A Message from
Dear DePaul Law alumni community:
For the past few weeks we have been working diligently to ensure
that the law school's essential functions continue and, most importantly,
that we can support our law students on their educational journeys through
online coursework and virtual advising and support. All of our courses are
now being taught remotely, which will continue through the spring semester.
Our faculty and staff have been models of flexibility, patience,
commitment, resilience and mutual support during this unprecedented
Connected by technology, we are continuing to work on
bringing in an outstanding class of new students, improving student
outcomes and enhancing our reputation. Related to our reputation, I do want
to share some good news with you – and we all need good news to keep us
positive. Our U.S. News and World Report law school ranking improved 14
spots this year, to 118. This is a terrific outcome, which we could not
have achieved without the great work of all of our staff, faculty and
alumni, persevering together for the last five years. Thank you for all you
have done and will do for DePaul Law. From being a DePaul Law ambassador,
to providing job opportunities to our graduates, to giving generously of
your time and money—every effort has and will continue to make a
I have great faith that we will navigate through the
uncertain times ahead with care, compassion and mutual respect consistent
with our core Vincentian values. Until I see you again, please take good
care of yourselves, your families and your friends.
All my best,
DePaul Law Webinar: Boosting Wellness
and Managing Stress During Quarantine with Erin Clifford ('12)
In this exclusive
webinar for the DePaul Law community, Erin Clifford ('12) will provide
you with tips, tricks and tools to boost your health and wellness during
these challenging times. Utilizing her expertise and experience as a
certified coach, Clifford will provide a roadmap of how you can stay
healthy and sane working from home and how to best manage the fear and
anxiety that we are all experiencing during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Date: Monday, April 6
Clifford is a certified holistic wellness
coach and the director of Marketing and Business Development at Clifford
Law Offices. Also a 2012 graduate of DePaul Law, she is deeply passionate
about helping lawyers and professionals create healthy lifestyles for a
more fulfilling, happier existence.
Kelli Garcia ('10)
Q. Tell us about your path to law school and the legal
I attended Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY as an
undergraduate, majoring in philosophy, with a minor in art history and legal
studies. My focus was in logic-based philosophy courses, which combined my
love of humanities and mathematics. During undergrad, the head of the
philosophy department introduced me to alumni who went into various
professions after college. I was inspired by several judges that I met. I
really gravitated towards a potential legal career and quickly knew that
law school was my next step.
As for DePaul, I wanted to go to a law school in a vibrant
urban area. I looked at law schools in New York City, Boston and Chicago.
After a visit to the College of Law, I fell in love with Chicago and knew
this was the place for me.
Head to our blog
to read more, including what advice Garcia has for today's law students
and how she gives back to the community through volunteering.
Faculty Spotlight: Mark Weber, Vincent
de Paul Professor of Law
Recently named to the Executive Committee of the Disability
Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS),
Weber has extensive experience in disability rights and complex
tort litigation. You can read his scholarship on the DePaul
Q. Can you discuss your career before coming to DePaul?
I earned my law degree from Yale and undergraduate [degree]
from Columbia University. After that, I worked for the Legal Assistance
Foundation of Chicago (now Legal Aid Chicago). I worked there for a couple
of years before joining the Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Chicago
Law School. I was there for about six years before coming to DePaul in
I came to DePaul to explore classroom teaching, which I
hadn't done previously. I had been a clinical teacher but hadn't done
classroom teaching, and it seemed like a good opportunity. I'd been exposed
to people who went to DePaul, knew some faculty members, and was aware of
the folks who were doing clinical work here, so I had some familiarity with
Since starting at DePaul, I've taught Civil Procedure,
Advanced Civil Procedure, Remedies and Evidence. For a while, I taught
Constitutional Law. I moved into teaching Torts in the 90s. My current mix
includes Federal Courts, Civil Rights, Disability Law and related
the full interview here.
Reminder: It's Time to
Apply for LRAP 2020
As the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) at the
College of Law enters its 15th year, it continues to focus on easing the
financial burdens of DePaul alumni working in public interest law.
LRAP application is available, along with application guidelines, on
the College of Law webpage. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday,
April 15 to be eligible for consideration. The committee will select LRAP
recipients by May 30, and award payment will be issued by June 30.
LRAP recipients, who are chosen by a committee of faculty,
staff, students and alumni, provide legal services to underserved,
low-income or disadvantaged individuals or groups. This year, the committee
hopes to grant eight-10 LRAP awards.
For additional information, please contact Shaye Loughlin,
director of the Center for Public Interest Law, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Interest Law Association Raises
$40k for Student Scholarships
The 24th Annual Public Interest Law Association (PILA)
Auction took place Feb. 28 at the National Public Housing Museum. In
addition to the auction, PILA students organized a crowdfunding campaign to
gain support from alumni and friends who were unable to attend the event.
Over 120 people attended the auction, and over 40 people donated to the
crowdfunding campaign, which helped PILA raise approximately $19,000 for
scholarships to support students working in unpaid, public interest
internships. College of Law Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea committed $21,000
toward summer scholarships as well, bringing the total scholarship fund to
more about the event here.
College of Law and Chicago Bar
Association Create "Building Your Network Law Student Mentoring
Last year, the College of Law and the Chicago Bar
Association (CBA) jointly created the "Building Your Network Law
Student Mentoring Program" to pair current second- and third-year law
students with practicing legal professionals in a variety of employment
settings and practice areas from the CBA's Young Lawyers Section
(YLS). The program was the vision of Law Career Services
Assistant Dean Shannon DeGennaro, and it was developed and implemented
by Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Director Katie
Liss. In its inaugural year, 27 law students were paired with
individual attorneys to establish one-to-one mentoring relationships; this
year, 32 law students were paired with mentors.
The program annually kicks off with a fall reception, and
during the academic year, mentor-mentee pairs are asked to meet in-person
twice in the fall, twice in the spring and again for a final reception in
April. Students also are encouraged to meet their mentors for lunch or
coffee, attend court with or shadow their mentors for a day in the office,
attend a CBA committee meeting or YLS social event together and/or
volunteer together at a pro bono event.
more about the program here.
Calendar of Events
*Due to COVID-19, DePaul
University has cancelled or postponed all events until further notice.
Please visit go.depaul.edu/covid for
COVID-19 updates and guidance.*
To see a complete list of class notes, or to submit your
alumni news to the College of Law, please click
The Hon. Michael S. Jordan ('66) was elected vice
president of the National Association of Railroad Referees for the
2019-21 term. Association members serve as arbitrators and mediators for
the U.S. railroad and airline industries.
Gene McCluskey ('81) has retired as vice president, tax of
CF Industries in Deerfield, Ill. After a transition period with CF, he
plans to teach part time.
Scott B. Gibson ('82), formerly of Gibson Lewis, announced
his new firm name, Gibson Steigauf. The personal injury law firm is based
in Waukegan, Ill.
Respicio F. Vazquez (BUS '82, JD '85) was appointed as the
first general counsel of Elgin Community College, in Elgin, Ill.
Michael C. Cafferty ('00) recently passed away after a battle with
cancer. In the midst of his treatment, Mike published his memoir,
"Driven: A remarkable story of tragedy, triumph and faith." The
book focuses on his life as a teenager, how he was injured in a car
accident, ICU, rehab, life in a nursing home, college and eventually
working at Cook County Public Guardians Office. Available
Christopher W. Carmichael ('01) was named treasurer of the
Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter. He is a partner with Henderson,
Brandon C. Helms ('07) published his first novel, "Not Today,
Fred." A new romantic comedy with a psychological twist, the novel
blends literary humor about overcoming depression with practical advice
on how to build yourself up with the help of others. Available
Matthew S. Brockmeier ('09) is an associate at Vicente
Sederberg, a full-service cannabis law firm. He is based in the firm's
Nathaniel Z. Conley ('09) has joined the San Diego-based
Sheinberg Law Group as an associate attorney.
Peter Turney ('10) has accepted the position of director
of compliance for the University of Utah ahletics department.
Sarah King ('11) has been named partner at Chicago-based
Clifford Law Offices. She has particular expertise in the medical
Kevin Fanning ('14) has founded the Chicago-based law firm
Fanning Law LLC, which concentrates on commercial and industrial property
tax appeals and incentives. Previously, he was with Verros Berkshire PC.
Roberta R. Krall, Raymond P. Niro Professor of Intellectual Property Law,
will be hosting a virtual book launch for her new book, "Remix Judaism
- Preserving Tradition In A Diverse World" on Thursday, April 2 from
Noon–1:30 p.m. The book launch link can be
found here. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
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