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.
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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...
Posted on July 31, 2014 | No CommentsMost law students and attorneys have to-do lists that stretch as far as the eye can see. The legal profession intrinsically attracts people who are organized, who are planners and, let’s face it, who are a bit “Type A.” Often, these qualities are among the things that make lawyers so successful. The problem comes when the writer of the to-do list forgets to add a few line items for him or herself. The needs of clients are important, but so are the needs of the attorney. Professionalism can slip when an attorney or law student feels overwhelmed. This lack of care for oneself can cause anger, depression, anxiety and a host of other issues. If you have been feeling stressed or overwhelmed lately, check out the tips below on how to recharge and unwind. 1) If your to-do list is the roadmap for your day, make sure to schedule some...
Posted on June 26, 2014 | No CommentsAn attorney’s world is always spinning. Between work, family commitments and personal time, it seems that there is no time left to foster professional connections. Keeping up relationships is an important aspect of your career that demonstrates a high degree of professionalism. You may have questions about how to keep up with colleagues while balancing a busy schedule. Below are some tips to help you strategize and prioritize: Schedule time into your calendar to send emails, make calls or connect through social media. If you schedule time in advance, you are more likely to follow through. Be honest with yourself about when you are most likely to have time for outreach. When you are reaching out, think about how your professional connections prefer to be contacted. Is he someone you talk with on the phone? Is she someone who prefers a quick email? Does he like when you comment on...