Blagojevich prosecutor joins faculty

By Marina Fang

Former federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is joining the University of Chicago Law School faculty.

As the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 2001-12, he prosecuted the high-profile corruption cases of former governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich. He also served as special prosecutor in the case that convicted Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, for revealing the identity of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame in 2003.

Fitzgerald will teach one course each academic year, beginning with a course on national security law this spring.

Since October, Fitzgerald has been a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, a law firm in downtown Chicago. He will co-teach the national security law course with his fellow Skadden partner Michael Scudder, a former White House counsel and clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.