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The DePaul Law Marketing Communications Department is staffed by Assistant Dean of Compliance & Communications Debbie LaGioia and Digital Marketing Specialist Lori Wolan.
We are responsible for building and maintaining the College of Law's reputation, attracting prospective students and engaging with various stakeholders, including current students, faculty and alumni. Through strategic marketing and communication initiatives, we ensure that our institution's achievements, expertise and unique offerings are effectively conveyed to the wider legal community and beyond.
Here's a glimpse into what our department does:
Faculty & Staff
Key components of the DePaul brand, including its official colors and fonts, can be found here, and information about logos and mark usage can be found on the University Brand Standards webpage.
Faculty and staff who have a legitimate business need for the College of Law logo, including center- and institute-specific logos, can send an email request to Digital Marketing Specialist Lori Wolan and copy Assistant Dean Debbie LaGioia. Please do not use the University Brand Management logo request form, as logo usage is determined by the College of Law.
For College of Law departments and programs not eligible for a logo, it may be possible to create a program wordmark. For an example, please visit the Racial Justice Initiative homepage.
Student Organizations & Journals
Per University policy, students are not permitted to use any of the University’s official logos or marks, including those of the College of Law.
Student organizations and journals may use the words in their own created logo if it does not visually resemble anything that is an official DePaul University or College of Law logo or mark, including fonts.
The College of Law hosts a variety of events annually, with a majority of them eligible for CLE credit.
Faculty and staff should contact Event Manager Nicole Pinkey to book an event date, time and room, as well as create a website calendar entry, Eventbrite registration page and place orders for specific room configurations, classroom technology and catering.
Student organizations should review and follow the processes outlined on the Plan an Event webpage.
The College of Law Marketing Communications Department only handles event promotion by creating event webpages, when appropriate; email marketing campaigns to students, faculty, staff and alumni; posting to social media; and if a budget is available, handling digital advertising such as on LinkedIn or in the Chicago Daily Bulletin.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Digital Ads:
• Ad size 240 x 400 or 300 x 250: Approximately $300 for 8 days
• Headline ad in their email newsletter: Approximately $150 for 1 week
LinkedIn Ad Auction:
• Set your max price/budget, select your audience and timeframe, and the platform will place the ad accordingly until your budget is depleted
Marketing Communications typically promotes all events digitally; however, printed day-of event agendas and large-format easel posters can be created if a budget is available and a request is made at the time of event submission as described below. Posters cost approximately $75 each, and printed agendas are typically free if the quantity is below 100.
If you plan to post event flyers around the CoL, they will need to be approved by the Law Office of Student Affairs. If you need them printed, please submit your request through the Law Operations intake form.
Marketing Communications generally sends email invitations to students, faculty and staff. Alumni (all or certain subgroups) also can be included, pending permission from the Office of Alumni Relations.
Please note that we do not include public Zoom links in email invitations. Event hosts need to contact Event Manager Nicole Pinkey to create an Eventbrite registration page, and she will provide us with a registration link for the email invitation. She also will provide your registrants with a Zoom link just ahead of your event.
Marketing Communications also does not purchase outside email lists and creates external email lists only for select law school events and campaigns. If you would like an event promoted to a non-DePaul group, please provide a purchased digital email list or create an Excel spreadsheet with title, first name, last name, email address and organization name and send it to Digital Marketing Specialist Lori Wolan and copy Assistant Dean Debbie LaGioia.
Please note that event promotion should minimally start four to six weeks ahead of the event date. Accordingly, Marketing Communications should receive all event information at least six to eight weeks prior to the event date in order to have enough time to create all promotional emails, social media posts and advertisements.
Marketing Communications is unable to start any production until all event text and images are provided in an unformatted Word document and the text has been reviewed and approved by Assistant Dean LaGioia. Also, please be sure to review the Photography, Releases & Permissions section below.
To start an event promotion, email all event text and images in an unformatted Word document to Assistant Dean Debbie LaGioia and copy Digital Marketing Specialist Lori Wolan. Please do not email email@example.com, which is rarely monitored.
The University’s Communications Department drafts and pitches news stories to the media; maintains resources for journalists, including the faculty/staff Experts Guide; provides media training to faculty and staff; creates public relations campaigns; and handles crisis communications. University Manager of Strategic Communications Mary Hansen works with the College of Law on all of its media-related needs.
To view current law school news, visit the News page, and to view current faculty-specific news, visit the Faculty & Staff page.
The College of Law and University do not have a staff photographer or videographer available for general use. The Marketing Communications Department can help you book a professional event photographer, which costs approximately $400-$500 for a two-hour timeframe, if booked in advance. If you are using images solely for social media purposes, you can use a cellphone with a decent camera to capture images.
Photo Releases & Permissions
Excluding event attendees, the university photo and video release form should be signed by all individuals who will be photographed, videotaped or audiotaped for university publications, web pages and social media channels.
The event host is responsible for obtaining all necessary photo releases for individuals speaking at their events. All releases will need to be received before the Marketing Communications Department can promote the event.
The online release is maintained by the university, not the College of Law. It also is acceptable for the event host to maintain on file emails received from their speakers that give such permission; however, it is suggested that the event host note in their initial outreach email that the law school will be using their images to promote/market the event.
To cover photography of event attendees, at least two days prior to the event, the event host should contact Event Manager Nicole Pinkey to request the College of Law’s “photography in session” posters, which should be placed at the entrance of the event space. The poster language is as follows (and is similar to the online release form):
Photography in Progress
DePaul University is photographing, video recording and/or audio recording at this location for official university purposes and publications, both online and print.
By entering, you grant DePaul University the right to license your name, image, likeness and comments in DePaul materials for all internal and external audiences. DePaul University may alter any images and recordings. You waive any right to inspect or approve the finished images and/or recordings and waive the right to any royalties and/or compensation arising from or related to the use of the images and/or recordings.
You affirm you are at least 18 years of age. If you are not, or if you have concerns regarding this release, please see a DePaul staff member at this location.
For faculty hosted events, the event manager will bring the posters and easels to the event location. Staff and students hosting events should plan on picking up the posters and easels from the event manager’s office at an agreed-upon time, and they should return everything to her office immediately after the event concludes. Her office is in the Dean’s Suite, 931 Lewis.
University Brand Management (UBM) created a variety of general DePaul templates for Word, PowerPoint, Zoom and Teams.
A College of Law email template can be obtained by emailing Lori Wolan.
Electronic stationery can be ordered through UBM’s online intake form. At this time, UBM has paused printed stationery orders while they launch a new stationery store. If you would like to add your name to a mailing list for when the store is live, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are not permitted to use any official DePaul stationery or templates.
The College of Law expects all community members using social media to represent the law school to review and adhere to the University’s Social Media Standards, which strives to foster open discourse in a respectful manner.
Posting to the Main College of Law Social Media Accounts
Faculty, staff and student organizations and journals with news they would like posted to the College of Law’s main social media accounts should email all relevant information, including photos and descriptions, to Digital Marketing Specialist Lori Wolan and copy Assistant Dean Debbie LaGioia. To be added to the social media schedule, requests must be received by Thursday of the week prior to the desired posting date. Please do not email email@example.com, which is rarely monitored, or send predesigned images, unless they adhere to University branding (e.g., fonts, colors, etc.).
The College of Law maintains social media accounts on the following platforms:
• Facebook: @DePaulCollegeofLaw
• Instagram: @depaullaw
• LinkedIn: DePaul University College of Law
• X (Twitter): @DePaulLaw
• YouTube: DePaul University College of Law
Creating Social Media Accounts
Only officially recognized College of Law departments, programs, centers, institutes, initiatives, student organizations and journals may create DePaul Law social media accounts.
A depaul.edu program/department email address, if available, should be used to create social media accounts, so oversight can be more easily transferred to a different administrator, if necessary.
Account handles should include the department, program, center, institute, initiative, organization or journal name along with “DePaul College of Law” or “DePaul Law.” Do not use just the University or College of Law name, as users may assume the account speaks for the entire University or College of Law, which it does not.
Marketing Communications only maintains password information for the main law school accounts. However, if content inconsistent with the guidelines is found on any non-primary DePaul Law social media account, we will request that it be taken down immediately.
The College of Law Marketing Communications Department is responsible for maintaining all content on law.depaul.edu.
If you have minor updates to existing web content, such as faculty bios or student organization descriptions, please email Digital Marketing Specialist Lori Wolan and copy Assistant Dean Debbie LaGioia.
Your email should include the specific page/URL requiring updating, and it should provide the exact text changes that are needed. We strive to turn around minor updates the same day, and we will reach out to you if more time is needed.
If you would like to change, remove or add substantive content on the law school website, please email your request to Debbie LaGioia. Your email should include the specific location/URL for the proposed change and a draft of any new text to be added/changed. Your text will be reviewed by Assistant Dean LaGioia, and once approved, it will be sent to Digital Marketing Specialist Lori Wolan for execution. Timeframes for such requests will vary depending on the complexity of the content.