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In-House Counsel Alumni Roundtable

The Center for Business and Corporate Governance Law cordially invites you to the inaugural  

In-House Counsel Alumni Roundtable

on May 3,2013 from 9am to 1pm at Philip H. Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago IL, 14th Floor.

The important role of the in-house counsel has changed dramatically in recent years.  Business leaders, board, and CEOs now recognize how valuable the shift in power from an outside firm to an inside law department can be to the performance and integrity of a corporation.  Join us as we explore the rising role of the in-house counsel as a top management advisor on complex legal matters and critical business issues and decisions.


9:00-9:30AM       Continental Breakfast and Opening Remarks

9:30-10:30AM     The Art of In-House Legal Counseling

                            Professor Steven Ramirez, Director of Loyola's

                           Center for Business and Corporate Governance Law

                           Robert Slaughter, principal and chief legal officer for

                           Avison Young, and senior lecturer in residence at

                           Loyola University Chicago School of Law

10:45-11:45AM  The Ethics of Internal Investigations from an

                           In-House Perspective

                           Judith Schwartz Sherwin, partner at Shefsky & Froelich Ltd.

12:00-1:00PM    Alumni Networking Lunch


The program is complimentary to all Loyola University Chicago School of Law alumni. CLE is available.

To register, click here, call 312.915.6187 or email


Lawless Devils: Corruption, Politics, and the Law

Loyola's Center for Business and Corporate Governance Law is hosting "Lawless Devils: Corruption, Politics, and the Law" on April 8 which will feature New York Times bestselling author Bethany McLean and law professor Steven Ramirez. 

Bethany McLean is the co-author of All the Devils Are Here, The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis, a highly acclaimed account of the subprime debacle and ensuing financial collapse. Ms. McLean will discuss her perspective on the financial crisis based on her work as a business journalist with Fortune Magazine and Vanity Fair Magazine.

Steven Ramirez is a professor of law at Loyola University Chicago and the author of Lawless Capitalism: the Subprime Crisis and the Case for an Economic Rule of Law. The book is a comprehensive legal and regulatory analysis of the financial meltdown of 2008-09. As a former SEC enforcement attorney and senior attorney with the FDIC, Professor Ramirez will offer a first-hand perspective of the legal breakdown of accountability involving the corporate and financial elite.


The “Lawless Devils” event will take place this Monday, April 8th from 6:00pm until 7:30pm in the Ceremonial Courtroom on the 10th Floor in the Philip H. Corboy Law Center. The event is free and open to the public. A cocktail reception and book signing will follow the discussion. To RSVP and for more information, please email




We are excited to announce that two new professors will be joining the MJ program starting this summer.  Welcome, Jamila Jefferson-Jones and Rick Frimmer! For the Summer 2013 semester, Ms. Jefferson-Jones will be teaching Real Estate Transactions and Mr. Frimmer will teach Financial Regulation I.


Jamila Jefferson-Jones is an Assistant Professor of Law at Barry University, where she teaches Business Organizations and Property I and II.  Professor Jefferson-Jones was in private practice before becoming a professor.  Her areas of expertise include business counsel, transactions, real estate and insurance matters, and civil and commercial litigation. Professor Jefferson-Jones holds a B.A. from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges.  She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Rick Frimmer is a corporate attorney and partner at Schiff Hardin LLP where he focuses his practice in bankruptcy, securities law, sports law, tax law, mergers and acquisitions, business turnarounds, hedge funds, and licensing.  Mr. Frimmer is also a certified public accountant, a NASD arbitrator, and CEO of Techno Swear, the leader producer of music for athletes.  Mr. Frimmer holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.  He earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School and is an Adjunct Professor for the Thomas Jefferson School of Law.


Welcome to the MJ team!


MJs Are the Future of Legal Education

There has been a lot written about law schools and legal education in general lately. Earlier this week, the New York Times published an article entitled "Law Schools' Applications Fall as Costs Rise and Jobs Are Cut" which examined the reasons behind declining application numbers and the ways in which law schools are coping.  Among the solutions offered was legal training for those not looking to practice law:

"In the legal academy, there has been discussion about how to make training less costly and more relevant...Some, including Professor Hadfield of the University of Southern California, have called for one- or two-year training programs to create nonlawyer specialists for many tasks currently done by lawyers. Whether or not such changes occur, for now the decline is creating what many see as a cultural shift.”


In response to the NTYimes article, law professors have been blogging their opinions on the future of legal education.  One law professor, Rob Howse, wrote:

“Another trend is that while there is perhaps an oversupply of practicing attorneys in America (how temporary hard to know), we live in an increasingly legalized world, where the practice of many professions (including journalism!), the advanced study of other disciplines such as political science or economics, and the management of a business require a more than trivial knowledge of law.  Law schools need to be imaginative in designing and packaging legal education for non-lawyers. I have always enjoyed the opportunity to teach non-lawyers and non-aspiring lawyers. It is a different experience but a rewarding one in its own right.”

All signs point to the growing importance of MJs. We want to know what you think!  Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.


Spring Semester MJ Events

The MJ program is sponsoring two exciting events at Loyola this semester. If you are in the Chicago area, please join us! You can find out more about these events through our Facebook and Twitter.

National Mortgage Settlement –Friday, February 22

The Institute for Investor Protection will cosponsor an exciting conference on Friday, February 22, titled “The National Mortgage Settlement: A Historic State-Federal Investigation, Negotiation and Agreement.” The National Mortgage Settlement is the largest state-federal settlement in history, and has played a significant role in addressing the nation’s mortgage crises by providing substantial relief to homeowners. Please join us for a lively discussion with key figures in this historic settlement who will discuss the housing market collapse, the intricate path to the $25 billion settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers and the independent monitor that has been established to oversee the terms of the agreement. Shaun Donavan, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary, and Loyola Law alumna Lisa Madigan, Attorney General of Illinois, are among the distinguished speakers.


Lawless Devils: Corruption, Politics and the Law –Monday, April 8

The Center for Business and Corporate Governance Law and the Institute for Investor Protection will cosponsor “Lawless Devils: Corruption, Politics and the Law” featuring celebrated author Bethany McLean, who will be discussing her book All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis and Professor Steven Ramirez, who will be discussing his book Lawless Capitalism: The Subprime Crisis and the Case for an Economic Rule of Law. The event will take place at the School of Law on Monday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m.  A book signing reception will follow the discussion.