A Message from
Dear DePaul Law
We all remember our bar exam summer—the lectures, the flash cards, the
practice exams—and worrying about whether you were doing enough, while
sometimes being overwhelmed by anxiety and fear about what you would do if
you did not pass the first time. That anxiety and fear is exacerbated by
COVID-19 and concerns about whether the bar exam can be administered safely
when scheduled. Across the fifty states, there are at least 14 variations
of in-person and/or remote administration of the exam and/or a diploma
privilege (and states are still shifting weekly). It's hard for the grads
to keep focused amidst all these changes.
In Illinois, we are preparing for an in-person exam on Sept. 9 and 10, with
safety protocols consistent with state and city restrictions (including
safe-distancing, a maximum of 50 test-takers in a room and masks for all
throughout the exam). The Illinois law school deans are supporting the bar
examination with space and proctors where possible. To that end, we are
looking for volunteers to assist in proctoring the exams. If you are
interested, please see the volunteer information below on how you can help.
Also, the Illinois Supreme Court is considering an emergency petition to
grant the graduates an Illinois diploma privilege (instead of taking a bar
exam). We anticipate the Illinois Supreme Court will decide the petition
In the meantime, our DePaul Law graduates are taking bar classes online,
including the supplemental Demon Bar course led by Professor Jamie
Kleppetsch. She teaches our students every day with expertise and tireless
One recent positive change is that the Illinois Supreme Court passed
711(g), a new section to the 711 student practice rule that allows our
grads to work in private firms and organizations (in addition to public
interest firms or government agencies). The greatest help you can provide
right now is to hire our grads as 711(g) practitioners or hire them permanently
after they take the bar exam.
I know you join me in supporting our graduates' success on the bar exam,
and in staying safe while doing so. If any class can stay strong, it is our
wonderful Class of 2020.
All my best,
Volunteers Needed: Illinois Bar Exam
As Dean Jenn shared above, this will be a very different and
difficult year for administering the Illinois bar exam to our recent graduates
and the other Illinois bar takers. DePaul Law is committed to supporting
the Illinois Board of Admissions with the bar and assisting in the process
in every way that we can. This includes asking members of our community
(faculty, staff and alumni) to volunteer to serve as exam proctors. Due to
COVID-19, the bar exam will take place at many locations across the city
(all test locations will be in the city of Chicago) and will require more
exam proctors than in previous years. The bar will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 9
and Thursday, Sept.
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer proctor for the Illinois
bar exam, please email Kristy Rawson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She will provide your contact information to the Illinois Board of
Admissions. We gratefully appreciate your consideration of this special
College of Law Receives $1 Million Gift
to Establish Kopple Scholars Endowment
The Kopple Scholars Endowment aims to recruit and retain law
students with the highest academic credentials
DePaul University's College of Law is honored to announce the Kopple
Scholars Endowment, made possible through a $1 million gift from alumnus
Robert C. Kopple. Beginning in 2022, the endowment will provide recognition
and financial support for two full-time law students who demonstrate
outstanding academic credentials.
"We are so grateful to Bob and Carole Kopple for their strong belief
in DePaul's mission and for their commitment to academic excellence,"
says Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea. "The Kopple Scholars Endowment will
enable us to attract and retain some of the most academically stellar
students and continue to build our law school's strong national reputation
in a competitive environment. We hope this generous gift will also inspire
others to give back and make a difference in the lives of future DePaul Law
Kopple, an esteemed DePaul graduate and Double Demon, earned his bachelor's
degree in 1965 and JD in 1967. At DePaul, Kopple served as associate editor
of the Law Review. He later received an LLM in taxation in 1968 from New
York University. Co-founder of the Los Angeles-based firm, Kopple and Klinger
(now Kopple, Klinger & Elbaz LLP), in 1992, he has spent his entire
career in estate planning, taxation and business law. Among other notable
skills, Kopple is respected for assisting clients with complex estate and
gift tax issues, including noncitizens and nonresidents of the United
"The purpose of our gift was to express our appreciation for the fine
college and law school education I received and for all the things it
enabled me to do in life. We designed the Kopple Scholars Endowment to help
attract the best students to the law school so it could continue to compete
effectively with other law schools," says Kopple.
DePaul College of Law is an urban law school committed to developing legal
professionals who understand the bigger picture and their place in it. With
flexible degree programs, including juris doctor, master of jurisprudence
and master of laws degrees, taught by the nation's most respected faculty,
DePaul College of Law boasts a diverse network of alumni who have gone on
to become successful lawyers and leaders in their fields. Click
here to learn more.
The 2019-20 fiscal year (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020) at
DePaul was one of service, spirit and success. And thanks to our generous
and loyal law donors, DePaul can celebrate the last twelve months as a
period of new beginnings and continued growth. Despite the adversity we
faced in the spring, our community made life-changing experiences happen
for our students. We look forward to continued success this year with help
from donors like you.
Watch our fiscal year wrap-up video and read more about the impact DePaul donors made over the last twelve months.
Jaharis Health Law Institute CCB
Healthcare Compliance Virtual Conference
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
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Live Web Conference
The conference agenda, CLE credits and registration information can
be found here.
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 Law.
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
College of Law is an accredited CLE Provider. This program has been
approved for up to 7 general Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.
this program will include 1 hour of diversity and inclusion CLE credit.
The Pro Bono &
Looking for a remote and flexible pro bono opportunity? The
Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative is seeking College of Law
alumni to partner with law students to answer legal questions posted on
Illinois Free Legal Answers.
Illinois Free Legal Answers is a secure website run by Public Interest Law
Initiative (PILI) where lower income Illinois residents can ask a lawyer
for help with civil legal issues.
The Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative will match alumni with law
students who will research and draft the initial answers, and the alumni
will review and post the answers.
Training and materials will be provided. To volunteer, please email Lauren Worsek.
Alumni Book Reading & Discussion with Erika Sanchez
Alumni Chapter Trivia Night
of Computing and Digital Media Alumni Webinar
Alumni Seminar: Professional Transitions
Hoppy Hour Beer Tasting Class with Chicago Beer Experience Virtual
Chicago Architecture Tour: Tale of Two Fairs
To see a complete list of class notes, or to submit your
alumni news to the College of Law, please click
Robert J. Buford ('79) has been appointed to the board
of directors of Customers Bancorp Inc., a bank holding company
headquartered in Wyomissing, Pa. He is the president and CEO of Planned
Realty Group Inc., a Chicago-based real estate company.
Suzanne C. O'Neill ('91) was appointed as a judge in the
Marathon County circuit court by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers.
Wendy M. Musielak (BUS '99, JD '03), a partner at the
law firm of Esp Kreuzer Cores LLP, was installed as the DuPage County
Bar Association's president at its annual meeting on June 19, 2020.
Chloe G. Pedersen (BUS '04, JD '07) was promoted to
partner of the Chicago-based law firm Fletcher & Sippel LLC.
Danielle A. Capilla ('08) was named a Top Women in
Benefit Advising for 2020 by Employee Benefit Adviser. She is director
of compliance for employee benefits at Alera Group.
Nikhil A. Mehta (CSH '08, JD '12) has been appointed to
the board of the West Suburban Community Pantry, based in Woodridge,
Ill. He is an associate attorney in the corporate practice group of Smith
Becky S. Walters ('08) is the new paralegal program
coordinator for South Suburban College in South Holland, Ill.
Elizabeth B. Ricks ('09) was chosen as one the National
LGBT Bar Association's Best 40 LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40. She is legal
director and staff attorney at Chicago House and Social Service Agency.
Laura L. Mittelman ('11) has been named an On the Rise
Top 40 Young Lawyer for 2020 by the American Bar Association Young
Lawyers Division. She is an associate with Burns & Levinson, a
Boston-based law firm.
Madison Templin ('15) was selected as one of the Top 100
Women Emerging Lawyers in the Illinois Emerging Lawyer Magazine 2020
edition. She is an associate at Beermann LLP in Chicago.
Raymond P. Niro Professor of Intellectual Property Law,
Roberta R. Kwall, will host a conversation each month with an array of
Jewish thinkers and practitioners. The series is based on Professor
Kwall's newest book, "Remix Judaism: Preserving Tradition in a
Diverse World" and is co-hosted with Rabbi Avi Finegold. For more
information, including upcoming broadcasts and links to past podcasts, please
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