News: "Bluhm Legal Clinic"

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.

CWCY Client Corey Batchelor Exonerated on Murder Charge
On January 30, Corey Batchelor, a client of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth and the Exoneration Project, and his co-defendant Kevin Bailey were exonerated in the 1989 murder of Lula Mae Woods, the wife of a retired Chicago police officer.

Center on Wrongful Convictions Client Raymond McCann II Exonerated
Christmas came two weeks early for Raymond McCann II when St. Joseph County, Michigan Circuit Court Judge Paul E. Stutesman signed an order today granting McCann’s motion to vacate his 2012 perjury conviction. The motion was filed by the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern Law and the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School and was joined by St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough who stipulated that the motion should be granted and the charges dropped.

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.

Center on Wrongful Convictions Client Kerry Masterson Acquitted of 2009 Murder
After spending more than eight years in prison, Kerry Masterson, a joint client of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Center on Wrongful Convictions and Neal Gerber Eisenberg, is free following a jury’s not-guilty verdict in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Professor Thomas Geraghty Retires After 41 Years as Bluhm Legal Clinic Director
In 1967, Tom Geraghty (JD ’69) was one of a small group of students who, concerned about the state of legal services for the poor, approached Professors Jack Beckstrom and Tom Eovaldi about creating an in-house legal clinic. Five decades later, as Geraghty retires from the directorship he’s held since 1976, the Bluhm Legal Clinic is one of the premier clinical programs in the country, housing more than 20 clinics in 14 centers.

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.

CFJC Announces Immigration Law Fellowship Beginning in 2018
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is pleased to announce the creation of a new, two-year Immigration Law Fellowship in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC).

New Bluhm Legal Clinic Advisory Board Members
Five new alumni joined the Bluhm Legal Clinic Advisory Board this fall - Stuart Chanen (JD ’85), Kelly Deere (JD ’92), Melody Dernocoeur (JD LLM-IHR ’16), Christina Egan (JD ’95), and Carl P. Evans III (JD-MBA ’11).

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.

CWCY Client Brendan Dassey Wins at Seventh Circuit
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld the district court’s August 2016 decision granting Brendan Dassey’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus.

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.

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.

Professor Juliet Sorensen Named New Bluhm Legal Clinic Director
Professor Juliet Sorensen will be the director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic, effective at the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

CWC Client Exonerated on Charges from 1995 Double Murder
On February 15, the State of Illinois dropped all charges against the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC) client Charles Johnson and three other men—Larod Styles, LaShawn Ezell, and Troshawn McCoy—known as the “Marquette Park Four,” who were only teenagers when they confessed to a 1995 double murder.

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.

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.

Tom and Diane Geraghty to Receive UNICEF Chicago Humanitarian Awards
Thomas Geraghty (JD ’69) and Diane Geraghty (JD ’72) will be honored at the UNICEF Chicago Humanitarian Awards Luncheon on Friday, September 23, as “strong, extraordinary leaders who are contributing locally and internationally to the improvement of children’s lives.”

Faculty Author Advanced Appellate Advocacy Textbook
Earlier this year, four Northwestern Law faculty in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Appellate Advocacy Center released a first-of-its-kind mastery textbook, Advanced Appellate Advocacy (Aspen Publishers, 2016). The Northwestern Law Reporter spoke to Susan E. Provenzano, professor of practice, and Sarah O’Rourke Schrup, Harry B. Reese Teaching Professor of Law—who coauthored the book with adjunct professors Jeffrey T. Green and Carter Phillips (JD ’77)—about their decision to write the book and what makes it distinct.

CWCY Client Brendan Dassey’s Conviction Overturned by Federal Judge
A federal judge in Milwaukee overturned Brendan Dassey’s murder conviction, giving the state 90 days to decide whether to retry him or release him.

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.

Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider to Appear in “Making a Murderer” Season Two
Netflix announced July 19, 2016 that its hit documentary series Making A Murderer will return, and the new episodes will feature Steven Drizin (JD ’86) and Laura Nirider (JD ’08) of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY), as they continue to advocate for their client Brendan Dassey.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Corruption in an Era of Climate Change: An Ever-Closing Circle?
Juliet Sorensen, clinical associate professor of law with the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center for International Human Rights, analyzes the under-explored relationship between corruption and climate change.

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.

Center for International Human Rights to Work on Justice System in Republic of Georgia
CIHR receives new funding to work on legal and justice system issues in Republic of Georgia.

Two Northwestern Law Faculty Members Honored as Legal Legends
Two Northwestern Law faculty members are being honored by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Chicago Chapter.

“The Last Supper”: Professor Rob Owen on how Art Illuminates the Law
Professor Rob Owen sheds light on the cultural conversation around the death penalty at a recent exhibit at the Block Museum.

Faculty Comment on Notable Decisions from the Supreme Court’s 2014 Term
Northwestern Law Faculty weigh in on latest decisions from Supreme Court.

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.

Faculty Members Anthony D’Amato, John Elson, and Stephen B. Presser to Retire this Year
With a combined total of 124 years of service, three esteemed members of our faculty retired this year.

“Seen from Inside: Perspectives on Capital Punishment” at Block Museum on May 19
The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art is hosting a public event with the Capital Defense Center and the Center on Wrongful Convictions on May 19.

Northwestern Law Alumni Honored at Annual Awards Celebration
Two Northwestern Law alumni were recognized for their professional accomplishments and service to the University at Northwestern Alumni Association’s 82nd annual Alumni Awards on April 25.

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.

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.

Senator Dick Durbin Announces Proposed Human Rights Legislation at Northwestern Law
In his April 8 speech at Northwestern Law, US Senator Dick Durbin announced he will be reintroducing the Crimes Against Humanity Act.

Senator Dick Durbin to Discuss Human Rights at Northwestern Law
US Senator Dick Durbin will deliver an address on human rights legislation on April 8 at 4 p.m. in Lincoln Hall.

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

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