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Law Alumna Anna Richo ('86) Joins DePaul University's Board of Trustees

This fall, DePaul University welcomed College of Law alumna, Anna Richo ('86), to its board of trustees.

Richo is the corporate senior vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary at Cargill. As a member of Cargill's executive team, she oversees global law, ethics and compliance, and government relations, global security and shareholder relations. Her broad international experience extends throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia and has served to strengthen her commitment to championing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. A native New Yorker, Richo has a J.D. degree from DePaul's College of Law and a bachelor's degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.

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Alumni Spotlight - Patricia A. Hudson, Esq. (LAS '14, JD '17)

Q: As a Double Demon alumna, share with us your path to DePaul and then your decision to pursue your legal education at DePaul Law?

I'm from Chicago and grew up in the Englewood community on the city's South Side. I'm a product of Chicago Public Schools and attended Curie High School. I was recruited to Curie from elementary school to be part of the music program. I was a member of the jazz band and thought that music was going to be my career. I ended up applying to a number of music schools, including DePaul's School of Music.

I decided to come to DePaul for college, but did not enroll at the School of Music due to financial considerations. After passing on pursuing a music degree, I bounced between a few different programs before taking a sociology class. I liked that sociology was marketed as a degree that did not pigeonhole the student into one career path. Therefore, I decided to major in sociology and picked-up double minors in political and women's and gender studies.

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Hire A Member of the College of Law Family

Let College of Law Career Services help you find the next great member of your team! We can assist you in recruiting for all class levels, including current students as law clerks and recent graduates for full-time positions.

Interested? Email Adam Gratch, director of College of Law Career Services, at

Volunteer Opportunity: Mock Interviewers Needed

College of Law Career Services is currently looking for practicing attorney volunteers to serve as mock interviewers as part of our Preparing to Practice program this winter/spring. All mock interviews will be virtual. Help get the next generation of legal professionals ready for the job market!

Intrested practicing professionals may email Tiffany Farber, assistant director of College of Law Career Services, at

CLE Webinar: COVID-19 and the Ethics of Legal Survival

In this complicated economic and health environment, businesses, customers and clients are looking for ways to financially and legally survive. One of those ways is through the previously rarely used force majeure clause. Force majeure is a common clause in contracts that essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the parties (sometimes referred to as an "act of God") occurs.

This CPE/CLE webinar will take place on Thursday, Dec. 3, 3-4 p.m., and will feature three speakers exploring not only the logistics of this legal concept, but the ethics around its use. Who bears the burden of a broken contract? Does survival justify making unethical decisions? We will also explore the legal status of PPE requirements and lawsuits about transmission of COVID-19. Who should bear economic, social and health risks? If we end up in bankruptcy, does anything matter? In the COVID-19 economy, does survival trump ethics?

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CLE Virtual Conference: DePaul's 7th Annual Cyber Risk Conference - Cybersecurity in an Officeless World

The advent of a global pandemic in 2020 has forced nearly all businesses to move abruptly online. This has created enormous challenges for managing cyber risk. Addressing these challenges is the topic of the seventh annual DePaul University Cyber Risk Conference, which has also moved online for the first time.

Over three days (Tuesday, Dec. 1-Thursday, Dec. 3), three keynote speakers and three panels will address the topics of emerging threats, privacy issues, technical shields, insurance coverage options and pre- and post-incident strategies as our work-spaces leave the more secure traditional office into more remote and potentially unsecured environments.

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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.

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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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