Public Service and Public Interest Law

Ambassador James Hormel '58 Comes Home to the Law School

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For the Honorable James Hormel, ’58, discovering his identity and mission in social justice has been a lifelong process. One early turning point came during his years as the University of Chicago Law School’s first full-time dean of students, when he realized he was on the side of students who were protesting the Vietnam War.

Class year: 
1958

James Comey, '85: Life of the Mind Leads to Life of Public Service

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The year after he graduated from the Law School, while he was clerking for a District Court judge in New York City, James Comey, ’85,attended a bail hearing for the mobster Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno,boss of New York’s Genovese crime family. “It was riveting to watch,and the two prosecutors were not much older than I was,” Comey recalls.

Class year: 
1985

Lillian Johnson ’75: Putting “the Power of the Law” to Work in Her Community

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Last year Lillian Johnson, ’75, who for thirty years has been executive director of Arizona’s largest nonprofit civil legal aid program, was honored by the Obama administration as a “Champion of Change.” The award recognizes “ordinary Americans who are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.”

Class year: 
1975

Alexander Polikoff, ’53: Inspiring Social Change through Legal Action

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In 1966, Alexander Polikoff, ’53, and a team of lawyers brought America’s first major public housing desegregation lawsuit, Gautreaux v. Chicago Housing Authority, challenging CHA’s practices for siting its housing projects.

Class year: 
1953

Ajit Pai '97: Public Service Excellence Stems From Law School Culture

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Late last year Ajit Pai, ’97, was nominated to be one of the five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Class year: 
1997

Judges Discuss Law, Gender, and Motherhood at Law Women's Caucus Event

Meredith Heagney
Law School Office of Communications
May 4, 2012

Three federal district court judges and an Illinois Supreme Court justice met for a lively lunchtime talk at the University of Chicago Law School about law, gender, and motherhood.

Faculty: 
Alison Siegler

Ambassador James C. Hormel, '58, "Breaking the Pink Ceiling"

Scheming Washington insiders, Congressional power plays, and allegations of pedophilia were not enough to keep James C. Hormel, Class of 1958, from becoming America’s first openly gay ambassador.


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Cass Sunstein Draws Big Crowd in Return to Law School

Meredith Heagney
Law School Office of Communications
May 1, 2012

What does baseball have to do with government regulations?

Plenty, according to Cass R. Sunstein, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in President Barack Obama’s administration. In each, it’s wise to look at statistics, research, and measured results to gauge effectiveness – of a player or a regulation – rather than just trust one’s gut instinct.

Faculty: 
Michael H. Schill

National Review Profiles Utah U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Liljenquist '01

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Class year: 
2001

Ambassador James C. Hormel, '58, "Breaking the Pink Ceiling"

Scheming Washington insiders, Congressional power plays, and allegations of pedophilia were not enough to keep James C. Hormel, Class of 1958, from becoming America’s first openly gay ambassador.

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