Illinois Supreme Court Names John Marshall Professor Mary Nagel Professor-Reporter of Civil Justice Committee

CHICAGO, Feb. 1, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Professor Mary Nagel of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago as Professor-Reporter to the Civil Justice Committee of the Judicial Conference of Illinois.

Consisting of 82 judges, the Illinois Judicial Conference is responsible for suggesting improvements in the administration of justice in Illinois. Nagel will serve a one-year term expiring on Dec. 31, 2016.

"I am extremely flattered to have been selected," Nagel said. "It is a true honor to follow in the footsteps of past John Marshall professors who have held this highly respected and important position."

She joins the ranks of many John Marshall professors who have served as Professor-Reporter to the Illinois Supreme Court. Nagel replaces John Marshall Professor Marc Ginsberg, who now serves as Professor-Reporter of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Illinois Evidence. The evidence position previously was held since at least 2008 by now-retired John Marshall Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Ralph Ruebner.

Nagel started teaching at John Marshall in 1999 and has taught legal writing, civil procedure, Illinois civil procedure and federal courts. Prior to coming to John Marshall, she spent several years in private practice, as well as working for the Illinois Attorney General's Office and the Illinois Department of Labor.

In addition to teaching, Nagel also serves as the director of John Marshall's Externship program, as well as the assistant director of the law school's Lawyering Skills Program.

Nagel graduated from The John Marshall Law School in 1988, where she exceled in Moot Court. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

About The John Marshall Law School

The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago's legal, financial and commercial districts. The 2016 U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools ranks John Marshall's Lawyering Skills Program fifth, its Trial Advocacy Program 16th and its Intellectual Property Law Program 17th in the nation. Since its inception, John Marshall has been a pioneer in legal education and has been guided by a tradition of diversity, innovation, access and opportunity.

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