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Class of 2015 Declaration of Professional Commitment


Last Friday, the first year class participated in an Oath Drafting Workshop, drafting their declaration of professionalism. Each student had a part in considering the important components of their oath and drafting it. Practicing lawyers, judges, and professors met with students to brainstorm on what values they believe a model lawyer embodies. They considered everything from obligations to society, obligations to a client, obligations to the legal profession, and obligations as law students.

In early October, led by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier, the entering class will have an opportunity recite their “Statement of Professional Commitment” in front of family members, professors, and local professionals.

The ceremony has a profound meaning to students; it signifies their dedication to the profession and the beginning of a journey to become a responsible and ethical attorney.

SIU Law was the forerunner in Illinois in creating a program in which students draft and then recite their own Declaration of Professional Commitment. Now all Illinois law schools have a similar program.

The Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2015 is Friday, Oct. 5, in the Hiram H. Lesar Law Building.


Jennifer Camero will be teaching contracts and commercial law. 

Prior to joining the faculty at SIU, Professor Camero was a teaching fellow at Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center.  She has a B.B.A. with concentrations in accounting and finance from Saint Mary's College, where she graduated summa cum laude. She obtained her CPA in 1999 and practiced as a tax consultant for several years with Arthur Andersen in Chicago.

Camero then earned her J.D. from Northwestern University, where she graduated cum laude. While at Northwestern, she received the Arlyn Miner Book Award for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing and was notes editor for the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.

Upon graduation, Camero worked as an associate attorney in commercial finance at Jones Day and later at Katten Muchin Rosenman, both in Chicago. She then spent three years as assistant general counsel for Brunswick Corporation in Lake Forest, Illinois.



Mike Koehler will be teaching torts, along with other courses that draw on his teaching and research expertise and interests, including corporate law, securities regulations, corporate compliance and ethics, white collar crime, international business transactions, and international trade and investment.

Prior to joining the faculty at SIU, Professor Koehler was an Assistant Professor of Business Law in the College of Business at Butler University. Prior to academia, he practiced law at Foley & Lardner. Professor Koehler received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin International Law Journal. He received his B.A. (Political Science) from the University of South Dakota where he was an academic all-conference basketball player.

Professor Koehler is a widely published author and his scholarship focuses on the intersection of corporate conduct and criminal law, corporate compliance and ethics, in particular the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") and other anti-corruption laws and initiatives.



Steven Macias will teach constitutional law and related courses, along with Legislative and Administrative Process, and other courses related to his research interests.

Prior to joining our faculty, Professor Macias was Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law. From 2008-2010, he served as a Teaching Fellow at California Western School of Law in San Diego. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and graduate degrees in law and history from the University of California, Berkeley. He also studied law in the UK at University College London where he received his LL.M. in Legal Theory and History.

Professor Macias's primary research centers on the legal history of the early American republic with particular focus on intellectual and cultural contexts. An additional area of research and publication includes the application of critical theory to contemporary issues of sexuality, gender, and family law. In this vein, his current research examines how privacy law is influenced by, and reinforces, social conceptions of gender.



Andrew Pardieck will teach civil procedure and comparative law, as well as other courses.

Prior to joining our faculty, Professor Pardieck taught as an Assistant Professor of Law for the Temple University Beasley School of Law at its Japan Campus. He has also taught as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington. He has published in both Japanese and English on a variety of topics, including securities and commodities law, consumer finance, alternative dispute resolution and the legal profession.  He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and the Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington. While in law school, he served as articles editor on the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, and following law school enrolled in the University of Hokkaido School of Law. He completed his doctorate degree in law at Hokkaido, where he wrote his dissertation on Japanese and U.S. securities law.

After graduate school, Pardieck practiced in Indiana and then Tokyo. His practice in Indiana focused on complex civil litigation, primarily products liability, and included work on class actions and employment matters. He is a member of the Indiana bar and admitted to practice in the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. In Tokyo, he worked as General Counsel for Temple University, Japan Campus, with varied responsibilities including compliance with corporate, education, and employment law; negotiating and drafting contracts; and risk management.

Please join me in welcoming these outstanding new faculty members to the School of Law.