2021-Spring-Alumni-Newsletter | School of Law| SIU

Southern Illinois University



2021-Spring-Alumni-Newsletter | School of Law| SIU


We are so excited to present you with this first alumni newsletter to keep you informed about the exciting initiatives at SIU School of Law.  In this issue, we highlight the tremendous accomplishments of our Law Clinics that were collectively recognized in 2020 with an Excellence in Legal Education Award from ISBA.  We proudly celebrate the world-changing work of alumni Dr. Marsha Ryan and Beth Boggs before introducing some impactful law students.  Despite the challenges we have collectively faced in the past year, SIU School of Law is thriving, and I look forward to meeting alumni in-person soon.

Dean and Professor of Law

Dr. Marsha Ryan (JD, 1987)

Dr. Marsha Ryan is a Saluki to her core.  Just as she did for many years as a surgeon, she continues, with her family, to be instrumental in student opportunities and successes through her active involvement and life-changing generosity. 

Read Dr. Ryan's story here.

Beth Boggs (JD, magna cum laude 1991)

When 2008 SIU Association Distinguished Alumna recipient and Lifetime SIU Alumni Association Member Beth Boggs came to Carbondale from the Chicago suburbs in the late 1980s, she was met with a complete change of pace that produced a wonderful law school experience. 

Read Beth Boggs's story here

Law Clinics Impact Students and the Community

The Illinois State Bar Association has recognized the law clinics with the 2020 Excellence in Legal Education Award, the ISBA’s highest award for a clinic.  Professors Erbes, O’Neill, Parsons, Wells, and Thomas are changing lives through their real-world work with law clinic students. 

Read about the clinic award here.

 Dylan Boyd (Class of 2021)

Dylan Boyd has made the most of his 3L year at SIU Law by winning the Intramural Moot Court Competition and serving as Editor-in-Chief of the SIU Law Journal.  

Read Dylan's story here.



Weston Stoddard (Class of 2021)



Weston has made the most of his opportunities and attributes much of his success to the support he has received from his SIU Law family.

Read Weston's story here.





 James A. Jones II (Class of 2022)

James is a 2L student who does it all. He is President of Black Law Student Association, an article editor for SIU’s Law Journal, and a participant in the SIU Law Intramural Mock Trial Competition. 

Read James' story here.



 Abigael “Abbey” Schulz (Class of 2022)

When 2L student Abbey Schulz came to SIU School of Law, she immediately felt supported by staff and faculty who “challenge students to prepare us to be the best lawyers and advocates we can be.” 

Read Abbey's story here.



 Justine Newman (JD/MD Class of 2026)


Justine Newman has only been in Carbondale for a few months, but this joint program JD/MD 1L student has already made an impression with CALI Awards in Contracts 1, Torts 1, Legal Research, and Legal Writing. 

Read Justine's story here.


Reflections on Resilience and Determination During the Pandemic

Like nearly all aspects of society, SIU School of Law students, staff, and faculty have experienced tremendous changes over the past year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Read their reflections here.


Dean’s Advisory & Working Group

Thank you for enthusiastically responding to Dean Davidson’s call for SIU Law alumni to sign-up for ten upcoming advisory and working groups. 

Read more about the Dean's Advisory & Working Group here.


Stay in Touch- Activate your 360 Alumni Account TODAY

As we all look forward to getting back together in person again, now is a great time to make sure that you have activated your 360 Alumni profile.  You can and should find specific directions here to make sure that we have your best contact information.  Make sure that you tag organizations in which you participated too.

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National Health Law Moot Court Competition: Public Health Responses to Coronavirus Pandemic

On November 6-7, 2020, SIU School of Law co-sponsored the 29th annual National Health Law Moot Court Competition with the Department of Medical Humanities at the SIU School of Medicine, the American College of Legal Medicine, and the American College of Legal Medicine Foundation. The two-day event hosted by SIU Law is one of the premier moot court experiences in the nation and attracts teams representing law schools from throughout the country. 

 Read the complete story here.


Professor John C. Brittain’s 2021 Lesar Lecture: “Racial Awakening, Reckoning and Mindfulness in 2020”

On February 10, 2021, noted civil rights attorney and law professor John C. Brittain presented “Racial Awakening, Reckoning and Mindfulness in 2020” for the 2021 Hiram H. Lesar Distinguished Lecture hosted by SIU School of Law.

Read the complete story here


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We Need YOU for Future Newsletter Topics and Submissions 

Please feel encouraged to send us your updates for future newsletters.  Specifically, we want to know about your professional accomplishments and publications so that we can publish a future section detailing the accomplishments of each graduation class.  We also want to know about the future Saluki Lawyers that you bring into the world as well as celebrating the lives of alumni who have passed. Please send all updates to Nicole.borrenpohl@siu.edu.