My Week as a 1L

I get a lot of questions during tours about how I spend my time and what my average day looks like.  I thought I would start with a screenshot of my calendar, then explain a little bit about what all these colors mean!


As you can probably tell, I like to color code (my outlines look very similar!).  I use green for all classes, light blue for office hours (with tutors and professors), red for meetings/appointments, purple for work, dark blue for scheduled study time, and the grey is an “everything else” category.  The green and purple (class and work) are staples every week and don’t change.

One of the biggest perks of being a 1L at Loyola is the tutoring program.  Former Dean of Students Nina Appel (and also my torts professor last semester!) instituted it – each core 1L class is provided with two students who took the same class the year before and did very well in it.  They typically even had the same professor you have now.  The tutors will sit in each class with you so they are aware of where you are in the syllabus and what material is being covered, then they will hold their own office hours where they review the material with you.  The tutors also review our outlines for us to make sure that we’re taking notes in an effective way and that we are grasping and understanding what we should be.  Lastly, the tutors also assist the professor in developing an ungraded midterm for us.  This ungraded midterm is a huge advantage because it gives us early exposure to what our final exams will look like – and final exams are a bit scary!  The midterm will have final exam-esque questions on it and the professor will typically simulate the testing environment when you take it.  Then, the professor AND the tutors will review the midterm with you.  This is typically when I really kick my studying into gear because I gain a much better understanding of what the professor is looking for and how I can improve my note-taking to ensure I am fully prepared to take the final exam.  In short, the tutors are a really valuable resource and are hugely helpful in getting us 1L’s acclimated to the demands of law school!

That being said, I try to take advantage of my tutors’ office hours and attend a few each week.  I’m not always free to attend them all, but I like to keep them scheduled in my calendar as a nice reminder.  Additionally, professors also hold their own office hours.  I keep those in my schedule as well so I’m always aware of the best times to stop by.  Loyola has an open door policy, meaning you are welcome to stop by at any time, and typically for any matter.  The faculty members at Loyola take an interest in their students in and outside of the classroom – the faculty community here is incredibly supportive, and I’ve never experienced one like it before.  I’ve spoken with professors and deans regarding my work-life balance, job prospects, travels, AND academic material.  In short, they’re here to help you make the best out of your time as a law student, but also to make sure you’re happy doing it.

I find it really helpful to meet up with a classmate or two throughout the semester to compare our notes and start constructing our outlines (the dark blue category).  For the most part, I am a solo-studier, but I do find it really beneficial to check-in with a fellow student.  This past Thursday I got together with my friend and classmate, Lauren, and we started to organize our notes from our constitutional law class.  I had things that she didn’t, and she caught things from class that I missed, so it was really productive and helpful to work together!

My purple “work” time is almost always my time at admissions, although I do occasionally babysit.  Luckily I am usually able to squeeze in some study time while doing both, so that’s a huge perk!  As a 1L I’ve been able to easily manage about 10-15 hours of work per week on top of my school schedule.  Like I said, I do have a job that allows me to put school first and study while I’m here, so take that “10-15 hours” with a grain of salt.

The red “meetings” time is usually for meetings, discussions, or network events that Loyola plans for us.  This past week I went to two meetings for moot court and for the law review journal, so that I could get a feel for what their tryouts would be like for the following year.  It will be tough deciding between them – they both seem like great opportunities!  I also met with Dean Kaufman, my advisor and civil procedure professor from the fall, to discuss my plans for a job this summer.

I like to treat my time at law school like a workday – I get to school around 8 or 9 in the morning, and try to leave by 7 or 8 at night (I admit, I occasionally fall into the procrastination trap and have to pull a few late nights!).  A lot of the blank space on my schedule is spent working in the library, either alone or with my study group.  I find the 5th floor of the library to be a very productive space for me so that’s where I usually am, but I have plenty of friends who prefer to work at home or at a café.

Loyola doesn’t have classes on Fridays, which is a great way to catch up and/or get ahead in studying.  As a 1L, you’re encouraged to take at least one day during the weekend to do nothing law related (and I highly suggest you take advantage of this!).  I typically spend Friday and Saturday at the library, then leave Sunday for errands, cooking, and, realistically, lying on my couch.

So that’s a peek of an average week for me!  I still have time to exercise, go out for dinner with friends, relax, and enjoy a life outside of school.  I feel like I’m busy, but rarely overwhelmingly so.  Hope this helped give you a better idea of what life as second semester 1L is like!

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 with the subject “Ask Kelly” and she will make sure to answer them.

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Why Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Cassandra Abernathy

The decision of where to attend law school is not to be taken lightly. When I was in the position to choose, just last April, I went back to my engineer tendencies and made a spreadsheet. On it I listed all of the factors that should be considered when making this life-changing decision: location, alumni ties, bar passage rates, any special programs, etc. But much like the applicant that is not who she appears on paper, schools are much more than their statistics and notable professors. I knew that I had to visit the schools on my list to round out my decision-making process.

Loyola was the first of numerous schools I visited. On a very cold and rainy March afternoon, I entered the school that I would later spend more time in than my own home. I would be amiss if I did not mention that I had a strong gut feeling about the school during that visit. In the elevator with my sister, I rattled off interesting facts I had learned online. She smiled that familial-knowing smile, because she sensed I knew where I was going.

As much as instincts matter, my decision to attend Loyola rested on numerous very important factors that made the decision one I felt very confident in.

  1. Interactions with Faculty and Administration

As I left the engineering world to pursue patent law, I searched for programs and scholarships tailored to intellectual property law. In my search, I came upon Loyola’s scholarship website for incoming students. I was impressed from the start with the resources for scholarship money that Loyola made readily available online, and noticed that many other schools did not offer this assistance to prospective students.

I applied for the Intellectual Property Fellowship and was emailed by Professor Cynthia Ho, full-time Professor and the Director of Loyola’s Intellectual Property Program, shortly thereafter. She requested a phone interview and I excitedly took a vacation day from work to speak with her.

I prepared myself for a very formal, rigid interview and was fairly nervous when my phone finally rang. But much to my relief, Professor Ho was extremely kind and easy to speak with. I told her about my experiences as an engineer and what led me to patent law. We discussed my application materials, and she made me feel comfortable asking questions about the program.

When I was awarded the fellowship, Professor Ho went above and beyond to make sure that my questions were answered while I deliberated whether I would attend Loyola or another school. She connected me with current students and alumni, whom also factored into my decision, and was open and available via email to discuss any concerns.

Now that I have been a student at Loyola for about seven months and have taken two courses taught by Professor Ho, I know that her advice and desire to help others is not limited to prospective students. Professor Ho is always willing and excited to discuss IP law or Loyola in general and happily plans lunches with her students. She has also provided me with resume and interview tips tailored to patent law.

Thankfully, the spirit Professor Ho embodies is alive in all of my professors and the school administration. From my Contracts teacher taking interest in students’ “fun facts” to my Legal Writing professor taking time out of her weekend to hold conferences with us, the professors at Loyola are fully invested in not only getting to know us but also in seeing us succeed. It would also be particularly strange if I did not receive at least three emails from the administration every day inviting me to interesting and diverse events on campus. Even my extremely helpful career counselor is happy to see me drop in at least once per week. The school truly cares about your success and happiness, and that has been apparent to me since that early phone call with Professor Ho.

  1. Interaction with Current Students and Alumni

One of the first ways in which Professor Ho reached out to me was to provide me with names of current students and alumni I could speak to regarding Loyola. Better yet, those she connected me with were all past or current IP students.

I emailed each person she suggested and all of them had different, but very positive, things to say about the school and the program. The alumni were practicing in their field of choice and seemed very happy. I spoke with seven people total, had dinner with one past IP Fellow, and had coffee with an alumna.

Again, I have been so happy to learn that the desire to be involved and help fellow Loyola students was not only prevalent before I became an official student. During my summer internship job search in the past two months, my career counselor and Professor Ho have suggested numerous alumni for me to contact prior to interviewing at their firms. I exchanged emails with two attorneys at firms at which I interviewed who were very excited to speak with a Loyola student. I held two phone conversations with other alumni in which they gave me tips on my interview and discussed their impressions of their firms. These emails and phone calls were invaluable, and I ultimately received the offer I hoped for.

The resources at Loyola are simply phenomenal. I cannot imagine being in a different environment where my professors, career counselor, administration, peers of all years, and alumni are excited to get to know me and aid in my future success.

I look forward to providing this encouragement and assistance to future students in turn.

Cassandra Abernathy, 1L






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Barrister’s Ball or, as we like to call it, Law Prom!

This past Saturday evening was the annual Barrister’s Ball – or, as we like to call it, Law Prom!  This event is hosted by the Student Bar Association (SBA), a student run organization at Loyola.  SBA organizes social and charitable activities that encourage perspective and balance in the typical busy lives of Loyola law students.  SBA serves as a liaison between students and faculty to address different questions and concerns the student body may have.  As a 1L, you will have the opportunity to apply to be a class representative for your section.  Two representatives are elected by classmates to represent each section and be the voice in SBA for your fellow 1Ls.

1Ls Michael Trajkovich, Robert Seer, David Shaneen, Kevin Schield, Louis Gomes, Kelly Kearney, Teresa Dettloff, Kyla Miller, & Jill Molz

1Ls Michael Trajkovich, Robert Seer, David Shaneen, Kevin Schield, Louis Gomes, Kelly Kearney, Teresa Dettloff, Kyla Miller, & Jill Molz

This year’s Barrister’s Ball was held at the Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center.  The general consensus was that the SBA did an excellent job putting together this event – the venue was beautiful, the DJ was great, and between two open bars and a wonderful display of food and desserts (plus a constant stream of passed appetizers!), all attendees had a fantastic time.

1Ls Heather Nelson, Teresa Dettloff, Caitlin Christy (Guest), Kelly Kearney, & Kyla Miller

1Ls Heather Nelson, Teresa Dettloff, Caitlin Christy (Guest), Kelly Kearney, & Kyla Miller

The event started at 7:00 pm and went until 11:00 pm.  Everything appeared to have been planned perfectly – there was a coat and bag check as soon as we came in, and a sign guiding us up a beautiful staircase where we could get a professional photo taken before walking into the hall.  To check out all of the professional photos, click here!

One of the professional photos of the 1L SBA reps for Section 3 (Arielle Berens and Katie Burnett)

One of the professional photos of the 1L SBA reps for Section 3 (Arielle Berens and Katie Burnett)

Like I said before, there were passed appetizers throughout most of the night, along with two full open bars at either end of the hall.  There were also multiple tables where you could choose between putting together a full entre-type meal, or getting smaller items such as vegetable kabobs and chicken skewers.  Later in the night a full array of desserts appeared.  Everything I tried was delicious!  Needless to say, I think we all felt quite “wined and dined” for the evening.

1Ls Kara Smith, Julia Alberts, & Kelly Kearney

1Ls Kara Smith, Julia Alberts, & Kelly Kearney

1Ls Michael Trajkovich and David Shaneen

1Ls Michael Trajkovich and David Shaneen

My friends and I had a lot of fun together – it was definitely an event worth attending.  Many thanks to the SBA for their hard work in putting together such a great evening!

If you have any questions or comments for SBA, please feel free to email

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 with the subject “Ask Kelly” and she will make sure to answer them.


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Loyola wins the National Criminal Justice Trial Competition

CaptureLoyola’s Corboy Fellows Josh Cauhorn, Jasmine Morton, Prya Murad, and Ezrah Bryant won the national championship at the National Criminal Justice Trial Competition held in Chicago. In this invitation-only tournament of champions, Loyola competed against 20 top teams in the country. Josh Cauhorn won the Overall Best Advocate Award.


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Admitted Students: 2015 CBF Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship

Amanda Walsh, 4L, 2011 Chicago Bar Foundation Marovitz Scholar

Amanda Walsh, 4L, 2011 Chicago Bar Foundation Marovitz Scholar

The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) is now accepting applications for its 2015 Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship.  The CBF’s Marovitz Scholarship is intended to support a needy law student who is deeply committed to public interest work so that financial need will not prevent the student from pursuing a legal aid or public interest law career upon graduation.

Loyola has had four students receive the Marovitz Scholarship in the past 11 years, including two current students, so let’s keep the tradition going!

The CBF awards the Marovitz Scholarship annually to one incoming first-year student attending one of the nine Illinois law schools (Chicago-Kent, DePaul, John Marshall, Loyola, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Southern Illinois, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois).  These funds, payable over a three-year period, will enable an incoming student who intends to pursue a career in public interest law to have a significant portion of his or her tuition and related expenses covered by scholarship funding.  Contingent upon the recipient’s continued compliance with the terms of the Scholarship, the student will receive a total of $40,000 in scholarship funds disbursed as follows: $10,000 in the first year of law school, $15,000 in the second year, and $15,000 in the third year. Applications are due on Monday, May 11, 2015, and the recipient will be announced midsummer.  

Guidelines and Application Form are available here and attached to this email.

Please check out our website for more outside scholarship opportunities.

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Alumni Spotlight: Jenna Gillingham ’12, Intellectual Property

gillingham_jennaJenna Gillingham is an associate attorney at Ropes & Gray LLP, where her practice focuses on patent litigation in both federal district court and before the United States International Trade Commission. Prior to joining Ropes & Gray LLP, Jenna served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable John D. Love of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Jenna earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 2012. While at Loyola, Jenna was a board member of the Intellectual Property Law Society, a student member of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court, a Chicago IP Colloquium Fellow, and the recipient of the Laura Terlizzi Scholarship, which is given to a female student intending to practice intellectual property law.  In addition, Jenna won the National Health Law Moot Court Competition in 2011, and served as a lead articles editor on the Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal. Prior to attending Loyola, Jenna completed a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin.

How did you get your current job (and was your clerkship relevant)?
I found my current job through the network of co-clerks and former clerks I formed with while clerking. A former clerk who is a good friend of mine recommended Ropes & Gray LLP to me and put me in touch with someone he knew there.

How has your judicial clerkship been valuable?
My clerkship has been extremely valuable in my practice. It has given me a perspective on all of aspects of patent litigation, provided insight into how the court thinks, and improved my substantive knowledge of the law. The skills I gained while clerking gave me a significant head start compared to my colleagues who went straight through from law school. Not a day goes by where I don’t rely on skills I gained while clerking. These skills have improved my efficiency and ability to serve firm clients.

Why do you recommend Loyola to IP interested students?
I recommend Loyola to those looking for a diverse and challenging legal education.  At Loyola, you are not just another law student, but a member of tight-knit, well respected, community.  Expect to make relationships with faculty and students that will last for years to come.

Loyola offers a broad curriculum of courses, including numerous courses focused on IP that you can begin taking as early as the second semester of your first year.  Some of the classes I took and enjoyed as a student were: Intellectual Property, Law and Science, Patent Law, and Patent Law Litigation.  Notably, Loyola offers unique opportunities to connect with alumni and the Chicago legal community through specialized IP advocacy and colloquium courses.  I was fortunate to have been a part of the Chicago IP Colloquium, which features guest scholars who present their research to students and allow students to discuss the research topics presented and provide feedback.  I was also fortunate to have received outstanding mentors through programs such as the Richard Linn American Inn of Court and the Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance.

What was your favorite law school class?
My favorite class in law school was the Judicial Externship course. Second and third year law students can apply for judicial externships in federal and state court through Loyola. I completed an externship with the Honorable Blanche M. Manning of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  This incredibly opportunity allowed me to observe court proceedings (including trial), work with the judge and her clerks, and help research and draft opinions.  Unquestionably, this opportunity provided great experience that helped me secure a federal clerkship upon my graduation from Loyola.

What is your favorite Loyola law school memory?
My favorite law school memory was when my moot court partner and I won the National Health Law Moot Court Competition in 2011.  Winning was the culmination of all of our hard work and time spent editing our brief and perfecting our oral arguments. It was a truly rewarding experience unlike any other.

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Cross-Border Health Care: The Movement of Patients, Providers, and Diseases

Loyola University Chicago International Law Review and the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy present:

Cross-Border Health Care: The Movement of Patients, Providers, and Diseases

Friday, February 27

9 AM – 3:30 PM

 Philip H. Corboy Law Center

Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom

25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago

About the Symposium:Speakers from multiple disciplines will discuss the legal and ethical issues surrounding the cross-border movement of patients, the movement of providers from their home country to destination countries, and the international public health response to diseases. For more information, contact Symposium Editor Ali Gross at

To register:

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Public Interest Law Society Auction


Last Thursday night I got dressed up with my friends to attend the annual Public Interest Law Society (PILS) Auction.  We had a great time!  PILS is a student organization within the law school and the auction is a major fundraising event for the society.  Loyola law students who devote their summers to working in otherwise unpaid public interest law positions are able to do so through the efforts of events like the auction.  The auction usually raises thousands of dollars, with all of the proceeds going to summer work stipends.  PILS was founded to raise awareness of the continuing need for legal services for the disadvantaged, and to support the aspirations of those students who seek careers in this field.  For more information on PILS, please see their student organization profile.


1L’s Teresa Dettloff, Kevin Schield and Kyla Miller

The auction is the biggest student event of the year, featuring both a silent and a live auction.  Some of the items auctioned off were a Joakim Noah autographed Chicago Bulls jersey, home cooked dinner by a professor (more specifically – “Paella on the Patio” with Professor Dehn), a Sox Suite behind home plate with food and beverages, a Crossfit membership (ouch!), a bar crawl with Professor Breen, and fancy dinners with other classmates and professors, among so many others.  If you weren’t interested in bidding on anything, there was also an open bar, freshly cooked pasta bar, and many tables of treats to keep you occupied!

Loren Legorreta and Tiffany Koss

Loren Legorreta and Tiffany Koss


2L Maggie Condit and 1L Kyla Miller


2L Gail Jankowski and 1L Kelly Kearney – two tour guides you may have met during a visit to Loyola!


My friends and I really enjoyed ourselves – it was hard not to with great live music and good company all night!  The coordinators of the event even supplied us with a photo booth and props… Needless to say, I think it was a really fun night for all.  Here are some photos from the evening (and a link to more photo booth photos here!):


Ashley Stead, Arielle Berens, Dominic LoVerde and Katie Burnett with faculty members Dean Faught and Professor Elward in the photo booth!



1L’s Andrew DePoorter, David Shaneen, Kelly Kearney and Kevin Schield

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 with the subject “Ask Kelly” and she will make sure to answer them.


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Alumni Spotlight: Aaron M. Arce Stark ’13, Intellectual Property

Aaron Profile Photo

Aaron M. Arce Stark lives in Washington, D.C. and is the founder of Arce Stark Law, LLC.  His practice focuses on meeting the legal needs of “creators.”  Professional or not, famous or about-to-be, his law firm advocates on behalf of those who create.   His clients include photographers, musicians, authors, and software developers.

Aaron earned his JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2013, where he was a National Finalist for Loyola’s Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Team.   While in law school, Aaron served as law extern in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to the Honorable Chief Judge Ruben Castillo and Magistrate Judge Michael Mason.  He was on the Dean’s list, and a recipient of the Leadership and Service Recognition Award, and the Public Interest Recognition Award.

View his firm’s website at

Why did you choose Loyola and how has your decision helped your career?

I chose Loyola because of its reputation for shaping and training high quality litigators.  Loyola’s professors include attorneys who are well known and highly regarded in Chicago.  Its award winning national moot court, mediation, and trial advocacy teams are like none other in the country.  The school prepares students to practice law, which is invaluable in the current law job market.  In addition, because Loyola is located in the heart of Chicago, students benefit from the relationships that the school has with local organizations, law firms, and the state and federal courts.  I took full advantage of all these programs as a student.  In return, Loyola provided me with the legal foundation I needed to launch my law firm.

Why did you start your own intellectual property practice?

Starting my own practice was what I wanted to do professionally. I enjoy the one-on-one client interaction, the excitement, and the level of responsibility that comes with having your own law firm.

I decided to focus my practice in IP to serve artists and entrepreneurs.  I was formerly a photographer and entrepreneur myself, and I have an identical twin brother and older brother who are both professional photographers ( and For these reasons, I am acutely aware of the passion and pride that goes into creating art and running a business.

Do you have any advice for law students and graduates who are contemplating starting their own practice?

Most people don’t build their own practice because they fear learning how to practice law on their own. The following steps should help you secure the foundation and confidence you need for success:

  • If you haven’t done so already, I recommend building relationships with your professors and the Loyola alumni network. Also, make a point of gaining meaningful experience while in law school through your internships. By the time I graduated law school, I had already interviewed clients, observed dozens of hearings, and had prepared and filed trademarks, with the support of my mentor. Today, my most trusted and supportive mentors have been my Loyola professors (especially those teaching IP), internship supervisors, and friends of mine who I met through alumni events. I heard Justice Sonia Sotomayor once say that practicing alone doesn’t mean you have to be alone in your practice. Consult and be advised by quality lawyers you trust.
  • Start networking with the people you want to represent. I would not have been able to hit the ground running so soon after graduation from Loyola without the benefit of having clients from the start.
  • Take advantage of pro bono opportunities – not only in the area you hope to practice, but any area of law. In D.C., I am a volunteer attorney for non-profits that serve artists, as well as non-profits that advocate for students with disabilities. Organizations offering pro bono opportunities are a great network of people and resources, and they enable you to gain experience while doing meaningful work. My pro bono network has also led to paying work. Undoubtedly, doing pro bono is an excellent investment of time.
  • Always keep in mind that building your business depends on the work you do for clients. Your best advertising is word of mouth and references.  Fancy business cards and a good looking website are helpful, but at the end of the day, you need to put yourself out there and practice law. Clients who like working with you will recognize your good work by coming back to you when a problem arises and through referrals.
  • Finally, fearing the practice of law is inevitable to some extent, but you can’t let that fear paralyze you. A little fear will make you a better and more cautious lawyer. It will make you triple check your work and question your legal strategy. But the name of this game is confidence. Pick a legal strategy, understand and explain why you picked it, and move forward. Whether you are dealing with your client or opposing counsel, confidence is essential.

These pointers should help get you where you need to be to start your own practice.  For additional information or mentorship, please feel free to contact me at

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News from Life After Innocence


Pictured above: Laura Caldwell, director of Life After Innocence (center), with Maria Vuolo (JD ’14) and exoneree Juan Rivera

Pictured above: Laura Caldwell, director of Life After Innocence (center), with Maria Vuolo (JD ’14) and exoneree Juan Rivera

Life After Innocence’s Second Annual Turkey Toss fundraiser was a great success, thanks in large part to some last-minute adjustments and great company.  We received substantial donations from those who attended and from many of our out-of-state supporters.  The entertaining table-top tournament drew a lot of interest from those who came, and kept the event going well past midnight.  FULL STORY

LAI’s Megan Fahey Monty (JD '14, left) with student members Andrea Jones, Austin Bunch, Shamoyita DasGupta, and Jamison Howard

LAI’s Megan Fahey Monty (JD ’14, left) with student members Andrea Jones, Austin Bunch, Shamoyita DasGupta, and Jamison Howard


Darrell Williams and the challenge of starting over

Eighty-one. That is roughly the number of feet from one basket to another on a standard basketball court. It is slightly more than the circumference of a basketball, in centimeters (75.88). It is the number of points NBA star Kobe Bryant scored in his career-best game against the Toronto Raptors. Eighty-one. That is also the number of days former basketball star and 24-year old Chicagoan, Darrell Williams, served in jail for a sexual assault that he did not commit.  FULL STORY 

LAI attends Northwestern conference on conviction integrity

The Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern Law School (CWC) took a bold step in highlighting efforts to prevent legal injustices with yesterday’s Conviction Integrity Conference. The CWC assembled a wildly diverse group to discuss wrongful convictions and conviction integrity review units in prosecutor’s offices. The Conference consisted of three panels made up of exonerees, crime victims, and State and District attorneys. As a whole, panelists discussed the need for conviction integrity review, the ways in which such review units have been established, and the common causes of wrongful convictions.  FULL STORY 

False confessions: a detective’s perspective

When the future stakes are this severe, sometimes it is necessary to revisit the past. In 2013, Detective James “Jim” Trainum, a former cold case homicide detective and head of the DC Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes Review Unit, dictated a distressing yet refreshingly honest account of how simple it is for detectives to obtain a false confession.  FULL STORY

A moving and insightful study of wrongful conviction

At the Center, a production created by Tim Touhy and performed by the Chicago Dramatists Theater, focuses on the ripple effect of wrongful convictions across the lives of the many different people affected by them. The play focuses its attentions on a fictional exoneree and his family along with a victim and hers, as well as the innocence organization that worked toward the exoneree’s release. The final act culminates in the first meeting between all of the parties; one which is aimed at restoration between the exoneree and the victim.  FULL STORY

Jarrett Adams and Antione Day of Life After Justice with Laura Caldwell and LAI Assistant Director Emily De Yoe at the at first annual barbecue

Jarrett Adams and Antione Day of Life After Justice with Laura Caldwell and LAI Assistant Director Emily De Yoe at the at first annual barbecue

Life After Justice held its First Annual Barbecue on Saturday, August 30 at Jackson Park behind the Museum of Science and Industry. A brief but heavy thunderstorm hit while the tents and tables were being set up, forcing several of those who were helping out to seek refuge and hide all of the food under the two tents that had already gone up. Once the storm cleared up, the weather became perfect for a late summer barbecue.  FULL STORY

To keep up with Life After Innocence updates follow them on facebook and twitter.

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