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March 2016

Drizin Nirider

A Conversation with Steve Drizin and Laura Nirider on Making a Murderer
We spoke to Northwestern Clinical Law professors Steve Drizin (JD ’86) and Laura Nirider (JD ’08) about the current status of Brendan Dassey’s case and their reaction to the Netflix sensation. More...

Faculty Reflect on Justice Scalia’s Legacy
Following Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, a number of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law faculty members have commented on his legacy and the looming battle over his replacement. More...

CFJC Report on Rehabilitative Release of Youth
In March, the Children and Family Justice Center has issued a special report, "Rehabilitative Release of Youth from Illinois Prisons," with recommendations for removal of bureaucratic barriers to the successful reentry of youth to their home communities. Illinois is the only state in the country that gives an adult-focused parole board the power to release youth. The other 49 states, representing 95 percent of national commitments to state secure confinement, use other mechanisms. More...

Negotiation Team Wins National ABA Competition
A team of students from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law won the ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition held at the ABA’s midyear meeting in San Diego last month. Mackenzie Drutowski (JD ’16) and Jeff Wysong (JD ’16), who won the regional competition last fall, beat out teams from across the country, including finalists from University of California, Berkeley School of Law and Liberty University School of Law and fellow regional finalists from the University of Illinois. More...

Bartlit Center Team Wins Regional Trial Competition
A team from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Bartlit Center for Trial Advocacy won the National Trial Competition’s recent Midwest regional championship. Michael Maione (JD ’16) and Stacy Kapustina (JD ’17) came in first place and will compete in the national championship in Dallas, Texas at the end of next month. More...

Partnership with IE Law School in Madrid Expands
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is pleased to announce an expansion of its relationship with IE Law School in Madrid, which will allow students from both institutions to pursue dual degrees in a time-saving format. For the past 10 years, Northwestern Law has partnered with IE Law School in Madrid, Spain, to offer an Executive LLM program for working lawyers. The program focuses on American business law and core business skills, and applications to international practice, with accelerated sessions in Madrid and Chicago. More...

Alumni Award Nominations
Northwestern Law is delighted to recognize our alumni for their career accomplishments, dedication, and service to the Law School through our Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law Alumni Awards Program. We annually recognize our esteemed alumni and friends at the Awards Luncheon during Alumni Weekend and Reunion October 21-22, 2016. Please help us recognize your peers and nominate a colleague for a Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law 2016 Alumni Award.

OUTLaw Feedback Requested
We’re seeking feedback from alumni who had an affinity with and/or served as a student leader within OUTLaw. Please send your contact information to Jasmin Jenkins and someone from the alumni engagement team will follow up with more details.

Coming Up in April

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.

Brendan Dassey: A True Story of False Confession, April 6
Join us as Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider use the Brendan Dassey case as a lens for the study of the process on police interrogation. They will discuss the psychological techniques used during interrogation generally, and will show the audience excerpts from sixteen-year-old Brendan Dassey’s videotaped interrogation to illustrate how those powerful psychological techniques can cause juveniles to falsely confess. Following their presentation, a panel of distinguished guests will discuss issues presented by Brendan’s confession and case, including the legality of certain interrogation techniques, the power of pre-trial publicity, and the impact of Making a Murderer on the justice system more generally.

Inaugural LLSA Banquet, April 7
The Latino Law Students Association (LLSA) Banquet, Celebrating Latino Excellence: Aquí Estamos, will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm on the Mystic Blue Cruise Ship at Navy Pier. Join us in celebrating the academic, professional, and personal excellence of graduating Latino students and alumni. The banquet will honor students and alumni who have attained success but who have not forgotten their roots. For tickets and more information, please visit Alumni should use the discount code "professional35."

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

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

Eddie Einhorn, White Sox vice chairman and broadcasting pioneer, dies
Eddie Einhorn (JD ’60) in Chicago Tribune, February 25

Mikva and Minow: 90 years of crossed paths
Newton Minow (JD ’50) in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 2

Faculty in the News

At the Oscars, a force stronger than explicit racism explains lack of black nominees
Destiny Peery (JD ’12) in Reuters, February 26

Controversial law charges people with murder for death at others’ hand
Steven Drizin (JD ’86) in Chicago Tribune, February 19

The tragedy of Antonin Scalia: How one of the most brilliant jurists of his generation went so wrong
Andrew Koppelman in Salon, February 16

Laquan McDonald Police Shooting Needs Special Prosecutor, Petition Says
Locke Bowman in the Huffington Post, February 16

How Antonin Scalia Changed America
Eugene Kontorovich in Politico, February 14

Scalia towered over John Marshall
Steven Calabresi in USA Today, February 14

Inside the phenomena of false confessions
Rob Warden on WGN News, February 11

The Young Barack Obama Anticipated How "Fetal Rights" Could Endanger Women
Deborah Tuerkheimer in Slate, February 9

How ‘Making a Murderer’ exposes flaws in juvenile justice system
Laura Nirider (JD ’08) on Minnesota Public Radio, February 1

Upcoming Events

Tokyo Admitted Students and Alumni Cocktail Reception
March 11, 2016

Sao Paulo Admitted Students and Alumni Cocktail Reception
March 15, 2016

Class of 2016 Stories from the Clinic
March 16, 2016
Bluhm Legal Clinic Student Area

Law Alumni Club of Chicago Bulls Game Outing
March 17, 2016

Law Alumni Club of Boston: An Evening with U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV
March 22, 2016
District Hall

SFPIF Thirteenth Annual Public Service Benefit Dinner
March 31, 2016

Alumni Trivia Night (w/ Kellogg Alumni Club of Chicago)
April 5, 2016
Rockit Bar and Grill

Brendan Dassey: A True Story of False Confession
April 6, 2016
Thorne Auditorium

LLSA Banquet: Celebrating Latino Excellence: Aquí Estamos
April 7, 2016
Navy Pier

Wigmore Club Reception
April 8, 2016
Law School Atrium

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