A Message from
Dear DePaul Law alumni community:
I hope all of your families are well, and you are taking care of
yourselves, mind, body and soul. I need all of you strong to help support
each other and our students in the years to come.
The law school is now in week 13 of the semester—all of us teaching,
learning and working remotely. Spring exams are just a few weeks away, with
all exams take-home and online. Who would have imagined! I am teaching this
semester myself, so I am seeing first-hand the ups and downs of remote
teaching, as well as the commitment and resilience of our students.
Like many of you, my days are filled with email communications, zoom
meetings and decisions big and small, including: planning summer session
(also remote), admitting the incoming class, implementing diversity
initiatives and building community remotely. Our students are resilient and
strong, but many are struggling. They are having difficulties with living
arrangements, technology, children, ill family members, mental health
issues, loss of income and other barriers to their study and success.
Our staff and faculty are fully committed to taking care of our students
during this time. We are DePaul, and we are all in this together. For
example, we were awarded $25,000 from AccessLex to create an emergency fund
to help students with their basic necessities (and we are adding $10,000 to
that fund), and we have created a bar award fund to help graduating
students defray their bar expenses. We are creating professional
opportunities for our students like summer research assistantships and
fellowships, as students begin to feel the effects of reduced employment in
the legal market (which I know you are feeling as well).
In the next days and months, our students and recent grads will need the
support of our amazing alumni network. I know that you will be there to
help our students and recent grads as you can. Together, we will determine
"what must be done" for our students' continued success, and do
In the meantime, let us know how you are doing. We appreciate hearing from
you on social media or email!
Be well and strong until we see each other again (with social distance, of
DePaul Law Alumni Engagement Board:
Accepting New Member Applications
Law Alumni Engagement Board will be accepting new membership
applications for terms starting on July 1. Currently, the board
consists of 27 alumni from different practice areas, graduation years and
backgrounds. To increase our reach and to gain additional perspectives, we
wish to add members to strengthen our mission of support for DePaul Law.
The DePaul Law Alumni Engagement Board is based on the following:
- Open to all College of Law alumni
- Focused on supporting the professional development
and career placement opportunities for our current students and recent
alumni through volunteering, mentoring, networking and special events
- Serves as ambassadors and advocates for DePaul Law
among classmates, colleagues, friends and others in the legal
- Seeks ways to engage law alumni in alumni
activities (although the board is not involved in fundraising and has
no dues requirement for membership)
To apply for
membership, simply fill out the Board
Member Candidate Application.
The deadline to submit an application for membership is Friday, May 1. Any
questions or concerns regarding the application process should be sent to email@example.com.
Inspired by our Vincentian values, the DePaul community is
coming together to support those who have been affected by the COVID-19
crisis. Your gift can help support these efforts:
Responds: Protective Equipment for Healthcare Workers
DePaul faculty and students are collaborating with groups across the state
to create masks using 3-D printers from the Idea Realization Lab.
Responds: Vincentian Assistance Fund The Vincentian Assistance Fund
provides short-term, emergency financial support to members of the DePaul
community, including faculty and staff.
Brandon Helms ('07)
Brandon Helms ('07) is an Assistant United States Attorney
in the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of
Michigan. We talked to Brandon about his DePaul Law experience and his
journey after graduation.
Q. Tell us about
your path to DePaul Law and the legal profession?
When I started college, I intended to become a doctor. I enrolled as a
chemistry and biology double major at my undergraduate institution,
Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. Early on, I realized that I did not enjoy
the memorization required for biology. I continued with chemistry because I
liked the concepts, but I was not interested in becoming a bench chemist.
Trying to figure out my next step, I knew I liked to write and debate, so I
added political science as a minor and later applied to law schools. When I
started my reading assignments prior to the start of my 1L year, I knew I
had made the right decision.
I applied to a number of law schools across the country, but my focus was
on Chicago, as I wanted to have a big-city experience. In addition, maximizing
scholarships and minimizing student loans were important parts of the
decision process. In the end, the choice came down to Indiana University or
DePaul. Both were quality law schools that were providing similar financial
aid packages, but I wanted to be in Chicago.
Head to our
blog to read more, including some of his most notable experiences while
at the College of Law and what advice Helms has for today's law students.
Stefani Perez ('20)
Stefani Perez ('20) is the current president of the Student
Bar Association (SBA) and the former president of the Latino Law Student
Association (LLSA) (2018-2019), and has participated on moot court teams
and the student board. Martha Pagliari, director of the College of Law's
Legal Analysis, Research & Communication program and faculty advisor to
the Moot Court Society, describes her as a "fierce competitor, as well
as a wonderful mentor for the newer members of the team. She has been a joy
to work with."
Q. What inspired you
to go to law school/what did you do before law school?
I realized that I wanted to go to law school in high school. As a student,
I took one of those career assessment tests. The first result said
'business,' but the second said 'law or government.' Law sounded more
interesting, and my friends were like, 'we can see you as a lawyer,' so it
made a lot of sense.
On top of that, growing up, my parents worked in a meatpacking plant. One
day during middle school, I came home from school and they were watching a
news story about an ICE raid at a meatpacking plant in a neighboring state.
The news story also showed hundreds of children whose parents had been
arrested by ICE. I remember really wanting to somehow help these people.
One way to help people like them who had been affected by ICE was by being
As an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (double major
in Political Science and Spanish Translation and Interpretation with a
minor in Criminal Justice), I was super involved in different
organizations. For a while, I thought about going into student affairs and
pursuing a degree that would allow me to work with first-generation
minority students. Ultimately, I decided I wanted to pursue something
within the legal field.
Read the full interview here.
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this time. The Committee may request additional information and documents
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with any questions.
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Please email DePaul Law Career Services at email@example.com, and we can
help connect you to our talented pool of law students and alums!
Pilates Mat Class
through Design: Imagining Technology with the Forgotten Middle
Black Swan Event: Pandemic and the American Economy
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dirty dishes or piles of clothes lurking in your background, download our
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Stacy E. Streur ('85, LLM '09) will serve on the
Illinois Humanities Board. She is the principal attorney at Streur Law
LCC and serves as director of legal services for Lawyers for the
Art J. Coulter ('90) has been appointed as senior trial
counsel in the fraud section of the Department of Justice's civil
division in Washington, D.C.
Jessica Niehaus ('12) is now vice president in the real
estate practice of Assurance, an insurance agency based in Schaumburg,
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