Annual Report 2009 - 2010
This report is organized by the priorities established by the law school faculty through the self-study process in 2008. The activities and achievements highlighted here illustrate our continued commitment to these priorities.
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Admissions Update ........................................................................................................................................... 3 Induction Ceremony .......................................................................................................................................4 Professional Responsibility Day...............................................................................................................5 Bar Pass Rates ........................................................................................................................................................5 Moot Court Achievements .........................................................................................................................6 Student Organization Activities...............................................................................................................7 Law Journal .............................................................................................................................................................7
Full-time Faculty .................................................................................................................................................9 Semester Away Program .............................................................................................................................10 Ireland Summer Study Abroad ..............................................................................................................10 Women in Leadership Program ............................................................................................................11 Innovative Teaching.......................................................................................................................................12 Student-Centered Program Attracted New Dean....................................................................13
Foundation for Defense of Democracies Fellowship ............................................................15 Dr. Arthur Grayson Lecture .....................................................................................................................16 John and Marsha Ryan Bioethicist-in-Residence .....................................................................16 SIU/SIH Health Policy Institute ..........................................................................................................17 Medical Malpractice Liability in Illinois..........................................................................................17 Faculty Presentations ........................................................................................................................ 18 - 19 Faculty Publications...........................................................................................................................20 - 21
Clinical Programs ............................................................................................................................................23 Faculty Service Highlights.........................................................................................................................24 Intergenerational Initiative ........................................................................................................................24 Veteransâ€™ Legal Assistance Program ...................................................................................................25 Immigration Detention Project.............................................................................................................25
Social Activities .................................................................................................................................................27 Appellate Court Arguments ....................................................................................................................28 Swearing-In Ceremony................................................................................................................................28 Lesar Lecture ......................................................................................................................................................29 Former U.N. Official Discusses Nation Building ......................................................................29 Class Notes ..............................................................................................................................................30 - 32 Continuing Legal Education Programs ...........................................................................................32 Awards Ceremony ..........................................................................................................................................33 Honor Roll ...............................................................................................................................................34 - 35 Commencement .................................................................................................................................36 - 37
Deanâ€™s Message As I begin my tenure as dean, I would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome I received upon my arrival. The exceptional law school community was one of the characteristics that attracted me to SIU, and I am delighted to join the SIU Law family. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Interim Dean Frank Houdek and Interim Associate Dean Paul McGreal for their excellent leadership during the last year, and I am honored to follow Peter Alexander, who created an outstanding legacy for the SIU School of Law. I am impressed by the outstanding work being done here, and continue to be enthusiastic about the future despite the inevitable challenges. SIU, like all law schools, faces budget constraints and a changing career landscape for our graduates. I am confident, however, that the dedication of the faculty, staff, students, and alumni that I have seen in my first few weeks will enable us to not simply weather the storm, but to thrive in spite of these challenges. It was a busy year at the law school. Students participated in two new â€œsemesterawayâ€? programs. An innovative program, Women in Leadership, which focused on preparing female law students to be leaders within the legal profession was held for the first time in January. These and many other special events and activities are described in the pages that follow. Although the pages of this magazine chronicle many of the interesting and innovative events and programs from the past year, the faculty, staff, and I are looking toward and planning for the future. We will be looking for ways to enhance our already superb program of legal education so that our graduates continue to be prepared for meaningful and productive careers in the ever-changing legal profession. The upcoming academic year will be filled with many exciting opportunities for you to connect with the law school. Please make plans to join us at football tailgates, alumni receptions, lectures, and other special events. I look forward to meeting the people who have been committed to building and supporting this excellent law school.
Cynthia L. Fountaine
We strive for a highly-qualified, diverse student body from across the country and from all walks of life. Small by design, SIU School of Law has one of the lowest student-faculty ratios in legal education. Our professors and administrative staff maintain an open-door policy for students, providing mentoring and opportunities for individualized feedback. Our academic success program paves the way for high student achievement in the classroom and on the bar exam.
Class of 2012 Admissions Statistics Applications
Matriculated in 2009
LSAT 75th percentile
UGPA 75th percentile
2010 Group Orientation Leaders
Assistant Professor Suzanne Schmitz pictured with Taylor Mattis Fellows at Orientation
Lisa David, Admissions Administrative Clerk at the School of Law Welcome Center
Using Technology to Recruit Students In today’s expanding world, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid constantly works to find new ways to reach prospective students who spend a majority of their time plugged into technology. Understanding that many students’ first choice for finding information about law schools is through the Internet, Admissions staff use a variety of web tools to communicate with prospective students. In addition to the information available on the law school’s website, they also use a web-based enrollment management program from Hobsons, Facebook, and an online chat program.
Dervan’s recent academic fellowship focusing on counter-terrorism, national security and international criminal law.
The Hobsons program, which the office has used since 2008, is a cutting-edge program that reaches out to prospective students by providing in-depth information about the School, its programs, and the southern Illinois area. Students create a “myLAW” account and choose interest areas specific to them. These areas may range from concentrations, moot court teams, clinical programs, journals, and joint degrees to faculty blogs, school news, student organizations, financial aid, application FAQs, and child care resources. Students can then login to their customized myLAW page from any location at any time.
Staff have also been reaching out to students through an online chat program. Since its inception in 2009, they have conducted 112 chats with the 10,347 new and returning visitors to their webpage.
MyLAW enables the Admissions office to remain in contact with students during the application process. Staff use the site to e-mail monthly newsletters, birthday wishes, and targeted messages. When students have indicated an interest in criminal or international law, for instance, Admissions staff can send them a message about Professor Lucian
In the future, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid hopes to incorporate virtual open houses in their recruiting efforts using video and presentation software.
Admissions staff also maintain a Facebook profile to notify prospective students about office activities. They post information about recruiting locations, orientation, and law school events; good luck messages for LSAT test takers; and interesting facts about SIU Law. Earlier this year, the office used their profile to gather RSVPs for admitted student open houses.
After prospective students are admitted, the office uses TWEN (The West Education Network) to contact deposit-paid students during the summer. In addition to giving students an early start in learning Westlaw’s online program, Admissions staff post information on orientation, disability services, housing, parking, reading assignments, and other materials crucial for beginning their law school career.
by Lisa David
Induction Ceremony Illinois Fifth District Appellate Justice Stephen L. Spomer presided over the eighth annual induction ceremony for first-year law students in October at the Carbondale Civic Center.
series of workshops related to legal ethics and other professionalism issues. The workshops included attorneys and judges discussing with students what it means to be in the profession, expectations and common ethical considerations.
The ceremony is the culmination of a number of professional development activities “that seek to The ceremony also spotlights and introduces impress upon our first-year students that a lawyer’s students to individuals “who epitomize what it career begins in law school and that it is never too means to be a professional and to serve the public early to practice exemplary professionalism,” interim good,” Houdek said. Dean Frank G. Houdek The ceremony is the culmination of a “This year we honored said. the contributions of Students participate in number of professional development some members of the activities “that seek to impress upon local legal community drafting, and then recite a “Statement of Professional our first-year students that a lawyer’s who have devoted Commitment.” their careers to serving career begins in law school and the public good by Spomer joined the 135 that it is never too early to practice working for the Land of first-year students -- the exemplary professionalism,” interim Lincoln Legal Assistance class of 2012 -- in reciting Foundation,” Houdek Dean Frank G. Houdek said. their declaration of said. professionalism. The Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation The induction ceremony and professionalism pledge is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation that provides are part of the law school’s nationally recognized free civil legal services to low-income residents Professional Development Workshop Series. and senior citizens in 65 counties in central and Southern Illinois. Prior to the ceremony, students participate in a
Professional Responsibility Day
“To society, I commit myself as a principled
The 14th annual Professional Responsibility Day was held at the law school in September.
advocate of the
and how physicians and attorneys respond to patients or clients when there are mistakes, Basanta said.
The event introduces first-year students in the law school, the SIU School of Medicine and SIUC’s Students do not receive instructions on the correct MEDPREP program to critical and ethical issues answers. The exercises are for them to recognize that they will likely and talk about their own encounter during their “It’s not so much to teach them right views on these issues as professional careers. a beginning professional answers but to get them to talk and student “when their About 250 first-year law think about the questions they need to choice might adversely and medical students ask and think through for themselves,” affect other people,” participated. Basanta said.
community. I will preserve and defend the public by promoting justice, integrity,
humility, and equal
After opening remarks from Ross Silverman, professor and chair of the Department of Medical Humanities in the medical school, Dr. Kevin Dorsey, dean and provost of the medical school, interim law school Dean Frank G. Houdek, and W. Eugene Basanta, the Southern Illinois Healthcare Professor of Law, students broke into smaller groups for further discussions.
access to the law, while maintaining the respect of my clients, my peers, my family, and myself.”
The scenarios they discuss, with the help of law school and medical school faculty, focus on a variety of topics, including a patient’s rights, confidentiality,
From the Declaration of Professional Commitment written by the Class of 2012
“It’s not so much to teach them right answers but to get them to talk and think about the questions they need to ask and think through for themselves,” he said. The program, part of the Professional Development Workshop Series, is “reflective in both law schools and medical schools over the last 20 years of a reemergence of professionalism as a core concern in professional education,” Basanta said.
SIU bar pass rates continue to be strong JULY 2009 - ILLINOIS First-time pass rate
Overall pass rate
FEBRUARY 2010 - ILLINOIS First-time pass rate
Overall pass rate 100
Missouri Twelve took the Missouri bar and eleven passed, for a 92% rate.
Missouri Ten students took the Missouri bar and all passed, for a 100% pass rate.
Members of the 2009-10 Moot Court Board at their Awards Ceremony
Moot Court Achievements Asylum Law Moot Court Teams with faculty coach Cindy Buys
Mock Trial Team with Assistant Professor Chris Behan
Once again, SIU law students enjoyed preparing for and competing in moot court competitions. This yearâ€™s activities included:
Moot Court Competitions Thirteen teams competed in this yearâ€™s Intramural Moot Court Competition. Champion Team: Douglass Bitner and Ross Sorensen Second Place Team: Shannon Crain and Kari Scott Best Brief: Douglass Bitner and Ross Sorensen Second Place Brief: Alex Vansaghi and Kendra Wolters Best Oralist: Michelle Hook-Dewey Second Place Oralist: Douglass Bitner The Moot Court Board had two sets of teams participate in their national competitions in California.
Moot Court Board Chief Justice Danielle Macaluso; Faculty Advisor, Associate Professor Cheryl Anderson; and Associate Justice Kylie Jordan
During their Award Ceremony, the Moot Court Board recognized Professors R.J. Robertson and Leonard Gross for their many years of service and dedication to the Moot Court teams.
The National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition was held at Whittier Law School, where the 3L team of Kylee Jordan and Nikki Grashoff and 2L team of Shannon Crain and Kari Scott competed. Kylee and Nikki advanced to the quarterfinal round, where they came up against the team that received the Best Brief award and they did not advance. The Asylum and Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition was held at UC-Davis Law School, where the 3L team of Steve Boling and Danielle Macaluso and 2L team of David Aubrey, Douglass Bitner and Kelly Murray competed. Both teams did extremely well. David, Douglass and Kelly advanced to the semi-final rounds as one of the top four teams, and were awarded Best Brief in the competition. Bitner won Second Place Oralist overall. Two moot court teams competed in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition in New York City. Both teams did very well. The 2L team, consisting of Travis Strobach, Kathryn Ross and Brant Eichberg, won all its rounds on the orals but failed
to advance to the elimination rounds because its brief score was not high enough. The 3L team, consisting of Josh Severit, B.J. Pupillo and Kyle Shadowens, was 2-1 in the preliminaries and advanced to the knockout round. It won the semi-final round and advanced to the finals. In the final round, from a four-judge panel, two judges voted for our team and two judges voted for the other team. Unfortunately, the other team, Texas Tech, won on tie breaks.Josh Severit was the 8th best oral advocate in the competition. Two teams competed in the University of Minnesota McGee Civil Rights Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Both teams presented strong oral arguments, with ABA team member Josh Severin ranking eighth overall in the New York regional, and he and his teammates B.J. Pupillo and Kyle Shadowens advancing to the regional final round where they barely missed going to the national finals based on a tie breaker.
Mock Trial Team Competitions Eight students represented SIU in interschool mock trial competitions during the 2009-2010 School Year and participated in two competitions. Michael Bailey, Levi Bennett, Diane Regan and Leslie Warren competed in the Indianapolis Regional of the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition. Bridget Carlson, Ken Eihusen, Nathan Lyle and Stephanie Schmitt competed in the Chicago Regional of the American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition. Both teams performed well in the competitions and laid a solid foundation for continued success in the future. The Mock Trial Team held their first annual intraschool Closing Argument Competition in April. The competition was open to all students in the law school. Twelve 1Ls participated in the 1L Competition, and eleven 2Ls participated in the 2L/3L Open Competition. The top two 1Ls and top two 2Ls received automatic invitations to join the Mock Trial Team for the 2010-2011 school year.
Student Organization Activities The Federalist Society hosted a screening of the film “33 Minutes” in November in the Law School Auditorium. Assistant Professor Lucian Dervan gave an introduction to the film which is a high-budget documentary ripped from the headlines regarding the need for a comprehensive ballistic missile shield for the United States and its allies. Visit www.33minutes. org for more information. The Law and Medicine Society and Assistant Professor Michele Mekel hosted three film screenings this year as part of their Law, Medicine and Movies series: “The Soloist” was shown with a post-film dialogue addressing the connection between mental illness and homelessness. “Dirty, Pretty Things” involves the human organ trade. A discussion followed led by a panel of experts in law, medicine, and bioethics about the issues raised in the movie. “My Sister’s Keeper” prompted a medico-legal bioethics dialogue about “savior siblings” and patient autonomy. The SIU Law Federalist Society hosted Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and Vice President of Policy for Citizen Outreach, a Washington-based grassroots political organization, in February. Bandow spoke about the current status of the healthcare debate and offered insight as to where
Haiti Relief Drive BLSA (Black Law Students Association), the Military Law Society, and the International Law Society, worked together to collect various items and funds to help with Haiti Relief after the devastating earthquake in January. The items that were collected were stored in the Law Suits area located in Kaplan Hall, until they could be transported to Haiti. Serge Felix, the uncle of Martine Jackson, Class of ‘97, delivered the funds and items to various Haiti organizations. One of the organizations to receive relief was Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
he believes the legislation is headed based on current election trends, citizen views, and political power. The SIU Federalist Society also hosted a discussion of recent gun rights cases. Professor William Schroeder discussed the recent land-mark gun rights cases of Heller v. D.C. and McDonald v. City of Chicago. The Christian Law Student Association hosted two lunch discussions of faith and the legal profession with guest speakers Associate Professor Tom Britton and Associate Professor Cindy Buys. The Women’s Law Forum hosted a performance/ presentation by Associate Professor Sheila Simon, “Greatest Hits: Domestic Violence in American Country Music.” The performance, an enjoyable spin on a serious topic, was part of Women’s History Month in March. The Military Law Society hosted its second annual SIU Law Military Alumni Speaker, Daniel Kay. Kay is a 1996 graduate of the law school, a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve, and a prosecuting attorney in the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. He recently returned from a one-year deployment to Iraq as a senior defense counsel, representing U.S. soldiers throughout Iraq and supervising several subordinate defense attorneys and paralegals. He spoke about military justice in a combat zone and showed a video chronicling some of his experiences in various parts of Iraq.
Interim Dean and Law Journal Faculty Advisor Frank Houdek with Benjamin Bridges, Editor in Chief, at Awards Ceremony
SIU Law Journal The SIU Law Journal congratulates the following individuals who received a distinguished award at this year’s Awards Ceremony: Best Casenote: Laura Barke Best Comment: Ben Bridges Most Outstanding Service Award: Laura Barke Most Outstanding Articles Editor: Levi Bennett & Cyndi Bollman Most Outstanding Casenote/Comment Editor: Leslie Oltmann
2009-10 Board of Editors Editor in Chief ....................Ben Bridges Managing Editor ................Laura Barke Survey Editor in Chief ...Nicholas B. Haynes Lead Articles Editor .........Leslie M. Warren
Phi Delta Phi Collection Drive Phi Delta Phi sponsored a holiday collection drive for people in need in Jackson County. They collected coats and clothing as well as children’s toys.
Phi Delta Phi members pictured from left: Bradley Evetts (1L), Jonas harger (2L), Philanthropic Chariperson Patrick R. D. Sullivan (1L), Neil Schonert (1L), and Magister Kathryn Ross (2L)
Pictured from left: Jonathan Cole, 3L, Vanessa McKenzie, Illinois, Naila Robinson, 3L & President of BLSA and Warner Jones, Illinois. 7
We choose faculty who teach well, love the classroom, and place high expectations upon
themselves and their students. We value educational innovation and strive to implement the best of theoretical and experiential teaching in our classroom and clinical environments. Our goal is to teach our students to become independent learners who know how to analyze and solve problems for a lifetime of practice. Our classrooms are equipped with the latest teaching technologies. Our nationallyranked Lawyering Skills program and ABA Gambrell Awardwinning Professionalism Series bridge the gap between theory and practice and prepare our students to function effectively as professionals.
Full-time Faculty 2009-10 Jill E. Adams Associate Professor of Law
R. Hokulei Lindsey Assistant Professor of Law
Peter C. Alexander Professor of Law
Melissa J. Marlow Clinical Associate Professor of Law
Cheryl L. Anderson Associate Professor of Law
Patricia Ross McCubbin Associate Professor of Law
W. Eugene Basanta Southern Illinois Healthcare Professor of Law Co-Director, Center for Health Law and Policy
Paul E. McGreal Professor of Law Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Christopher W. Behan Assistant Professor of Law
Michele Mekel Assistant Professor of Law
Keith H. Beyler Professor of Law
Alice M. Noble-Allgire Professor of Law
Mark Brittingham Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Rebecca Oâ€™Neill Clinical Professor of Law
Thomas C. Britton Associate Professor of Law Director of Graduate Legal Studies
Cornelius A. Pereira Acquisitions/Catalog Librarian Assistant Professor
Cindy Buys Associate Professor of Law
Tracie R. Porter Assistant Professor of Law
Lucian E. Dervan Assistant Professor of Law
Heidi E. Ramos Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor
William A. Drennan Assistant Professor of Law
R.J. Robertson, Jr. Professor of Law
John Erbes Clinical Associate Professor of Law Interim Clinic Director
Suzanne J. Schmitz Assistant Professor of Law Coordinator of Academic Success Program
Leonard Gross Professor of Law
William A. Schroeder Professor of Law
Frank G. Houdek Interim Dean Professor of Law
Mark F. Schultz Associate Professor of Law
Mark R. Lee Professor of Law Sue Liemer Associate Professor of Law Director of Lawyering Skills Douglas W. Lind Director of the Law Library Associate Professor of Law
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Law students participate in new “Semester Away” Program opportunities Two new opportunities to earn law school credit while living away from Carbondale were available to students for the first time this past year. The Law & Government Semester Away Program, directed by Associate Professor Tom Britton offered second and third-year law students the opportunity to learn about State and Local Government while living and working in the Illinois capitol. Residence in Springfield, Illinois allows students to work in externship placements under the supervision of a government or quasi-government lawyer, while still earning a full semester of academic credit. Students are paired with an externship site based on their interest and experience and on the entity’s need and availability. In the spring, 2010 semester students were placed at the following sites: •
The Opinions Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office
Legal Counsel for the Illinois Speaker of the House Legal Counsel for the Illinois Senate President The Illinois Municipal League
interaction; separation of powers in state government and the Illinois Constitution; exercise of authority by the legislative and executive branches of state government.
Other externship sites that are available to student participants include:
The course combines regular class meetings and podcasts. Classes are conducted live in both Springfield at an SIU facility on the Lincoln Land College campus and at the law school in Carbondale. Associate Professor Tom Britton taught live in Carbondale and Springfield on alternating weeks.
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The Public Information Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office Legal Counsel for the Minority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives. Legal Counsel for the Illinois Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) Legal Counsel for the Minority Leader of the Illinois Senate The Illinois Legislative Reference Bureau The Illinois Department of Aging Legal Counsel for the Illinois Governor
In addition to working in their extern placements, students also take a course in State and Local Government Law which focuses on basic issues of federalism and federal, state, local government
A senior seminar course on Reapportionment and Redistricting was also offered, and included guest speakers who are involved in the process. The second opportunity, Criminal Trial Practice Semester Away Program, is overseen by Professor William Schroeder. Students work with Missouri Public Defenders at a site in Jackson, Missouri (near Cape Girardeau), and assist as needed with the defense of criminal cases.
Ireland Summer Study Abroad Program For the fourth year, SIU law students participated in the summer study abroad program in Ireland. In May and June, eight students participated in the Ireland and Wales program, and five students participated in the Ireland only program. The annual opportunity is available through a partnership between SIU and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. At SIU, the program is overseen by Associate Professor and Director of International Programs Cindy Buys. Students earn up to seven hours of ABA approved credit, and participate in field trips to Irish Courts, Cliffs of Moher, Glendalough, and more.
Associate Professor Cindy Buys with students in Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
“My colleagues and I are at the same point in our lives: learning how to be professionals. We are able to learn from each other. The workshop introduced me to more individuals that can help me become a stronger leader and a stronger attorney.”
Maureen Faller Class of 2012
From left: Jennifer Miller-Lowe ’05; Jennifer Kieffer ’10; Bridgett Carlson ’10; Laura Barke ’10; Shelby Park ’10; Lana Large ‘11
Law school launches new ‘Women in Leadership’ Program From left: Letisha Orlet ‘ll; Paula Hudson Holderman
From left: The Honorable Christy Solverson ‘90, Peggy Reiman ‘99, Leslie Ann Wood ‘97, Professor Alice NobleAllgire
From left:Angela Rollins ‘12, Jennifer Whiteford ‘02, Natalie Lorenz ‘12, Allison Balch ‘12, The Honorable James Holderman
The SIU School of Law created a new innovative program to address the lack of female leaders in the legal profession. An inaugural “Women in Leadership Workshop” was held this January. Thirty-four students, including one male student, participated. The two-day workshop was followed by a semester long class in which nine students participated. Cindy Galway Buys, an associate professor of law and director of international law programs, said she and Professor Alice M. Noble-Allgire identified a need for the program due to the low percentage of women in leadership roles within the legal profession despite an increasing number of women attending law schools over the past few decades. Only about 15 percent of women in the legal profession have leadership roles, such as judges, or law firm managing partners, said Buys. It is hoped that this program will attract more female law students to SIU and raise awareness of gender issues in the profession. In 2009-10, roughly 37 percent of the law school’s students were women.
From left: Laura Barke ‘10, Martine Jackson ‘97
Workshop topics included gender and communication, negotiation, interviewing, networking, gender issues in the workplace, developing a personal-professional brand, and balancing career and family. The workshop featured law school faculty, alumni, and local attorneys
participating in lectures, small group discussions, group exercises, and panel discussions. Paula Hudson Holderman, the chief development officer for the Chicago law firm Winston & Strawn, LLP, presented the keynote address, “Authentic SelfPromotion for Women Lawyers,” at the 17th Street Bar and Grill Annex in Murphysboro. Holderman is also on the board of governors of the Illinois State Bar Association and is its Third Vice President. In the advanced course following the workshop, students had the opportunity to job shadow local female attorneys and observe court proceedings during the spring semester. Those students also read additional materials about women in the legal profession, and made oral presentations later in the semester. The 2010 program was funded solely by contributions from the community. If you would like to help support this program, please visit our website at: http://www.law.siu.edu/alumni_devel/ giving.asp to make an on-line contribution or send a check to Judi Ray, Director of Development, Lesar Law Building, Mail Code 6804, SIU, Carbondale, IL 62901. The 2011 program will kick off with a workshop on January 13 – 14th and a dinner, open to Southern Illinois attorneys, on Friday evening, January 14th.
Innovative Teaching ‘Off-beat’ videos designed to help law students Clinical Professor Sheila Simon hopes a bit of humor assists first-year law students across the country better understand the intricacies involved in legal writing. Simon and Richard K. Neumann, Jr., a law professor at Hofstra University School of Law, are co-authors of the 2008 textbook, “Legal Writing.” Last year, more than 6,000 law students nationwide utilized the book, which employs traditional written methods in teaching law students how to write. As a book supplement, Simon, with the help of family and friends, pieced together seven vignettes that she believes take away the more mundane aspects of legal writing and help students remember the important theories. A “world premiere” screening of all seven videos was held in the law school auditorium last fall. Starting in the spring semester, students using the textbook were able to log on to a restricted-access Website provided by Aspen Publishers to view the videos and receive additional instruction in some of the more challenging aspects of legal writing. Legal writing instruction can contain long, verbose, flowery rhetoric that can be “hideously boring,” Simon said. She used many of the examples offered in the videos in her class through the years. “This is a way to get more visual, and to get across some of the messages that are sometimes harder for students to process; to see it in a visual way instead of just a chunk in a chapter,” Simon said.
Each vignette, which Simon describes as “off-beat” and “quirky,” is about five minutes long. “Students come in with some basic level of writing skills. What we are doing is refining those skills and putting them into a format that works for this profession,” she said. Students sometimes struggle with legal writing concepts. Enter lasagna, with a blender. In getting students to understand the importance of structure, Simon and her helpers use ingredients to make lasagna. “Even if you have all the right ingredients for lasagna, if you put them in a blender it’s not going to be the same thing,” she said. Simon’s daughter, Brennan, members of her band, “Loose Gravel,” and other friends were part of the project, with the law school and a science laboratory on campus serving as backdrops. Simon said there are some students who will read the book, understand the concepts, and likely never need to watch a video. But there are other students who will grab onto legal writing principles more quickly with the help of the videos. “The videos are made with a sense of humor and a richness of visual images that I hope will stick with people for a long time,” she said. “I don’t know that any of the chapters in the book will stick with people for a long time; I think lasagna in the blender will stick with people for a long time.”
Via Skype International Intellectual Policy Colloquium includes speakers from three continents Students in Associate Professor Mark Schultz’s International Intellectual Property Policy and Economic Development seminar class met and interacted with experts from London, Paris and Botswana this semester. And there was no travel involved. Five guest speakers, the SIU School of Law 2009 Distinguished Visiting Fellows in Intellectual Property Law, appeared remotely via Skype videophone projected onto a screen in the classroom, and presented recent papers or works-inprogress. The format of the seminar combines a class with a speaker series which enhances the learning experience of students by giving them a chance to interact with a diverse group of experts whose work they have read and critiqued. The format also serves the scholarly purpose of bringing in scholars to interact with faculty, who can also attend. Students get the first opportunity to comment and question before opening the floor to academics. Guest speaker presentations are open to all law students.
Abu Gharib Prosecutor Michael Holley, who was the lead prosecutor in the Abu Ghraib cases, was a guest speaker (via Skype) in Assistant Professor Chris Behan’s Military Law class in March. Students, faculty and staff were invited to attend the presentation which included a Q&A session.
Student-centered program attracted new dean Cynthia L. Fountaine began work this July as the seventh permanent, and first female dean in the Southern Illinois University School of Law’s 37-year history, dating back to its founding in 1973. Fountaine’s background, which includes serving as interim dean at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas, makes her a “great hire” for SIUC and the law school, said Interim Provost Don Rice. Fountaine was the only unanimous choice in terms of the search committee’s short list of candidates, and a near-unanimous choice among law faculty, Rice said. “I think she’ll be great. She can talk easily about what schools of law do, and she is very interested in the community outreach that we do here and wants to see that grow, along with the visibility of the law school,” he said. Fountaine replaces Peter C. Alexander as the law school’s permanent dean. Frank G. Houdek has served as interim dean since July 1, 2009. Fountaine said she’s “very honored” the law school faculty and University administration are giving her “the opportunity to lead this outstanding law school. I’m looking forward to working with the outstanding faculty and staff to continue to build on the momentum created by Dean Peter Alexander and Dean Frank Houdek,” Fountaine said. “I am also looking forward to working with Chancellor Rita Cheng and Provost and Vice Chancellor Don Rice to promote the University’s mission.” During the 2009-10 academic year Fountaine, on sabbatical from Texas Wesleyan School of Law, worked with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative on legal education reform in Amman, Jordan. She was also a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Universität Bayreuth School of Law, Business & Economics in Bayreuth, Germany, where she taught U.S. Constitutional Law and U.S. Common Law Methods to German law students. Fountaine said she was initially attracted to the law school because of its “student-centered program with an innovative curriculum and a commitment
to preparing students for the ethical practice of law in today’s competitive legal environment.” “As I went through the process, I was impressed with the exceptional law school community -- the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and greater University community -- all of whom are committed to the bright future of this law school.” Professor W. Eugene Basanta, the Southern Illinois Healthcare Professor of Law, chaired the search committee. The committee and law school community are “very pleased and excited” to have Fountaine as the law school’s new dean, he said. “The Dean Search Committee received applications from a diverse array of excellent candidates, and Professor Fountaine emerged from the interview process as the law school’s first choice for dean,” Basanta said. Fountaine said her most immediate goal is continuing the law school’s commitment “to providing students with an outstanding legal education that emphasizes professional values and civic engagement.” She said she’s looking forward to working with the faculty to continue and expand innovative curricular programs and to continue and enhance the faculty’s commitment to creative and influential legal scholarship. “Certainly, attracting a bright and diverse student body is a top priority. I think the best way to attract students is to create an outstanding program of legal education that will enable them to leave law school with a thorough grounding in theory and practice, not only so they can hit the ground running in today’s legal profession but also so they can meet the challenges of tomorrow’s legal profession,” she said. Fountaine said she and her husband, Paul Scudder, both grew up in Indiana, and her family is excited to be returning to the Midwest. She earned her law degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1988, and a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1984.
Fountaine said she was interested in the law from a young age, and comes from a family of teachers who put a priority on higher education. She came to Texas Wesleyan School of Law in 1997 as an associate professor and director of academic support. She became a full professor in 2001, and served as the law school’s interim dean and professor from 2006 to 2008. While serving as interim dean, Fountaine was responsible for an $18 million budget with more than 100 employees. During the period, Texas Wesleyan admitted two of its largest classes in school history with increased diversity while maintaining academic quality in spite of a declining law school applicant pool nationally. Prior to arriving at Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Fountaine was an instructor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law from 1992 to 1997. She also was a visiting professor in 2005-2006 at the Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington,Virginia. Prior to teaching, Fountaine was a litigation associate from 1988 to 1991 with the Los Angeles-based law firm O’Melveny & Myers. Fountaine’s areas of teaching and research interest are civil procedure, federal courts, civil rights and legal ethics. Fountaine said she hopes to teach while dean, although she isn’t planning to do so her first year. “I really enjoy being in the classroom and interacting with students,” she said.
We expect high standards of scholarship from both our faculty and our students. Many of our faculty members enjoy national
reputations as experts in their fields of study; several have been selected to teach abroad as Fulbright scholars. The Law School’s presence on the campus of a major research university permits cross-disciplinary scholarship and includes the work done by our Center for Health Law and Policy in conjunction with the SIU School of Medicine. As an aid to scholarship, we provide 24-hour physical access to the law library, as well as electronic access to SIU Carbondale’s nationally ranked Morris Library. We showcase the best of our students’ legal scholarship through our two law journals and award-winning moot court program.
Assistant Professor Lucian Dervan wins Foundation for Defense of Democracies Academic Fellowship Assistant Professor Lucian E. Dervan traveled to Israel in late May where he participated in an intense academic fellowship program that focused on counter-terrorism, national security and international criminal law. The fellowship was awarded by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “The fellowship program provides incredible access to the people and places where counter-terrorism policy is both developed and implemented. For that reason it’s a very competitive program, and I was very excited to be selected,” Dervan said. While in Israel, Dervan observed their counterterrorism apparatus in action as they thwarted a potential terrorist attack. A clash between Israeli commandos and a flotilla of ships headed for Gaza left nine flotilla passengers from the Mavi Marmara dead and several Israeli Defense Forces commandos seriously wounded. Dervan said he received a briefing regarding the flotilla from a high-ranking Israeli military official, including information regarding the events that occurred on the Mavi Marmara. As part of the briefing, Dervan was shown video taken during the operation by the Israel Defense Forces and video from the ship’s onboard security cameras, which had been taping throughout the ship’s journey. The experience gave Dervan a glimpse into Israel’s counterterrorism apparatus as well as access to academics, diplomats and military personnel who provided insights into that country’s daily struggle with terror. The fellowship included discussions with scholars, military officers, intelligence officials, and diplomats at Tel Aviv University, as well as travel to military bases, border zones, and security installations where he watched several military and police units in action. With the United States engaged in its own fight against terrorism, Dervan said it could learn much from Israel’s experience as a democratic nation that struggles to balance security with protecting individual freedoms. “The numerous attempted terrorist attacks in the United States since Sept. 11 show us that
counterterrorism and national security will continue to become ever more important issues for our country,” said Dervan. “We can learn from Israel because it has faced these issues for decades.” “Israel perceives this as a long-term battle that requires multiple fronts for success, including the use of extensive intelligence-gathering networks to avert attacks and mechanisms by which to quickly respond to and alleviate imminent threats,” Dervan said, adding that the experience was invaluable to his future teaching and scholarship efforts. “As America continues to battle terrorism, we should be aware of the unrelenting nature of the threat and prepare ourselves as terrorists continue in their quest to again strike us on the home front.”
and will assist him as he develops a course regarding national security and counter-terrorism laws. Dervan is publishing a law review article, entitled “The Surprising Lessons from Plea Bargaining in the Shadow of Terror,” that examines the incentives that lead terrorists to plead guilty in the United States’ criminal justice system. Some of the most interesting of these cases involve suicide bombers caught in the act, such as convicted terrorist Richard Reid, the notorious “Shoe Bomber,” he said.
During his return trip from Israel, Dervan also had the opportunity In December 2001, to visit The Hague and With the United States engaged in its passengers and flight to meet with officials own fight against terrorism, Dervan crew aboard an American from the International said it could learn much from Israel’s Airlines flight from Paris Criminal Tribunal for experience as a democratic nation to Miami subdued Reid the former Yugoslavia. as he attempted to ignite The United Nations that struggles to balance security with explosives hidden within established the ICTY in protecting individual freedoms. the soles of his shoes. In 1993 to adjudicate grave analyzing documents breaches of the Geneva in the case against Reid, it appears that Reid pleaded Convention, war crimes, genocide and crimes guilty to terrorism-related charges and accepted a life against humanity that occurred during the war in sentence to spare his family the stigma and financial the Balkans. While visiting the ICTY, Dervan gave and psychological costs of a lengthy and wella presentation to the Court regarding his research publicized trial, Dervan said. on U.S. terrorism prosecutions and the prevalence of plea bargains in such cases -- including in high“We have known for some time that the American profile cases such as “Shoe Bomber” Richard Reid. plea bargaining machine held a great deal of “This was a wonderful experience, and I enjoyed the opportunity to share my research with the Court and discuss terrorism prosecutions and plea bargaining with attorneys from various jurisdictions around the world,” Dervan said. Dervan teaches in the area of criminal law, including international criminal law. As part of his research, Dervan writes about counter-terrorism in the United States, including the prevalence of plea bargaining in terrorism prosecutions. In addition to aiding with his research, Dervan believes the insights and experiences the fellowship offers will be invaluable to students in his international criminal law course
power over defendants,” Dervan said. “This has been illustrated by the fact that over 95 percent of defendants in the federal system plead guilty. But it is still fascinating to see that the system and its incentives are powerful enough to encourage even a suicide bomber to admit guilt in open court and subject himself to the judgment of an American judicial figure.”
Center for Health Law and Policy Health Care Reform: A Year of Analysis
Southern Illinois Healthcare Professor of Law Gene Basanta, Grayson speaker, Edward Zelinksky, Garwin Professor of Law & Medicine Marshall Kapp, and Interim Dean & Professor Frank Houdek
Dr. Arthur Grayson Lecture “Reforming Health Care: The Conundrum of Cost” Edward A. Zelinsky, an internationally recognized scholar in employee benefits, discussed the costs of reforming the nation’s health care system during the 2009 Dr. Arthur Grayson Distinguished Lecture. Zelinsky is the Morris and Annie Trachman Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York.
During his lecture, Zelinsky said that the United States’ employer-based system of medical care, “though flawed, is the best tool available to us to control medical care costs.” He cautioned that, “even under the best of circumstances, medical care costs are not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be permanently and painfully managed and controlled.” Watch the full lecture online at: www.law.siu.edu/ chlp/grayson.asp
John & Marsha Ryan Bioethicist-in-Residence “Bioethics Meets Politics: What Can We Learn from the Battle for Healthcare Reform” Harry R. (Rick) Moody, director of academic affairs for AARP, presented the 2010 John & Marsha Ryan Bioethicist-in-Residence lecture. In addition to presenting the lecture, Moody met with law students who have an interest in legal issues for the elderly, and with students and faculty in the law school’s elderly clinic. He met with the combined ethics committees of Southern Illinois Healthcare, then traveled to Springfield, where he met with faculty and students at the SIU School of Medicine. Moody discussed how bioethics has played out in the nation’s health policy realm over the last 20 to 25 years. Moody graduated from Yale University and earned a doctorate in philosophy from Columbia University.
This is the sixth bioethicist-in-residence lecture, and the fourth since John G. and Marsha C. Ryan endowed the visiting lecture series. “It’s a very important part of our Center for Health Law and Policy and to our general health law program at the law school and the medical school,” said W. Eugene Basanta, health law center director and the Southern Illinois Healthcare Professor of Law. “The interaction and cooperation between the law school and medical school is an important dimension to our program, and reflective of the cooperative and interdisciplinary approach we have.”
SIH/SIU Health Policy Institute “Rationing Medical Resources: Panacea or Peril for American Health Care?” The 12th annual SIH/SIU Health P olicy Institute focused on the challenges medical providers and society could face in allocating limited health care resources.
of health care. Sometimes we forget about that, I think,” Basanta said. Southern Illinois Healthcare is one of the program’s sponsors. Rex Budde, SIH president, said everyone should be concerned with the long-term implications of health care reform.
The national debate about health care reform, insurance reform and rising health care costs, combined with a move to insure more “If the professional community and people while dealing the general population are going to with limited resources, provided a timely topic, participate meaningfully in the public said Professor W. Eugene discussion about our health care Basanta, director of the system, reliable information like this is Center for Health Law very important,” he said. and Policy. The program was designed to “crystallize the medical, legal, social, economic and ethical challenges presented in the debate about regulating the distribution of limited health care resources.” “What we need to think about is being more effective, fairer, more efficient and more rational in the way that we allocate health care resources,” Basanta said. “The other thing that is important in this discussion to keep in mind is that health care and access to care is one component of health. There are many other ways that we can spend our money that can enhance people’s health.”
“We cannot expand coverage and achieve the stated goal of bending the cost curve unless we either provide less types of services or pay less for the services provided, or both,” he said.
The SIU School of Medicine, the law school’s Center for Health Law and Policy, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, and St. Louis-based Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard law firm also are program sponsors. The conference is important because it regularly addresses issues that directly impact the region, Basanta said. One of the biggest problems nationally during the debate on health care reform has been misinformation, he said.
Other considerations that figure into a person’s health include improved housing, environmental factors, and workplace safety, Basanta said.
“If the professional community and the general population are going to participate meaningfully in the public discussion about our health care system, reliable information like this is very important,” he said.
“Achieving a healthy community is partially the function of health care but is not solely the function
Papers from the symposium will appear in the Journal of Legal Medicine.
Speakers included, from left: Larry S. Boress, President & CEO, Assistant Professor Michele Mekel (moderator) SIU School of Law, Midwest Business Group on Health, Ruqaiijah Yearby, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Buffalo Law School, State University of New York and the School of Public Health and Health Professionals; David C. Goodman, Professor of Pediatrics at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Director of the Center for Health Policy Research; Tom W. Noseworthy, Director, Centre for Health and Policy Studies, Professor (Health Policy and Management) and Head, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, and Lanis L. Hicks, Professor in the Department of Health Management and Informatics, University of Missouri, School of Medicine; Pfofessor W. Eugene Basanta (moderator) SIU School of Law
Medical Malpractice Liability in Illinois: What Happened? What Now?
Professor Ross C. Silverman
Following the decision of the Illinois Supreme Court in LeBron v. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, which held that the legislature’s limitation on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice actions violates the separation of powers clause of the Illinois Constitution, a discussion, “Medical Malpractice Liability in Illinois: What Happened? What Now?” was simulcast from the SIU School of Medicine to the School of Law. The speakers were: Ross C. Silverman, JD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Humanities; and Virginia L. Cooper, JD, Legal Counsel, SIU School of Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Instructor, Department of Medical Humanities. Law students and faculty attended. 17
Faculty Presentations Professor Peter Alexander was a presenter at the Office of the United States Trustee (Region 10) Chapter 7 Trustee Continuing Education Program. Alexander was a panelist for the “Bankruptcy Ethics” panel. Emeritus Professor Robert Beck spoke at the symposium on “The Future Course of Oil & Gas Jurisprudence II” at Washburn University Law School in October. His topic was: “Current Water Issues in Oil and Gas Development and Production: Will Water Control What Energy We Have?” In 1994, Professor Beck had spoken at “The Future Course of Oil & Gas Jurisprudence I” also at Washburn. In October, Beck spoke at the 12th Biennial Governor’s Conference on the Management of the Illinois River System which was held in Peoria. His topic was, “The Historical Foundations of Illinois Water Law: Private and Public.” His paper has been published on line as part of the Conference Proceedings, at http://ilrdss. sws.uiuc.edu/pubs/govconf2009/Plenary2/Beck.pdf. Beck also spoke at the 56th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute in Banff, Alberta, Canada. His topic and the title of his paper was “Municipal Priorities and Preferences in Times of Scarcity: The Impact of Urban Demand on Natural Resource Industries.” Assistant Professor Chris Behan served as a faculty member at Stetson University College of Law’s Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills conference in Gulfport, Florida in May. He also joined with Professor Hugh Selby of the Australian National University in co-presenting a seminar entitled “Different Ways to Do the Same Thing--Innovation and Recycling in Advocacy Teaching.” Behan was a guest speaker for the 53d Military Judge Course at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia. His speech was entitled “Old Wine in a New Bottle: Preparing for Daubert Challenges to First-Generation Scientific Evidence.” The Military Judge Course at the JAG School trains and certifies military judges from all United States Armed Services, as well as military judges from allied nations. Associate Professor Cindy Buys co-chaired a meeting of the American Society of International Law, Teaching International Law Interest Group in Washington, D.C. in March. She also moderated a CLE program in Chicago in March for the Illinois State Bar Association entitled, “Deportation, Divorce 18
and Disciplinary Complaints: Avoiding Immigration Pitfalls in Family Law.” Buys co-chaired a conference on Teaching International Law at Hofstra Law School in September. The conference is sponsored by the Teaching International Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law. Assistant Professor Lucian Dervan was the winner of a call-for-papers competition for the SEALS 2010 conference with his article entitled “Re-Evaluating Corporate Criminal Liability: Can the Department of Justice’s Internal Moral Culpability Standard be Added to the Respondeat Superior Test for Corporate Criminal Liability?” Dervan presented “Plea Bargaining with Terrorists,” at the Conference on Crime and Terrorism, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, at SIUC in April. Dervan presented “Terrorism Against America,” to students at Rosario University, Bogota, Colombia, in March (via Skype). Professor Leonard Gross made two presentations for a Continuing Legal Education program for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of IL, on “Ethics Issues While Representing Prisoners in Civil Rights Litigation.” Associate Professor Sue Liemer participated in a scholarship forum sponsored by the Association of Legal Writing Directors at Marquette University School of Law, in Milwaukee in October. In addition to presenting her own writing and helping to critique other law professors’ writing, Liemer was a member of the forum’s plenary panel that presented “Getting It Published.” She spoke specifically on “How to Choose a Title.” Liemer has been selected to serve as a Contributing Author for the ABA-IPL’s Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments. More specifically, she will be writing about developments in copyright and related areas of the law. Assistant Professor Hokulei Lindsey presented a work-in-progress, “Agreements Between Developers and Grassroots Community Groups Creating ‘Cultural Reserves’ in Hawai’i” in Chicago in April. Associate Professor Trish McCubbin spoke on a national ABA teleconference in March about rulemakings under the Clean Air Act to regulate
greenhouse gases. She also participated in a roundtable discussion of that same topic at a conference sponsored by the Duke Law School, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, and the University of North Carolina Law School; and spoke again on the topic at the Florida State University College of Law. In April, McCubbin spoke on “The Clean Air Act at the Crossroads,” at a conference at the Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. She discussed the regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Assistant Professor Michele Mekel was accepted into the American College of Legal Medicine. Clinical Professor Rebecca O’Neill taught a continuing legal education course on “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren” to the Illinois Senior Task Force-a group of attorneys throughout the state who provide legal services to seniors. The course included instruction about Grandparents’ Visitation, Guardianship, Custody and Adoption. Assistant Professor Tracie Porter presented a work-in-progress, “Creating an Even Playing Field with Lenders: Conflict of Interests and Fiduciary Obligations in the Residential Mortgage Loan Transaction” in Chicago in April. Porter presented as a panelist “What We’ve Learned: Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and Other Interventions” in February during an Illinois Institute on Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) Real Estate Short Course in Chicago, Illinois. Assistant Professor Suzanne Schmitz facilitated a discussion of professionalism in negotiations as part of a recent continuing legal education program in Carbondale. Professor William Schroeder gave a presentation on “Involuntary Intoxication from the Ingestion of Prescription Medications as a Defense to a Criminal Charge,” at Rush-Presbyterian in Chicago in October. Associate Professor Mark Schultz spoke in November on “The Real Costs of Piracy Creative Industries for Developing Countries” at the IP Indaba, a conference in Johannesburg, South Africa hosted by Microsoft and the Free Market Foundation of Southern Africa. In November, Schultz moderated a panel at the Federalist Society National Convention on “Intellectual Property and Economic Growth.”
Schultz participated in an institute on law, innovation and economic growth held by Northwestern University Law School’s Searle Institute in March where he presented his current empirical project on copyright strength and economic growth.
SIUC Research Central States Town Hall Law Schools Association 2L Ryan Bach presented his “Funding Through French Fries: A Legislative Solution to the Child Obesity Epidemic” research poster.
Also in March, Schultz helped organize and moderate a Federalist Society Faculty Division roundtable on the law and economics of new economy business models in Austin, Texas. He also spoke to Federalist Society law student chapters at the University of Memphis and the University of Idaho.
Assistant Professor Michele Mekel, along with Assistant Professor Wayne Paris (SIUC School of Social Work) presented their research poster, “The Law and Organ Transplantation: An Assessment of International Perspectives and Approaches.”
In April, Schultz participated in the Institute for Policy Innovation’s World Intellectual Property Day Conference in Washington, D.C., moderating a debate on human gene patents and speaking on a panel that discusses his work on creative industries and economic growth in developing countries.
Professor W. Eugene Basanta, along with JD/MD students Michael Sinha and Sameer Vohra, and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor Kristin Dzara (SIU School of Medicine), presented their research poster, “Evaluation of a Professional Ethics and Responsibility Program.”
Clinical Associate Professor Sheila Simon, along with Professor Maria Johnson of the School of Music, presented “Can’t Beat the Blues: Responding to the Call of Domestic Violence” at Brown University’s Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities in March. Simon was part of a panel that addressed “Assessing Student Performance: The Why, What and How of Student Assessment,” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) 2009 Conference. Simon made presentations at panels on “Nuts & Bolts” and “Grading Papers and Handling Student Conferences,” at the Workshop for Adjunct Professors and New Legal Writing Professors, Legal Writing Institute, in Chicago, in December. Simon participated on a panel that focused on teaching practical skills throughout the curriculum at the Yes We Carnegie Conference at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Assistant Professor Suzanne J. Schmitz, Assistant Professor Chris Behan, and Professor Alice Noble-Allgire, presented, “Herding Cats: How To Achieve Faculty Cooperation In Teaching Lawyering Skills Across The 1L Curriculum (Without Infringing On Academic Freedom)” at the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning’s conference on Teaching Law Practice Across the Curriculum at Washburn University School of Law, in Topeka, KS in June.
Several faculty members made scholarly presentations at the Central States Law Schools Association (CSLSA) Annual Conference in October: Assistant Professor Lucian Dervan presented “Plea Bargaining in the Shadow of Terror: An Expanded Model of the Plea Bargaining Machine.” Assistant Professor Tracie Porter presented “Creating Transparency in Mortgage Lenders’ Business Practices to Promote Consumer Confidence.” Associate Professor Cindy Buys presented “The Untold Story of Nottebohm and U.S.-Latin American Detention Program.”
Association of American Law Schools Professor Peter C. Alexander
Several faculty members made presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in New Orleans, in January. AALS is a non-profit educational association of 171 law schools representing over 10,000 law faculty in the United States. Professor Peter C. Alexander was a speaker on the panel discussion “Deaning: Myths and Realities.”
Associate Professor Cindy G. Buys
Interim Dean & Professor Frank Houdek
Assistant Professor Hokulei Lindsey
Associate Professor Mark Schultz
Associate Professor Cindy G. Buys presented her work-in-progress, “Lessons to be Learned from the Untold Story of Frederich Nottebohm and the U.S.-Latin American Detention Program.” Buys’ paper was chosen from a national call for papers on “Cross-Currents in International Law, Human Rights Law and National Security Law.” Interim Dean and Professor Frank Houdek was the organizer and moderator of the program, “Roundtable: The Electronification of Law Libraries and Its Implications for the Legal Academy.” The program examined the increasing “electronification” of today’s law school library in its resources, certainly, but also in its operation – and the implications for law professors pursuing their scholarship, law students pursuing their education, non-law school library users pursuing legal knowledge, and librarians pursuing their vision of the library as a vital component of the twenty-first century law school. Also during the meeting, Associate Professor Mark Schultz was elected 2010 chair of the AALS Section on Internet and Computer Law; and Assistant Professor Hokulei Lindsey was selected as the 2010 chair-elect of the Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples Section.
Faculty Publications Peter Alexander Professor of Law “Lessons from Frank Lloyd Wright: Financial Foibles and Family Finances.” 15 Consumer Advocate 1114, 29-30 (No. 3/4, 2009). Cheryl Anderson Associate Professor of Law “Ideological Dissonance, Disability Backlash, and the ADA Amendments Act.” 55 Wayne Law Review 1267-1326 (2009). Robert E. Beck Emeritus Professor of Law The Law and Regulation of Mining: Minerals to Energy. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2010. 814 p. (with Barlow Burke).
“Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Georgia v. Russian Federation).” 103 American Journal of International Law 294-99 (2009). Lucian Dervan Assistant Professor of Law “Plea Bargaining’s Survival: Financial Crimes Plea Bargaining, A Continued Triumph in a Post-Enron World,” in Corporate Crimes: Prosecutorial Issues, edited by R. Satyanarayana, 174-219. Amicus Books, 2010. “The Surprising Lessons from Plea Bargaining in the Shadow of Terror.” Georgia State University Law Review (2010) (IN PRESS). William A. Drennan Assistant Professor of Law
“Current Water Issues in Oil and Gas Development and Production: Will Water Control What Energy We Have?” 49 Washburn Law Journal 423-455 (2010).
Estate Planning for the Corporate Executive. Tax Management Portfolio, No. 808-3d. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of National Affairs, 2009. (with Michael Goldstein and Chris Erblich).
Keith Beyler Professor of Law
“Surnamed Charitable Trusts: Immortality at Taxpayer Expense.” 61 Alabama Law Review 225272 (2010).
2009 Supplement to Illinois Judicial Benchbook on Civil Law and Procedure. 1st ed. Chicago: Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, 2007.
“Strict Liability and Tax Penalties.” 62 Oklahoma Law Review 1-54 (2009).
Cindy Buys Associate Professor of Law
Leonard Gross Professor of Law
“JFK’s Legacy Regarding Consular Relations Law,” in John F. Kennedy—History, Memory, Legacy: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry, edited by John Delane Williams, Robert G. Waite, and Gregory S. Gordon, 151-66. Grand Forks: University of North Dakota, 2010. Available online at http://www.und.edu/org/ JFKConference.
“What Duties Does Corporate Counsel Owe to Minority Shareholders in a Closely Held Corporation?” 35 Ohio Northern University Law Review 987-1005 (2009).
2009 supplement to “Organizing Corporate and Other Business Enterprises” LEXIS (with Mark Lee) Frank Houdek Professor of Law 2009–10 Supplement to AALL Reference Book: A Compendium of Facts, Figures, and Historical Information About the American Association of Law Libraries (William S. Hein & Co., 2009). 2010 Supplement to State Practice Materials: Annotated Bibliographies (William S. Hein & Co., 2010). “AALL History in Brief: A Chronology,” in AALL Directory and Handbook 2009–2010, at 514–34, 49th ed. (Chicago: American Association of Law Libraries, 2009). “Introducting the AALL Hall of Fam.” 14 AALL Spectrum 112-15 (July 2010). Marshall Kapp Garwin Distinguished Professor of Law & Medicine “The Interface of Law and Medical Ethics in Medical Intensive Care.” 136 CHEST (Journal of the American College of Chest Physicians) 904-909 (Sept. 2009). Edward J. Kionka Emeritus Professor of Law Torts in a Nutshell. 5th ed. St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/ West, 2010. 535 pp. Mark Lee Professor of Law 2009 supplement to Organizing Corporate and Other Business Enterprises LEXIS (with Leonard Gross)
Susan Liemer Director of Lawyering Skills Associate Professor of Law
Book Review: “The Sins of the Fathers: The Law and Theology of Illegitimacy Reconsidered,” by John Witte, Jr., 25 J. L. & REL. 583 (2009-10).
“Teaching Students to Harness the Power of Word Processing as They Write.” 18 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 16-17 (2009).
Michele L. Mekel Assistant Professor of Law
“Bots and Gemots: Anglo Saxon Legal References in Harry Potter,” in Jeffrey E. Thomas & Frank G. Snyder, eds., The Law and Harry Potter, at 19-32 (Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2010). Hokulei Lindsey Assistant Professor “Native Hawaiians and the Ceded Lands Trust: Applying Self-Determination as an Alternative to the Equal Protection Analysis” has been accepted for publication by the American Indian Law Review. The AILR is a peer reviewed journal published by the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Patricia Ross McCubbin Associate Professor of Law
“Emerging Issues in Health Care: Protecting Patients or Punishing Providers? A Symposium Introduction and Overview.” 31 Journal of Legal Medicine 1-7 (2010) Tracie R. Porter Assistant Professor of Law “Survey of Illinois Law: Real Estate Law.” 33 Southern Illinois University Law Journal 669-701 (2009). Suzanne J. Schmitz Assistant Professor of Law Coordinator of Academic Success Program “Universal Instructional Design: Engaging the Whole Class.” 19 Widener Law Journal 183-214 (2009) (with Douglas K. Rush).
“Cap and Trade Programs Under the Clean Air Act: Lessons from the Clean Air Interstate Rule and the NOx SIP Call.” 18 Penn State Environmental Law Review (Fall 2009)
William A. Schroeder Professor of Law
Paul McGreal Professor of Law
Mark F. Schultz Associate Professor of Law
Questions and Answers: Constitutional Law. 2d ed. Newark, N.J.: LexisNexis Group, 2008. (with Linda Eads) [IN PRESS]
“Reconciling Social Norms and Copyright Law: Strategies for Persuading People to Pay for Recorded Music.” 17 Journal of Intellectual Property Law 59-88 (2009).
“Corporate Compliance Survey.” 65 Business Lawyer 193-228 (2009).
Courtroom Handbook on Illinois Evidence. St. Paul, Minnesota: Thomson/West, 2010.
Emeritus Professor Robert E. Beck Receives Tribute The Washburn Law Journal’s symposium issue, “The Future Course of Oil and Gas Jurisprudence II,” was dedicated to Emeritus Professor Robert E. Beck. 49 Washburn L.J. No. 2 (Winter 2010)
“Few lawyers possess the depth of expertise and experience that Professor Beck has acquired in the generic discipline we call ‘natural resources law.’ He is a noted scholar in water law, oil and gas law, mining law, environmental law, and energy law.” From Professor David E. Pierce’s tribute page. Professor Beck continues to teach and write at the SIU School of Law.
We believe public service is one of the highest callings of the bar. SIU School of Law is committed to keeping tuition and expenses low so our graduates can afford to pursue public service careers if they so choose. We demonstrate our commitment to public service through our clinics, which serve critical needs in underserved segments of the community; the individual pro bono initiatives of our faculty, students and staff; and the service our staff and faculty give to bench, bar, and educational committees at the local, regional and national levels.
Clinical Assistant Professor Gail Thomas meets with students in the Domestic Violence Clinic.
Clinical Programs The support and cooperation of several agencies allows students the opportunity to serve clients while developing their practice skills under the guidance of clinical faculty and extern supervisors. The Legal Clinic was awarded a grant of $40,000 from the Lawyers Trust Fund this year. Funds from LTF have supported the work of the Legal Services to Older Persons clinic for more than 20 years. The Clinic’s work is also funded by the Older Americans Act through the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging. The Domestic Violence Clinic is funded, in part, by a Violence Against Women Act grant through the U.S. Department of Justice. Additional support comes from a grant through a collaboration with Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance. 2009-10 Service Civil Practice/ Elder Law Clinic Domestic Violence Clinic Public Interest Externship
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Law School’s Self Help Legal Center coordinates with Jackson County Legal Self-Help Center In October, the SIU School of Law Library was announced as one of three locations in Jackson County where people who do not have a computer or internet access can come to use a computer to access the Jackson County Legal Self-Help Center. The internet-based center is a program of Illinois Legal Aid Online and the Illinois Coalition for Equal Justice to provide legal information directed to lower income, unrepresented litigants in Jackson County. “It was here, at the SIU School of Law that the first internet-based legal self-help center was established,” said Teri Ross of Illinois Legal Aid Online. “We are happy to be able to build on the strong tradition of the law school in being a leader in the provision of legal information to unrepresented, lower income people by opening this new self-help center,” she said. Librarians and law students are trained to assist patrons with finding legal information on the website. “No legal advice will be provided to people who use the internet-based center,” said Ross. “Only a licensed attorney can provide legal advice. The Jackson County Legal Self-Help Center can be accessed online at http://jackson.illinoislegalaid.org.
The website and legal information is developed and updated by Illinois Legal Aid Online, an Illinois nonprofit corporation. Similar centers have been opened in more than thirty counties of all sizes throughout Illinois. “While the legal self-help center is not an adequate substitute for representation by an attorney, it does provide legal information which can be helpful to the unrepresented litigant when he or she must go to court without an attorney,” said Joseph A. Dailing, Executive Director of the Illinois Coalition for Equal Justice. The law school’s Self Help Legal Center, which has operated since 1998, receives an average of 51 calls and 11 e-mails per month. Between July 1, 2009 and July 1, 2010, the Center’s Website had 245,653 visitors. A grant from the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation through Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance provided the funding to purchase a computer, printer and supplies for the new legal self-help center. The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation receives it funding through an appropriation from the Illinois General Assembly. 23
Faculty Service Highlights In November, the ISBA Disability Law Committee, for which Associate Professor Cheryl Anderson serves as Secretary, met in Chicago with Kareem Dale, White House Special Assistant for Disability Issues. Dale sought input from the Committee on issues relating to disability that the Committee members have encountered in their work with various constituencies around the state of Illinois.
Associate Professor Sue Liemer was the first speaker in a new brown bag lunch discussion series for the faculty and students of the SIUC School of Art and Design. She explained the Visual Artists Rights Act and answered questions about the legal rights of visual artists. Liemer also served as a brief judge for the inaugural National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition, which was held at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.
In May 2010, Emeritus Professor Edward J. Kionka was presented a lifetime achievement award by the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association. The plaque reads: “Appellate Lawyers Association Honors Edward J. Kionka, Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University School of Law, In Appreciation for Forty Years of Outstanding Appellate Advocacy Before the Illinois Appellate Courts and Illinois Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals, and for his Service as President of the Appellate Lawyers Association and as Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Presented at the Fifth District Luncheon and Judicial Roundtable, May 21, 2010.”
Associate Professor Trish McCubbin was invited to serve as a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador. She will provide advice to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars on expanding the pool of applicants for the Fulbright program. She will also speak at conferences about her experience as a Fulbright Scholar in China. In February, Assistant Professor Tracie Porter participated as a panelist for “Lawternatives,” during the American Bar Association Law Student Division’s 7th Circuit Spring Meeting and Governor Election at Valparaiso University School of Law. She discussed how she used her law degree to pursue a unique or surprising career path.
Clinical Professor Rebecca O’Neill was selected by the Southern Illinoisan newspaper editorial board to receive the “Southern Illinois Leaders Among Us” award in recognition of the service she does for the community.
Jane Angelis receives the Governor’s Award from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
Jane Angelis honored for intergenerational efforts Jane Angelis believes it is imperative for older and younger generations to connect with one another. Angelis, director of the Intergenerational Initiative at the School of Law’s Center for Health Law and Policy, received an award last December for her work in promoting intergenerational efforts. Angelis received the Governor’s Award for Excellence from Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn during the annual Governor’s Conference on Aging.
“It is wonderful to be acknowledged, but with that acknowledgement comes a responsibility to continue and expand the work,” Angelis said. “We have so many people who have talents that could help with the myriad problems in Illinois, but we aren’t asking them to be involved.” Angelis is project director for “2010: The Year of the Engaged Older Adult.” The project seeks older adults, 50 and older, to be involved in a variety of community activities, including education. For more information visit http://www.law.siu.edu/ genservegen/home.html.
“Aging is an Asset” Forum Last fall Angelis organized the “Aging is an Asset for Health Promotion” forum that was held at the School of Law. The program brought together experts and advocates to draft recommendations about health promotion. “Our goal is to learn how we can help people take more responsibility for their health and the decisions they make that affect their health,” she said. Forum participants were divided into discussion groups targeting four areas: health information, intergenerational health promotion, age-friendly communities and end-of-life decisions. Each group spent the morning talking about problems and brainstorming solutions. They were then asked to come up with three specific policy recommendations to be delivered to Illinois Senate committees, Angelis said.
Veterans’ Legal Assistance Program Trevor Burggraff, JD & LL.M. in Health Law & Policy graduate
The Veterans’ Legal Assistance Program hit a milestone this year. To date, VLAP has secured $1,033,500.00 in lump sum benefits paid or available to Illinois veterans; and $100,284.00 in annual disability compensation paid to veteran clients. VLAP has applied for a federal legislative appropriation to continue the program. The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved $250,000 in funding for the program in the FY2011 Commerce, Justice and Science spending bill.
Assistant Dean and VLAP Director John Lynn presented at the John Marshall Law School conference, “Checkpoints and Roadblocks: The Intersection of Veterans and the Law,” in November, in Chicago. The focus of the conference was the concept of military and veterans courts as diversionary courts within Illinois. This was a national conference of veterans’ advocates and attorneys involved in state veteran court issues and programs throughout the U.S. Students Trevor Burrgraff, Sara Davis, Justin Lines and Dan Swift also attended the conference as representatives of the Veterans’ Legal Assistance Program. Lynn was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Military and Veterans’ Courts, under the chair of Judge Annette Eckert, to represent SIU School of Law in a discussion and recommendation to the Governor regarding the establishment of Veterans Courts as diversionary courts in Illinois. The task force completed its work on May 30, and the Veterans and Servicemembers Treatment Court Act was signed by the Governor on June 12. Lynn and Burrgraff continue to work with Judge Eckert to finalize a protocol for circuits that are not familiar with drug or veterans courts.
Immigration Detention Project Associate Professor Cindy Buys, who oversees the Immigration Detention Project, took students to visit detainees at two facilities this year. They continued their visits to the Tri-County Detention Center in Ullin, Illinois, and they also visited a new facility in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. During their visits, students provide detainees with information about their legal rights and conduct individual intake interviews. This year the project also organized a Book Drive. Students collected and delivered books for detainees at the Tri-County Detention Center. The Immigration Detention Project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Equal Justice Foundation. Pictured below are several of the students who participated in the visit to the Tri-County Detention Center in Ullin. From left: Associate Professor Cindy Buys, Sarah Haasis, Stavri Vako, Angela Rollins, Alejandro Soto, Rebbeca Warren, Lisa Foran, and Yasmeen Baig. Others who participated include Rocio Arnold, the paid translator and students Susan Burns, Jody Faulks, B.J. Kim, Jason Kight, Nicole LaForte, Mary Jane McGhee, Aisha Oyarekhua, Joy Reedy, Lisa Rittenhouse, and Patrick Sullivan.
We are proud to be a part of SIUâ€™s heritage of providing educational access to students from all walks of life. Our social traditions unite us and emphasize the importance of friendships and balance in a professional life. We treasure the community of students, scholars, alumni, visitors and friends associated with the law school, and we honor our past â€” the vision and commitment of those who recognized the need for the SIU School of Law and worked so hard to establish an institution in the public interest to serve the public good.
Dean’s Socials Students, faculty and staff enjoy coffee and cookies (caramel-dipped apple slices in the fall) several times a year during Dean’s Socials. These informal gatherings provide an opportunity for the Dean to announce special events and recognize student and faculty achievements, and for everyone to take a little time to relax and mingle.
Tailgates The Alumni Office hosted six tailgates before home Saluki football games. This past year, Roberts Law Firm (Brian Roberts ’87) and Hendricks & Hagan, LLC (Scott Hendricks ’83 and Cindy Hagan ’83) sponsored two of the tailgates. Faculty, staff and students enjoy getting together with our alumni and law school friends. Koerner Distributing has partnered with the school in hosting these events. We appreciate your support and if you would like to sponsor a future tailgate, contact the Alumni Office.
Interim Dean Frank Houdek and his wife, Susan Tulis with Gray Dawg
Tennis Tournament The SIU School of Law held its annual tennis tournament in September, with proceeds going to support the SIU Women’s Tennis Team. The event included a clinic, a doubles mixer tournament with two divisions based on abilities, and a silent auction with items such as rackets and bags. Professor Leonard Gross and his partner were this year’s winners. 27
The School of Law was pleased to welcome members of the Court, including several of our alumni. From left: Court Clerk John J. Flood ‘78, Judge Stephen L. Spomer, Judge Melissa A. Chapman, Judge Richard P. Goldenhersh, Judge Bruce D. Stewart ‘76, Jennifer Goody Whiteford ‘02, Vito Mastrangelo ‘80
Illinois Appellate Court Arguments For a second year, the law school hosted oral arguments in cases before the Appellate Court of the State of Illinois, Fifth District. Frank G. Houdek, interim dean, said the law school is pleased that the appellate court returned to the law school’s courtroom. “It not only gives the law school a chance to contribute in a small way to the operation of state’s system of justice, but it also provides a unique learning opportunity for our students,” Houdek said.
“For many students who come to law school, their only ‘knowledge’ about what lawyers do comes from what they’ve seen in movies and on television. It is important that they see -and learn from -- real lawyers at work.” “By observing the various arguments, students can learn about the substantive law involved in these particular cases. Perhaps more important, they also
can observe how the professional skills they are learning about in law school are actually used in the daily practice of law,” he said. “For many students who come to law school, their only ‘knowledge’ about what lawyers do comes from what they’ve seen in movies and on television. It is important that they see -- and learn from -- real lawyers at work. The presence of these arguments at the law school will give students the perfect opportunity to do just that.” Arguments were heard on two civil cases and one criminal case.
Black Lung Hearings Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey Tureck invited law students to observe hearings that were held at the School of Law in the Courtroom. The hearings are appellate level reviews of workers’ compensation claims cases arising under the Black Lung Benefits amendments to the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969.
Law school hosts swearing-in ceremony The law school hosted a swearing-in ceremony last November for 130 new Illinois attorneys. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier presided over the ceremony Interim Dean Frank G. Houdek was a speaker. “The School of Law was honored to once again host the swearing-in ceremony for attorneys newly admitted to the Illinois Bar from the state’s Fifth Appellate district,” Houdek said. “Along with their first day of law school, their induction as lawyers-in-training later in the first year, and their commencement exercise three years later, it is hard to think of a more important day in the life of our law students than when they are sworn in as licensed attorneys. It is a pleasure to be a part of this special day in their lives.” The new attorneys were among 2,408 men and women who were sworn in as Illinois attorneys at ceremonies in the state’s five Supreme Court Judicial Districts. The new attorneys brought the number of licensed attorneys in the state to approximately 86,000, according to the Illinois Supreme Court. 28
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier
International elections expert delivers Lesar Lecture “Reporting from the Ground Level in Haiti” An elections management specialist with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems presented the 2010 Hiram H. Lesar Distinguished Lecture.
Sophie Lagueny, the organization’s Chief
Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations. With Lagueny’s “long experience in working on electoral management issues in nearly 20 different assignments … she is imminently qualified to speak about the pursuit of the rule of law in Haiti,” Houdek said.
of Party, Haiti, served as the in-country technical adviser to the country’s Provisional Electoral Council on all issues relating to preparing, organizing Cindy Galway Buys, an associate professor of law and coordinating the electoral process. She spoke and director of the school‘s International Law about her role in advising the Haiti Provision Program, said Lagueny‘s presentation was timely, Electoral Council, and gave a first-hand account of and provided two perspectives. living in Haiti, both before and after the Lagueny was able to discuss some of Lagueny was able to devastating earthquake discuss some of the the issues and problems with Haiti’s which struck the island issues and problems republic in January. government and democracy; and also with Haiti’s government and democracy; and Lagueny’s experience “gave us a sense of what it was like to go also “gave us a sense of includes nearly 20 through the earthquake and how the what it was like to go years in a variety country is or is not recovering,” Buys said. through the earthquake of assignments in and how the country is locations including or is not recovering,” Buys said. Palestine, Chad, Northern Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Bangladesh, Angola, Mozambique, Buys notes that Haiti is the poorest country in the Cambodia and France. Her assignments have come western hemisphere and needs more assistance than through organizations including the European any other nation. Commission, The Organization for Security and The Lesar Distinguished Lecture provides an Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), United States
Barbara Lesar, Sophie Lagueny Lesar Lecturer and Interim Dean & Professor Frank Houdek
opportunity to bring speakers “who can share these unique perspectives,” she said.
United Nations Day In honor of United Nations Day (Oct. 24), the SIU School of Law, the United Nations Association (UNA) Southern Illinois Chapter, and the International Law Society co-sponsored a program entitled “The International Criminal Court and Other Models for International Justice.” The program began with a short clip from “The Reckoning: The Story of the International Criminal Court and Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo.” Speakers included: Professor Steve Shulman (Political Science ) on the United States and the International Criminal Court; Assistant Professor Lucian Dervan (Law) on Ad Hoc International Criminal Tribunals; Assistnat Professor Christopher Behan (Law) on Military Tribunals; and Associate Professor Cindy Buys (Law) on Truth and Reconciliation Commissions.
Former UN official discusses nation building William C. Potter, a principal architect in implementing the Dayton Peace Agreement that ended the Bosnian War, spoke at the School of Law last October. Potter is the former head of the Rule of Law Department, Office of the United Nations High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina. From August 2002 until January 2005, Potter supervised and managed more than 200 judges, lawyers and criminal investigators from more than 15 different countries. During his lecture, “Lessons in International Law,” Potter talked about his experiences in Bosnia and
Herzegovina regarding nation building, and applied the lessons he learned there to the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The entire legal system was being redeveloped under his leadership,” Assistant Professor Lucian Dervan said. “As one of the highest ranking officials there for the U.N., he was instrumental in crafting policies directed toward moving the country forward.
Potter’s department drafted and enacted “most of the primary legal codes of the country, the complete restructuring of the court system, removing and re-selecting judicial and prosecutorial personnel
throughout the country and the restructuring of the police throughout the country.” “This lecture presented a very timely and unique view of nation building from an insider’s perspective,” Dervan said. “Applying lessons from these past conflicts is the key to properly understanding and addressing the continuing challenges the international community faces in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Class Notes 1976 John C. Ryan ‘76 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS ‘09 in Illinois.
Michael R. Twomey ‘80 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS ‘09 in Illinois.
1977 Associate Judge Richard A. Brown ’77 was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to fill the Circuit Court vacancy created by the retirement of the resident Circuit Judge William A. Schuwerk Jr. Read more: http://www.bnd. com/2010/07/15/1329815/local-manappointed-for-judge.html#ixzz0tlk2yLpc
Mary Rudasill ’80 is on the board of directors of the new 1 st Circuit Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. located in Carbondale, Illinois.
Charles E. Schmidt ‘77 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS ‘09 in Illinois.
1982 Kenneth R. Hughes ‘82 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS ‘09 in Illinois.
Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peerreview publication in the legal profession, has named J. Timothy Eaton ‘77 as the “Chicago Best Lawyers Appellate Lawyer of the Year” for 2010. Eaton heads the Appellate Practice Group at Shefsky & Froelich Ltd. He is a past president of the Appellate Lawyers Association and Illinois State Bar Association, and a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He also currently serves as Secretary of The Chicago Bar Association. Mary Beth Nebel ’77 retired from her career as a corporate attorney for an insurance company and launched I Know You Like a Book. The bookstore is located in Peoria Heights, IL. She is enjoying her career change.
1981 Treva O’Neill ’81 is on the board of directors of the new 1 st Circuit Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. located in Carbondale, Illinois.
Kevin L. Mechler ‘82 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS ‘09 in Illinois. 1983 Quincy attorney Bob Adrian ’83 formally announces judge candidacy. 1984 Mike Maurizio ’84 is on the board of directors of the new 1 st Circuit Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. located in Carbondale, Illinois. Webb Smith ’84 is on the board of directors of the new 1st Circuit Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. located in Carbondale, Illinois
1987 John S. Rendleman, III ‘87 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS ‘09 in Illinois. 1988 Pieter N. Schmidt ‘88 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS ‘09 in Illinois. Rebecca O’Neill ‘88 was recently featured in the Southern Business Journal. From teaching at the School of Law to being president of ArtStarts, Becky serves the southern Illinois community in many different ways. 1991 Patricia A. Hoke ‘91 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS ‘09 in Illinois. After nine and a half years as Shelby County state’s attorney and previous stints as Edgar County state’s attorney and an appellate prosecutor, Allan Lolie ‘91 has been appointed an associate judge in Illinois’ Fourth Judicial Circuit. Lolie received the appointment last week after receiving a majority of votes cast by Fourth Circuit Judges. 1992 Gina D. Dunning ‘92 has relocated her office to 532 N. 8th Street in Paducah, Kentucky.
1978 Roger Clayton ‘78, a senior partner with the law firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, has been elected President of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys which comprises more than 500 healthcare attorneys in the state. Clayton is the Chair of Heyl Royster’s statewide healthcare practice group.
1985 Nancy L. Strohmeyer ‘85 passed the Florida bar exam and is a fully licensed member of the Florida Bar now. She is still working as a law librarian at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida.
Nancy Stanley ’92 was recently named Assistant Dean for External Relations, at the University of Arizona College of Law, and Executive Director for International Training and Consulting (ITC), a private nonprofit organization dedicated to citizen diplomacy and international professional exchanges.
Douglas A. Antonik ‘85 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS ‘09 in Illinois
Ed Renshaw ’92 is a regular Southern Business Journal contributor.
1979 William Enyart ’79 was named state adjutant general in Illinois. In that position he will command 13,000 members of the Illinois National Guard and will serve as director of the Illinois Department of Military Affairs and as chief adviser on military matters.
1986 Ed Collins ‘86 serves as National Director of ProtectingAmerica.org, a coalition striving to develop awareness, educate public and policy makers and offer public policy solutions to better prepare and protect America from catastrophe.
Assistant State’s Attorney Marzenia Vandeburgt ’92 was named Prosecutor of the Year. Marzenia joined the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1997 in the DUI Division, and in 2000 became the First Chair ASA in the Child Support Division.
1980 James R. Murphy ‘80 was elected to preside as Judge in the 16 th Judicial Circuit serving DeKalb, Kane and Kendall counties.
Dean Engelbrecht ’86 was promoted to Chief Assistant State’s Attorney, Child Support Division, for McLean County.
1994 Will Jordan ‘94, SIU Carbondale School of Law 1994 Graduate, Executive Director, The Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council (EHOC) received the Illinois Human Rights Award.
Sharon D. Shanahan ‘94 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS ‘09 in Illinois. Paige Reed ‘94 has accepted the position of Senior System Legal Counsel for the University of Wisconsin. Paige has served with distinction as the Associate General Counsel for the Southern Illinois University for more than six years serving both the Carbondale and the Edwardsville Campus. Reona J. Daly ‘94 is working at SIU Office of General Counsel. Ms. Daly will serve as Associate General Counsel Carbondale and will focus on employment and Court of Claims litigation, implementation of revised Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), selected provisions of the Federal Higher Education Act; and assisting in the review of University contracts and business matters. Ms. Daly brings more that fifteen (15) years of private law firm litigation and counseling experience representing various clients. 1996 The Simmons firm announced the appointment of two new partners, Myles Epperson ‘96 and Michael Stewart. Epperson ‘96 and Stewart provide the proven experience required to help further the commitment of the Simmons firm’s fight against asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma. Epperson joined the firm in 2002 as an attorney and works directly with patients and families affected by mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. He graduated cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois in 1996. Rich Whitney ‘96 is the Green Party candidate for Governor in the State of Illinois. 1998 Cynthia Y. Cobbs ‘98 Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that Ericka A. Sanders’98, received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Fourth Judicial Circuit and is declared to be appointed to the office of associate judge.
Sanders received her undergraduate degree in 1995 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and her Juris Doctor in 1998 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Ms. Sanders is currently affiliated with the Marion County Public Defender’s Office in Salem. Keith A. Good ‘98 recently interviewed Chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) about the recently passed financial reform bill. A transcript and audio replay is available at http://www.farmpolicy.com/?p=2716. Keith is the founder of FarmPolicy.com, an Internet based newsletter that provides a daily summary of news relating to U.S. farm policy. April Troemper ‘98 sworn in as associate judge. 1999 St. Louis, March 11, 2010 – The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP announced that on April 1, 2010, it will expand and strengthen its securities litigation practice. Carrie J. Bechtold ’99 will join the firm. Bechtold’s practice focuses on business and securities litigation. She represents broker-dealers, investment advisers, financial institutions and corporations in arbitration, federal and state litigation and investigations by regulatory organizations. 2000 John Hinkle ‘00, was named CFO and General Counsel for CPAY, a national credit, debit and gift card processor. 2001 Adam Stone’s new novel, The New Harmonies, is now out. It will be available from Amazon, and in bookstores, in mid-October, but you can buy signed copies now directly from his new website: www.adamestone.com 2002 On January 1st, Mandi J. Karvis, ’02 will be an owner (partner) at her firm Sanders & Parks, P.C. in Phoenix, Arizona. She practices primarily in the area of medical malpractice defense, and also does work in the area of municipality defense. 31
Jennifer Daulby Kaleta ’02 recently joined Land O ’Lakes as a Lobbyist. She resides in Arlington, Virginia with her husband, Ed, and daughter, Reagan. 2003 Casey Parker White ’03 is on the board of directors of the new 1 st Circuit Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. located in Carbondale, Illinois. Thomas Coupe’ 03 has been certified as a Juvenile Law and Child Welfare Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Coupe’, a staff attorney at Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County who also serves as coordinator of the Judge’s Action Center, is only one of 300 attorneys statewide who have completed the certification process required by the Tennessee Supreme Court. Coupe’ also has been certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children. 2005 Heather Mueller-Jones ’05 is an Associate at Knapp, Ohl and Green in Edwardsville, Illinois. She resides in Maryville with her husband Clint Jones, her daughter Merin, 9 years-old, and her son Luke, 3 years-old. Tiffany Sievers ’05 has opened SI Elder Law in Marion to help protect the assets of seniors needing long-term care. Tiffanny H. Sievers ‘05, has been elected presidentelect of the Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. 2006 Chad Kruse ‘06 is working as Assistant Counsel at Illinois EPA in Springfield, Illinois. He writes for Springfield Business Journal as an Environmental Correspondent. Chad completed Ironman 70.3 Racine this past Sunday and his legs are still very much in pain. 2008 Missy Greathouse ’08 is the Program Coordinator for the Pro Bono Family Mediation Program at Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. She handles the logistics of the family mediation program as well as the development of the organization’s relationship with judges and programs of the First Judicial Circuit. She screens case referrals from the Court and prepares appropriate cases for mediation.
2009 Brian R. Salmo ‘09 has joined the practice of Polsinelli Shughart in St. Louis, Missouri. Brian is a member of the business law practice group and assists clients on a variety of issues, including entity formation, governance, financing, and mergers and acquisitions. Addison Waid ‘09, of Lake Barrington, has been hired as assistant state’s attorney of Iroquois County, replacing Susan Barker. The law firm of Hassakis and Hassakis, PC in Mt. Vernon and Effingham, Illinois is pleased to announce the addition of Joshua A. Humbrecht ‘09 as associate attorney as the firm prepares to celebrate its 60 th year of service to the region. Steve Krake ’09 has been sworn in and admitted to the Bar of the Cherokee Tribal Courts.
In Memoriam Dean Jackson ’83, died on Sunday, April 11, 2010 after an extended illness. Defense attorney Tony Dulin Caldwell ’90, of Novi, Michigan died Wednesday, March 3, 2010, after a long illness. Thomas Maurice Miller ‘03 passed away August 8, 2009. He had been working for the Tennessee Department of Health. Tom loved what he was doing and his wife Sharon wanted the professors and graduates from SIU School of Law to know just how much he enjoyed the time he had with you all. You may contact his wife Sharon A. Miller at Arwen_ sam@ comcast.net Elizabeth “Liz” Slusser Kelly ‘78, died on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. She was 72 years old. Liz was the former director of the SIU School of Law Library and was the chair of the Building Committee responsible for the Lesar Law Building. She joined the Biddle Law Library as Director in 1984. When Liz retired in 2001 after 17 years at Penn Law, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Alumni Association and became the first female emeritus faculty member in the history of Penn Law. She spent her remaining years traveling with her husband Matt and spending her time with four children and nine grandchildren at her home in Michigan on the shores of Lake Huron. Condolences may be sent to her family in care of Matthew Kelly, PO Box 946, Pointe Aux Pins, Michigan 49775, Memorials can be sent to SIU School of Law, 1150 Douglas Drive, Mail Code 6804, Carbondale, Illinois 62901 attention Judi Ray.
Honorable Donald G. Wilkerson, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, Adjunct Professor, SIU School of Law
Continuing Legal Education Programs The School of Law, an accredited Illinois MCLE provider, joined with local courts and bar associations to offer several free CLE programs this year. We want to thank everyone who helped plan these programs, and especially want to acknowledge our alumni. Pro Bono Prisoner Litigation CLE Program – co-sponsored with the U.S. District Court, Southern District of IL, presented a free CLE program at the School of Law in October. Clerk of Court Nancy J. Rosenstengel ‘93, was a panelist. Joint CLE Program – co-sponsored with the Jackson and Williamson County Bar Associations. Special thanks to planning committee members Carey Gill ’01, Sarah Taylor ’02, Casey Parker White ’03, and Sandra Fogel ‘94. Guardian ad Litem Training – co-sponsored with the First Judicial Circuit of Illinois, and the Dispute Resolution Institute. Special thanks to Mary Rudasill ‘80, and Missy Greathouse ‘08, from the Dispute Resolution Institute, for their work in planning the program.
Annual Awards Ceremony Every spring, staff, faculty and student achievements are celebrated at the School of Law’s annual Awards Ceremony.
Awards are made possible by people who support the School of Law through their generous donations of time, money and energy.
We are very proud of our success and encourage all of our alumni and friends to help us spread the word about all of the good news that is happening at the School of Law.
Edgar O. Bonnie Zimmer Law Scholarship From left: Heather Heisner, Professor Keith Beyler, Cassie Linders, Grant McBride
Joe & Irene Dell’Era Public Service Award
From left: Michael Bantz, Joshua Chumbley, Professor R.J. Robertson, Natalie Lorenz, Michael Butts
SIU Public Interest Award
From left: Lisa Foran, Letisha Luecking Orlet, Staff Attorney Heidi Ramos, Angela Rollins
Beth & Darin Boggs Scholarship
From left: Visiting Lecturer Mark Brittgham, Kory Watson
Alumni Association Scholarship
From left: Cole Williams, LSK Director/Associate Professor Sue Liemer, Elizabeth Adams
Judge Richard E. Richman Ethics Scholarship
Assistant Professor Suzanne Schmitz, Shannon Crain
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Foundation Nominee From left: Michelle Hook Dewey (award winner), Candle Wester-Mittan, Allison Pitzer
David C. Johnson Scholarship
From left: Blane Osman, Michelle Osman, Jessica Armijo
Bessie Engram Community Service Award
From left: Clinical Professor Rebecca O’Neill, Troy Luster
Gilbert Family Memorial Scholarship
From left: Kelly Murray, Honorable J. Phillip Gilbert
The following individuals and organizations have contributed $100 or more between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. Barrister’s Circle $25,000 and above Garwin Family Foundation Mark J. Garwin, J.D. & Sylvia F. Garwin, M.D. The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation John C. Ryan & Marsha G. Ryan, M.D. Southern Illinois Hospital Services Lesar Circle $5,000 to $24,999 Shari R. Rhode Founder’s Circle $2,500 to $4,999 N. Lee Beneze Frank G. Houdek & Susan E. Tulis Madison County Bar Association Alice M. Noble-Allgire & Richard L. Allgire Mary C. Sexton Dean’s Circle $1,000 to $2,499 Peter C. Alexander, J.D. Laura S. & W. Eugene Basanta Robert E. Beck Joseph A. & Stacey L. Bleyer Lee Ann & Paul L. Conti Barbara J. & John P. Cunningham J. Timothy & Jane Eaton William L. Enyart, Jr. & The Honorable Annette A. Eckert Gloria G. Farha Flentje & Jack Focht Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Richard A. & Robin K. Fierce Mary Beth Guard Stephen J. Heine & Karen L. Kendall Hendricks & Hagan, Attorneys at Law Cynthia A. Hagan & Scott P. Hendricks Kenneth R. & Marsha L. Hughes Karen E. & David C. Johnson Phillip B. & Shelley Lenzini Daniel W. & Elizabeth E. O’Brien, M.D. Gregory L. & Lori O’Hara Kathleen L. Pine & Mark A. Brittingham Ellen J. & Thomas P. Schanzle-Haskins Joan A. & William F. Sherwood Weilmuenster & Wigginton, P.C. John M. & Trisha L. Weilmuenster Kathleen M. & Stephen R. Wiggington 34
Christine G. Zeeman Senior Partner $500 to $999 David L. & Debbie P. Antognoli Kenneth W. Bean Beth C. Boggs & T. Darin Boggs Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs, L.L.C Brenda K. & John S. Brewster Kenneth R. & Janice M. Deihl Cory E. Easton, P.C. Phyllis T. Eisenberg Paula H. Holderman Mark A. & Cari Larose Barbara T. Lesar Leonard N. Math Michael & Patricia R. McCubbin Beth L. & Trent A. Mohlenbrock G. Keith Phoenix & Virginia Herrmann Janet C. Proctor & Edgar J. Nowakowski Judith A. Ray Jonathan Ries Roberts Law Firm Brian L. Roberts Alicia H. & Michael P. Ruiz Heija B. Ryoo Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C. Suzanne J. Schmitz Robert E. & Jeannette A. Shaw Lyndon P. & Hilary H. Sommer The Honorable Ronald D. & Annette J. Spears Stephen W. & Tabitha Ann Stone Stephen H. & Wendy M. Thomas Wenona Y. Whitfield James Stuart Wilber & Cynthia A. Daniel Mark K. Wykoff, Sr. Wykoff Law Office, L.L.C. Partner $250 to $499 Barkau & Unverfehrt, P.C. Bradley B. Barkau Law Offices of Michael R. Bilbrey, P.C. Thomas A. Bell James & Rita Bentivoglio Gerald F. & Cindy G. Buys Michael C. & Nancy B. Carr The Honorable Earl H. & Louise R. Carroll John L. & B.S. Chullen Nancy Clementz-Behimer & Mary C. Rudasill
John K. Dobbins B. J. Dowling The Honorable James L. & Mabel D. Foreman George E. Richeson, Attorney at Law, P.C. Sharry Henk-Teston & David L. Wood William L. & Teresa Hutton Jackson County Bar Association Martine P. & Michaelis B. Jackson Barbara S. Joiner The Joiner Law Office Koepke & Hiltabrand Kurt M. & Sandra H. Koepke Tracy M. Loos-Weber & Craig O. Weber John F. & Patricia J. Lynn Sandra L. & Rickey N. McCurry Andrea L. McNeill & Robert A. Anderson Cindy S. Moore Samuel A. & Grace P. Mormino Stephen M. Murphy Timothy R. & Jon A. Neubauer Dr. Margaret A. & Charles L. Noe Lawrence J. & Rebecca J. O’Neill Dennis J. Orsey, P.C. Dennis J. & Catherine L. Orsey Phillips Electronics N.A. James R. & Lucy M. Pirages Craig R. & Roberta M. Reeves Susan M. Lonergan & George E. Richeson Lorri L. & Steven D. Rothert Dennis R. & Marie T. Ruth Sterling & Dowling, P.C. Gary A. & Vicki Unverfehrt David D. Winters Staci M. Yandle The Law Offices of Staci M. Yandle, LLC Shig W. & Jodi N. Yasunaga Associate $100 to $249 Jill E. Adams Albert G. & Janice L. Algren Kathy M. Baker-Bowen & Tom Bowen Kenneth E. & Sandra M. Balsters David N. & Susan S. Barkhausen Lee W. Barron Barry D. Dix, LTD Becker, Schroader, & Chapman, P.C. Blake & Allen P.C. Robert W. Bodach Robert C. & Jennifer A. Bollinger
Mary Jane & Thomas H. Boswell Thomas P. Briddick Mark E. Brown Melvin L. & Patricia A. Browning Terry I. & Rebecca S. Bruckert Thomas M. Aud & Barbara E. Brundage Fredric & Jamie Caplan Gregory D. & Barbara B. Collins Norman L. & Carol R. Conrad John R. & Reona J. Daly Cassandra L. & Curtis M. Dawson James E. & Kathleen DeFranco Elizabeth J. & John T. Dibble Barry D. Dix Shirley D. & Thomas H. Dodd The Honorable Ellar Duff Heidi S. & Myles L. Epperson John F. & Julie A. Erbes Edward C. & Annetta Eytalis Law Office of Edward C. Eytalis Carolyn B. Ferdinand Frank E. Hoffman, Attorney At Law Stanley E. & Kristal M. Freeman Leanne M. & Thomas H. Furby John A. & Robin R. Furlong David M. Galanti Leif Garrison & Margaret J. Whitley Daniel L. & Karen M. Gaumer Ted N. & Jennifer Gianaris Melissa A. Glauber Samuel J. Glover Steven G. Bailey & Karen F. Goodhope, M.D. James R. Grabowski Laura K. Grandy Lawrence D. & Sharon Green Paul M. & Sandra C. Greene Kimbara G. & Jack D. Harrell Frederick J. Hess Francis E. & Angie Hoffman Patricia A. & William E. Hoke John A. Hudspeth Brian J. Huelsmann The Honorable David A. Hylla Kenneth F. & Marylou Ireland The Honorable Lloyd A. & Mary L. Karmeier William K. & Rebecca Keene William K. Keene - Attorney At Law Gregory S. & Joan M. Keltner Carrie L. Kinsella Perry A. Knop & Sheila J. Simon
Thanks to all of you who contribute to the Southern Illinois University School of Law. Your generosity allows us to strengthen and expand existing programs and put new ones in place. The Honorable Paul W. & Laura L. Lamar David C. Laurent Bonnie Levo & Associates Bonnie M. Levo Kathleen E. & Thomas J. Maloney George E. Marifian Nancy E. Martin Vito A. Mastrangelo & M. E. Brennan Kathy L. Livingston & Paul Matalonis Mathis, Marifian, Richter & Grandy, Ltd. Patrick B. Mathis Joseph B. McDonnell Mark J. & Dorothy J. McGrath Chester G. & Judith McLeod Michele L. Mekel The Honorable Nelson F. & Adele E. Metz Robert M. Mifflin & Marcia Olson Mifflin Jacob M. Mihm Martha P. Mote Harry R. & Nancy C. Murphy Catherine M. & Richard H. Narup William J. Niehoff Cynthia M. & Stephen T. Oltman Elizabeth A. & Shawn R. Oâ€™Neil Joseph E. & Joni L. Painter Thomas A. & Cecilia E. Pajda Bob L. & Ivka Perica The Perica Law Firm, PC Arnold J. Pirtle & Jennifer Chenier-Pirtle Lara L. & Douglas J. Quivey Danielle L. Rains Daniel A. Raniere Warren D. & Anita Rees Kevin J. Richter Matthew J. Rokusek L C. Runyon & Gary E. Schmitz Benjamin R. & Kelly G. Schmickle James A. Schraidt & Jane F. Derbyshire Kurt S. Schroeder Mark S. Schuver Darren K. Short Jayne E. & John D. Simmons Ronald R. & Debra L. Slemer Law Office of Ronald R. Slemer Samantha G. Smith Andrew C. Speciale Barbara Stevenson Col. Douglas M. Stevenson & Elli Christmann The Honorable Bruce D. & Marleigh Stewart Kevin J. Stine
Jeanne M. Teter Daren K. & Kim Todd Lynn M. Trella Samantha S. Unsell Jeremy R. & Jennifer M. Walker John M. Ward Douglas K. & Evelyn F. Watson John A. & Holly A. Wilde Mary B. & Ronald N. Williams Lyndon G. & Rita S. Willms Leonard P. & Holly M. Windhorst George C. & Gina L. Wood Leslie A. Wood Anniversary Circle Alumni who have graduated in the past five years (2005 - 2009) and have given an amount equal to or greater than the anniversary of the School of Law Class of 2005 Judith A. Ray Eric R. Waltmire Dailey E. Wilson Class of 2006 Robert W. Bodach Douglas R. Hoffman Sara A. Ingram Elizabeth L. Jones Chad M. Kruse Andrew C. Speciale Jeffrey S. Stacey James A. & Becky A. Webb Mark K. Wykoff Class of 2007 Elias C. & Theodora Christopoulos Jason A. Hammond Rana E. Meents Jesse A. Placher Danielle L. Rains Rusty K. Reinoehl Matthew J. Rokusek Dr. Margaret S. Stockdale & Michael P. Heck Class of 2008 Lyndon G. & Rita S. Willms Class of 2009 Desiree M. & Justin J. King Kyle C. Oehmke 35
Prior to the commencement ceremony, Grindler participated in a Q & A session and reception at the law school where faculty, students and special guests were able to talk with him informally.
Deputy Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice delivered 2010 commencement address Gary Grindler , Acting Deputy Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice, delivered the address for the SIU School of Law’s spring commencement ceremony at Shryock Auditorium on the SIUC campus.
Georgia. Included in his numerous roles within the U.S. Department of Justice, Grindler also was principal associate deputy attorney general and counselor to the attorney general, and assistant attorney general in the civil division.
Prior to his latest return to the U.S. Department of “The Deputy Attorney General is the second highest Justice, Grindler was a partner at King & Spalding, official in the U.S. Department of Justice,” said LLP, focusing on issues including white-collar Assistant Professor of Law Lucian E. Dervan, “and criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, his responsibilities include not only advising and money laundering and search warrant compliance, assisting the Attorney General in formulating and and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. implementing Departmental policies and programs, but providing overall “I had the pleasure supervision and direction “Mr. Grindler has demonstrated a of working with Mr. to all organizational units Grindler when we continual commitment to public of the Department.” service throughout his career, and it were both members of the King & Spalding Grindler, who grew up in is fitting that a law school dedicated Special Matters St. Louis, MO, rejoined Government the Department of to serving the public interest would and Justice in 2009 as deputy turn to an exemplary public servant to Investigations team,” said Assistant Professor assistant attorney general deliver its commencement address. ” of Law Lucian E. in the criminal division Dervan. before his appointment earlier this year by Attorney General Eric Holder to Dervan added, “Mr. Grindler has demonstrated his current position. a continual commitment to public service throughout his career, and it is fitting that a law Grindler received both his law and undergraduate school dedicated to serving the public interest would degrees from Northwestern University, and is a turn to an exemplary public servant to deliver its former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern commencement address.” District of New York and the Northern District of
Commencement 2010 The spring commencement ceremony was held at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Shryock Auditorium. 114 Juris Doctor (J.D.) and 6 Master of Law (LL.M.) degrees were awarded.
2010 Alumni Achievement Recipient, Justice William E. Holdridge congratulated by Interim Dean Frank Houdek
This year’s Alumni Achievement Award recipient was Judge William Holdridge, ‘84. He currently serves as Judge of the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District. Previously, he practiced civil and criminal law in Peoria and Fulton counties. He also was general counsel to Mass Mutual, and served as Circuit Judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit prior to his election as appellate judge in 1994.
Senior Class Speaker Benjamin Bridges, urged his fellow graduates to carry with them a simple, but important, rule:
“Be good. That’s a lot of message for only two words, but it’s my suggestion. Because we never know who’s counting on us to be good. After all, we may be the only good someone ever knows in this world, and we cannot afford to let them down.”
Law school honors imprisoned Vietnamese lawyer Rule of Law Citation Le Cong Dinh, a Vietnamese human-rights defense attorney and democracy activist sentenced earlier this year to five years in prison, received the law school’s 2010 Rule of Law Citation during its spring commencement ceremony.
Dinh’s sentence followed a conviction for participating in peaceful activities in support of multi-party democracy, impermissible in Vietnam’s one-party Communist state. He earned a master of law degree from Tulane University.
The citation is a formal recognition by the law school faculty of the important tradition of the legal profession that “requires lawyers to stand firm in support of liberty and justice in the face of oppression and, by their words and actions, to honor and support the Rule of Law, even at great personal risk.”
A commencement hood and scroll placed on an empty chair in the front row with law school faculty symbolizes the law school standing with lawyers who are suffering for the Rule of Law.
“This sends a signal to our community and our students the importance we attach to the Rule of Law and the importance we attach to integrity, even if it means you have to make personal sacrifices,” said Leonard Gross, Professor of Law and Chair of Law School Commencement Committee.
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