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Donna McCracken

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Former ISBA general counsel to direct UIS Pre-Law Center

August 4, 2003

SPRINGFIELD – Dennis Rendleman, former general counsel of the Illinois State Bar Association, has been named visiting director of the Pre-Law Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He will serve on a part-time basis during the 2003-2004 academic year.

“We are very pleased that Dennis Rendleman has agreed to help us and the fledgling Pre-Law Center,” said Anne Draznin, UIS professor of Legal Studies and department chair. “He is knowledgeable both in law-related education and law school admissions requirements and is also aware of concerns relating to law school applicants’ preparation and expectations, as well as the kinds of information that need to be disseminated.”

The UIS Pre-Law Center provides a central resource for students interested in learning about law school options and careers in the legal profession. Services include advice in structuring undergraduate programs to meet future career needs, preparing for LSAT exams, and developing application essays. As director, Rendleman will be available to advise students individually and in groups during the academic year. He replaces former director Dr. Hal Goldman, who recently accepted a position with SUNY Empire State College in Syracuse.

Over the past two decades, Rendleman has been involved with the Legal Studies department at UIS in a variety of ways. He has taught courses in the American Constitution and civil liberties, legal writing and analysis, legal ethics, and the philosophy of law; has served on the program’s Advisory Committee; and is also on the advisory board for the Innocence Project, an initiative whereby UIS students work with lawyers to challenge criminal judgments on behalf of incarcerated individuals thought to be wrongfully convicted.

Rendleman currently has a private consulting practice for attorneys that focuses on issues of legal ethics/professional conduct and judicial conduct and the unauthorized practice of law. He is president of the Illinois Supreme Court Historical Society, a member of the IJA/ISBA/CBA

Illinois Judges Ethics Committee, and is active in a number of other professional and community organizations. He received the bachelor of arts in political science 1978 and the J.D. in 1981, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

UIS’ Pre-Law Center is located outside the Legal Studies department office in room 340 of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. For more information, contact Rendleman by phone at (217) 206-6324 or by e-mail at, or go to