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Dean’s Message

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Dear COL alumni:

Welcome to a new academic year! The halls are full of the boundless energy of our students, including our outstanding incoming class of new 177 JD students; 150 full-time, 27 part-time. They are the strongest academic class we have seen in 10 years. All our students are returning to modest upgrades to the student lounges and library, with more student engagement in these spaces than I have seen in years (even before COVID). We also welcomed to our community two new tenure-line faculty members and three fellows, all of whom are bringing their expertise and dedication to our students.

As I begin my eighth year at the law school, I could not be more hopeful about our future. Our new president (President Rob) shares a vision of hope and ambitious aspirations for our university and law school. We continue to ascend in our reputation as a top-choice, urban law school: Chicago's law school. We also continue to rebuild our community in-person and online, following too much time apart from one another. Our community is our greatest asset, especially our alumni. So, we are building on the strength of our extensive alumni networks, from BigLaw to private practice, advocacy organizations and corporations. We are engaging more alumni as thought leaders through our various councils and committees.

As we continue building our alumni community, we recognize that traditions matter. That's why we're inviting you to our annual law alumni reception. This year, the celebration will return to the W Hotel-City Center on Sept. 29, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. It's a super-special reception this year, where we will give the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Robert A. Clifford (BSC '73, JD '76, LLD '03) and hear remarks from President Robert L. Manuel. Please attend and bring a colleague (or two)!

In the meantime, continue to Dream Big for DePaul Law!​