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Hay Scholarship Challenge

Have you heard about the Hay Scholarship Challenge? For a limited time, DePaul will make a $25,000 matching gift to donors who pledge to give at least $5,000 per year over five years to create a new endowed scholarship at the College of Law or any area of DePaul.

A limited number of matching gifts are still available. To learn more about this special opportunity to make an impact, please contact Alan Paberzs, executive director of Development, at or (312) 362-8972.




Hire a DePaul Class of 2020 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

Foster Care and Covid-19

Join the Center for Public Interest Law and Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center for a complimentary virtual discussion on the challenges families in the foster care system face during COVID-19. Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea will moderate a discussion with panelists Tanya Gassenheimer (Shriver Center on Poverty Law), Rachel Shirley (Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender) and Quincita Fleming (community member and advocate for parents).

The event will take place on Monday, Nov. 2 from noon-1 p.m. One (1) hour of IL CLE credit will be offered for attorneys. Please RSVP by emailing Katie Liss, director of the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, at by Oct. 30.




First Generation Law
Student Organization Networking Mixer

DePaul First Generation Law Student Organization (First Gen) was founded in August 2020. First Gen was created to support—academically, financially and socially—those who identify as first-generation law students and come from a low-income or working-class background in reaching graduation and preparing for their careers.

On Nov. 8, universities across the country observe First-Generation Student Celebration Day. First Gen has planned a week of events for our members, one of which will be our networking event for first-generation law students to connect with first-generation professionals in the legal field.

This event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom, and is open to the DePaul Law community, including current students, alumni and faculty/staff. Our speakers will include College of Law Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea and keynote speaker Ashlee Germany, Esq. ('19).

Register here.

Volunteer Opportunity: Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative

In celebration of National Pro Bono Week, the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative is partnering with the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center and the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) for a virtual pro bono clinic on Friday, Oct. 30 from 1-3 p.m., where students and attorneys will partner to answer additional civil legal questions through Illinois Free Legal Answers. The clinic will be conducted online. Illinois Free Legal Answers is a secure website, run by 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.

The clinic will be conducted online and attorneys can receive 0.5 CLE credits from this event. Training and materials will be provided.

If you would like to participate in the clinic, please email Lauren Worsek, PBCSI director, at by Oct. 26. If you are actively barred in Illinois, please provide your ARDC number. If you are barred in another state or have inactive status, please provide that information.


Upcoming Virtual Alumni Programming

College of Law

Office of Alumni Relations

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So You Want to be President: A Discussion of the Electoral College and Party Nominating Process
Now We Must: A Conversation with Student Leaders
International Alumni Panel: Global Career Paths
Chicago Architecture Tour: Civil War and Chicago's Role: Rosehill Cemetery
How to be a Virtual Meeting Virtuoso
Virtual Service Event: Soldiers' Angels Cards
BIG EAST Unleashed New York City Networking Event
BIG EAST Unleashed Los Angeles Networking Event
BIG EAST Unleashed Chicago Networking Event
LIGHTS UP! at Home
DePaul Trivia Presented by the Faculty/Staff Alumni Committee
Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Volunteer Info Session
BIG EAST Unleashed Boston Networking Event
BIG EAST Unleashed Bay Area Networking Event
BIG EAST Unleashed Washington, D.C. Networking Event
Holiday Trivia Night

Alumni News

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

The Hon. Sandra A. Simms ('78) was a speaker at the first annual Emancipation Day celebration at Chaminade University in Honolulu.

Keith A. Hebeisen ('83) has been named to the 2021 edition of "Best Lawyers in America" and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 of 2020. He also was the senior member of a trial team that obtained a record verdict of more than $100 million in a medical malpractice trial in November 2019. He is a partner with Clifford Law Offices in Chicago.

The Honorable Franklin U. Valderrama ('88) was confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as a Judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to this appointment, Judge Valderrama served as an Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County. More information about Judge Valderrama's appointment can be found here and here.

Dr. Kaveh T. Safavi ('94) spoke at the inaugural TriNet PeopleForce virtual conference for small and medium size businesses. He is senior managing director of global health business for Accenture.

Angela R. Smith ('95) has joined the board of The International Center, which expands Indiana's global interest through a variety of programs and services. Smith Jones is vice president of diversity and inclusion at Marion County Health and Hospital Corp. in Indiana.

Aaron B. Zarkowsky ('95) has joined the corporate department of Honigman LLP. He works out of the firm's Chicago office.

Amalia Martinez ('03) is the acting employee relations director of the department of human resources for the City of San Francisco.

Faculty News

Professor of Law Joshua Sarnoff commented on an empirical paper on patent eligible subject matter and bioinformatics at the Loyola U. Chicago School of Law Wiet Life Science Law Scholars Workshop held on Sept. 18.

In October, Professor Sarnoff published Research Paper 119 for the South Centre, an intergovernmental organization, on TRIPS Flexibilities on Patent Enforcement: Lessons from Some Developed Countries Relating to Pharmaceutical Patent Protection, available here.

Raymond P. Niro Professor of Intellectual Property Law Roberta Kwall was named "Jew of the Week" on the number one rated Jewish Podcast in the country—Unorthodox (sponsored by Tablet Magazine)—discussing how to "remix" two of the least well-known Jewish holidays. The podcast can be found here. In addition, Professor Kwall is speaking in October at synagogues in New York and Toronto and also speaking about "An Integrated Approach to Tikkun Olam in Remix Judaism" at the Midwest Jewish Studies Conference.

Professor Kwall published the following Op-Ed in the Jewish Journal on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court.

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