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  LORETTA B. DeLOGGIO, Esq.

EDUCATION & ACTIVITIES

B.A. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Philosophy major, molecular biology minor.

  • Volunteer, Gay and Lesbian Peer Counseling

J.D. Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA

  • Student Bar Association. 
    • President, 1983-84;
    • Treasurer, 1982-83;
    • Member, 1981-82
  • Barrister's Society. 
    • Semifinalist, American Trial Lawyers' Association Regional Mock Trial Competition, 1985;
    • Winner, Intramural Mock Trial Competitions, 1984 and 1985.
Loretta DeLoggio, January 2013
  • Moot Court Board. 
    • Quarterfinalist, Wagner Labor Law Competition, 1982. 
      Finalist, Intramural Moot Court Competition, 1981. 
    • Member, 1981-83.
  • Law Students for Lesbian and Gay Rights,
    • Co-founder and Co-Chair, 1981-1985

PUBLICATIONS

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt:  An Historic Analysis,
published in the N.Y. State Bar Journal, Vol. 58, No. 3, April 1986. 

Ghost-authored chapters on evidence and presumptions for the Pennsylvania Trial Practice Handbook, published by the Pa. Trial Lawyers' Association in 1987. 

Co-author (with Dennis J, Shields, then Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, Duke University School of Law) of feature articles in The CLEO Edge, (a publication of the Council on Legal Education Opportunities), 1998 ed.

http://www.deloggio.com , 1997 - present


GUEST LECTURES

Individual Lectures:

Villanova University, Villanova PA
Temple U, Philadelphia, PA
Duke University, Durham NC
U of North Carolina  at Chapel Hill
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
U of South Florida, Tampa, FL
U of Washington, Seattle, WA
Seattle University, Seattle WA
Western Washington U, Bellingham,WA

Southeastern U.S. Minority Lecture Tours with Admissions Officers:

Bennett College, Greensboro, NC
Davidson College, Davidson, NC
Fayetteville State University, NC
NC A&T University, Greensboro, NC
NC Central University, Durham, NC
Shaw University, Raleigh, NC
U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Johnson C, Smith U, Charlotte, NC
St. Augustine’s College, Raleigh, NC
Winston-Salem State University, NC
Hampton University, Hampton VA

Post-Hopwood Texas Tour with  Admissions Officers, March 2000:

Texas Women’s U, Denton, TX
U of Texas at Arlington         
Southwestern U, Georgetown, TX
U of Texas at Austin             
St. Edward’s U, Austin, TX
Huston-Tillitson College, Austin, TX
Southwest Texas State - San Marcos   
U of Texas at San Antonio                
Incarnate Word U, San Antonio, TX
Texas A&M Kingsville
Texas A&M Corpus Christi                
Texas Southern U, Houston TX
U of Houston, Houston TX
Prairie View College, Prairie View TX
Texas A&M College Station               
Wiley College, Longview, TX
Paul Quinn  College, Dallas, TX
 

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

DeLoggio Achievement Program

Philadelphia, PA, 1986-91; Durham, NC, 1992-2000: Seattle, WA 2000-present

The DeLoggio Achievement Program consists of me and my staff of three or four part-time people. Many of my assistants have graduated college and gone off to law school. I generally do all the teaching, tutoring, and personal statement work myself; the staff assists with data collection and processing, along with the endless paperwork necessary to running an office.

I started teaching LSATs for Stanley Kaplan in 1982 and started my own business in 1985, while studying for the Bar Exam. By the time the scores came in several months later, I was so enjoying teaching that I chose to continue building a business rather than parlay my score into a "big law" job.  By 1989, I began helping applicants choose their personal statement topics; I also began attending the Law Forums and compiling a data base of admissions information for students who had questions about ethnicity or disability not addressed in “mass media” publications. 

In 1991, I learned to drive (!) and started visiting law schools and photographing them for my clients. I also began researching the hard questions -- admissions questions and criteria for Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Soviet Jews, blind students, gays and lesbians, women with kids who need daycare, convicted felons, military veterans -- whatever my clients needed to know.

In 1992 I left Philadelphia (which had declared bankruptcy and was immersed in its largest crime wave ever) for Durham, NC and shifted the focus of my business to the "alternative" people I mentioned above.  In the late 1990s,concerned with changing attitudes toward diversity in our society, I began devoting a substantial part of my time to traveling the country, giving free lectures about diversity admissions. With the passage of Prop 209 in California and Initiative 200 in Washington (both forbidding the consideration of race in state school admissions), I realized there was a crisis brewing on the west coast. I came to Seattle to lecture and fell in love with it, and within a year had made it my base of professional operations and my home.

As minority admissions becomes more difficult, I plan to fight even harder to find good places for my clients to attend law school, with the help of college and law school professionals who are equally dedicated to this goal.
In addition to the data I gather, I read the most reliable sources of data -- LSAC, ABA, and NALP -- every year since at least 1990. (Yes, I know the ABA didn't start to publish until 1997 or so, then combined with LSAC in 2000, but you get my drift.) Since the USNews rankings are undoubtedly the most popular source of data, I also read them every year.

As I've proven myself to admissions officers over the years, I've also been able to call them at the office outside of Forum season. I can modestly say that I now make about 100 calls or emails a year to ask specific questions, sometimes for my clients, but more often for total strangers like "this guy, who happens to have a question whose answer I don't know."  And as I've proven myself further by not bragging about who I called or which admissions officer we had drinks with me after a Forum, the admissions officers have been even more forthright in answering my questions.

Finally, I conduct my own research by cross-referencing multiple data sources, calling if I think some data is inconsistent, asking questions like "Isn't that fewer students than you took last year? Are you deliberately downsizing or was that accidental?" That's how I know all the fabulous, fascinating information I know. And since the admissions officers are kind enough to give me this information, I feel an obligation to share it with you for free. After all, I gather far more info than I use in any year, and I only take 30 clients or so no matter how many want me.

Enough! The rest of this web site should give you a feeling for how much I know about admissions, and the rest of the "Services" section (where you are now) will tell you about schedules and fees.

The DeLoggio Admissions Achievement Program is committed to the belief that everyone should have the support they need in applying to law school.  Over the course of twenty five years I have visited 130 law schools and interviewed more than 150 schools each year to garner information for members of racial and ethnic minorities, gay men and lesbians, returning students, folks with physical and learning disabilities, and people who have lived with poverty and other hardships. Mainstream applicants will benefit from our research and advice, but we know that other resources exist for the mainstream, while the non-traditional applicants we serve have virtually no other source of valid information.

 

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