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New Global Public Interest Fellowship Program
Beginning in the summer of 2017, the Global Public Interest Fellowship program will fund up to six JD students to work abroad during the summer for an approved governmental or nongovernmental organization active on legal issues.

2016 Jay A. Pritzker Fellows Announced
The Jay Pritzker Foundation established the Jay A. Pritzker Fellowship Program in 2014 to help talented Northwestern Pritzker School of Law graduates launch public interest careers.

Convocation Honors Northwestern Law Class of 2016
On Friday, May 13, over 500 Northwestern Pritzker School of Law graduates, along with their families and friends, packed the historic Chicago Theatre for the Class of 2016’s convocation ceremony.

New Curriculum to Address Technologically Driven Economy
Two significant curricular additions, designed to help graduates succeed in the technologically driven global economy, were recently approved by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law faculty.

ACS Chapter Receives Reproductive Rights and Justice Award
The Northwestern Pritzker School of Law chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) has been chosen by the national ACS organization and the Center for Reproductive Rights to receive the 2016 Reproductive Rights and Justice Award for demonstrating outstanding commitment to reproductive health and rights through its 2015-16 programming.

Children and Family Justice Center, Chicago Housing Authority to Launch Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program
As part of a national effort to assist young people who have had juvenile justice system involvement, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched a multi-state, multi-million dollar initiative to create the Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program (JRAP).

Amy Garber (MSL ’15) and Hazel Technologies awarded $500,000 at the 2016 Clean Energy Trust Challenge
A team of Northwestern University entrepreneurs—including Law School alumna Amy Garber (MSL ’15) —earned the top prize at the 2016 Clean Energy Trust Challenge, the $500,000 Illinois Clean Energy Fund Award for their startup Hazel Technologies.

In Memoriam: the Honorable Horace Ward (JD ’59)
The Honorable Horace Ward (JD ’59), retired federal district judge from Georgia and a giant in the civil rights movement, died on Saturday, April 23, 2016. He was 88 years old.

Transactional LawMeet Team Wins Best Draft
Christopher Grady (JD ’17), Brandon Knop (JD ’17), and Katie Stevens (JD ’18) were awarded Best Draft at the National Championship of the 7th Annual Transactional LawMeet in New York City, and finished in third place in the negotiation component.

Brendan Dassey: A True Story of False Confession
Join us as Brendan Dassey’s attorneys, Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider, discuss Brendan’s case, police interrogations, and false confessions. Using video excerpts from sixteen-year-old Brendan Dassey’s interrogation, Drizin and Nirider will explain how the powerful process of psychological interrogation can cause teenagers like Brendan to falsely confess. A panel of distinguished guests will also discuss issues raised by Brendan’s case, including the legality of certain interrogation techniques, the power of pre-trial publicity, and the impact of Making a Murderer on the justice system writ large.

Professor John McGinnis Moderated Panel Discussion on Legal Technology
McGinnis moderated a panel entitled, “The Current Practice and Future Promise of Legal Technology,” at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law on March 28, 2016. The discussion explored how disruptive technologies are changing legal practice and the way legal services are delivered.

Thomas Geraghty Receives Walter J. Cummings Award from Federal Bar Association
Thomas Geraghty (JD ’69), Class of 1967 James B. Haddad Professor of Law and director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic, received the Walter J. Cummings Award for distinguished pro bono service from the Federal Bar Association’s Chicago Chapter at its Sixth Annual James B. Moran Membership Appreciation Event.

Ceremony Celebrates 2016 Endowed Chair Appointments
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law will hold a Faculty Chair Ceremony to recognize the appointment of three faculty members to named professorships.

Howard Tullman (JD '70) to Address Law School Class of 2016
Howard A. Tullman (JD '70), chief executive officer of 1871, will deliver the main convocation address at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law on May 13, 2016.

American Bankruptcy College Honors Jeffrey Wysong
Last weekend, Jeffrey Wysong (JD ’16) was honored by the American College of Bankruptcy at its annual meeting in Washington DC, as the Distinguished Law Student for the Seventh Circuit.

A Conversation with Professor Marshall Shapo about “The Experimental Society”
Professor Marshall Shapo’s latest book, The Experimental Society, was published earlier this year by Transaction Publishers. We spoke with Professor Shapo about his current work in this area.

Bartlit Center Team Wins Regional AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition
A Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Bartlit Center Trial Team won first place in the Midwest Regional of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition held March 10 to 13 in Chicago.

The Current Practice and Future Promise of Legal Technology Panel Discussion
Disruptive technologies are changing legal practice and the way legal services are delivered. On March 28, John McGinnis, the George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, will moderate a conversation about current realities and future opportunities in a rapidly evolving technological landscape.

Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition Results
The 53rd Annual Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition was held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

A Conversation with Steve Drizin and Laura Nirider on “Making a Murderer”
We spoke to Northwestern Clinical Law professors Steve Drizin (’86) and Laura Nirider (’08) about the current status of Brendan Dassey’s case and their reaction to the Netflix sensation.

Bartlit Center Team Wins Regional Trial Competition
A team from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Bartlit Center for Trial Advocacy won the National Trial Competition’s recent Midwest regional championship.

Faculty Reflect on Justice Scalia’s Legacy
Following Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, a number of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law faculty members have commented on his legacy and the looming battle over his replacement.

Celebrating our Diversity: 11th Annual Global Village
The Northwestern Pritzker School of Law community will highlight a wide array of cultural traditions, food, performances, and music from around the globe at the 11th annual Global Village celebration on Friday, February 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Atrium.

Partnership with IE Law School in Madrid Expands
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is pleased to announce an expansion of its relationship with IE Law School in Madrid, which will allow students from both institutions to pursue dual degrees in a time-saving format.

Vis Moot Team Places Third at Panamerican University Guadalajara International Arbitration Pre-moot
Last weekend, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law's Vis Moot team was honored by being ranked third of all teams competing in the Panamerican University Guadalajara International Arbitration Pre-moot in Mexico.

Negotiation Team Wins National ABA Competition
A team of students from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law won the ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition held at the ABA’s midyear meeting in San Diego.

LLM Tax Teams Win ABA National Competition
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law students took home the top prizes at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 15th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge at the ABA’s Section of Taxation 2016 Midyear Meeting in Los Angeles.

MSL Student Corinna Raimondo Awarded Mirzayan Fellowship
Master of Science in Law (MSL) student Corinna Raimondo was selected to be a 2016 Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Supreme Court Ruling Limits Sentencing for Juveniles
On January 25, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling in Montgomery v. Louisiana, which places meaningful limits on the practice of sentencing juveniles to life without parole.

Netflix Sensation “Making a Murderer” Highlights Work of Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth
Northwestern Law Professors Steven Drizin, Laura Nirider, and Thomas Geraghty feature prominently in Episode 10 of the hit Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer."

Professor Tom Geraghty Leads Collaborative Clinical Legal Education Training in Ethiopia
Continuing a long history of assisting and facilitating the development of legal education in Ethiopia, Thomas Geraghty (JD ’69), director of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic, organized a three-day conference and training workshop on clinical legal education at Addis Ababa University over the winter break. Geraghty was joined by Meredith Martin Rountree, a visiting assistant professor of law, and Rob Owen, clinical professor of law.

Executive LLM Chicago to Offer Expanded Curriculum for Global Law Grads
Under the leadership of Professor of Global Law and Practice Carole Silver, the program’s new faculty director, the curriculum will focus on the way lawyers interact across the world with business clients and enterprises.

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