SIU Law Mourns the Loss of Professor Jennifer Camero
March 14, 2016
The SIU Law community mourns the loss of a beloved professor, Jennifer Camero, who passed away on March 14th. She was a gifted teacher and scholar, and left a lasting impact in the legal profession through her outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service.
Professor Camero joined the SIU Law faculty in 2012 and has been a cherished member of the SIU Law community ever since. She taught contracts, accounting for lawyers, commercial law, introduction to transactional skills, and torts. She was one of the founding faculty members of the Business Boot Camp, and co-directed the program this year.
She brought energy, enthusiasm, and creativity to her teaching, combining high expectations, a commitment to student success, and subject matter rigor to provide a learning environment in which students thrived. She was named the Class of 2015 Outstanding Professor. Professor Camero was the first faculty member at SIU Law to develop and teach online courses, and she wrote a book about best practices in online law teaching.
She leaves a lasting legacy at the SIU School of Law. Professor Camero’s students were the beneficiaries of her wisdom, which went way beyond the subject matter of the courses she taught. She revolutionized our curriculum by introducing distance education pedagogy and giving us the tools, confidence, and expertise to expand our curriculum to better serve our students by providing different learning opportunities through distance education as well as by incorporating new pedagogies in traditional courses.
Professor Camero has published in the University of New Hampshire Law Review, University Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, San Diego Law Review, St. John's Law Review, and the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.
Professor Camero was the faculty advisor to Delta Phi Epsilon, and she served as the Secretary of the Central States Law School Association in 2014-2015.
Professor Camero earned her B.B.A. with concentrations in accounting and finance from Saint Mary's College, where she graduated summa cum laude. She obtained her CPA in 1999 and practiced as a tax consultant for several years with Arthur Andersen in Chicago. Professor Camero then earned her J.D. from Northwestern University, where she graduated cum laude. While at Northwestern, she received the Arlyn Miner Book Award for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing and was notes editor for the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.
Prior to joining Southern Illinois University School of Law, Professor Camero was a teaching fellow at Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Before that, Professor Camero worked as an associate attorney in commercial finance at Jones Day and later at Katten Muchin Rosenman, and as assistant general counsel for Brunswick Corporation in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Throughout her illness, Professor Camero displayed courage, fortitude, and cheerfulness and she was relentless in her commitment to her students and to SIU. We will miss our colleague, teacher, collaborator, mentor, and friend.
SIU Law will remember Professor Camero with a memorial gathering at a date to be announced.