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Loyola University Chicago School of Law Appoints
New Raymond and Mary Simon Chair
in Constitutional Law

Nationally Renowned Scholar Alexander Tsesis to Develop
and Expand 
Constitutional Law Programs

CHICAGO, May 18, 2016 —Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law has announced the appointment of Alexander Tsesis, JD, as the school’s Raymond and Mary Simon Chair in Constitutional Law.

Professor Tsesis, a renowned scholar in constitutional law, has served as a full-time faculty member in the School of Law since 2007 and will assume the chair appointment immediately. In this role, he will develop and plan conferences, speaker series, and other programs in the field, in addition to researching, teaching, and publishing in the area of constitutional law.

“Alex Tsesis has made extraordinary contributions to our constitutional law program since arriving at Loyola almost a decade ago,” said David Yellen, dean of the School of Law. “He is a nationally respected scholar in this complex field and an invaluable resource to our students.”

Tsesis has authored numerous articles that have appeared in prestigious law reviews, including the Columbia Law Review, Texas Law Review, and Cornell Law Review. He has authored multiple books, including For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence (Oxford University Press); We Shall Overcome: A History of Civil Rights and the Law (Yale University Press); The Thirteenth Amendment and American Freedom: A Legal History (New York University Press); and Destructive Messages: How Hate Speech Paves the Way for Harmful Social Movements (New York University Press). He is also the editor of The Promises of Liberty: The History and Contemporary Relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment (Columbia University Press).

Tsesis currently teaches courses on constitutional law, First Amendment law, civil procedure, and seminars devoted to civil rights issues and constitutional interpretation.

The Raymond and Mary Simon chair in Constitutional Law was established in 2007 by the Helen V. Brach Foundation to honor its former president and Loyola alumnus, Raymond F. Simon (BA ’53, JD ’56), for his 50 years of contributions to the practice of law.

“I deeply appreciate the Helen V. Brach Foundation’s generous gift that made this appointment possible,” said Professor Tsesis. “This position provides a unique opportunity to create intellectual, social, and pedagogical programs for our students and the entire Loyola community.”

For more information regarding Raymond and Mary Simon Chair in Constitutional Law or the School of Law, visit LUC.edu/law.

About Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Loyola’s School of Law has been educating students across the country and around the world for more than 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, public interest law, and tax law. For attorneys pursuing advanced legal education, the school offers Master of Laws programs in advocacy, child and family law, rule of law for development, tax law, and international law for foreign lawyers, as well as online programs in business, global competition law, and health law. In addition, the school offers online Master of Jurisprudence programs for non-attorney professionals in business, child and family law, health law, and global competition law. The school also offers two on-campus doctoral degrees focusing on health law and policy (SJD and DLaw). To learn more about the school, visit LUC.edu/law or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaLaw. 

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,500 students. More than 11,000 undergraduates 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 11 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, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 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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