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Illinois Law
June 2014
John Colombo begins his term as interim dean

Effective June 1, Professor John Colombo began his term as interim dean of the College of Law while a national search is conducted for a new permanent dean. In a recent email to alumni and friends, Dean Colombo provided assurance that the programs and initiatives started during former dean Bruce Smith's tenure will continue to move forward, and the College will remain a vibrant academic community. He also shared a few priority areas of focus - student recruitment, job placement, growing the Chicago Program, and continuing to meet with and seek support from alumni and friends. 

Referring to a famous quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Colombo said, "After 26 years at Illinois, I am sure of one thing – the University and the College of Law administration, faculty, and staff are committed to teaching law in the grand manner and to making great lawyers. I look forward to upholding and advancing this commitment during my time as dean."

Shaw (’93) elected president of the American Bankruptcy Institute

At their 2014 Annual Spring Meeting in late April, Brian Shaw (’93) was announced as the next president of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). Shaw, of Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC (Chicago) was selected by the ABI Board of Directors and will serve a one-year term. Read more.

New Alumni-Student Mentoring Program kicks off

The Alumni-Student Mentoring Program seeks to connect first-year students with alumni in one-on-one, student driven relationships in order for students to benefit from the experiences and knowledge of Illinois Law alumni. Alumni mentors provide an invaluable service to first-year students by providing advice that can help them succeed in law school and better understand the legal field. Learn more about the program and register to become a mentor. 

College of Law donors make a lasting impact

Alumni and friends who donate to the Illinois Law Annual Fund make a lasting impact on the entire College of Law community. Gifts provide critical funding for scholarships, fellowships, academic programs, student organizations, and clinics. If you have not yet made your contribution to the Illinois Law Annual Fund, you can make your gift online today and create your own lasting impact. Learn more about our students whose lives have been forever impacted due to the generosity of our donors. 


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Class Notes

Judge P. Michael Mahoney ('71) retired as a magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on April 30, 2014. Mahoney plans to rejoin the family law firm of Mahoney & Hauser, in Freeport, Illinois.

David J. Philipps (’87) was recently named to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, of which he is a founding member. Philipps is senior partner in Philipps & Philipps, Ltd., a consumer rights litigation firm in Palos Hills, Illinois.

Karen S. Tharp ('88) was named first assistant state's attorney for Sangamon County, Illinois. Tharp is a 25 year veteran prosecutor in the county.

Amber Davis-Johnson ('94) is now assistant corporation counsel at Bay County, Michigan. Davis-Johnson was previously in private practice. 

David Adams ('96) was promoted to Senior Vice President for Global Government Affairs and General Counsel of Kaplan, Inc.

Pam DiCarlantonio ('96), outgoing president of the College of Law Alumni Board, has been promoted to partner at legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa.

Josh Whitman ('08) will become director of athletics at Washington University in St. Louis on August 1, 2014.

Barbara J. Myers ('11) has joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP as an associate in the firm’s Government Practice in the Springfield office. 


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Alumni Events
June Events

June 19, 2014 
D.C. Summer Happy Hour
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Penn Social, 801 E St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Meet and mingle with fellow D.C. alumni and current students summering in D.C. Stop by anytime from 5:00-7:30, and look for tables with Illinois signs. RSVP online.

June 25 - 27, 2014
What the Best Law Teachers Do: Education in Action
All Day Event (Conference)
Chicago, IL
Andrew Leipold, the Edwin M. Adams Professor of Law, will present: “Remember George Valentin” at What the Best Law Teachers Do: Education in Action, a conference hosted by Northwestern Law and the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning on June 25-27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Leipold’s lecture will focus on changes in the legal landscape, both current and anticipated, what features of teaching are at the core of what professors do, and what features will inevitably need to change. 

June 26, 2014 
Chicago Summer Happy Hour
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Rivers Restaurant, 30 South Wacker Drive, Chicago
Alumni and students are invited to join us at this casual networking happy hour at one of downtown's most popular after-work locations! Register online.


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Around the College

Another academic year came to a close at the end of May, and the usual hustle and bustle at the Law building has subsided as we ease into the summer months. 

Although Convocation was the highlight of the month of May, there were a few other noteworthy items as well. Nearly a dozen scholarship donors had the opportunity to meet students who have benefitted from their generosity as the College of Law hosted a scholarship luncheon. Two faculty members, Charles Tabb and Eric Johnson, received annual awards from the College. In addition, several of our students were honored with 2014 Rickert Awards, which recognize excellence in academic achievement. We also said thank you to our dear friend and colleague, Peter Maggs, who, after 50 years on the faculty, taught his last class prior to retirement. 

The month of June kicked off with the announcement of our 2014 Employer Honor Roll. As part of the College of Law's annual Law Firm Challenge, Interim Dean John Colombo and members of our Advancement and Career Services teams have also been visiting participating firms to provide alumni with an update on the state of the College. 

Finally, the College recently launched a short survey to gauge interest in regional Law alumni groups. Your direct feedback is extremely invaluable as we evaluate different methods of alumni engagment; please take a moment out of your day to complete the survey, at your earliest convenience.