Media Advisory: UIC John Marshall Law School makes history, becomes Chicago’s first and only public law school


Monday, September 16
10 a.m.


Union League Club of Chicago 
65 West Jackson Boulevard
Lincoln Ball Room, 6th Floor


University leadership, faculty, elected officials and alumni will welcome UIC John Marshall Law School to the University of Illinois at Chicago family.

The former independent law school, founded in 1899, recently merged with UIC to create Chicago’s first and only public law school.

The new law school provides current and prospective students with a more affordable legal education and creates opportunities for interdisciplinary courses and new joint and dual-degree programs aligned with UIC strengths in disciplines such as the health sciences, engineering and technology, urban planning and public administration, the social sciences and business.

UIC initiated informal discussions with The John Marshall Law School leadership in 2016. In July 2018, the board of trustees of both the University of Illinois and The John Marshall Law School voted to create UIC John Marshall Law School. The merger was completed Aug. 16, 2019.

Speakers at the welcoming event include:

Susan Poser, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago

Ramón “Ray” Cepeda, University of Illinois Board of Trustee

Michael Amiridis, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Paula Holderman, John Marshall Law School former board president

Michael Madigan, Speaker of the House and Representative, Illinois 22nd District 

Omar Aquino, Senator, Illinois 2nd District and co-chair of the Latino Caucus

Emanuel “Chris” Welch, Representative, Illinois 7th District, John Marshall Law School alumnus

Patrick Daley Thompson, Alderman, City of Chicago 11th Ward

Darby Dickerson, Dean of UIC John Marshall Law School

Masayoshi Haynie, President of the UIC John Marshall Student Bar Association

Media are welcome. Please RSVP to Sherri McGinnis Gonzalez at, cell (773) 490-1425 or Michael Huggins at, (312) 427-2737, ext. 660.

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