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February 2017

Global Village 2017

12th Annual Global Village Set for February 17
Northwestern 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. This popular event brings together the LLM and JD communities and shares the broad spectrum of cultures represented across the Law School. The event draws upward of 500 students, faculty, staff, and even Chicago-based foreign consuls. More...

Judge Gerard Lynch Named 2017 Trienens Scholar, Will Visit March 8
Gerard E. Lynch was appointed United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit in 2009 by President Barack Obama. From 2000 through 2009, he was a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. In 2009, he received the Edward Weinfeld Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Administration of Justice from the New York County Lawyers' Association, and in 2016, the Federal Bar Council awarded him the Learned Hand Medal for Excellence in Federal Jurisprudence. The Howard J. Trienens Visiting Scholar Program brings leading jurists to the Law School to lecture and provide students and faculty with a perspective on the judicial process and contemporary legal issues. The program was established in 1989 by partners of Sidley and Austin to honor Northwestern University Board of Trustees member, Howard J. Trienens (JD ’49), in recognition of his service to the firm and to Northwestern. Register for the March 8 event on the alumni website.

Black Law Alumni Association and BLSA Pair Up for Mock Interview Event
The Black Law Alumni Association partnered with the Black Law Student Association to host their first joint event aimed at helping students prepare for spring interviews sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis on January 31. The program was a great opportunity for students to get additional practice in interviewing skills. The Black Law Alumni Association provides opportunities for alumni to maintain a connection with one another and the Law School through professional, social, and academic activities. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved, please send your contact information to Jasmin Jenkins. More...

A Conversation with Professor Stephen Presser on the Role of Law Professors
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. More...

The Neil Bluhm Double Impact Challenge is Underway
Any Law School donor who doubles their last gift to any Law School Fund allocation 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. Check your eligibility and make your challenge gift.

Watch the First Wigmore Webinar
In January, Wigmore Club members were invited to join a special webinar with Professor Jim Speta, senior associate dean for academic affairs and international initiatives. In his presentation, "Tech Policy in the New Administration," Professor Speta addressed policies and trends that are important not only to today's attorneys, but to anyone interested in the country's continued movement toward a technology and knowledge-driven economy. A recording of the webinar is now available to watch online. Watch the webinar now.

Northwestern Law JD Team Wins National ABA Tax Competition
A Northwestern Law team won first place in the JD division of the American Bar Association's (ABA) 16th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge held last month in Orlando, Florida. More...

Bartlit Center Trial Teams Excel in ABA Labor Law and National Trial Competitions
A team from Northwestern Law's Bartlit Center for Trial Advocacy captured first place at the National Trial Competition regional event held at Valparaiso University Law School, January 26-29. Stacy Kapustina (JD ’17), Douglas Bates (JD ’17), and Garrett Fields (JD ’18) defeated teams from the University of Illinois, Indiana-Indianapolis, and Loyola Chicago to win the tournament. They will compete for the national championship in Ft. Worth, Texas in March. More...

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. More...

Faculty in the News

Net neutrality foe to head the FCC
James Speta, Scientific American, January 30

Editorial: Should Trump 'send in the Feds!' to Chicago?
Ronald Allen, Chicago Tribune, January 25

Donald Trump's White House takes a Nixonian turn
Allan Horwich, Vanity Fair, January 24

What past presidents tell us about Trump's inaugural speech
Jason DeSanto, WTTW–Chicago Tonight, January 19

Canadian judge Rosalie Abella named Global Jurist of the Year
David Scheffer, The Globe and Mail, January 12

Opinion: New Illinois prisoner ID law is weak medicine
David Shapiro, Chicago Sun-Times, January 6

The fallout from Madoff's fraud includes an ironic twist for investors
Bruce Markell, Bloomberg, January 3

Upcoming Events

2017 Young Alumni Donor Reception
February 22
Law School Atrium

Law Alumni Club of Houston Reception with Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez
February 23
1910 Courthouse

Law Alumni Club of Chicago Northern Suburbs Networking Breakfast
February 28
Sheraton Northbrook

Law Alumni Club of Chicago Women's Networking Lunch and Faculty Presentation
March 7
Mid-America Club

Save the Date

San Francisco JD-MBA Event
March 22

Annual Wigmore Club Reception
March 31
Law School Atrium
For more information on joining The John Henry Wigmore Club please contact Emily Mullin at 312.503.1558.

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