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Seymour R. Goldgehn, Class of 1948
The incoming class at DePaul Law in June 1946 consisted mainly of a group of World War II veterans who were forced to give up their schooling to become part of "The Greatest Generation," as it is now called. My classmates were eager to complete their formal education at DePaul, then located in the top floors of a building at 64 East Lake Street. The ground floor contained a Pixley and Ehlers restaurant, where we congregated on many occasions to discuss our classes. Read More>

William J. Bauer, Class of 1952
Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
I enrolled in DePaul's College of Law (then located at 64 East Lake Street) in September of 1949. The dean was Harry Taft, who ruled the roost with a velvet glove—and a mainly iron fist. He greeted our incoming class (98 percent male and 85 percent discharged WWII veterans) by asking each of us to look at the person to our left who, he said, would not be in school the next semester. Then he said, "Now, look at the person to your right; he won't be here the semester after that." While this prediction was not absolutely accurate, it was close. Read More>

James J. Casey, Class of 1962
Retired Partner, McGuireWoods
In November 1961, at the beginning of my third year in law school, and with the strong encouragement of Professor Larry Daly, I interviewed for a job in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice. Professor Daly helped prepare me for the interview. Of course, I never believed that I would be successful in getting the job, but in January 1962 I received a position. Read More>

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.” Read More>

Peter Silvestri, Class of 1982 (LAS ’79)
Cook County Board of Commissioners, 9th District
As an undergraduate student at DePaul, I was already somewhat familiar with the lay of the land. I knew the campus we used to call "uptown," with its facilities and nearby places to eat, drink or play, because of my 3 ½ years on Fullerton as a political science major. I also took courses in the Loop with high school friends who were all DePaul business majors of one type or another. Read More>

Gracia Maria Shiffrin, Class of 1996
Vice President, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago; Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Charities Housing Development Corporation
In the summer of 1993, I got married, put my architecture career on hold, left California, moved to Chicago and started law school at DePaul. As an architect specializing in the design of schools, I became interested in the financing of real estate development. Going to law school to build upon my prior experience made sense to me—and to DePaul, which offered me a generous Dean’s Scholarship as a full-time student. Read More>

Colby Kingsbury, Class of 2000
Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels
Although I went into law school thinking I probably wanted to be a litigator, I knew so little about the law that I just couldn’t be sure—maybe I should be a transactional lawyer and draft agreements, partake in "M & A" or get into entertainment law and try to be an agent. My background was in theater, so I had no real experience even in the business world beyond some basic temp work. In truth, working in an office full-time, at that point, seemed not only terribly foreign but also potentially very boring. Read More>