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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Dramatization of Closing Arguments in the Leopold & Loeb Sentencing Hearing


Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy, Center for Public Interest Law, and the  Law Library present 

The Crime of the Century: Dramatization of Closing Arguments in the Leopold & Loeb Sentencing Hearing

Wednesday, February 11  12:00 Noon – 1:30 PM

Philip H. Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson St.

Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor

In 1924, the “Crime of the Century” took place in Chicago. Two University of Chicago graduates–Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, both from wealthy and prominent families–brutally murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks on South Ellis Street in Hyde Park. The two were apprehended and tried at the old Cook County Courts Building (which still stands at 54 West Hubbard). Their lawyer, Clarence Darrow, to everyone’s surprise, pleaded them guilty to murder and kidnapping.  He then put on an extensive evidentiary presentation (lasting a month) and argued to Judge John R. Caverly for mercy and life in prison. State’s Attorney, Bob Crowe, argued for the gallows. After two weeks of deliberation, Judge Caverly chose to sentence the pair to life in prison.

In 2004, Todd Parkhurst, Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym; Scott Petersen, Holland & Knight; and William Hannay, Schiff Hardin, wrote a one-act play titled Pleading for the Future dramatizing the closing arguments made at the sentencing hearing of Darrow and Crowe. They will present their play at Loyola on February 11.

A light lunch will be provided.   This event is free and open the entire Loyola community and the public.  

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My return from sunny California to beautiful, snowy Chicago!

Hello, happy belated holidays, and happy New Year!  So much has happened since my last blog post – our fall semester classes ended (seemingly right after they began), we survived our first round of finals, and most of us enjoyed a blissful four weeks free of heavy books, legal memos, and outlines.  After countless hours in the library and sitting through three, 3-hour exams, winter break was welcomed by all of us with open arms (and sore, typed-out hands).

Due to a busy, full-time work schedule in Boston I did not have much time to visit my family in California.  Now that I’m back on a student schedule, the idea of four weeks at home in sunny Sacramento sounded wonderful.  I spent a few days in Chicago after my last final to bask with friends in the glory of finishing 0.5L, then set off to enjoy my break with my family and friends on the west coast (or, as some may say, the “best” coast).

K1The first event on my winter break itinerary was the famous Sacramento Santa Run.  Each participant is supplied with a full head-to-toe Santa costume and, thanks to the lovely people of Sacramento, there was 100% participation.  The start and finish lines had fake snow falling around us, carolers waited for us at the end, and milk and cookies were handed out to everyone who finished (we certainly earned those cookies!).  My parents and I had a blast and laughed through the whole thing – we even made this photo our family Christmas card!

k2A few days after the run my parents and I celebrated Christmas and, the day after that, my birthday!  The major pro of having a birthday the day after Christmas is that most people are still in town.  My day started with a fantastic brunch with my parents and two of my oldest friends, Shannon and Natalie (we’ve been together since middle school!).  Later in the day we went out to a fun restaurant/bar in Sacramento and I got to see so many friends I hadn’t seen in years.  Spending time with them was probably my favorite part of turning 25!  (Wow, a quarter of a century…)K3

Our big vacation (of the vacation I was already on) was our trip to Pismo Beach in central California.  We packed our car full of great road-trip snacks and drove the 4 or so hours to the adorable little beach town of Pismo.  Our typical day there consisted of getting up early, running along the beach, taking a nap, playing some Frisbee, reading a book, maybe another nap, and watching the sun set over the ocean.  Needless to say, we all felt a little spoiled…K4

K5K6The rest of my break was spent relaxing with my family and friends, trying to take advantage of outdoor seating in January, and knocking some books off my list of pleasure reading.  My favorite book of the break was “Only Time Will Tell” by one of my favorite authors, Jeffrey Archer.  It was so wonderful to have so much time off, even though it did seem to fly by.

I am now back in Chicago and doing my best to fully embrace the cold and snow.  Classes have begun and that time off already seems like a lovely, distant memory.  As a 1L, your second semester classes will be: Criminal Law, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Legal Writing II, and an elective of your choice (I’m taking Intro to Health Law).  Stay tuned, I will post an update on those soon!

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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Student Spotlight: Collin Kurtenbach, Intellectual Property

In the spring of 2012 I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Bioengineering. Following graduation I began working at Cardinal Health, which is a medical manufacturing and distribution company. From July of 2012 to June of 2013 I worked as an engineer in R&D designing various medical products such as suction canisters, durable medical equipment, and monitoring devices. In June of 2013 I moved over to Cardinal Health’s Intellectual Property department and focused primarily in patent law. The majority of my work involved working with the marketing, R&D, and the legal teams to ensure products we were planning to launch were clear of competitor patents. However, I was also tasked to build patent portfolios of competitor products, meet with the R&D team to create product design arounds, and assist the IP team in prosecuting patent applications. Prior to my work at Cardinal I hadn’t the faintest idea of patents and their importance in developing technology. But by August of 2013, I was completely hooked. Thus, I decided to begin the process of applying to law school.

From the moment I decided to go back to school, I knew I wanted it to be in Chicago. Therefore, I spoke with various attorneys and asked their opinion on law schools in the area. All of them informed me of the benefits of attending law school in the city so I was confident in the schools I had chosen. The hard part, however, came in making the actual decision of where to attend. What I was unaware of at the time was the strength of each respective school’s Intellectual Property program and the impact that would have on my decision of where to study. Having just finished my first semester a few weeks ago, I can confidently say the decision to attend Loyola was the right one for me.

After my acceptance into Loyola, the first question I asked myself was, would I fit in? Prior to making my decision of where to attend, I was invited to an IP reception at Loyola with IP students, alumni, and professors. There, the director of the IP program, Professor Cynthia Ho, personally introduced me to several students studying IP and others that were nearing graduation. The first thing I noticed about them was the confidence and ease with which they spoke about their time at Loyola. I asked each one of them why they chose Loyola and although each answer differed slightly, all their responses contained a common thread. Loyola was the school they felt the most comfortable at; the school they believed could point them to the career they had envisioned for themselves. What I gathered from my visit was that the IP program at Loyola was a close-knit community where students worked hand in hand with professors and alumni to excel in school and find full time positions. This was exactly what I was looking for in a law school. People who shared the same aspirations as myself, and access to professors who were willing to help me reach them.

Another reason I chose to attend Loyola was because of the specialized legal writing course and “lunch and learns” with the director of the IP program. The IP legal writing is just like the other necessary legal writing courses, but instead of writing memos about property law disputes, I was writing about copyright and patent issues. This gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge on IP and develop writing samples, which I can confidently submit to IP firms in hopes of finding a clerkship for the summer. Similarly, as a participant in this specialized legal writing section I was allowed to attend professor led discussions on current IP topics. These discussions were facilitated by Professor Ho and have included overviews of patents and copyrights thus far. I had already decided that I wanted to focus in patent law, but these sessions provided me with information on IP topics I was unfamiliar with. Moreover, I know for a fact some students in these sessions with me have come away with a greater appreciation for an area of IP and a desire to study it more in depth. Similarly, I have been invited to various events both inside and outside of school where I can learn about IP law and meet current practitioners. The opportunities that Loyola has provided me in just this first semester have been amazing and have instilled even more confidence in my choice

When it finally came time to make the decision, I felt Loyola was the best fit for me. As I mentioned, I spoke with several attorneys in the Chicago area and all were confident that studying IP law in the city would provide me with various opportunities post graduation. However, when I asked them where they would go given the choice today, they said Loyola. Their recommendation was based not only on the strong IP curriculum that Loyola embodies, but also the strong fundamental legal education that all law students receive there. This combined with the above elements, led me to choose Loyola. I felt that Loyola and specifically those within the IP program made a conscious effort to reach out to me and make me feel welcome. Whether it was current students, professors, or alumni, I sensed that everyone I met wanted the best for me and would do all they could to make sure I was successful. The program here may not be as well known for IP as some other schools in Chicago, but I believe that is part of what makes it unique. With smaller class sizes and one on one interaction with professors, I know I have the opportunities and access to resources here that will enable me to be a successful patent attorney.

-Collin Kurtenbach , 1L


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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Please enjoy some pictures of the tree at Rockefeller Center and the ice skating rink from Dean Bloomquist’s recent trip to New York to participate in a panel for the New York Bar Association.

Ice Skate Tree

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Ask Kelly Part I

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.

How was the adjustment moving to a new city?

I think moving to a new city is going to be hard no matter how awesome that new place is.  I remember my first week in Chicago, I was determined to find Lakeshore from my apartment and have this glorious run and explore the city.  Unfortunately, I took a few wrong turns, got horribly lost, and quickly realized Chicago is MUCH bigger than Boston and there was no way I would explore it all by foot in one go.  I have essentially gone about my adjustment in pieces since then, because I had to remind myself I wasn’t going to wake up after just a week and feel fully settled.  I have certainly missed my friends in Boston, but I have to say I am surprised at how much I already consider Chicago a home.  It’s completely true that there is something special about the Loyola community – I have already had one professor invite me and other students to Thanksgiving with his family, and I’ve already made some friends that I can’t believe I went so long without.  I think I’m still adjusting, but I’ve met a lot of people here who have helped make it a really fun process.  I think it has been helpful, too, that my roommate is not from the law school so I don’t feel like my life here is only for school purposes.  All in all, it has been tough but extremely rewarding.  I think opportunities for a big move in life can be rare, and it’s really exciting to be able to take the chance!

Do you feel that your degree in Philosophy adequately prepared you to study law?

I feel like philosophy has significantly helped in law school, and you’ll likely find many philosophy majors among your classmates!  The subject matter of philosophy (I studied Heidegger and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, primarily) probably won’t reappear in your textbooks, but I’ve been well prepared for the daunting amount of reading required in law school.  Plus, I find that I am able to read and spot critical points in cases, and am able to work out why something is important, or why some fact mattered.  Philosophy teaches us how to question and really wrestle with difficult material, which you will find really comes in handy in law school.

Do you think it’s possible, with the academic requirements, to go to school, have a job, and a social life?

Regarding work, school, and a social life – yes!  Maybe not every week, but I am generally able to happily balance all three.  Luckily, I have a really great job at Admissions and my coworkers understand my workload and let me study while I’m here (if you’re interested in working, I would suggest a job like this!).  A strong majority of my 1L friends do not work their first year (a handful have part time jobs as paralegals, and about 25 students do law school part time and work full time jobs during the day).  Another great aspect of Loyola is we don’t have Friday classes – 1L’s are encouraged to use this day to study and further adjust to the demands of law school, but 2L’s and 3L’s are encouraged to use Fridays as a way to get in one full day of work, in addition to some part time work throughout the week.  I just had to sit down and figure out what my priorities were to make sure I was happy.  For me, it was doing well in my classes, having time to run, and having time to relax with my friends.  That meant being as efficient as possible with my time studying, so that my breaks to exercise or have fun feel warranted.  I have also really enjoyed living in Lincoln Park with a non-school roommate, as it has provided a welcomed separation of school and home for me.  Like I said, some weeks are really tough, but it’s certainly doable and necessary (and very much encouraged by Loyola staff) to have a life outside of school!

Please feel free to email me with any further questions or concerns.

-Kelly Kearney 






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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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