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February 2015

Justice Elena Kagan Visits as the 2015 Trienens Judicial Scholar


Justice Elena Kagan Visits as the 2015 Trienens Judicial Scholar
Last week, the Honorable Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, visited the Law School as the 2015 Howard J. Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar. Alumni, faculty, staff, and students filled Thorne Auditorium to join Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez in a conversation with Justice Kagan. More... View video...

LLM Tax Team Wins ABA National Competition
Northwestern Law's LLM Tax team of Riley Becker (LLM Tax '15) and Mary Dolan (LLM Tax '15) won first place in the LLM division at the American Bar Association's 14th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge last weekend. The team presented their oral argument before a panel of distinguished tax lawyers and tax court judges attending the ABA Section of Taxation's Midyear Meeting in Houston, TX. Professor Herbert Beller served as the team's coach. More...

Professor Tuerkheimer Elected to the American Law Institute
Professor Deborah Tuerkheimer is among 26 new members elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), an esteemed group of judges, lawyers, and legal scholars dedicated to the development of the law. Tuerkheimer joins more than 10 Northwestern Law faculty already involved with the Institute, including Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez, who currently serves on the ALI Council, the organization's governing body. More...

Curriculum Development Grant Brings Technology to Mediation
Alyson Carrel, clinical assistant professor of law and assistant director of the Center on Negotiation and Mediation, was recently awarded one of the curriculum grants managed by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). The project will employ A2J Author, a software tool that allows the rapid creation and implementation of user friendly web-based interfaces for document assembly. This is the first time this technology has been used for mediation. More...

Law Students Travel to Malawi for Fieldwork
Six Northwestern Law students traveled to Malawi over winter break to participate in a fieldwork project led by visiting clinical assistant professor Adam Stapleton, an attorney and international human rights advisor. The project's goal is to help alleviate Malawi's overburdened criminal justice system, which has led to overcrowded prisons and hundreds of prisoners waiting long periods of time to enter pleas and have their cases processed and heard. More...

Collaboration: Predictive Legal Analytics Software
Northwestern Law Professor John O. McGinnis and McCormick School of Engineering Professor Diego Klabjan collaborated on legal analytics software to predict future patent disputes. Read McCormick magazine article...

Black Law Students Association Annual 3L Recognition and Alumni Networking Banquet, honoring Professor Joyce Hughes
Alumni are invited to join members of the Northwestern Black Law Students Association (BLSA) on Thursday, April 16, to recognize the accomplishments of graduating BLSA members and honor Professor Joyce Hughes for her support and contributions to the Northwestern Law community. More...

Double Impact Challenge
Double Your Impact! Any Law School donor who doubles their last gift (between $100 and $2,500) to any Law School Fund account between now and May 15, 2015, will have their gift matched by alumnus Neil Bluhm (JD '62). Mr. Bluhm will match up to $100,000 in gifts to the Law School Fund. Please contact Emily Mullin with questions.

Alumni in the News

Imagining a President Who Speaks 'Truth to Power' on Juvenile Justice
Steve Drizin (JD '86) in The Huffington Post, January 20

Richard Bernstein sworn in as Michigan's first blind Supreme Court justice
Richard Bernstein (JD '99) in The Oakland Press, January 1

Faculty in the News

Suit: State prison agencies 'flouted' part of parole law
David Shapiro in the Chicago Sun-Times, January 28

Scrutinizing the State of the Union
Jason DeSanto in Chicago Tonight, January 21

5 Ways the US Criminal Justice System Violates Human Rights-And How We Can Do Better
Alexa Van Brunt in The Huffington Post, January 21

Quinn Commutes Sentence of Man Convicted of Lying In Murder Case
Rob Warden; Center on Wrongful Convictions in CBS Chicago, January 13

Federal judge slaps state's attorney's office with rare sanction
Steven Lubet in the Chicago Tribune, January 12

Quinn pardons Beaman in 1993 murder case
Karen L. Daniel; Jeffrey Urdangen; Center on Wrongful Convictions in Pantagraph, January 10

Motion filed against Pa. Silencing Act
David M. Shapiro in The Philadelphia Tribune, January 9

No Justice, No Peace
Karen L. Daniel in The New Yorker, January 6

Boston Marathon Bombing Jury Selection: Will Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Get A Fair Trial? Yes, If 'Extensive' Process Works, Legal Experts Say
Shari Seidman Diamond in International Business Times, January 6

Judge Allows Same-Sex Marriages to start in Florida
Andrew M. Koppelman in KCRW, January 5

Ginsburg-and Reform-Highlights Law School Gathering
Daniel B. Rodriguez in The National Law Journal, January 5

McDonnell sentence: Questions of ethics, deterrence, consequence
Juliet Sorensen in Daily Press, January 4

2015 AALS Annual Meeting: Legal Education at the Crossroads
Daniel B. Rodriguez in TaxProfBlog, January 2

New Study of UN Resolution 242 could alter views of Arab-Israeli conflict
Eugene Kontorovich in The Jerusalem Post, January 1

1985-1994: The Legacy of Nuremberg
David Scheffer in ABA Journal, January 1


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BLSA Annual 3L Recognition and Alumni Networking Banquet, honoring Professor Joyce Hughes
April 16
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