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Nick Mariano

Nina Appel First Dean Emerita at Loyola University Chicago
Appel Agrees to Continue Three Decades of  Work at Loyola School of Law

CHICAGO, June 11, 2004 Loyola University Chicago President Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., announced today that Nina S. Appel, one of the nation’s longest-serving law school deans, has been named dean emerita, effective immediately.

As dean emerita, Appel will relinquish the day-to-day management of the law school to assume full-time responsibility for alumni relations and development, continuing more than 30 years of service to the law school, Garanzini said. Law school professor Diane Geraghty has been named interim dean.

“I am pleased that Dean Appel will be working closely with me and our many alumni and friends to advance the school’s national reputation. Dean Appel has been a tremendous asset to the school and university, and I look forward to working with Nina in her new role,” Garanzini said.

Appel is the first dean at Loyola in its 134-year history to be named dean emerita. Appel said she accepted the new position in response to faculty who identified building strong relationships with alumni and fundraising as critical to the school’s future.

“I am honored to have been asked to draw upon my years of experience as dean to lead this effort on behalf of the law school,” Appel said.

When Appel was appointed as the law school’s ninth dean in 1983, she became the first woman to be named dean at Loyola’s School of Law and was one of six women at the time to head a major law school. Appel also helped break the barrier women faced in law when she became one of the first full-time law professors at Loyola in 1973 and when she graduated from Columbia University Law School in 1959 with 12 other women in a class of 212.

During her 21 years in office, Appel founded the school’s nationally ranked Institute for Health Law, oversaw the development of its highly regarded Civitas ChildLaw Center at Loyola, and created a widely-emulated degree program for nonlegal professionals who seek a better understanding of the law and its effect on their professions.

From 1992 to 1993, Appel chaired the American Bar Association’s Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and in 2003 received the Robert J. Kutak award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to legal education. That same year she was given the Distinguished Columbian in Teaching Award by Columbia University Law School.

Geraghty, the first and only director of the child law center at the law school, joined Loyola’s faculty in 1977. In 2001, Geraghty received the 16th annual Livingston Hall Award from the American Bar Association for her contributions in the area of child law and in 2000 was designated a Juvenile Justice Pioneer in recognition of her contributions to the improvement of the Cook County Juvenile Court.

As interim dean, she will continue to serve as the center’s director while leading strategic planning efforts as part of law school and university planning committees.

“I look forward to working with my law school colleagues, with Dean Emerita Appel and with President Garanzini to continue the faculty’s and staff’s work with outstanding students who are seeking to make a difference in this world. From our trial advocacy programs to our clinical education programs during the last 20 years, Loyola’s School of Law has and will continue to prepare people to lead extraordinary lives. How can I not be excited about that,” Geraghty said.

About Loyola University Chicago

Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.




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