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Spotlight on Scholarship: Nadav Shoked on Property and Local Government Law
Property and local government law regulate the most foundational, and vital, elements of our lives: where, and thus how, we all live. Though they are often conceived separately, both bodies of law work to structure the built environment, which means that they inevitably police the relationships between neighbors.

The Bluhm Legal Clinic Turns 50: A Look Back
The Clinic celebrates five decades of training lawyers and fighting for justice.

Faculty Recognized at 2019 American Law and Economics Association Conference
On May 17-18, the American Law and Economics Association (ALEA) 2019 meeting will be held at the New York University School of Law. Northwestern Pritzker School of Law has a long tradition of participating at the conference, which is the largest and longest running academic conference in the field of Law and Economics, and one of the largest interdisciplinary law conferences.

Professor Shari Diamond Examines the Interplay of Science and the Law
Diamond co-edited the fall issue of Daedalus, Journal  of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  

Spotlight on Scholarship: James B. Speta on Telecommunications Law
Professor Speta is a prominent scholar of telecommunications law. In addition to his many scholarly articles on the topic, he is the co-author of a leading casebook that bridges the history of telecoms to the cutting-edge issues of regulating Google, Facebook, and other Internet platforms, and covers the difficult regulatory challenges this new world presents.

CFJC Immigration Attorneys and Students Help Asylum-Seekers at the Border
In the final days of winter break, Children and Family Justice Center attorneys Uzoamaka Emeka Nzelibe, clinical associate professor of law, and Amy Martin, Immigration Law Fellow, led a dozen Northwestern Law students to Tijuana, Mexico where they spent three days volunteering with Al Otro Lado, a nonprofit supporting asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.

CWC Celebrates Freedom for Three Clients in Eight Days
Over the course of just over a week in January, three clients represented by the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC) — Eric Blackmon, Patrick Pursley, and Huwe Burton — were exonerated or acquitted.

ABA’s The Tax Lawyer Releases First Issue Under New Northwestern Law Partnership
In December, The Tax Lawyer, the ABA Tax Section’s flagship journal, released its first issue since naming Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s LLM Tax Program its new educational affiliate.

Spotlight on Scholarship: Andrew Koppelman Honored by AALS Section on Jurisprudence
Andrew Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law, was awarded the Hart-Dworkin Award in Legal Philosophy from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Jurisprudence at the 2019 AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans earlier this month. Koppelman is the inaugural recipient of The Hart-Dworkin Award in Legal Philosophy, which will be given annually to a scholar who has made significant and lasting contributions to the philosophical understanding of law.

Northwestern Law Faculty to Present at Association for American Law Schools 2019 Annual Conference
In early January, a number of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law faculty will be presenting at the 2019 Association for American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, serving as both section chairs and panel participants and moderators. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Building Bridges.”

Faculty Present Papers at 2018 Conference on Empirical Legal Studies
On November 9-10, the 13th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS) will be held at the University of Michigan Law School. As in years past, Northwestern Law will be well represented at CELS, which brings together scholars from law, economics, political science, psychology, policy analysis, and other fields who are interested in the empirical analysis of law and legal institutions.

Redish and Brill Debate the First Amendment and Commercial Speech
Should we amend the First Amendment? That provocative question was at the center of the October 17 debate between Marty Redish, Northwestern Law’s Louis and Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public Policy, and Steve Brill, who founded The American Lawyer and the cable channel Court TV and is the author of the recent bestseller Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall — and Those Fighting to Reverse It.

Spotlight on Scholarship: Pedraza-Fariña and Schwartz on Intellectual Property and Patent Law
On October 3, Northwestern welcomed Judges Evan J. Wallach, Jimmie V. Reyna, and Richard G. Taranto of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to Thorne Auditorium to hear oral arguments. The arguments, covering patents and federal employment law, touched on issues being explored in faculty scholarship: Laura Pedraza-Fariña and David Schwartz specialize in the complicated issues of intellectual property and patent law.

Emily Kadens Elected to the American Law Institute
Emily Kadens, Professor of Law, has been elected as a new member of the American Law Institute (ALI), the leading independent U.S. organization producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law. The elected membership of ALI consists of distinguished judges, lawyers and law professors from the U.S. and abroad.

"Making a Murderer" Part 2: Q&A with Brendan Dassey's Attorneys, Professors Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider
In late 2015, the docuseries Making a Murderer premiered on Netflix, quickly becoming a worldwide sensation. The series featured the case of Brendan Dassey, a client of the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY), who was convicted alongside his uncle Steven Avery in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach. Here, in advance of Part Two’s premiere, Northwestern Law Professors Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin reveal what viewers can expect and discuss how the success of Making a Murderer has impacted their work.

Jim Speta, Harry R. Horrow Professor in International Law, Appointed Vice Dean
Professor Jim Speta was recently appointed Vice Dean of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law by Dean Kim Yuracko. In his new role, Speta will oversee the Law School’s international programs and initiatives, its new professional development initiatives, the Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation, and external outreach. He will also serve as the new host of the Law School podcast, Planet Lex.

Classes Cancelled for Day of Civic Service on Election Day
Classes at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law will be cancelled on Election Day — Tuesday, November 6 — to allow students and faculty to fully participate in a Day of Civic Service.

Paradigm Shifters: Ron Allen, Martin Redish, and Deborah Tuerkheimer on Changing the Conversation
One of the jobs of a law professor is to look at long-held beliefs with a critical eye and offer insights that may change widespread understanding of pressing legal issues. Erin F. Delaney, associate dean of faculty and research, sat down with three professors who are in different stages of doing just that.

Spotlight on Scholarship: Pfander, Delaney and Kadens on the British Judicial System
On Tuesday, September 25, The Right Honourable Lord Wilson of Culworth will visit Northwestern Law as the 2018 Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar. Lord Wilson continues the Law School’s long history of engagement with issues of comparative and foreign law. The current faculty has a depth and breadth of knowledge of the British judicial system—producing scholarship on the influence of the Scottish court system on the early American judiciary, the evolution and power of the UK Supreme Court, and English legal history more broadly.

Ceremony Celebrates Installation of Yuracko as Dean
On September 6, Kimberly Yuracko was formally installed as the dean of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in a Lincoln Hall ceremony attended by University President Morton Schapiro, Provost Jonathan Holloway, and many members of the Northwestern Law community. Also recognized at the ceremony was Janice Nadler, who was named Nathaniel L. Nathanson Chair in 2017.

Professor Kathleen Dillon Narko to Receive ABA Liberty Achievement Award
Kathleen Dillon Narko, Clinical Professor of Law, will receive the 2018 Liberty Achievement Award from the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. The award recognizes lawyers and judges who have actively promoted diversity in the legal profession.

Making the Law a Laughing Matter
Before ever appearing in a court of law, Professors Jason C. DeSanto, K.M. Zouhary, and Stephen Reed had all gotten comfortable commanding the stage as improv players. Find out why they consider it an integral part of their legal and academic careers. This article originally ran in the Spring 2018 issue of the Northwestern Law Reporter.

Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez Named Chair of ABA Center on Innovation
The American Bar Association’s Center for Innovation has appointed Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez as the new chair of its governing council.

Lawyers Writing Fiction: Northwestern Law Faculty Talk about Their Careers as Novelists
Professors Michael Barsa and Michelle Falkoff, the authors of two novels out now, discuss their latest books, how they balance their legal work and writing, and the one skill that all lawyers – and all novelists – need.

Convocation Honors Northwestern Law Class of 2018
On Friday, May 11, over 500 graduates were joined by faculty, family, and friends for the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s 2018 convocation ceremony at the Chicago Theatre.

Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez Inducted into College of Law Practice Management Class of 2018 Fellows
The College of Law Practice Management has inducted Daniel B. Rodriguez, Dean and Harold Washington Professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, as a Fellow in its Class of 2018. Induction into the Fellowship program is given to "law practice management specialists who consistently exemplify the highest professional standards and achievements," according to the College.

Northwestern Law Launches Suite of Spring 2018 Law-Tech Offerings
This Spring, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law will launch "Navigating the Future of Law," a series of events focused on how technology is changing legal services. These events, which are open to the entire Northwestern Law community, offer students, faculty and alumni an opportunity to hear from the business leaders, technologists, design thinkers, educators and attorneys who are changing the global legal landscape.

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.

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.

How Northwestern Law's Innovation Lab Teaches Students to Think Differently
In the Innovation Lab, students are tasked with using technology to address challenges in the legal system. Sometimes, says one instructor, that means turning law school lessons on their head.

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.

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.

Northwestern Law to Host 2017 Forum on Legal Evolution Recognizing Leading Lawyer Innovators
The Forum on Legal Evolution announced today that it will award Mark Chandler, General Counsel of Cisco Systems, Inc. and Paul Lippe, Founder of Legal OnRamp, Lifetime Achievement Awards for their tremendous contributions to innovation within the legal industry. The presentation of the awards will take place on Thursday, November 9 at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, which is serving as host to the 2017 Forum.

Legal Mosaic CEO Mark Cohen Named CPEI Distinguished Fellow
Mark Cohen, CEO and founder of Legal Mosaic, has been appointed as a distinguished fellow of the Law School’s Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation (CPEI).

Five Faculty Members Appointed to Rotating Chairs for 2017-18
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law congratulates Peter DiCola, Julie Biehl, Robert Wootton, David Schwartz, and Deborah Tuerkheimer, who were named to rotating chair appointments at the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year.

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.

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).

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.

Law Profs Experiment with EdTech at New Event
Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez welcomed the faculty members of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law to TEaCH LAW. The new event was designed to encourage the use of technology tools to help increase engagement and understanding, assess student and class performance, and create a more collaborative environment reflective of today’s legal practice.

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.

Professor Marshall Shapo Receives 2018 Prosser Award from AALS
Marshall S. Shapo, Frederic P. Vose Professor of Law, was named the recipient of the 2018 William L. Prosser Award by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Torts and Compensation Systems.

A Conversation with Professor James Pfander on 'Constitutional Torts and the War on Terror'
In his new book, James E. Pfander, Owen L. Coon Professor of Law, examines the judicial response to human rights claims arising from the Bush Administration’s war on terror. Despite widespread agreement that the program of extraordinary rendition, prolonged detention, and “enhanced” interrogation was torture by another name, not a single federal appellate court has confirmed an award of damages to the program’s victims.

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.

#WithRefugees: Professor Uzoamaka Nzelibe Helps Asylum Seekers Build a New Life
In an unprecedented year of contentious politics, immigration has been one of the most high-profile, and controversial, topics to make headlines. But the issues at play are ones that Uzoamaka Nzelibe, clinical associate professor of law and a staff attorney with the Children and Family Justice Center, deals with every day as she fights for youth who have been forced to flee their home countries due to violence and threats on their lives.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

A Conversation with Professor Stephen Presser on “Law Professors: Three Centuries of Shaping American Law”
Stephen Presser, Raoul Berger Professor of Law Emeritus, argues in his new book, "Law Professors: Three Centuries of Shaping American Law" (West Academic, 2017), that there is no country in the world where law professors have had more of an influence on shaping the law than in the United States.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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