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Peggy McCormick

Class of 1977
Principal Partner, Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan PC

When I graduated from college, I had no thought of law school. I loved language. I had studied in Mexico and Rome during college and majored in English. But I discovered that my degree was not a very good job credential, especially in a recession. The only job I could find was receptionist. When I started law school at DePaul, I was terrified of the Socratic method. The first time I read a case brief, the professor said, "Well—you’re going to have to brief your brief." The experience, with everything hinging on an anonymous exam, was intimidating. During those early months I came to know my classmate Mim Geraghty. We started studying together for the first exams and studied together for all three years.

To this day I have no better friend. Somehow through our joint studying we found not only a wonderful friendship, but also a gradual understanding of the fun part of law—persuasion, reasoning, logic. I became an immigration lawyer, and have practiced in my own firm since 1980. Language and travel are still big in my life. And for the last 25 years, I have been an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, something I never would have predicted during those early months at DePaul.