Law professionals discuss use of DNA at Loyola forum

By Jason Wieder

The use of DNA in criminal cases was a key topic at a recent panel of law experts debate at Loyola University Chicago.

A crowd of 44 people gathered at Loyola University Chicago’s Corboy Law Center for “The Prosecutor’s Duty To Seek Justice.”

The law professionals speaking at the event included Thomas Sullivan, a former United States attorney and partner at Jenner & Block ; former  Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission administrator Mary Robinson; visiting Northwestern University law professor Joshua Tepfer; and John Conroy a member of the Better Government Association and writer for The Chicago Reader. Robert Mogul of the Illinois Academy of Criminology and professor emeritus of the City Colleges of Chicago, moderated the panel.

One of the most discussed topic of the evening was the use of DNA evidence to free wrongfully convicted people from jail.

Thomas Sullivan spoke in favor of using DNA.

“I never understood why prosecutors never followed up on evidence,” Sullivan said. “If it was your brother or child being wrongfully convicted, how would you feel?”

John Conroy also condoned the use of DNA.

“These people are being sent to jail without any chance of being cleared by science,” Conroy said.

Audience members seemed to agree with the panelist’s views.

“It comes to a matter of personal integrity,” said Marienne Branch, 58, an assistant public defender from Chicago. “How can you do otherwise?”

Loyola gears up for first annual homecoming weekend

Photo courtesy Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Chicago’s departments of Alumni Relations and Student Development have announced their collaboration to present Loyola’s first annual Homecoming Weekend, providing events scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.

“We really want to build a spirit of tradition,” said Sarah Malouf, Associate Director of Alumni Relations. “This year’s homecoming weekend will be a comprehensive event for the entire Loyola community.”

In the absence of a football team, Malouf explained that the weekend will celebrate the spirit and pride associated with traditional homecoming events.

“Our goal is to bring the entire Loyola community together and rally for a common cause,” said Malouf. “We hope to see Homecoming Weekend provide a wide spectrum of opportunities for our community to connect and celebrate Loyola pride.”

Here is the announcement message sent to Loyola students via e-mail:

Loyola Community,

Put on your maroon and gold and join us for Homecoming Weekend, October 14–16. This celebration of unity and pride at Loyola University Chicago will bring students, alumni, parents, families, faculty, and staff together for a weekend filled with activities and events both at the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. Formerly known as Family Weekend, Homecoming is Spirit Week, Midnight Madness, Parents’ Weekend, and Alumni Reunion Weekend combined into one celebratory and action-packed weekend.

Homecoming is for EVERYONE, and we can’t wait to have you participate! Whether it’s decorating your space or coming to one of the 40+ events, we want you to show your pride. Some key events over the weekend include: Midnight Madness, Java with the Jesuits, the Multicultural Luncheon, Loyola’s Got Talent, a Cooking Clinic with Loyola Dining Chefs, Half Century Club Reunion, and the Organ Concert Series. Additionally, many of our academic departments are hosting open houses, events, and programs over the course of the weekend.

To learn more about Homecoming, read the recent feature story in Inside Loyola. For a full schedule of events and to register, visit You can also choose to help out as a volunteer or participate in the office/residence hall decorating contest by sending an e-mail to

We look forward to having you participate in this wonderful weekend.

Go Ramblers!

Nicole LeDuc Meehan
Director, Alumni Relations

Shannon Howes
Director, Student Leadership Development

– Nicholas Passarelli