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Valerie Jarrett joining University of Chicago Law School

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Former Obama top adviser Valerie Jarrett, who has deep ties to the University of Chicago, will return to campus on Jan. 1 as a distinguished senior fellow at the law school.

"The University of Chicago has been a part of my family since my mother received her master's there," said Jarrett.

While Jarrett will be based at the law school, she will work throughout the university.

Her areas of academic interest will be an extension of the issues she focused on during the two Obama White House terms, including the many aspects of gender equity and criminal justice reform.

Last May, Jarrett spoke to students at the School of Social Service Administration.

The paid position calls for Jarrett to take part in 10 classes or seminars or conferences, but Jarrett said in an interview she expects to do more.

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