Faculty Activities and Publications

Professor Ann Lousin


She was interviewed on the presidential race for Netherlands Press Association, by CLTV’s “Politics Tonight” host on what happens if there is a tie in the electoral college or one candidate gets the popular vote and the other the electoral vote; and on the proposed Illinois Constitutional Amendment by WILL radio, Illinois Public Media.


Professor Debra Pogrund Stark


She is serving as chairperson of the Residential Mortgage Board, the advisory board to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s Division of Banking. She was elected to the position at the board’s public meeting on Oct. 23, 2012, at the Chicago Urban League.

As chair of the Residential Mortgage Board, she plans to have the board examine further the data, concerns and proposals on predatory lending and foreclosures and develop proposed ways to improve community education/outreach efforts, better implementation of the laws already on the books to address these problems, and to work with the community organizations in recommending additional legal protections for the state of Illinois to consider.

More than a dozen housing and other non-profit community organizations testified at this meeting on the continuing problem of predatory lending, foreclosures and their impact on the community and individuals in the community. The meeting also included testimony from citizens directly affected by predatory lending, unemployment and foreclosure actions.

Professor Stark, working with Dr. Jessica Choplin of DePaul University, is collaborating with Andrew Pizer, staff attorney with the National Consumer Law Center, to create and run experiments that test whether a simpler, more conspicuous and user-friendly disclosure of APR information on home loan disclosures can better assist consumers in evaluating which is the lowest cost loan among several examples, than the current home loan disclosure forms proposed by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in their proposed revised home loan disclosure forms released in July 2012.


Professor Mark Wojcik


He participated in the “Building Bridges” Conference Oct. 3 through 5, 2012. The conference, organized by the American-Swiss Foundation, included several sessions on international law and foreign relations.

On Oct. 13, 2012, he spoke on diversity issues and student involvement in bar associations at the leadership training of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section meeting in La Quinta, California.

On Oct. 18, 2012, he moderated the panel, “Recent Developments in Private International Law,” at the Fall Meeting of the of the American Bar Association Section of International Law.

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