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NIU Trustee Cherilyn G. Murer will deliver Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism

March 29, 2011
Cherilyn G. Murer

Cherilyn G. Murer

NIU Trustee Cherilyn G. Murer (’78), president and CEO of Murer Consultants, Inc., will present the 18th Annual Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism at 3 p.m. Friday, April 1.

Murer will present her lecture in the Francis X. Riley Courtroom at the NIU College of Law, Swen Parson Hall. 

Her lecture, titled “Recalibrating the Compass — Amorality and the Ethics of Nonfeasance,” will focus on the essence of leadership, accountability and social responsibility in the study and practice of law and how this can help affect needed reform in other industries, including banking, health care and education.

Over the last 25 years, Murer has distinguished herself as an active voice in the advancement of quality, cost-effective health care.

Founded in 1985, Murer Consultants is a legal-based healthcare management consulting firm that offers a wide range of consultative services, including the design and development of health facilities, regulatory compliance oversight, and reimbursement analysis for all venues of care. Murer Consultants has established relationships with more than 600 clients in 42 U.S. states and a number of foreign nations, including Canada, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Murer has served on the NIU Board of Trustees since 2005. She chaired the board from 2007 to 2009. In February 2010, she was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame. In April 2010, she received the Northern Illinois University Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award.

Murer received a juris doctor degree with honors from the NIU College of Law and has coupled her background in law with her previous operational experience as the Director of Rehabilitation Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

In addition, she has co-authored five books on a variety of health care topics, including effective case management, post-acute care reimbursement, provider-based status, compliance audits and medical records management. A sixth book, “The Case Management Workbook – Defining the Role of Physicians, Nurses and Case Managers,” will be published this spring.

The Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism was established in 1994 to honor Professor Emeritus Riley, who devoted his life to the law and legal education. The lecture series brings distinguished speakers to the NIU College of Law to discuss current issues relating to the legal profession. Riley died Sept. 14, 2006, at the age of 93. This lecture series continues to serve as part of his legacy at the College of Law and within the legal community.

There will be a reception following the lecture. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. Attendees also are invited to stay for the annual Public Interest Law Society Auction.

Call (815) 753-9486 for more information.