A Message from
Dear DePaul Law Alumni:
When members of our DePaul University community hurt, we all hurt.
Especially since the killing of George Floyd a few weeks ago, we have heard
the pain, the sadness, the anger and the hope of our Black students, staff
and faculty. Our Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Student Bar
Association (SBA) and other student organizations have written and shared
powerful statements denouncing the killings of Black persons at the hands
of police, supporting the peaceful protesting of racial injustice by Black
Lives Matter and other organizations and asking the university and law
school to listen and to act as antiracists. They have asked us to listen to
marginalized voices, to transform our classrooms and to represent greater
diversity in our community. We must listen more closely than we have and do
more than we have done.
To begin to respond, we have a number of projects in progress or initiated
as part of our diversity plan, developed by our ad hoc Diversity Council.
Many thanks to the chair of the Diversity Council, Aurora Austriaco (BUS
'87, JD '90), and the alumni members for their hard work: Heather Adams
('12), Maryam Ahmad ('00), Tristan Gunn ('11), Ray Koenig III ('99), D.L.
Morriss ('08), Meredith Ritchie ('91) and Larry Rogers, Sr. (JD '83, DHL
'09). These initiatives include:
- Student-Focused Initiatives, including a 1L mentoring program, a new
orientation session and integration of issues/perspectives in our
required P2P (Prepare to Practice Program);
- Faculty-Focused Initiatives, including workshops/resources for faculty to
integrate more critical perspectives in their classrooms and
facilitate difficult conversations;
- Fall Community Conversations on policing/racial justice and COVID-19/racial
- Alumni Initiatives, including creation of a standing Alumni Diversity
- Increasing diversity of faculty, staff and students.
These efforts are just a start. There is so much needed to even begin to
undo generations of oppression. I
stand with my colleagues across the University to proclaim in one voice
that DePaul is an institution committed to racial equality and justice and
upholding the dignity of all people. We will work on these issues in the
spirit of St. Vincent de Paul's call to action—to do what must be done, and
do it well. I will be calling on our DePaul Law family to come together and
help me make real change happen in our law school and the legal profession,
in order to make these institutions more antiracist, more diverse, more
inclusive and more equitable. I know I can count on you, as I have many
Stay well and enjoy the summer,
Volunteer Opportunity: The Pro Bono
& Community Service Initiative
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
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 reach out to Lauren Worsek, director of PBCSI, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fight for
How to Help
The Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative stands in solidarity
with the fight for racial justice. Please consider volunteering your time
and expertise to support these issues through the following opportunities:
email Lauren Worsek, director of PBCSI, at email@example.com.
Class of 2020 Grad Spotlight: Ezra
Graham Lintner ('20)
DePaul's mission to serve others has always meant something
special to Ezra Graham Lintner ('20). During their studies at the College
of Law, Lintner has advocated for the legal rights of people experiencing
homelessness and increased awareness of social justice issues among
classmates. When Lintner and 272 of their classmates graduated from the
College of Law this May, the coronavirus pandemic brought into even sharper
focus the purpose of this work.
"What has made me so passionate, above all else, is that I can provide
support to communities by both preventing the law from being used against
them to their detriment, and also using the law to make things
better," Lintner says.
Lintner is moved by the idea that dignity is inherent and believes those
who work in the legal profession should acknowledge and uplift the dignity
of the people they serve.
more about Lintner here.
Hire a current student or graduate:
Looking to fill a position for which a JD would be helpful? Let us help
you! Whether your position is full-time, part-time or piecemeal, now is the
perfect time to start the recruitment process. Let us help you find a
fantastic new legal professional for your office. If you have questions,
please email Adam Gratch, assistant director of Law Career Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career advising continues to be available to DePaul Law's alumni community.
Any law graduate in need of resume or cover letter advice, virtual
networking help or general job search strategizing is encouraged to email email@example.com to schedule a
time to speak with one of our career advisors.
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1L's Acceptance Letter Video Goes Viral
Last week, incoming 1L Melinda Oliver received her acceptance letter from
the College of Law. Her mother's reaction to the letter was filmed, and
it became an instant viral video trending on Twitter. Read
about Melinda's journey to law school and watch the sweet video via
To see a complete list of class notes, or to submit your
alumni news to the College of Law, please click
Patti A. Anderson ('83) has joined First Internet Bank's
small business lending group as a vice president and senior business
Shanon D. Shumpert (LAS '93, LLM '05) has been appointed
vice provost for institutional equity at Johns Hopkins University.
Marlo Johnson Roebuck ('98) was recently featured in the
Chambers USA 2020 Guide, a publication ranking the leading U.S. lawyers
and law firms. She is the office managing principal of the Detroit and
Grand Rapids, Mich., offices of Jackson Lewis PC.
Marco S. Nasca ('01) is now an investor and chief
innovations officer of the UK-headquartered Lineal Services, a legal
data services organization. He will be based in Lineal's soon-to-open
Laurie M. Hamen ('12) has been named interim president
of the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.
Anna M. Lozoya ('12) is now associate general counsel of
risk for Chicago's Sinai Health System.
Elise M. Blandin ('17) is now an associate attorney with
Chicago-based Romanucci & Blandin, LLC.
Professor of Law Joshua Sarnoff published blog posts on
May 19 and 20 on rights to repair and produce products in a pandemic in
Law Bill of Health and Northwestern
University Law Review of Note.
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