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Loyola Appoints Antitrust Scholar Spencer Weber Waller
to Prestigious Chair
Faculty Chair Will Strengthen Leadership, Research,
and Innovation in the Area of Competition Law

CHICAGO, January 22, 2018—Leading international scholar and expert in the area of antitrust and competition law Spencer Weber Waller, JD, has been named Loyola University Chicago’s inaugural Justice John Paul Stevens Chair in Competition Law. The chair was established to further strengthen Loyola’s outstanding reputation and exceptional academic leadership, research, and innovation in the area of competition law and policy. Competition laws, also referred to as antitrust laws, are statutes created to protect consumers from predatory business practices by ensuring that fair competition exists in an open-market economy.

Waller has served as a member of Loyola’s full-time law faculty and director of the School of Law’s nationally recognized Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies since 2000. He most recently served as interim associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Law, a post he held from June 2016–2017.

“Spencer Waller is one of the country’s great pioneers in the area of consumer and antitrust law,” said Michael Kaufman, JD, dean of the School of Law. “His scholarly contributions as an extraordinary leader in this field and as a valued mentor to our students will be felt for generations to come.”

At Loyola, Waller teaches courses in antitrust, intellectual property, civil procedure, and international litigation. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute and serves on the editorial boards of the Antitrust Law Journal and World Competition Law and Economics Review. Waller is the author and editor of eight books and more than 100 articles on United States and international antitrust, including Antitrust and American Business Abroad, the leading treatise in the field, and the first full-length biography of Thurman Arnold, the founder of modern U.S. antitrust enforcement. He is also the coeditor and contributor to Brands, Competition Law and IP (Cambridge University Press 2015).

His recent scholarship focuses on antitrust, brands, class actions, high-tech industries, innovation, and intellectual property. In 2014, Waller received the Concurrence Antitrust Writing Award for his scholarship in antitrust. He previously served as associate dean and professor of law at Brooklyn Law School.

“Justice Stevens is one of my personal heroes,” said Waller. “I am delighted to have been appointed to a faculty chair at Loyola that is named to honor an extraordinary United States Supreme Court Justice and a distinguished antitrust practitioner.”

As the Justice John Paul Stevens Chair in Competition Law, Waller will lead research, symposia, and academic colloquia at Loyola and continue to direct the world’s first online master’s degree programs in Global Competition Law offered at the School of Law. Waller will be installed as the John Paul Stevens Chair in Competition Law at a special ceremony at the School of Law on Thursday, April 19.

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, tax law, and transactional 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. Online certificates programs in school discipline reform and privacy law are also available. 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 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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