News: "Public Interest"

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.

Andrew Arruda, CEO of Ross Intelligence, Discusses AI in the Legal Profession
On November 6, Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez hosted Andrew Arruda, CEO of Ross Intelligence, at a packed fireside chat in Aspen Hall. The presentation was part of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s recently announced partnership with Ross Intelligence. At the event, Arruda shared his thoughts on how technology can further the goals of the legal industry, what AI can do for legal services, and also provided a demonstration of ROSS’s cutting-edge technology.

Former U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon Joins Law School as Visiting Distinguished Scholar
Former U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon will be joining Northwestern Pritzker School of Law as a visiting distinguished scholar for the 2017-18 academic year.

Tina Tchen and Neil Eggleston Share White House Wisdom
On Friday, October 6, Tina Tchen and Neil Eggleston — alumni of Northwestern Law and the Obama Administration — shared candid reflections from their time in the White House at an Alumni Weekend and Reunion event moderated by Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez.

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).

Obama Alums Neil Eggleston (JD '78) and Tina Tchen (JD '84) to Speak at Alumni Weekend
On Friday, October 6, Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez will sit down with Neil Eggleston (JD ’78), partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and former White House Counsel, and Tina Tchen (JD ’84), partner at Buckley Sandler LLP and former Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady, for a retrospective of the Obama years.

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.

Northwestern Law Alumni Take Action in Wake of Executive Orders
Several Northwestern Law alumni shared their experiences volunteering in airports in the wake of President Trump's executive order, and their hopes moving forward.

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.

Allyson Bain (JD ’16) Awarded Prestigious Skadden Fellowship
Allyson Bain (JD ’16) has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious Skadden Fellowship, one of only 30 awards granted for 2017 by the Skadden Foundation. For the next 2 years, she will work with the Roger Baldwin Foundation—the 501 (c)(3) arm of the ACLU of Illinois—to expand access to, and improve, mental health treatment for low-income children. In particular, Bain will focus on reducing forced institutionalization and expanding community-based mental health systems.

Alum Andrew Stroth Expands Access to Civil Rights Representation
After over a decade and a half as a successful agent, Andrew M. Stroth (JD ’99) decided he wanted to move beyond the sports and entertainment worlds, and created the Action Injury Law Group, a civil rights firm focused on filing federal Section 1983 cases on behalf of victims of police-involved shootings and injuries.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Julie Karaba (JD ’14) Named 2016 Bristow Fellow
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law alumna Julie Karaba (JD ’14) was recently named a Bristow Fellow. The one-year fellowship with the US Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), which will begin in the summer of 2016, is generally awarded each year to four recent law school graduates with outstanding academic records who have federal appellate clerkship experience.

Live Streaming Video: A Conversation with Dean Rodriguez and Pat Quinn
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law will host a conversation with Daniel B. Rodriguez, Dean and Harold Washington Professor, and Pat Quinn (JD ’80), 41st Governor of Illinois on Friday, October 23 at 1:15 pm.

“U.S. Prosecutors Have Too Much Power” Inaugural Newt and Jo Minow Debate to be held November 10
Northwestern Law will host the inaugural Newt and Jo Minow Debate Series, on the topic “U.S. Prosecutors Have Too Much Power.”

Annual Pope & John Lecture Series Brings Stephen Patton to Northwestern Law
The Pope & John Lecture Series welcomes Stephen Patton to the Law School to discuss some of Chicago's most pressing legal issues.

Professor Michael Frakes Awarded $1.2 Million to Study Malpractice and “Defensive Medicine”
The National Institutes of Health awarded Professor Michael Frakes a $1.2 million grant to conduct a four-year study entitled, “The Impact of Exempting Medical Providers from Malpractice Protection.”

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.

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

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.

On Building The 606
On June 6, 2015, the 606 opened on Chicago's northwest side. A large-scale public infrastructure project many years in the making, the 606 is a 2.7-mile-long elevated linear trail and park system that transforms a part of the city's industrial past into a unique public space for its future. Northwestern Law alumni, Keating Crown (JD-MBA '11) played a pivotal role in bringing it into being.

“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.

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 Experience: 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.

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.

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

Senior Research Projects: Fieldwork in Malawi
Six Northwestern Law students traveled to Malawi over winter break to participate in a criminal justice fieldwork project led by visiting clinical assistant professor Adam Stapleton.

Public Interest Law Group Kicks Off a Week of Events
Public Interest Law Group has organized a week of panels and discussions January 12-16.

A Week of Events Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
To observe the rich and varied legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Northwestern University’s Chicago campus will host a series of events January 20-24, 2015.

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