Justice Margaret O’Mara Frossard (Ret.)
Director, 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 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...
Posted on January 22, 2013 | No CommentsA Conversation with Brian Ashfar, Second-Year Law Student Frossard: What is the biggest difference between your experience as a 1L and a 2L? Brian Ashfar: The biggest difference between the 1L and 2L years has been my approach to school. Finishing the first year is challenging primarily because students really do not know what to expect. With a heavy course load, it is easy to get overwhelmed. As a 2L, you understand how to appropriately balance your studies. Knowing what to study and how to study it can make all the difference in the world come exam time. Frossard: What activities or organizations do you belong to at JMLS? Ashfar: I am currently the treasurer of the Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA). I enjoy being part of an organization that is focused on the John Marshall community and bringing attention to critical issues in the legal field. We actually...