1L Student Ambassador: Carrera Thibodeaux

Carrera Thibodeaux

Name: Carrera Thibodeaux
Home City and State: Memphis, TN
College/University Attended: University of Tennessee Knoxville
Chicago Neighborhood you call home: Gold Coast
Current Law Interests include: Business Law, Tax Law, Intellectual Property

Why did you choose to attend Loyola University Chicago School of Law? It’s Chicago! I also want to work in either intellectual property or in contracts for corporations dealing with acquisitions and mergers. This is the perfect place to start. Loyola has values that mirror mine and Loyola believed in me more then I believed in myself at the time.

Please, head over to our website to check out Carrera’s full bio.

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Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Program


We are pleased to share with you our recent newsletter with information and highlights from Loyola University Chicago’s Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Program. As you may know, Loyola had an excellent year last year! The Hong Kong team WON the Hong Kong Vis Moot East competition, beating the University of Amsterdam in the finals. Loyola University Chicago was the best of 99 teams, and individual Loyola students won various awards both at the Shanghai Pre-Moot and at the Hong Kong Moot. The Vienna team also had a very strong performance, and won an Honorable Mention for its Claimant’s brief—one of only three American teams to earn that award last April.  To view the newsletter, click here.

Loyola University Chicago, like many other schools, is now participating in Pre-Moots. It is especially valuable for our students, coming from a common law background, to have the opportunity to moot against teams from civil law backgrounds, and before arbitrators from civil law backgrounds. The Hong Kong team participated in the Shanghai Pre-Moot, and the Vienna team participated in Pre-Moots in both Belgrade and Zagreb. For the last several years, Loyola’s Vienna team has also been invited to a Pre-Moot held in the Austrian Supreme Court Building  prior to the Moot, which is excellent practice. Loyola also hosts a Pre-Moot. This year, the Tenth Annual Loyola Pre-Moot will take place on Saturday, February 14, 2015.

Congratulations to our 2013-14 student teams on their impressive accomplishments last year. We look forward to sharing with you news and information about our 2014-15 teams!

Thank you for your continued support and interest in Loyola’s Vis Moot Program.

Margaret Moses
Professor of Law
Director, International Law and Practice Program
Loyola University Chicago School of Law

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1L Student Ambassador: Xavier Vergara


Xaiver VergaraName: Xavier Andrew Vergara
Home City and State: Oak Park, IL
College/University Attended: University of St. Thomas
Chicago Neighborhood you call home: Oak Park
Current Law Interests include: Health Law, Immigration Law

Why did you choose to attend Loyola University Chicago School of Law? For the opportunity to receive a quality education in one of the biggest law markets in America. Also, hearing and continually seeing the strength of the Loyola Law Alumni support. It showed me that students could have numerous opportunities to find experience and later work in many different fields. Furthermore, after shadowing a class and a 1L student, I was able to see how I would fit in and overall how Loyola simply felt like home.

Please, head over to our website to check out Xavier’s full bio.

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A Health Law-Filled Week

Pictured Above: Sumaya M. Noush, Amy Michelau, Fred A. Smith, Limo T. Cherian, Scott C. Bentivenga and Eric Chung at Health Law Career Panel

Pictured Above: Sumaya M. Noush, Amy Michelau, Fred A. Smith, Limo T. Cherian, Scott C. Bentivenga and Eric Chung at Health Law Career Panel

Hello, again!  It has been a while since my last post – I don’t know how November has already flown by and it’s nearly time for finals!  I have certainly been keeping busy with studying, reading, going to class, and studying some more.  Luckily at Loyola, there are 1L tutors for each class that offer outline checkpoints (we can submit our class outlines and they’ll make sure we aren’t missing anything important).  Thank goodness for them, or else I wouldn’t feel nearly as prepared as I do for what’s ahead.

Despite all of the work, though, I’ve been finding time to attend some of the really awesome Health Law events that have been going on lately.  A couple weeks ago there was a discussion on the ethical considerations of organ donation and organ transplant.  We watched clips from the films My Sister’s Keeper and Never Let Me go, then a discussion was led by Professors Nadia Sawicki and Jennifer Parks.  One of the coolest parts, I thought, was that Professor Sawicki teaches health law at the law school, and Professor Parks teaches the philosophy of biomedical ethics at the undergraduate school.  We were able to get both the legal and philosophical perspectives of organ donation and I think they each posed some really thought-provoking questions.  The event was open to everyone, not just Health Law Society students, and there was even pizza served!  It was definitely the best two hours of my day.  A member of the Health Law Society said there would be one or two more bioethics film series events in the Spring semester and I’m really looking forward to it!

The next event I went to was a week later – a career panel hosted by three Chicago attorneys from various health law firms.  We heard from Fred Smith of Sedgwick Law, Scott Bentivenga of Lewis Brisboise Bisgaard & Smith LLP, and Limo T. Cherian of Hogan Marren, Ltd.

Mr. Smith represents healthcare entities, corporations, partnerships and professionals in a wide variety of matters such as healthcare disputes, medical device claims, medical negligence, professional liability, class actions and products liability. He also counsels various clients on insurance coverage disputes, including contract interpretation issues, environmental losses, reinsurance, professional liability and bad faith law.

Mr. Bentivenga is a trial lawyer with twenty five years of trial experience representing doctors, hospitals, dentists, transportation/delivery companies, construction companies, product manufacturers, property owners, and attorneys in personal injury and property damage cases. Throughout his career, Mr. Bentivenga has tried more than 30 cases to verdict.  He handles legal malpractice, medical malpractice, dental malpractice, transportation/trucking/auto, construction accident, premises liability, products liability, fire damage and injury, and security guard liability.

Ms. Cherian is a skilled litigator with extensive experience in civil and commercial litigation. She joined Hogan Marren in 2005 has worked with the firm’s health care clients both in litigation and advisory matters.  She has represented physicians and physician groups, managed services organizations, and hospitals as well as other corporate and governmental clients.

Mr. Smith and Mr. Bentivenga both went to law school in Chicago (Chicago-Kent and Loyola, respectively) and Ms. Cherian graduated from Georgetown University Law. They each gave their perspectives on the job market, what they did during their 1L summers (two of them traveled), and how their jobs have changed over the years, among others.  All three of them were incredibly happy at their jobs and looked forward to their work every day.  They addressed the fears we all have of a tough job market and potentially having an unfulfilling career with stories of their own successes and their journeys getting there.  Given the opportunities in Chicago, their journeys do not seem unattainable.  I do not think I can accurately describe how refreshing and inspiring it was to hear them talk about their jobs in such a positive light – especially given the fact they all work in fields in which I want to work, too.  Ms. Cherian even said that she never buys a lottery ticket like her coworkers do, because even if she won she would still show up to work the next day!

The last health law event of the week was the Eighth Annual Symposium on Access to Health Care.  This year’s theme was “The Crossroads of Health Law – The Evolution of Insurance Coverage.”  Professors were brought in from around the country to discuss themes of the changing posture of regulators overseeing health insurance offerings, how initiatives in cost control and benefit design are impacting provider and beneficiary obligations, the increased role of private insurers in public programs, the emerging structural components of coverage from the ACO to co-ops, and current status of healthcare marketplaces and their future evolution.  I had originally planned on attending the full day-long event, but unfortunately one of my torts classes got rescheduled for that morning, so I missed the first half!  It was still incredibly informative, and another great exposure to the art of networking.

The event schedule has slowed down a bit recently due to the upcoming exams.  I’m looking forward to a much-needed mental break, but I’ll be back to report on my first experience with taking (and surviving!) law school finals.

Interested in learning more about Health Law at Loyola? Check out this recording from an online information sessions we held in November.

Kelly Kearney is a 1L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She is blogging about the journey of her first year of law school. To search all posts written by her click here or search the Kelly K category on the right hand side. Questions for Kelly? Email law-admissions@luc.edu with the subject “Ask Kelly” and she will make sure to answer them.

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Loyola School of Law in the News | Dean David Yellen

Dean David Yellen was interviewed by Chicago magazine about his work to find inmates who were tortured and incarcerated by former Chicago Police commander Jon Burge.

Here’s the Latest from the Case Against Jon Burge
By: Rui Kaneya

Last month, former Chicago Police commander Jon Burge secured an early release from prison for his role in a decades-long police torture ring—ironic news, given that dozens of his victims are believed to be still languishing in prison. It’s unclear how many individuals remain incarcerated at the hands of Burge, but Loyola Law School Dean David N. Yellen and a group of students have been trying to get to the bottom of it.

In March, Cook County Criminal Division Judge Paul P. Biebel Jr. tasked Yellen with finding inmates incarcerated by Burge. With the help of student volunteers, Yellen has combed through hundreds of cases and identified roughly 20 inmates.

Earlier this month, Yellen submitted the first wave of names to Biebel. Biebel, in turn, will assign pro bono attorneys to help the inmates prepare for post-conviction reviews.

It’s likely more names will be added to the list this month; Yellen and his students are only halfway through their work, which they hope to wrap up in about six months.

Yellen recently sat down with Chicago to discuss his progress.”

Click here to read on.


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1L Student Ambassador: Jessica Pedersen

Jessica Pedersen

Name: Jessica Pedersen
Home City and State: Eastpointe, MI
College/University Attended: Michigan State University
Chicago Neighborhood you call home: Gold Coast, on-campus at Baumhart Hall
Current Law Interests include: Advocacy, Intellectual Property

Why did you choose to attend Loyola University Chicago School of Law? Because of my Discover Loyola day. I was on the fence about where to attend law school before I came, but I walked out knowing I would be at Loyola in the fall. Everybody I met, whether they were interested in public interest or not, seemed very interested in how the law could best serve their communities, which is something I’m passionate about. It resonated with me as a very special place, and the kind of place that seemed like I would get an incredible exposure to diversity, but also where everybody seemed to be working on a common goal: making the world better.

Please, head over to our website to check out Jessica’s full bio.

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Civitas ChildLaw Center Alumni Focus: Jenny Denny

Denny, J

Jenny Denny graduated from Loyola in May 2013 and after taking the Illinois bar exam, moved to Washington, DC, to begin her career at the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs through the Presidential Management Fellows program. She is now on detail (6-month placement) to the U.S. Department of Justice in the Educational Opportunities of the Civil Rights Division. In this role, she enforces several federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, language, sex, religion, and disability in schools and colleges. Her cases currently include enforcing racial desegregation court orders in two Louisiana parishes, monitoring a settlement agreement regarding sex-based harassment in a Minnesota school district, and investigating sexual assaults at a school for children with disabilities in Hawaii. In these cases, she reviews and evaluates constituent complaints, develops investigative strategies, assesses data, conducts interviews of school officials, and drafts court motions and settlement agreements.

The ChildLaw Center publishes a monthly newsletter highlighting upcoming events, internship and career opportunities, and faculty, staff and student news. This alumni focus was originally published in the November 2014 newsletter. To read past issues, click here.


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1L Student Ambassador: Khari Fischer


Khari FischerName: Khari Fischer
Home City and State: Tallahassee, FL
College/University Attended: University of Central Florida
Chicago Neighborhood you call home: Wrigleyville/Lakeview
Current Law Interests include: Child and Family Law, Public Interest

Why did you choose to attend Loyola University Chicago School of Law? I chose to attend Loyola University Chicago School of Law for multiple reasons. The first reason being because of the phenomenal Child Law program. In all of the research that I did on law schools, no other school had a program like the one at Loyola. I was given a tour of the Child Law Center and I knew almost immediately that there was no better school for me. The next reason I chose to attend Loyola School of Law is because of the huge warm welcome that I received when I came to visit. Normally, a warm welcome would be from a group of people that you know but not in my case. I didn’t know a single soul in Chicago or at Loyola when I visited and when I met the professors and the deans, I felt like I had known them for years. I have never met so many people who are so overjoyed to meet you and so open to answer any questions you may have. I loved the community and family-like atmosphere at Loyola. The last reason that  I chose Loyola is because of how beautiful and diverse the City of Chicago is. Granted, I have not been here for a winter season yet (Wish me luck!).

Please, head over to our website to check out Khari’s full bio.

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Loyola in the News: Agent Smith

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Commuting from the Chicago Suburbs

water tower horizontalMoving back home after graduating from college is a huge adjustment, especially if that adjustment includes the first year of law school.  I graduated from Indiana University last spring, and am currently living at home with my family in Burr Ridge, a western suburb of Chicago.  I’ll live there for the rest of my first year at Loyola, and then move downtown Chicago as a 2L and 3L.  I get asked a lot what it’s like to commute to campus everyday, and most people are surprised when I tell them that it’s not bad at all.

Every morning I catch the 8:27 am express Metra from the Hinsdale train station, which gets me to downtown Union Station around 8:50 am.  The non-express trains take almost an hour, so I avoid those at all costs.  Then, depending on the weather, I either walk five blocks to the Red-Line stop at Jackson, or catch the Blue-Line at Clinton which is just a block away from Union Station (students get a free U-PASS, good on all CTA train and busses with tuition).  From there, it’s an easy ride on the El to the Red-Line stop at Chicago Ave., which is on the same block as the law school.  You can download the “Transit Stop” app on your phone for live tracking of all CTA trains and busses. Typically, I’ll get to school around 9:20 am with plenty of time to grab a coffee and prepare for my 10:00 am class that morning.  On the average day, my door-to-door commute from the burbs to campus is around an hour.

The best advice I can give a student planning to commute would be to treat law school like a job; in the sense that once you get to campus in the morning, stay there until 5:00 regardless of how early your classes may end.  Treating your 1L year like a ‘9 to 5 job’ will force you to get most of your studying done while at school, and allow you to relax as much as possible once you get home.  (Plus, you won’t have to carry as many textbooks back and forth daily).

Initially, there were times when the last thing I wanted to do after spending an entire day in class and in the library was to deal with an hour-long commute home.  Since then, I’ve learned to really enjoy that hour as a chance to unwind and get my mind off of school.  Obviously, time management becomes essential in order to spend the commute relaxing opposed to cramming last-minute readings in for class.  At the end of the day, the home-cooked meals and money saved significantly outweigh the hour I spend commuting to and from campus.

One more note, there is an evening trip to Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center from the Water Tower Campus at 9:05 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year. A valid Loyola ID is required and must be shown to ride the shuttle.

If anybody has any specific questions about the commute to Loyola, feel free to shoot me an email: mkwasigroch@ [at] luc [dot] edu.

- Michael Kwasigroch

Michael Kwasigroch

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