Illinois constitutional law expert Ann Lousin honored for fifth year in a row by ISHS

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Professor Ann M. Lousin of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago was once again honored by the Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) for her writing on Illinois constitutional law. This is the fifth year that Lousin has been honored by ISHS.

This year Lousin received a Certificate of Excellence for two articles she wrote as part of her ongoing column featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The first column, “Dec. 15: A day that changed state history” considered how things might have been different in Illinois had voters rejected the 1970 state constitution. Lousin was a research assistant at the 1969-1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention. She also served as staff assistant to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, including a term as Parliamentarian of the House.

The second column, “A revolutionary proposal for financing education in Illinois” focused on the public education system in Illinois and how new financing structures might be more beneficial. Lousin attended Chicago Public Schools and presented a plan that would eliminate what she feels are foolish education financing formulas.

According to the ISHS, “These columns by Ann Lousin, published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, are full of insightful analysis, and offer a clear and creative approach to her subjects. She writes with a touch of humor, and her work deserves a wider audience.”

In previous years, she has been awarded for her writings on a variety of topics, including restorative justice, Illinois amendments and the battle at Fort Dearborn.

Lousin has served on several nonprofit boards and governmental commissions, including a term as chairman of the Illinois State Civil Service Commission. She is active in the commercial law committees of the American and Chicago Bar Associations (CBA) and has been the chair of the CBA Constitutional Law Committee. She has been a leader in other legal organizations, including service as chair of the Board of Governors of the Armenian Bar Association from 1995 to 1998. She also lectures and consults on the Illinois Constitution, general public law issues and commercial law in the U.S. and abroad. In 2009 she was elected a member of the American Law Institute.

Lousin joined the John Marshall faculty in 1975. She teaches Sales Transactions and Illinois Constitutional Law. Lousin received her bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College and her law degree from The University of Chicago. Between college and law school, Lousin studied political science at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

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