethics for the AMA Journal of Ethics.

Klusty’s time spent with the AMA helped him develop his ability to write for a publication under a short deadline while focusing on conducting thorough research. He also was able to observe the judicial function of the AMA’s Office of General Counsel and the Council of Ethical and Judicial Affairs. This experience helped refine his career vision, giving him a much clearer understanding of what he wants his career path to be and how he will achieve his professional goals with the support of DePaul Law’s faculty, staff and alumni along the way.

Student honored with 2015 PSJD Pro Bono Publico Award

Lark Mulligan (second from left) with the Pro Bono Publico Award and Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea (left); Shaye Loughlin, director of the Center for Public Interest Law; and Christina Jackson from PSJD.
Lark Mulligan, a second-year law student at DePaul University College of Law, received the 2015 Pro Bono Publico Award from the National Association of Legal Professionals Public Service Jobs Directory (PSJD). 

For the last five years, Mulligan has volunteered with the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois​, a volunteer-run organization that provides free legal services to impoverished and low-income transgender people who are criminalized. ​In addition to the work she does overseeing the growth and maintenance of Transformative Justice, she is involved with the Name Change Mobilization​ project and its publication Hidden Expressions​

Mulligan is the first DePaul student to receive this national award. ​​​The award honors second- or third-year law students at PSJD Subscriber Schools who have made a significant contribution to underserved populations, legal education and the public interest community through pro bono work. The selection committee considers the student’s work toward law-related public service projects or organizations and the impact of that service on the community, fellow students and the school. 

International Aviation Law Institute interviews open skies pioneer Paul Mifsud

A marathon three-hour interview with retired KLM executive Paul Mifsud is the eighth installment of the International Aviation Law Institute’s “Conversations with Aviation Leaders” oral history project. Conducted by Professor Brian F. Havel, the institute's director, the wide-ranging interview explores in depth the environment that led to today's international airline alliances and the early history of U.S. "Open Skies" agreements.

Paul Mifsud is best known for his groundbreaking work in devising and concluding the first Open Skies aviation agreement, which was negotiated between the United States and The Netherlands in 1992. For this work, the Queen of the Netherlands named him an Officer of The Netherlands Order of Oranj-Nassau.

Mr. Mifsud served as a trial attorney with the Bureau of Enforcement for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission before joining the airline industry with British Airways in 1973. He was with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for 35 years, first as General Counsel, USA and later as Vice President, Government & Legal Affairs, USA. He has published numerous articles and speeches on issues of international trade, public policy, aviation, and international airline alliances, was named 2008 Transportation Lawyer of the Year by the Federal Bar Association, and received the 2015 L. Welch Pogue Lifetime Achievement in Aviation Award from Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine.

The interview will soon be posted for viewing alongside the previous seven interviews on the institute's website. The “Conversations” project continues to develop a record of the legal and policy history of the airline industry during the age of global deregulation, as told through the voices and memories of its participants. The project is a valuable resource for the large community of students, scholars, and policymakers interested in understanding the airline industry’s role in the broader deregulatory movement that continues to transform economic policy today. ​​​

Students help set up for homeless luncheon at St. Vincent de Paul Center

​​On November 13th, PBCSI hosted the final Donate-A-Day of the fall semester. Volunteers gathered on that Friday evening at the St. Vincent de Paul Center in Lincoln Park to assist with the set up for the 41st annual homeless outreach luncheon that would take place the following day. At the luncheon, homeless individuals and families visit various stations inside the St. Vincent de Paul Center that provide them with winter clothing, medical assistance, and toys for the children. Everyone who attends the luncheon is fed a home cooked turkey meal. This year, the center expected 400-450 people in attendance. 

This was the second year in a row that PBCSI participated in the set up portion of the event. Donate-A-Day volunteers were assigned various set up tasks including sorting out clothing and setting up the different stations to ensure the next day would run smoothly. Maria Puppo Martinez, a second-year student at DePaul said: “The November Donate-a-Day was fantastic! I had already volunteered last year and was eager to participate again this year. It is a terrific opportunity to serve families in need and prepare a great Thanksgiving for them. Everyone deserves to celebrate this day, and it is up to us to make it possible.” DePaul students worked with other volunteers to ensure that the set up was complete on Friday evening. 

If you missed this opportunity there will be more Donate-A-Day events during the spring semester, with the first event being held in January.

Four DePaul law alumni selected to 40 Under Forty

Law Bulletin Publishing Company recently recognized four DePaul University College of Law alumni on its annual list of the 40 most talented young attorneys to watch in Illinois. The 2015 “40 Under Forty” publication features alumni:

Jeffrey Becker (JD ’04), Swanson, Martin & Bell;

Andrew Engle (JD ’03), Davis | Friedman;

Sarah King (JD ’11), Clifford Law Offices; and

Matthew Passen (JD ’06) of Passen Law Group.

The DePaul alumni were selected from more than 1,400 attorney nominations submitted for this year’s publication.

DePaul alumna receives IACDL’s Outstanding Young Attorney for 2015 award

The Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (IACDL) will be honoring DePaul College of Law alumna, Amanda Graham (‘12), as one of two Outstanding Young Attorneys for 2015 who will receive this award at IACDL’s Annual Dinner on November 20, 2015 at the University Club of Chicago. After graduating from DePaul with a certificate in criminal law, Ms. Graham, along with another DePaul alumna, opened up a private practice in criminal defense before she transitioned into owning her own practice. Ms. Graham is currently an attorney with the Federal Defender Program working on post-conviction cases and serves on the Northern District of Illinois’ Re-Entry Court team assisting released defendants with addiction and mental health issues. She is also pursuing a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. 

If you are interested in attending IACDL’s annual dinner, please register here. ​ 

DePaul announces 2015 LRAP award recipients

DePaul University College of Law presented its annual Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) awards to eight DePaul alumni currently working in public interest positions across the country on November 5.
 The Loan Repayment Assistance Program is designed to assist DePaul law graduates with lower-paying public sector jobs to manage their educational debt. The program started in 2006 and has helped 54 alumni since its inception. Recipients shared remarks about their passion for the work in public interest law and expressed their gratitude for DePaul's financial support to make these career paths possible.

This year’s LRAP recipients are: 

  • Rocio Alcantar ‘10, National Immigrant Justice Center
  • Samuel Keen ‘14, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands
  • Courtney Kelledes ‘13, Cabrini Green Legal Aid
  • Natalie Lilavois ‘13, The Legal Aid Society, Bronx, New York
  • Maria Macias ‘11, Justice For Our Neighbors – Dallas Fort Worth
  • Ryann Moran ‘07, Cabrini Green Legal Aid
  • Olivia Villegas ‘10, Life Span Center for Legal Services & Advocacy
  • Lindsay Van Fleet ‘10, Vermilion County Public Defender’s Office

Airports council chief answers tough questions on growth, privatization, metrojet crash

Angela Gittens, Director General of Airports Council International-World, painted a mixed picture for airport passenger and cargo traffic growth in 2015, highlighted by continued steep growth in the Middle East region.

Speaking at DePaul University’s fifth annual IALI/Chaddick Lunch Lecture, co-sponsored by the International Aviation Law Institute​ and the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development​, Ms. Gittens said the Middle East was reshaping the world’s aviation map, with 8.8 percent passenger growth and 8.6 percent cargo growth in the first half of this year, coming on the heels of 10.8 percent and 9.2 percent growth figures for 2014, respectively.

She cautioned that 69 percent of airports operate at a net loss, and that major investments – in the range of $135 billion dollars – will be required to meet the sustained demand for air service to 2016.
L-R: Steve Rudolph, IALI Executive Director; Angela Gittens, ACI-World Director General; Jennifer Rosato Perea, Dean, DePaul University College of Law; Prof. Joe Schwieterman, Director, Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.

Ms. Gittens also noted that airport privatization is a more widespread phenomenon than most would believe, if one includes public-private partnerships and the many privatized operations within public-owned airports, as well as those under private ownership.

Addressing the crash of the Russian Metrojet airliner in Egypt, Ms. Gittens told a news reporter that a quick investigation would likely be a bad one, and that the governments involved should not rush to judgment and let the professional investigators do their jobs. “Once you tell me what happened, I can tell you how to fix it,” she concluded.​​​

IALI director urges reform of "nationality rule" at WEF Summit

​​​International Aviation Law Institute Director Brian F. Havel urged members of the World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda to work toward reform of the widespread "nationality rule" that prohibits non-citizens from taking a controlling stake in a country’s airlines.

The Summit -- held this year in Abu Dhabi in late October -- is the Forum’s annual preparatory gathering of nearly 1,000 experts that precedes its annual leadership summit in Davos, Switzerland, in January.

Addressing the Forum’s Council on the Future of Travel and Tourism, Professor Havel argued that the rule continues to bar airlines from engaging in cross-border mergers and creating foreign subsidiaries that are common in most other industries. Professor Havel is a member of the Council, which includes CEOs and senior executives representing the global hospitality and travel industries, as well as senior government officials including the Peruvian and Mexican ministers for tourism.​​​

Professors Havel and Mulligan on international drone regulation

​​​Identifying the rules and regimes that should apply to small commercial drones that cross international borders was the focus of IALI Director Brian Havel's presentation at the 27th annual conference of the European Air Law Association, held in Edinburgh, Scotland earlier this month.

A long-time member of the Association’s Governing Committee and a regular panelist and moderator at its events, Professor Havel joined the chief legal adviser to the European Aviation Safety Agency, Frank Manuhutu, and the legal advisor to the UK Civil Aviation Authority, Alison Slater, for a vigorous panel discussion on the future regulatory regime governing unmanned aircraft – better known to the public as “drones.” While still an uncommon occurrence, cross-border drone flights are certainly in the future plans of commercial operators such as, Professor Havel noted.

Professor Havel also spoke on cross-border drone issues in March at the DePaul Law Review Symposium, "The UAS Dilemma:  Unlimited Potential, Unresolved Concerns." In connection with this work, Professor Havel and John Q. Mulligan, the Institute's FedEx/United Airlines Resident Research Fellow, have written an essay on international drone regulation for the forthcoming symposium issue of theDePaul Law Review.​​​

Lawyers in the classroom

​​​Each year the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative partners with the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago and A.N. Pritzker Elementary School to run the Lawyers in the Classroom Program. For one week each semester, law students, faculty and staff volunteer to visit Pritzker and teach middle school classes a one-hour lesson on the U.S. Constitution and other legal principles. It is always a big hit with both the middle school students and law school volunteers!

One of the lessons, entitled “No Weapons Allowed,” gives the middle school students the opportunity to discern the difference between the “spirit of the law” and the “black letter law.” After the students talk in a large group about the overall rule, they then break up into smaller groups, led by the law student volunteers, to apply what they have learned to several hypotheticals. For every lesson, the middle school students get the chance to learn a basic constitutional law concept and an opportunity to apply the concept to different fact scenarios.

The volunteer experience is a very fulfilling one for both the middle school and law school students. As Anne Marie Knisley (JD, Class of 2018) put it, “This was an excellent opportunity to interact with students and help increase their knowledge and awareness about the justice system. For law students, it’s a great opportunity to speak to a group and practice skills we are learning.” Edward O’Neill (JD, Class of 2018) added, “It was an excellent exercise to help the kids think outside the box and approach issues in a different light.”

DePaul will return to Pritzker during the spring semester to teach additional lessons and build on some of the legal principles discussed in classrooms this fall.​

Professor Susan Bandes interviews with Slate magazine

How often do judges and juries make “high stakes” decisions about punishment based on “faulty perceptions” about remorse? Slate​, the online current affairs and culture magazine, recently asked this question​ of Professor Susan Bandes​, a nationally recognized expert on emotion and the law. Her answer: Too often. “Emotion pervades the law,” she told Slate. “We’re so used to it that we often don’t even see it.” She said people think they know what a defendant’s remorse looks like because they read his facial expressions or body language. She is convinced that those observations, based on faulty impressions, taint sentencing decisions. In capital cases, for instance, “there is substantial evidence that whether or not a defendant looks remorseful is one of the main factors in determining” if a jury will sentence him to death.

Professor Bandes believes that judges and juries often “read a defendant’s facial expressions or body language wrong,” and that affects sentencing outcomes. “There’s really no evidence at all to support the notion that we actually can evaluate” a defendant’s remorse by looking at him.

In response to this interview, a number of prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges reached out to Professor Bandes to express their interest in this topic. At least one judge, in fact, will be recommending continuing legal education on it in his jurisdiction.​​​

Read Professor Bandes's interview with Slate here​.

PBSCI October Donate A Day

As a way to celebrate Pro Bono Week, the Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) held its annual October Donate-A-Day on Friday, October 30, 2015. For the fifth year running, PBCSI and The Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL) paired up to offer a great day of pro bono service for the DePaul community. Alumni also came back to DePaul to participate in this event alongside current students. The Donate-A-Day focused on assisting low-income seniors with advanced directives, such as living wills and powers of attorney for health care and property. The day started with an in-depth training on drafting powers of attorney for property and health care and preparing living will declarations in Illinois. Tom Wendt, CDEL’s Legal Director, conducted the training.

After completing the training, the volunteers headed north to the Center on Addison for the workshop with the seniors. Working in pairs, volunteers were given the opportunity to work directly with clients, conducting interviews and drafting the legal paperwork for the seniors. The volunteers met with and assisted over 20 seniors. DePaul Student
Kristyn Bowser, had a very positive experience: "It felt good to do something so important for older people in need, and use the skills I am learning in law school practically at the same time. Further, you could tell that the clients really appreciated our time.” Many other volunteers shared this feeling and found the whole day very rewarding. The alumni attorneys also noted that they found the pro bono day both educational and enjoyable. Additionally, it was a great opportunity for current students to meet alumni and hear the great work that DePaul graduates are doing in the Chicago area. In the end, the seniors received important legal assistance and the volunteers gained valuable legal experience and exposure to public interest and pro bono legal work.​​​

Family law practitioners panel draws a large crowd

College of Law alumni speak with law students about the practice of family law in the public and private sectors. Panelists included (left to right): Andrea Belard, Legal Aid Society, Kathryn Liss, Law Offices of Jean Conde P.C., Lisa Nelson, Public Guardian's Office, and Andrew Engle, Davis Friedman.
The Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center hosted a panel event on Thursday, October 29 during the lunch hour, featuring practitioners in family law. The event was co-sponsored by Law Career Services, the Center for Public Interest Law, and the Child & Family Law Association, and drew a large audience of interested law students. Practitioners on the panel were a mixture of private and public interest family law attorneys, all of whom are alumni of DePaul's College of Law. They included Andrew Engle, Partner, Davis Friedman LLP​, Kathryn Liss, Associate Attorney, Law Offices of JeanConde PC​Lisa Nelson, Supervising Attorney, DomesticRelations Division​, Office of the Cook County Public Guardian and Andrea Belard, Staff Attorney, Domestic Violence Division​, Legal Aid Society.

Cheryl Price, Director of the Family Law Center, moderated the discussion and asked the panelists a range of questions about their work, including how they got started in family law, and what they find the most rewarding and challenging about their work. All of the panelists agreed that this area of law can be emotionally charged but enjoyed helping others through the stressful process of a divorce. They also talked about the differences between practicing family law in the public versus private sectors. Director Price also asked the panelists to comment on what students can do to prepare themselves for a career in family law, in which the panelists explained that both interpersonal and trial/litigations skills are very important to this area of law. They also recommended taking a federal tax course because family law attorneys regularly deal with tax-related issues as part of their practice.

The event ended with several minutes for students to ask questions. One student was curious about how to get involved with family law as a pro bono attorney, while another student wanted advice about how to strike a healthy work-life balance. At the end of the event, many students introduced themselves to the panelists and asked a few more questions before heading off to their next class. The panelists were happy to speak with the students and provide advice about starting a career in child and family law. Both the students and the panelists enjoyed the event!     ​

Alumnus, Chicago Legal Clinic co-founder receives Justice John Paul Stevens Award

At the 2015 John Paul Stevens Awards luncheon, from left: Chicago Bar Foundation Chair Allegra R. Nethery, Diocese of Springfield Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, honoree Edward I. Grossman, Chicago Bar Association Executive Director Terrence M. Murphy, and Chicago Bar Foundation Executive Director Robert Glaves.

Chicago Legal Clinic Co-Founder Edward I. Grossman (JD '81) is a recipient of the Justice John Paul Stevens Award​ for his commitment to community and public service. Grossman was honored at the 16th annual John Paul Stevens Award Luncheon at the Standard Club in Chicago on October 13. ​Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stevens was in attendance to help honor this year's eight award recipients. ​​​

​Grossman co-founded the Chicago Legal Clinic in 1981 and has served as its executive director since 1985. The clinic provides legal services in southeast Chicago, Pilsen, Austin and the downtown areas, serving more than 375,000 people. He is active in several bar associations, including the Federal Bar Association, the Chicago Bar, the Illinois Trial Lawyers and the Federal Trial Bar. He is an arbitrator of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and a special commissioner for the Federal Courts, Northern District of Illinois.

Presented by the Chicago Bar Foundation and Chicago Bar Association (CBA), the Justice John Paul Stevens Award honors lawyers and judges who reflect Justice Stevens' lifetime effort to improve the system of justice and his active participation and dedication to the CBA.​ ​

Alumna receives Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship

Alumna Rocio Alcantar (JD '10) was selected by the Chicago Bar Foundation to receive a Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship. There are five fellowships awarded annually to attorneys who have dedicated their careers to public interest, and as a recipient of this fellowship, Alcantar will receive $20,000 in loan repayment assistance over five years to help her continue her career in public interest law. 

Alcantar is the supervising attorney for the Immigrant Children’s Protection Project at the National Immigrant Justice Center​. While a student at DePaul, she received practical training through the Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic​, participated in activities with the International Human Rights Law Institute​, and created the Society for Asylum and Immigration Law (SAIL), student organization.

LAF attorneys discuss positive impact of ACA on impoverished

The Center for Public Interest Law​ (CPIL) and Legal Assistance Foundation's (LAF) Young Professionals Board cohosted "The Healing Lawyer: Bringing the Affordable Care Act to Communities in Need" panel on October 14.  

The panel consisted of two attorneys from LAF who work with those positively affected by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Carrie Chapman, director of the public benefits group, and Alice Setrini, medical legal partnership project supervisory attorney. The conversation was moderated by David Rodriguez, clinical instructor of the Poverty Law Clinic​ and director of the Third Year in Practice Program​.

Chapman and Setrini discussed how those living in poverty have specifically benefitted from the ACA and how access to healthcare has helped open doors to healthier communities, breeding more economically and socially stable communities. They also described how LAF has identified and pursued implementation issues surrounding ACA and the importance and growth of medical-legal partnerships. Chapman and Setrini then offered tips for lawyers interested in helping, such as familiarizing oneself with resources under the ACA now available to clients, directing clients to the ACA marketplace website and helping clients fill out applications. 

The event was cosponsored by the Jaharis Health Law Institute​, the Public Interest Law Association​, and the Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative​

IALI director touts Cape Town Convention's self-help process

International Aviation Institute Director, Brian F. Havel, recently addressed the fourth conference on the Cape Town Convention on aircraft corporate finance at the University of Oxford, UK. Professor Havel, who has addressed three of the four Cape Town conferences on issues relating to the relationship between the Convention and public international law, spoke on how the Cape Town Convention combines both public and private international law features.

In his remarks, Professor Havel placed special emphasis on how the convention gives private creditors a right of self-help that effectively bypasses the kind of court-ordered enforcement of remedies that we see in normal contract situations. This self-help process, in his view, fulfills Cape Town’s primary objective of “making public functions private.” The convention, in other words, uses the strength of the international treaty system to make private transactions in the global aircraft finance sector more uniform, reliable, and effective.

The conference, held annually at Oxford, is sponsored by the Cape Town Academic Project, a consortium that includes Oxford, the University of Washington School of Law, and the Boeing Company.​

Havel keynotes Trans-Pacific Aviation Conference

​​​On October 8, 2015, in Vancouver, Canada, International Aviation Law Institute Director, Brian F. Havel, joined his aviation law colleague, Professor Alan K. Tan of the National University of Singapore, as joint keynoter for the inaugural Trans-Pacific Aviation Law & Policy Conference hosted by the Center for Asia-Pacific Initiatives of the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Professors Havel and Tan also engaged in a lively discussion about the economic rise of the Asia-Pacific region and its aviation linkages across the Pacific Ocean with North and South America.

In addition, Professor Havel participated in a panel on the future of aviation emissions regulation, commenting on the potential effects of the forthcoming Paris climate talks on the International Civil Aviation Organization's development of a market-based emissions regulation regime for international civil aviation.

Professor Havel also moderated the conference’s closing panel on the future of Trans-Pacific aviation. That session featured a distinctive mix of topics ranging from the new Trans-Pacific Partnership, to the prospects for an open skies agreement between China and the United States, and finally to the usefulness of near-space balloons as replacements for expensive orbital satellites. The panel included Hao Liu, a former visiting fellow at the International Aviation Law Institute, who now serves as Director of the Aviation Law Institute at Beihang University, Beijing, China.​​​

Students learn about pro bono and community service opportunities at fall service fair

Following an exciting 1L Service Day to kick off the year, the Fall Service Fair, hosted by DePaul's Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) drew a large crowd of students excited to get involved in the community. The fair, which took place on October 1, is just one of the many ways that PBCSI works to get DePaul law students engaged in service within the community. The fair started with presentations from a number of community organizations, including Cabrini Green Legal Aid, the Center for Disability & Elder Law, World Relief Chicago, Lawyers in the Classroom, Croak Student Legal Services, Illinois Legal Aid Online, and the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic. Student leaders from various DePaul programs, including the Service Immersion Trips, Donate-a-Day events, and DePauls signature pro bono project, the Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project, also gave presentations.

Following the organizations' informative presentations, students were eager to mingle with representatives of the various organizations and sign up to get involved in their programs. PBCSIs Director, Katie Blouin, was pleased with the outcome of the service fair saying, "It was impressive to see so many students committed to volunteer work. Im looking forward to seeing our students get involved in the wide variety of opportunities they learned about at the fair, and the impact their work will have within the community.

Many of the above organizations and projects have upcoming trainings within the next few weeks, so students can get involved in service right away.  PBCSI will host a similar fair at the start of the spring semester and will feature pro bono opportunities that will be available over spring break.           ​​​

DePaul law students volunteer at Pritzker Elementary School


On Saturday, September 26, the Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) hosted its first Donate-A-Day of the school year at A.N. Pritzker Elementary School, a Chicago Public School in Wicker Park, and one of PBCSI’s partner organizations. DePaul law students assisted with a variety of projects at the school, from cleanup of the school garden and planters, painting an outdoor basketball court, to painting in the halls of the school building. Student volunteers worked closely with teachers, parents and elementary students who joined in the service day.  

Many DePaul law students were returning volunteers and enjoyed recounting some of the projects they completed at former volunteer days at Pritzker Elementary. PBCSI Coordinator, Alex Antonacci, explained that the volunteers have a very positive experience participating in these volunteer days, “Donate-a-Day with PBSCI is a great way to take a break from school and spend a little time giving back.  Every time I participate in one of these volunteer days, I meet new people-- it's a great opportunity to network with other students and members of the community." 

During lunch, the principal at Pritzker Elementary personally thanked DePaul students for their efforts, and ensured the volunteers that their hard work was appreciated, noting that the elementary school looks forward to this day every year. ​​If you missed this opportunity, join in the next Donate-A-Day on October 30 with the Center for Disability and Elder Law.  If you are interested, contact PBCSI Director, Katie Blouin, at ​​​

University of Oxford professor presents new book to DePaul law faculty

On Friday, September 25, the College of Law welcomed Dr. Tarun Khaitan, a member of the University of Oxford law faculty, to lead a panel discussing his well-received new book, “A Theory of Discrimination Law,” just published by Oxford University Press.  Also participating in the discussion were Andrew Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law at Northwestern University, Howard Eglit, emeritus professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, as well as DePaul’s new dean, Jennifer Rosato Perea, and DePaul law professors Sumi Cho, David Franklin, Brian Havel, and Terry Smith.  

Dr. Khaitan engaged in a vigorous exchange of ideas with his fellow panelists about whether discrimination law might be the best tool for eradicating relative group disadvantage, given the apparent challenges that this kind of law faces in the United States.  Dr. Khaitan also highlighted innovations in discrimination law in other liberal jurisdictions, especially Canada, South Africa, India and the United Kingdom, which address some of the concerns raised in the panel exchanges.  In addition to his visit to DePaul, Dr. Khaitan will also be discussing his book at the University of Toronto law school before returning to Oxford later this week. ​

For further information on Dr. Khaitan’s book, which provides a theory of discrimination law based on legal doctrine from five pioneering jurisdictions including the United Kingdom and the United States, please use the following link: A Theory of Discrimination Law​ (OUP 2015).​

Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Kicks Off Lunch & Learn Series with Presentation on Assisted Reproductive Technology Law

College of Law Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea and Cheryl Price, Director of the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, discuss the Family Law Center’s September Lunch-N-Learn on Assisted Reproductive Technology Law. Dean Rosato Perea was the speaker for the event.
The College of Law’s Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center hosted its first Lunch & Learn event of the year on Thursday, September 24. The Center was pleased to host Dean Rosato Perea as the speaker for the inaugural Lunch & Learn, which focused on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Law.  The dean started out by giving a quick primer on ART, including statistics on the number and success rate of ART cycles per year. She then explained how family law, which was developed to address traditional heterosexual couples, has evolved over time in response to collaborative reproduction. This area of law is fascinating because it involves an intersection of constitutional law, contract law, and tort law. Unfor​tunately, the law has not kept pace with the rapid changes in collaborative reproduction.  

The dean focused on three seminal ART cases to illustrate this point.
  The cases included In re Marriage of Buzzanca, In re Baby M, and Johnson v. CalvertIn all three of these cases, the courts faced an issue of first impression as to who was the lawful parent of a child carried by a traditional or gestational surrogate.  In all three cases, the courts looked to the parties’ intent in making this determination.  In addition to these three cases, the dean discussed Illinois’s surrogacy statute and explained that California is the least regulated state when it comes to ART.  

he dean’s presentation was both interesting and engaging and provided the students with an excellent introduction to this dynamic and complex area of law. The Family Law Center looks forward to hosting additional Lunch & Learn events throughout the year. Its next event is a Family Law Practice Panel on Thursday, October 29 where students can speak directly with family law alumni in both the private and public sector.    

IALI hosts top FAA officials at policy discussion

Federal Aviation Administrator Michael P. Huerta and Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker visited the International Aviation Law Institute on Tuesday, September 22, and participated in a wide-ranging discussion of FAA regulatory policy moderated by Professor Brian F. Havel, the institute's director. 

Among the topics considered were the benefits and drawbacks of the FAA’s extensive rulemaking system, the agency’s expanding reliance on data collection and risk analysis, and the regulatory challenges posed by unmanned aircraft systems. 

The discussion also examined the FAA’s increasing use of voluntary initiatives and performance-based rules, the agency’s “staged” approach to regulatory issues, the conceptual problems presented by possible regulation of unmanned operations in low-altitude airspace, and the FAA reauthorization bill currently before congress. 

Institute Co-Director Professor Bruce L. Ottley, Adjunct Professor Steven M. Sandler, Research Fellow John Q. Mulligan, Executive Director Stephen B. Rudolph, and several current DePaul aviation law JD and LLM students attended the event.  Also present were the new dean of DePaul College of Law, Jennifer Rosato Perea, and her predecessor Professor Greg Mark.

DePaul law faculty place 20 articles in top law reviews

DePaul University College of Law faculty members placed 20 articles in the top 50 law reviews during the 2014-2015 academic year. Their work covered a wide range of topics—from Susan Bandes’ work on emotion in evaluating proof and prejudice, to Monu Bedi’s application of the mosaic theory to social networking communications, to Zoe Robinson’s research on religious institutionalism. For a complete list of DePaul law professors and their recent scholarship, visit our faculty profile pages.

DePaul Law Faculty Articles in Top 50 Law Reviews*

Susan Bandes

  • Empathy and Article III: Judge Weinstein, Cases and Controversies
    DePaul Law Review
    (forthcoming 2015)
  • Emotion, Proof and Prejudice: The Cognitive Science of Gruesome Photos and Victim Impact Statements
    Arizona State Law Journal (2014) (with J. Salerno)

Monu Bedi

  • Social Networks, Government Surveillance, and the Fourth Amendment Mosaic Theory
    Boston University Law Review

Emily Cauble

  • Safe Harbors in Tax Law
    Connecticut Law Review
    (forthcoming 2015)
  • Detrimental Reliance on IRS Guidance
    Wisconsin Law Review (forthcoming 2015)

Andrew Gold

  • Fiduciary Governance
    William and Mary Law Review
    (forthcoming, 2015) (with P. Miller)

Max Helveston

  • Consumer Protection in the Age of Big Data
    Washington University Law Review
    (forthcoming 2016)
  • Judicial Deregulation of Consumer Markets
    Cardozo Law Review (2015)

Michael Jacobs

  • The Incoherence of Bargaining Power in Contract Law
    Wake Forest Law Review (2014) (with M. Helveston)

Daniel I. Morales

  • Crimes of Migration
    Wake Forest Law Review

Bruce Ottley

  • New York Times v. Sullivan at 50: Despite Criticism, the Actual Malice Standard Still Provides ‘Breathing Space’ for Communications in the Public Interest
    DePaul Law Review
    (2014) (with J. Lewis)

Zoe Robinson

  • Lobbying in the Shadows: Religious Interest Groups in the Legislative Process
    Emory Law Journal
  • The Contraception Mandate and the Forgotten Constitutional Question
    Wisconsin Law Review (2014)
  • What is a “Religious Institution”?
    Boston College Law Review (2014)
  • Constitutional Personhood
    George Washington Law Review (forthcoming 2015)
  • The Failure of Mitigation
    Hastings Law Journal (forthcoming 2014) (with R. Smith & S. Cull)
  • Bias in the Shadow of Criminal Law: The Problem of Implicit White Favoritism
    Alabama Law Review (forthcoming 2015) (with R. Smith & J. Levinson)
  • The Family Unit in the Age of Religious Institutionalism
    University of Illinois Law Review (forthcoming 2016)

Mark Weber

  • Intent in Disability Discrimination Law: Social Science Insights and Comparisons to Race and Sex Discrimination
    University of Illinois Law Review
    (forthcoming 2016)
  • Accidentally on Purpose: Intent in Disability Discrimination Law
    Boston College Law Review (forthcoming 2015)

* Top 50 Law Reviews as listed in the Washington and Lee University School of Law Library “Law Journal Rankings Project” for 2014.

National Law Journal readers rank DePaul law programs No. 1 in Chicago

DePaul University College of Law received first place in three program categories—clinical programs, joint JD/MBA and Master of Laws (LLM)—in the National Law Journal’s Best of Chicago 2015 Reader Rankings.

“These survey results reflect the breadth of DePaul’s distinctiveness—from experiential learning in the Chicago community, to strong joint programs with a nationally renowned university, to LLM programs in fields where DePaul is well-known,” said Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea. “We continue to define DePaul Law with these excellent programs, and are proud to be recognized by NLJ’s readers.”

This is the second consecutive year that readers rated DePaul’s clinical and LLM programs as No. 1 in Chicago. The JD/MBA program moved up to first place from third in last year’s survey. More than 1,400 readers voted in nearly 80 categories in the 2015 survey.

DePaul’s nine clinical programs provide students with community-based service opportunities and hands-on learning experiences outside the classroom. The clinical program areas include asylum and immigration law, civil rights, criminal appeals, family law, housing law and community development, mediation, misdemeanors, poverty law, and technology and intellectual property.

Offered jointly with DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, the JD/MBA program prepares students to be effective leaders and problem-solvers in the areas of law and business. The College of Law also partners with several other colleges at DePaul to offer joint degree programs in international studies, computer science and public service management.

DePaul’s LLM programs focus on the areas of health law, intellectual property law, international law and taxation. The programs are designed to provide foreign-trained lawyers and graduates of non-U.S. law schools with an understanding of the U.S. legal system, as well as to provide U.S. lawyers and law graduates with expanded knowledge and training.

DePaul law faculty's scholarly impact recognized in 2015 study

DePaul University College of Law ranks in the top third of U.S. law schools (64th) in a recent study measuring the scholarly impact of law faculties.

Professor Gregory Sisk and colleagues at the University of St. Thomas School of Law conducted the 2015 study, which uses the “Scholarly Impact Score” developed by Professor Brian Leiter at the University of Chicago. The scholarly impact ranking is calculated from the mean and median of total law journal citations by tenured faculty over the past five years.

The study also notes the 10 most cited scholars for each ranked law school. The most cited DePaul law faculty members include Susan Bandes, Sumi Cho, David Franklin, Patty Gerstenblith, Andrew Gold, Roberta Kwall, Joshua Sarnoff, Jeffrey Shaman, Stephen Siegel and Mark Weber.

"DePaul faculty continue to be distinctive in the breadth and quality of their scholarship," said Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea. "It's great to see that distinction recognized nationally!"

Public interest law adjunct receives DePaul ENGAGE award nomination

​​​Congratulations to Adjunct Professor Kelli Dudley, housing law attorney and Director of the Resistance Legal Clinic, as one of 40 different faculty members nominated for DePaul University’s ENGAGE Award this year. ENGAGE is a coalition of university departments, faculty, staff and student leaders who work together to strengthen DePaul’s efforts to “develop socially responsible future leaders” as part of DePaul’s Vincentian mission.  Nominees were identified by one or more DePaul students as those whose teaching and mentoring relationships have made a great impact on a student’s education and development as socially responsible leaders and members of society. 

Professor Dudley started teaching at the College of Law in 2006. She now teaches both Predatory Lending and Housing Law, and she worked in collaboration with the Center for Public Interest Law to offer a 6-part public interest law skills series on Foreclosure Defense in Fall 2012. As Director of the Resistance Legal Clinic, in addition to her full caseload, Dudley supervises law students who provide brief legal advice to homeowners in foreclosure and other related issues. In the Clinic’s first three months of existence, the staff helped approximately 50 homeowners. Students have advocated for organizations that receive funding to assist homeowners and litigants, and the Clinic works with select bank attorneys to help resolve cases whenever possible. 

Professor Dudley has practiced law privately for ten years, providing vigorous defenses to foreclosure actions, filing affirmative lawsuits against lenders, and assisting tenants facing forcible entry and detainer actions. She is currently focusing on fair housing actions, settling various cases against foreclosure attorneys who have targeted minority communities in violation of the Fair Housing Act. As a result, some foreclosure attorneys obtained a gag order that prevented her from working on a foreclosure case for approximately 16 months. The facts of the case are given in the Seventh Circuit Appellate Decision, Fenton v. Dudley. Professor Dudley published a law review article in the The DePaul Journal for Social Justice, The Last Thing We Do, Let's Scare All the Lawyers: How Fair Housing Defendants are Intimidating Fair Housing Advocates Instead of Defending Cases and Why It Is Illegal. The article has since been cited in an Ohio case and Dudley has received calls and notes about the article from around the country.

Recent graduate Mason Klein (’15) nominated Professor Dudley for this award, and he is currently helping her set up an opportunity for the Resistance Legal Clinic to give free advice to clients of a HUD-Certified Housing Counseling Agency. When asked about her teaching experience at DePaul, Dudley said, "Teaching at DePaul is the exciting way that I pull together all I learn as a lawyer. Synthesizing real-world experience for students gives them an idea of what legal practice is really like, and allows me to look critically at legal issues. I had a law school legal writing teacher who told me I was not 'law school material.' While I derive satisfaction from DePaul's superior ranking, I strive to avoid hurting any student in that way and to enable each student to recognize the unique characteristics she or he brings to each client."​​​ 

International Aviation Law Institute welcomes Fulbright Scholar

The International Aviation Law Institute (IALI) welcomes  Dr. Sarah Jane Fox from Coventry University in England. She will be joining the institute this fall as a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Fox holds a PhD in law from the University of Northumbria and specializes in free movement and transport policy. At IALI, Fox will be researching aviation law and policy and related cross cutting aspects. ​

"I was absolutely delighted to be selected, and for my research area to be recognized," said Fox. "I am immensely looking forward to immersing myself in the U.S. culture and to working collaboratively with my colleagues."

IALI Executive Director Stephen Rudolph offered the following thoughts, "We welcome Dr. Fox to DePaul Law and the institute, and we look forward to working with her on critical aviation issues that touch on international law, policy and diplomacy.  Her presence will enable us to broaden our research agenda and deepen our commitment to study civil aviation governance at the international level.  We’re also honored that the US-UK Fulbright Commission chose to recognize Dr. Fox and her work, as well as the importance and vitality of this area of scholarship.​"

IPSC celebrates 15 years with return to DePaul

On August 6 and 7, the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT) will host the annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference at the DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago. What began as a gathering of 13 professors at DePaul in 2001 has evolved into a collaborative, intercollegiate effort with nearly 200 scholars attending and presenting each year.

Scholars present on a wide range of topics under the umbrella of intellectual property law. The conference format is designed to facilitate free-ranging discussion and to help scholars hone ideas. Papers presented are works-in-progress and open to peer commentary and critique. Participants also have the opportunity to learn from their peers, high-caliber scholars.

“I'm especially looking forward to this year's IPSC because it is the 15th anniversary of the conference, and the first plenary session will address the evolution of IP scholarship during the last 15 years,” said Professor Margit Livingston, CIPLIT director. Among this year's presentations, Professor Livingston noted a trend toward more internationally focused works as well as more interdisciplinary ones.

The annual conference is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, UC BerkeleyBoalt Hall School of Law; the Intellectual Property Law Program, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology, DePaul University College of Law; and the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology, Stanford Law School.

DePaul alumna awarded MALDEF’s 2015 Excellence in Legal Service Award

​​​Cecilia Abundis (‘04) was awarded the Excellence in Legal Service Award at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s (MALDEF) 2015 Chicago Awards Gala in June. Every year at the gala, MALDEF shares about the organization’s work in addressing the issues of the Latino community and acknowledges those individuals for their work in the “exemplary advancement of the legal rights of Latinos,” who also exhibit knowledge, patience, and perseverance in improving the legal standing of the Latino community.

As an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Fraud Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Abundis has investigated mortgage lending institutions, for-profit schools, immigration services providers or “notarios”, car dealerships, and mortgage brokers for violations of the state’s consumer protection laws. She regularly appears on Spanish-language media, speaking on various consumer protection issues, and she has helped train Mexican prosecutors in trial advocacy skills, in collaboration with the Conference of Western Attorneys General’s Alliance Partnership.

Ms. Abundis graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and earned her J.D. from the College of Law in 2004. While at DePaul, she participated in the Chiapas Human Rights Practicum and wrote a report on the internal displacement in the lower-northern zone in Chiapas, which was submitted to the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations. Ms. Abundis was also an advisory council member of DePaul’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL). She continues to mentor and work with law students and prospective law students through her involvement with the National Latino Law Students Association, Illinois Latino Law Students Association, and the Hispanic Lawyers’ Association of Illinois JD Mentor’s Program.

Rey Lopez-Calderon, Executive Director of Common Cause Illinois, said this about Ms. Abundis: “There’s very few people you meet in life that are able to just wed the passion for social justice with a strong professional demeanor and at the same time just volunteer and be part of society, be committed to family… that’s just something that, whether you’re Latino or not Latino, it’s an outstanding model for the rest of society . . . to meet someone like Ceci is just a breath of fresh air . . . .”

To hear more about Cecilia Abundis, check out MALDEF’s tribute to her at​.

Law Review symposium discusses the UAS dilemma

​​​The DePaul Law Review held its 25th annual symposium, “The UAS Dilemma: Unlimited Potential, Unresolved Concerns,” in March. The symposium built on the February 15, 2015 proposed rule by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which established a framework to allow routine use of certain small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The final rule is anticipated next year. Third-year student, licensed pilot and Law Review Symposium Editor Daniel Ross organized the event in coordination with the International Institute for Aviation Law (IALI). 

The College of Law was represented by IALI Director Brian F. Havel, who brought an international focus to the discussion, and Douglas M. Marshall, who discussed possible legislation for larger UAS. Marshall will teach DePaul’s new Unmanned Aircraft Systems Law course in fall 2015, the first of its kind in the country. A representative from the FAA provided an overview of the legal background and enforcement of UAS. 

“The bottom line is we’re not able to roll out new regulations at the speed with which technology has developed,” commented IALI Executive Director Steve Rudolph. “The symposium brought a lot of these issues to the fore. It enabled DePaul to present myriad issues related to the use of UAS: from First Amendment privacy rights to the very raw technical issues of collision with other aircraft and every issue in-between.”​​​​

21st Annual Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy: The Supreme Court, Business and Civil Justice

The United State Supreme Court’s rulings on corporate interests and business entities, its resulting influence on matters of corporate law, regulation and a wide array of civil justice issues were addressed at this year’s Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy, which was held at DePaul in April. Twenty-two scholars from around the country discussed what the symposium termed “dramatically altered federal civil procedure and the changing tort law landscape.” 

In 1994, Robert A. Clifford (JD ’76) endowed a faculty chair in tort law and social policy at DePaul. In addition to providing support for faculty research and teaching, the endowment makes possible an annual symposium addressing a timely issue in the civil justice area. The purpose of the symposium is to bring the latest scholarship and advances in legal practice to lawyers and scholars who specialize in tort law, civil justice and related fields. Emeritus Professor Stephan Landsman is the current organizer and director of the symposium.

Health law symposium explores "designer genes"

In March more than 75 people attended the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law and the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute’s symposium, “Designer Genes: The Cost of Genetic Information.”

Professors Wendy Epstein and Joshua Sarnoff moderated the discussion on governmental and private collection of genetic material and the legal implications surrounding the topic. Speakers represented the fields of medicine, economics, ethics and the law, with panelists focusing their talks on the intersection of intellectual property, economics, and the collection of genetic information. Participants weighed the benefits of new genetic-gathering capabilities against patients’ rights and ethical concerns surrounding commercial uses of the information. 

Speakers discussed the state of gene patenting in light of the recent Supreme Court decision in Myriad, where the Supreme Court found that products of nature, such as a naturally occurring DNA segment, are not patent eligible merely because they have been isolated. The symposium also shed light on the fair trade and patent issues that typically attach to medical devices and the ethical concerns surrounding personalized medicine.​

Alumni Spotlight: Justin Gaudio

Justin Gaudio

The New ‘Anti’ Hero

Despite the ubiquity of the Internet, there is oftentimes still a befuddling, gee-whiz quality ascribed to it. Algorithms and SEO-speak are not easily translatable for the average person, and even though coding may be in the skill set of many millennials, that isn’t the case for older generations. What you see isn’t always what you get, especially when it’s exactly what you want.  While the Internet has been tamed since the 1990s, that doesn’t mean everybody plays nice.

Scam artists abound, capitalizing on the anonymity afforded them by the constructs of a location-agnostic digital marketplace. They use a smoke-and-mirrors approach to a sale, hoping to distract potential customers enough that they “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain”—or screen—until they give up their credit card information. These websites deal in counterfeit brands, and their significant profits are a pain point for both consumers and the brands they love … and love to buy.

In fiscal year 2013 alone, according to the website of the Washington, D.C.-headquartered International Anticounterfeiting Coalition: “The Department of Homeland Security seized counterfeit goods valued at over $1.7 billion at U.S. borders.” And that’s only the counterfeit goods that were confiscated.

Into this dizzying fray of international fraud and trademark infringement walk attorneys like Justin Gaudio (JD ’08), shareholder with Greer, Burns & Crain (GBC) in Chicago. His legal career has focused on all facets of intellectual property law, including patents and trademarks, with the bulk of his experience on Internet and technology law aimed at combating online counterfeiting and infringement.

Gaudio truly enjoys his work; he’s passionate about using his technical skills to right wrongs. “It’s interesting because it combines a lot of the technical aspects of how the Internet works with my knowledge of those concepts to shut down these mostly Chinese-based counterfeit websites,” Gaudio said of his online anticounterfeiting skills, which he learned in his undergraduate career, honed at DePaul’s College of Law and has been putting into practice at GBC since 2007.

He didn’t enter into law to defend the sensibilities, reputations and wallets of duped brands and consumers from fraudulent infringers, per say. Rather, the University of Cincinnati graduate planned to use his BS in computer engineering and his minor in mathematics to work with patent law. “But,” Gaudio said, “I just fell into this Internet counterfeit enforcement space.” And he has thrived as though it was all planned.

In fact, Gaudio has worked on more than 200 cases during his short tenure at GBC, having helped develop the IP firm’s online enforcement solutions. In just the past three years, Gaudio and his colleagues have seized more than 120,000 counterfeit domains, restrained more than 19,000 PayPal accounts (and frozen more than $26 million in these accounts) and redirected more than 20 million unique visitors away from counterfeit websites.

“The massive volume of online counterfeit websites, along with the covert nature of the individuals behind the sites, usually located in China, creates significant challenges for brand owners,” he explained. “We have success shutting them down by using technology to facilitate large scale enforcement through third-party Internet providers.

“[The anticounterfeiting space] is an area that will continue to grow and will continue to be challenging,” Gaudio predicted. “Many of the people that we help clients shut down are located offshore in China, so it’s challenging to get to them, particularly from the U.S. Having the technical background combined with the legal, I think, is advantageous: It’s a skill set that you need to succeed in this arena.”

Being able to understand the Internet and how it operates—and navigate it as deftly as a fraudulent site operator would—Gaudio added, are all crucial elements to shutting down counterfeit sites. His education choices and his efforts to stay abreast of industry news and trends continue to allow him to thrive in the anticounterfeiting space. He advises that first-year students find their niches and own them. “Become an expert in a certain area; find a niche and focus on that. Don’t try to do everything. And, have an open mind,” Gaudio said.

Lucky for Gaudio’s clients—but unlucky for would-be fraudulent site operators—he is firmly entrenched in the anticounterfeiting space.

CIPLIT: Front and Center

DePaul’s intellectual property law program has always ranked among the top 25 in the U.S. News & World Report guide to law schools. This success reflects the breadth and depth of the curriculum, the scholarly work of the faculty, and the success of students in finding good jobs in the field. Enabling all those qualities is the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®). When the center was started 15 years ago, few law schools had anything like it. Now, though the field is crowded with similar centers, CIPLIT® still leads in innovation and relevance.

Photo by Mark Zalewski
Here, Margit Livingston (standing), professor of law and director of the center, and Ellen Gutiontov (sitting), the center’s executive director, discuss how CIPLIT® keeps its edge in contributing to the IP program’s vitality.  

What does the center do and why does it matter? 

EG: The center supports students interested in intellectual property law—patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets—by providing course offerings, academic and professional mentoring, access to job opportunities, experience in legal writing and connections to practitioners. We broaden their perspective about the world of intellectual property—a world that’s big, complex and increasingly important in everyday life. 

ML: Students are definitely drawn to DePaul because of the center because we help make sure that they get what they need to succeed, from day one to graduation. For example, we just created a program for first-year students because, within their required curriculum, they can’t take an IP course until their second year. The six-week lecture series, Introduction to IP Theory and Practice, gives them a head start in skills training. 

At the heart of what we do is a very rich curricular offering. We spend a lot of time, as and with IP faculty, deciding what courses to offer, when and in what sequence. And we reach out to practicing attorneys if we need specialized knowledge for a niche course. DePaul is all about providing an excellent education; so is the center. 

How does the center “keep up with the times” in this field? 

EG: We’re constantly tweaking what we do and what we offer students, always asking the question, “What’s really hot in IP right now?” We might create a new course or invite a special speaker to campus. For example, we just started a class on the laws addressing data breaches because security and privacy are such huge issues. 

ML: Our goal is practice-ready lawyers, so we’re always adding skills-oriented courses, say on IP litigation, or legal writing and drafting, or IP license negotiation, or art market transactions—courses that prepare our students for practice from the first day after graduation. We just strengthened our technology and intellectual property clinic, which was also a first in the country; now, it’s being run by a lawyer practicing in the field, so our students can do work for real clients. In the same vein, we expanded our mentorship program—faculty-student mentoring and attorney-student mentoring—so that students get a lot of practical, real-world advice about classes, resume writing, networking and interviewing. Our advisory board is made up of attorneys, many of them graduates of our program, who help us understand the marketplace so we can continuously improve the ways we serve students. 

EG: We also offer four certificates to graduate students—in general IP, patent law, information technology, and arts and museum law—as well as a Master of Laws degree in intellectual property, a one-to-two-year program beyond the JD. Of course, the IP faculty is very strong, in every aspect of the field, including cyber law, patent law and copyright law. 

So, what’s on the horizon for the center? 

ML: We’re hosting the annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference from August 6 to 7, which was started at DePaul 15 years ago by Roberta Kwall. It’s for academic scholars, who present papers and get feedback from their peers. Three other law schools co-sponsor the conference: Berkeley, Stanford and Cardozo. We rotate the venue every year, and 2015 is our turn. So, that’s very exciting. 

EG: We expect 150 or more professors, researchers and thinkers in advanced technology, law and policy. This is the main academic event in the field, the one that attracts the whole national IP community. It’s the place to go, really. This is the kind of thing that put DePaul on the map—and keeps DePaul on the map—in intellectual property law.

Innovation in legal studies: $5 million endowment supports health law and intellectual property programs

A new endowment at DePaul University College of Law will expand and strengthen scholarly and educational programs at a dynamic intersection of legal studies— intellectual property and health law. 

The $5 million endowment established by the Jaharis Family Foundation Inc. will create an endowed directorship for the college’s Health Law Institute; support a competitive internship program for up to 20 students committed to practicing intellectual property and health law; and fund a faculty fellowship program for scholars to create and disseminate research and curricula in these areas.

Michael Jaharis (JD ’58) is the founder of several pharmaceutical companies. For decades, he and his wife Mary have generously supported students and programs at the College of Law. In recognition of their support, the Health Law Institute has been renamed the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute (JHLI). DePaul’s intellectual property and health law programs are nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. 

As discoveries and innovations in fields such as genomics, nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals have accelerated, intellectual property challenges have created a demand for lawyers with credentials and expertise across these areas. The endowment will support the addition of curricula and research into interdisciplinary issues such as the law and economics of drug development for impoverished groups of afflicted individuals and the nexus of patent law, pharmaceutical regulation and international importation.

Assistant Professor Wendy Netter Epstein was appointed the first Jaharis Faculty Fellow and recently was named faculty director of the JHLI. Epstein, whose work has appeared in Cardozo University Law Review, American University Law Review and Case Western Reserve Law Review, has worked on curricular advances in intellectual property and health law for the College of Law and in partnership with Rush University Medical Center and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

“As advances in medicine are brought to market, the interaction of health law and intellectual property will become more and more important to all of us,” said the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul University. “The new endowment will promote academic excellence and leadership in those important and dynamic fields.”

Jaharis Health Law Institute: Facts & Figures

Mission: The Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute (JHLI), first established as the Health Law Institute in 1984, responds to contemporary ethical, legal and moral challenges in the health care field through systematic, innovate approaches that influence policy development.
Leadership: The JHLI is managed by a faculty director and an executive director, and receives guidance and support from a 15-member advisory board and a 10-member student board.

Wendy Netter Epstein, Faculty Director
Katherine V. Schostok, Executive Director

Health Law Summer Scholars: In summer 2015, eight students will serve as summer scholars in prestigious health law placements throughout the Chicago area. 

Gloria Crawford, Rush University Medical Center
Luci Doler, Baxter International
Tobin Klusty, American Medical Association, Council on Ethics and Judicial Affairs
Nesko Radovic, Presence Health
Lacey Rogers, Walgreens Co.
Asik Shaa, American Medical Association, Office of the General Counsel
Leah Sibbio, Husch Blackwell
Andrea Torgrimson, Accretive Health

Student Competitions: The JHLI annually sponsors two teams to compete in the L. Edward Bryant Jr. National Health Law Transactional Moot Court Competition at Loyola University Chicago. It also sponsors a team for the Health Law Regulatory & Compliance Competition at the University of Maryland.

Lectures and Symposia: The JHLI hosts an annual symposium, bringing together leaders in academia and legal and health care fields. The 2015 symposium topic was “Designer Genes: The Cost of Genetic Information.”

Q&A with Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea

Jennifer Rosato Perea joined DePaul on Jul 1, 2015. Rosato Perea comes to DePaul from Northern Illinois University College of Law, where she has been the dean since 2009. Rosato Perea is an active voice in the national dialogue about legal education. She serves on the Illinois State Bar Association Task Force on Legal Education and Student Debt and the Association of American Law Schools Membership Review Committee. She also formerly chaired the Association of American Law Schools New Law Teachers Conference. As one of a small number of Latina law school deans in the country, Rosato Perea strives to enhance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. In recognition of her efforts, she received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Illinois Secretary of State, the Vanguard Award from the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, and the National Latino Law Students Association Leadership Award in Education and Advocacy. 

Dialogue sat down with Dean Rosato Perea to discuss her ideals and aspirations for the College of Law. This interview originally appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Dialogue. Read the full interview here​.

Q. What aspects of DePaul most appealed to you in deciding to pursue the deanship?

My interest in DePaul goes way back. I’ve known DePaul for a long time and was always attracted to its reputation – the reputation of its faculty, known locally, but also nationally and internationally. For a regional school, it’s an amazing asset to have a faculty of such breadth and depth in quality. The specialty programs are another strength. Before becoming a dean, I was a health law teacher and scholar, so I knew about the national reputation and the quality of the health law program here at DePaul. I knew many of the professors in that program and I thought it was very reflective of the entire faculty’s excellence. When I started the deanship at NIU and began working among Chicago lawyers, I learned about DePaul’s alumni and their strength and leadership in the community and, even though it was out of one corner of my eye, I saw how much dedication the alumni had to the law school. Those were three things that attracted me to DePaul.

Q. What do you think is most exciting about this opportunity?

I really am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the faculty, the law school administration and the university in helping to plan DePaul law’s future as sustainable and dynamic and to enhance its reputation. I look forward to leading initiatives to achieve those ends. During this critical time in legal education and the legal profession, it’s really important for law schools like DePaul to think about and build on what’s distinctive about the school—to leverage those particular strengths and the uniqueness of the law school and the university.

Last, but certainly not least, I’m really interested in engaging with students and helping them be successful—helping them get jobs, helping to train them for the legal profession as well as other professions in which their law degree can be a wonderful asset. I’m really looking forward to getting them well-placed in their careers and well-mentored before they graduate. 

Q. You mentioned that distinction is important for law schools. What strikes you as distinctive about DePaul? 

I think those distinctions are, in part, determined by us as a community. Some of the bright lights, the spotlights I already see include specializations that are very well known and have wonderful reputations, like intellectual property, health law, international law and aviation law. Another strength that we have is our university. The university is a tremendous resource. I believe we can attain a mutually rewarding partnership, where we can also reflect the Vincentian mission—which is very important—the charity, generosity, the dignity and respect for others. The mission really does infuse all that we do at the university and at the law school. Not only is it distinctive, but I think it is a real guiding principle for a lot of folks that I’ve talked to. More specifically, I think public service—both the public service mission and what we’re already doing in the community—can be deepened and strengthened, especially in light of the university’s mission and current strategic plan. 

I do think that our recently adopted 3YP [Third Year in Practice] and Preparing to Practice (P2P) programs are distinctive ways that we’re really being proactive about helping our students succeed with action, not just encouragement. I think we can do a lot more with our distinctions in strategic ways, such as tapping into our alumni base to get more engaged with the law school, to work with our students, to work with our administration, to really strengthen those relationships.

Q. What will be your priorities in the first year as dean?

First, I’m going to be listening. I’m going to meet with every faculty and staff member in the law school and talk about their hopes and dreams for DePaul Law. At the same time, I will be working on a strategic planning process with the faculty and the university and other constituencies, to build a strong future for DePaul, to build on its foundation, its strengths and to develop a consensual movement toward some of those priorities and some of the ways that DePaul can be distinctive.

I think it’s really important to put students first and to make sure our students are the most marketable, that they have the best opportunities and that our law school is as attractive as it can be in a very competitive market. And all those things of course go together. Last, but certainly not least, I will engage with the community, the outside community, talk to alumni, talk to leaders of the bar, talk to the law firms about how we can engage better with them. I would like to connect with legal service organizations and those that serve the indigent in our community to see how we can maybe partner in strategic ways to help not just our students and DePaul, but also the community and have more impact there. 

Q. What are your hopes for DePaul over the next five years?

It’s hard to be particular at this point, but in more broad and aspirational terms, I would like to enhance DePaul’s reputation, regionally and nationally. And I don’t just mean U.S. News rankings, because that’s only one way of considering reputation. I think it’s really important both to build internally on the quality of our programs and the human resources, and also to make sure that everybody knows all the great work that we’re doing and the impact that we’re having. It’s in part my job, as an ambassador of the law school, to make sure that our reputation is matched more proportionally to the quality that we already have and that we’re building.

I want to admit more smart and engaged students to our community over these next five years. And, as I mentioned before, I’d like to go into the colleges and the high schools to also recruit the next generation of law students. I would like to build on impactful public interest work that will increase access to   justice. We can’t do everything, but I think there are some initiatives that we can probably seed and start to grow in the next five years, to have an even greater impact and footprint in Chicago, and particularly in assisting the indigent and others who need legal services.

I’d like to put the spotlight on—this all continues from what we were talking about earlier—some program areas or points of pride. This means identifying those areas, and also strategically targeting resources (of all kinds) to those points of pride and building on them in the next five years. And my biggest hope and aspiration is a fulfilling job for every graduate who desires one.​


CPIL hosts discussion with public defender alumni

​​​​​In April, the Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) invited four attorneys from the Office of the Cook County Public Defender to speak with students about the realities and myths of a career as a public defender. Students interested in becoming public defenders had an opportunity to receive career advice and to learn about the pivotal role public defenders play in challenging our nation’s criminal justice system.

Public defenders Ashley Shambley, Katie Calhoun, Joey Cavise and Theodore Thomas shared their experiences and answered students' questions. Shambley shared her personal experience with police violence and racism, and how these experiences led to her desire to advocate for poor communities of color. Calhoun addressed students' concerns about transitioning into practice, common student fears about preparedness, and how she navigated those concerns and now comfortably and confidently carries her caseload. Cavise and Thomas advised students on what classes to take and other opportunities available at DePaul to help them in their training to become successful advocates.

"This was an i​​ncredible panel that reaffirmed my commitment to fight for justice as a public defender," said Max Suchan, a third-year student. "I would encourage younger students to attend similar events in the future, and get involved with the Center for Public Interest Law.” 

First-year student lands prestigious summer internship

Daniel Spivey
The International Aviation Law Institute is pleased to announce that first-year law student Daniel Spivey has been awarded a prestigious summer 2015 aviation law internship. 

Spivey received one of only two first-year legal intern positions at JetBlue Airways in New York City, where he will work with inside and outside counsel on a variety of projects. The position will provide regular support across practice areas including litigation, regulatory, employment, transactions and corporate.

JetBlue Airways is among only a handful of organizations that offer aviation-related legal internships to students after only one year of law school. ​

Professor Gerstenblith discusses the threat posed to antiquities by ISIS

Professor Patty Gerstenblith discussed the threat posed to antiquities by ISIS for several international news outlets this spring:
Professor Gerstenblith discussed ISIS’ Revenue from Looted Artifacts with the Wall Street Journal on February 11, 2015 
Read the article.
Professor Gerstenblith quoted by National Geographic on ISIS Threat to Antiquities, March 24, 2015
While some concern has been raised over the recent repatriations by the U.S. to Iraq of Iraqi artifacts, due to ongoing attacks in the region by ISIS, Prof. Patty Gerstenblith noted that “repatriations ‘are not done spur of the moment’ and that she believes the repatriated artifacts “will be quite safe.” Read more.
Gerstenblith discussed calls for a global response to looting in Syria for BBC News on April 17, 2015
In discussing calls for a global response to the looting and destruction of cultural sites in Syria, Gerstenblith stated: “You want to stop the whole smuggling enterprise and dismantle an international network of criminals who engage in money laundering and, we believe, support ISIS.” Read more.
Gerstenblith addressed the threat by ISIS to the Ancient Syrian City of Palmyra with WBEZ Worldview on May 26, 2015
Ancient sites look like “Swiss cheese” in the Syrian city of Palmyra since ISIS invaded and began looting artifacts from the ground, says cultural heritage law expert Patty Gerstenblith. The U.S. has yet to impose restrictions on imports of cultural materials from Syria, and Gerstenblith says the lure of the market “provides the incentive to continue looting.” Listen to the interview.

CPIL hosts panel discussion on gender and pregnancy discrimination

​​​When it comes to comparing maternity leave and paid-time off with other countries, the United States ranks close to last. The Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) gathered students, practitioners and faculty together on Wednesday, March 18 to discuss gender and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.  Attorneys Amy Meek, Mike Persoon and Sarah Baum shared their knowledge, advice and personal experiences related to the topic of gender and pregnancy discrimination. 

Meek, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois spoke specifically about her work at the ACLU and the new laws in Illinois that combat pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. Meek detailed the recent and controversial case, Young v. UPS, which is still being decided in the Supreme Court, and spoke on its impact on state laws that may or may not benefit pregnant employees. Meek also discussed the three major differences between federal laws and laws in Illinois, the latter seeming to favor pregnant women much more.

Persoon, a DePaul alumnus and attorney with Despres, Schwartz, and Geoghegan, Ltd., focused on the different ways people are discriminated against by their employers. He discussed how victims can prove they were discriminated against, referencing the McDonald-Douglas scale and federal and state laws. Persoon also stated that although he rarely, if ever, hears of an employer discriminating against one’s gender, he surprisingly has a number of cases where women have been fired specifically because they were pregnant.

Baum, a DePaul alumna and attorney with DePaul University’s Croak Legal Services, spoke of her work with employment discrimination at LAF prior to joining Croak Legal Services. She detailed the Family Medical Leave Act, which offers employees 12 weeks of time off. Baum explained that employees, especially pregnant women, may utilize the act if they feel they are not given enough time off after childbirth.   

Overall, all three attorneys emphasized that more work needs to be done, not only with gender discrimination, but also with pregnancy discrimination. Although many other countries offer six to nine months of maternity leave, paid time off and maternity leave for fathers, the panel felt that the likelihood of the United States adopting similar laws is slim.

Latina from Chicago’s South Side blazes trail to business law

DePaul law student Amanda Moncada visits Federal Plaza in Chicago, near the courthouse where she served as a judicial extern. Moncada blazed her own trail to the DePaul University College of Law, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to a prestigious position on the DePaul Law Review and a full-time job in business law. She is among the 2014-15 graduates of the College of Law. (Photo by Jamie Moncrief)
It’s rarely good to scream on an airplane. Amanda Moncada was on a flight when she opened an email that made her feel like she could jump out of the window and fly. Moncada had made it through her first year at the DePaul College of Law and had a bold aspiration—she wanted to join the DePaul Law Review, the college’s scholarly law journal. A little voice inside her implored, “Could I make it? Maybe I could.” High above everything, the email confirmed that her hunch was correct. She could barely hold in that scream.

“It was a testament to my hard work, and I thought, ‘Wow, I must be doing something right,’” said Moncada. Her humble hunches and the “fervor to do well” have made Moncada’s successes at DePaul exemplary. She is a 2014-15 graduate of the DePaul College of Law, which will celebrate commencement May 17.

Discovering scholarship

Moncada grew up on the South Side of Chicago, and she was the first in her family to go to college. When she started her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she wasn’t sure what it would take to succeed and her family wasn’t sure how to help. “But it was more than enough to have my family rooting me on,” she said.

So Moncada set out to simply do well in college and soon found everything she needed was within her: intelligence, drive and a passion for scholarship. She studied psychology and Spanish and graduated from U of I with honors. After graduation, Moncada channeled her passion for service into Teach for America and spent two years in Boston teaching second grade. Yet DePaul Law was always on Moncada’s radar. Michael Burns, associate dean for student services, had recruited her as an undergraduate, and Moncada was impressed by the “tremendous support” Burns and others offered throughout her time at DePaul.

“DePaul faculty are so willing to help students when they’re struggling. Each professor provided an open door, and I liked that very much,” she said.

Choosing business law

Moncada didn’t struggle for long. She went on to earn awards for excellence in four of her courses and thrived as the managing editor of Notes & Comments of the Law Review. “It’s funny. In the legal field, when you give good work, you get more work,” she said.

Moncada enjoyed taking lessons from the classroom and applying them when editing and writing with the Law Review. The journal published Moncada’s article on regulation, data breaches and the Federal Trade Commission’s role in protecting consumers.

“In a journal, you’re bringing your own voice to the law and suggesting changes,” she said. “It was an amazing way for me to branch out and expand my writing skills.”

When she started to think about which area of law interested her most, Moncada found her background in psychology had a lot in common with business. She looked for a chance to work with people, solve problems and help entrepreneurs.

“Businesses interact with an end goal in mind, and most of the time they are creating innovative ideas,” Moncada said. “As an attorney, I can be at the forefront with them, thinking things through, helping them bring their ideas to fruition.”

Moncada landed two coveted summer associate positions at top firms and sharpened her business law experience. She worked at Perkins Coie LLP as well as Sidley Austin LLP, where she has accepted a full-time position following graduation.

Trailblazing for other Latino lawyers

Moncada is proud of her Puerto Rican heritage and found support and great networking opportunities within the Latino law community. “Being Latina is a very big part of my identity,” Moncada said. “Latinos are few and far between in the legal profession.”

She joined the Latino Law Student Association and said she felt lucky that two prominent Latino judges, Ruben Castillo and Mark Lopez, both mentored her. Castillo is the first Latino to be chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and Moncada served as his judicial extern. Lopez is an associate judge in the domestic relations division of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

“Being coached by other Latinos who’ve been successful in the legal profession invigorates my passion to do the same. I want to trail blaze for aspiring Latino attorneys and let them know I’m a helping hand,” she said.

Dad knew dream would come true

Moncada’s father always told her, “The world is yours. You can do anything you want.” When she first confided in him that she wanted to be an attorney, he told her, “Well, you’re going to do it.” She teased him and said of course he thought that. He was her dad.

When the letter about commencement arrived in Moncada’s mailbox, she looked at it and burst into tears. She told her father, “Dreams do come true. I can’t believe that I’m actually going to graduate and fulfill a dream I told you I had so long ago.”

Moncada said she knows this is just the beginning of a long career and a long journey ahead. “I’m so thankful for everyone who’s helped me along the way, and I think I’m just getting started,” she said.

Her dad has planned a string of events to celebrate. “I think I’m just going to sit back and take it all in.”

Story and photo courtesy of DePaul Newsroom. This is one in a series of stories about DePaul University graduates from the Class of 2015.

Renowned international law scholar and human rights advocate M. Cherif Bassiouni to address DePaul College of Law graduating class

DePaul University College of Law will hold its commencement May 17 at the Rosemont Theatre where some 280 students will receive their Juris Doctors or Master of Laws degrees. The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul, will confer the degrees. M. Cherif Bassiouni, DePaul emeritus professor of law, will address the graduating class. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. 

M. Cherif Bassiouni, DePaul emeritus professor of law, will address the College of Law’s graduating class on May 17 at the Rosemont Theatre where some 280 students will receive their Juris Doctors or Master of Laws degrees. Bassiouni will also receive an honorary degree at the ceremony. (Photo courtesy of M. Cherif Bassiouni)
Bassiouni, who will receive an honorary degree at the ceremony, has spent much of his life’s work advocating for human rights and practicing international criminal law. In his 50 years with DePaul, he co-founded the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences and DePaul’s International Human Rights Law Institute. For decades, the United Nations has chosen Bassiouni to conduct investigations when heinous human rights crimes were suspected. His contributions to the establishment of an International Criminal Court, where those who commit crimes against humanity are now prosecuted, earned him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 1999. 

Bassiouni will be introduced by Bruce Ottley, interim dean of the College of Law.

Since its establishment in 1912, the College of Law has graduated more than 19,000 students. DePaul law graduates have gone on to become highly skilled, committed and vigorous leaders of the bar, bench and business industries. Alumni include numerous state and federal judges, three Chicago mayors and managing partners of dozens of major law firms.

Its rich history of quality education, access and diversity has long set the College of Law apart. DePaul was among the first law schools in Illinois to admit historically excluded groups such as female and Jewish students.

The college is home to distinguished centers and institutes that are dedicated to teaching, research, advocacy, and public education and engagement across a wide range of disciplines. Distinctive educational opportunities for students include joint degrees, certificate programs and experiential learning taught by 36 full-time faculty members who are all accomplished attorneys. 

Areas of concentration for the College of Law include business law and taxation; child and family law; criminal law; health law; intellectual property law and information technology; international and comparative law; and public interest law.

In 2014, the National Law Journal placed DePaul’s College of Law first for Best LLM Program and Best Law School Clinical Program in Chicago. DePaul has had the largest number of graduates on the Illinois Super Lawyers list for the past six years. 

This July, the College of Law will welcome Jennifer Rosato Perea, a nationally recognized leader in legal education, as dean. Throughout her 25 years in higher education, which includes 11 years as a law school administrator, Rosato Perea has been an active voice in the national dialogue about legal education. At DePaul, Rosato Perea will lead a law school recognized for its world-renowned faculty and innovative academic programs. 

Among the Class of 2015 is Amanda Moncada, an ambitious Latina from Chicago with plans for a career in corporate law. Read her story.

The Rosemont Theater is located at 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Those unable to attend may watch a live stream of the event. Click on the word “webcast” once the ceremony begins.

Commencement ceremonies for DePaul’s nine other colleges and schools are scheduled for June 13 and 14. For additional information, including a list of speakers and honorary degree recipients, visit

117th Commencement

This spring marks the 117th commencement for DePaul University. An estimated 6,700 students will graduate this academic year. DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the United States and the largest private, nonprofit university in the Midwest, with nearly 24,000 students and about 300 academic programs. 

DePaul was founded in Chicago in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians), a Roman Catholic religious community dedicated to following the ideals of St. Vincent de Paul, the 17th century priest for whom the university is named. DePaul’s tradition of providing a quality education to students from a broad range of backgrounds, with particular attention to first-generation students, has resulted in one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies. More information is at

Story courtesy of the DePaul Newsroom.

PBCSI volunteers of the month: Lindsey Tobias and Casey Williams

DePaul’s Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) is delighted to recognize Lindsey Tobias and Casey Williams as the May volunteers of the month. Though Tobias and Williams recently finished their first year of law school, both remained engaged in their community and volunteer efforts to help others. In fact, both were drawn to DePaul because of its public service reputation.  

Both volunteer with PBCSI’s Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project (NLAP), which provides pro bono legal assistance to the homeless in the South Loop. NLAP takes place at a Saturday morning breakfast program for the homeless at Grace Episcopal Church and is staffed entirely with law student volunteers and a supervising attorney. 

Williams has extensive experience working in state government and Tobias studied criminal justice and political science before law school. Tobias and Williams started volunteering with NLAP after they attended the NLAP training at the beginning of spring semester. Since then, they have each spent several Saturdays volunteering with NLAP to help the homeless with their legal issues.  And both of them have found the experience to be rewarding and insightful.  

Tobias said she has particularly enjoyed working directly with clients and being with other law students who are passionate about helping the poor. She was also thrilled to be able to help a client successfully expunge her criminal record, making her eligible for employment. The client returned to let Tobias and the other NLAP volunteers know how much they had helped. 

Williams said he has been able to gain first-hand insight into the issues that impact the poor; things that might not be obvious to others. For example, he has learned how critical it is to have a state ID, though many homeless individuals don’t due to difficult circumstances. This was highlighted for Williams when he assisted a client with the paperwork and homeless waiver to get a state ID, only to have the client return two weeks later to start the process over because her belongings had been stolen. It was then that Williams realized how fleeting progress can be for many of the clients that NLAP serves.  "It is all the more critical to have these free services readily available," said Williams.

NLAP is not the first volunteer project for Tobias and Williams. They both participated in the College of Law’s annual 1L Service Day for incoming first year students. For that service day, Tobias volunteered with Little Brothers/Friends of the Elderly and Williams volunteered at Cornerstone Community Outreach, a homeless shelter in Uptown. Throughout his 1L year, Williams was also heavily involved in helping to organize the Public Interest Law Association auction, which raises money for students who have public interest internships over the summer. Tobias participated in the College of Law’s Pro Bono Staycation where she worked with youth in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. She has also been a volunteer with DePaul’s Domestic Violence Courthouse Project. 

Both Tobias and Williams intend to keep volunteering during their law school and legal careers and look forward to future sessions at NLAP. 

PBCSI service awards reception and Pro Bono Alumni Award recipient

PBCSI Director Cheryl Price (right) with service awards winners.
The Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) held its annual service awards reception on April 23, 2015, in the DePaul Club. This year 117 law students earned a service award for reporting at least 50 hours of legal or nonlegal volunteer work while at DePaul. Students also earned service awards for reporting 100 and 200 hours of service. 

The College of Law recognized 40 students with the Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Public Service Award, which is given to graduating third- and fourth-year students who report 200 or more service hours. Law students reported over 18,000 hours of service in academic year 2014-2015. 

In addition to law student service awards, PBCSI presented the 2015 Pro Bono Alumni Award to alumnus Dan Sylvester (JD '13). He is currently an associate at the Chicago office of Holland & Knight and a member of the firm’s financial services team. 

Dan Sylvester, recipient of the 2015 Pro Bono Alumni Award.
Sylvester is the national chair of Holland & Knight’s Veterans Affinity Group, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the issues facing military veterans and increasing pro bono activity focused on military veterans. In this role, he has coordinated the training of over 50 attorneys in 16 cities across the country to be trained in the ABA Veterans Claims Assistance Network (VCAN). VCAN provides unrepresented veterans who have pending disability benefits claims with the opportunity to work with lawyers who will help the veterans complete their claims packages for expedited review by the VA—at no cost to the veterans. 

The training that Sylvester coordinated at Holland & Knight is now posted on the ABA’s VCAN website as their approved online training for any VCAN attorney applicant. In light of his impressive pro bono record and dedication to serving veterans, PBCSI was delighted to recognize Sylvester with the Pro Bono Alumni Award. 

At the conclusion of the event, PBCSI Director Cheryl Price encouraged students to continue volunteer work while at DePaul and as they go on to practice law.

“We are proud that our students and alumni embrace DePaul’s Vincentian mission of service and social justice and have put those beliefs into action.”

See the complete list of the 2015 service award recipients.

DePaul Journal for Social Justice hosts panel on homelessness

On April 16, 2015, the DePaul Journal for Social Justice hosted a panel discussion about the rights of people who are homeless. The panel brought together an activist lawyer, community organizer, social justice professor and a national non-profit leader from Chicago and Detroit. The diverse panel allowed for a robust discussion on the issues that people who are homeless face, as well as how large non-profit organizations and attorneys can make a difference in helping to de-criminalize homelessness.

Clark Washington, a community organizer with the Detroit Action Commonwealth​, a longstanding grassroots organization and newly registered non-profit, began the discussion by touching on some of the biggest issues that homeless individuals face on a daily basis. He focused on the issues surrounding a lack of access to identification and government services, housing, and transportation. Following that discussion, Washington shared some of the significant accomplishments of his organization, namely the implementation of Street Outreach Court Detroit, as well as a successful effort to force the City of Detroit to implement and manage warming shelters throughout the city. Washington’s remarks were powerful, and his stories motivating.

Charles Levesque, the Executive Director of Depaul USA​, a nationwide nonprofit committed to helping the homeless and rooted in the Catholic tradition, discussed his organization’s role in helping to implement better housing, healthcare, and access to employment for homeless men in several cities across the country. He also described for the attendees the interplay between homeless rights and the responsibilities that such homeless individuals must uphold in order to be afforded such rights.

Dr. Greg Markus, Professor Emeritus of the University of Michigan and founding organizer of the Detroit Action Commonwealth, began his discussion by explaining the creation of the Detroit Action Commonwealth and sharing the current initiatives of the organization. He also explained how without sufficient government identification an individual cannot attain a job, bus pass, education, or healthcare. Markus made an impassioned plea to the legal community at the event to undertake and support initiatives to aid homeless individuals. According to Markus, lawyers are in a perfect position to help change social policy in favor of people experiencing homelessness. His enthusiasm and honesty was both thought provoking and moving.

Finally, the Laurene Heybach, senior counsel at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless​, discussed the recent enactment of the Bill of Rights for the Homeless Act, and how her organization was instrumental in advocating for the bill. She used her experiences to shed light on how similar initiatives, in other mid-western cities where homelessness has become a widespread cause of concern, could be implemented. Her clear care for the homeless community radiated through her words and her gestures, and in doing so she acted as a great role model for young and aspiring public interest attorneys.

The panel discussion served as opportunity for a critical conversation about the injustices in the ways that our country has criminalized people who are homeless.  It is up to those in positions of power to actually make changes to our policies and policing, and to do so in a way that helps the least advantaged in our communities. ​ 

Author and advocate Sister Helen Prejean visits DePaul

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief
The Journal for Social Justice, University Ministry and the Center for Public Interest Law had the honor and privilege of hosting Sister Helen Prejean for a roundtable discussion with students, faculty and alumni. 

Sister Helen, Nobel Peace Prize finalist and New York Times bestselling author of the academy award winning movie, "Dead Man Walking," is an anti-death penalty advocate who has served as a spiritual adviser to death row inmates. 

Sister Helen began her anti-death penalty advocacy while living in the St. Thomas housing project in inner-city New Orleans. It was there that she became aware of the harrowing connection between poverty and oppression and prison. While in St. Thomas, she became a pen pal with a Louisiana death row inmate. 

The roundtable conversation began with Sister Helen describing her first experience as a spiritual adviser for a death-row inmate. She described it as a "secret ritual" that much of the rest of the world renounces. This experience became the subject of her first book, "Dead Man Walking." The book was published in 1993, a time when 80% of Americans supported the death penalty. 

Despite the large number of death penalty supporters, Sister Helen said she knew the story needed to be told. She finds that many people who support the death penalty do not know much about the process and what it entails. She works tirelessly to resist the death penalty and educate the public as a lecturer and writer. 
DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

When asked how she chooses inmates to work with, Sister Helen said it is a decision that she can’t explain. She has been a spiritual adviser to five death-row inmates, visiting with them from throughout their time in prison and to their execution. She also counsels the families of murder victims as the founder of “Survive,” a victim’s advocacy group in New Orleans. 

A powerful point in the conversation came when Sister Helen pushed the group to think about how we treat a human with dignity.  With the firm belief that "everyone is better than the worst thing they’ve ever done," she reminded attendees that, despite their actions, people in jail are still human,  and this is the same value that St. Vincent advocated in his work.

Sister Helen described the important role lawyers play in anti-death penalty work: Lawyers are critical in framing the story told about inmates and furthering the idea that they are better than their crimes. For death-row inmates, lawyers and advocates are often times the only human dignity they have left. It is the passion for human dignity that keeps Sister Helen moving forward in her fight against the death penalty.

PBCSI volunteer of the month: Byron Munro

First-year law student Byron Munro is the Pro Bono Community Service Initiative’s April Volunteer of the Month. Munro was chosen as this month’s volunteer because of his deep and exemplary commitment to service during his first year of law school. 

Munro knew from the start that he wanted to get involved with pro bono and community service work while in law school. The College of Law’s wide range of volunteer opportunities for students made it easy for him to “hit the ground running.” In fact, Munro started volunteering before classes even began by participating in the College of Law’s 1L Service Day at Legal Prep Charter Academy where he helped to organize classroom libraries. 

"Being in the city of Chicago, and seeing the disparities, I realized there needed to be a voice, especially for particular demographics," Munro explained.

Munro's commitment to volunteering is evidenced by the variety and consistency of his work. Munro is a regular volunteer with Lawyers in the Classroom, where he teaches lessons on the U.S. Constitution to middle school students at Pritzker Elementary School. He also assists pro se petitioners at the Center for Disability Elder Law’s Guardianship Help Desk and has enthusiastically attended just about every single Donate-a-Day that PBCSI has sponsored this year. In addition to that, Munro was a participant on the New Orleans service immersion trip with University Ministry this past December and spent his spring break volunteering at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center as part of PBCSI’s Pro Bono "Staycation." 

Munro said he has enjoyed all of the volunteer and pro bono work he has done throughout this year but cites the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center as his favorite volunteer site. "Working with the youth and helping them realize that not everyone has given up on them and this is not the end for them was an amazing experience," he said. 

Munro is interested in pursuing a career in sports law, but wants to remain committed to pro bono work in whatever he does. In fact, he is interested in creating a pro bono initiative at whatever law firm he ends up and working closely with his colleagues who also want to pursue this work. 

"Society as a whole still has a way to go in order to bridge the gap between all of these inequalities," Munro urged. "Unless you are taking action, nothing is going to happen. I might not be able to change the world, but I hope I can be a point of inspiration for someone to carry on whatever legacy they want to leave behind."

DePaul team wins best memorial, third place honors at Beijing air law moot court competition

Team members Christopher Ginn, Sarah Beaujour, Patrick Jones (coach) and Barbara Munube.
In only its second year of participation, a DePaul College of Law team took third place (applicant side) at the Leiden Sarin International Air Law Moot Court Competition, held April 9-12 in Beijing, China. 

The DePaul law student team of Sarah Beaujour, Christopher Ginn and Barbara Munube submitted two sets of memorials and delivered oral arguments four times over two days at the sixth annual event. In addition to bringing home third place honors, the team also scored a best-in-competition award for its written memorial for the applicant side. 

Patrick Jones (JD ’99) served as coach and accompanied the team to Beijing. 

The Leiden Sarin Moot Court is organized by Leiden University and the Sarin Foundation. Twenty-two teams from fifteen countries participated in this year’s competition. The 2016 event will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia. ​

CPIL concludes third successful skills series

​​​The Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) concluded its third legal skills series of the academic year on April 27.  Candace Wayne, College of Law alumna and principal of Wayne and Jemilo, taught the series, Basics in Family Law. 

The series aimed to give students a basic introduction to family law, but also to introduce students to concepts such as child custody and visitation issues, child support and maintenance, and property settlements in a divorce. A practical skill the students learned was how to evaluate different assets in a marriage to start identifying the distribution of those assets during a contested divorce. It concluded with a discussion on how to manage a work-life balance in family law. 

Basics in Family Law took place on five consecutive Mondays from March 30 to April 27. Students who attended all sessions received a certificate of completion.  The series was co-sponsored by the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Law Center. 

The conclusion of this series caps a third successful year for CPIL in hosting this program. Each series gives students the opportunity to explore different areas of public interest law while gaining practical and transferable legal skills. Topics selected each year are based on student participants’ interests and suggestions. 

CPIL started this year’s program with the Immigration Skills Series, taught by Rocio Alcántar (JD ’10), staff attorney at the National Immigrant Justice Center. This series offered a brief overview and understanding of the causes of migration for children. This series was offered in the fall. The second skills series, offered in the beginning of the spring semester, focused on criminal law, specifically, on the collateral consequences of a criminal record and examining legal routes to mitigating those effects for employment purposes. Courtney Kelledes (JD ’13), staff attorney at Cabrini Green Legal Aid, taught the second series. The series then highlighted the various types of convictions that can be sealed or expunged and the intricacies associated with taking steps to start those processes. It also addressed other avenues to mitigating a criminal record, such as petitioning for executive clemency, a health care worker waiver, or a certificate of rehabilitation.   

The CPIL Public Interest Legal Skills Series is driven by student interest and by CPIL dedication to providing extracurricular learning opportunities for students. ​

DePaul University names Jennifer Rosato Perea dean for the College of Law

Jennifer Rosato Perea will join DePaul University College of Law as dean on July 1, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Northern Illinois University.)
DePaul University has selected a nationally recognized leader in legal education as dean for the College of Law. Jennifer Rosato Perea, an accomplished scholar in family law, bioethics and civil procedure, will join DePaul July 1.

Throughout her 25 years in higher education, which includes 11 years as a law school administrator, Rosato Perea has been an active voice in the national dialogue about legal education. She currently serves as the dean of the Northern Illinois University College of Law, a post she has held since 2009, and served as the acting dean of the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law during its first year of operation in 2006.

“DePaul is gaining a dynamic and innovative law school administrator with a stellar academic career,” said David Miller, interim provost at DePaul University. “Highly respected by her peers, Jennifer brings extensive administrative experience and a deep understanding of the current challenges faced by law schools and the legal profession.”

Rosato Perea’s legal career began with a passion for working with abused children. She felt she could make the biggest difference by becoming a lawyer. She clerked for the Honorable Thomas N. O’Neill Jr. of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania before becoming an associate with Hangley, Connolly, Epstein, Chicco, Foxman & Ewing in Philadelphia. Today, she is a sought-after public speaker and has published extensively on diverse legal issues that affect children and families.

In addition to her legal scholarship and practice, Rosato Perea was associate dean of students at two universities. She spent 14 years on the faculty at Brooklyn Law School, and in her later years was a co-director of the Center for Health, Science and Public Policy and associate dean of students. She also served as associate dean of students at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law from 2007 to 2009. She has held teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University and Villanova University.

“My own academic career started with a love for teaching, and I am thrilled to lead a college with a strong commitment to excellence and innovation in educating law students,” Rosato Perea said. “I look forward to working with DePaul’s distinguished faculty and dedicated staff, and to contribute to the impressive work that is taking place at the college and university. DePaul's social justice mission and long history with public interest law fit perfectly with my personal and professional values."

As one of a small number of Latina law school deans in the country and the first in her family to attend college, Rosato Perea strives to enhance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. She presents extensively on implicit bias and its effects on diversity and inclusion. In recognition of her efforts, she received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Illinois Secretary of State, the Vanguard Award from the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, and the National Latino Law Students Association Leadership Award in Education and Advocacy.

Under her leadership at Northern Illinois University, the law school earned national recognition for diversity, value and public service. Rosato Perea doubled opportunities for experiential learning, including launching a clinic in health advocacy and dramatically expanding student externship opportunities, especially in Chicago. She led the development of a mentoring program for first-year students, pairing almost the entire class with alumni and other lawyers, and initiated a first-year professionalism program required for graduation. She also collaborated with areas across the university to create accelerated degree programs, allowing students to earn a bachelor’s and law degree in six years or less.

Rosato Perea earned her bachelor’s from Cornell University and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She was the editor-in-chief of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Business Law and won the Edwin R. Keedy Moot Court Competition. She is a member of the Association of American Law Schools Membership Review Committee and the Illinois State Bar Association Task Force on Legal Education and Student Debt. She formerly served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools New Law Teachers Conference.

At DePaul, Rosato Perea will lead a law school recognized for its world-renowned faculty and innovative academic programs with creative approaches to professional skills training. In 2014, the National Law Journal placed DePaul’s College of Law first for Best LLM Program and Best Law School Clinical Program in Chicago. DePaul has had the largest number of graduates on the Illinois Super Lawyers list for the past six years.

The Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) founded DePaul University in 1898. The university follows the ideals of St. Vincent de Paul, a 17th century French priest for whom the school is named. With nearly 24,000 students and about 300 academic programs, DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the United States and the largest private, nonprofit university in the Midwest.

DePaul’s tradition of providing a quality education to students from a broad range of backgrounds, with particular attention to first-generation students, has resulted in one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies. More information is online at

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Second Successful CPIL Legal Skills Series

​​​The Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) concluded its second legal skills series of the academic year on March 16, 2015.  Courtney Kelledes (JD ’13), staff attorney at Cabrini Green Legal Aid, taught the four part series titled “Mitigating the Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Record.” While a law student at DePaul, Ms. Kelledes interned with CGLA's Criminal Records department and organized CPIL's 7th Annual Symposium, Fighting the Stigma: Overcoming the Barriers of a Criminal Record, in 2013.

This series was designed to give students an overview of the collateral consequences of a criminal record, focusing the majority of the series on examining legal routes to mitigating those effects for employment purposes. Kelledes first focused on a brief introduction of the effects of a criminal record, particularly the prevalent use of background checks by employers. The series also highlighted the various types of convictions that can be sealed or expunged and the intricacies associated with taking steps to start those processes. Students in attendance also learned practical skills such as how to adequately read and identify important information on a client’s RAP sheet and criminal disposition. The series concluded with addressing other avenues to mitigating a criminal record, such as petitioning for executive clemency, a health care worker waiver, or a certificate of rehabilitation. 

The series took place on four consecutive Mondays from February 23 to March 16. Student who attended all four sessions received a certificate of completion. CPIL offers three public interest legal skills series each academic year.

CPIL will begin the third and final legal skills series of the year on March 30, 2015. The final skills series will be a five-session introduction to family law issues. The “Basics in Family Law” Legal Skills Series will be taught by alum Candace Wayne. ​​​ 

PBCSI volunteers of the month: Chelsea Geiger and Colleen Mulligan

1Ls Colleen Mulligan (left) and Chelsea Geiger are volunteer tutors at Pritzker Elementary School.
Chelsea Geiger and Colleen Mulligan may be first-year law students, but they have not let that stop them from pursuing pro bono and community service projects at DePaul and throughout the Chicagoland area. In fact, the students have been named PBCSI's March volunteers of the month for their deep commitment to serving their community. 

Geiger and Mulligan are two of the leading volunteers for the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative’s tutoring program with Pritzker Elementary School. For the month of February, PBCSI sent DePaul law students to tutor second grade students every Friday morning. Geiger and Mulligan have decided to continue their work at Pritzker beyond their initial commitment and tutor for the remainder of the school year.

"Working one-on-one with the kids is the best experience," said Geiger. "You can see their brains working and it is so fun to see them growing from week to week."

Mulligan added, "I absolutely love it! I help out with math, and I can see the students improving each week. It’s cool to see that you are actually making a difference and the students’ performances are improving. Despite all the craziness of law school, the kids' smiles each week seem to make it all worth it." 

"Chelsea and Colleen have attended these Friday sessions with enthusiasm and excitement," said PBCSI Director Cheryl Price.

Following law school, Geiger hopes to work as in-house counsel for a big firm and is considering moving out of the United States to pursue human rights work.  Mulligan is interested in immigration law, trade law​, and how the two intersect and influence each other. Both agree that no matter where their respective career paths take them, they will always remain ready and willing to serve their communities. ​

Cultural heritage moot court hosts record number of teams

Twenty-six teams competed in DePaul's Sixth Annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition on February 27 and 28, an unprecedented number of participants for the yearly event. The heightened interest moved this competition into a higher tier, said Lubna El-Gendi, director of student affairs and diversity at DePaul University College of Law, noting that teams were awarded more points for participating. 

The National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition is held at the 
Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse, and allows students to compete through oral and written advocacy in the field of cultural heritage law. This dynamic and growing legal field encompasses several disparate areas: protection of archaeological sites; preservation of historic structures and the built environment; preservation of and respect for both tangible and intangible indigenous cultural heritage; the international market in art works and antiquities; and recovery of stolen art works. This year’s problem focused on constitutional challenges to the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA), which protects visual artists' moral rights of attribution and integrity. The problem addressed both a First Amendment and a Fifth Amendment challenge to VARA. 

The competition attracts teams from law schools with top-ranked appellate advocacy programs, as well as those with art law programs, and this year’s competition featured teams from 19 different law schools across the nation. Local law schools participating included Chicago-Kent, John Marshall and Northwestern. University of California, Hastings College of Law won the championship round, with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law awarded second place. Students from the University of North Dakota, Northwestern, George Washington University and George Mason also received competition awards.

"I was really impressed by the enthusiasm of the judges and all the competitors," El-Gendi remarked. "It was apparent that both the judges and the competitors put in a lot of time delving into the issues raised by the competition problem. Throughout the competition rounds, I heard some very interesting and insightful questions from judges and many creative arguments from competitors."

Over forty DePaul students participated as competition volunteers, serving as either assistant bailiffs or bailiffs. DePaul students also served on the Competition Board, helping to organize the Competition. Over 80 attorneys participated as judges, including over 20 DePaul alums and numerous renowned cultural heritage law experts from across the country.​

The panel for the championship round included Senior Judge William J. Bauer, of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals; Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr., of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals; Judge Mary L. Mikva, of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division; Judge Warren Wolfson, former Illinois Appellate Court judge, and Judge Linda Wilde, retired from the Superior Court of California.

Jaharis investment supports DePaul College of Law programs in intellectual property and health law

A new endowment at DePaul University College of Law will expand and strengthen scholarly and educational programs in an area where two dynamic legal fields are increasingly intersecting — intellectual property and health law.

The Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc., is establishing an endowment in the College of Law to support programs in intellectual property and health law. For decades, DePaul alumnus Michael Jaharis and his wife Mary have generously supported students and programs at the college. In recognition of their support, the Health Law Institute will be re-named the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute.
The $5 million endowment established by the Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc., will create an endowed directorship for the college’s Health Law Institute; fund a faculty fellowship program for scholars to create and disseminate scholarship and curricula at the intersection of intellectual property and health law; and support a competitive internship program for up to 20 student scholars committed to practicing intellectual property and health law.

DePaul’s intellectual property and health law programs are nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. The specialty programs are supported by the work of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology and the Health Law Institute. As discoveries and innovations in fields such as genomics, nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals have accelerated, intellectual property challenges and issues have created a demand for lawyers with credentials and expertise across these areas.

The endowment will support the addition of curricula and research into interdisciplinary issues such as the law and economics of drug development for impoverished groups of afflicted individuals, and the nexus between patent law, pharmaceutical regulation and cross-border importation.

Michael Jaharis, a graduate of DePaul’s College of Law (’58), is the founder of several pharmaceutical companies. For decades, his wife Mary and he have generously supported students and programs at DePaul University’s College of Law. In recognition of their support, the Health Law Institute will be re-named the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute.

Professor Wendy Netter Epstein recently was appointed the College of Law Jaharis Faculty Fellow. Epstein, who is a faculty leader of DePaul’s Health Law Institute, has worked on curricular advances in these important fields for the College of Law and in partnership with Rush University Medical Center and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

She also has developed a health law colloquium to promote discussion between students and scholars on a range of modern issues in health law. Epstein’s research and scholarship focuses on contracts and health care law, using an interdisciplinary approach to bridge the divide between theory and practice. Her work most recently has appeared or is forthcoming in Cardozo University Law Review, American University Law Review and Case Western Reserve Law Review.

“As advances in medicine are brought to market, the interaction of health law and intellectual property will become more and more important to all of us,” said the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul University. “The new endowment will promote academic excellence and leadership in those important and dynamic fields.”

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CPIL practice series hosts ACLU reproductive rights attorney

The Center for Public Interest Law and Law Students for Reproductive Justice co-sponsored a round table discussion with Roshni Shikari, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) Reproductive Rights Project. Shikari discussed the ACLU’s initiative to stop the use of religion to deny healthcare, commonly called "religious refusals."

Shikari emphasized the intersectionality of reproductive rights and the importance of having lawyers from different fields -- particularly, ​ health care law, civil rights law and employment discrimination law -- involved in the fight for reproductive justice.​

Students had the opportunity to ask questions about current issues surrounding reproductive health policies in the United States. ​

"The event gave was very helpful because it offered insight into the significant legal and political issues surrounding reproductive rights in the U.S. today and directly relevant to my future career as a women's rights advocate," said third year student Katie Filous.​

Public Interest Law Association hosts successful auction

n February 19, almost 200 students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered at the 19th Annual DePaul Law Auction to raise money for scholarships for students working in unpaid summer public interest internships. Over $16,000 was raised. The funds from the event support students working at nonprofits and government agencies. These organizations have heavy caseloads, but are unable to pay summer interns to help serve more clients. Students receiving scholarships have worked in areas such as civil rights, disability advocacy, domestic violence, immigration and criminal law. 

The auction was very successful, with a notable high attendance by alumni, and many items available. The event included a silent auction, a raffle package, and a live auction. Guests were treated to a variety of hors d’oeuvres and open bar as they explored the silent auction. Popular silent auction items included a float in a SpaceTime Tank, Park Hopper passes at Disney World, a St. Louis vacation and a dozen Sprinkles' cupcakes. After the silent auction closed, Professor Howard Rubin led an exciting live auction. The live auction included tickets to a Bulls game, a weekend getaway on a Wisconsin farm, and dinner at the chef’s table at Ada Street. Many professors and alumni generously donated networking lunches and dinners. 

The Public Interest Law Association Auction Committee, chaired by Katherine Davis (’16), would like to thank all those who attended and donated to the auction. ​

PBCSI training connects law students with pro bono organizations

During the first week of February the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) was busy training law students for a variety of legal and non-legal volunteer opportunities. Students were invited to attend sessions with Lawyers in the Classroom, Illinois Legal Aid Online and PBCSI’s own Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project. 

Lawyers in the Classroom, sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC), is an opportunity for law students to work with middle school students at Pritzker Elementary School, a Chicago Public School in Wicker Park and one of PBCSI’s long-standing partner organizations. Law students partner with a class to teach an interactive lesson in constitutional law. The lessons contain a series of hypothetical situations to engage students. One lesson asks students to consider a student who brings a “sacred blade” to school; an important religious symbol that could also be used as a weapon. CRFC Program Director Anita Dellaria conducted the training at DePaul on February 4. 

NLAP Supervisor Damon Ritenhouse explains expunging and sealing criminal records to law student volunteers.
Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) is a legal website that provides free legal information and help to Illinois residents. O
perators help people navigate the ILAO website. ILAO’s LiveHelp Volunteer Coordinator Makoroba Sow came to DePaul College of Law to train students interested in volunteering as LiveHelp operators.

ILAO’s volunteer opportunities are great for busy law students because all of the work is done online, so students can volunteer from the convenience of their own apartment if needed. Last, but certainly not least, PBCSI’s Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project (NLAP) held its spring training on February 6. Led by PBCSI student coordinators and NLAP volunteers June Kowalewski and Andrew Hays, and NLAP Supervising Attorney Damon Ritenhouse, the students were trained how to help clients obtain state IDs as well as the process to seal and expunge criminal records in Illinois. 

"All three of the trainings gave law students a variety of ways to get involved in pro bono and community service work," said PBCSI Director Cheryl Price. "While each of the organizations works to serve different populations across the Chicago and even Illinois, they all give law students a valuable chance to engage with and give back to the community."

DePaul takes top spot on law school list in Illinois Super Lawyers

DePaul University College of Law has the largest number of graduates recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers® in 2015. This is the sixth consecutive year that DePaul has maintained its first-place position on the law school list. The latest edition of Illinois Super Lawyers magazine includes 327 DePaul law graduates, with 12 recognized in the top 100 list, three in the top 50 women list, and one—ranked No. 1—in the top 10 list.

DePaul law alumni on the Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers 2015 list.
“DePaul’s placement in the Super Lawyers rankings of law schools in Illinois shows that the College of Law not only produces excellent attorneys, but also that the quality of our graduates is recognized by their peers in the field,” said Interim Dean Bruce L. Ottley.

Illinois lawyers who receive the highest point totals through the selection process are recognized in Illinois Super Lawyers Top Lists. This year, 12 DePaul alumni are included in the top 100 and alumnus Robert Clifford is ranked No. 1 in the top 10 (pictured above, clockwise from top left):
  • Anthony J. Ashley (JD ’92), Vedder Price PC
  • Joseph W. Balesteri (JD ’95), Power Rogers & Smith PC
  • Miles N. Beermann (JD ’58), Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP
  • Robert A. Clifford (JD ’76), Clifford Law Offices, Ranked No. 1 in Top 10
  • Peter J. Flowers (JD ’92), Meyers & Flowers
  • H. Michael Hartmann (JD ’76), Leydig Voit & Mayer Ltd.
  • Mark E. McNabola (JD ’85), McNabola Law Group
  • Adria East Mossing (JD ’88), Mossing & Navarre LLC
  • Robert J. Palmersheim (JD ’96), Schopf & Weiss LLP
  • John P. Scanlon (JD ’89), Healy Scanlon Law Firm
  • Joshua G. Vincent (JD ’83), Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
  • William J. Wortel (JD ’96), Bryan Cave LLP

DePaul alumnae on the Top 50 Women Illinois Super Lawyers 2015 list.

In addition, three DePaul law graduates are recognized among the top 50 women attorneys in Illinois (pictured above, from left):
  • Lori D. Ecker (JD ’82), Law Office of Lori D. Ecker
  • Adria East Mossing (JD ’88), Mossing & Navarre LLC
  • Catherine L. Steege (JD ’82), Jenner & Block LLP

Table courtesy of Super Lawyers.
Each year, Super Lawyers rates lawyers in more than 70 practice areas in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C., through its publications and online listings. Super Lawyers’ patented selection process involves independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The most heavily represented practice areas by DePaul law graduates in Illinois Super Lawyers include Business/Corporate, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Construction Litigation, Employment & Labor, Family Law, General Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Intellectual Property Litigation, Personal Injury (General, Medical Malpractice, Products) and Real Estate. Only five percent of the state’s attorneys are annually selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers.

View the complete list of the 327 DePaul law alumni included in the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers.

Poland's ICAO council representative lectures at IALI

Dr. Malgorzata Polkowska, the Republic of Poland’s representative on the council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), visited the International Aviation Law Institute on January 26. Dr. Polkowska served as guest lecturer for the Public International Aviation Law & Policy class and met with institute faculty members. In her presentation, Dr. Polkowska explained ICAO’s organizational structure to the students and provided a first-hand account of the organization’s operations.

Appointed to her post in 2013, Dr. Polkowska is Poland’s first-ever representative on the 36-member ICAO Council. Prior to her appointment, she worked in both industry and government, lectured at universities in Poland and Canada and published numerous articles on aviation law.  Dr. Polkowska’s participation in IALI’s educational mission is the first formal follow-up to the institute’s December 8, 2014 symposium on the 70th anniversary of the Chicago Convention, which was held in cooperation with ICAO following a special session of the council.​

College of Law embraces MLK's message of reflection, fellowship and service

MLK Donate-A-Day volunteers at Jackson Square.
In collaboration with the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative and UMIN in the Loop, the College of Law’s Diversity Committee commenced its “Continuing our Legacy” series on Martin Luther King, Jr. with an afternoon of reflection and service. 

Despite the fact that MLK Day is a federal holiday, approximately 45 student and staff volunteers donated their time to fulfill Dr. King’s vision, and to answer his question of “What are you doing for others?”

The program began with comments about Dr. King’s legacy, including his commitment to community service. Volunteers were encouraged to "pick up the baton handed down by earlier generations" and carry forth the efforts and spirit of service in order to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. After these remarks, volunteers viewed the Eyes on the Prize video series, which focused on Dr. King’s freedom marches in Chicago to protest the systemic racial segregation and discrimination in the city during the Civil Rights movement. 

The volunteers then ventured into the community to one of two service sites: Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), a homeless shelter for families in Uptown, and Jackson Square, a nursing home facility on Chicago’s west side. At CCO, volunteers played games and made Valentine’s Day cards with the youth residents and also sorted clothing donations. Before starting these activities, CCO’s volunteer coordinator gave the volunteers a brief orientation about the services offered at CCO and discussed the stereotypes and misconceptions about homelessness. 

First-year law student Sophia Yanuzzi said, “We all know that volunteering in the community helps the community. What we do not always realize is how it also helps us. At this month's Donate-A-Day, I experienced a strong sense of fellowship not only with the other student volunteers but also with the DePaul coordinators and the Cornerstone staff.” 

 Khiabett Osuna, another first-year law student, added, “I learned more about MLK in a short video shown to us that day, than in 12 years of public school. I don't think I ever knew that Dr. King had tried to help Chicago, or that he was met with so much hate in the north. It was great to have that context when we actually went and did our service at the homeless shelter.” 

 A second group of dedicated volunteers headed out to Jackson Square nursing home to spend time with seniors. Upon arrival, one of the residents read speeches of Dr. King’s and gave a synopsis of what he felt Dr. King stood for during his life. This set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. The volunteers then assisted the residents during a few hours of organized Bingo, prize winning and snacks.

“I had such a great time playing Bingo with the residents of Jackson Square," said second-year law student Lindsay Bowman. "Some were there to win big--I loved seeing their competitive edges shining through when someone else won! It felt good to give them something fun to do for a few hours, and some prizes to enjoy even after we left.” ​​​

Georgetown's Paul Butler to address race disparity and the implications of Ferguson

Paul Butler, professor of law at Georgetown University and DePaul's 2015 Enlund Scholar-in-Residence, will discuss issues at the heart of the current tense moment in race relations in the United States at the annual Enlund Lecture on February 19 at 3 p.m. in Lewis Center, Room 805, 25 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago.

His lecture, "Ferguson 2.0: Violence, Race and Law," will address the mass incarceration and race disparities that exist with regard to incarceration for violent offenses. Butler asks, does the criminal justice system sufficiently capture and punish violence by white Americans, especially violence directed against people of color? Why do African-American men commit more of some kinds of violent crime, and how should the law respond? Is comparing “black on black” crime to police killing of blacks a “false equivalence”?

Professor Butler researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and critical theory. His scholarship has been published in many leading scholarly journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review (two articles), the Stanford Law Review and the UCLA Law Review (three articles). He is the author of the widely reviewed “Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice,” which received the Harry Chapin Media Award.

Professor Butler is one of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice. His scholarship has been the subject of much attention in the academic and popular media. His work has been profiled on 60 Minutes, Nightline, and the ABC, CBS and NBC evening news, among other places. Professor Butler has written a column for The Legal Times and has published numerous op-ed articles and book reviews, including in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Daily Beast. He lectures regularly for the American Bar Association and the NAACP, and at universities and community organizations. Professor Butler has been awarded the Soros Justice Fellowship. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2003.

Full Bio and Recent Scholarship

The Enlund Lecture is approved for one hour of Illinois MCLE credit. For lecture details and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.

About the Enlund Scholar-in-Residence Program

Established in 1988, thanks to a gift from the late E. Stanley Enlund (’42), the endowed Enlund Scholar-in-Residence Program deepens our understanding of the law and its role in society. The College of Law selects the scholars, jurists and lawyers who serve as Enlund Scholars based on the meaningful contributions they have made to the development of law and legal institutions through their research, advocacy and practice. Attracting the nation’s foremost legal minds, Enlund scholars provide the College of Law community of students, faculty, alumni and friends with differing perspectives on law, lawyers and social justice. They do so by participating in classes, meeting socially with students and faculty, and sharing their ideas through formal presentations.

The International Aviation Law Institute: 10 years and still soaring

It’s a little-known fact that DePaul offered some of the first aviation law courses in the country, along with professors who specialized in the field.

“I was wandering in the library here one day and I came across a bound volume of the lectures of a DePaul professor in aviation law from around 1940,” recalled International Aviation Law Institute (IALI) Director and Distinguished Research Professor of Law Brian F. Havel. “It even preceded the Chicago Convention of 1944, which is the fundamental law of international aviation.”

In the 1920s, College of Law Professor John William Curran taught law of agency, equity jurisdiction and trusts—and served as an early authority in aviation law. Georgetown Law Journal published Curran’s review of Carl Zollman’s CASES ON AIR LAW in March 1930. “Besides being the nucleus of a course in ‘air law,’” Professor Curran penned in the review, “this volume should prove useful to the practitioner.”

In 1932, DePaul added two summer aviation law courses, as well as Zollman’s book, to its evening division curriculum (DePaulia archives cite James Cherry as professor).

However, the fledgling field had its skeptics. By 1936, the Association of American Law Schools no longer considered the subject important enough to get its own entry. DePaul’s aviation curriculum quieted and, with the exception of Professor Stanley B. Rosenfeld’s 1970 course, air law took to the hangar.

“Aviation law had almost disappeared as a subject of study in the 1970s and 1980s—and some of the 1990s,” explained Havel. “We were surprised by that. We felt that we were stepping into a fine tradition here and that DePaul had always had a place in the study and the scholarship of international and domestic aviation law. We thought it was appropriate to pick up the reins of their good work.”

Stuart Banner’s history of airspace, WHO OWNS THE SKY (Harvard University Press 2008), discusses this initial rise, and subsequent fall, of aviation law in the United States, citing DePaul’s curriculum in the company of programs from Northwestern University School of Law and Vanderbilt University Law School.

Early aviation law proponents saw the field as “marked by the absence of ancient and inflexible methods and rules and impenetrable precedents,” wrote Banner. “Not just a specialized kind of practice, but a new field of law.”

This sentiment resonates with IALI Director Brian F. Havel. “I felt that aviation law, like the industry itself, was exceptional,” he said. “The philosophical approach of the subject is different from what we normally encounter in international law. It has an unusual combination of international and domestic law and, obviously, it has to manage highly complex issues like the supply of air transport services across borders, which means that it deals directly with issues of sovereignty and issues of collaboration between states for a greater good.”

Visionary leadership

As the son of renowned Czech glass master Miroslav Havel, who left for Ireland following World War II to become founding chief designer for Waterford Crystal, Professor Havel’s calling in aviation law wasn’t writ large. Havel won a debate tournament in his final year at Dublin’s University College that launched him on a debate tour of U.S. universities.

During his visit to New York, he accepted an on-the-spot offer for an internship at a Manhattan law firm. He never returned to work in Ireland. Havel pursued two  graduate law degrees at Columbia University in New York, practiced transnational corporate and antitrust litigation at New York firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison and then came to DePaul.

Over the course of his tenure at IALI, Havel has been Keeley Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford, as well as visiting professor at Oxford, at Leiden University in the Netherlands and at his original alma mater, University College Dublin. He was also named Fulbright Distinguished Visiting Professor of Comparative Law and Legal Pluralism at McGill University Faculty of Law. He is a board member of the European Air Law Association and vice chair of the Advisory Board of the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden.

“He has boundless energy and an ability to manage so many diverse things at the same time—it’s amazing to watch,” said IALI Executive Director Stephen Rudolph (JD ’97). “He is inspired… and he can inspire others to do great things.”

Havel is a progressive thinker who is drawn to the imaginative foundations of his field. He describes airports as transcendent entities and his academic oeuvre includes interdisciplinary scholarship like “In Search of a Theory of Public Memory: The State, the Individual, and Marcel Proust” in the Indiana Law Journal (2005).

“He is sought after by the media because the depth of his knowledge is such that he can speak on these issues extemporaneously,” said Rudolph.

Havel is often solicited around the world for his skills as a lecturer on civil aviation. Indeed, the seeds of the International Aviation Law Institute trace back to one such conference. At the 2003 International Air Transport Association conference in Singapore, Havel fell into discussion with IALI Co-Director Michael S. Jacobs, DePaul professor and internationally recognized expert in antitrust and competition law. The scholars agreed on the value of aviation law study at DePaul and began laying the groundwork for the institute.

A decade later, IALI serves as a beacon for aviation experts and students in the Midwest—and worldwide. This visibility is evidenced by the institute’s advisory board, which includes top-level authorities from around the globe.

Great ground-floor strides

From its single seminar class in 2004, the institute has greatly enriched its academic presence. IALI’s developments include new course offerings, the only LLM concentration in International Aviation Law in the United States, and a proposed Master of Jurisprudence program for non-attorneys. In fact, DePaul is

only the third school in the world to offer a graduate law degree in international aviation law, along with Leiden and McGill.

IALI also owes its success to an amalgam of niche experts. John Q. Mulligan is an adjunct professor and the institute’s third FedEx/United Airlines Resident Research Fellow. In addition to teaching, Mulligan conducts high-level research supporting other IALI faculty members.

Mike Jacobs brings highly specialized expertise to the institute. “When competition law comes into play in Asia or the EU,” Rudolph stated, “Jacobs is a highly sought after authority.” Jacobs continues to serve as a distinguished speaker on IP/antitrust issues abroad, most recently in Singapore.

Current Interim Dean and IALI Co-Director Bruce Ottley joined the institute in 2011, contributing instrumental knowledge in tort litigation—in aviation, this extends to personal injury, wrongful death and products liability— and civil procedure.

“My first day at DePaul as a student was Brian Havel’s first day as a professor,” recalled Rudolph. At the College of Law, he served as lead research assistant and project manager for Havel’s first book, IN SEARCH OF OPEN SKIES: LAW AND POLICY FOR A NEW ERA IN INTERNATIONAL AVIATION (Kluwer Law International 1997).

Following graduation, Rudolph worked as an editor specializing in aviation law at legal publisher CCH Incorporated. He started an advisory board and invited Professor Havel to chair and appoint the members. The cache of talent included Kenneth P. Quinn (JD ‘85), former chief counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and protégé of former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Sam Skinner (JD ’66), as well as former Virginia governor and noted transport advocate Gerald L. Baliles. In 2001, Baliles and Rudolph cofounded the journal Issues in Aviation Law and Policy.

In 2007, with leadership changing at CCH, Rudolph arranged to relocate the journal to DePaul’s aviation institute. “Six weeks later,” he said, “I took an age-55 retirement from CCH and came to work here as executive director of the institute.” He laughs, “And I’m still the journal’s managing editor.”

Broadening horizons

One of Havel's early initiatives, the "Conversations with Aviation Leaders" oral history project brings an expanding sphere of aviation scholars to DePaul. Picking up from the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, the series explores what led to—and what has come out of—what Havel refers to as a “social experiment” in deregulation. Initial interviewees included the late Fred Kahn, the chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board; and former president and CEO of New York Air Mike Levine. More have followed.

The most recent conversation was with FedEx president and founder Fred Smith. In collaboration with DePaul’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development director, Professor Joseph P. Schwieterman, the institute also produces the IALI/Chaddick Lunch Lecture series. Now in its fourth year, the event features a guest specialist discussing airports, air traffic or intermodal transportation, which are areas of concern for both institutes. It regularly caps out at 100 guests.

But the heart of the institute is its vibrant academic program.

“One of the most exciting aspects of the aviation courses was the fact that the institute attracted high profile guest speakers from the aviation community,” said Thomas Wangard (JD ’13), an attorney focusing on aviation accident litigation and FAA enforcement actions at Condon & Forsyth in New York.

“Thanks to DePaul’s aviation institute, I was able to attend an international aviation law conference in China, clerk with the FAA and work for a firm that handled aviation cases.”

Last spring, IALI introduced a new course, International Aircraft Financing Law, to more than a dozen students, many of whom were working professionals.

“We’ve started attracting people who are already practicing in the field, which is something we’d like to do more often,” said Rudolph. IALI is in the process of introducing more academic initiatives, including an aviation products liability course to be offered this spring.

Institute ideals

“One of the things that we’ve promoted at the institute is the idea of a more liberal international economic environment for the aviation industry,” Havel said.

Havel has delved intensely into the law of the European Union and likes to make comparisons with the United States. “The EU has aviation as a priority,” he explained. “A lot of the effects of regional economic integration pursed by the EU have been demonstrated through the aviation industry.”

Under Havel’s wing, the institute was deeply involved in the historic 2007 Open Skies air transport agreement with the European Union, a negotiation between the United States and the EU that yielded what some have called the world’s most liberal aviation agreement.

IALI held workshops and conferences to discuss the plan. Chief U.S. negotiator John Byerly, former State Department deputy assistant secretary for transportation affairs, has since joined the IALI board and visits annually for lectures and gatherings as a scholar-in-residence.

“Another one of the issues I’ve taken up as part of the theme for the institute is to investigate the relationship between government and the airline industry on the level of what I call ‘smart regulation,’” Havel said. His new book THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (Cambridge University Press 2014) elaborates on this concept.

Regulations do have the capacity to change the nature of the industry, Havel explains, if they are wise
regulations—if they’re not simply governmental impositions on the business models of the airlines, but actually create the possibility of new business models. “It’s ironic that this industry serves international trade and creates opportunities for international mergers and acquisitions, but is everywhere restricted by an archaic regulatory system that doesn’t allow foreign ownership of airlines,” he remarked.

“We’re looking at all of that, not necessarily because we’re beating the drum for the airlines, but because we’re looking at what is rational in terms of regulation. I think it’s a fascinating subject and I think that the students welcome the opportunity to see how the world’s most visible service industry is constructed and how it might be reconstructed in the future.”

Taking off

“One of the things I like about our DePaul graduates is that they’re always blessed with a sense of initiative,” Havel said. “Many of my students have taken off around the world and have become proficient in the law, the culture and the business practices of other countries. I can think of at least a dozen students who have done this in the last few years.”

Alumnus Cade Miller (LLM ’13), now an attorney with the FAA, is duly prepared to return the compliment. “Without a doubt, I would not be where I am in my career had I not attended DePaul,” he said.

“The institute prepared me to succeed in many different areas within the aviation industry. I use the knowledge I gained from the Public International Aviation Law course almost every day at work. The courses helped to create an understanding of how complex aviation policy and regulation can be. Class discussions that we had on aviation policy allow me to participate in many complex FAA discussions at work, including those on unmanned aircraft systems.

“As part of the Field Placement Program, I was able to clerk at the FAA Great Lakes Region. The connections and experience from this clerkship were integral to my hiring at the FAA as an attorney.”

Similarly, the future for aviation law looks busy.

“On the regulatory side there is economic regulation and antitrust regulation through various departments of government,” said Rudolph. “You also have safety regulation, the FAA (which licenses and supervises pilots, airlines and aircraft mechanics and repair stations), and you have—especially since 9/11—the TSA and all of the security issues—those are regulatory parts of the industry. The newest area, of course, is unmanned aircraft systems, known to the public as ‘drones.’ There are attorneys needed in all of those areas.”

Most recently, Havel joined a high-level EU panel alongside the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security (his former Paul, Weiss colleague Jeh Johnson) and participated in an EU Passenger Rights Workshop in Belgium marking the 10th anniversary of the European Union’s air passenger rights legislation.

Along the celebratory continuum, the institute recently commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the Chicago Convention, at the Hilton Chicago hotel on Michigan Avenue, where it was negotiated and signed in December 1944. One of the few originals of the 1944 Convention text, bequeathed to IALI by emeritus professor and founder of the International Human Rights Institute, M. Cherif Bassiouni, was displayed prominently at the commemoration.

On the cusp of this momentous milestone, and with many more on the horizon, DePaul’s IALI will soon celebrate its own 10-year anniversary in friendly skies.​ ​​​​

Alumna Megan Kossiakoff's international legal career

International lawyer Megan Kossiakoff’s (JD ’06) young career has taken her on a whirlwind world tour, from countries in Eastern Europe to sub-Saharan Africa, and soon Central Asia. But her journey began right here in Chicago, with the discovery of a medieval manuscript at a museum exhibition.

Kossiakoff focused her undergraduate and graduate studies in history and the arts, earning a master’s degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While a graduate student, she worked in local museums coordinating exhibitions that involved obtaining copyright permission for images. That’s when she discovered the story of the Sarajevo Haggadah, an illuminated manuscript that tells the story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt.

Impressed by the measures museum officials and community members took to protect the manuscript during the 1990s Bosnia-Herzegovina conflict, she focused her master’s thesis on the practical aspects of protecting cultural heritage during the conflict. With a desire to dig deeper into cultural heritage studies, Kossiakoff enrolled at DePaul College of Law.

“In my mind, [DePaul] was the only place to go because of the unique opportunity to focus on this area of law and work with one of the world’s top experts,” Kossiakoff said. She was drawn to DePaul’s strong cultural heritage law program and the work of Professor Patty Gerstenblith through the Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law.

While at DePaul, Kossiakoff served as an editor of the DePaul Journal of Art and Entertainment Law (now the Journal of Art, Technology & Intellectual Property Law), and interned at the Field Museum of Natural History, the U.S. Department of State’s Cultural Heritage Center, and the Art Law Department at Herrick Feinstein LLP.

After earning her JD, Kossiakoff took a position as a law clerk with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), in the Hague, Netherlands. Following her work with the ICTY, she stayed in the Netherlands and enrolled in an LLM program in public international law at Leiden University. Since then, Kossiakoff’s legal career has taken her from one international post to another.

Kossiakoff’s next stop was Kosovo. There, she served as a legal advisor to the International Civilian Office (ICO), an intergovernmental organization with the mandate to supervise and support Kosovo’s government in its process to become a fully independent state. At the ICO, she worked extensively on drafting legislation to ensure that sites of religious and cultural significance would be protected.

Kossiakoff credits DePaul and the skills learned in cultural heritage law and legal writing programs with impacting her professional success. “In international environments, you are often working in English-language environments with people who are not native English speakers. It is hugely valuable to an organization to have someone who has excellent legal drafting skills, which is something that DePaul taught me.”

By the end of her stretch in Kosovo, Kossiakoff was the head of the ICO’s legal unit and was directly involved in drafting constitutional amendments to help end Kosovo’s supervised independence.

“As part of my position with the ICO in Kosovo, I was able to draft legislation that required government officials and religious leaders from the minority community to work together to protect cultural heritage. It was an important part of the post-conflict reconciliation process.”

After a brief assignment with the World Bank, Kossiakoff moved on to her next post with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Juba, South Sudan. She supported the constitutional review process in South Sudan by drafting sample text for inclusion in the permanent constitution and advising committees of the National Constitutional Review Commission, a process that stalled in 2013 when South Sudan ultimately descended into civil war.

“I joke that as my career progresses my living conditions get far worse. I spent nearly a year living in a shipping container in South Sudan having very little freedom of movement,” Kossiakoff said. “You have to think creatively to get work done when there are so many unforeseen events and restrictions.” Since leaving South Sudan, Kossiakoff has worked with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as a monitoring officer in Ukraine. But she will soon be relocating again, rejoining the IDLO, the only intergovernmental organization with the mandate to promote the rule of law, as a legal counsel for their program in Afghanistan.

Kossiakoff will be based in Rome and will travel regularly to Kabul. “Going to difficult places like South Sudan or Afghanistan can be incredibly challenging on a professional and personal level,” admitted Kossiakoff. “I originally saw myself as a headquarters person, but found that working in hardship locations is far more rewarding than I ever imagined.”

IALI welcomes Croatian air law scholar

The International Aviation Law Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Iva Savić, from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb (Croatia), as a visiting scholar for the 2014-15 academic year. Dr. Savić first visited IALI in 2010, when she conducted comparative research on airline mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. and EU. Her paper, "Airline Mergers--Responding to Market Changes and Inducing New Market Structures," was later published the Institute's journal, Issues in Aviation Law and Policy. Following her return to Croatia, Dr. Savić began an intensive study on international air law and air services agreements, which became the topic of her Ph.D. dissertation, "Influence of Air Transport Agreements between EU and Third Countries on Development of International Air Law." This year, she is working with Institute Director Brian Havel to research current issues in EU-U.S. aviation relations, and also is jointly preparing a College of Law seminar with Professor Havel.

IALI hosts airport noise experts and Chinese delegation

On December 9, IALI hosted a six-member academic delegation from the Civil Aviation University of China.  Headed by Professor Yang Guoqing, former deputy administrator of China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC), the delegation was on a fact-finding trip to North America to learn more about protecting surrounding communities from airport noise.  

Institute Director Brian Havel and FedEx/United Airlines Resident Research Fellow John Mulligan participated in the gathering, which was organized by IALI Foundation Advisory Board member Sandra Chiu.  Professor Joseph Schwieterman, director of DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, made a special presentation.  He was joined by Michael Boland, interim commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation, and Assistant Commissioner Aaron Frame.  The discussion focused on urban planning and noise mitigation measures at the two major Chicago-area airports, O’Hare and Midway, including historical and current practices.​

CPIL hosts public interest law forum on immigration

On November 19, the Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) hosted its annual forum. The theme “Refugee Children: Their Rights, Our Responsibilities,” referenced the influx of Central American children immigrating to the United States in late 2013 and through the summer of 2014. 

Symposium panelists included Oscar Chacón, co-founder and executive director of the National Alliance of Latin American, Caribbean Communities (NALACC); Ashley Huebner, managing attorney at the National Immigration Justice Center and Jajah Wu, supervising attorney at the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. The symposium was moderated by DePaul College of Law's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Allison Tirres. 


Panelists covered a range of issues, including the harsh realities of recent arrival immigrant children in the United States. They discussed the inadequate and often unjust responses of the federal government and the work that can and should be done to protect these children. 
The panelists also discussed the process that unaccompanied immigrant children go through upon apprehension at the border, the causes and effects of the recent influx, the government's responses to this crisis and the challenges that legal professionals must overcome to ensure protection for this vulnerable population. 

Students, alumni, faculty, practitioners and community leaders attended the forum. Contributors to the forum included the Society for Asylum & Immigration Law and the Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic.

Law students volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul Center’s Homeless Outreach Luncheon

On November 23, PBCSI hosted the final Donate-A-Day of the fall semester. Volunteers gathered on Friday evening at the St. Vincent de Paul Center in Lincoln Park to assist with the set up for their annual homeless outreach luncheon that would take place the following day.

At the luncheon, homeless people and families walk around the St. Vincent de Paul Center and visit various stations to receive winter clothing and coats, medical assistance, backpacks, toiletries and toys for the children. Everyone who attended the luncheon enjoyed a home-cooked turkey meal. Donate-A-Day volunteers were assigned various tasks to help set up for the luncheon, including sorting clothing and organizing the different stations to ensure the next day would run smoothly. 

“Volunteering at this month’s Donate-A-Day was a wonderful experience," said Byron Munro, a 1L at DePaul. "Everyone worked well with each other and we knew our part would go a long way in helping the luncheon run effectively the next day.” 

DePaul students worked with other volunteers to ensure that the set up was complete on Friday evening. This was the first time that PBCSI participated in the set up portion of the event, but students enjoyed joining together on a Friday evening to help out in the community.

First-year law student Sierra Hagl said, “From this Donate-A-Day experience I learned that giving just a tiny bit of your time can mean the world to a large amount of people. Every moment of your time counts for something and this time, my moments of time meant that someone was provided with clothing to shelter them from the cold.” Students sorted through large amounts of donations organizing winter coats and other clothing by size. 

There will be three more Donate-A-Day events during the spring semester. The first Donate-A-Day event will be held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 19, as classes are not held on this day. For more information, please contact PBCSI Coordinator Caitlin Duane.

CPIL hosts session on disability law and elder law

On Thursday, November 20, the Center for Public Interest Law hosted the second session of its practice series focused on areas of disability and elder law. Attorneys Deanne Medina from LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago) and Barry Taylor from Equip for Equality lead the discussion. 

The practice series allows students in a small group setting to not only hear the attorneys discuss their career paths and dispense advice for students interested in pursuing work in this field, but also to ask questions and speak individually with the attorneys. 

Both Medina and Taylor discussed the experiences they had in the private sector before starting their work in public interest and shared their personal reasons for going into disability and elder law. While working at a private firm, Taylor was dedicated to providing pro bono services, which eventually motivated him to change his career. Similarly, Medina volunteered at a help desk working with the underprivileged and, because her experience was so positive, decided to go into public interest. Taylor discussed two cases of his that he is working on regarding treatment of prisoners with disability and Medina shared new initiatives at LAF.​

Alumna teaches public interest legal skills series on working with migrant children

Rocio Alcantar (JD ’10), supervising attorney for the National Immigrant Justice Center’s Access to Counsel Project, a new initiative of the Immigrant Legal Defense Project, taught the first Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) skills series of the 2014-2015 academic year.

The series was titled "Working with Immigrant Children." As the former supervising attorney with the Immigrant Children’s Protection Project and as the lead staff attorney for the Counter-Trafficking Project, Alcantar used her experiences to create a five part legal skills series to teach laws students about how to successfully work with migrant youth.

The series was designed to give students an overview of working with migrant children, assessing the forms of relief that are available and how to serve as an advocate for this community. Alcantar first focused on the overall causes of migration. The series also highlighted the various forms of relief available to migrant children, such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), T Visas, U Visas, etc. Students interested in the topic engaged in classroom discussion about the struggles that lawyers face when advocating for migrant children and learned practical and transferable skills.

The series took place on five consecutive Mondays from September 29 to October 27. Students who attended all five sessions received a certificate of completion. CPIL offers three public interest legal skills series each academic year.

Center for Animal Law co-hosts 2014 ALDF/SALDF networking reception

Attendees of the ALDF/SALDF Networking Reception, co-hosted by DePaul Center for Animal Law.
On November 5, the DePaul Center for Animal Law joined with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and various chapters of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) to kick off the holiday season by celebrating Chicago's animal law community.

Attorneys, faculty members and law students from throughout Chicago joined together for a two-hour networking reception held in the Student Lounge. The reception featured refreshments and hors d'oeuvres, including donated barbecue seitan from Original Soul Vegetarian Cafe. Chelsea McFadden, Chicago Regional Representative with ALDF and a 3L at John Marshall Law School, and Brett Harrison Davinger, associate director of the Center for Animal Law, helped organize the event.

The reception offered multiple areas of interest for attendees. Pamela Hart, the director of the Animal Law Program at ALDF, spoke on behalf of her organization.

Donors to ALDF entered into a raffle to win prizes such as a gift card to Chicago Diner, a gift card to Upton's Breakroom, a copy of "The New Chicago Diner Cookbook," a shirt from Mercy For Animals, and a copy of the Mercy For Animals documentary film "Fowl Play,” as well as honey badger key holders and fans from ALDF. Guests also got to meet with like-minded colleagues and learn about the myriad of animal welfare possibilities throughout the city, including vegan restaurants and volunteer opportunities.

To read about upcoming animal law events at DePaul University, visit the Center for Animal Law. Log onto to learn about ALDF's initiatives throughout Chicago and the rest of the country.

Alumni and students collaborate to help seniors during Pro Bono Week

As a way to celebrate Pro Bono Week, the Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) held its annual October Donate-A-Day on Friday, October 24. For the fourth year running, PBCSI and The Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL) paired up to offer a great day of pro bono service for the DePaul community.

Alumni were invited to return to DePaul and participate in this event alongside current students. The Donate-A-Day focused on assisting low-income seniors with advanced directives, such as living wills and powers of attorney for health care and property. The day started with an in-depth training on drafting powers of attorney for property and health care and preparing living will declarations in Illinois. Tom Wendt, CDEL’s Legal Director, conducted the training.

After completing the training, the volunteers headed over to the Evergreen Apartments in Old Town for the workshop with the seniors. Working in pairs, volunteers were given the opportunity to work directly with clients, conducting interviews and drafting the legal paperwork for the seniors. 

Leah Sibbio, a 1L at DePaul, had a very positive experience. "I found working directly with a client for my first time to be a very rewarding experience," she said. "The event allowed me to get a taste of how challenging and yet exciting the client interview process can be." 

Many other volunteers shared this feeling and found the whole day very rewarding. For some alumni, this was their first experience doing pro bono work. They found the pro bono day both educational and enjoyable and hope to continue doing pro bono work. In the end, the seniors received important legal assistance and the volunteers gained valuable legal experience and exposure to public interest and pro bono legal work.     

DePaul and Loyola launch Chicago Health Law Colloquium

DePaul University College of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law will sponsor the first annual Chicago Health Law Colloquium beginning in the spring 2015 semester. DePaul and Loyola have invited six nationally renowned health law scholars to Chicago to present and discuss their current research projects. Colloquium participants will include health law faculty from Chicago-area schools and prominent health law practitioners, as well as DePaul and Loyola students selected as Chicago Health Law Colloquium Fellows.

The colloquium offers students an opportunity to advance their understanding of cutting-edge topics in the areas of health law and bioethics in a forum that goes beyond traditional classroom-based learning, bringing together Chicago’s educational and professional communities.

Spring 2015 Chicago Health Law Colloqium Scholars and Topics:

  • Michael Frakes
    Associate Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
    “The Surprising Relevance of Medical Malpractice Law” 
  • Ralph Hall
    Professor of the Practice, University of Minnesota School of Law
    “Role and Regulation of Registries and Big Data”
  • Diana Hyman Winter
    Associate Professor and Dean’s Fellow, Indiana University McKinney School of Law
    “Primary Jurisdiction and the FDA”
  • Thaddeus Pope
    Associate Professor, Director of Health Law Institute, Hamline University School of Law
    “Titrating Due Process for the Most Vulnerable: Medical Decision Making for ​Incapacitated Patients without Surrogates”
  • Valerie Gutmann Koch
    Visiting Assistant Professor, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
    “A Private Right of Action for Informed Consent in Research”
  • I. Glenn Cohen
    Assistant Professor, Co-Director of Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School
    “Are All Abortions Equal? Rape, Incest, and Abortion”

DePaul Professor Wendy Netter Epstein and Loyola Visiting Professor Eleanor D. Kinney are the lead faculty for the colloquium. Up to eights students will be chosen for Colloqium Fellowships. Students interested in applying must submit a Chicago Health Law Colloquium Application by November 10.

PBCSI hosts New Americans Initiative training

On Friday, September 26, the Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative welcomed World Relief Chicago to the College of Law for a New Americans Initiative Citizenship Workshop volunteer training for students.

The New Americans Initiative is a non-profit partnership between the State of Illinois and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights to provide free assistance to legal permanent residents who are trying to become U.S. Citizens. World Relief Chicago partners with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights to provide Citizenship Workshops as part of the New Americans Initiative. Two student groups, the Latino Law Student Association and the Society for Asylum & Immigration Law, co-sponsored the training. 

The training was led by Leanor Garcia, staff attorney and citizenship program coordinator with World Relief Chicago. The training prepared students to volunteer at any monthly Citizenship Workshop and work with clients one-on-one to inform them of the benefits and requirements of becoming a citizen. Students were also trained to assist clients with completing their N-400 citizenship application. The training was truly a valuable experience for all. As Jessica Gutierrez (JD '16) said, “Attending this workshop broadened my perspective of the simple and practical ways a law student interested in pursuing immigration law can begin to help those who are undergoing the process of legalization.”

In light of students’ positive response to Citizenship Workshop training, PBCSI hopes to offer training again during the spring semester and is exploring additional ways students can volunteer in the area of immigration law.

DePaul team semi-finalist in regional IP LawMeet

DePaul law students Jeff Moisan and Eric Langston competed with 12 teams, advancing to the semi-finals, in the fourth annual East Regional IP LawMeet held at the University of Pennsylvania on October 17. 

In this regional transactional law competition, the students represented a hypothetical movie studio seeking to secure the necessary rights to produce, market and distribute a movie based on the story and characters of a video game owned by a gaming company. The team was judged on its ability to draft, mark-up and negotiate, as well as its knowledge of contract, corporate and IP law. Teams also were evaluated based on their business knowledge and ability to structure innovative or creative solutions.

The 2014 IP LawMeet was sponsored by Bloomberg BNA, Practical Law and Rembrandt IP Management. LawMeets was founded in 2011 by Drexel University School of Law professor Karl Okamoto as a way to deliver practical skills and exercises to law students interested in transactional law.

Professor Jacobs distinguished speaker at Singapore legacy law firm

On September 22, Distinguished Research Professor and Co-Director of the International Aviation Law Institute Michael S. Jacobs presented the Drew and Napier Distinguished Talk in Singapore about "Three Hot Topics at the IP/Antitrust Intersection." The attendees were members of the local antitrust bar, antitrust and sectoral regulators, and in-house counsel for multi nationals. Drew and Napier is the preeminent competition law firm in Singapore, and one of the country's four so-called "legacy" firms, in existence prior to Singaporean independence.

From September 23 through October 2, Professor Jacobs taught a course in the fundamentals of IP law and Antitrust to student-delegates from around the world brought here at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, pursuant to the Singapore Cooperation Program. The delegates come from countries as small as Kiri Das and Bhutan, as large as Russia, Mexico and Egypt, and also include people from Namibia, Uganda, Malawi, West Timor, Chile, Sri Lanka and other countries as well.

October 1, Jacobs spoke for two hours with lawyers and economists at the Competition Commission of Singapore about the legal and economic treatment of Most Favored Nation clauses, certain kinds of distribution arrangements and reverse payment settlements of patent disputed in the pharmaceutical sector.

Professor Havel attends EU passenger rights workshop in Belgium

International Aviation Law Institute Director Brian Havel participated in a workshop marking the 10th anniversary of the European Union's air passenger rights legislation. Held in Bruges, Belgium on September 27, the workshop was co-organized by the Institute of European and Comparative Law at the University of Oxford and the College of Europe in Bruges.

The workshop featured national reports from many EU Member States on the implementation of the EU legislation over the past decade. Professor Havel presented the only non-EU report, discussing creative efforts by U.S. lawyers to try to apply the EU legislation extraterritorially in U.S. courts and also surveying the spread of "copycat" legislation throughout the world.

Co-chair of the workshop, Professor Jeremias Prassl of Magdalen College, Oxford, is a frequent participant in the institute's activities. He has contributed a number of pieces to Issues in Aviation Law & Policy, the institute's academic journal, and has taught the law of EU air passenger rights in the Institute’s advanced seminar in international aviation law.

Lawyers in the Classroom program resumes at Pritzker

Each year the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative partners each year with the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago and A.N. Pritzker Elementary School to run Lawyers in the Classroom.

The week-long program brings law student, alumni and faculty volunteers to Pritzker to teach 6th, 7th and 8th graders a one-hour lesson on the U.S. Constitution and other legal principles.

One of the day's lessons, “No Electronics Allowed,” helped the middle school students discern the difference between the “spirit of the law” and the “black letter law.” After that, students worked through several hypotheticals to apply what they learned. For every lesson, the middle school students get the chance to learn a basic constitutional law concept and an opportunity to apply the concept to different fact scenarios.

The volunteer experience is a very fulfilling one for both the middle school and law school students. As Deirdre McGrory (JD '16) put it, “It was so fun to see the intelligent and very creative ways students would respond to the hypotheticals. I don’t know who had more fun – me or the students!”   

DePaul will return to Pritzker during the spring semester to teach additional lessons and build on some of the legal principles discussed in classrooms this fall.

Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic issues U-visa report

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin discussed the work of students and instructors in DePaul's Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic in the article "Helping family trees plant roots at DePaul clinic."

The story specifically highlights the work of Immigration Advocacy Clinic students Geraldine Arruela, Cordia Perez, Ana Valenzuela and Katerin Zurita, who, along with supervising attorney Sarah Diaz, recently published "Unequal Protection: Disparate Treatment of Immigrant Crime Victims in Cook, the Collar Counties & Beyond." This report identifies discrepancies among certifying agencies in U-visa certification policy and practice and provides recommendations which would better align the policies and practices of those agencies with the purpose and intent of the federal U-visa scheme. The U-Visa provides eligible victims with nonimmigrant status in order to temporarily remain in the United States while assisting law enforcement. 

Download report: "Unequal Protection: Disparate Treatment of Immigrant Crime Victims in Cook, the Collar Counties and Beyond"

Download "Helping family trees plant roots at DePaul", which appeared in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin on October 24, 2014.

DePaul's LRAP award honors dedicated public interest alumni

On Thursday, October 2, the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) Committee and the Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) hosted its eleventh annual LRAP Awards Reception in the College of Law Rinn Law Library Rare Book Room. This year, ten DePaul alumni were recognized for their outstanding contributions to public interest law. The recipients include: 
  • Hallie Bezner (’10) - McLean County Public Defender’s Office, Bloomington, IL 
  • Megan Blatt (’10) - Life Span, Chicago, IL 
  • Chastidy Burns (’12) - Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, Chicago, IL 
  • Anita Gupta (’13) - National Immigrant Justice Center, Chicago, IL 
  • Courtney Kelledes (’13) – Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Chicago, IL 
  • Jarrett Knox (’08) - Office of the Cook County Public Guardian, Chicago, IL 
  • Jessica Schneider (’10) - Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., Chicago, IL 
  • Ashley Shambley (’10) - Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, Chicago, IL 
  • Robert Simmons (’06) - Winnebago County Public Defender’s Office, Rockford, IL 
  • Lindsay VanFleet (’10) - Vermillion County Public Defender’s Office, Danville, IL
Following CPIL executive director Shaye Loughlin and LRAP Committee chair Professor Patty Gerstenblith's presentation of the awards, recipients delivered inspiring remarks to students, faculty, staff, alumni, co-workers, community supporters and family. The LRAP celebrates the outstanding DePaul public interest law alumni in the Chicago community and across the country.

London celebration for IALI director's new book

An audience of leading aviation lawyers and policymakers gathered in London on September 11 to celebrate the publication of International Aviation Law Institute Director Brian Havel's new book (co-authored with Gabriel S. Sanchez), “The Principles and Practice of International Aviation Law,” published by Cambridge University Press.

The event was hosted by Quadrant, one of the UK’s top barristers’ chambers specializing in aviation and maritime law, in the main hall of their historic Fleet Street headquarters. After an introduction by Robert Lawson, Q.C., Professor Havel spoke on the autonomy of international aviation law as an academic discipline. He also briefly surveyed some recent topical issues in the field including the double Malaysian Airlines tragedies, Russian restrictions on overflights and the attempt by a Norwegian airline to set up an Irish low-cost subsidiary to fly routes to the United States from other EU countries.

Finishing on a somewhat lighter note, Professor Havel weighed up the respective legal rights of passengers who wish to recline their seats and passengers behind them who use anti-recline “knee defender” devices.  All of these issues, he concluded, can be analyzed within the framework of his new book.

Whitaker: international compatibility key to NextGen success

A key to rolling out the Federal Aviation Administration’s satellite-based Next Generation Air Traffic Management System — NextGen — will be making sure the technologies are compatible internationally, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker told a capacity audience at yesterday's fourth annual IALI/Chaddick Lunch Lecture, held at DePaul University College of Law.
Whitaker, who serves as the FAA's chief NextGen officer, discussed the ongoing talks between U.S. and European Union authorities to assure compatibility between NextGen and the EU version, known as SESAR. Compatibility of U.S. and EU air traffic management systems likely would guarantee buy-in from aviation authorities in Asia and elsewhere, and provide relatively seamless satellite-based air traffic control worldwide, he added.
Whitaker emphasized NextGen's ability to significantly reduce aircraft fuel consumption by enabling planes to make more gradual descents from greater distances, which allows the engines to run at idle during the longer landing approaches. This also results in less aircraft noise near airports.

According to Whitaker, Next Gen is roughly five years into a 20-year rollout plan, and is moving along on schedule. Full implementation of NextGen would have speeded the FAA's ability to recover air traffic handling capacity recovery following the attack last month on the In-Flight center in Aurora, Ill., although the existing system enabled 90 percent recovery in a matter of days, Whitaker noted.
Hosted by the International Aviation Law Institute at DePaul’s College of Law and the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the annual IALI/Chaddick Lunch Lecture features a high-profile figure in civil aviation and an audience of prominent attorneys, urban planners, industry and government representatives, and DePaul law and urban planning students. (Photo by Carol Hughes)

DePaul Appellate Moot Court Society adds new talent

After the closing gavel of DePaul’s fifth annual Hon. William J. Bauer Moot Court Competition, the Appellate Moot Court Society announced its newest members for the upcoming spring moot court competition season.

The competition was held at the Everett M. Dirksen Federal Courthouse, which houses the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois as well as the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Open only to DePaul’s upper-level students, the intramural competition functions as an audition for membership in DePaul’s Appellate Moot Court Society. This academic honor allows students to represent the law school in national competitions throughout the country.

“Not only is the competition a great tradition made possible by one of our most accomplished alumni, but it also allows participants to put their skills to work and exhibit their talents when it comes to written and oral advocacy at the appellate level,” said John O’Donnell, the society’s vice president in charge of recruitment and the administrator of this year’s competition. “We were really impressed with everyone’s performance, and we are excited to have been able to add a diverse and talented group of individuals to our team, which should help make for a successful spring.”

The society’s newest second- and third-year student members are:

  • Tim Bingham
  • John Dark
  • Rachel Dickson
  • Evan Finneke
  • Timothy Furman
  • Brad Jarka
  • Elizabeth Kiggins
  • Peggy Liu
  • Jaclyn McCaffery
  • Zachary Peasall
  • Philipp Ruben
  • James Snodgrass
  • Catherine Van Duys
  • Margaret Walsh
  • Cherrisse Woods 
  • Matthew Zuziak 

Cherrise Woods and Zachary Peasall emerged victorious over John Dark and James Snodgrass in the final round, which was paneled by Judge William J. Bauer (LLB '52), Judge Warren Wolfson and Interim Dean Bruce Ottley. Best Brief and Best Oralist awards were given to Brad Jarka and Tim Bingham respectively.

"We were able to add some fantastic talent to our team this year, and none of that would have been possible without John’s [O'Donnell] hard work," said Kevin Sheehan, the society’s 2014-15 president. "Carrying on this tradition is a huge responsibility, and he did an amazing job."

DePaul law clinic aids Chicago immigrants

A young mother from Mexico, hoping to improve her life in Chicago, sought help from the Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic​ at DePaul University. She was looking for advice on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — the federal process known as DACA, which was recently renewed.

In the news these past few months, DACA outlines the process for those who came to the United States as children without legal status and want to remain in the country. The law clinic guided the young mother through the application process and helped organize her documents so she could achieve deferred action and gain legal employment. The clinic's team of lawyers and law students worked to ensure their client would have the opportunity to help her family.

"The clinic has successfully advocated in a number of cases including ultimately obtaining citizenship and lawful permanent residence for immigrants who were initially wrongfully denied," said attorney Sioban Albiol, an instructor at the clinic who also directs its Legal Resources Project.

"We think that our resources, and we, DePaul, can make a difference," Albiol said. She noted that the young mother from Mexico was able to find a job, go to school and give her children a better life. "She has been able to come out of the shadows and more fully participate in her own life and her community."

The Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic, which provides experiential learning for students in DePaul’s College of Law, serves a variety of clients.

"In addition to helping represent immigrants, the clinic's goal is to help future lawyers work on their skills by taking what they learn in the classroom and applying it to real life situations," Albiol explained. "And, at the same time, it provides the community with representation to vulnerable populations or low-income populations such as immigrants and asylum seekers.

"The common thread for our cases is that they all present a particular challenge, and they are all compelling," said Albiol. "The young mother from Mexico was able to get her driver’s license, a legal job and told us the process of working with us was life changing."

There are potentially drastic consequences for those who make a mistake in the deferred action application process, and legal representation can help ensure family reunification and protect clients from harm, said Albiol. The clinic helps immigrants and refugees by preparing defenses in deportation cases, filling out legal applications and gathering necessary documentation.

The clinic provides low-income clients with high-quality legal representation free of charge. Clients receive legal resources and advice as well as information and referrals for professional development and other services through a coordinated network of community-based organizations and their partners.

"The Legal Resources Project is unique in terms of leveraging university resources to improve legal services for immigrants across northern Illinois. Our special partnership and collaboration with community-based organizations gives us insight into the needs of immigrants and those seeking legal status, which allows us to better serve them," Albiol said.

The clinic trains law students by giving those who are interested in immigration law the opportunity to work in the clinic during the academic year and legally represent asylum seekers and immigrants.

"The asylum and immigration work is meaningful for our students; offering them the opportunity to improve their writing, research and oral advocacy skills," Albiol said.

Students have the opportunity to positively impact an immigrant's life and gain experience working with other professionals and organizations, including the Marjorie Kovler Center for treatment of survivors of torture in the Chicago neighborhood of Rogers Park. It is an opportunity for young lawyers to work with doctors, psychologists and torture survivors, Albiol said.

One recent case concerning torture involved a student activist from Togo who was arrested and detained by his government. He was represented by law students from the clinic and eventually was granted asylum by an immigration judge. Despite suffering from torture and having his studies interrupted, the student was allowed to come to the United States and live safely with his family members, Albiol said. “He now has the opportunity to pursue his dreams of completing the university education that he had started.”

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IALI faculty represent College of Law at Oxford conference

International Aviation Law Institute​ Director Brian Havel and Adjunct Professor Dean Gerber addressed the University of Oxford's third annual academic conference on the Cape Town Convention and its attached protocol on aircraft corporate financing. 

The convention, which has had a major impact on the multibillion dollar aircraft purchasing and leasing sector, facilitates the registration of international security interests in mobile equipment such as aircraft.

Professor Havel discussed the potential consequences of the fact that national courts will be responsible for interpreting and applying the provisions of the convention and the aircraft protocol, both of which lack independent international mechanisms to settle disputes between private investors and the participating States.

Warning against a process of “re-nationalization” by local courts of the provisions of the convention and protocol, he called for the creation of international arbitration panels that would displace national courts in resolving investor/state disputes under the Cape Town Convention system.

Gerber, who is the author of several key texts in this field and chairs the aircraft corporate finance group at Chicago law firm Vedder Price, teaches the Institute's International Aircraft Finance Law course.

The conference was held at Oxford's Faculty of Law on September 10.

American Immigration Council's Benjamin Johnson meets with students

The Society for Asylum and Immigration Law (SAIL) hosted Benjamin Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Council (AIC) on Monday, September 15. 

Johnson presented an overview on the current crisis with unaccompanied minors and women with children seeking refuge in the United States and the response by the Obama administration. Although various countries around the world have recognized and admitted to a humanitarian crisis at their borders when dealing with an unprecedented number of individuals seeking asylum, the United States has failed to handle the currently staggering number of Central Americans seeking asylum at the border.

Mr. Johnson discussed the lawsuits that AIC has filed again federal agencies for their disregard of unaccompanied minors’ rights as refugees, including a decision to use a higher standard in credible fear interviews for women seeking asylum.

PBCSI organizes first Donate-A-Day of the school year

The Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) teamed up with DePaul College of Law’s Child and Family Law Association to host the first Donate-A-Day of the school year on Saturday, September 27. The service day took place at A.N. Pritzker Elementary School, a Chicago Public School in Wicker Park and one of PBCSI’s partner organizations.

Thirty three students joined together to assist with a variety of projects at the school. The volunteers worked closely with teachers, parents, and students who were all onsite to help get the school ready for the service day. Pleasant weather allowed volunteers to help on several outdoor projects. By the end of the day, the school’s outside space had been cleaned and new flowers had been planted. Lines were painted to create an outdoor basketball court and one volunteer even painted a picture of the mascot at center court.

Inside the school, volunteers painted and helped teachers organize their classrooms.

Pritzker has hosted several Donate-A-Days for the College of Law, so many and 2Ls and 3Ls were returning volunteers. They enjoyed recounting some of the projects they completed at former Pritzker Donate-A-Days, including painting a science lab and planting bulbs. Many volunteers commented that it was nice to see familiar faces among the teachers and students who were at the school that day.

PBCSI Coordinator Caitlin Duane helped to organize the day and explained that the volunteers had a very positive experience.

"PBCSI's Donate-A-Days are a great way to take a break from school and spend a little time giving back," she said. "Every time I participate I meet new people and it’s a great opportunity to network with other students and members of the community."

At the end of the day, the principal at Pritzker personally thanked the DePaul students for their efforts, to ensure that the volunteers knew how much their hard work was appreciated. If you missed this opportunity, the next Donate-A-Day is coming up on October 24th. Please consider joining us!

Please contact Cheryl Price at for more information.

PBCSI service fair attracts record numbers

On the heels of an exciting and thought-provoking 1L Service Day, the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative’s Fall Service Fair drew record numbers of students interested in learning more about pro bono and community service opportunities at the College of Law.

The fair took place on September 11 in Room 241, which was filled to capacity. 

“It was impressive to see so many students interested in our service programs here at the College of Law," enthused PBCSI Director Cheryl Price. "The incoming 1Ls seem ready to start volunteering and are very enthusiastic about DePaul’s Vincentian mission and giving back to their communities. They seem like a great class!”

All of PBCSI’s partners were represented at the fair. They include Cabrini Green Legal Aid, the Center for Disability & Elder Law, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, Lawyers in the Classroom, A.N. Pritzker Elementary School and Croak Student Legal Services.

PBCSI also works closely with DePaul’s Domestic Violence Courthouse Project and Illinois Legal Aid Online and both programs were at the fair and talked about what they do and how students can get involved. Students learned about UMIN’s winter break Service Immersion Trips, PBCSI’s Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project and Donate-A-Day service projects, and DePaul’s Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic’s pro bono offerings. 

Many of the above organizations and projects have upcoming trainings for students to get involved immediately. PBCSI will host a similar fair at the start of the spring semester and will feature pro bono opportunities available for students over spring break.   

IALI hosts welcome exhibit, discuss aviation regulation at World Routes 2014

DePaul's International Aviation Law Institute welcomed 3,000 delegates to the 20th World Route Development Forum with an exhibit on civil aviation's landmark Chicago Convention treaty, a high-level panel discussion on the future of airline regulation, and an address predicting the look of aviation in 2044.

Held September 20 to 23, 2014, at Chicago's McCormick Place, the event brought together the largest range of airlines, airports, tourism authorities, civil aviation authorities and other stakeholders worldwide. This year's forum was held in Chicago to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Chicago Convention, the treaty that established the International Civil Aviation Organization and governs the conduct of international civil aviation.

To commemorate the Chicago Convention's 70th anniversary, visitors to the exhibit hall were greeted by IALI's welcome pod, containing historic film and video of the conference that created the Convention in 1944. At the pod's center was an original signed Chicago Convention, which was donated to one of our professors by the U.S. Department of State. Staffing the pod and greeting visitors is IALI Founding Director and Professor Brian Havel, IALI Executive Director Steve Rudolph, FedEx/United Airlines Resident Research Fellow John Mulligan, and third-year law student Dan Ross, symposium editor of the DePaul Law Review.

On Sunday, September 21, Professor Havel moderated "Getting 'Smart' About Regulation: The Regions Have Their Say," a panel discussion centered on the viability of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in an age of regionalism. Primary topics included whether the era of multilaterial regulation via ICAO is fading and if future civil aviation regulation should take place at the regional level. The panel members were Vijay Poonoosamy, vice president of international and public affairs, Etihad Airways; IALI advisory board member Sandra Chiu, president, Centre for Aviation Policy and Economics; Sebastian Mikosz, CEO, LOT; and Jeremy Robinson, legal director, Hill Dickinson LLP (London).

Following the panel discussion, John Byerly, IALI advisory board member and former deputy assistant secretary of state, presented "Aviation in 2044 -- 100 Years After the Chicago Convention," a look 30 years into the future of civil aviation. Byerly offered his insights from the perspective of a long career as a U.S. diplomat, during which he became the architect of many of the world's Open Skies air transport agreements.

DePaul's Phi Alpha Delta receives "outstanding" chapter award, second year running

DePaul University College of Law's Joseph Story Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta received the Stanley H. Kohn Outstanding Chapter Award for the second year in a row.

Story Chapter is one of only five law school chapters in the fraternity's 112-year history to win the Outstanding Chapter Award twice consecutively. One of the largest and most active chapters in the fraternity, Story Chapter has consistently earned awards for individual officers and recruiting efforts.

The chapter also won a third place Outstanding Professional Program Award for the lunch lecture series "Pop Law."

Phi Alpha Delta offers prestigious recognition through 19 law chapter awards and the opportunity for members to win five scholarships annually. Awards and scholarships recognize members and chapters of the fraternity for their work maintaining and promoting Phi Alpha Delta’s mission, vision and values by advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community.

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is the largest professional law fraternity in the world. Established in 1902, Phi Alpha Delta was the first law fraternity to open membership to all genders, races, creeds and national origins and, the first to establish a pre-law program to assist undergraduate students interested in the law.

Professor Gerstenblith discusses who owns the copyright to Vivian Maier's photographs

Professor Patty Gerstenblith, distinguished research professor of law and director of DePaul's Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law, was quoted extensively by the LA Times in an article examining the issues surrounding copyright to the works of photographer Vivian Maier.

Vivian Maier's photographs, many taken in Chicago in the 1950s and '60s, were discovered after her death when a box of her belongings was purchased at auction by real estate agent John Maloof. Since then, the story of Vivian Maier and her photographs has become much more complicated, as a legal battle over Maier's estate, and control over copyright to her work, has been initiated in Illinois (the state where Maier passed away).

As Professor Gerstenblith discusses in the article, the first step will be to determine who is the proper heir to the estate, which might be an issue in the Maier estate given the existence of two potential cousins in France. Professor Gerstenblith notes, "[i]n some cases, . . . heirship is more complicated because you have family that is more distantly related. This has come up in cases of Nazi looting. The claimant has to prove they are the right heir and that can be quite difficult."

This is one of the issues that the courts in Illinois will need to grapple with in resolving the Maier case.

CPIL hosts panel on police brutality "From Ferguson to Chicago"

In September, the Center for Public Interest Law and the DePaul chapter of National Lawyers Guild co-sponsored a lunch panel on police violence and misconduct in the wake of the mass protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson. 

Moderated by alumna Sarah Gelsomino from the Peoples Law Office, the panel emphasized the role of lawyers, law students and legal workers in supporting communities resisting police violence. The panel emphasized that civil litigation is but one avenue for attempting to hold police accountable and it is most effective when done in conjunction with grassroots community activism.

DePaul law student Max Suchan (JD '15) shared his experience after spending a week in Ferguson at the end of August as a legal observer with the National Lawyers Guild. Suchan described a "disproportionate and heavily militarized" police presence. He also described community organizing that took place on the south and west sides of Chicago in response to the deaths of DeSean Pittman and Roshad McIntosh, on August 2014. 

As partner at the Peoples Law Office, Gelsomino has sued the Chicago police department for verbal and physical misconduct using § 1983. Gelsomino described this endeavor, underscoring that she believes there are “whole areas of the city where police disregard the Constitution,” and that those areas tend to be neighborhoods of color or low income communities. 

Alumnus Elliot Slosar from Loevy and Loevy also shared his experiences bringing § 1983 lawsuits against the police. Slosar told the audience that police accountability work does not have to begin with a law degree, and he encouraged students to get involved now to learn from and support communities engaged in struggle against police violence.​

CAMCHL's Morag Kersel quoted in New York Times

A recent New York Times article highlighted the growing use of drones by archaeologists, including by Morag Kersel, an anthropolgy professor at DePaul University and CAMCHL's Affiliated Faculty Member. 

The article focused on the use of drones in protecting archaeological sites in Peru, but cited Professor Kersel's work with drones in Jordan. As Professor Kersel stated in the article, "[a]erial survey at the site is allowing for the identification of new looting pits and determinations of whether any of the looters' holes had been revisited[.]"

Click here to read the entire article. Professor Kersel's work has also been featured in National Geographic, on the cover of the Fall 2013 Insights magazine, and in an ASOR blog post.

Students reflect on Vincentian mission at 1L Service Day

The College of Law held its third annual 1L Service Day on Friday, August 22. This year’s service day brought in just under 70 volunteers, a record number of participants. The College of Law’s Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) and University Ministry in the Loop organized the 1L Service Day, with support from the Center for Public Interest Law.

Interim Dean Bruce Ottley and PBCSI Director Cheryl Price welcomed the 1L volunteers, many of whom congregated not just for the chance to participate in works of service, but also to make new friends, meet faculty members and explore Chicago.

College of Law Chaplain Tom Judge started by asking staff, faculty and student site leaders to stand and discuss what motivates them to give service. Answers ranged from "a sense of gratitude" to simply, "it's the right thing to do." Shaye Loughlin, executive director of the Center for Public Interest Law, defined service as a family value handed down from the Greatest Generation.

Students then departed for one of six service sites: Pacific Garden Mission, Cornerstone Community Outreach, Marillac House, Legal Prep Charter Academy, Catholic Charities Bishop Conway Residence and Little Brothers/ Friends of the Elderly. 

At homeless shelters Pacific Garden Mission and Cornerstone Community Outreach, students helped make beds, organize clothing donations and serve meals. Marillac House, a site with countless social services, gave students the opportunity to play with preschoolers and clean out a closet in preparation for a move.

Student volunteers at Legal Prep Charter Academy got to work painting classrooms and organizing the library. The students at Catholic Charities Bishop Conway Residence visited with seniors. Lastly, the students at Little Brothers/Friends of the Elderly worked in a food pantry, prepared holiday ornaments, and decorated Thanksgiving food bags for the seniors. It was a day of varied and valuable work.

During the lunch break, service day site leaders readdressed the importance of service and discussed its impact on all parties involved. The site leaders were second- and third-year law students, as well as law staff and faculty. Many 1L students said they found the day to be extremely meaningful.

As Chelsea Geiger (JD ‘17) said, “The service day meant connecting with other students and faculty, the community, and the opportunities available to me as a DePaul student. I got to know a few of my classmates on a more personal level than just at orientation. I learned of an organization I had no prior knowledge of and who are doing great things around Chicago. I also discovered what DePaul could provide for me besides a legal education and how, combined, we could make a difference."

Alyssa Bisanz (JD ‘17) added that the 1L Service Day “captured the essence of community spirit. Between collaboration and compassion, we were able to leave a positive footprint, as we upheld the DePaul brand, and served alongside with and for the neighbors of our community. This activity was the perfect way for me to start off my school year.”

National Law Journal readers rank DePaul law programs best in Chicago

DePaul University College of Law took top honors in several categories in the National Law Journal's (NLJ) Best of Chicago reader rankings for 2014.

DePaul placed first for Best LLM Program and Best Law School Clinical Program in Chicago. 

The College of Law offers four LLM programs and seven clinical programs. LLM programs focus on the areas of health law, intellectual property law, international law and taxation. DePaul's clinical programs include the Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, Criminal Appeals Clinic, Family Law Clinic, Housing & Community Development Legal Clinic, Misdemeanor Clinic and Poverty Law Clinic. The legal clinics also received NLJ Best of Chicago honors in 2012.

DePaul took third place in two other survey categories: Best Overall JD Program and Best Joint JD/MBA Program.

More than 1,200 readers voted in this year's NLJ reader’s choice survey.

Public interest networking program ‘First 10’ supports alumni in early practice

Center for Public Interest Law committee alumnae Caroline Manley (‘11), Jenny Ansay (‘10) and Aya Barnea (‘10) are making great strides not only in their public interest law careers, but also in building the Chicago public interest law community.

All three have dedicated their legal careers to increasing access to justice: Caroline Manley is an attorney working on elder law issues at the Center for Disability and Elder Law; Jenny Ansay is the regional attorney for Justice for Our Neighbors, a nonprofit immigration organization; and Aya Barnea is a staff attorney at the Illinois Appellate Court for Cook County. As young attorneys, they also have dedicated a great deal of time to organizing and attending events sponsored by the public interest lawyers network First 10.

First 10 is a peer-led organization that supports attorneys in their first 10 years of public interest practice as well as the communities in which they serve. They provide this support through networking, professional development and continuing legal education opportunities that are tailored to public interest work. One such event held on January 29 at DePaul focused on immigration law and policy, featuring speakers Fred Tsao, policy director at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), and immigration practitioner Michael Jarecki. First 10 members also regularly gather for community building events, including volunteer projects, happy hour and potluck events. A wide variety of practice areas are represented at each event. As Manley explained, “Anyone who is interested in public interest work is welcome.”

Similarly, public service-oriented law students have a home base in DePaul’s Center for Public Interest Law. From this home base they can build skills, network, exchange resources, and cultivate friendships with likeminded students and faculty. First 10 serves as an extension of that community atmosphere, according to Manley. Jenny Ansay and Aya Barnea both echoed the importance of being involved with other attorneys who are starting out in their legal careers. Ansay credits this community atmosphere as a key reason to get involved, and stay involved, with First 10. “Sometimes doing the kind of work that I do is a little overwhelming and intense,” says Ansay. “Knowing you have a support system out there with other people who understand you and who do what you do makes First 10 a valuable resource for young attorneys.”

Barnea encourages law students to join First 10 upon graduation. “You’ll see how valuable it is to meet other people in your professional peer group and how nice that peer group is to have,” she remarked. “The city is big and it can feel hard to navigate. Having this resource is a very nice feeling.”

Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic DACA PSAs debut

An Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) public service announcement video recently debuted on American Spanish language broadcast television network Telemundo. The 31-second spot "Window Washing," aired on July 9 and continued for a two-week period.

The PSA is one of four recently developed and produced by students and faculty of DePaul University’s College of Computing and Digital Media, in coordination with clinic students and under the direction of Clinical Instructor Sioban Albiol.

Three additional public service announcement videos—one in English and two Spanish—encourage undocumented immigrants who may qualify for DACA to find out more from reliable sources.

Introduced in August 2012, DACA provides eligibility for work authorization and a valid social security number for certain undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. While the benefits of the program are “tremendous,” Albiol said, “the announcement created significant issues and demand for services.” 

Getting the message out

In coordination with clinic community partner Marcy Gonzalez of Latinos Progresando (LP), Albiol identified a need for reliable information on the specifics of DACA. Gonzalez, director of the Immigration Legal Services Program at LP, told Albiol that she often heard clients repeat inaccurate information gleaned from radio or TV.

Albiol approached College of Computing & Digital Media Visiting Associate Professor Jose Soto about directing a series of public information commercials for DACA to present clear and accurate information and establish the clinic as a source for information. Soto and his TV production students pitched ideas to Albiol and Gonzalez and developed scripts for the videos. 

The project's DACA specialist, Michael Santomauro (JD ’13), now in private practice at Santomauro Law, contributed script feedback and maintained project momentum. Helen Albrecht, a senior majoring in digital media, took on the role of producer of the videos.

"Taking on the challenge of producing the PSAs was an amazing experience," said Albrecht. "I along with others in the crew have never had the opportunity to work on a production of this scale. Being Hispanic it was not only important for me to produce these PSAs as a Digital Cinema student, but also to get the message of DACA across for any immigrants who might be looking for more information. 

"We struggled and we struggled and we finally got everything organized and put it together," she said. "We have very fond memories."

An online resource

A link at the end of the videos refers viewers to the Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic resource website, which Legal Clinic Clerk Lorena Hernandez and Paralegal Esmeralda Villela developed with the College of Law's Office of Communications. 

"It's our hope that our page becomes a reliable resource for the public to access information on immigration," said Albiol. She hopes the site will not only correct misunderstandings but also continue to direct people to reliable sources. The clinic will measure impact through website traffic and click-through-rates and invite clinic partners to post information sessions and workshops on a public calendar.

"We hope to soon have the PSAs distributed to CANTV and a couple of other networks," said Hernandez.

Ultimately, the DACA PSA project coincided with the end of the DePaul quarter and the announcement of DACA renewal. Albiol called it “an opportune time to get the PSAs out to the public.”

The videos were possible thanks to the support of DePaul's Vincentian Endowment Fund. 

Creating a dialogue with Jonathan Moore

Jonathan Moore (JD ’77) is more than just a successful lawyer. His enthusiastic and dedicated litigation in important civil rights cases is the definition of a social justice advocate, and reminds us there is still much to be done to help people access the justice system. As a law student, Moore advocated for his fellow students while president of the Student Bar Association and for the community while participating in the school’s newly established and cutting-edge legal clinics. Those opportunities inspired Moore to represent people whose voices might otherwise not be heard.

As a dedicated civil rights attorney and partner at Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP, Moore gained increasing recognition this past year for his work and leadership in the landmark New York stop-and-frisk case, Floyd, et al v. City of New York. Moore estimates the victory will save nearly 600,000 people from undue harassment and embarrassment by police this year.

The high-profile civil suit filed on behalf of the “Central Park Five” will soon reach settlement. The case involves violent police coercion of five minority youths which lead to false confessions to a brutal crime in which exculpatory evidence was ignored. Moore also recently settled MacNamara v. City of New York, a case filed after the mass false arrests of about 1,800 protestors during the 2004 National Republican Convention.

“We have a gift as lawyers to be the voice for the people,” stated Moore, “and to confront those responsible for the violation of rights under the Constitution.” He sees the law as a tool not only for social change, but for psychological empowerment. “Our clients can’t just walk up to a police officer and grill them about what they did or could have done. Depositions are an opportunity for us to do that.” He continued, “I invite clients [to depositions] because, for them, it feels like someone is finally listening and asking the real questions.”

While clients’ interests come first, Moore recognizes that the matters he litigates arise from social and political dialogue. He noted the importance of community and grassroots organizing, and speaks about change holistically. Representative of that approach, Moore’s cases tend to focus on patterns and policies that discriminate, and target systemic issues that disenfranchise large groups of people.

Moore reflected on the settlement of the three cases, emphasizing that it is not always about the win. “Even if you don’t win, there’s a cathartic effect for clients. That matters.” Going further, he criticized viewing cases as being “good” or “bad,” and stressed that “any case that vindicates the violation of civil rights is a good one.” The impact of Moore’s work extends far beyond New York. On a national and international level, he and others are helping to call attention and much needed reform to how the police and authorities interact with people, especially people of color. Moore suggests that anyone interested in entering the civil rights field should “just do it. Go out there and hang your shingle. There’s something to be said about perseverance and sticking it out.”

He would know.

CPIL expands mentorship programming for students

In a rapidly changing legal market, the role of mentors is all the more critical. With this need in mind, the Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) launched several new programs this year, in addition to introducing new changes to the longstanding attorney-to-student Public Interest Mentor Program.

CPIL started the school year by continuing the traditional student-to-student mentoring program. Incoming first-year public interest students are matched with second and third-year public interest students who serve as a resource to learn more about law school and DePaul’s extensive public interest programming. Mentors helped new students prepare for classes, connect with other students, and even shared an outline or two. Maggie Miller connected with many mentors through CPIL and found the program to be particularly useful in making the transition to law school.

“My favorite aspect of the CPIL mentorship program is the collaborative peer-based guidance,” said Miller. “The legal world and the world of legal education are very interesting new frontiers that were very intimidating when I started law school. Forming friendships with people who have been in my shoes and survived was probably the most helpful thing I did this year.”

During February, CPIL connected students and alumni for a professional mentorship program. Students had the opportunity to meet alumni at the Annual Public Interest Mentorship Reception. This year’s reception featured speed networking, students rotated in small groups among several tables of attorneys. They were able to meet every attorney at the event, learn a bit about their respective practice areas, and spend the remainder of the reception continuing conversations on a one-on-one basis.

After the reception, groups of two to three attorneys were matched with six to eight students for the yearlong meeting three times over the course of the year with the mentorship program. The small groups commit to goal of helping students learn more about the legal profession. Assistant Appellate Defender Gil Lenz (JD ’05), who participated in the mentorship program and reception, finds mentoring law students to be mutually beneficial.

“As a practicing attorney, I think the best way you can help students who want to do public interest work is to meet with them face-to-face and really get into the specifics of what these jobs entail,” Lenz said. “I also believe that the program benefits my agency, the State Appellate Defender. I know that we have had many excellent interns from DePaul over the years, some of whom are now my colleagues. Helping students who are interested in this work find the Appellate Defender is a win-win.”

Margaret Kuzma (JD ’12) a Skadden Fellow with LAF who provides general civil legal services to veterans and their families, also found the mentorship program valuable. Kuzma stated, “I think CPIL students give more to me than I can ever impart to them. Seeing their enthusiasm for public interest law is tremendously motivating. Mentoring them is an absolute pleasure.”

In addition to these programs, CPIL continued to host small group lunches to connect students and attorneys in specific practice areas. The practice areas this year included immigration, veterans’ legal service and juvenile law. The lunches are limited to 20 students and allow the students to have informal conversations with practitioners as opposed to the traditional panel presentation. CPIL is committed to strong mentorship programing to help public interest law students on their path to becoming attorneys. 

CPIL Skills Series is a success for second year running

The Center for Public Interest Law hosted three new skills series in 2013-2014, building on the success of last year’s program. Each series gives students the opportunity to learn about different areas of public interest law while gaining practical and transferable legal skills. The topics selected for this year’s series were based on the interest of past student participants.

The program started in September with the Public Benefits Skills Series, taught by alumna and Adjunct Professor Mary Rita Luecke. This series focused on applying for Social Security and gave students a comprehensive understanding of the steps involved in securing SSI or SSDI for a client. Students attending the series reported that it offered a practical approach to introducing the topic and that they felt better prepared for an internship in this area of law.

The second skills series, which began in February, focused on immigration law, specifically U Visas. U Visas are temporary visas that provide immigrant victims of certain crimes to legally remain in the United States while they participate in the investigations and legal proceedings against their perpetrators. The five-week series was taught by Olivia Villegas (JD ’10), a staff attorney in the Immigration Project at Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy. She represents clients in VAWA self-petitions, U Visa petitions, conditional residency battered spouse waivers, adjustment defense, and, on a limited basis, removal defense.

During the series, students learned the intricacies of the U Visa process and gained a foundation to assist clients with securing these visas. The final skills series focused on starting a public interest practice. For four consecutive Mondays in April, students learned from a variety of solo practitioners and gained an overview of the process of starting a law practice. Noelle Brennan (JD ’95), who has been a solo practitioner for the last two decades, taught the first session and gave students insight into daily realities of running your own law firm.

Students also heard from practitioners who focused on commercial litigation, which afforded them time and resources for a strong pro bono practice. In addition, alumni participants in the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Justice Entrepreneur Project and criminal defense attorney Molly Armour presented in this series. The series demonstrates CPIL’s ongoing commitment to offering skills training options for students.

After attending all three of the skills series, student Jimmy Garfield remarked on their value as a supplement to traditional classes. “Instead of just learning legal theory, you get to talk to practitioners who are in the trenches every day,” he said. “They don’t just tell you how law should be, but how it is.”

3YP: Strengthening DePaul's commitment to experiential learning

The College of Law is enriching its JD curriculum with the Third Year in Practice Program. Known as 3YP, the program gives students an opportunity to complete general law school course requirements in two years and spend their third year immersed in the practice of law.

Launching in fall 2014, 3YP will combine clinical, simulation and professional skills courses with an intensive externship program. Participating students will spend a significant part of their third year working in select government agencies, nonprofit organizations, law firms or judicial chambers under the close supervision of a practicing attorney or judge.

The 3YP option enhances DePaul’s experiential learning curriculum by allowing for more out-of classroom credits and a more intensive field placement experience, with an ultimate goal of better preparing students for the realities of the profession.

A call for change

The program responds to the changing demands of the legal field and reflects recent practices by law schools and attorneys aiming to reinvigorate instruction and the profession.

In 2013, the American Bar Association (ABA) Task Force on the Future of Legal Education conducted a review of legal education. Its report—for consideration by institutions, the legal world and the public—called for sweeping changes. Among them, the panel requested increased innovation in law schools and a greater shift from doctrinal instruction toward development of the day-to-day skills and competencies required by lawyers.

“Legal education embraces new forms of pedagogy, but not always along the same timeline as other areas of study,” said Associate Professor Allison Tirres, co-creator of the 3YP program. “Law schools and law professors have for a long time done things that are innovative, including using the Socratic method of question and answer in the classroom— rather than mere lecture—and providing clinical opportunities. I think many law schools are just now moving forward with further pedagogical innovation.”

At a retreat in October 2013, DePaul College of Law faculty members discussed the structure of the law school’s curriculum. The dialogue, Tirres said, was “informed by a growing recognition that experiential learning is an important and valuable part of legal education.”

The 3YP concept originated with Associate Professor Zoë Robinson, who conceived of it as part of a three-track program at DePaul, allowing students to pursue a traditional JD, a joint JD/LLM or a third year in practice. Faculty members acknowledged its benefit for a certain subset of students, as well as for the university in deepening ties with legal practitioners and nonprofits in Chicago.

Tirres took on the responsibility to build the program and enlisted the help of senior faculty member Professor Leonard Cavise, director of the Center for Public Interest Law and Chiapas Human Rights Practicum, to craft the basics and guide it through the faculty approval process. They also convened an informal working group to further hone the proposal.

Clinical Instructor David Rodriguez soon emerged as program director. His experience in nonprofit and for-profit sectors, and enthusiasm for legal education and innovation stood out to Tirres and the 3YP program committee, comprised of faculty, staff and alumni.

Rodriguez took the committee’s momentum even further, researching pedagogical theory and consulting contacts at other law schools and legal clinics. He also reached out to local practitioners to discuss the most promising externships for 3YP students.

The end product allows students to apply following their first year and, if accepted, combine the classroom work for the second and third years. The third year will be open for externships, clinics and professional skills courses.

To create even more time for experiential learning, DePaul is increasing the allotted out-of-classroom credits from 12 to 21, still within ABA regulations. The combination of clinics and externships will give students an unprecedented opportunity to work directly with actual clients and one-on-one faculty mentors.

Clinics and professional skills courses will expose students to litigation and transactional work, focusing on legal drafting, negotiation and client counseling. In addition, the program will include a capstone seminar designed to help students retain the skills learned in 3YP. Rodriguez says that the range of approaches will create a powerful dynamic for program graduates.

Addressing new needs

Advocates of 3YP also see the full-immersion approach as a step toward addressing the national imbalance between market underemployment and unfulfilled legal needs.

“The legal profession needs to serve more people in more places, not just those in big cities and not just those with high incomes,” explained Tirres. “This is increasingly true in recent years, since the big firm model of legal service delivery has pulled most lawyers out of rural areas and out of the price range of most clients. We should be preparing our students to be able to open their own practice and to take that practice wherever there is a need.”

In addition to the market shifts, Rodriguez points out that law students are changing. Institutions are responsible for addressing the developments in communication, professional dynamics and even cognitive processing on account of technological innovations, he says.

Some colleges are adjusting to the change by looking to existing or emerging models. Harvard Business School’s spherical “hive” classrooms help students close the gap between school and career by replicating the crowdsourcing approach of corporate learning circles and allowing students to educate themselves using laptop computers.

Law schools are taking a more conservative approach, looking to models used in professions like teaching and medicine, which require extensive on-the-ground training.

“Medical schools utilize the residency as a way to train students,” said Tirres. “The government funds different programs to ensure that doctors go to areas where there is a high need. We don't have this training structure in law. But we can expand our curriculum to provide intensive fieldwork for students. 3YP is one way to build on our current offerings and provide that kind of training for fledgling lawyers, while also serving the needs of clients in the greater Chicago area.”

The effort to produce great lawyers—and a greater number of practicing lawyers—is gaining momentum beyond the institutional realm. As an article in the March issue of National Jurist pointed out, California’s state bar task force has proposed a competency training requirement en route to law licensure.

Continuing an experiential approach The 3YP opportunity is merely the latest chapter in DePaul’s commitment to skills-based training—an extension of the educational philosophy the school has maintained for decades. The Field Placement Program, established in 1974, still thrives today, offering nearly 200 externship placements with private firms, corporations, and public interest and government agencies.

Experiential education is not new at DePaul,” explained Professor Barbara Bressler, newly named associate dean of experiential education, who has served in leadership roles with the Field Placement Program, the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology, and founded the Technology/Intellectual Property Clinic. In her role as associate dean, Bressler will carefully manage the College of Law’s experiential learning efforts.

“DePaul has consistently expanded experiential opportunities for students over the years. It is because we already have excellent skills, practicum, clinical and field placement offerings, that we can offer the 3YP experience to our students.

“I know that with the support of the university and our wonderful alumni and with the participation and assistance of our dedicated and enthusiastic faculty, the law school will be able to offer innovative experiential programs that will be well received by our students and the practicing bar.”

By all accounts, 3YP is designed to accommodate diverse career paths by providing students with comprehensive, legal training in an organized fashion.

“We’ve had a number of students who, because of the confidence they gained participating in our experiential learning programs, were able to establish their own practices, or immediately contribute to a small or midsize firm,” Bressler added. “The number of our graduates who work in solo, small or midsize practices is likely to increase given the need for lower-cost legal services and the changes in the way that larger firms are operating.”

Recent alumna Renee Gross (JD ’13) says she benefited from the College of Law's experiential approach. At DePaul, she participated in the misdemeanor and poverty law clinics, both of which exposed her to the process of preparing a case, interacting with clients and appearing in court. She also interned with the housing practice group at the Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF).

“At LAF, I researched cases, interviewed clients, and drafted motions and legal memos on different housing law topics,” Gross said. “All of these experiences helped build my confidence and developed my understanding of the legal system. They provided greater insight into the health struggles of some of our society’s most vulnerable populations.”

As coordinator of legal initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University, Gross now provides analyses and support for national, state and local public health policy options concerning food marketing. She notes that many of her peers are interested in pursuing careers where they can apply their degrees in a nontraditional manner and says 3YP makes sense for law students in today’s legal environment.

“Every specialization within the legal field requires ample experience,” she said. “The classroom component is essential, but it’s important to balance this traditional aspect of law school with time spent learning from seasoned attorneys and working on solving real legal problems.”

DePaul’s greater mission

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