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Alvin H. Baum Family Fund Celebrating over 40 years of partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

TA B L E OF C ONT E NT S About the University of Illinois


About the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund


Environmental Change Institute


Institute For Sustainability, Energy, and Environment


College of Law



College of Law*


I L LINOIS AT URB A N A - CHAM PAIG N Founded almost 150 years ago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is responsible for enhancing the lives of people in Illinois, across the nation, and around the world through leadership in learning, discovery, engagement, and economic development. Illinois is a truly comprehensive public research university and is uniquely suited to address this responsibility in ways that others cannot. As a result, Illinois has set forth the goal of being the pre-eminent public research university with a land-grant mission and global impact. In our 148-year history, we have established an identity and personality rooted in achievement and driven by excellence in all we do. Framed by our track record of innovation and creativity, Illinois is widely recognized as a leader, visible to the nation and to the world as a place where transformational learning and groundbreaking scholarship lead to addressing the world’s most complex and critical challenges. Illinois embraces strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations such as the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund to achieve shared goals. For over 40 years, Illinois and the Baum Family Fund have addressed issues related to law, the environment, and agriculture. Now, this special partnership is positioned to contribute solutions to the grand societal challenges threatening the quality of life for citizens around the world.



$320,000 College of Business*


$1.15 Million




$299,000 ACES*

$46,000 Department of Intercollegiate Athletics

* A portion of the funding shown for these respective Colleges was earmarked for the Environmental Change Institute

TH R OUGH 2014 $2 Million


Vice Chancellor for Public Engagement


Alvin and Ann Baum led an understated lifestyle in Highland Park, IL. Despite vastly different upbringings and an age gap of over 20 years, Mr. and Mrs. Baum shared a deeply held common bond: to be champions of the underprivileged. Committed to the causes of health, human services, education, housing, environmental issues and the arts, the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund is focused on positively impacting lives and changing the world for the better.








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The University of Illinois was a natural fit with the shared goals of the Alvin H. Baum Fund and its mission to impact environmental sustainability through world-leading research.

Together, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund have changed the lives of thousands. With foresight and shared vision, this partnership is uniquely suited to address future challenges and solve some our world’s most pressing concerns.


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ENVI R O N ME N TA L C H A N GE IN ST I T U T E The overarching challenge to realizing our mission is gleaning insight into human motivations, then shaping policy and courses of action that people will embrace and deploy for the greatest common good” PROFESSOR WESLEY M. JARRELL FOUNDING DIRECTOR FOR ECI


n 2007, Joel Friedman, Trustee of The Alvin H. Baum Family Fund, came together with three colleges at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to develop a multidisciplinary institute around the theme of environmental change with the vision of synchronizing the best environmental science, the most enlightened policy and front line entrepreneurship to benefit the greater good. Friedman sought to “negate the adverse effects of environmental change by fueling the interplay of big ideas and best practices.” Through a generous three-year financial commitment of $900,000 from the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund and matching funds totaling $390,000 from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) ($300,000 contribution); the College of Business ($60,000 contribution); and the College of Law ($30,000 contribution), the founders established the Environmental Change Institute (ECI). Chartered in February 2008 and operating from July 2008 through 2012, the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) laid the foundation for what is now the University of Illinois’ Institute for


Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (iSEE), engendering interdisciplinary thinking, strategy, and action not otherwise occurring between traditional academic structures. The founders sought to spur new thinking across the disciplines, shaping people’s understanding of the issues and parlaying that understanding into real-world actions to mitigate the adverse effects of humankind on the environment. The Institute’s constituencies were business leaders, scientists, policy makers, faculty, students, and, ultimately, any citizens interested in joining the effort to curb the forces of climate change. The cross-campus partners cooperated and co-leveraged resources in unprecedented ways to generate insights into the causes and consequences of environmental change, and influence constructive responses more quickly than would otherwise be likely to occur. The three colleges created new “hybrid” academic courses and provided matching funds for research and seed grants. For the first time, there was a formal platform at Illinois addressing questions such as: What is the role

of local public policy in building green? How is climate change impacting Midwest agriculture and water resources? The ECI conducted direct outreach efforts through research grants, courses, programs and fellows. Illinois students were engaged beyond the classrooms, through efforts such as student-led energy-use audits and campus-wide water and energy management activities. New insights and programs were shared with the public through the University of Illinois Extension, which reaches 2.5+ million residents in all 107 Illinois counties. ECI delivered on its mission by funding four main categories of study: (1) Research, (2) Courses, (3) Fellows and (4) Programs. As a direct result of the work of the ECI and the support of the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund, in December 2013, the University of Illinois launched the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) on the Urbana-Champaign campus—a multi-disciplinary campus-wide initiative that conducts actionable research for real-world solutions.



The Environmental Change Institute will illuminate the causes and consequences of global environmental change and develop constructive responses through public policies, technologies, and lifestyles.

The ECI advances our understanding of global environmental change and offers solutions to avoid, mitigate, or adapt to its effects through support of scholarly research, innovative teaching, and public outreach.


Student Impact Jennifer Nelson ECI shapes energy dashboard When the University initiated an energy dashboard for the campus, ECI played a critical role. Establishment of the energy dashboard was a multi-part project that included implementation of a website, connection of existing real-time energy meters, and installation of additional real-time energy meters throughout campus. ECI staff designed the site and created reference content. The website went live in early 2012, and existing real-time meters were connected. Users can access the dashboard at The Student Sustainability Committee funded the purchase of the website module for the campus’ energy data historian program, as well as $100,000 for real time meters. Additional funding for meters came from other campus sources. Campus policy now states that all new meters must be real-time. Most recently this dashboard and real-time metering has allowed for the University of Illinois to compete in the ECO-OLYMPICS, an energy competition between residence halls on campus. Eco-Olympics is part of a nationwide program called Campus Conservation Nationals, as well as a mini Big Ten competition. This competition creates a greater awareness of energy use amongst the students in the residence halls.

When Jennifer Nelson entered the environmental sciences program at the University of Illinois, her background varied from much of her cohort. She had just spent three years practicing law as a public defender working with juveniles. Support via ECI allowed her to compliment her graduate studies and research with her professional experience. Nelson coupled her training and experience in legal research and writing with her studies in environmental sciences. Her specific focus was the social, economic and environmental factors involved in water quality management in the Tualatin River watershed of Oregon. It was the ECI funding that made this critical, multidisciplinary work possible. At the time, few organizations were providing support to students conducting broad research and analytical skills to tackle difficult policy questions. ECI funding enabled Nelson to produce a thesis that now serves as a white paper on water quality management and response to climate change referenced in current management work in that region. Today, Nelson is an Outreach, Volunteer and Education Program Manager for the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District. The opportunity to better understand the management system in the Tualatin area is invaluable to her in this current role. In her professional position, she hopes to expand the public’s knowledge of and participation in resource conservation in this basin. Further, she hopes they will continue to build on the existing watershed model for water quality management.

Dr. Suski and Aaron Shultz ECI support provided to Dr. Cory Suski funded two projects including student Aaron Schultz’ doctoral research focused on the impacts of climate change on nearshore marine ecosystems in the Bahamas. Aaron Shultz is nearing completion of his Ph.D. The project resulted in four planned publications, one peer reviewed manuscript, five invited presentations, and interest by others to provide funding to continue work in this area. The ECI Funding of the Suski/Schultz project promoted excellence in research that has been recognized at the highest levels on campus. Shultz was recognized with the 2011 University of Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award (awarded to only one student on the campus each year) and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences with the Graduate Award for Excellence in Research. While a graduate student, Schultz oversees the operation of the Cape Eleuthera research institute in the Bahamas ( Associated with CEI is “the island school” a unique, sustainability oriented high school. In addition to supporting Shultz’s graduate work, the ECI investment created opportunities for 16 interns working on the project to be trained in field/lab techniques, data collection and data management.

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I N S T I T U T E F O R S U S TA I N A B I L I T Y, E N E R G Y, A N D E N V I R O N M E N T


n December 2013, the University of Illinois launched the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) on the Urbana-Champaign campus. The Institute, one of the major initiatives championed by Chancellor Phyllis Wise as a result of her “Visioning Excellence” exercise to identify grand challenges for this campus to address, was established with the help of a generous founding gift from the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund under the administrative leadership of Joel Friedman. iSEE was created to lead an interdisciplinary approach to researching solutions for the world’s pressing sustainability, energy and environmental needs today and tomorrow. The Institute is also tasked with helping the Illinois campus become a model of sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental friendliness — and to prepare students to be leaders in these fields and/or leaders by example as good Earth citizens when they leave campus.

iSEE was officially established Dec. 16, 2013, just one year after the Academic Senate approved establishment of its predecessor, the Center for a Sustainable Environment (CSE). CSE was a merger of the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) and the Office of Sustainability (OS), both of which did outstanding work in environment and sustainability for our campus. The Baum Fund previously supported CSE and ECI. Since its inception, iSEE has developed interdisciplinary research themes, in which the Institute will seed fund and shepherd faculty teams dedicated to “actionable research” — scientific progress toward real-world solutions. The five themes: Climate Solutions; Energy Transitions; Sustainable Infrastructure; Water and Land Stewardship; and Secure and Sustainable Agriculture.

Managing human-caused climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, and weaning society from its dependence on fossil fuel for energy is a critical step in meeting this challenge.”

STORED SOLAR STOVE RESEARCH TEAM From left, Matthew Alonso, graduate student in Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Ndu Egekeze, Corporate Liaison at IEFX-Illinois Engineering First-Year Student Experience; Tami Bond, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; project leader Bruce Litchfield, Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Madhu Viswanathan, Professor of Business; and Joe Bradley, Teaching Associate at IEFXIllinois Engineering First-Year Student Experience.

A message from the Baum Family Director for iSEE With the world’s population now crossing the 7 billion mark, the biggest challenges we face as a society in the next 20-50 years will revolve around meeting society’s needs safely while preserving the environment. I am proud that the University of Illinois considers it our responsibility to tackle these challenges and our partnership with the Baum Family Fund is critical to our success in meeting these goals. By forming the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE), we will use an inter-disciplinary approach to conduct ‘actionable’ research aimed at solving real world issues both now and in the future. The Baum Family Fund, administered by Joel Freidman, has challenged us to think ambitiously and become an international leader in sustainability, energy, and the environment. As the inaugural Baum Family Director for iSEE, I embrace this challenge and look forward to bigger, better things in the days ahead.

Evan DeLucia Baum Family Director for Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment

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iSEE Progress Update In June 2014, iSEE awarded funding (more than $940,000 total) for three projects: >> Under the Water and Land Stewardship theme, the Smart Water Disinfection Project, to develop an understanding of water-borne pathogens, a portable system to detect the pathogens, a method for disinfection, and a business model for distributing purification kits. >> Under the Secure and Sustainable Agriculture theme, the Woody Polyculture Project, to develop alternative options for Midwest agriculture, comparing a variety of systems — mixtures of trees, shrubs, and forage or hay — that yield multiple food and fuel sources. >> Under the Energy Transitions theme, the Stored Solar Stove Project, to develop a way to successfully store solar energy for cooking, as well as a cookstove that can be used at any time — thus eliminating the need for acquiring solid fuels to burn (and limiting black carbon emissions). In June 2015, iSEE will award seed funding for three more projects. >> iSEE has taken an administrative role in coalescing thematic researchers at Illinois. A newly formed Water Scholars

group will lead to collaborations across the many strengths this campus has in water specialties: major areas of research excellence; large funded centers and institutes; laboratories; and individual scholars. >> iSEE has begun a similar process with Energy Scholars. The Institute is taking a leading role in campus sustainability efforts. Illinois earned several awards, for which iSEE submitted information, in 2014: >> A place on the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, one of 24 institutions of higher learning (and the only in the Big Ten) to earn a perfect score of 99. More than 800 colleges and universities were evaluated for this honor. >> The No. 1 Big Ten green school and 28th overall out of 162 four-year institutions that applied to the Sierra Club’s Cool Schools list. >> A Gold Level designation by the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact. >> STARS Gold Level honors in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, the highest honor achieved to date in the STARS ratings.

OCTOBER 2014 ISEE CONGRESS Pictured is Colorado State University Professor Raj Khosla, an expert in precision agriculture.


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>> iSEE instituted a procedure for formulating and evaluating campus sustainability policies and initiatives (see chart)— including evaluation of the 2010 Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) and writing a new 2015 iCAP. In June, Chancellor Wise approved the three-level procedure that involves: Sustainability Working Advisory Teams (SWATeams of two faculty members, two staff members and two students, who develop policies and initiatives); the iCAP Working Group; and the Sustainability Council. >> In May 2014, iSEE orchestrated the Urbana-Champaign campus sale of 150,000 metric tons of certified carbon credits to Chevrolet. With the sale — and a match from campus leadership — more than $1 million will go to the campus general fund, earmarked for further greenhouse gas emission reductions on campus. >> The Institute created a Certified Green Office Program to encourage behavior changes across campus toward conserving energy and resources. The program has engaged 30 campus units, departments and offices covering more than 1,200 faculty and staff. Participants will be honored during Earth Week. >> iSEE convened a Student Sustainability Leadership Council (SSLC), bringing together leaders from numerous sustainability-related student organizations in the hopes of coalescing their efforts. >> On the education front, iSEE is developing a campuswide undergraduate minor named the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (SEE) Fellows Program to promote systems-level thinking about issues of sustainability. The minor, with five academic units at its core, will replace the existing Environmental Fellows Program and provide a broader opportunity for interdisciplinary education, internships, and capstone research projects in sustainability. An October 2014 roundtable discussion convened by iSEE included leading corporate, government agency and NGO employers to identify the skills and training that students need to make a professional contribution to developing a sustainable future for our planet. The minor is on track to be offered for the first time in Fall 2015.

>> iSEE created the Clean Energy Education Fellows Program, which oversees nine graduate students researching topics related to clean energy. After securing a $20,000 Public Engagement Grant Award, iSEE is helping students develop educational materials on clean energy for classrooms ranging from middle school to junior college. >> On the outreach front, the Institute’s major event was iSEE Congress 2014. Titled “Feeding 9 Billion: A Path to Sustainable Agriculture,” the event brought together leading scholars on climate change, ecosystem science, hydrology, food security, technology-enabled agriculture, and socio-economic dimensions of food production. iSEE, which secured $20,000 from the Olga G. Nalbandov Lecture Funds to help finance the Congress, convened the event to advance understanding of the state of science on the great challenges for agriculture in the coming decades: providing a secure and safe supply of food, feed and fuel to an ever-increasing human population using agricultural practices that are ecologically sustainable and adaptable to climate change. >> Planning for iSEE Congress 2015: “Water Planet: Water Crises?” is underway. The event, set for mid-September 2015, will address the vulnerability of water resources to climate change; innovative research and industrial solutions to water safety, conservation and supply; the water-land-energy nexus; water and human health; water and ecosystem services; and policy and governance. >> The Institute partnered with student groups to sponsor Earth Week and Sustainability Day events, promoting awareness about sustainability, energy, and environment. >> iSEE co-sponsors the annual fall Heartland Environmental & Resource Economics, and committed cosponsorship funding for the May 2015 Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences (ICARUS) global meeting. >> The Institute partners with the Champaign County Sustainability Network (CCNet) to promote sustainability discussions.

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Professor David C. Baum was an inspiration to his students and colleagues, not only because of the excellence of his teaching, scholarship, and public service, but because of his remarkable human qualities.


stablished in 1897, the University of Illinois College of Law is one of the oldest and best-known law schools in the nation. It was one of the small number of charter members and founders of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and was on the first national list of law schools approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Illinois is the home of the founding chapter of the law honor society now known as the Order of the Coif, has been the home to many of the nation’s great law textbook and treatise writers, and is the birthplace of the interdisciplinary movements such as law and economics and law and psychology. Our ongoing commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence assures College of Law graduates of their education’s value in the greater legal community, across the country, and around the globe. With the significant resources of a major research university, the expertise of world-renowned faculty members, and a variety of special program opportunities, academics at the University of Illinois College of Law are first-rate. Our mission is to serve as a preeminent site for the study of law, legal institution, and legal culture; to educate our students effectively and comprehensively in legal principles and skills; and to advance justice and the public good.



As an institution, we are committed to: >> advancing knowledge through research about law, legal institutions, and legal culture, bringing to bear insights from non-legal disciplines and reaching across national and cultural borders in recognition of rising global interdependence and the increasing need for cooperative responses to transnational problems and opportunities; >> developing in students the substantive legal knowledge, analytic methodologies, practical skills, moral commitments, and temperament necessary to achieve excellence in their professional and civic endeavors; >> working diligently for beneficial change in the law, legal institutions, and society; >> finding ways to keep legal education affordable and accessible, so that students have an expansive opportunity to pursue professional studies in law and so that graduates are not unduly constrained by debt in their public service and career options; and >> assisting students and graduates in developing their full professional potential, in light of changing opportunities and societal needs.

David C. Baum Memorial Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and Ann F. Baum Memorial Lecture on Elder Law A testament to the College of Law’s reputation as a top legal institution, the Baum lecture funds have been utilized to bring in renowned speakers from across the country. Since its establishment in 1973, the David C. Baum Memorial Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights has provided Illinois the opportunity to host presentations by government officials, law deans and other legal experts on a range of thoughtprovoking subjects. Speakers have included Dr. Philip B. Kurland of the University of Chicago, who served as a consultant to the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time of the Watergate investigation; former U.S. Representative

Abner J. Mikva, who also presided as chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit, and White House counsel for President Bill Clinton; Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Professor and Founding Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard University; and, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who has served on the Supreme Court of the United States since 1993. Over a span of forty years, esteemed Baum lecturers have covered such topics as freedom of the press, freedom of speech, child welfare, gender equality, racial equality, and international human rights. In keeping with Mrs. Baum’s passion for helping

others, especially the elderly, the Ann F. Baum Memorial Lecture on Elder Law was established in 2006. This lecture strives to bring to light the financial, legal, and ethical issues older Americans face each day. Lecturers from NYU, Yale, USC and others have delivered timely and compelling talks on retirement, social security, elder abuse, and housing. Through its faculty and nationally-ranked Elder Law Journal, the College of Law has long been a leader on the topic of Elder Law. The support of the Baum Foundation lecture further enhances the reputation of Illinois Law in this subject area.

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David C. Baum Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Alvin and Ann Baum Public Interest Scholarship in Law Fund For nearly a decade, the Baum Family Foundation has supported deserving and promising Illinois Law students through the David C. Baum Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Alvin and Ann Baum Public Interest Scholarship in Law Fund. As state funding for higher education has dwindled, the College of Law has increasingly relied on private support to attract and retain the brightest students, especially those with financial need. The Baum Scholarships have aided nearly 40 students in achieving their dreams of entering the legal profession. Baum Scholars have gone on to traditional law firm positions as well as careers in government and public interest. They work at such leading law firms as Winston and Strawn and Dykema Gossett. They have launched their legal careers as Court Appointed Special Advocates and with the Illinois House of Representatives.



And, because of the support they received as students, many have chosen to give back to the College through mentoring and annual donations. Since 2005, Illinois Law students have expressed their appreciation for their Baum Scholarships: “The financial support [from the Baum Scholarship] has allowed me to focus solely on my studies and College of Law activities without feeling pressure to do part-time work to defray the costs of loans.” – Nicole Abramowitz-Weber, Class of 2008, Staff Attorney with Sacramento Child Advocates, Sacramento, CA “The Baum Memorial Scholarship has opened many opportunities for me and I hope to be able to return the gift both to the legacy of Mr. Baum and the University of Illinois through these opportunities.” – Robine Morrison, Class of 2011, Litigation Associate with Winston & Strawn LLP, Chicago, IL

“The financial support provided by the Baum Public Interest Scholarship has allowed me to excel in my studies at Illinois and realize my dream of working in the public interest sector.” – Hannah Weinberger-Divack, Class of 2013, Skadden Fellow at Justice in Aging, Washington, DC “The support of the Alvin and Ann Baum Foundation is essential for me, and students like me, who pursue government externships that offer no payment. The Foundation’s assistance has helped me with school and living expenses as I study and gain experience before entering public service full-time.” – Kaitlin Dohse, Class of 2014, Assistant Counsel to the Speaker at Illinois House of Representatives, Springfield, IL Through the establishment of the Baum Memorial and Public Interest Scholarship Funds, the Baum Family Foundation has shown a great interest in the formation of tomorrow’s leaders and legal experts. We are so grateful for these gifts that will continue to benefit Illinois Law students in perpetuity.


David C. Baum Professorship and Research Funds Through the David C. Baum Professorship and Research Funds, the Baum family name has become synonymous with legal academic excellence. Heidi Hurd, the David C. Baum Professor of Law since 2002, also serves as the co-director of the Program in Law and Philosophy. In addition to the many courses she has taught at Illinois, from Criminal Law and Advanced Torts to Global Justice and Ethics, she has also been a visiting lecturer at dozens of universities across the globe. Hurd was also Dean of the College of Law from 2002-2007. Hurd’s numerous articles in the areas of criminal law, torts, legal philosophy, and political theory have appeared in the nation’s top law and philosophy journals, including the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Legal Theory, Law and Philosophy, Chicago Law Forum, Notre Dame Law Review, Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues, Boston University Law Review, Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, and

Southern California Law Review. She has testified before Congress, and is a member of a group of criminal law scholars who are collaborating on the creation of a novel new theoretical casebook in criminal law. In addition to Hurd, two of the College’s most revered faculty members, Wayne LaFave and John Nowak, hold positions at the school as David C. Baum Professors Emeriti. Wayne LaFave joined the faculty at Illinois in 1961. In 1978 he was honored as the first named professor at the College through the David C. Baum Professor of Law Fund, a position he held until his retirement in 1993. His research on criminal procedure has earned him the designation by many of his peers as the greatest scholar on the Fourth Amendment in American history. LaFave is among the most cited law professors in the country. His books and articles have been quoted or referenced by the U.S. Supreme Court in over 145 cases and in well over 14,000 reported appellate opinions in all.

His work has also been discussed or adverted to in over 7,000 law review articles to date. The David C. Baum Professor from 19932002, John Nowak recently returned to Illinois Law with emeritus status. Nowak, a 1971 graduate of the College of Law, taught courses on Constitutional Law for more than 30 years and has lectured extensively on constitutional law topics. In addition, he has written numerous articles and co-authored both single and multi-volumes reference books on the subject. Nowak has been honored by his students on multiple occasions with the distinction of “outstanding professor of the year.” In 37 years, only three faculty members have held the title of David C. Baum Professor of Law – all scholars at the top of their fields. In their varied areas of study, teaching and research, Professors Hurd, LaFave and Nowak have celebrated many accomplishments while carrying the Baum family legacy with them.

Elder Financial Justice Clinic In 2012, The Alvin H. Baum Family Fund provided a generous three-year, $180,000 grant to the University of Illinois College of Law to start the Elder Financial Justice Clinic, the first law school clinic in the nation to focus on the important issue of elder financial exploitation. Professor Matthew Andres directs the clinic, which serves the dual purposes of providing direct representation civil legal services to victims of elder financial abuse throughout Illinois and teaching College of Law students the skills necessary to be outstanding legal advocates for seniors and other vulnerable adults.

In just its fourth semester of operation, the Elder Financial Justice Clinic has already provided significant legal services to 31 clients residing in 12 Illinois counties, and it has helped to provide 28 law students with the skills and experience necessary to prepare them to practice immediately upon graduation. Though financial abuse cases are often complex and protracted, the students in the clinic have already achieved a number of successful outcomes for clients. The Elder Financial Justice Clinic has also gained a positive reputation statewide

and nationally for its innovative approach to combating elder financial exploitation. Professor Andres and clinic students have been asked to present about the Elder Financial Justice Clinic and elder financial exploitation to senior services providers and community groups throughout Illinois. Professor Andres has served on statewide committees advocating for legislative assistance and improved services for financial abuse victims, and he was enlisted to draft proposed legislation to broaden mandatory reporting of elder abuse.

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