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Subject:                          [EXT] Law Alumni E-news: February 2020

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2020 Illinois
Super Lawyers

Congratulations to the nearly 600 alumni named to the 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers lists! DePaul Law had 403 alumni named Super Lawyers, while 189 were named to the Rising Star list. In addition, the College of Law had 16 alumni named to Super Lawyers' 2020 Top 100 attorneys in Illinois list, which was tied for the most alumni of any law school in the state. A list of alumni named to the 2020 list can be found here.



We Need
Your Help!

Currently, DePaul Law has two student organization crowdfunding campaigns that will be concluding in early March. Each campaign is 50% funded, and we need your support to help us reach our final goal!

Public Interest Law Summer Fellowships: Support Public Interest Law Summer Fellowships and help provide a summer scholarship for one dedicated College of Law student pursuing public interest work!

Black Law Student Association (BLSA): Help Send BLSA members to the National Black Law Student Association convention for networking, workshops and fellowship!

Alumni Feature:
Harry W. Tong ('72)

DePaul University College of Law

In 1968, Harry W. Tong enrolled at DePaul University's College of Law. Like many of his peers who came to DePaul as first-generation law students, Harry saw a law degree as an opportunity to break barriers and advance his community.

Embracing DePaul's Vincentian spirit of service, Harry was a pillar of his community. He served many years with the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club, receiving the organization's Distinguished Service Award in 2005. He was the founding president and board of directors' member of the Organization of Chinese Americans San Mateo Chapter. Furthermore, he served San Mateo as the city's Human Relations Commissioner. Throughout his decades of community service, Harry worked with youth and the elderly, participated in civic and professional organizations, championed Asian American causes and promoted the American right to vote.

Following Harry's passing, his wife (Mary) and family established the Harry W. Tong Memorial Endowed Scholarship to support College of Law students who demonstrate high financial need.

Read the full story here.




24th Annual
Public Interest
Law Auction

Join DePaul's Public Interest Law Association at the National Public Housing Museum for the 24th Annual PILA Auction! Law students, alumni, faculty and friends are encouraged to attend. There are many amazing items and experiences to bid on. Light appetizers and drinks are included in the cost of admission. Tickets can be purchased here.

Friday, Feb. 28
6–9 p.m.
National Public Housing Museum
625 N. Kingsbury St.

All the proceeds from ticket sales and the auction go directly towards scholarships for students working in unpaid public interest internships during the summer.

2020 Jaharis Symposium | 
Genetic Justice: Data,
Privacy, and Crime

Recent discoveries in the field of genetics herald immense innovation for medicine and science. But they also raise significant questions related to individual privacy, societal uses of the information and applications in the criminal justice system. This interdisciplinary symposium will address issues of distributive and procedural justice in genetics and genomics as they relate to scientific innovation, intellectual property, human subjects research and the criminal justice system.

DePaul University College of Law is an accredited CLE provider. This event has been approved for up to 6.0 hours of general CLE credit and 1.0 of ethics CLE credits (pending approval).

Thursday, March 12
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
DePaul University – DePaul Center
1 E. Jackson, Room 8005

Register here.



March Donate-A-Day:
Free Legal
Answers Clinic

College of Law alumni are invited to participate in the Free Legal Answers Clinic sponsored by Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI). Free Legal Answers is a secure website where lower income Illinois residents can ask a lawyer for help with legal issues. Participants will work in teams to research and draft an answer to legal questions posted on Free Legal Answers.

Friday, March 6
11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Training and Lunch will be provided. 1.0 hour of CLE credit is available for attorneys. To RSVP, please contact Lauren Worsek, director of the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative.


The DePaul Journal for Social Justice is Now Accepting Article Submissions

The DePaul Journal for Social Justice promotes the discussion of social justice, international human rights law policy issues and issues with women and gender in the law. We encourage submissions of interdisciplinary work and accept work with a non-conventional presentation. Though we use a traditional law journal framework, we also explore alternative types of publication and expand content options to broaden access and better engage readers. In the past, our journal has reviewed and considered speeches, essays, legal notes and book reviews for publication. The DePaul Journal for Social Justice strongly encourages authors to submit articles electronically. Please submit your work in a word document. For questions or submissions, please email



Calendar of Events

College of Law

Office of Alumni Relations

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March 10

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March 19
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March 26

Black Alumni Chapter Black History Month Reception
Outdoor Ice Skating at Watts Ice Center
Alumni & Friends Reception with President A. Gabriel Esteban, PhD, in Palm Beach
Alumni & Friends Reception with President A. Gabriel Esteban, PhD, in Miami
Big City Swing Dance Class at the Loft
Alumni & Friends Reception with President A. Gabriel Esteban, PhD, in Naples
Alumni & Friends Reception with President A. Gabriel Esteban, PhD, in Oak Brook
Latinx Alumni Chapter Speaker Panel
College of Communication Alumni Reception
Cubs Spring Training Game in Mesa, AZ
Fifty Year Club Reception and DePaul Opera Performance: The Marriage of Figaro
College of Computing and Digital Media Alumni Reception
Alumni & Friends Reception with President A. Gabriel Esteban, PhD, in Orange County
Share Our Spare Volunteer Outing

Alumni News

To see a complete list of class notes, or to submit your alumni news to the College of Law, please click here.

Joseph M. Gump ('87) has retired as Cook County assistant public defender after 30 years.

The Hon. Franklin U. Valderrama ('88) has been nominated to the court of the Northern District of Illinois.

Michael C. Cafferty ('00) recently passed away. Mike rebuilt his life after being paralyzed in a car accident at 18 years old, graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and then the College of Law in 2000. He worked nearly 20 years for The Office of the Cook County Public Guardian. More information on Mike's life, family and career can be found here.

Christopher M. Dely ('04) has joined the Chicago-based litigation group of Hinckley Allen.

Kelley A. Gandurski ('04) was appointed as corporation counsel of the City of Evanston, Ill.

April A. Vesely ('06) joined Swanson, Martin & Bell LLP as an associate. She practices in the areas of asbestos, toxic tort and construction litigation, as well as product liability, commercial litigation and business disputes.

Sarah E. Flotte ('08) has joined Perkins Coie's labor and employment practice. She works in the firm's Chicago office.

Maxwell Rizzo ('10) was elected as a shareholder of Nathan Sommers Jacobs in Houston. He concentrates his practice on commercial lending, finance, real estate and corporate transactions.

Elizabeth A. Brodzinski ('11) was elected shareholder at Banner Witcoff. She works out of the firm's Chicago office and focuses her practice on trademark, copyright, advertising and new media matters.

Leah M. Farmer ('13) has joined the Atlanta office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as an associate on the labor & employment team.

Maria C. Schletker ('14) was honored with the Sword of Justice Award by the Kentucky Commonwealth's Attorneys Association in recognition of individual achievement and outstanding work as a Kentucky prosecutor. She is a Kenton County assistant commonwealth attorney.

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