® Volume 155, No. 41 Monday, March 2, 2009 Law School Notes Loyola law school celebrates century mark By Jerry Crimmins trial lawyers of his generation. He really Law Bulletin staff writer transformed the practice of personal-injury law.” It started as a night school in a Loop office “Currently in almost every survey of Illinois building with 30 students and two full-time [trial] lawyers I’ve seen,” Yellen said, “the top teachers in 1908. two are” Dan K. Webb and Joseph A. Power Jr., Today: both Loyola law alums. • The president of the Illinois state Senate, Two United States attorneys for the Northern John J. Cullerton, is an alum of this once tiny District of Illinois have been Loyola alums, school. . Thomas P Sullivan and Webb. • The Speaker of the Illinois House, Michael Given the opening to brag for the school’s J. Madigan, is an alum. 100th year, Yellen said Loyola law, with a full- • Attorney General Lisa M. Madigan is an time faculty of about 40, now has “three major alum. centers of excellence, the Beazley Health Law • State Comptroller Daniel W. Hynes is an Institute, the Civitas ChildLaw Center and its alum. trial advocacy program. • Mara S. Georges, Chicago’s corporation Moreover, with generous gifts in the last five counsel, is an alum. years, the school has created six endowed chairs Before the current chief justice of the Illinois and is now in the midst of a $20 million Supreme Court, Thomas R. Fitzgerald, his two renovation of its building. immediate predecessors, Robert R. Thomas and Yellen has been dean since July 2005. Mary Ann G. McMorrow, were both alums. According to a history of the school by Saturday this school, now known as the Professor Thomas M. Haney to be published this Loyola University Chicago School of Law, which spring, entitled “The First 100 Years,” the school has grown to 850 students in its own Loyola Law opened in 1908 in the Ashland Block office Center, at 25 E. Pearson St., celebrates its building on the northeast corner of Clark and Centennial Gala. Randolph streets. The event at the Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Because it was a night school that operated Shore Drive, starts with a reception at 6 p.m. from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the students, all young and dinner at 7 p.m. followed by dancing. men, were there after most of the lawyers and It is “the centerpiece of the whole year,” said other office workers had gone home, and their David N. Yellen, dean of the law school. boisterousness sometimes caused trouble for the Attendance for the event is expected to reach cleaning staff. 650 people. The Ashland Block building later became the In anticipation, Yellen listed just a fraction of site of the downtown Greyhound bus station. On Loyola’s most prominent law alumni. that site today is the Chicago Title & Trust “We have had other alums in these positions Center, 161 N. Clark St. over the years,” he continued, such as former The idea for the school was suggested in 1906 state Senate president Philip J. Rock, and former to St. Ignatius College, the predecessor of Illinois attorney general Neil F. Hartigan. The Loyola University Chicago, by five lawyers. late Henry J. Hyde, who represented Illinois in They were the man who would become its the U.S. House, also was an alum. first dean, William Dillon, along with Michael V . Two other Chicago corporation counsels have Kannally, Superior Court Judge Marcus been Loyola law alums, Raymond F. Simon and Kavanagh, Patrick H. O’Donnell and Howard William R. Quinlan. Sprogle. At least one other Loyola law alum has been a “We are of the opinion that a law school, justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, James A. conducted under the auspices of a Catholic Dooley, from the Class of 1937. college or university and situated in Chicago, the On the other hand, “We’re probably best great metropolis of the middle west, would known for producing some of the best trial succeed,” the five said in a letter to Henry J. lawyers in the country,” Yellen stated. Dumbach, S.J., then the president of St. Ignatius Philip H. Corboy “was one of the most famous Continued… College on Jan. 13, 2006. Yellen said. With the additional help of Circuit Court Judge His predecessor for 20 years, Nina S. Appel, Edward F. Dunne, former mayor of Chicago and now dean emerita, also is Jewish. later governor of Illinois, as well as attorney “We’re proud of our identification and Arnold D. McMahon, who became the second heritage,” Yellen said, “but it’s a very ecumenical dean, and others, the law school was able to open one.” on Sept. 14, 1908. The school was originally named Lincoln Justices cite local prof’s work College of Law and has had several locations over the years. Once, in 1944, it even closed Professor Mary Jean Dolan of The John when the student body dwindled as so many Marshall Law School submitted an amicus brief young men went into military service. on behalf of the International Municipal Lawyers’ It was “resurrected in 1946,” according to the Association that was cited frequently in school’s Web site. Wednesday’s 9-0 opinion by the U.S. Supreme Loyola is a Catholic school operated by the Court in Pleasant Grove v. Summum, No. 07-665, Jesuits. according to her school. “We’re very proud of our identification with The amicus brief included her national survey that heritage,” said Yellen. “Jesuits are known of muncipal monument practices. around the world for their devotion to education Dolan received help on the project from and community service, and that fits our mission student research assistants Brent Wilson and as a law school to a T. Melissa Branson, and Thomas Keefe, associate “It is also imporant to note we are extremely director of instruction in computer services in embracing of people of all faiths. I’m Jewish,” John Marshall’s law library. Reprinted with permission from Law Bulletin Publishing Company.
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