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Save-the-Date: College of Law Alumni Reception

The College of Law is excited to announce the return of the annual Fall College of Law Alumni Reception. The reception will allow law alumni the opportunity to reengage and reconnect with the DePaul Law community. All College of Law alumni are welcome to attend. Details are below.

Thursday, Sept. 9
5:30–7:30 p.m.
River Roast | Murdoch Room
325 N. LaSalle

Registration for the reception will open on Thursday, July 29 on the DePaul University Alumni & Friends website.

Karyn Bass Ehler ('05) Finds Fulfillment in Working to Heal the World

The light that guides the life and work of civil rights attorney Karyn L. Bass Ehler ('05) is doing the most good for the most people. Thus, it should come as no surprise that when an opportunity arose to leave her secure job at a national law firm—during a pandemic, no less—to go to work for the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), she jumped at the chance.

Bass Ehler has a full resume of work and activities that fit with her mission to make as great a positive impact on society as possible. In the summer of 2020, when she was more than a year into her job with Grant & Eisenhofer as senior counsel leading the firm's new civil rights practice, she learned that the IDPH was looking to hire someone as their general counsel.

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Norman Rosen ('50) Reflects on His Life as a Member of the Greatest Generation

There aren't many 95-year-old practicing lawyers around, but in the spirit of his motto, "Why not?" Norman Rosen ('50) continues to tend to the legal needs of some loyal clients from his office in the Chicago building where his son, Randy, runs his property management company. Brothers Randy, Mark and Barry, and their families, enjoy visiting with the family patriarch in the Lincolnwood home in which Rosen and his late wife of 67 years, Sally, raised them. When they do, they're likely to hear stories from Norman's 71 years in the law, including his recent stint as an arbitrator.

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Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Advisory Board Announcements

DePaul University College of Law's Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Advisory Board welcomes new members Chidinma Ahukanna, The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.; Boye Akinwande, Cook County Office of the Public Guardian; Kimberly Cook, Dovetail Conflict Resolution, LLC; Robert Friend, Beermann LLP; Margaret Keane, Berger Schatz; Genevieve Niemann, Singewald Law Firm; and Nicole Onorato, Beattie Freeman Onorato Family Law Group.

Also, as we start the new academic year, the board would like to thank retiring board members Andrea Belard, Colleen Breems, Michelle Cassidy, Lisa Dunn, Andrew Engle, Stacy Freeman, Michele Jochner, Annemarie Kill, Caroline Shoenberger and David Zwaska for their dedicated service to our law students and DePaul University College of Law. You will be greatly missed.

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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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. 

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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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