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Loyola University Chicago Dean Makes National List of Most Influential People in Legal Education for Second Year
School of Law’s David Yellen Climbs to #5 on National Jurist’s 2014 List
CHICAGO, January 15, 2015 —The National Jurist has named Loyola University Chicago School of Law Dean David N. Yellen as one of the “25 most influential people in legal education” for the second year in a row. In the publication’s January 2015 issue, Yellen jumped from 17th to 5th on the list of those named.
That National Jurist calls Yellen an ”innovator” for his leadership role in the national dialogue addressing today’s challenges facing legal education and offering ways to improve the state of legal education. He served on both the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Task Force on the Future of Legal Education and its Legal Education’s Standards Review Committee, where he played a critical role in drafting new rules requiring law schools to provide more information about employment outcomes. In 2014, he served as chair of the ABA New Deans Workshop and was appointed to the Illinois State Bar Association Task Force on the Impact of Law School Curriculum and Debt on the Future of the Profession.
Yellen began his tenure as dean and professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2005. Since his arrival, he has enhanced experiential learning opportunities for law students, including adopting a new requirement that each student enroll in at least two clinics, simulations, or externships. He has also been instrumental in growing Loyola’s online, non-lawyer degree program offerings.
Prior to joining Loyola, Yellen was a member of the law faculty and served as dean at Hofstra Law School. He also taught at Villanova University School of Law, Cornell Law School, and New York Law School.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. More than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also 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. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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