We are very fortunate to have as a member of our community Senator Barack Obama, currently a Democratic candidate for President, who began teaching as a Lecturer in Law at the Law School in 1994. Although Senator Obama has been on leave since 2004, when he was elected to the U.S. Senate, he made a lasting impression while he was teaching. Law School student course evaluations from the past ten years show that our students consistently ranked Senator Obama as one of their top instructors.
Not only is Senator Obama a member of the Law School community, he and his family are also members of the Hyde Park community, the neighborhood where The University of Chicago is located and home to much of the Law School faculty. This fall he was occasionally spotted on the Midway watching his daughters’ soccer games. Today there was an article today in the Chicago Sun-Times in which the Senator discusses his time at the Law School, stating, "I loved teaching." Take a minute to read the full story, including some equally enthusiastic comments on Senator Obama's days at the Law School from other members of the faculty.