The 2002 Freedom Award & Distinguished Service Awards presentation of The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association was held on May 17 at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago. The Honorable Timothy C. Evans, chief judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, received the 2002 Freedom Award. Dorothy Li is one of the recipients of 2002 Distinguished Service Award. Dorothy In-Lan Wang Li, born in Shanghai, China, and raised in Taiwan, has used her background to the benefit of The John Marshall Law School by assisting to build a partnership with the People's Republic of china's State Intellectual Property Office.
Li, who received a law degree from National Taiwan University, emigrated to the United States and continued her education earning a degree in library science and a MBA from Dominican University. She has taught and lectured at colleges and universities in the United States and China.
Li has been an associate professor of law and director of library services at The Jho9n Marshall Law School and Chicago Bar Association Joint Library since 1992. She has served as president of the Asian-American Law Librarian Caucus of the American Association of Law Libraries, and president of the Midwest Chapter of the Chinese American Librarians Association. In 1994, the Chicago Association of Law Libraries presented her with the Agnes and Harvey T. Reid Award for Outstanding Contributions to Law Librarianship.
Li is a coordinator for China Affairs. John Marshall has trained 50 State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China attorneys. In 2000, John Marshall initiated an LL.M. program in intellectual property law for Chines attorneys. The law school presented LL.M. degrees to 14 attorneys and jurists in a special Beijing ceremony in January. Li also coordinated John Marshall programs for Chines e attorneys through the Chicago Sister cities Program and the U.S. State Department. At the presentation ceremony, it was announced that Li's title will be changed to Associate Dean of Library Services by The John Marshall Law School Board of Trustees.