Faculty News for Jennifer Rosato Perea

Jennifer RosatoJennifer Rosato Perea
Dean and Professor of Law (2009 - 2015)

B.S., Cornell University
J.D., University of Pennsylvania

Dean Rosato Perea Comments on Changing Legal Landscape in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea was quoted for an article by Jack Silverstein in the January 9, 2015 edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Dean Rosato Perea was one of several law school deans from Illinois asked about their reactions to the 2015 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) annual meeting, held January 2-5, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Dean Rosato Perea Joins Legal Face-off Radio Podcast as Guest

Legal Face-off is a fast-paced, high-energy legal program dealing with the hottest issues of the day. Alumnus Rich Lenkov ('95) and Jason Whiteside provide a legal point/counterpoint perspective on issues ranging from Hollywood celebrities to sports stars and everything in between.

Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea recently was a guest on the show and talked about if there are too many lawyers and the importance of jury selection.

Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea in studio with Jason Whiteside on the Legal Face-off podcast.

Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea in studio with Jason Whiteside on the Legal Face-off podcast.

Dean Rosato Perea Featured in Suburban Life Magazine

Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea, honored in May with a 2014 Women of Distinction Award from Suburban Life Magazine, has been further recognized in a full-page profile detailing the award and her accomplishments in the magazine's August 2014 issue. The award honors 12 of the most remarkable women in Chicago’s western suburbs – for their contributions to their communities, professions and causes.

Dean Rosato Perea Presents at National Legal Conference

Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea presented at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting as part of a panel entitled "Bullyproof: The Impact of Bias and How It Leads to Bullying."  The program took place on Friday, August 8th at the Sheraton Boston in Boston, MA.  The panel was sponsored by the ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Public Service Team, YLD Diversity Team, and the Commission on Disability Rights. The program received the ABA YLD Affilliate Diversity Award.

Dean Rosato Perea Featured in Hispanic Executive Magazine

Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea discussed diversity, progressiveness and change as they pertain to her role as Dean of NIU Law with Hispanic Executive Magazine in a profile in the publication’s most recent edition, the July/August/September 2014 issue.

Dean Rosato Perea outlined her three priorities as Dean: "expanding experiential learning opportunities for faculty and students, building collaborations in the community, and committing to enhancing student success."  She also shared some of her views as a former Latina law student and professor and how they shape her work as a mentor.

Dean Rosato Perea Interviewed by Lawdragon Campus

On June 29, 2014, Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea was interviewed by Lawdragon Campus, an online media company that deals with legal news and information.  The interview is a profile of the Dean for the company's Dean Limelight feature that covers a variety of personal and professional topics. 

Dean Rosato Perea Chosen as a Woman of Distinction

Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea was selected as one of the first recipients of the 2014 Women of Distinction Awards by Suburban Life Magazine.  Recognizing women who are leaders in their community, this is the first year the awards have been brought to the western suburbs of Chicago.  Dean Rosato Perea was honored at a luncheon on Thursday, May 8 at the College of DuPage's Waterleaf Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, IL.  A post-luncheon article was also published on May 14 highlighting a photo and quotes from each of the honorees.  

Dean Rosato Perea Speaks at Scholarship Banquet

Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea gave the keynote speech for the Annual HLSA Scholarship Banquet, held at the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  The event took place on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 6:30pm in the Arkansas Bar Center.  The theme of the banquet was "A Call to Service."

Dean Rosato Perea Participates in Panel on Implicit Bias

Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea took part in a panel discussion on March 25, 2014 at the the Chicago Bar Association.  The discussion included an overview of implicit/unconscious bias, how views on diversity and gender roles impact hiring and professional experiences of women and diverse attorneys, and best practices to overcome unconscious bias and empower success of diverse and women attorneys.  NIU Law Alumni Council President Kenya Jenkins-Wright ('03) moderated the event.

Dean Rosato Perea Interviewed as a Chicago Tribune "Remarkable Woman"

Dean Rosato Perea was featured in the February 2, 2014 Sunday section of the Chicago Tribune in the "Remarkable Woman" series.  The recurring series highlights Chicago-area inspirational women who "capture our imagination, tell compelling stories and offer personal and professional insight."

Dean Rosato Perea Recognized as One of the 2013 HispanicBusiness.com "50 Influentials"

Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea was part of an October 9, 2013 listing on HispanicBusiness.com.   This publication showcases the diversity that characterizes the evolving American socioeconomic landscape. Member accomplishments offer a glimpse at the great heights Hispanics have obtained in fields as diverse as the nation - including senior executives at Fortune 500 companies, judges and attorneys, advocates and educators, athletes and musicians, and key members of government.

Dean Rosato Perea Recognized with Distinguished Leadership Award by Illinois Secretary of State

Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea was presented with the Distinguished Leadership Award by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White during the Secretary’s 2013 National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.  The award honored Dean Rosato Perea for her career in law and in legal education, her legacy as a professor and scholar, and her many leadership roles.

Dean Rosato Featured on Youth Symposium Panel

Dean Jennifer Rosato was a featured panelist at the Hispanic National Bar Association's Youth Symposium, part of the HNBA Annual Convention, on Saturday, September 7, 2013 in Denver, CO.  She presented during the Luncheon Plenary, "Lunch with the Dean: The Future of Legal Education."  During this session, she participated on a panel with other Deans discussing the current challenges in legal education.

Dean Rosato Presents at Illinois Attorney General's Office

Dean Jennifer Rosato made a presentation to the Illinois Attorney General's Office (OAG) in Chicago, IL as part of their in-house professional development program on August 8, 2013. Dean Rosato presented "With Liberty and Justice for All: How to Acknowledge and Address Unconscious Perceptions in the Justice System." Her program dealt with how implicit bias affects professional relationships and, more importantly, the administration of justice on a number of levels. The program assisted participants to understand the underlying social science related to identifying and conceptualizing bias, acknowledge these unconscious perceptions, and consider strategies to diminish organizational and personal bias. 

Dean Rosato Presents at the AALS New Law Teachers Conference

Dean Jennifer Rosato presented at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) New Law Teachers Conference from June 21-22, 2013 in Washington, D.C.  Dean Rosato, who has participated in the conference frequently since joining the academy in 1990, served as Chair of the planning committee for the 2014 New Law Teachers Conference.

Dean Rosato Presented with 2013 Vanguard Award by Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois 

Dean Jennifer Rosato was honored with a 2013 Vanguard Award from the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois at the Standard Club in Chicago.   The Vanguard Award recognizes lawyers, judges and institutions who champion diversity, making the law and the legal profession more accessible to and reflective of the community at-large.

Dean Rosato Featured in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Dean Jennifer Rosato was featured as the subject of "Law School Notes" in the Friday, April 5, 2013 edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.  She answered questions regarding her status as a pioneer in legal education as well as her unique style of leadership.

Dean Rosato Gives Keynote Speech at Leadership Event

Dean Jennifer Rosato gave a keynote speech on March 11, 2013 at the 4th Annual Wise Latina Brunch. The program was hosted by the Organization of Latin American Students and held at Elgin Community College. She spoke about her journey to becoming a Latina dean and the importance of higher education for creating leaders.

Dean Rosato Serves as Panelist at National Legal Education Conference

Dean Jennifer Rosato served as a panelist on "Deaning in the 'New Normal'" on January 6, 2013 during the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. She discussed the challenges and opportunities of being a law school Dean amidst the current changing times of the legal profession.

Dean Rosato Receives Excellence in Leadership Award at National Conference

Dean Jennifer Rosato received the Excellence in Leadership for Education and Advocacy Award presented by the National Latina/o Law Student Association (NLLSA). She was honored on Friday, October 5th during NLLSA’s 2012 national conference, “Movimiento: The Movements of Latinos in Education and Advocacy" in Los Angeles, CA.

Dean Rosato Presents on Implicit Bias in Springfield, IL

Dean Rosato was a 2012 Distinguished Speaker for the Illinois Attorney General's Office (OAG) as part of their in-house professional development program. Dean Rosato presented on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at the OAG's 2nd St. Office in Springfield, IL. 

Dean Rosato Receives a 2012 Impresa Award

Dean Jennifer Rosato has been awarded the 2012 Impresa Award by the Women's Division of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. The award was presented during a luncheon at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois on August 18, 2012. Dean Rosato was selected for her visionary leadership as Dean of the NIU College of Law. The Impresa Award was created in 1993 to honor women from the Chicago Italian-American community who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments during their professional careers.

Dean Jennifer Rosato Speaks at AALS Conference

Dean Rosato participated in the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) New Law Teachers Conference, in Washington, D.C. She spoke on a panel entitled “Mastering the Classroom;” spoke at a concurrent session focusing on issues relevant to Visiting Assistant Professors; and co-facilitated a breakfast for New Minority Law Teachers.

Dean Rosato Gives Keynote Address at LLSA Event

Dean Jennifer Rosato gave the keynote speech at the 39th Annual DePaul University LLSA Banquet in Chicago, IL on April 19, 2012. The theme of the banquet and her speech was "Nuestra Historia: Lucha, Sacrificio y Trinfo."

Dean Rosato Presents to DuPage County Bar Association

Dean Jennifer L. Rosato presented to the DuPage County Bar Association on March 29, 2012. She spoke along with Maya Kobersy on the topic of affirmative action.  The event posed the questions, "Where we’ve been? Where are we now? What impact will policies have on the future of higher education and the legal profession?"

Rosato Presents to Kane County Bar Association

Dean Rosato presented on the topic of implicit bias to the Kane County Bar Association on March 15, 2012.  Her presentation was entitled  “With Liberty and Justice for All: How to Acknowledge and Address Unconscious Perceptions in the Justice System.”

Rosato Publishes Journal Article

Dean Jennifer Rosato recently published “What Are the Implications of Romer’s Dilemma for Adolescent Health Law?” in the 20th volume of the Brooklyn Journal of Law and Policy (2011).