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Loyola University Chicago School of Law Receives Gift to Establish Chair in Constitutional Law
CHICAGO, January 19, 2007 – The Helen V. Brach Foundation has established the Raymond and Mary Simon Chair in Constitutional Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The foundation’s gift is in honor of its retiring president, Raymond F. Simon. The School of Law will begin a national search later this year for a leading scholar in constitutional law to assume the chair position in the fall of 2008.
The Helen V. Brach Foundation was established in 1974 to provide support to programs designed to defend and advance the interests of animals, youth, the disabled, the poor, and otherwise disadvantaged persons, and to support religious, charitable, educational, and cultural activities. Raymond Simon retired as president of the foundation this past fall after serving in that position for the past twenty years. His tenure saw the assets of the foundation grow from $30 million when he took charge in 1986 to over $125 million today, with more than $70 million having been provided to grantee organizations during this period.
Raymond Simon has had a distinguished career in the practice of law. During his fifty years of continuous practice in Chicago, he has served in prominent positions in both government and the private sector. As a young lawyer he served as Corporation Counsel of the City of Chicago and Deputy Mayor for Richard J. Daley. During his legal career, Mr. Simon has served as President of the Chicago Park District, a member of the Illinois Labor Relations Board, and has served on numerous other boards and commissions. Mr. Simon was President of the Catholic Lawyers Guild for many years and served for two decades as a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility. He is a member of the Polk Brothers Foundation and is a Life Trustee and past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Ignatius College Prep.
In his law practice, Mr. Simon has argued cases before the United States Supreme Court as well as the Appellate and Supreme Courts of Illinois. He received both a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University Chicago and has remained an active and dedicated alumnus of the University. Raymond’s wife, Mary, also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola, as well as graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the National University of Mexico. The Simons have eight children—seven sons and one daughter.
“We are extremely grateful to the Helen V. Brach Foundation for this generous gift, which will honor Raymond and Mary Simon, and bring a distinguished national scholar to Loyola,” said David Yellen, dean of Loyola’s School of Law. “The holder of this chair will be an important addition to our faculty and will enhance our reputation not only in Chicago, but around the entire country.”
About Loyola University Chicago School of Law
As one of the largest Jesuit law schools in the nation, Loyola’s School of Law has been offering education to students across the country and around the world for nearly 100 years. The school offers full-time and part-time Juris Doctor programs, with specialized certificates available in Advocacy, Child and Family Law, Health Law, International Law and Practice, and Tax Law. For attorneys pursuing advanced legal education, the school offers Master’s of Law programs in Business Law, Child and Family Law, Health Law, and Tax Law. In addition, the school offers the Master’s of Jurisprudence for non-attorney professionals in business, child and family law, and health law, as well as two doctoral degrees focusing on health law and policy (SJD and DLaw).
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 nearly 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.