Public Service and Public Interest Law

James Cole Jr., '95, Confirmed as US Education Department General Counsel

We are thrilled that the Senate has confirmed James Cole Jr. as the new general counsel at the U.S. Department of Education.

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Following is a statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan:

Class year: 
1995

WuDi Wu, ’16, named December’s Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month

Becca Smith, '16
Law School Communications
December 2, 2014

WuDi Wu, ’16, has been named December’s Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month.

Editor's note: The Pro Bono Board, a student group committed to expanding pro bono knowledge and opportunities to students, names a Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month. The December honoree is WuDi Wu, ‘16. Becca Smith, a member of the board, wrote this story on his work.

Kevin K. McAleenan, '98, Appointed Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske announced on Monday the selection of Kevin K. McAleenan as the Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson and Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske announced on Monday the selection of Kevin K. McAleenan as the Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). McAleenan is an innovative, dynamic, and mission-driven leader with more than 20 years of border security, legal, and international experience.

Class year: 
1998

Carmel Dooling, '17, named Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month

Becca Smith, '16
Pro Bono Board
October 24, 2014

Carmel Dooling,’17, began participating in pro bono work before classes even started—and by mid-October had already contributed 19 hours toward the Pro Bono Pledge. She's been named Volunteer of the Month for November.

Editor's note: The Pro Bono Board, a student group committed to expanding pro bono knowledge and opportunities to students, names a Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month. The November honoree is Carmel Dooling, ‘17. Becca Smith, a member of the board, wrote this story on her work.

Brian P. Brooks, '94, Appointed Fannie Mae Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Fannie Mae has appointed Brian P. Brooks, 45, as executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary effective November 10. 

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WASHINGTON, DC – Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) announced today it has appointed Brian P. Brooks, 45, as executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary effective November 10. Brooks joins Fannie Mae from OneWest Bank where he was vice chairman and chief legal officer.

Class year: 
1994

Ariel Levinson-Waldman, '01, Wins Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. Young Public Lawyer of the Year Award

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ariel Levinson-Waldman, the Senior Counsel to D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan, has won the Daniel J. Curtin, Jr.

Class year: 
2001

Public Interest at the Law School

Date: 
10.16.2014
Location: 
Room F
Contact info (email or phone): 

Hannah Lazar, hklazar@uchicago.edu

Students at the Law School will engage in a panel on different facets of public interest life, including pro bono volunteer work, clinic experiences, networking, and job opportunities. This is an informal student panel open to the public. Domino's Pizza will be provided.

Julie Fernandes, ’94: Building a Career from One Interesting Job to the Next

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Not long after she graduated from the College at the University of Chicago in 1987, Julie Fernandes, ’94, met an influential mentor, the Chicago civil rights leader Al Raby, who gave her some life-shaping advice: “He told me, ‘If a job seems interesting to you, take it. If you like it, keep it.

Class year: 
1994

Jason S. Patil, '98, Accepts Senior-Level Appointment at SEC

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The Securities and Exchange Commission announced this week three new high-level appointments.

Jason S. Patil began work at the agency on Monday as an administrative law judge; Rhea Kemble Dignam has been named senior counsel to the director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations; and Liban Jama has been named director of the Atlanta Regional Office.

Class year: 
1998
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