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Dean’s Message

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Dear DePaul Law Alumni Community:​

Orientation for the entering class of 2020 (174 strong) has begun COVID-style, including one day of in-person classes, an online service day and a Zoom student organization fair!

To prepare for the fall semester, the senior admin team has been working tirelessly for the past few months to put together a course schedule that balances safety with providing the best educational experience for our students. The faculty attended workshops and trainings throughout the summer to ensure that that they would be providing excellent online education, as most of the upper-class courses had converted to online offerings. Last week, we adjusted the online offerings even more when the university decided to limit in-person offerings in light of rising positive COVID-19 cases in Illinois and other states.

Next week, when all classes begin, each of the 1L sections will come in once per week for two of their classes and take their remaining classes online. Except for a small number of experiential learning courses, upper-class courses are online. At the same time, we are ensuring that our students have a "home" at DePaul Law, keeping our library, as well as other spaces on the Loop campus, open during the week. Everyone on campus needs to wear a mask and stay safely distant. My responsibility to all our students is to keep them moving forward towards becoming lawyers—the pandemic may slow us down a bit, but it will not stop us! The world will need our students more than ever when they graduate.

In addition to all the logistical dancing that we are doing, we are also moving forward to advance the excellence of the law school and its Vincentian values in a variety of ways, including:

  • adding two clinics, a Family Law Field Clinic and a Croak Community Legal Clinic in Criminal Justice (adding to the Civil Justice Clinic);
  • hiring a new Jaharis Fellow, Theodosia Stavroulaki, who is an expert in health care, antitrust and artificial intelligence law, and law and inequality;
  • planning a "Community Conversation" on racial justice, including policing, health disparities and voting; and
  • reviewing our degree programs to ensure that social and racial justice are integrated into our JD, LLM and MJ programs.

We will continue to keep our eyes on our North Stars—our students, our values, our sustainability and our excellence. I look forward to the year ahead and to keeping connected with our community in every way we can!​

All my best,

Dean Jenn