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Illinois Law
April/May 2014
Bruce Smith to step down as Illinois Law dean

Bruce Smith, the twelfth dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, has announced that he is stepping down from the deanship, effective June 1, 2014, after more than five years of service. He will remain on the Illinois law faculty as a tenured professor and Guy Raymond Jones Faculty Scholar. Professor John Colombo, the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Professor of Law and a 1981 graduate of the college, will serve as the college’s interim dean while a national search is conducted for a permanent successor. Read more.

Alumnus honored and endowed scholarship announced at 14th Annual LLSA Banquet

The Latina/o Law Students Association held its 14th Annual Alumni Banquet at the Champaign Country Club on April 5. The evening highlighted the many successes of the past year for the College of Law’s LLSA student organization, recognized all 3L members, and introduced the new Executive Board. Mauricio Morales (’04) was presented with this year’s LLSA Alumnus of the Year Award, and the LLSA Scholarship Fund endowed scholarship was formally announced by Dean Bruce Smith and alumnus Federico Rodriguez (’98). Read more.

Four alumni honored at the Annual Alumni Luncheon

Each year, the College of Law honors alumni with awards presented at the Annual Alumni Luncheon. The Honorable Debra B. Walker (’87) was selected as the 2014 recipient of the Alumni Loyalty Award, and the three Distinguished Alumni Award recipients were Carol Harrington (’77), Lee Reichert (’92), Adam Hoeflich (’91). The awards were presented to the honorees at the luncheon in Chicago on Thursday, April 24. Read more.


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Class Notes

Terry Sharp ('73) was rated "AV Preeminent" for the 25th year by Martindale-Hubbell. The distinction is the highest possible peer review rating for legal ability and ethical standards by the organization. Sharp is the founder of The Sharp Law Firm, P.C. in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

Pamela Strobel ('77) will co-chair the 19-member search committee to find a successor to University of Illinois president Robert Easter. Strobel is a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Illinois.

Jean Manning ('83) was designated chief counsel for employment emeritus of the U.S. Senate by resolution of the Senate. Manning retired from the position, which she originated and held for over 20 years. Senator Dick Durbin paid tribute to Manning on the Senate floor on March 25, 2014 and thanked her for her service.

Stacie Behler ('95) has been appointed Michigan Municipal Services Authority’s executive committee and board by Michigan governor Rick Snyder. Behler is vice president of public affairs and communications for Meijer Inc., as well as the executive director of the Meijer Foundation.

Ji Kim ('04) and Jeanah Park ('02) were elected to shareholder at Vedder Price. Kim is a member of the Global Transportation Finance team in the firm's New York office. Park is a member of the Litigation practice area, as well as the Financial Services and Antitrust and Competition practice groups in the firm's Chicago office.


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Alumni Events
May Events

May 29, 2014
Alumni Lecture Series: "The Right(s) to be Forgotten: Developments in Digital Oblivion"
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd., Chicago (203 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2500)
Dr. Meg Leta Ambrose (JD '08), assistant professor of Communication, Culture, and Technology at Georgetown University, will discuss the legal issues surrounding one's right to have their personal information removed from a website or other digital medium. 

May 30, 2014
Class of 1985 Reunion
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
BellyQ (1400 West Randolph, Chicago)
Alumni from the Class of 1985 are invited to a fun, informal reunion in Chicago. 

June Events

June 16 - July 11, 2014
Summer Mock Interview Program
The Office of Career Planning and Professional Development invites you to participate in this year's program. 

  • You decide how many students to host for a 20-minute mock interview followed by a 10 minute feedback session.
  • You select date(s) between June 16 and July 11 that work best for you to host students at your office.
  • CPPD will manage the student registration process and provide you with an interview schedule and resume package for students interviewing at your office at least one week in advance of interview dates. 
  • The students arrive at your office for their mock interviews at the selected date and time. 

To participate, simply complete the Summer Mock Interview Registration Form by Friday, May 23. Please contact Maria Saez Tatman, associate director for career planning and professional development, if you have any questions or would like further information.


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Around the College

As usual, it has been a busy Spring at the College of Law. In addition to the events featured in the News section above, there were many other happenings around the College.

At the beginning of April, the College hosted “U.S. Solutions to Bankruptcy Problems,” a two-week training program on bankruptcy law for 34 members of the judiciary of Thailand. On April 8th, a select number of students participated in the annual Frederick Green Moot Court Honorary Round, with a celebration reception and dinner following the event at the Champaign Country Club. The College also hosted a reception to honor the four J.D. students and two LL.M students who received the 2013 Lisnek Awards. The month wrapped up with the 3rd Annual Criminal Law Symposium and a riveting session with the Illinois Innocence Project and Peggy Jo Jackson, a recently released prisoner who was granted a commutation of sentence. 

We kicked off the month of May with a special edition of Peer's Pub on May 1st - Thank a Donor Day. Students were invited to sign cards and posters thanking our generous supporters, and many had the opportunity to participate in our year-end appreciation video for alumni and friends. The College also announced Patrick Fitzgerald as our convocation speaker, and we celebrated the Class of 2014 at Convocation the weekend of May 17, 2014.