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Law School Alum Dedicates 70K Endowment Fund

Jeff Sobek, Michael Seng

Jeffrey Sobek (J.D. ‘05; LLM ‘08) has donated over 70k to the law school, an announcement made on behalf of UIC Law’s GivingTuesday campaign.

The UIC Law Jeffrey S. Sobek Fair Housing Scholarship Fund was established to support students in the Fair Housing Legal Support Center & Clinic. Scholarships will be awarded to students on the basis of financial need or academic merit and will be made available in 2024.

“More than half of the dwelling units in Chicago are occupied by renters, but in most situations, tenants do not know their tenant’s rights and they lack attorney representation when disputes arise.  The Fair Housing Clinic helps to level the playing field by educating tenants about their rights and providing legal assistance,” Sobek said regarding his decision to make contributions to the UIC Law Fair Housing program.

Sobek was not the typical law student.  Although good grades were important to him, his primary focus during law school was finding opportunities to gain experience in the business of lawyering.  He worked at a law firm assisting with discovery, he sold consulting services to businesses, and he took LLM classes at night that were tailored towards attorneys.

Prior to receiving his J.D. from the law school in 2005, Sobek was a member of multiple honors programs, including Law Review, which published scholarly works on a broad range of legal topics each year and was designed to enhance the research, writing and editing skills needed in the practice of law. Sobek furthered his lawyering skills experience by participating in simulated appellate court arguments and strengthened his written and oral advocacy skills as a member of the Moot Court Honors Program.

Sobek’s LLM in Information Technology and Privacy Law in 2008 set him up for career success, serving such prestigious roles as President, Consultant, and General Counsel in the field of telecommunications.

A word of advice to current UIC Law students:

“Law students who attend class obtain the ability to earn a law license, but it is the law students who find opportunities to interact with lawyers in action that are most prepared to make an immediate impact after law school.  In my experience, UIC is uniquely positioned to provide such opportunities through programs such as the Fair Housing Clinic and the extensive number of alumni who have become very successful attorneys in Chicago.” – Jeff Sobek