News briefs: 1-27-14

Law School Dean resigns

The DePaul College of Law Dean Gregory Mark announced he will step down from his position at the end of the year. He is leaving the top Law School position after three years to “pursue other scholarly and professional opportunities ,” Interim Provost Patricia O’Donoghue said in an email to faculty and staff.

Mark will take a year leave of absence and return to the Law School faculty in the fall of 2015. O’Donoghue will work to appoint an interim dean for the school.

During his tenure Mark helped raise $12.6 million for the college and added to existing programs with new faculty in criminal law and procedure, business law, tax and health law. Enrollment in the College of Law has declined in recent years, with a total 2013 fall enrollment of 891 students, a 17 percent decline from 2009.

Chinese Studies Program hosts New Year Gala

DePaul will ring in the Year of the Horse with the annual Chinese New Year gala presented by the DePaul’s Chinese studies program. The event will bring together students, faculty and the community to celebrate the holiday with dinner and cultural performances.

“We are always looking for ways to celebrate cultural diversity here at DePaul and the Year of the Horse is an opportunity for us to reflect on what it means and looks like from a different perspective,” Li Jin, an assistant professor and director of the Chinese Studies Program, said.

To help create the program for the celebration, the Chinese Studies program worked with student organizations to create events. Among the student organizations that helped create events are the DePaul Chinese Students and Scholars Association, DePaul International Student Organization and NiHao DeBao.

The Gala will be Jan. 31 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Student Center in room 120.

DePaul tops Illinois super lawyers law school list

For the fifth year running, DePaul has been honored as the top law school in the Illinois Super Lawyers list. This year’s list includes 320 DePaul graduates, 10 of which were in the top 100 and one in the top 10.

Super Lawyers rates lawyers around the country in more than 70 practice areas. Lawyers are given points and those who receive the most are recognized on the list. Only five percent of the state’s lawyers annually are selected for inclusion.

No other law school in Illinois has had more alumni recognized on the list then DePaul for the last five years.