Chicago-Kent mourns the death of Judge Prentice H. Marshall, Sr.

Friday, May 28, 2004

The Chicago-Kent community was saddened by the recent death of the Honorable Prentice H. Marshall, Sr., an extraordinary jurist, teacher and champion of the underserved, and a treasured friend to our law school.

For 23 years Judge Marshall sat on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to federal service, he was a partner at the law firm of Jenner and Block, where he built that firm's renowned pro-bono program, and a professor at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Judge Marshall's service to Chicago-Kent spanned more than two decades. For 15 years he served on Chicago-Kent's board of overseers, and for 19 years his evidence class, taught at 8 a.m. to accommodate his court schedule, was filled to the brim. He developed and presented two of Chicago-Kent's most successful CLE programs—"Rules of Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases" and "Preparation, Trial and Appeal of a Federal Civil Action"—and served as chief adviser in the development of Chicago-Kent's expert witness program.

Judge Marshall's legal career was an inspiration to hundreds of lawyers who strive to honor their profession, and it will remain so for years to come. The Chicago-Kent community extends its sympathy to Judge Marshall's wife, Lorelei; his son, Prentice; and his daughters, Pam and Connie.