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Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Loyola University Chicago School of Law Establishes
Professorships to Strengthen Teaching and Advocacy
on Behalf of Underrepresented Communities
Gift from School of Law Alumnus Will Fund Seven Professorships and a Leader-In-Residence
CHICAGO, April 5, 2018—Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law named seven distinguished faculty as Curt and Linda Rodin Professors of Law and Social Justice. The inaugural professorships were created as part of a transformative gift from alumnus Curt Rodin (JD ’75) and his wife, Linda Rodin, who recently established the Curt and Linda Rodin Center for Social Justice at Loyola to strengthen and further develop several leading law school programs that advance fairness, equity, and justice.
The Curt and Linda Rodin Professors of Law and Social Justice, as well as the newly established leader-in-residence, will support meaningful teaching, scholarship, and advocacy on behalf of underrepresented and marginalized communities in the areas of health, education, and criminal justice.
“Curt and Linda Rodin have shown long-standing generosity in supporting Loyola’s social justice mission of service to others,” said Michael J. Kaufman, JD, dean of the School of Law. Previous gifts from the Rodins have established scholarships, fellowships, and a professorship in Loyola’s Health Justice Project.
The following faculty members have been named Curt and Linda Rodin Professors of Law and Social Justice:
- Anita M. Weinberg (JD ’86) has been named the director of the Curt and Linda Rodin Center for Social Justice. She is also the director of the ChildLaw Policy Institute, a component of Loyola’s internationally recognized Civitas ChildLaw Center. Weinberg is the recipient of the University’s inaugural St. Ignatius Loyola Award for Excellence in Teaching for her commitment to excellence, raising global awareness, and promoting social justice.
- Bruce A. Boyer, JD, director of the Civitas ChildLaw Clinic, works with students to represent clients in a wide range of proceedings that focus on children and families. His work and scholarship have been shaped by his long-standing commitment to justice.
- Josie M. Gough (BA ’74, MEd ’78, JD ’84) is the director of Experiential Learning at the School of Law, where she develops externship opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in social justice.
- Juan F. Perea, JD, is associate dean for faculty research at the School of Law. His teaching and scholarship focus on social justice issues, including racial inequality, the legal history of race relations in the United States, and the civil rights of Latinos.
- Stacey E. Platt, JD, associate director of the Civitas ChildLaw Clinic, has dedicated her legal career to representing low-income children and families. Her scholarship focuses on improving justice for families, including amplifying the voice of the child.
- Alan Raphael, PhD, JD, focuses his scholarship on social justice issues, including capital punishment and racial discrimination in jury selection.
- Henry G. Rose, JD, served as director of Loyola’s Community Law Center for almost two decades. His principal areas of academic interest include civil law as it affects low-income persons and property.
- Mary J. Bird (JD ’87), director of Public Interest Programs at the School of Law, has been named Loyola’s Curt and Linda Rodin Social Justice Leader-in-Residence. Bird has created and strengthened numerous innovative outreach programs and initiatives at Loyola that have advanced the school’s mission of service and helped to launch the careers of hundreds of public interest advocates.
A dedication of the Curt and Linda Rodin Center for Social Justice and celebration of the new professorships and leader-in-residence will be held at the School of Law on Tuesday, April 10.
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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