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Loyola University Chicago School of Law Names Center for Advocacy in Recognition of Nationally Renowned Litigator
CHICAGO, February 8, 2010 – Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to announce that it has named its nationally recognized Center for Advocacy after law alumnus Dan K. Webb (JD ’70). Webb, the chairman of the Chicago law firm Winston & Strawn, is widely considered one of the top trial attorneys in the United States. Effective immediately, the advocacy program at Loyola’s School of Law will be called the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy to honor his distinguished career, and to recognize his significant contributions to the School of Law, including a recent major financial commitment.
“Dan Webb’s skill and excellence in the courtroom, as well as his outstanding contributions to the legal profession and to Loyola, are immeasurable,” says David Yellen, dean of the School of Law. “It is with tremendous pride and gratitude that we name our Center for Advocacy in recognition of one of the greatest litigators in the United States, and one of the law school’s most dedicated supporters.”
Dan Webb has spent his entire career as a litigator and trial lawyer. As one of the most prominent prosecutors in the country, Webb received international attention for his successful prosecution of retired Admiral John Poindexter in the Iran-Contra affair. As the United States attorney in Chicago from 1981-1985, he spearheaded the “Operation Greylord” investigations into judicial corruption in Cook County, Illinois. In 1985, Webb joined Winston & Strawn, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of major commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense.
“Loyola University Chicago School of Law has had a profound impact on my life,” says Webb. “My law school education gave me the opportunity to become a trial attorney, and the professional satisfaction and fulfillment that followed is the direct result of that education. Because of my commitment to advocacy, I can think of no greater honor than to have the Center for Advocacy at Loyola carry my name. I am deeply grateful to have such a distinguished law school provide me with this very special honor.”
“Dan Webb exemplifies excellence in advocacy at Loyola,” says Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president of Loyola University Chicago. “His generosity and unwavering dedication to justice and the rule of law will serve to inspire our students for years to come.”
Webb has been called one of the most formidable courtroom trial lawyers in America today. He has been named the top litigator in the United States by Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers; the top white-collar criminal defense attorney by Corporate Crime Reporter; the top business litigator in Chicago, in Illinois, and in all areas of law, by Leading Lawyers Network. He has been selected as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” and a “Winning Attorney” by The National Law Journal.
In 2008, Webb was named “Person of the Year” by Chicago Lawyer magazine; he was also named top litigation expert in the United States, and one of the top 25 litigation experts in the world by the Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers. He is listed in The Legal 500, The Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading White-Collar Crime Lawyers; Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition; The International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers; The Guide to the World’s Leading Competition & Antitrust Lawyers; and as one of the top 10 lawyers with the second-highest number of points in Illinois’ Super Lawyers, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Webb has been honored by Loyola University Chicago School of Law and its Alumni Association with the St. Robert Bellarmine Award in 1985, and the Medal of Excellence in 2009.
About Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Center for Advocacy
The Center for Advocacy at Loyola University Chicago is a centerpiece of the School of Law and one of the most respected advocacy programs in the country. Since its founding in 1908, Loyola has produced many of the most accomplished trial and appellate lawyers in Chicago and across the nation. Students in the advocacy program are given the opportunity to learn from distinguished academics as well as experienced attorneys as they prepare for careers as litigators. Loyola provides a comprehensive education, offering students the opportunity to take courses in trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, and alternative dispute resolution, and to compete in regional, national, and international student competitions, where Loyola teams routinely take top honors. A number of scholarships are offered to facilitate participation in advocacy education and to recognize students’ contributions in advocacy-related activities. In addition, Loyola has been the site for the Midwest Regional Program of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for over a decade. Most recently, the Cooney & Conway Chair in Advocacy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law was established by John D. Cooney (JD ’79), Robert J. Cooney Jr. (JD ’78), Kevin J. Conway (JD ’76), all alumni of the School of Law. Renowned litigator and scholar Barry Sullivan assumed Loyola’s Cooney & Conway Chair in Advocacy on July 1, 2009.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,800 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 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. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in their 2010 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.