Despite the changes and challenges facing legal education, I remain very optimistic about the future of SIU Law. Below are just a few reasons why. For more and ongoing news about activities at law school, please visit my blog and check back frequently.
Although the number of applicants to law schools continues to decline nationally, we had a slight (3%) increase in applications. Read more here. Our admissions staff worked incredibly hard and appreciated help from alumni who joined us at recruitment events across the country.
We were pleased that the National Jurist recognized SIU on their list of “The ‘A’ Schools” in their most recent ranking of Best Value Law Schools.
It would be impossible to list all of the accomplishments of our faculty here, but I do want to mention just a few of their awards and achievements.
The United Nations Association selected Professor Cindy Galway Buys as the Great Lakes Region "Inspirational Woman Leader"
The Illinois Innocence Project honored the law school with their Defenders of the Innocent Award for the contributions of our students and faculty members Bill Schroeder and Chris Behan. Read more about the Project here.
John Erbes, Director of Clinical & Experiential Education, received SIUC's prestigious Sturgis Public Service Award.
Professor Alice Noble-Allgire spearheaded the inaugural ISBA-JTBF Law and Leadership Pipeline Program at SIU over the summer. Thirty students from disadvantaged backgrounds participated in a week-long summer camp to introduce them to legal education. We are grateful to the many alumni who also contributed to this very successful program.
Assistant Professor Lucian Dervan testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security last spring about his research on innocence and plea bargaining. The Wall Street Journal published a feature article about his study on this issue this fall. You can read more about his work at his blog.
Assistant Professor Mike Koehler has been a source for innumerable news items about the Federal Corrupt Practices Act.
See a longer list of recent faculty publications and presentations here.