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April 2016

Chair Ceremony

Ceremony Celebrates 2016 Endowed Chair Appointments
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law will recognize the appointments of Robert P. Burns as the William W. Gurley Memorial Professor of Law, Max M. Schanzenbach as the Seigle Family Chair of Law, and Kimberly A. Yuracko as the Judd and Mary Morris Leighton Chair at a ceremony on April 7. More...

Making a Murderer Event Livestream
On Wednesday, April 6, those unable to attend in person can watch a livestream of "Brendan Dassey: A True Story of False Confession," as Steven Drizin (JD ’86), Laura Nirider (JD ’08), and a panel of distinguished guests discuss issues presented by Brendan Dassey’s confession and case. 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.

Howard Tullman to Address Law School Class of 2016
Howard A. Tullman (JD ’70), chief executive officer of 1871, will deliver the main convocation address at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law on May 13, 2016. More...

A Conversation with Professor Marshall Shapo about The Experimental Society
Professor Marshall Shapo’s latest book, The Experimental Society, was published earlier this year. We spoke with Professor Shapo about his current work in this area. More...

Thomas Geraghty Receives Walter J. Cummings Award from Federal Bar Association
Thomas Geraghty (JD ’69), Class of 1967 James B. Haddad Professor of Law and director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic, received the Walter J. Cummings Award for distinguished pro bono service from the Federal Bar Association’s Chicago Chapter at its Sixth Annual James B. Moran Membership Appreciation Event. More...

American Bankruptcy College Honors Jeffrey Wysong
Last month, Jeffrey Wysong (JD ’16) was honored by the American College of Bankruptcy at its annual meeting in Washington DC, as the Distinguished Law Student for the Seventh Circuit. More...

Bartlit Center Team Wins Regional AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition
A Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Bartlit Center Trial Team won first place in the Midwest Regional of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition held March 10 to 13 in Chicago. More...

Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition Results
The 53rd Annual Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition was held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. The four finalists were Julie Becker (JD ’17), Rebecca G. Ross (JD ’17), Margaret Truesdale (JD ’17), and Evan Bianchi (JD ’17). Becker and Ross won the final round. More...

Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute
The 36th Annual Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute will be held April 28-29 at the Law School. Law School alumni can take advantage of discounted registration using the promotion code: RGI2016ALUM. More information and full schedule is available on the Institute website.

Passive Aggressive: Scalia and Garner on Interpretation
Andrew Koppelman, John Paul Steven Professor of Law, will present a webinar for the Northwestern Alumni Association, at noon on Friday, April 29. Koppelman will critique the book Justice Antonin Scalia coauthored on legal interpretation. "Antonin Scalia’s coauthored treatise on legal interpretation is also a melodrama, with sharply drawn good guys and bad guys. The hero is the Faithful and Impartial Judge, the servant of Democracy," Koppelman says. "The argument is weak and inconsistent with Scalia’s actual practice as a judge. The book nonetheless nicely accomplishes what it is trying to do. Scalia is one of the authors, to be sure, but he is also the protagonist of a narrative. The author’s preeminent concern is seeing to it that you perceive the protagonist as the author intends: as the champion of judicial restraint, against all those liberal oligarchs." Registration is free.

Transactional LawMeet Team Wins Best Draft
Christopher Grady (JD ’17), Brandon Knop (JD ’17), and Katie Stevens (JD ’18) were awarded "Best Draft" at the National Championship of the 7th Annual Transactional LawMeet in New York City. In this year’s competition, teams negotiated a merger of two emerging technology companies. The drafting stage took place over two months, with students drafting term sheets, interviewing their clients, and marking up opposing teams’ drafts. More...

Faculty in the News

Commentary: Who can judge authenticity? No one can, so stop the Clinton damnation
Nancy C. Loeb in Chicago Tribune, March 31

New data show how liberal Merrick Garland really is
Kyle Rozema in The Washington Post, March 30

On Campus, Why Is anti-Semitism Different From All Other Prejudices?
Steven Lubet in Haaretz, March 28 (subscription required)

Prosecuting Crimes Against Humanity
David Scheffer on Al Jazeera, March 26

Why Are Educators Learning How to Interrogate Their Students?
Laura Nirider (JD ’08) in The New Yorker, March 25

Law firm to examine how Chicago police complaints are probed
Sheila Bedi in Associated Press, March 23

Why the GOP's Merrick Garland strategy could be a disaster for Republicans
Andrew Koppelman in Salon, March 18

City wants to fast-track Lucas Museum, but construction may be far, far away
Nadav Shoked in Chicago Tribune, March 18

In Remotest Mali, A Hero on International Women's Day
Juliet Sorensen in Huffington Post, March 9

The Pitfalls of Early Voting
John O. McGinnis in The Atlantic, March 8

Early voting comes under new scrutiny after Trump's losing 'win'
Eugene Kontorovich in Washington Post, March 8

After 1 Year, the Effects of the Net Neutrality Regulations
James Speta in The Daily Signal, March 2

Upcoming Events

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

2016 Chair Ceremony
April 7, 2016
Lincoln Hall

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

Wigmore Club Reception
April 8, 2016
Law School Atrium

BLSA 3L and Alumni Legacy Banquet, "It Takes A Village"
April 14, 2016
Law School Atrium

Law Alumni Club of Twin Cities Happy Hour and Brewery Tour
April 14, 2016
Fair State Brewing Cooperative

36th Annual Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute
April 28–29, 2016

"Passive Aggressive: Scalia and Garner on Interpretation"
Webinar with Professor Andrew Koppelman
April 29, 2016

Law Alumni Club of Milwaukee Making a Murderer Faculty Presentation
May 17, 2016
The University Club of Milwaukee

Alumni Club of Seattle Kickoff
May 24, 2016

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