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Dean’s Message

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Dear College of Law Alumni:

In this season of reflection and collaboration, I am grateful for our entire DePaul Law community, and especially you—our alumni. As I meet and work with more of you each year, I continue to be impressed with your excellence, leadership, engagement and the "Blue Grit" that you show in all you do. You reflect the best of our profession and our Vincentian values. I am especially grateful to all our alumni volunteers and donors, who in myriad ways have helped our law school thrive and rise.

This year we continue to focus on excellence and community-building. As other organizations have experienced, we have felt some loss of community during the pandemic and return to a hybrid work environment. But I am heartened by the ways we have expressed our commitment to a strong, caring community: from student leaders stepping up to rebuild our student organizations; to providing more in-person opportunities for our alumni and students to connect; to our faculty and staff working together towards a common purpose, to enhance excellence throughout the program and improve our reputation in Chicago and beyond.

One of our goals this year is to engage more alumni who have not been engaged with the law school lately. There is no better time than now! If you have not already, I encourage you to connect in some small way: attend a program, provide a job opportunity to a student or graduate, give a modest gift​ to the Fund for Law or Law Scholarships and be a proud ambassador of DePaul Law. Reach out to me or James Redmond anytime to volunteer.

This year we are reflecting more deeply than usual because it is the year of our accreditation review by the ABA, which now occurs every ten years. The site visit will take place from March 5-8, 2023. As we compile and submit mounds of information in advance of the visit, I can see the wealth of accomplishments and innovations that shine brightly, including our initiative in cybersecurity and data privacy, our business law clinic for entrepreneurs, the DePaul Migration Collaborative, academic success and bar passage programs and courses and our new donor-funded Racial Justice Initiative. Under the leadership of President Rob, the law school will be a key collaborator in interdisciplinary initiatives developing university-wide, and we are excited to be a part of DePaul as it becomes the model for higher education.

This year has been a tough one for many, as we rise out of a pandemic weary and traumatized and manage our own personal and professional challenges. A new year is just around the corner, with all the hope and expectation it brings. I wish you a joyous, healthy and peaceful holiday season, and I hope to connect with you in 2023!

With gratitude and pride,

Dean Jenn