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April 16, 2018 /
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Edward Grossman brings legal services to marginalized communitiesAs co-founder of the Chicago Legal Clinic, Edward Grossman has devoted his life to providing access to legal services for marginalized people in Chicago’s low-income communities. In 1981, Grossman was a young attorney who just earned a Juris Doctor from DePaul’s College of Law. He partnered with a classmate to create a clinic that offered accessible, affordable and bilingual legal services to residents of South Chicago. Since then, the clinic has served nearly a half million people. Under Grossman’s leadership, the clinic has been a pioneer in urban environmental law, fighting to reduce pollution threats in impoverished neighborhoods.
Grossman’s dedication to his work and the people he serves has earned him a Justice John Paul Stevens Award from the Chicago Bar Association in 2015. Over the years, Grossman has been a mentor and advisor to young attorneys, employed interns at the clinic and remained dedicated to his alma mater by serving on the DePaul College of Law Dean’s Advisory Council since 1997. Grossman will speak at the College of Law commencement ceremony.
Under Nashashibi’s leadership, IMAN helps citizens returning from prison by offering job training and brings much-needed access to psychological and medical care. In recognition of his work, the MacArthur Foundation named Nashashibi a 2017 MacArthur Fellow. Nashashibi will speak at a combined ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the School for New Learning. He will receive an honorary degree from DePaul at the ceremony.
In 2016, Marin and Moseley became the founding co-directors of the Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence in DePaul’s College of Communication.
The center teaches students how to conduct investigative journalism while adhering to the highest principles of journalism, including truth, accuracy, fairness and context. Marin has won numerous local Emmys, was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 1992, and in 2002, included in the Silver Circle of the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She received an honorary degree from DePaul in 1998. Marin will speak at the combined ceremony for the College of Communication and the College of Computing and Digital Media.
About DePaul University DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the United States and the largest private, nonprofit university in the Midwest, with nearly 23,000 students and a wide range of academic and professional programs.
DePaul was founded in Chicago in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians), a Roman Catholic religious community dedicated to following the ideals of St. Vincent de Paul, the 17th century priest for whom the university is named. More information is at www.depaul.edu.
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