The University of Illinois Chicago John Marshall Law School will change its name to the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. The John Marshall Law School, formerly an independent law school that was established in 1899, merged with the University of Illinois Chicago in 2019 to create UIC John Marshall Law School. John Marshall served as Chief Justice of the United States from 1801 to 1835.
A university task force encharged with examining the life of John Marshall noted, “that despite Chief Justice Marshall’s legacy as one of the nation’s most significant U.S. Supreme Court justices, the newly discovered research regarding his role as a slave trader, slave owner of hundreds of slaves, pro-slavery jurisprudence, and racist views render him a highly inappropriate namesake for the law school.”
“The name of the school has changed, but it doesn’t erase its proud history or the impact of its faculty, alumni and students. As Chicago’s first and only public law school, our mission continues to center on academic excellence, diversity, student success, and bettering the lives of the people of Chicago and beyond,” said Darby Dickerson, dean of the law school.
Michael Amiridis, chancellor of the University of Illinois Chicago, added that “the university has arrived at this new name following a thorough and carefully studied process that included input from all corners of the institution and beyond, considered issues of racial injustice, and aimed to ensure that our university continues to be a place where diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity are supported and advanced,”