42 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. xix (2010-2011)
The Morality of Advocacy as a Law School Concern: Appointment of Barry Sullivan to Loyola University Chicago Law School's Cooney & Conway Chair

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APRIL 27, 2010
The Morality of Advocacy as a Law School Concern:
Appointment of Barry Sullivan to Loyola University
Chicago Law School's Cooney & Conway Chair
Remarks of Judge Joan Gottschall*
As a young lawyer new to Chicago, I often studied or did research in
Loyola's law library. I can't remember what excuse I used to come
here, but I remember clearly why I did it-scattered around the library,
unavoidably, were signs of Loyola's religious connection: pictures,
religious books, statuary. As a non-Catholic who had attended a secular
law school, I wondered if learning law or practicing law felt different if
one learned or practiced from a Catholic perspective. I wondered
whether coming from a religious perspective would help me reach some
kind of peace with my growing discomfort with practicing law. My
cases often involved important public issues, to be sure, but I found
myself pressing the side not that I necessarily believed was the right or
best, but that which I was paid or assigned to represent. Even more
important, it wasn't part of my job description to worry about whether
the side I was paid or assigned to represent was consistent with the
public good. I felt that this was something I was better off not thinking
about very much.
The passage of years has accustomed me to living with my questions
about law practice, but has hardly resolved them. Given the time I spent
pondering these issues in Loyola's law library, I was not surprised when
Loyola established a chair in advocacy and chose Barry Sullivan to fill
it. As long as I have known Barry Sullivan-and that is most of our
professional lives-he has been thinking, speaking, and writing about
* United States District Court Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois;
B.A., Smith College; J.D., Stanford Law School.


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