• National Jurist ranks College of Law employment rate as 2nd most improved in nation

    Following their recent ranking of the College of Law as a “Best Value Law School” for 2014, the National Jurist released another report on employment rate improvements this week. While the nationwide employment rate for recent graduates has remained relatively flat in the past few years, twenty law schools, including Illinois Law, actually improved their employment rate by 10 percent or more.


  • James Lestikow (’73) elected president of Illinois Bar Foundation

    James M. Lestikow (’73), partner in the Springfield office of Hinshaw and Culbertson LLP, has been elected as the 34th president of the Illinois Bar Foundation. His one-year term became effective at the annual meeting for the Foundation in June.


  • Law alumni board elects 14 new members

    Fourteen alumni have been elected to serve two-year terms on the Law Alumni Board, joining 14 members who were elected to the Board in 2013. For the 2014-15 academic year, Richard L. Miller II (’97), Jeffrey A. Wakolbinger (’08), and Joel Shapiro (’85) will serve on the executive committee of the Board, as president, vice president, and secretary, respectively.  


  • Valdes ('14) given Clinic Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award

    Pamela Valdes (’14) was recently awarded the Clinic Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award.   

    Valdes joined the University of Illinois College of Law clinics as a student within the Community Preservation Clinic in fall 2013. Within the first semester, she quickly distinguished herself through her dedication and commitment to her clients. Valdes represented her 12 different clients zealously within the McLean County Foreclosure Mediation Program, and she obtained three permanent loan modifications and a trial period plan.

  • Thank you to alumni and friends

    As we prepare to begin another year and welcome our JD Class of 2017 and LLM Class of 2015, we want to express our appreciation for all the ways in which you, our alumni and friends, impact the College of Law on a daily basis. Each year, gifts from alumni and friends help to shape the College of Law in a multitude of ways. Through financial support, hiring, and volunteer efforts, alumni and friends are helping to ensure that the College fulfills its mission of providing a superior legal education and that we are preparing our students for success in their careers.

    As a way of saying thank you, a donor appreciation day was held this past spring. Below, you will find a link to the video of the event. I hope this expresses in some way how very grateful we are that you have chosen to support Illinois Law.  

    Thank you video

    Thank you again for your generous support.

  • College of Law selected to participate in inaugural Illinois Bar Foundation Fellowship Program

    In partnership with the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, the College of Law recently selected a fellow to work in our Civil Litigation Clinic. Juan Mejia, a 2014 graduate of the College, is the recipient of the fellowship in this inaugural year. 


  • Dosunmu ('04) elected president of the board of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

    Folarin S. Dosunmu ('04), an associate in Much Shelist's Creditors’ Rights, Insolvency & Bankruptcy practice group, has been elected president of the Board of Directors of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS).  Dosunmu has been a CVLS board member for four years and previously served one year as vice president for finance. 


  • Douglas ('10) receives Young Lawyer of the Year Award

    Tracy D. Douglas ('10), staff attorney, Illinois Governor’s Office of Executive Appointments in Springfield, received a Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) at the organization’s 138th Annual Meeting on Friday, June 20, at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI.


  • Law student wins Avery Brundage Scholarship

    Law student Jeffrey Zohn ('16) has been awarded an Avery Brundage Scholarship for excellence in academics and athletics. He will receive a $2,500 award for the 2014-2015 academic year. 


  • John D. Colombo begins term as interim dean of Illinois Law

    John D. Colombo, the Albert E. Jenner Jr. Professor, begins his term as interim dean of the University of Illinois College of Law this week. A member of the Illinois faculty since 1988, Colombo primarily teaches tax law. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and co-author of two books on the theory of tax exemption for charitable organizations, the exemption standards for nonprofit hospitals and commercial activity by charities. A national search will be conducted to hire a permanent dean.


  • Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program

    Supported by a significant grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and capitalizing on the particular strengths of the University of Illinois in computer science, engineering, and intellectual property law, the Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program (ICSSP) trains the next generation of specialists capable of protecting the nation’s cyber infrastructure.

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  • Fiello ('84) wins ISBA's Joseph R. Bartylak Memorial Legal Services Award

    At the Illinois State Bar Association’s (ISBA) annual meeting on June 20th, several awards were presented, recognizing individuals for their commitment and services to the profession and their communities. Michael Fiello, a 1984 graduate of the College of Law, won the Joseph R. Bartylak Memorial Legal Services Award.


  • Suh ('14) wins NACTT writing competition

    Yeji Suh, a 2014 graduate of the College of Law, was recently selected as the winner of the 6th annual National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACTT) law student writing competition. The contest encourages and rewards original law student writing on issues concerning consumer bankruptcy and the law.


  • Freyfogle article selected for honor by national panel of law professors

    Professor Eric Freyfogle has had a recent law-review article of his chosen as one of the top ten of the year in the combined fields of land use, environmental, and property law, by a nation-wide panel of law professors. Freyfogle is no newcomer to the honor, this being his eighth article to receive such recognition. Over the past quarter century, no law professor in the country has had more pieces selected. 


  • Rushin featured on recent episode of HBO series VICE

    Featuring commentary from Professor Stephen Rushin, HBO’s groundbreaking news magazine series VICE aired its second season finale on Friday, June 13th. The episode, titled Surveillance City, chronicled the use of advanced police surveillance technologies in Camden, New Jersey. 


  • College of Law donors make a lasting impact

    Alumni and friends who donate to the Illinois Law Annual Fund make a lasting impact on the entire College of Law community. Gifts provide critical funding for scholarships, fellowships, academic programs, student organizations and clinics. Below are stories of students whose lives have been forever impacted due to the generosity of our donors. If you have not yet made your contribution to the Illinois Law Annual Fund, you can make your gift online today and create your own lasting impact. 


  • College of Law names 50 employers to 2014 Honor Roll

    Today, the University of Illinois College of Law published its Employer Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes 50 employers who have regularly hired recent graduates of the College of Law. The Honor Roll contains a wide variety of employers, including firms of various sizes, government agencies, courts, corporations, and academic departments. Combined, Honor Roll employers have hired over 150 recent College of Law graduates in the Classes of 2011, 2012, and 2013. 2014 marks the inaugural year for publication of the Honor Roll.


  • Shaw (’93) elected president of the American Bankruptcy Institute

    At their 2014 Annual Spring Meeting in late April, Brian Shaw (’93) was announced as the next president of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). Shaw, of Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC (Chicago) was selected by the ABI Board of Directors and will serve a one-year term.