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January 2016

Professor Laura Nirider, Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth


Netflix Sensation Making a Murderer Highlights Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth
Professors Laura Nirider, Steven Drizin, and Thomas Geraghty appear in Episode 10 of the hit documentary. Their role in representing client Brendan Dassey has received coverage from the Huffington Post, Esquire, NBC Chicago, and Rolling Stone. More...

Executive LLM Chicago to Offer Expanded Curriculum for Global Law Grads
In 2010, the Law School established the Accelerated LLM program to provide international lawyers the opportunity to earn an LLM over the course of a single summer. This year, the ALLM will evolve into a new program: the Executive LLM Chicago (ELLMC). 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. More...

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. More...

Center for International Human Rights to Honor Guatemalan Judge
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law's Center for International Human Rights will award its third annual Global Jurist of the Year Award to the Honorable Gloria Patricia Porras Escobar, president of the Guatemalan Constitutional Court. The awards ceremony and an address by Judge Porras will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 26. At noon she will deliver an address to the Law School community. More...

Professor Bernard Black and Feinberg Professor Abel Kho Receive $2.25 Million Grant to Study Effect of Medicaid Expansion on Diabetes
Bernard Black, Nicholas D. Chabraja Professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and Feinberg School of Medicine Professor Abel N. Kho, director of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine's Center for Health Information Partnerships, are teaming up to study Medicaid's effect on diabetes patients with a $2.25 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. More...

Securities Institute Focuses on Cybersecurity, M&A Trends
Cybersecurity, the obligations of directors of public companies and hot topics in corporate governance and shareholder relations are among key topics to be covered during the 43rd Annual Securities Regulation Institute (SRI) hosted by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. The program will be held Jan. 25 to 27 in Coronado, California. Mary Jo White, chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, will give the keynote and Leo E. Strine Jr., Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court will participate in a fireside chat. For more information, including a complete schedule, registration instructions and continuing legal education (CLE) information, visit the SRI website.

Martin Luther King Day Celebration
Legendary civil rights and peace activist Diane Nash—who became involved in the nonviolent civil rights movement in 1959 when she was a college student in Nashville—will be the keynote speaker at Northwestern University's 2016 commemoration of the life and legacy of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. She will speak on the Chicago campus at noon on January 25, and will deliver the keynote in Evanston at 6 p.m. For more details on Northwestern's MLK Day programming, visit the website.

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. More...

Save the Date: BLSA 3L & Alumni Legacy Banquet, April 14
The BLSA 3L & Alumni Legacy Banquet: It Takes A Village will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The banquet will recognize the achievements of our predecessors, current students, and the next generation. The legacy award will be presented to Professor Len Rubinowitz. Learn more and register online.

Alumni Fireside Chat Series
Northwestern Law speaker series designed to provide students with an opportunity to hear from motivating and inspirational alumni about their law school experience and career trajectory followed by a networking reception. John Grady (JD '96), Partner at Grady Bell LLP will speak to students on Wednesday, January 20th. If you're interested in participating as a speaker please contact Christine Breakey at: christine.breakey@law.northwestern.edu.

The 2016 Julius H. Miner Moot Court
The 2016 Julius H. Miner Moot Court Board invites you to participate as a judge during the preliminary rounds of the 53rd Annual Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition on behalf of the board, the Miner family, and faculty sponsors. This year's rounds are scheduled for: Thursday February 4, Monday February 8, Monday February 15, and Thursday February 18. The preliminary rounds begin each evening at 7:30 p.m., and are preceded by a buffet dinner for participating judges at 6:00 p.m. Participating judges will receive CLE credit. Please RSVP before January 15th by filling out the form online here or for more information please contact NUMootCourtJudges@gmail.com.

Alumni in the News

Deaf Michigan wrestler files lawsuit over rule regarding interpreter
Jason Turkish (JD '12) in USA Today, December 10

Stevens' First Leading Role
Justice John Paul Stevens (JD '47) in The National Law Journal, December 7

Faculty in the News

The Cosby Case Raises Important Questions on How States Define Sexual Assault
Deborah Tuerkheimer in Slate, December 31

How Abusive Police Practices Target Women of Color—and What Women Are Doing About It
Alexa Van Brunt and Sheila Bedi in TruthOut, December 28

The 2-Year Law Education Fails to Take Off
Daniel B. Rodriguez in the New York Times, December 25

Shield America from crimes against humanity
David J. Scheffer in The Hill, December 23

2015: A Year to Remember in False Confessions
Steven Drizin (JD '86) in Huffington Post, December 22

Toxic Water Isn't Just in Michigan
Nancy Loeb in TIME, December 21

Innocent prisoners jailed in same cell forge friendship, and freedom
Karen Daniel and the Center on Wrongful Convictions in Chicago Tribune, December 19

Attorney for Chicago officer plans to seek change of venue
Ronald Allen in Associated Press, December 18

Opinion: Courts have sorry record in police abuse cases
Locke Bowman in Chicago Sun-Times, December 16

Sparks Fly Over National Security at 5th GOP Debate
Jason DeSanto on WTTW's Chicago Tonight, December 16


Upcoming Events

Alumni Fireside Chat Event with John Grady (JD '96), partner at Grady Bell
January 20, 2016
Northwestern Law Atrium

Chicago Campus Dialogue with MLK Day Keynote Speaker Diane Nash
January 25, 2016
Thorne Auditorium
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Global Jurist of the Year Award
January 26, 2015
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Law Alumni Club of Los Angeles Cocktail Party with Dean Dan Rodriguez
January 28, 2016
Bouchon
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Young Alumni Donor Reception 2016
February 3, 2016
Law School Atrium
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Law Alumni Club of Chicago Northern Suburbs Networking Breakfast
February 16, 2016
Sheraton Northbrook
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