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DePaul Law Legacy Challenge launches with $100,000 gift from Bernie and Gloria Rinella

To inspire DePaul Law alumni and friends to include the College of Law in their estate plans, Bernie Rinella (JD '61) and his wife, Gloria, made a generous $100,000 gift to launch the DePaul Law Legacy Challenge.

Donors who make a legacy gift to DePaul Law unlock a matching gift equal to 10% of their legacy gift (up to $10,000), and they have the opportunity to designate their gifts to any existing College of Law fund. Legacy gifts include naming DePaul Law as a beneficiary in one's will or trust, retirement plan or other gift vehicles, such as charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts. Additional details are available here.

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2021 Race Judicata–Join the DePaul Law Team

Join fellow alumni, law students, faculty and staff on Team DePaul Law in Chicago Volunteer Legal Services' annual fundraiser! Each runner must pay their own registration fee ($45), but will be part of Team DePaul Law. The first 40 people to join the team will receive a DePaul Law running shirt. Also, all DePaul Law team members will receive Potbelly sandwiches after the race at our DePaul tent. Packets will be disbursed at our tent on race day. If you're running with another team, stop by our tent to say "hi!"

Race Date: Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Race Location: 1746 N. Stockton Drive, Chicago

Type "DePaul Law" as the team name and click on "join team."

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DePaul's Family Law Center Wins Purple Ribbon Award

The Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center recently received's 2021 Purple Ribbon Award for Outstanding Advocate Training Program (Less than $500,000). According to the organization, this award honors "the best of the best who are making a substantial positive impact on the lives of domestic violence victims and survivors."

Katie Liss, director of the Family Law Center, says, "It's an honor for the Center to be recognized with this award for its domestic violence advocacy programming. All efforts to help survivors are necessary and make an impact. I encourage everyone to become involved and support anti-domestic violence programs." She continues, "This is a serious issue and can have severe, lasting effects. Because of its importance and unfortunate prevalence, the Center will focus on domestic violence representation during its annual Family Law Symposium."

Partner with Law Students to Answer Civil Legal Aid Questions

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.

If you would like to participate, please email Shaye Loughlin, Center for Public Interest Law Director, at Training and materials will be provided.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Public Interest Law and the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center.

Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Annual Symposium: A Deep Dive into Domestic Violence Representation

This year's two-day Family Law Symposium centers on the premise that while domestic violence representation has changed over the last year due to COVID, the need for strong advocacy in cases with domestic violence remains necessary. This interdisciplinary symposium will address issues of representation for both parties, including the current legal and social reality of domestic violence, financial abuse cases, intimate partner violence, representing clients with traumatic brain injuries due to domestic violence, the judge's perspective, testimony in domestic violence cases, suburban versus urban practices in the Chicagoland area and parenting time concerns.

Oct. 7
Noon–5 p.m.

Oct. 8
Noon–4:15 p.m.

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Three Alumni Added to the College of Law's Dean's Advisory Council

The College of Law is pleased to announce that the following alumni have enthusiastically agreed to serve on the Dean's Advisory Council (DAC):

The Honorable Robert Harris ('91)
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court of Cook County

Adria Mossing ('88)
Mossing & Navarre LLC

Donna Welch ('94)
Kirkland & Ellis

Along with the current membership, these new DAC members will aid Dean Jenn in advising and supporting the college's strategic initiatives. Furthermore, they will serve as tireless advocates for the law school within the alumni community and the legal communities in which they work as we continue to channel our DePaul Law pride and build our reputation regionally and nationally.

A full listing of DAC members for the 2021-22 academic year is available here.

Faculty Spotlight: Professor of Law Emily Cauble

Professor Emily Cauble joined DePaul College of Law in 2012. Since then, she has become one of the law school's top teachers and a nationally recognized tax law expert. Professor Cauble is currently researching protective tax elections and IRS letter rulings. In May 2021, she won DePaul Law's Faculty Teaching Award for her approach to remote learning during the pandemic.

Q. Can you tell us about your background? What did you do prior to joining DePaul Law?

After graduating from [the University of Michigan Law School], I worked in the tax transactions group at Mayer Brown in Chicago for several years. From there, I did a fellowship at the University of Illinois College of Law, where I had an opportunity to teach some tax classes, work on some research projects and start to develop a research agenda. After the fellowship, I taught at Michigan State University College of Law for a couple of years, and then I joined DePaul Law. 

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Now We Must: The Campaign for DePaul's Students

We are proud to announce the launch of Now We Must: The Campaign for DePaul's Students. In these unprecedented times, multiple crises suddenly confront DePaul University students, including all those who call DePaul Law home. The pandemic and economic uncertainty not only threaten our students' ability to persist toward their aspirations, but also endanger DePaul's Vincentian mission of providing educational access and advancing social equity.

Thus, Now We Must is an ambitious, year-long fundraising effort with a singular goal: safeguarding the pathways to success that students counted on when they selected DePaul as the place to forge their future. The campaign will seek millions to address our students' most immediate needs and provide critical support in five key areas—scholarships, technology needs, internship support, emergency assistance and mental health and wellness—as they navigate an unprecedented academic year.

Hear more from Sasha Gerritson (MUS '99), campaign chair, and be part of this important effort at Your gift to the Law Scholarship Fund, or whichever area of DePaul matters most to you, will make a transformative difference at a crucial time for our students. 

Learn More About the Now We Must Campaign!

Rinn Law Library: DePaul Law History Timeline

The Rinn Law Library is proud to share the following historical timeline of the College of Law. The timeline covers significant events and milestones in the history of DePaul Law and was developed by staff and administration in the Rinn Law Library.

As with all historical research, the timeline is a work in progress, and your comments and ideas on historic events are welcome. Please send your feedback to

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