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Dear College of Law Alumni,
Welcome to the new academic year. Even though I have worked in law schools for
over 30 years (and have been a dean for 15 years of those years), the beginning
of every year fills me with great hope and anticipation about what is possible
in the year ahead. That hope and joy are always inspired by our students
(especially our first-year students) who are so enthusiastic and ready to
learn. Our 166 first-year JD students (142 full-time, 24 part-time) come to the
"start line" of their law school career with the highest academic
profile that we have seen in 10 years, but they are so much more than their
academic potential. As faculty, staff, and alumni, it is our responsibility to
make sure that they realize their potential and make it to the "finish
line" strongly, passing the bar and securing a satisfying, full-time job
as a lawyer.
As part of that support for our student's success, we are kicking off this year
with an initiative for alumni to contribute directly to these efforts, the
Us to the Finish Line – Fund for Law Challenge." If 40 donors make a
gift to Fund for Law before Oct. 4, $10,000 will be matched by an anonymous
donor. Donations made as part of this challenge will go to fund critical
"finish line" needs such as bar preparation tools and career
development/networking activities. I know I can count on many of you to help
our students finish strong! You will hear more about this challenge soon, as
well as at the Annual Fall Alumni Reception on Sept. 27 at the Tortoise
Supper Club. I look forward to seeing many of you there and honoring our
accomplished awardees The Honorable Thomas M. Durkin (Distinguished Alumnus
Award), Samantha M. Odyniec (Outstanding Service to the DePaul Community
Award) and Tiffani E. Mims (Outstanding Young Alumna Award).
There is new excitement at the university around Designing DePaul, which is the framework for ensuring that
DePaul is a model of higher education. This year, in parallel and integrated
with university-wide efforts, we will be Designing DePaul Law and looking to
building our bright future as well. Now is the time. In addition to student
success, which will always be our north stars, we will be building on our great
strengths as Chicago's law school and visualizing our future: through our
academic programs, our programs of excellence, our physical spaces and the
engagement of our incredible alumni network.
There is so much to be proud of and look forward to and hope you will come
along with me and be a part this ambitious time at DePaul Law!
See you on Sept. 27!