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Loyola University Chicago School of Law Receives Gift to Establish Clinical Professor of Business Law
Professorship Will Expand School’s Business Law Clinical Programs
CHICAGO, March 3, 2008 – Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law has received a $500,000 gift from law alumna Randy Lamm Berlin (JD ’91) and her husband, Melvin, to establish the Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Clinical Professor of Business Law.
Joseph L. Stone, director of Loyola’s Business Law Center Clinic, has been awarded the clinical professorship effective immediately. Stone is of counsel to the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw and a former partner at the Chicago law firm of D’Ancona & Pflaum. He joined the clinical faculty of Loyola’s law school in 1999 to organize and direct the Business Law Center Clinic.
The Business Law Center Clinic at Loyola University Chicago offers students a unique opportunity to develop expertise in business law and entrepreneurship in a live clinical setting. The clinic provides low-cost legal services to entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Chicago area. In addition, the clinic serves not-for-profit organizations on a pro bono basis. It is one of a small number of law school clinics nationwide that focus on transactional legal work, as opposed to litigation.
“We deeply appreciate Randy and Melvin Berlin’s support of our business law programs,” said David Yellen, dean of the School of Law. “Loyola’s Business Law Center Clinic is an innovative program that enables students to get hands-on experience in transactional business law practice, and the Berlins’ generosity will enable us to expand and enhance our programs designed for students interested in business law.”
Ms. Berlin, a retired attorney, is now a member of Loyola’s adjunct law faculty where she teaches the Law and Literature course, a course she designed in 2006. She is one of the original creators and developers of the Junior Great Books Program, which operates nationwide in public and parochial schools, and she also formerly taught English at Lake Forest College. In addition to establishing the Clinical Professor of Business Law at Loyola, the Berlins have generously sponsored the School of Law’s annual Shakespeare and the Law program since 2004.
Mr. Berlin is the founder and former Chairman of Berlin Packaging LLC. In June of 2007, he sold off his interest in the company and the couple’s son, Andrew Berlin, a Loyola law school graduate (JD ’86), became Chairman and CEO of Berlin Packaging. Andrew Berlin is also a Limited Partner of the Chicago White Sox. Another son, Roy Berlin, is Chairman and CEO of Berlin Metals, LLC and is a National Board Member of the Metal Service Center Institute. A third son, Jon Berlin, received his MD from Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine in 1978. He is the Medical Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services for the County of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Assistant Clinical Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, as well as immediate past President of the American Association of Emergency Psychiatry.
“With three Loyola graduates in our family, Melvin and I feel privileged to help the law school build upon its tremendous energy and momentum,” said Ms. Berlin. “Contributing to a unique clinical program such as Loyola’s Business Law Center Clinic, which trains business law students and provides quality legal assistance to business entrepreneurs in our community, is especially gratifying.”
Randy and Melvin Berlin reside in Glencoe, Illinois, and in addition to their three sons, they have seven grandchildren.
About Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Loyola’s School of Law has educated students across the country and around the world for 100 years. The school offers full- 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 of Laws programs in business law, child and family law, health law, and tax law. In addition, the School offers the Master 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 the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic University. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,500 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 ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2008 rankings. For more information, please visit our Web site at LUC.edu.