Press Release

Justice O’Malley (ret.) and Professor Tokić
Welcomed as NIU Law Visiting Faculty

March 7, 2012

DeKalb, Ill.--Northern Illinois University College of Law welcomes Justice Jack O’Malley (ret.) and Assistant Professor Genevieve Beyea Tokić to its distinguished group of faculty as visiting faculty this Spring semester.

Dean Jennifer Rosato is honored to have the two visiting faculty members join the NIU Law community. “Both Justice O’Malley and Professor Tokić bring expertise and experience in business law, civil practice, litigation, and courtroom skills,” said Dean Rosato. “They have taken to the law school and its students with enthusiasm and already have added tremendously to its academic excellence and experiential learning programs at NIU Law,” she added.

Justice Jack O'Malley Retired Illinois Appellate Court Justice Jack O'Malley is teaching Illinois Civil Practice, White Collar Crime, and Introduction to Lawyering Skills. He taught at NIU Law in Spring 2011 as an adjunct, and returns as a visiting professor after teaching at the University of Chicago Law School in Fall 2011. “I continue to find the students at NIU Law to be eager to learn and very engaged in their study of the law, and I am enjoying my expanded relationship with the law school,” said Justice O’Malley.

Justice O'Malley served a ten-year term on the Illinois Appellate Court, where he authored over one thousand decisions. Prior to the bench, he was twice elected State's Attorney of Cook County. In addition, Justice O’Malley worked as a Chicago police officer, assistant Chicago corporation counsel (primarily in federal civil rights litigation), partner at Winston & Strawn (litigation), and as vice president and general counsel of a subsidiary of GE Medical Systems.

Justice O’Malley received his B.S. magna cum laude from Loyola University, attended Cornell University Law School as a Charles Evans Hughes Scholar, and transferred to the University of Chicago, where he was a Mandel Fellow and received his J.D. in 1981.

Genevieve Beyea TokićProfessor Genevieve Beyea Tokić is visiting from Texas Tech University School of Law, and she is teaching International Business Transactions and Securities Regulation. “I am excited about joining this diverse and welcoming community full of talented people (both students and faculty), just steps from Chicago, which happens to be one of my favorite cities,” said Tokić. “In my first few weeks here, I have already been very impressed with the students' enthusiasm and engagement, and I think it's going to be a great semester.”

Professor Tokić is admitted to the bar in the state of New York. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was an Executive Editor of the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics. Following law school, Professor Tokić worked as an associate on the U.S. Corporate Finance Team in the London office of the international law firm Norton Rose LLP.

Professor Tokić’s teaching and research interests include corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and securities regulation, with a particular focus on international and comparative issues. She has written and published in these areas.

The NIU College of Law takes pride in having experienced, student-centered faculty. This diverse faculty brings a broad range of professional experiences and perspectives to the classroom, and they are dedicated to the development of tomorrow’s lawyers.

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For more information, contact:
Melody Mitchell
Alumni Events & Public Relations
(815) 753-9655 or mmitchell@niu.edu