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February 2016

Diane Nash


Reflecting on Dr. King's Legacy
Concluding a week of programming, renowned civil rights and peace activist Diane Nash honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during a speech at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Nash challenged the Northwestern community to learn the lessons of the student nonviolence movement and use them to energize the activism and struggle of their own era for social justice. Ashley Kirkwood (JD '16) shared her winning entry from the first Chicago campus DREAM Week Oratorical Contest prior to Nash's keynote. Eric Ding (JD '18) and Ejede Okogbo (MSL '16) were also finalists in the competition. More...

MSL Student Corinna Raimondo Awarded Mirzayan Fellowship
Master of Science in Law 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. She began the 12-week program last month, where she will work with the Center for Engineering Ethics and Society, an organization within National Academy of Engineering that provides resources for students and scholars, as well as on a project to develop a set of international standards on research ethics. More...

LLM Tax Teams Win ABA National Competition
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law students took home the top prizes at the American Bar Association's (ABA) 15th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge at the ABA's Section of Taxation 2016 Midyear Meeting in Los Angeles. More...

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. Attorneys in the Children and Family Justice Center and the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth co-authored an amicus brief in Montgomery v. Louisiana on behalf of over 100 organizations and individuals across the country, which argued "children are fundamentally different than adults in meaningful ways that require special consideration at sentencing." More...

The 2016 Arlyn Miner Moot Court
The Arlyn Miner First-Year Moot Court Program will take place on April 6-7 and April 12-14. All JD students spend second semester of their first year writing and revising complex, multi-issue briefs, which they argue before a panel of alumni and faculty judges. We look forward each year to having our distinguished alumni act as judges for the Program, and hope this year you will take the opportunity to participate and meet our students. If you would like to judge, please register here. If you would like more information about the Program or about serving as an alumni judge, please contact Sonali Munshi.

11th Annual Entrepreneurship Law Conference
The Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center will host the 11th Annual Entrepreneurship Law Conference on Saturday, February 20. Stuart Frankel, CEO and co-founder of Narrative Science, will be the keynote speaker, and the event will feature panels on financing new ventures, and the growing medical cannabis industry in Illinois. Register for the event here.

Save the Date: SFPIF Thirteenth Annual Public Service Benefit Dinner, March 31
The SFPIF Thirteenth Annual Public Service Benefit Dinner will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2016. The dinner will honor distinguished alumni for their outstanding contributions to public service and the legal community, as well as young alumni for their commitment to public interest law.

Save the Date: Wigmore Club Reception
Attention Wigmore Club Members! The annual donor reception will be held April 8, 2016 in the Law School Atrium. For more information, please contact Emily Mullin at 312.503.1558 or Emily.mullin@law.northwestern.edu.

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 and watch BLSA's video "Our Voices: The Power of Story."

Alumni in the News

Dale Bumpers, Liberal Stalwart of Arkansas Politics, Dies at 90
Dale Bumpers (JD '51) in the New York Times, January 2

Faculty in the News

The State of Wisconsin vs. Steven Avery
Steven Drizin (JD '86) and Laura Nirider (JD '08) on Dateline NBC, January 29

Column: Ted Cruz could be disqualified. GOP, is that worth the risk?
Steven Lubet in the Chicago Tribune, January 27

The Best Law Schools Are Attracting Fewer Students
Daniel B. Rodriguez in Bloomberg Business, January 26

Opinion: State making it harder for ex-cons to go straight
David M. Shapiro in the Chicago Sun-Times, January 19

Charges Against Chinese Rights Lawyers Draw Foreign Criticism
David J. Scheffer in the New York Times, January 18

Why are these children representing themselves in court?
Uzoamaka Emeka Nzelibe in Reuters, January 14

Here's How the Making a Murderer Nephew May Clear His Name
Laura Nirider (JD '08) in Esquire, January 8

A Look At Netflix's Newest Phenomenon
Steven Drizin (JD '86) in Huffington Post Live, January 6


Upcoming Events

Law Alumni Club of Chicago Northern Suburbs Networking Breakfast
February 16, 2016
Sheraton Northbrook
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"Law Firm vs In-House: How I Got from Here to There and Why I Wouldn't Go Back" w/ Jan Stern Reed (JD '84)
Lowden Hall
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Northwestern Law Mexico City Alumni Cocktail Reception w/Dean Dan Rodriguez and a Presentation by Professor James Speta
February 18, 2016
La Hacienda de los Morales
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Entrepreneurship Law Conference
February 20, 2016
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Northwestern Law Alumni Club of Miami Kickoff
February 25, 2016
Tamarina
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Global Village
February 26, 2016
Law School Atrium

Chicagoland JD-MBA Alumni Cocktail Reception
March 2, 2016
Sterling Partners
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Northwestern Law 2016 Supreme Court Admission Ceremony
March 7, 2016
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Law Alumni Club of Chicago Bulls Game Outing
March 17, 2016
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