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The 28th Annual Clifford Symposium on Tort Law & Social Policy

It is frequently assumed that the executive branch of government is responsible for the enforcement of the laws designed to curb serious misconduct, whether by individuals or corporations. The methods employed by the executive branch include administrative regulation and criminal prosecution, and it is anticipated that these methods will effectively identify and punish harmful acts. In this view, privately initiated litigation is, at most, an adjunct to executive action—an after-the-fact calculation of personal harm, the interests of society having already been addressed.

This is a simplistic conceptualization of law enforcement in America. It does not account for tort or other private claims as front-line tools of policing to address and deter harmful conduct, particularly by large corporations.

Recent executive branch failures due to a lack of resources, partisan bias or the exercise of political or financial influence underscore the importance of private litigation in cabining corporate misconduct. One need look no further than the fallout from the opioid epidemic or the deadly results of manufacturing malfeasance in the auto and aircraft industries to recognize the critical need for private litigation to confront corporate harms that cost human lives.

The lecture will be presented both online and in person.

June 2-3, 2022
DePaul Conference Center
1 E. Jackson Blvd., 8th Floor

DePaul University College of Law is an accredited Illinois MCLE provider. This program has been approved for up to 9.00 hours of general CLE credit (Day 1: Up to 5.75 credits; Day 2: Up to 3.25 credits).


In Memoriam: The Rev. John T. Richardson, C.M., 9th President of DePaul

The Rev. John T. Richardson, C.M., a visionary who led the historic expansion of DePaul University during his 12-year presidency, has died. He passed away on March 29 at age 98 at the Apostle of Charity residence at St. Mary's of the Barrens in Perryville, Mo.

Fr. Richardson oversaw a historic expansion of DePaul from 1981-1993, during which time he strove to increase DePaul's appeal to students across the country, strengthened the university's Vincentian commitment to its urban community, developed the diversity of faculty, staff and the student body, and congratulated thousands of new DePaul alumni as they walked across the Commencement stage. He taught for 15 years at the College of Law, touching the lives of that generation of DePaul Law alumni.

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The Gabriel and Cynthia Imperato Fund for Academic Excellence

Gabriel Imperato ('77) and his wife Cynthia have made a $100,000 investment to support academic excellence at DePaul College of Law. Their generosity will create the Gabriel and Cynthia Imperato Fund for Academic Excellence to advance faculty research and scholarship at the law school.

"Through this gift, the Imperatos have shown their dedication to DePaul Law and their commitment to DePaul Law's continued academic excellence and reputational rise," says Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea. "Their gift will inspire our faculty to continue to do their very best work. The Imperatos are true DePaul Law champions."

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31st Annual DePaul Law Review Symposium – Content Moderation, Platform Liability, and the Future of Internet Speech Regulation

The 31st annual DePaul Law Review Symposium will focus on the current legal landscape of online speech regulation and explore what the future may look like in terms of internet speech and liability law in the United States. The symposium will feature prominent attorneys, professors and policy experts discussing topics such as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the European approach to internet speech and platform liability, algorithmic censorship as a content moderation strategy and potential First Amendment issues concerning social media censorship. This event also will contain a panel discussion offering various perspectives on the potential scope of internet and social media speech regulations in the United States.The symposium will be presented both online and in person.Saturday, April 239 a.m.–4 p.m. (CDT)Register here.DePaul University College of Law is an accredited MCLE provider. This event is eligible for up to 6 CLE credit hours.


DePaul Migration Collaborative Inaugural Immigration Summit: Strategies for a Migrant Planet

This day-long convening will bring together scholars, advocates, students and practitioners in the Midwest and beyond to share research and insights on significant developments in migration and human rights. The aim of the summit is to build bridges between professors, community partners, faith leaders and others who are actively engaging and serving Chicago's immigrant community.The DePaul Migration Collaborative (DMC) is a joint initiative between the College of Law, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Division of Mission and Ministry. The mission of the DMC is to advocate for better public policy, foster cutting-edge research and publications, train the next generation of advocates and provide transformative learning experiences for our students. We seek to harness the power of interdisciplinary scholarly collaboration to pursue dynamic, community-engaged projects, advocacy and research.The symposium will be presented both online and in person.Friday, April 298 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (CDT)Register here.DePaul College of Law is an accredited MCLE provider. This event is eligible for up to 7 CLE credit hours.

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2022 Loan Repayment Assistance Program Application Deadline

As the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) at the College of Law enters its 17th year, it continues to focus on easing the financial burdens of DePaul alumni working in public interest law.The 2022 LRAP application is available, along with application guidelines, on the College of Law webpage. The deadline for 2022 LRAP applications has been extended to Monday, May 16. Applications must be postmarked by May 16 to be eligible for consideration. The committee will select LRAP recipients by May 31, 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 8-10 LRAP awards.For additional information, please contact Shaye Loughlin, director of the Center for Public Interest Law, at


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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