Loyola appoints inaugural Reithal Professors of Law

Six distinguished legal scholars who are experts in their fields have been named Georgia Reithal Professors of Law at Loyola University Chicago. The inaugural professorships were established at the School of Law from a generous bequest left by Illinois attorney and Loyola law alumna Georgia J. Reithal (JD ’78) to support and further develop impactful research and scholarship that promote and enhance access to justice.

Reithal attended Loyola’s part-time evening Juris Doctor program and worked for most of her career as a labor attorney with Ameritech. She also participated in pro bono services that provided free legal representation to immigrants.

“We’re grateful to Georgia Reithal for this generous gift that will encourage, recognize, and celebrate our extraordinary law faculty scholars for their work to transform the ways in which law and regulation can better foster human happiness and well-being,” said Michael Kaufman, dean of the School of Law. “Her legacy will live on for years to come.”

The following Loyola faculty members have been appointed Georgia Reithal Professors of Law:

  • John Breen, JD, focuses his research on jurisprudence, law and religion, and the Catholic social tradition, and perspectives of law and justice.  He is currently at work on a book on the history of Catholic legal education in the United States.
  • John Bronsteen, JD, applies the findings of hedonic psychology to civil settlement, criminal punishment, and regulatory decision-making. His articles have been published in top journals across the country, including the philosophy journal Utilitas.
  • Samuel Brunson, JD, writes about theways the federal income tax affects discrete groups of taxpayers, with special focuses on investors and families. In addition, he researches and writes about issues with the administration of the tax law.
  • Jordan Paradise, JD, researches and publishes on the intersection of law, science, and technology.  Her primary focus is in the life science realm, examining legal and policy issues in the development and regulation of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and innovations in medicine.
  • Matthew Sag, JD, focuses his research on the intersection of law and technology and law and economics. He is a well-known expert on copyright law whose articles have been cited in Federal Court cases and in briefs to the United States Supreme Court.
  • Nadia Sawicki, MBE, JD, focuses her research on health law and bioethics, with particular emphasis on the accommodation of personal and professional beliefs in a pluralistic society, tort law’s role in protecting patients from physical and dignitary harm, and state actions that interfere with health care providers’ best medical judgment.

The faculty scholars will assume the title of Georgia Reithal Professor of Law effective immediately.

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