Dean Emerita Nina S. Appel to Retire from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law After More Than 40 Years of Service
Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law has announced that Dean Emerita Nina S. Appel will retire at the end of the academic year. Appel joined Loyola’s full-time law faculty in 1973 and went on to serve as associate dean from 1976 to 1983, dean from 1983 to 2004, and dean emerita from 2004 to the present—and now is retiring in June after nearly a half-century at Chicago’s Jesuit university. Appel is one of the longest serving women deans in ABA history.
Appel’s contributions to legal education and Loyola University Chicago are immeasurable. She is the founder of Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Business Law, its nationally ranked Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, and cofounder of its internationally recognized Civitas ChildLaw Center. Under Appel’s leadership, Loyola began the hugely successful Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) degree programs, which has launched the school ahead-of-the-curve in online legal education.
Loyola law alumni have honored Appel with one of their highest awards, the Medal of Excellence. A former member and chair of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Appel was honored with the section’s Robert J. Kutak Award for her significant contributions to the collaboration of the academy, the bench, and the bar. She also received her alma mater’s Distinguished Columbian in Teaching Award and was named one of 10 highly influential women leaders in Today's Chicago Woman’s “20th Century Hall of Fame.”
A retirement celebration to honor Appel’s distinguished career Loyola was held on Thursday, April 26, at Loyola University Chicago’s Philip H. Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago. More than 250 faculty, staff, alumni and students attended the reception.
Dean Emerita Nina S. Appel (center) is joined by Section Consultant Becky Stretch and David Yellen, President of Marist College and former Dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, during her retirement celebration.
Section Welcomes New Staff Member Genevieve Ferraro
Please join us in welcoming Genevieve Ferraro, who joined the Section staff in March. As the Manager of Legal Education Assessment Services, she is responsible for administering the site visit process including the recruitment of teams, recruitment and training of new volunteers, and oversight of the report submission process. She also assists in responding to questions from schools and in the work of the Accreditation Committee.
Early in her career, Genevieve practiced corporate and tax law in Chicago. She has spent most of her career in legal and educational publishing. Most recently, she held the position of Managing Editor at Pearson Education. Genevieve has a B.A. in business administration from Drake University, a J.D. from Creighton University and an LL.M. from DePaul University in tax law. Genevieve is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP).