Public Service and Public Interest Law

Maureen Thornton Syracuse '74 Receives Honor from D.C. Bar

Ms. Thornton received the William J. Brennan, Jr. Award for her career of service advancing access to justice

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The D.C. Bar has selected Maureen Thornton Syracuse as recipient of its William J. Brennan, Jr. Award, recognizing her career contributions to providing access to justice for individuals of limited financial means. The biennial award, which recognizes an individual D.C. Bar member for exceptional work towards furthering the public interest and equal justice, was presented today at the D.C.

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Law School grows tradition of clerkships

Law School grows tradition of clerkships
Sarah Galer
University of Chicago News Office
July 7, 2011

Matthew Tokson, JD’08 and University of Chicago Bigelow Teaching Fellow, will spend next year clerking for former Supreme Court Justice David Souter in retirement, something he had not even contemplated a couple of years ago.

Alison Siegler and Daniel Rosengard '11, “Special Considerations in Representing the Non-Citizen Client"

This is a recording of a training seminar presented by the Federal Criminal Justice Project for federal criminal defense attorneys entitled “A Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Considerations and Consequences From Bond Through Sentencing and Beyond.” Approximately 60 federal defenders and Criminal Justice Act Panel attorneys attended the seminar, which was held on May 5, 2011, at the office

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Panel: "Guantanamo Redux"

This panel, recorded on May 10th, 2011, and sponsored by the American Constitution Society and the International Human Rights Law Society featured three prominent trial lawyers from Illinois, Florida, and New York involved in the defense of Guantanamo detainees and in numerous other complex criminal cases. 

71:35 minutes (65.55 MB)

Panel: "International Human Rights: Does China Change Human Rights Law or Does Human Rights Law Change China?"

This panel was recorded April 6, 2011, as part of the China and International Law Symposium sponsored by the Confucius Institute and the University of Chicago Law School.

80:46 minutes (73.96 MB)

Joseph Alesia

Lecturer in Law

Joe Alesia is an Executive Counsel, Global Investigations at GE where he conducts and manages internal investigations across all of GE’s businesses, including matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). Prior to his time with GE, Joe was a Managing Director at Stroz Friedberg LLC, a cybersecurity, digital risk management, and investigations firm.

James Cole, ’95: Breaking Barriers by Seeking Challenges

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When James Cole, ’95, was growing up in a neighborhood not far from the Law School, his family was often strapped for cash. “We were on welfare more than we were off of it,” he recalls. “I remember having big blocks of government cheese delivered to our house.” As a youngster he sold candies at his church, and he liked the feeling of making a contribution to his family’s well-being.

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Michael Friedman

Lecturer in Law

Michael D. Friedman was formerly Managing Director at Ocean Tomo, LLC, an intellectual property focused merchant bank, where he headed its Asset Management business, served as Chief Investment Officer, and headed Investment Banking. Prior to joining Ocean Tomo, Mr.

Building a Public Interest Career

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This moderated panel will feature three Chicago-area public interest law attorneys, each at different stages of their careers. Come hear these practitioners discuss their career tracks, highlight issues related to transitioning between firms and public interest, and answer questions.

Douglas Wilber, ’10, Staff Attorney, Chicago Legal Clinic

LRAP 101: Everything you need to know about the Old and New Programs

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The Law School recently announced a redesign of its Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). This new program and its predecessor program are intended to alleviate the debt burden of our graduates who work in public interest. Have questions about it? Wonder which program – the new or former LRAP -- is right for you?

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