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Bartlit Center Team Wins National Trial Competition’s Midwest Regional
Garrett Fields (JD ‘18) and Kelyn Smith (JD ‘19) won the Midwest regional of the National Trial Competition.

Northwestern Law Team Wins National Moot Court Competition
On February 1, a team from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law won the New York City Bar Association’s National Moot Court competition for the first time in the 68-year history of the contest. Taylor Mullaney (JD ’18), LJ Pavletic (JD ’18), and Brendan Gerdes (JD ’18) beat a team from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law to take home the top prize.

ABA's The Tax Lawyer Journal Shifts Publication to Northwestern Law
The Tax Section of the American Bar Association has finalized an agreement with the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law to engage students from the full-time Tax LL.M. Program as student editors of its flagship journal, The Tax Lawyer.

Eleanor Kittilstad (JD ’18) Receives Prestigious Skadden Fellowship to Protect Rights of Chicago Students with Disabilities
Eleanor Kittilstad (JD ’18) has been chosen as a 2018 Skadden Fellow. Upon graduation, she will work for Equip for Equality, a Chicago-based advocacy organization providing legal services to people with disabilities in Illinois.

Alumni Help Alton Mills Secure Clemency from Obama Administration
In 1994, 25-year-old Alton Mills was sentenced to life in federal prison without parole by a judge who had no choice. More than two decades later, after all his appeals had failed, he was given a second chance.

Bartlit Center Trial Team Wins ABA Labor Law Competition
For the second year in a row, Northwestern Law trial teams captured the top two spots in the American Bar Association’s Midwest Regional Labor Law Competition.

Northwestern Law and ROSS Intelligence Partner to Address Access-to-Justice through AI
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is proud to announce a new partnership with ROSS Intelligence, the leading provider of artificial intelligence-based research tools. The partnership is focused on teaching Northwestern Law students how legal technology can facilitate the provision of legal services and address widespread access-to-justice issues.

Northwestern Law to Accelerate GRE Acceptance for Admissions
Earlier this year, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law announced its intention to begin accepting the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission in fall 2019. Upon further consideration and based on newly proposed ABA policies, we have decided to accelerate our acceptance of the GRE to the current admissions cycle, meaning Northwestern Law will immediately allow applicants to submit either the GRE or the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) for admission in fall 2018.

Bartlit Center Trial Team Wins Summit Cup
A team from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Bartlit Center for Trial Advocacy — Emily Halter (JD’18), Brendan Gerdes (JD’18), Garrett Fields (JD’18), and Argie Mina (JD’19) — won the Summit Cup championship, held at the University of Denver September 28-30.

Former NFL Players Tony Pashos (JD ’19) and Quincy Black (JD ’17) Talk Player Safety, CTE, and Football’s Legal Hurdles
Concerns over football players’ long-term health is at an all-time high, and both the NFL and its players are rethinking what it means to get their head in the game. So what is a team’s legal obligation when it comes to protecting its players? And how can athletes (and their reps) advocate for their futures? A Northwestern Law student and a recent grad — both former pros — weigh in.

Kamau Murray Inaugurates This Year's DPELC-MSL Speaker Series
Kamau Murray, coach of U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, shared his triumphant story of the XS Tennis and Education Foundation during the inaugural talk of the DPELC-MSL Speakers Series.

Clinic Secures Reversed Attempted Murder Conviction for 14-Year-Old Client
Professors Maria Hawilo and Thomas Geraghty of Northwestern Pritzker Law's Bluhm Legal Clinic, former clinical fellow Gregor Calhan, and students Megan Richard, Brooke Troutman, Irene Wilburn, Sarah Lewis, Jessica Dent, Christina Messerschmidt, and Tonie Oglesby successfully persuaded an Illinois appellate court to reverse their 14-year-old client’s attempted murder conviction on "sufficiency of the evidence" grounds.

Law Student Survival Guide: Streeterville
Welcome to Chicago! You can probably tell you’re going to love it here, but the city is big and you may not know where to start. Let us help—here’s a quick guide to your new home-base: Streeterville. Just steps from the Law School is everything you need to study, relax, grab a bite, and start taking advantage of the Windy City. (And don’t forget to bring your WildCard along for discounts at plenty of neighborhood spots!)

Northwestern Law to Accept GRE Beginning Next Year
Starting in Fall 2018, Northwestern Law will allow JD applicants to submit either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) for admission the following year.

Five Kellogg Courses Available to Law Students This Fall
Starting in Fall 2017, JD and LLM students will have the opportunity to take a suite of five core Kellogg courses taught by full-time Kellogg professors, devoted solely to law students.

Q&A: Professor Uzoamaka Nzelibe on World Refugee Day, the CFJC, and Standing #WithRefugees
Held each year on June 20, World Refugee Day "commemorates the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees," according to the UN. At Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Uzoamaka Nzelibe, clinical associate professor of law and a staff attorney with the Children and Family Justice Center, works every day fighting for youth who have been forced to flee their home countries due to violence and threats on their lives.

Four Post-Graduate Public Interest Fellows Named
Four 2017 graduates of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law have been named Post-Graduate Fellows: Heather Bowen, Omar Delgadillo, Arnav Dutt, and Kathryn Hogg. These fellowships are intended to help talented recent Northwestern Law alumni launch public interest careers. Each Post-Graduate Fellow receives a grant in the amount of $50,000, plus medical insurance coverage, to support one year of full-time service as a lawyer at a nonprofit or government agency.

Convocation Honors Northwestern Law Class of 2017
On Friday, May 12, over 500 graduates, along with their families and friends, filled the historic Chicago Theatre for the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s 2017 convocation ceremony.

CPEI Pilots Attorney-Client Entrepreneurship Simulation Program
In the first week of the new year, before classes had resumed, thirty dedicated students could be found collaborating, brainstorming, and problem-solving as part of the Client Strategies pilot program. This intensive, one-week program is a key initiative to come out of the Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation (CPEI), which was launched in 2015 as an incubator for ideas about how legal education can best prepare new lawyers for the rigors of practice in a rapidly changing legal marketplace.

Northwestern Law Team Wins Inaugural Startup LawMeet Competition
A Northwestern Pritzker School of Law team won the inaugural Startup LawMeet, an interdisciplinary competition for students interested in a transactional practice specifically involving entrepreneurial companies.

Bartlit Center Team Wins National Trial Competition
A Northwestern Pritzker School of Law team won the national championship in the National Trial Competition held in Fort Worth, Texas, March 23 to 25.

Northwestern Law Ranks #10 in U.S. News
Northwestern Law ranks #10 up from #12 in U.S. News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools 2018 Rankings".

Luncheon Brings Scholarship Recipients and Donors Together
Nearly 130 scholarship donors, recipients and alumni attended the Inaugural Scholarship Donor Appreciation Luncheon at the Law School on March 2. The event celebrated donors and students alike and gave scholarship recipients the opportunity to meet and thank their benefactors.

Celebrating International Women's Day
International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8th celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Northwestern Law is thrilled to take part by featuring inspiring stories from twelve women within our community through the #NLawProud campaign.

Liani Balasuriya (JD '17) Honored by Ms. JD
Liani Balasuriya (JD '17) was recently awarded the "Student of Inspiration" award by Ms. JD, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the success of aspiring and early career women lawyers. The “Student of Inspiration” award recognizes a male or female law student who inspires others through their commitment and passion to their legal studies, extracurricular activities or to a particular cause.

Valerie Brummel (JD '17) Awarded Federal Bar Association Scholarship
Congratulations to Valerie Brummel (JD ’17) who was recently selected as the recipient of the Federal Bar Association's Robert A. McNew Law Student Scholarship.

Northwestern Law Ranked #2 for BigLaw Job Placement
In Vault’s 2016 survey of over 15,000 BigLaw associates, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law ranked #2 as a "feeder" school for BigLaw firms (defined as firms with 150 or more associates), after accounting for school size.

Northwestern Law and IE Madrid to Offer New Joint LLB/JD Program
This program will enable select students who begin an LLB degree at IE Law School to continue their studies at Northwestern Law, in its two-year JD program for international lawyers.

Justice Richard Bernstein (JD ’99) to Address Law School Class of 2017
Northwestern Law is thrilled to welcome Justice Richard Bernstein (JD '99) of the Michigan Supreme Court, to deliver the main convocation address to the Class of 2017 on Friday, May 12.

Northwestern Law JD Team Wins National ABA Tax Competition
A Northwestern Pritzker School of Law team won first place in the JD division of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 16th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge held last month in Orlando, Florida.

Around the World Without Leaving the Atrium: 12th Annual Global Village Set for February 17
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law will celebrate the wide array of cultural traditions across our community with food, performances, and music from around the globe at the 12th annual Global Village celebration on Friday, February 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Law School Atrium.

Bartlit Center Trial Teams Excel in ABA Labor Law and National Trial Competitions
A team from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Bartlit Center for Trial Advocacy captured first place at the National Trial Competition regional event held at Valparaiso University Law School, January 26-29. Stacy Kapustina (JD ‘17), Douglas Bates (JD ‘17), and Garrett Fields (JD ‘18) defeated teams from the University of Illinois, Indiana-Indianapolis, and Loyola Chicago to win the tournament. They will compete for the national championship in Ft. Worth, Texas in March.

A Response to Immigration Orders from Dean Rodriguez
Northwestern Law will stand in solidarity with our students and their families from the affected countries on the administration’s ban list, and also with individuals and families affected by the putative border wall. And, too, we will stand in solidarity with our foreign students from every country across the world, without prejudice and with understanding and compassion.

DACA Recipients at Northwestern Law Face Uncertain Future Under Trump Administration
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law students Karen Villagomez (JD ’18) and Cem Uyar (JD ’18), both recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), share their stories in hopes of raising awareness among the Law School community.

Bartlit Center Teams Place First and Second at Regional ABA Trial Competition
Teams from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Bartlit Center on Trial Advocacy captured both first and second place at the Midwest Regional ABA Labor Law Trial Competition held in Chicago November 5 and 6.

New Center to Bring Public Interest Offerings and Resources Together
A new center at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law will house the growing array of public interest offerings at the school, enhancing the Law School’s strong commitment to a public service ethic.

Woodger Faugas Named Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellow
Woodger Faugas (JD ’17) joins the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Class of 2016-2017. The fellowship is part of a joint program between the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG) and the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF).

New Practicum Lets Students Lead Restorative Justice Initiatives
New offering from the Center on Negotiation and Mediation provides an alternative view to the traditional legal system—and law school classes.

Welcome Tel Aviv Executive LLM Students
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is pleased to welcome 31 students from its Executive LLM Tel Aviv program who will begin a month-long stay in Chicago on July 18.

Welcome Law Schools Global League
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is pleased to host the Law Schools Global League annual summer school and conference.

Natalie Maust Awarded Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship
Recent Northwestern Pritzker School of Law graduate Natalie Maust (JD ’16) was named one of twenty-five young advocates in the Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship Class of 2016.The two-year fellowship sends recent law graduates and clerks with a passion for justice for immigrants to host organizations in New York City. She will be joining the Legal Aid Society, the United States’ oldest and largest provider of legal aid to the indigent, in late August.

Message from the Dean Regarding Recent Tragedies
A message to the community from Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Supreme Success
In a recent decision, the US Supreme Court found in favor of an Appellate Advocacy Center client, securing new protections for pretrial detainees.

Bluhm Legal Clinic Team’s Seven-Year Effort to Reverse a Wrongful Conviction
Jason Strong was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1999. Professor Thomas Geraghty led a team of faculty, students, and alumni on a seven-year effort that resolved complicated procedural problems and uncovered facts that revealed Strong’s innocence.

Curriculum Development Grant Expands Entrepreneurship Lab
A curriculum development grant from VentureWell, a nonprofit organization that supports technology entrepreneurship, will allow the Master of Science in Law program to expand its Entrepreneurship Lab, a key component of the program’s unique curriculum.

Negotiation Team Wins ABA Regional Competition
A team from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law won the regional American Bar Association’s (ABA) Negotiation Competition on November 14-15.

Nine Students Receive Book Awards for Persuasive Writing Excellence
Last month, nine Northwestern Law students received Arlyn Miner Book Awards, an honor given to one student in each Communications and Legal Reasoning section in recognition of their excellence in persuasive writing during the first-year spring semester.

Video: A Major Announcement About Northwestern Law
On October 22, 2015 Northwestern Law will simulcast a historic announcement.

Northwestern Law Suspends Accelerated JD Program
Northwestern Law was the first top-tier law school to offer an accelerated JD program, which allowed students to complete the same number of credit hours as traditional three-year JD students, but in five semesters over the course of two calendar years. As of the Fall of 2015, the program was indefinitely suspended.

Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation Hosts First Fall Forum
What does it take for new lawyers to become strategic partners for their clients? What does it mean to possess legal judgment, to engage strategic thinking, and to be a leader in resolving a client’s problem? These questions and more were considered, discussed, and energetically debated during the Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation’s first fall forum, held September 21, 2015.

From the Classroom to the World
International Team Projects is a unique semester-long comparative law course allowing students to do intensive research abroad.

Conference Explores the Relationship Between Law and Innovation
Over 100 faculty, students, lawyers, scientists, engineers, doctors, and entrepreneurs gathered at Northwestern Law on June 17 for a one-day conference titled "Bridges not Barriers: The Law-STEM Alliance as a Catalyst for Innovation."

SCOTUS Decides in Favor of Appellate Advocacy Center Client
This morning, the Supreme Court released its decision in Kingsley v. Hendrickson, a case dealing with how to evaluate excessive force claims made by pretrial detainees. Sarah O’Rourke Schrup, clinical assistant professor of law and director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Appellate Advocacy Center, and Jeffrey Green, her co-instructor in Sidley Austin’s Supreme Court Clinic in the Center, were among those representing petitioner Michael Kingsley.

Northwestern Law Welcomes LLM/K Class of 2016
Northwestern Law welcomed its newest class of students for its graduate program in law and business this month—33 students from 13 countries.

Northwestern Law Students and Alumni Awarded Startup Capital at Northwestern University Venture Challenge
Kieren Patel, Jesse Chang, and Amy Garber are all part of startups that took home prizes at this year's Northwestern University Venture Challenge.

Northwestern Law Celebrates the Class of 2015
Addressing more the more than 500 graduates and their guests who filled the historic Chicago Theatre, commencement keynote speaker Tina Tchen (JD ’84) credited Northwestern University School of Law with preparing her for her impressive legal career, taking her from the classrooms of Levy Maier to the halls of the White House.

2015 Jay A. Pritzker Fellows Announced
The Jay Pritzker Foundation gave one million dollars to establish the Jay A. Pritzker Fellowship Program at Northwestern Law, a program that supports post-graduate public interest work in underserved communities. Nine graduates from the Class of 2015 have been awarded Pritzker Fellowships.

Northwestern Law Welcomes ALLM Class of 2015
Northwestern Law welcome the 2015 accelerated Master of Laws (LLM) class this month. Students from 10 different countries make up the incoming class.

Northwestern Law Welcomes Class of 2015 Executive LLM Madrid Students
Northwestern Law welcomes 15 Executive LLM Madrid students for the final two weeks of their program.

The Interest Freedom Plan: New Initiative to Reduce Student Debt
Northwestern University School of Law has established the Interest Freedom Plan (IFP) to assist recent graduates with their student loan interest payments.

Evidence Conference Brings Together Reformers from around the World
Despite thousands of miles, different languages, and distinct cultures, China and Tanzania share a common bond: Northwestern Law professor Ronald Allen has been a significant force in shaping evidence law in both countries.

Conflict Ridden, Resource Rich
Access to Health students worked with health care providers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to propose hydrocarbon legislation that better governs expanding extraction industries.

Tina Tchen (JD ’84) to Address Northwestern Law Class of 2015
Tina Tchen (JD ’84), chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, will deliver the commencement address at the Law School’s 2015 Convocation Ceremony.

Reforming the Law of Evidence of Tanzania
Professor Ronald Allen and a group of his students have worked with Tanzanian officials to craft a modern Evidence Act for that country—a radical reinvention of a foundational component of Tanzanian law.

Law & Entrepreneurship
A variety of programs and courses facilitate work at the intersection of law and entrepreneurship, including the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Entrepreneurship Law Center (ELC); NUvention; the three-year JD-MBA program; and the Master of Science in Law program.

Reinventing Interventions
By leveraging interdisciplinary research and clinical expertise to create sustainable health initiatives for communities in the developing world, the Access to Health Project's work is yielding new solutions to intractable old problems.

Law Student Mental Health and Wellness Day
Join Northwestern Law on April 15 for a day of events focused on staying physically and mentally healthy.

12th Annual Public Service Benefit Dinner to Honor Alumni Contributions in the Field
SFPIF will honor alumni for their outstanding contributions to public service at the 12th annual Public Service Benefit Dinner on April 2

Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation Established
Northwestern Law has launched the Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation, which will be directed by Professor James A. Lupo.

Federalist Society Honors Joshua Kleinfeld with Paul M. Bator Award
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies honored Northwestern Law associate professor Joshua Kleinfeld with the 2015 Paul M. Bator Award.

Hamad Bin Khalifa University Launches New Law School in Strategic Partnership with Northwestern Law
Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), aided by its strategic partner, Northwestern University School of Law, is establishing a new graduate-level law school in Doha, Qatar.

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