Public Service and Public Interest Law

Spring Break of Service 2012: Biloxi

University of Chicago Law School Students spent their spring break providing legal assistance in Biloxi, Mississippi. Read more about how Chicago Law students find ways to serve while they study.

Public Interest Law Week Celebrated with Awards, Advice

Meredith Heagney
Law School Office of Communications
May 25, 2012

The University of Chicago Law School celebrated Public Interest Law Week with speakers, accolades, and inspiration. Students heard from lawyers active in pro bono and nonprofit work, and two students who already shine in public interest law were honored.

Faculty: 
Amy M. Gardner
Faculty: 
Susan J. Curry

Information Privacy: A Fireside Chat with FTC Commissioner Julie Brill

Julie Brill, a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, participated in a fireside chat with Professors Randal Picker and Lior Strahilevitz on Thursday, April 26, 2012.


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Lillian Kraemer '64 Endows Public Interest Professorship

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A bequest from Lillian Kraemer, ’64, will one day endow a tenured academic professorship at the Law School that will be focused on public interest law.

Class year: 
1964

Leslie Bluhm, ’89: Keeping Chicago’s Volunteer Network “In Service”

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Less than two years after she graduated from the Law School, Leslie Bluhm, ’89, founded Chicago Cares, the nonprofit that is now the largest volunteer service organization in the Midwest.

Class year: 
1989

Cas Holloway, ’02: A Civil Servant Committed to Customer Satisfaction

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As New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Operations, Cas Holloway, ’02, directly oversees 11 mayoral agencies and assists the mayor in overseeing the police department, fire department, and several other key offices—all with the ultimate goal of providing more than eight million New Yorkers with effective, efficient, innovative, and sustainable services.

Class year: 
2002

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
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