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María Teresa González, J.D. '12, was recently elected president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois. The group's chief goals are " promote high standards of intergroup, honor, competence among Hispanic attorneys…to promote legal education… and to foster understanding of and respect for the law."

Ms. González currently serves as a Cook County Assistant Public Defender. She recently addressed a new class of attorneys at a swearing-in ceremony at the James R. Thompson Center Assembly Hall. 

Stephen I. Singer has received the Orleans Public Defenders 2015 Clyde Merritt Award. Established in 2012 to honor one of the stalwart advocates for public defense, Clyde Merritt, the Clyde Merritt Award recognizes commitment and fight for the cause of public defense in New Orleans.

Reed M. Coleman, J.D. '11, has joined the firm of King, Krebs & Jurgens, PLLC as an associate in the New Orleans office. 

Jeanne M. Woods has published a chapter in the new text International Law and its Discontents: Confronting Crises. Published by Cambridge University Press, Woods' chapter is titled "Global Crisis and the Law of War."

The Center for Progressive Reform has appointed Robert R.M. Verchick as the third President of the Board of Directors. Verchick succeeds Professor Rena Steinzor of the University of Maryland’s Carey School of Law, who has served in the post since January of 2008. Rob will assume the organization’s presidency on May 1, and will lead the organization at its semi-annual scholar meeting later that month.

Cecelia Bonin, J.D. ’80, is the new head of the 16th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office. Following her graduation from Loyola, Ms. Bonin worked in private practice in New Iberia, LA. She has been with the Public Defender’s Office for two years.

The Shareholders of Liskow & Lewis recently elected Robert S. Angelico (J.D. '86) as the firm’s new President and Managing Partner.

Mr. Angelico succeeds R. Keith Jarrett who served in the position for the past six years. “Bobby has long been one of our most capable leaders,” said Mr. Jarrett. ”His election as President and Managing Partner insures that the firm is in skillful hands.”

Each year, the Student Bar Association President has the honor of presenting an award to the Outstanding Student and Outstanding Student Organization of the Year.

The President’s Award is presented to a student who has demonstrated Outstanding Service to His Fellow Law Students. 3L Andrew Lorenz was the 2015 President's Award recipient for Outstanding Student. 

Please join the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center in congratulating the 2015 Public Service Award recipients. Each year, the center presents awards to students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have demonstrated a commitment to social justice. Each recipient works selflessly to make a difference in our community, and we honor them for their service to the needs of the disadvantaged. 

2015 Recipients:

The Loyola Trial Advocacy Program is proud to announce the 2015-2016 Executive Board. Please join us in congratulating these dedicated
advocates as they assume their new positions:               

Brooke Mohon - President
Alexis Clay - Vice President
Zach Grate - Chief of Staff
Teri Black - Treasurer
Thierry Marceaux - Alumni/PR Chair
Ellen Baggett - Secretary
Melanie Cleveland - National Coach