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.
- You Talk, We Listen: The Importance of the Upcoming Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE)
- Justice Burke’s Recent Remarks on Professionalism
- How Social Media Can Impact Your Professional Identity
- The Second-Year Experience: Hitting Your Stride in Law School
- Pipelining: Professional Networking with a Purpose, Part 3
Posted on February 27, 2014 | No CommentsJustice Margaret O’Mara Frossard (ret.) Associate Dean of Professionalism & Career Strategy (JMLS) Recently there has been a great amount of attention focused on the 2013 Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) with many articles seeking to interpret the data. See, for instance, this Wall Street Journal blog post: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2014/01/28/what-do-law-students-think-about-law-school/. The LSSSE collects data across 90 individual measures of student engagement and satisfaction, including those in academic, interpersonal and administrative categories. Over the past several years, students at The John Marshall Law School generally report experiences that are similar to their over 34,000 peers at 95 law schools who respond to the survey each year. When Dean Corkery and the administration at JMLS find areas of concern, however, we act. Student comments related to lack of adequate water fountains led to the installation of several “bottomless” water coolers that have already been enjoyed hundreds of times. We began streamlining...
Posted on March 5, 2013 | No CommentsRalph Waldo Emerson once wrote that “the only way to have a friend is to be a friend.” This simple, yet powerful guiding principle has shaped my life. As I have realized countless times throughout my own experiences, when we become a friend to someone in need, we change the world. Becoming a lawyer has also changed my life. And as I look back, I see that Emerson’s wise words – “the only way to have a friend is to be a friend”- have also shaped my legal career in a profound way. Being a lawyer is a life choice. It cannot be turned on and off, as you might in some other profession or occupation. It is an enduring commitment, a “twenty-four/seven” privilege. The privilege of practicing law brings us to the front lines of the most critical issues of the day. It allows us to assist others at...
Posted on February 26, 2013 | No CommentsI’ve been thinking about social media lately — how it impacts our professionalism as lawyers. With so much information readily available about us on the internet, it’s important to remain aware of how our actions, even our smallest comments, can reflect on us. I turned to John Marshall student Michael Korus for his thoughts on the subject. Justice Frossard (Ret.): What should students know about how their use of social media can impact their professional identity? Michael Korus: Most people know how to act during an interview and how to conduct themselves professionally with an employer, but we easily forget this when we are in the audience of our friends. Be aware of the reputation you have among your peers. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social networking sites put everyone under a microscope. As future attorneys, we need to remember that your peers are watching you. This is perhaps especially...