Public Service and Public Interest Law


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Defenders is a student group focused on programming related to indigent defense and public defender work, and on creating a network for students interested in being public defenders. We encourage all to attend and participate!

Please contact current President James Dubray at for more information .

Meet the Corporation Counsel: Careers with the City of Chicago Law Department

Room II
Contact info (email or phone): 

Susan Curry -

Zachary Togami -

Steve Patton, Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, will lead a panel to discuss careers and other opportunities with the City of Chicago Law Department. This event is open to 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls of the University of Chicago Law School.


The panel of speakers will be comprised of:

Steve Patton, City of Chicago Corporation Counsel

Manish Shah '98 Nominated to US District Court for Northern District of Illinois

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From the Chicago Sun-Times:

WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama on Thursday tapped Manish Shah, a federal prosecutor, to be a federal judge in the Chicago-based Northern District of Illinois.

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John Emerson '78 Confirmed as Ambassador to Germany

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From the US Embassy website:

John B. Emerson was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 1, 2013 as U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and presented his credentials to German President Joachim Gauck on August 26, 2013. He and his family arrived in Berlin on August 15, 2013.

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Morning Edition Looks at New FBI Director James Comey '85's To-Do List

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For the first time in years, there's new leadership at the FBI. Attorney General Eric Holder conducted the swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday. While Jim Comey starts his job Thursday, he's been working to get ready for years — preparing for threats ranging from terrorist bombings to cyber attacks.

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3L, Recent Alum Earn Coveted Fellowships

Meredith Heagney
Law School Office of Communications
June 11, 2013

One soon-to-be Chicago Law graduate and one recent alumna are the recipients of a highly competitive fellowship that will allow them to serve Chicago communities in need for the next two years.

Susan J. Curry

Pro Bono Service Initiative Recognition Ceremony

North Green Lounge
We will be recognizing all graduating students who have completed the Pro Bono Pledge by completing at least 50 hours of supervised volunteer legal work that helps to meet the legal needs of persons of limited means, to promote access to justice, or to serve the public good.

Equal Justice Works Fellowships: Beyond the Basics

Room B

Radhika Singh Miller, EJW Senior Program Manager

Pro Bono Work of John Durrant '01 Highlighted in California Lawyer Magazine

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John Durrant, '01, was pro bono counsel for 2012 suit that detailed over 100 incidents of abuse of inmates by Los Angeles County deputies. You can read more here.

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The Law School Pro Bono Service Initiative: What it is and What it Means for You

Room D

Join us for lunch and to meet the new Manger of the Pro Bono Service Initiative, Shehnaz Mansuri, who will provide information about pro bono opportunities in the community and how students can get involved.

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