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March 2017

International Women's Day

Celebrating International Women’s Day
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law was thrilled to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women on International Women’s Day by featuring inspiring stories from twelve women within our community through the #NLawProud campaign. The Law Alumni Club of Chicago also hosted a networking lunch on March 7, featuring a presentation from Medill Professor Rachel Davis Mersey, on how professional women can best leverage social media.

Justice Richard Bernstein (JD ’99) to Address Law School Class of 2017
Northwestern Law is thrilled to welcome Justice Richard Bernstein (JD ’99) of the Michigan Supreme Court, to deliver the main convocation address to the Class of 2017 on Friday, May 12. More...

Northwestern Law Ranks #10 in U.S. News
"I am pleased to share that Northwestern Law is ranked number 10 among law schools, up from number 12 over the past many years," said Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez, after U.S. News & World Report law school rankings were released on March 14. "Thanks to the accomplishments and commitment of our faculty, students, and staff, we have many reasons to be optimistic about our future." More...

Luncheon Brings Scholarship Recipients and Donors Together
Nearly 130 scholarship donors, recipients and alumni attended the Inaugural Scholarship Donor Appreciation Luncheon at the Law School on March 2. The event celebrated donors and students alike and gave scholarship recipients the opportunity to meet and thank their benefactors. More...

Northwestern Law and IE Madrid to Offer New Joint LLB/JD Program
This program will enable select students who begin an LLB degree at IE Law School to continue their studies at Northwestern Law, in its two-year JD program for international lawyers. More...

CWC Client Exonerated on Charges from 1995 Double Murder
On February 15, the State of Illinois dropped all charges against the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC) client Charles Johnson and three other men—Larod Styles, LaShawn Ezell, and Troshawn McCoy—known as the "Marquette Park Four," who were only teenagers when they confessed to a 1995 double murder. More...

Valerie Brummel (JD ’17) Awarded Federal Bar Association Scholarship
Congratulations to Valerie Brummel (JD ’17) who was recently selected as the recipient of the Federal Bar Association's Robert A. McNew Law Student Scholarship. More...

Liani Balasuriya (JD ’17) Honored by Ms. JD
Liani Balasuriya (JD ’17) was recently awarded the "Student of Inspiration" award by Ms. JD, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the success of aspiring and early career women lawyers. The "Student of Inspiration" award recognizes a male or female law student who inspires others through their commitment to their legal studies, extracurricular activities or a particular cause. More...

50th Pre-Reunion Event in Naples
In anticipation of their upcoming 50th reunion, members of the Class of 1967 were generously welcomed into the home of Vanita and Jim Oelschlager (JD ’67) for an evening filled with fellowship and fond memories.

New Northwestern Law Program Seeks Involvement From Law Alumni Working at Intersection of Law and STEM
The Master of Science in Law (MSL) is a unique degree program designed exclusively for scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals who want to advance their careers by studying the legal and business issues that arise frequently in science and technology fields. MSL students are trained to recognize obstacles and risks, visualize opportunities, and communicate across disciplines. Graduates of the program are well-suited for roles such as technical specialists, patent engineers, compliance officers, project managers, expert witnesses, regulators, and policy or business analysts, among others. The MSL program seeks law alumni to advise the program to help ensure our MSL graduates possess the knowledge required to work successfully at the intersection of law, business, and technology. Further, Northwestern Law alumni who would be interested in hiring MSL grads are encouraged to contact us. Those interested can learn more on the program website or by contacting the program director, Leslie Oster.

Save the Date: BLSA 3L and Alumni Legacy Banquet, April 13
The BLSA 3L & Alumni Legacy Banquet: A Legacy of Shared Excellence will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017. The banquet will recognize the achievements of our predecessors, current students, and the next generation. Learn more and register online.

Faculty in the News

Commentary: The high cost of cutting regulatory costs
David Dana and Michael Barsa, Chicago Tribune, February 27

Trump won't get much help with immigration order from city, state
Nadav Shoked, Chicago Sun-Times, February 23

New hope of freedom for those given mandatory life sentences as juveniles
Alison Flaum, Chicago Tribune, February 22

Does Jason Chaffetz understand his job?
Steven Lubet and Andrew Koppelman, CNN, February 11

Why the American legal system is so flexible
Stephen Presser, The Economist, February 4

Prevent and punish in South Sudan
David Scheffer, The Hill, February 1

What Could Gorsuch Mean for the Supreme Court?
Eugene Kontrovich, Politico, February 1

Jury in Retrial of Etan Patz's Accused Killer Begins Deliberations
Shari Seidman Diamond, New York Times, February 1


Upcoming Events

2017 Firm and Corporate Alumni Challenge Winner's Networking Reception
March 15
Faculty Commons
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Law Alumni Club of Boston Networking Breakfast
March 16
Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall
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San Francisco JD-MBA Reception
March 22
Northwestern University– San Francisco
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14th Annual SFPIF Dinner
March 29
Law School Atrium
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Abraham Lincoln Lecture on Constitutional Law with Professor Akhil Reed Amar (Yale University)
April 6
Lincoln Hall
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BLSA 3L and Alumni Legacy Banquet
April 13
Law School Atrium
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Black Law Alumni Association NYC Reception
April 20
Papillon Bistro & Bar
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Save the Date

Law Alumni Club of Washington, D.C. Presents A Conversation with Carter Phillips (MA ’75, JD ’77) and Professor Stephen Presser
May 1
Sidley Austin LLP

Law Alumni Club of Denver Presents: "Why Liberals Should Like 'Citizens United' (Even if They Don't Love It)," A Conversation with Professor Martin Redish
May 17
HMF Law
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