Justice Margaret O’Mara Frossard (Ret.)
Associate Dean, Professionalism & Career Strategy
Phone: 312.427.2737 ext. 112
Justice Frossard earned her BA, with honors, from Northwestern University and her JD, with honors, from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law. She was a member of Law Review and the National Moot Court Team. After law school, she specialized in violent crime prosecution at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, eventually becoming Chief of the Felony Trial Division supervising 200 trial and appellate attorneys. Frossard then joined the Cook County Circuit Court, served 9 years as a trial judge, 13 years as a Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court and retired in 2010. She has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Law School, Chicago-Kent College of Law, and DePaul Law School. She currently teaches Trial Advocacy at John Marshall. She has published numerous legal articles, lectured extensively and is a member of several bar associations. Frossard served on the Governor’s Commissions on the Status of Women and on the Criminal Code.
Posted on February 5, 2015 | No CommentsAs law students or new attorneys, you are no stranger to feedback. You receive it from professors, employers, judges and clients. On an internal level, we all react differently to feedback. It is important, however, that you handle it in a professional manner. Here are some suggestions for inviting and receiving feedback: 1) If you are not receiving feedback on your work performance, you should ask for it. Many employers offer performance reviews, but some may not. You should be eager to hear about ways in which you can improve your work or areas in which you are excelling. If you are asked to improve upon certain elements of your job, you should take steps to show your employer that you have heard his or her requests and provide examples of the ways in which you are implementing them. Employers like to know that they are heard and appreciate the...
Posted on September 29, 2014 | No CommentsIf you are a job seeker, there is probably a lot on your mind. You’re working on getting your resume edited and up-to-date, trying to stay abreast of the most recent job postings, and scheduling coffees and informational interviews. While these are all important aspects of a job search, don’t forget about professionalism. Here are a few tips to show an employer that you have professionalism on your mind. 1) Always say thank you. This seems like a no brainer, but you would be surprised by how many people forget those magic words. Sure, it takes time to write someone a thank you note, but it’s the right thing to do. Not only did that person take time from their busy day to talk or meet with you, but they probably offered to help you as well. Show them your appreciation by sending a hand-written or electronic thank you. 2) ...
Posted on September 10, 2014 | No CommentsLawyers work hard, but they also enjoy socializing and networking. As a student or recent graduate, the best way to connect with attorneys is by attending events where practicing lawyers will be present. Although it can be tempting to let your guard down at an event, you should keep professionalism at the forefront of your mind at all times. With the Student Alumni Exchange right around the corner, here are some tips for being your most professional self while at a networking event: 1) Before you attend an event, make sure to RSVP if you are asked to do so. Showing up at an event when your presence is unexpected can look unprofessional. 2) If possible, research attendees or presenters via LinkedIn or employer bios prior to an event. This will show that you have done your homework and care about the people with whom you are connecting. 3) Know...