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Dean's Council

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The DePaul University College of Law Dean's Council is an advisory board consisting of alumni from various areas of the law practice. Individuals are nominated for membership by the dean of the College of Law and the Nominating Committee. A Dean's Council member's term is three years, subject to annual renewal.

Members of the Dean's Council advise and assist the dean as requested. Additional responsibilities include: promoting the image of the College of Law; increasing the College's outreach to law firms and alumni; advancing the mission of the College of Law through participation in raising external funds, including making an annual personal gift; increasing the interaction between the faculty and the legal world; engaging current students through increased alumni interaction; and attracting prominent attorneys to the campus as guest lecturers.

Dean's Council Leadership:

Mr. George Lattas '08
Principal Attorney
Lattas Law Office​

Ms. Adria East Mossing '88
Mossing & Navarre LLC​​

Immediate Past Chair:
Ms. Noelle Brennan '95
Noelle Brennan & Associates​

Dean's Council Members:​

Ms. Lisa Acevedo '95
Polsinelli PC​

Ms. Heather Renée Adams ​'12​
Roetzel & Andress

The Honorable Maryam Ahmad '00
Associate Judge
Circuit Court of Cook County

Ms. Karina Ayala-Bermejo '98
Institute del Progreso Latino

Ms. Aurora Austriaco '90
Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel

Mr. Norman B. Berger '81
Senior Counsel
Gensburg Calandriello & Kanter

Mr. Michael Bergmann '02
Executive Director
Public Interest Law Initiative

Mr. Joseph G. Bisceglia '73
Jenner & Block​

Mr. James Botana '92
Jackson Lewis

Ms.​ Colleen Breems '14
Beermann LLP​

The Honorable Kirk Dillard '82
Locke Lord LLP

The Honorable Thomas Durkin'78
Federal Judge
U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois

Ms. Karyn Bass Ehler '05
Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General
Office of the Illinois Attorney General​​

The Honorable Robert F. Harris '91
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court of Cook County​

The Honorable Corinne Heggie '01
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court of Cook County

Ms. Michelle Jochner JD '90, LLM '92
Schiller DuCanto & Fleck

Mr. Shawn Kasserman '90
Tomasik Kotin Kasserman

The Honorable Bertina E. Lampkin '74
Appellate Judge
State of Illinois Appellate Court​

Mr. Juan Carlos Linares '02
President & Chief Executive Officer
Association House of Chicago

The Honorable Margaret Stanton McBride '76
Appellate Judge
State of Illinois Appellate Court

Ms. Carla R. Michelotti '75
Carla Michelotti LLC

Mr. Sharone R. Mitchell, Jr. '09
Cook County Public Defender
Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender

Ms. Meredith Ritchie '90
Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer
Alliant Credit Union

Ms. Jamie Rhee '00
Chicago Department of Aviation

Ms. Kendra Roberts '08
Corporate Counsel
Brighthouse Financial​​

Mr. Patrick Ross '08
Ross Law Firm​​​​

The Honorable Craig Smith JD'80, LLM '83
Judge Pro Tem
Maricopa County Trial Courts

Ms. Swathi Staley '11
Chief Community Investment Officer & General Counsel
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Mr. Phillip Stern '75
Of Counsel
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg

Mr. John Sciaccotta '87
Aronberg Goldgehn

Ms. Cathy Steege '82
Jenner & Block

Ms. Gabrielle S. Stormo '03
Senior Corporate Counsel 

Mr. Martin Tully '90
Redgrave LLP

The Honorable Franklin Valderrama '88
Federal Judge
U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois

Ms. Robin Wagner '14
Pitt McGehee Palmer Bonanni & Rivers

Ms. Donna Welch '94
Kirkland & Ellis

Honorary Dean's Council

Honorary Dean's Council status is granted to Dean's Council members who have provided extraordinary service to the College of Law, the legal community, ​​and/or the Chicago community during their Dean's Council tenure. The status is offered to members who have completed at least four terms of service on the Dean's Council and have been recommended for the honor by the Dean's Council's Nominating Committee. The Dean makes the final determination on granting Honorary Dean's Council status.

The Honorable William J. Bauer '52

The Honorable Edward M. Burke, Sr. '68

Mr. Barry Chatz '87

Mr. Robert A. Clifford '76

Mr. Philip H. Corboy, Jr. '77

The Honorable Richard M. Daley '68

Mr. Jack M. Greenberg '68​

Mr. John W. Martin, Jr. '61

Mr. Donald L. Mrozek '73

Mr. George M. Pearce '79

Mr. Bernard B. Rinella '61

Mr. Donald C. Schiller '66

T​​h​e Honorable John Simon '67

Mr. Samuel K. Skinner '66

Mr. Thomas M. Tully '63​