A Message from
Dear DePaul Law
Orientation for the entering class of 2020 (174 strong) has begun
COVID-style, including one day of in-person classes, an online service day
and a Zoom student organization fair!
To prepare for the fall semester, the senior admin team has been working
tirelessly for the past few months to put together a course schedule that
balances safety with providing the best educational experience for our
students. The faculty attended workshops and trainings throughout the
summer to ensure that that they would be providing excellent online
education, as most of the upper-class courses had converted to online
offerings. Last week, we adjusted the online offerings even more when the
university decided to limit in-person offerings in light of rising positive
COVID-19 cases in Illinois and other states.
Next week, when all classes begin, each of the 1L sections will come in
once per week for two of their classes and take their remaining classes
online. Except for a small number of experiential learning courses,
upper-class courses are online. At the same time, we are ensuring that our
students have a "home" at DePaul Law, keeping our library, as
well as other spaces on the Loop campus, open during the week. Everyone on
campus needs to wear a mask and stay safely distant. My responsibility to
all our students is to keep them moving forward towards becoming
lawyers—the pandemic may slow us down a bit, but it will not stop us! The
world will need our students more than ever when they graduate.
In addition to all the logistical dancing that we are doing, we are also
moving forward to advance the excellence of the law school and its
Vincentian values in a variety of ways, including:
- adding two clinics, a Family
Law Field Clinic and a Croak
Community Legal Clinic in Criminal Justice (adding to the Civil
- hiring a new Jaharis Fellow, Theodosia
Stavroulaki, who is an expert in health care, antitrust and
artificial intelligence law, and law and inequality;
- planning a "Community Conversation" on
racial justice, including policing, health disparities and voting; and
- reviewing our degree programs to ensure that social
and racial justice are integrated into our JD, LLM and MJ programs.
We will continue
to keep our eyes on our North Stars—our students, our values, our
sustainability and our excellence. I look forward to the year ahead and to
keeping connected with our community in every way we can!
All my best,
College of Law
The College of Law is proud to announce the establishment of
the Alumni Diversity Council. The newly created council offers critical
support, guidance and oversight on the College of Law's anti-racism,
diversity and inclusion efforts. The all-alumni group provides direct
feedback to the law school's administration and supports DePaul Law as
thought leaders, advocates and connectors.
To learn more about the role of the board and see a list of members, please
Write a Note of Support to a DePaul Law
The ongoing COVD-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented
changes and uncertainty to long-standing events and activities. This is
especially true of bar examinations, as our 2020 graduates and additional
DePaul Law bar takers having been preparing for the exam in an altered
reality. In Illinois, the traditional late July examination has now been
twice delayed. The exam has been moved to October 5-6 and will be occurring
remotely for the first time in Illinois history.
Beyond the usual stresses that preparation for the bar exam brings, the
pandemic has amplified this stress as bar takers worry about their health,
family/friends, their financial situations and future employment. More than
ever, well wishes and notes of support from our alumni community would mean
a great deal to these recent alumni in their quest to become licensed,
To show your support, please click
here to write a brief note.
*We ask that notes of
support do not include comments on how to study for the exam. This will be
a very different bar exam, and many of the bar takers have been studying on
a modified schedule since June. Thank you in advance!
Volunteer Opportunity: ABA Negotiation
The College of Law is seeking alumni volunteers to serve as
coaches for one or two student teams in the ABA Negotiation Competition.
The topic for this year's problem will be sports law, and the competition
will be held remotely. The problem will be distributed in early October,
and the first round of competitions will take place beginning in early
November. Teams register for the competition in September. Each coach would
work with a team of two students and one alternate.
Coaching sessions would be held virtually. More information about the
competition can be found
here. Problems from previous years can be found
here. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact
Professor of Law Emily Cauble. Thank you for considering volunteering
your time to help our students prepare for this competition!
Student Spotlight: Kizuwanda Wyatt, SBA
Kizuwanda Wyatt took a non-traditional path to law school,
entering DePaul Law after a two decades-long career in the hospitality
industry. The previous president of the Black Law Student Association
(BLSA), she has begun her term as president of DePaul's Student Bar
Association (SBA) for academic year 2020-21.
Dr. Ana Vazquez-Rivera, director of diversity, inclusion and student life,
says of Wyatt, "The descriptors that come to mind are resourceful,
collaborator, advocate. As president of BLSA, she initiated relationships
with Advancement to launch a crowdsourcing platform for professional
development and networking opportunities, as well as collaborated with
various groups in and out of the law school to develop creative
the full spotlight here.
Law Institute CCB
The 2020 Healthcare Compliance Conference will address the
key requirements for an effective compliance program and some of the challenges
compliance professionals face when conducting education and training,
responding to compliance violations, auditing and monitoring, implementing
HIPAA protections, and communicating and reporting.
The conference will specifically address telehealth, preparedness and the
use of new technology for the delivery of healthcare in the current
environment. Speakers will address the changes required in response to the
recent pandemic, compliance in the current landscape and how to transition
to the anticipated new norm.
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Live Web Conference
The conference agenda, CLE credits and registration information can be found
2020 Schiller DuCanto & Fleck
Family Law Center Virtual Symposium: The Current State of Elder Law
On Monday, Oct. 12, join us for the 2020 Schiller DuCanto
& Fleck Family Law Center Virtual Symposium: The Current State of Elder
Through various panel discussions with experts in the field, panelists and
attendees will explore the intersection of family law and elder law,
emergency guardianships, advance directives, public benefits, caregivers,
choices in end of life matters, protecting your loved ones from financial
exploitation and LGBT seniors. Panelists will address the current
landscape, the changes required in response to the recent pandemic and how
to transition to the anticipated new norm. There will also be an elder law
case law update you don't want to miss!
The agenda, speakers and registration can
be viewed here.
The cost to attend this full-day symposium is $99 per person, with a reduced
rate of $49 for non-profit and government employees (free for students).
College of Law is an accredited CLE Provider. This program has been
approved for up to seven (7) general Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
this program will include 1 hour of diversity and inclusion CLE credit.
Chicago Architecture Tour: Tale of Two Fairs
Emergency Assistance Fund Challenge
To see a complete list of class notes, or to submit your
alumni news to the College of Law, please click
Jay L. Cooper, Esq. ('51) was again named to Billboard
Magazine's list of the Top Music Lawyers. He is founder of the Los
Angeles entertainment practice of Greenberg Traurig.
Jay P. Deratany ('87) was inducted into the 2020 Chicago
LGBT Hall of Fame for his work as a human rights lawyer providing
volunteer legal services during the AIDS crisis and as a board member
of Human Rights Watch.
Colleen E. Sullivan ('98) was named by Silvergate
Capital Corp. to the board of both the company and its subsidiary bank,
Silvergate Bank. She is the CEO of CMT Digital, a division of the CMT
Group, where she has been a partner since 2013.
Laura C. Wolfe ('99) signed a three-book deal for world
all language rights with Bookouture (Hachette UK) for her standalone
suspense novels, "Two Widows" and "She Lies Alone,"
released in 2020, and a third novel, as yet untitled, to be released in
Peter R. Tyksinski ('02), a foreign attorney with
Momo-o, Matsuo & Namba in Tokyo, Japan, co-authored the article
"COVID-19 and the Japanese Workplace," which was published in
Taylor Vinters' 2020 International Employment Law Update.
Jeffrey S. Becker ('04) was again named to Billboard
Magazine's list of Top Music Lawyers. He is a partner at Swanson Martin
& Bell and is based in Chicago.
Matthew J. Campbell, Esq. ('08) is now CEO of Select
Specialty Hospital - Spectrum Health, with headquarters in Grand
Christopher Buch ('09) has joined the Chicago office of
Polsinelli as a partner. He concentrates his practice on employee stock
ownership plans, executive compensation and employee benefits matters.
Sarah L. Primack ('14) celebrated the fifth anniversary
of the founding of her law firm Advocate Law LLC. The Grayslake,
Ill.-based firm focuses on real estate, estate planning and estate
Rebecca Kanter ('16) was named to the Jewish United Fund
of Chicago's 36 Under 36 list for her volunteer work and creating
volunteer and mentorship opportunities through iVenture Accelerator.
The Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information
Technology (CIPLIT) would like to congratulate its IP/IT faculty
members for their remarkable achievements throughout the first half of
2020. These include publishing articles on the importance
of legal tech education and the doctrine
of equivalents, winning an award for cultural
heritage preservation and publishing a book
on Jewish tradition, among many other accomplishments. Read
Dr. Theodosia Stavroulaki joins the Jaharis Health Law
Institute as 2020-2021
Raymond P. Niro Professor of Intellectual Property Law,
Roberta R. Kwall, published the following article about why Rabbi
Yitz Greenberg is so important to the Jewish future. In addition,
Professor Kwall will be hosting David Bryfman, one of the leading
experts on Jewish education, on her monthly show "Remix
Your Judaism" on Jewish Live Connect.
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