FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Loyola University Chicago to Launch
Legal Center for Social Justice
Transformative Gift Will Strengthen Law Programs
that Serve Communities in Need
CHICAGO, November 29, 2017 – Communities in need of critical legal services in such areas as health care, education, and criminal justice will benefit from a new center at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, thanks to the generosity of alumnus Curt Rodin (JD ’75) and his wife, Linda Rodin.
The Curt and Linda Rodin Center for Social Justice will strengthen and further develop several leading law school programs at Loyola that assist the most underserved members of society by offering support, training, and resources. These programs include Loyola’s nationally recognized Legislation and Policy Clinic, Education Law and Policy Institute, and Health Justice Project. The center also will produce meaningful research and advocacy to foster systemic change and to help eradicate gross inequities in these areas of basic human needs.
“Curt and Linda Rodin have shown long-standing generosity in supporting Loyola’s social justice mission of service to others,” said Michael J. Kaufman, dean of the School of Law. Previous gifts from the Rodins have established scholarships, fellowships, and a professorship in Loyola’s Health Justice Project.
“This transformative leadership gift will provide extraordinary opportunities for our students to use their professional skills to serve the most vulnerable members of our communities and to gain invaluable real-life practical training as student clinicians and agents for social change,” Kaufman said.
Curt Rodin began his legal career as a law clerk at Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak, & Kohen, Ltd. in 1975, and served as managing partner and president from 1996 to 2006. During his distinguished career, he represented victims of construction injury, product defects, and medical malpractice. He is one of only a handful of personal injury attorneys to be listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 10 consecutive years. Rodin has served as president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Society of Trial Lawyers, and chair of the Committee on Civil Jury Instructions of the Illinois Supreme Court. He has also served on numerous committees of the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.
“Linda and I have long believed that everyone deserves quality legal representation,” Rodin said. “It is our hope that the new Center for Social Justice at Loyola will help to serve those most in need.”
Rodin is a member of Loyola University Chicago’s part-time law faculty and the School of Law’s Circle of Advocates Advisory Board. In 2001, the Rodins established the Rodin Fellowship to support two student fellows in moot court. They also established the Harold and Shirley Rodin Scholarship and the Curt N. and Linda Rodin Scholarship, as well as the Curt and Linda Rodin Visiting Clinical Professorship to support a clinical faculty position in Loyola’s Health Justice Project, a nationally recognized medical-legal partnership that addresses social and legal issues that negatively affect the health of low-income individuals. In 2011, Rodin was honored with the School of Law’s Medal of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the school.
A celebration for the opening of the Curt and Linda Rodin Center for Social Justice is planned for spring 2018.
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 a Master of Jurisprudence program in rule of law for development and online programs for non-attorney professionals in business and compliance, child and family law, health law, and global competition law. 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 more than 16,600 students. Nearly 11,500 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 13 schools, colleges, and institutes, 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, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. 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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