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Esteemed Faculty

Renowned scholars whose scholarship has a significant impact.

Loyola University Chicago’s law faculty members have earned a reputation for excellence in teaching, publishing, speaking, and public policy. Many hold advanced legal degrees such as the LLM or PhD; some also have advanced degrees in business, health sciences, and other disciplines. Most have had substantial experience in private practice or in government prior to their teaching careers.

In recent years, Loyola professors have appeared before the Illinois and U.S. Supreme Courts and, through pro bono work, some have settled major corporate cases. Students have the opportunity to earn credit while participating with faculty in some of these cases, and gain a better understanding of the ethical and professional obligations of attorneys toward their clients.

Adjunct law faculty—judges, practitioners, and legal and business experts—also bring to Loyola's classrooms their firsthand experience with current legal and professional issues. Our part-time faculty members have many years of teaching experience. Their specialized knowledge and experience significantly enhances the depth and relevance of legal education at Loyola.

Chairs and Professorships

In support of our distinguished faculty, our academic community benefits from the following chairs and professorships made possible through the generosity of our donors:

Diane C. Geraghty

A. Kathleen Beazley Chair in Children's Law

Bernard J. Beazley, a 1950 graduate of Loyola's School of Law and a former member of Loyola's Board of Trustees and the President's Advisory Council, established the A. Kathleen Beazley Chair in honor of his wife, Kathie. Mr. Beazley served as the general counsel and senior vice president of Denstply International.

Barry Sullivan

Cooney and Conway Chair in Advocacy

The Cooney and Conway Chair was established by John D. Cooney (JD '79), Robert J. Cooney Jr. (JD '78), Kevin J. Conway (JD '76), to support the scholarship and teaching of legal advocacy in the great tradition of Loyola's School of Law. Cooney & Conway, one of the country's leading plaintiff's personal injury firms, is a national leader in catastrophic injury and mass tort litigation.

Spencer Waller

Justice John Paul Stevens Chair in Competition Law

The Justice John Paul Stevens Chair in Competition Law was established to further strengthen Loyola's outstanding reputation and exceptional academic leadership, research, and innovation in the area of competition law and policy.

Alexander Tsesis

Raymond and Mary Simon Chair in Constitutional Law

The Raymond and Mary Simon Chair in Constitutional Law was established by the Helen V. Brach Foundation to honor its former president and Loyola alumnus, Raymond F. Simon (BA '53, JD '56), for his 50 years of contributions to the practice of law.

James Thuo Gathii

Wing Tat Lee Chair in International Law

The Wing-Tat Lee Chair was created to honor the generosity of Wing-Tat Lee, a Hong Kong businessman who provided the funds for the endowment in 1987. In addition to researching, teaching, and publishing in the area of international law, the chair develops and plans international programs and conferences at the law school as well as facilitates international law student and faculty exchanges.

John Breen • John Bronsteen • Samuel Brunson • Jordan Paradise • Matthew Sag • Nadia Sawicki

Georgia Reithal Professors of Law

The Georgia Reithal Professorships were established by 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 JD program and worked for most of her career as a labor attorney at Ameritech.

Mary J. Bird (Leader-in-Residence) • Bruce A. Boyer • Josie M. Gough • Juan F. Perea • Stacey E. Platt • Alan Raphael • Henry G. Rose • Anita M. Weinberg

Curt and Linda Rodin Professors of Law and Social Justice

The Curt and Linda Rodin Professorships of Law and Social justice were created as part of a transformative gift from alumnus Curt Rodin (JD '75) and his wife, Linda Rodin, who established the Curt and Linda Rodin Center for Social Justice at Loyola. The professorships support meaningful teaching, scholarship, and advocacy on behalf of underrepresented and marginalized communities in areas that include health, education, and criminal justice.

Cynthia M. Ho

Clifford E. Vickrey Research Professor

The Clifford E. Vickrey Research Professorship was established by Paul Vickrey and his wife, Caroline, in honor of his brother, Clifford. Clifford Vickrey attended the School of Law in the early 1980s, withdrawing after becoming ill.

Shelley L. Dunck

Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Clinical Professor of Business Law

The Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Clinical Professorship in Business Law was established with a gift from Randy Lamm Berlin (JD '91) and her husband, Melvin. Ms. Berlin taught as an adjunct faculty member at the School of Law and was one of the original creators of the Junior Great Brooks Program, which operates nationwide in public and parochial schools. Mr. Berlin is the founder and former Chairman of Berlin Packaging LLC.

John D. Blum • Anne-Marie Rhodes

John J. Waldron Research Professors

John J. Waldron was a friend and supporter of the School of Law and a revered attorney and former partner at the Chicago law firm Schiff Hardin LLP.

Zelda B. Harris • Margaret L. Moses

Mary Ann G. McMorrow Professors of Law

The inaugural professorships were established to support meaningful research and scholarship that exemplify the extraordinary legal career of Loyola alumna Mary Ann McMorrow (JD '53), the first woman to head any branch of Illinois government. She was the first woman to sit on the Illinois Supreme Court and the first woman to serve as the court's chief justice.

"I love the fact that everyone at Loyola is so supportive and wants me to do well. The professors are extremely approachable and well-connected."

Pilar Mendez

JD Student

"Countless Loyola faculty members, deans, and administrators lent me their time, counsel, and attention. I took advantage of externships, networked, and made solid connections."

Tanya D. Woods

JD '13