John Marshall at a Glance: 2015 Highlights
John Marshall at a Glance:
2016 Highlights
John Marshall at a Glance: 2016 Highlights
Troy Riddle Named Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer; Professor Art Acevedo Named Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Faculty

Troy Riddle Named Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer; Professor Art Acevedo Named Director of Diversity and Inclusion for FacultyAs institutions throughout the country confront questions of racial equality, John Marshall has named Troy Riddle as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Professor Art Acevedo as Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Faculty. In his position, Riddle will focus on developing new measures and programs to attract and retain students. Acevedo will work to increase diversity among adjunct faculty and full-time faculty positions and to ensure best practices regarding diversity issues in the classroom. The appointments affirm John Marshall’s longstanding commitment to diversity.

Professor Kim Chanbonpin Becomes President of Legal Writing Institute
Professor Kim Chanbonpin

Professor Kim D. Chanbonpin was installed as President of the Legal Writing Institute at the LWI Biennial Conference in August in Portland, Oregon. As the new LWI president, Chanbonpin becomes the first person of color to hold the office. Chanbonpin is also serving a three-year term on the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers. Additionally, she sits on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Council and acts as its Secretary.

John Marshall Inducted into LGBT Hall of Fame
John Marshall Inducted into LGBT Hall of Fame

In August, John Marshall became the first law school to be inducted into Chicago’s LGBT Hall of Fame. Named a “Friend of the Community,” John Marshall was recognized for its welcoming and supportive atmosphere for LGBT students and faculty, for being a center of scholarship and advocacy for LGBT rights, and for the services that the law school’s clinics provide to the LGBT community. Professor Mark Wojcik was previously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.

Braun Symposium Focuses on Practical Restorative Justice Alternatives to Mass Incarceration
Braun Symposium Focuses on Practical Restorative Justice Alternatives to Mass Incarceration

The 2016 Braun Memorial Symposium will focus on the implementation and practical effects of restorative justice, a process that seeks to reduce recidivism rates and mass incarceration by not only addressing, but rebuilding, the relationship between victim and offender. Presenters include Cook County State’s Attorney candidate Kim Foxx, and Rep. La Shawn Ford, among others. Last fall, Restorative Justice Project Co-Directors Hon. Sheila Murphy (ret.) and Professor Michael Seng released Restorative Justice in Practice: A Holistic Approach.

John Marshall Students Secure 14 Federal and State Clerkships

Last year, 14 students landed judicial clerkships, including five in federal courts and nine in state courts. Current and former students credit the Career Services Office and the Office of Professionalism & Career Strategy for helping them locate opportunities and master the skills needed to become successful clerks. In addition to its already expansive lineup of career preparation programming, John Marshall has created professional development programs for its students, so they are practice-ready and professional from day one.

IP Director Daryl Lim Appointed to American Antitrust Institute Advisory Board
IP Director Daryl Lim

Professor Daryl Lim, Director of the Center for Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law, was appointed to the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) Advisory Board. With this appointment, Lim joins a board of internationally renown professors and economists whose work influences policy at the highest levels of government and the law. An emerging leader in antitrust and patent law, Lim recently spoke at the International Legal Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and at the International Competition Network Conference in Singapore.

Pro Bono Clinic Gains National Attention with Transgender Marker and Name Change Project
Pro Bono Clinic Gains National Attention

The Pro Bono Program & Clinic launched a gender marker and name change project, the first of its kind in Illinois, to help people navigate the laws and rules required to change their names and gender markers. Through the project, students work directly with Illinois residents needing assistance in changing their names and/or gender markers on government documents. The project, which has been featured by National Jurist,, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and more, is a partnership between John Marshall, Equality Illinois, and Seyfarth Shaw.

Veterans Clinic Wins US District Court Excellence in Public Service Award

Recognizing the Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic’s (VLSC) work to assist veterans, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois awarded the VLSC its Excellence in Public Service Award in May. Representing the magistrate judges of the Northern District of Illinois who nominated the Clinic, Judge Geraldine Soat Brown stressed the importance of the relationship the court has developed with the VLSC. Through the partnership, VLSC staff attorneys and students attend monthly petty offense calls to identify veteransin need of help and work with veterans to dismiss their tickets.

Distance Education Program Gains National Prominence
Distance Education Program

John Marshall’s distance education offerings continue to receive national attention. A New York Law Journal readers’ survey last year voted John Marshall #2 on its list of the nation’s best online graduate programs for practicing lawyers. Additionally, the spring 2016 issue of National Jurist magazine highlighted two John Marshall’s courses—eDiscovery, Digital Evidence & Computer Forensics and Health Care Reform under the ACA—in a feature on 10 summer JD online courses. Due to an increase in visiting students over the past few years, the law school is exploring revenue-sharing partnerships with other law schools.

Trial Team Wins at Harvard

John Marshall was again named National Champions at the National Animal Law Competitions (NALC). John Marshall took first place for the second year in a row in the Advocacy Closing Argument Competition, while student Sarah Hanneken earned a Best Bill and Fact Sheet award in the Legislative Drafting Competition. For almost a decade, John Marshall Trial Advocacy teams have been leaders at the NALC. Since 2008, John Marshall has either won or been finalists in at least one of the NALC competitions every year except one.

Faculty Service & Awards

Professor Lurene Contento will serve as Chair of the Association of Legal Writing Specialists through June 2018.

Professor Marc Ginsberg, Director of the Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution, is serving as Professor- Reporter to the Illinois Supreme Court’s Committee on Illinois Evidence.

Professor Celeste Hammond and the Center for Real Estate Law celebrate the center’s 20th Anniversary in 2016.

Professor Sam Jones was appointed to the Chicago Innocence Center Board of Directors.

Professor Jason Kilborn accepted an invitation to join the International Insolvency Institute, an invitation-only organization of leading bankruptcy and restructuring professionals.

Professor Jamie Kleppetsch was named President of the Association of Academic Support Educators.

Professor Ann Lousin was awarded a fifth consecutive Illinois State Historical Society award for her scholarship and was appointed representative to the Advisory Committee for the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative in Armenia.

Professor Bill Mock is serving as Budget Officer for the ABA’s Section of International Law, as well as an ABAappointed Liaison to the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing.

Professor Mary Nagel, Director of Externships, is serving as Professor- Reporter to the Civil Justice Committee of the Judicial Conference of Illinois.

Professor Anthony Niedwiecki is serving as Chair of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission’s Publication Committee.

Professor Timothy O’Neill was honored with his third Meritorious Achievement Award at the CBA’s 2016 Herman Kogan Awards.

Professor Samuel Olken is serving as John Marshall’s 2016–2017 Lee Chair in Constitutional Law.

Professor J. Damian Ortiz was reappointed to the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission’s Hearing Board for an additional term.

Professor Mark Wojcik is serving as Diversity Officer for the ABA’s Section of International Law. He is the President-Elect of Scribes