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Faculty News for Professor Laurel Rigertas

Laurel A. RigertasLaurel A. Rigertas
Associate Professor of Law

B.S., James Madison University
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
Phone: (815) 753-1680 

Professor Rigertas Serves as Fellow at Ethics and Professionalism Conference

Professor Laurel Rigertas was selected to be a fellow at the Fall 2016 workshop of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism (NIFTEP), which was held at Mercer University School of Law from October 6-9, 2016. The workshop theme was “Educational Interventions to Cultivate Professional Identity in Law Students.” 

Professor Rigertas Presents at Mindfulness Conference

On August 9, 2016, Professor Laurel Rigertas presented at a conference on Mindfulness and Thriving Legal Practices at the University of Colorado Law School, which was an interdisciplinary conference that brought together teachers and scholars from around the country. Professor Rigertas talked about her first time teaching mindfulness to law students during the spring 2016 semester.

NIU Law Professors to Participate in Continuing Legal Education Program on Attorney Wellness

Professor Laurel Rigertas will be a featured speaker and Professor Colleen Boraca will serve as a moderator at the Kane County Bar Association's 2016 Elder Care, Disability & Mental Health program, "Personal Wellness in the Legal Profession." The event will be held on May 11, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Eagle Brook County Club in Geneva, IL. Professor Rigertas' presentation is called "Introduction to Mindfulness for Lawyers."

Professor Rigertas to Speak at ABA Event on Unauthorized Practice of Law

Professor Laurel Rigertas will serve as a panelist at the American Bar Association’s 2nd Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) School. Professor Rigertas will be on a panel entitled "One Stop Shops: Multiple Service Providers and the Unauthorized Practice of Law," which will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015. The event will take place at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

The ABA UPL School offers a central forum for volunteer members of state and local bar UPL committees and commissions, and those charged with the prevention and prosecution of UPL violations, to discuss current UPL challenges.

Professor Rigertas to Speak at Access to Justice Symposium

Professor Laurel Rigertas will be a featured speaker at the Kansas Journal of Law & Policy's 2015 symposium on Friday, February 20, 2015. The symposium is entitled "Access to Justice: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Criminal Justice Act." Professor Rigertas will be presenting a session called, "Re-conceptualizing Supervision of Non-lawyer Legal Professionals to Increase Access to Justice."

Professor Rigertas to Speak at Symposium on Future of Legal Profession

On November 14, 2014, Professor Laurel Rigertas will participate in the "Symposium on the Future of the Legal Profession and Legal Education" at Indiana Tech Law School in Fort Wayne, IN. Professor Rigertas will sit on a panel called "The Future of Access to Legal Services in a Changing Legal Market."

NIU Law Students Inspired to Form Professionalism and Ethics Society Featured in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Professor Laurel Rigertas was interviewed in a feature article by Jack Silverstein of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin on September 5, 2014.  The article highlighted Professor Rigertas' coordination of the Murer Series on Professionalism, an endowed lecture program that brings prominent attorneys, judges and other distinguished figures to NIU Law to speak to first-year students about professionalism and ethics.  Professor Rigertas talks about the importance of the series and the increased involvement of the newly-created student organization, the Professionalism and Ethics Society, in shaping the lectures this year.

Professor Rigertas Publishes Article in Fordham Law Review

Professor Laurel Rigertas has written an article published in the May 2014 edition of the Fordham Law Review.  It is entitled "The Legal Profession's Monopoly: Failing to Protect Consumers."  It addresses the growing problem of consumers not having access to legal services thanks in large part to the restriction of legal practice to only licensed attorneys.

Rigertas Featured at Symposium on Legal Malpractice and Ethics

Professor Laurel Rigertas will give a talk entitled "How Do You Rate Your Lawyer?: Lawyers’ Responses to Online Reviews of Their Services" during the 13th Annual Symposium on Legal Malpractice and Ethics hosted by the St. Mary's Law Journal.  Her presentation will take place at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, February 28th at the Plaza Club (in the Frost Bank Building) in San Antonio, Texas.

Professor Rigertas to Speak at Access to Justice Conference

Professor Laurel Rigertas will be a featured panel speaker at "Until Civil Gideon: Expanding Access to Justice," a conference sponsored by the Fordham University School of Law, on Friday, November 1, 2013.  Professor Rigertas will be a part of the first panel of the day on the role of non-lawyers at 10:30 a.m.  The conference will take place at Fordham University -- 113 West 60th Street in New York City.

Professor Rigertas to Participate in Colloquium on Practice of Law

Professor Laurel Rigertas will be participating in "The Legal Profession's Monopoly on the Practice of Law," a colloquium sponsored by the Stein Center for Law and Ethics and the Fordham Law Review, on October 18, 2013 at the Fordham University Law School. 

Professor Rigertas Featured in Chicago Lawyer's Women in the Law 2013

Professor Laurel Rigertas was the subject of a profile in the 2013 Women in the Law issue of Chicago Lawyer magazine.  The feature highlighted Professor Rigertas' commitment to ethics and professionalism as core concepts of the curriculum at the College of Law.

Professor Rigertas Participates in Roundtable on Supreme Court Ethics

Professor Laurel Rigertas was chosen to be part of a scholarly roundtable discussion as part of the Tabor Institute on Legal Ethics' annual lecture series, hosted by Valparaiso University Law School.  This year's lecture series focused on Supreme Court ethics.  Professor Rigertas was joined in the roundtable by Professor Barry Sullivan of Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Professor Kevin Hopkins of John Marshall Law School. The roundtable was held on Friday, October 19, following the annual Tabor Lecture by Professor Steven Lubet of Northwestern University Law School. The event took place at Wesemann Hall on the Valparaiso University campus.

Professor Laurel Rigertas Cited as Legal Ethics Expert by Los Angeles Times

Professor Rigertas was cited as a legal ethics expert in an article in the June 17, 2012 Los Angeles Times.  The article, written by Carol J. Williams, details the rolling back and elimination of reforms instituted in the wake of the Watergate scandal 40 years ago. Professor Rigertas was paraphrased as saying, "Broad divergence remains among state and local bar associations on when or whether members are obliged to reveal information about criminal acts disclosed by their clients."  To read the full article, visit the L.A. Times website.  

Professor Rigertas Presents at Chapman University Symposium

Professor Laurel Rigertas participated in the 14th Annual Chapman Law Review Symposium, "The 40th Anniversary of Watergate: A Commemoration of the Rule of Law," January 26-27, 2012.  

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