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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 6Time: Noon–1 p.m.
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.
Q. Tell us about your path to law school and the legal profession.
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.
Recently named to the Executive Committee of the Disability Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Professor Mark Weber has extensive experience in disability rights and complex tort litigation. You can read his scholarship on the DePaul Publication Archives.
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 1986.
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 the school.
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 topics.
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.
The 2020 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 email@example.com.
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 $40,000.