Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Retreat Theme

One to Another

“We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone… and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.“
- Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

The Amaker Retreat aims to capture the spirit of our late professor, Norman Amaker, who fought alongside leaders like Thurgood Marshall and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to transform the social justice landscape bychallenging racial discrimination during the civil rights era. Our goal is to support the future generation of public interest lawyers by teaching them the skills needed to bring about legal and social change. By increasing their awareness of inequalities in the community, we hope to inspire students to embrace social justice values. The Amaker Retreat also helps build a network of resources by exposing students to local and national public interest leaders who have made a longtime commitment to serving people who face inequality.


Norman Amaker and colleagues at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund behind Thurgood Marshall's desk in 1962. From left, Derrick Bell, Frank Feffron, Norman Amaker, Leroy Clark, and Constance Baker Motley.