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SCHOOL OF LAW Identifying victims

of Burge torture When Cook County Criminal Division Judge

Paul P. Biebel Jr. needed a neutral legal profes- sional with a background in criminal law to help identify inmates who may have suffered physical torture at the hands of former Chicago Police commander Jon Burge, he turned to Dean David Yellen. Burge was convicted in 2010—not for the po-

lice torture of more than 200 criminal suspects between 1972 and 1991, as the statute of limita- tions on the claims of abuse had passed, but for obstruction of justice and perjury for lying about his role in the torture. To do this work, Yellen was assisted by seven

Loyola law students. “I couldn’t have begun to sort through 500 letters from inmates and doz- ens of court files without the integral assistance of these students,” Yellen says. “It’s been a great experience for them; all had at least some back- ground in criminal law, but for most of them, it’s been a much deeper dive into how criminal cases work.”

A social work major, Rahman expects to graduate in 2017. INTERNSHIPS Aqela Rahman

Refugee resettlement intern, Catholic Charities (August 2014–May 2015)


Tell us a little about your role and what you did. • Catholic Charities receives hundreds of refugees every year and helps these families and individuals find homes, get jobs, and become self-sufficient in the US. My job was to help these families learn about all the resources available to them.

New hotel planned

in Rogers Park Plans are underway for a 145-room, six-story Hampton Inn at Sheridan Road and Albion Avenue. This will be the first mid-level hotel in Rogers Park. The hotel will be managed by Chicago-based Atira Hotels and is expected to open in late 2016.

And how did you do that? • I would take them to school open houses, doc- tor’s appointments, ESL classes, and more. I also took many of them to gov- ernment offices so they could learn more about the educational, health care, and public welfare systems here.

What attracted you to the intern- ship? • I was drawn to it because it gave me a chance to work in case management to see who establishes policies, but it also allowed me to work directly with the people who

are affected by these laws and rules. The internship showed me both the macro- and micro-systems involved in social work.

Talk about some of your favorite memories from your time there. • I loved seeing my clients adjusting to their new country and enjoying life here. I’ve celebrated with clients when they’ve gotten their first job, had their first child, or simply learned how to navigate the public transportation system on their own.

What was the main thing you learned from your experience? • It taught me the role that social work- ers and government agencies play in helping new immigrants become oriented in their new country—and it encouraged me to one day pursue a career in public service.



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