Two Professors at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago Honored for Their Columns on Public Issues, Copyright

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John Marshall Law School Professors Ann Lousin and William McGrath received awards for their columns published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Lousin was honored by the Illinois State Historical Society, and McGrath was honored by the Chicago Headline Club with the Lisagor Award.

Professor Ann Lousin of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago received an Award of Merit from the Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) for two pieces that appeared in her “Law and Public Issues” column in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (CDLB).

Her first column, "Many Consider Fort Dearborn a Chicago Tragedy," commemorated the bicentennial of the battle and massacre at the Fort Dearborn Garrison.

Lousin’s second column, "Professor Gives the Amendment an ‘F,’” explained the proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution's clause guaranteeing the rights of those receiving governmental pensions. After the article was published, public employees asked Lousin to join them in a campaign to defeat the adoption of the amendment in the November 2012 referendum vote.

This is the second year that Lousin has been honored by ISHS. In 2012 she received a Certificate of Excellence Award for her “Law and Public Issues” column. She is a regular commentator on constitutional law topics in Chicago and national media.

Lousin has been a professor at John Marshall since 1975, and has been involved in various bar associations, civic organizations and charitable societies. In February she was named to be the law school’s Edward T. and Noble W. Lee Chair in Constitutional Law for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Chicago Headline Club has presented its Lisagor Award to William McGrath for one of his monthly columns that appeared in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

McGrath’s work, “Gingrich Faces Eye of the Copyright Tiger,” was judged the winner in the non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000 category. The award was presented at the Chicago Headline Club’s program on Friday, May 3, 2013. The article explored the legal implications of Newt Gingrich’s use of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” as a campaign theme song, which co-author of the song Frank Sullivan alleges violated his copyright.

McGrath is an adjunct professor and the associate director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law. He maintains a copyright and trademark practice at Davis McGrath LLC in Chicago. His column, “Inside IP Law,” appears monthly in CDLB.

About The John Marshall Law School
The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago’s legal, financial and commercial districts. Through classes, clinics and special programs, students develop the strategic, analytical and transactional lawyering skills that are so valuable to employers. Its excellent curriculum, coupled with outstanding skills and experiential learning, help make John Marshall graduates practice-ready from day one. For practicing attorneys, John Marshall offers nine LLM degrees, more than any other law school in the Midwest. John Marshall is also a leader in providing distance education options in intellectual property, estate planning and employee benefits at the advanced graduate degree level. John Marshall offers six clinical experiences, including the nationally recognized Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic and the Fair Housing Legal Clinic. U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Graduate Schools 2014 edition ranks John Marshall’s Lawyering Skills Program second and its Intellectual Property Law program 12th in the nation.

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