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April 2017


Professor Akhil Reed Amar Delivers Inaugural Lincoln Lecture
Akhil Reed Amar, the Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, delivered the very first Abraham Lincoln Lecture on Constitutional Law on April 6. Amar’s lecture focused on Electoral College reform. Amar argued the Electoral College was explicitly designed to give power to slaveholding states. He also discussed the ways states allowed for direct election of senators prior to the Seventeenth Amendment requiring it, suggesting similar reforms could effectively establish a national popular vote without amending the Constitution. The lecture was established by Professor Steven Calabresi, the Clayton J. & Henry R. Barber Professor of Law. Listen to an audio recording of the lecture.

Professor Juliet Sorensen Named New Bluhm Legal Clinic Director
Juliet Sorensen, Harry R. Horrow Professor in International Law, will be the director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic beginning with the 2017-18 academic year. Please join us in congratulating Professor Sorensen, and read Dean Daniel Rodriguez’s message to the community.

Bartlit Center Team Wins National Trial Competition
A Northwestern Pritzker School of Law team won the national championship in the National Trial Competition held in Fort Worth, Texas, March 23 to 25. Stacy Kapustina (JD ’17), Douglas Bates (JD ’17), and Garrett Fields (JD ’18) took first place in a field that originally included 300 teams. Bartlit Center teams have now won the competition five times, which ties for the most of any law school. More...

Northwestern Law Team Wins Inaugural Startup LawMeet Competition
Francisco Gallegos Hoyos (MSL), Ryan Scott Genkin (JD-MBA ’19), and Laura McJilton (JD ’18) won the inaugural Startup LawMeet, an interdisciplinary competition for students interested in a transactional practice specifically involving entrepreneurial companies. More...

37th Annual Garrett Securities Institute: April 27-28
The Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute is the preeminent conference of its kind in the Midwest. Designed to provide private practitioners and corporate counsel with a timely analysis of current issues and developments confronting corporations. Join over 450 firm and in-house attorneys for a discussion of critical issues while networking with senior officials from the SEC and prominent securities law practitioners. The 2017 conference highlights include: a capital markets overview, featuring J.P. Morgan’s Chris Gallea; updates from the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, featuring Acting Director Shelley Parratt; and a mock boad meeting exploring lessons learned from the Volkswagen emissions crisis. Learn more and register today!

Hiring: Director of Academic and Professional Excellence (APEx)
Northwestern Law is hiring a Director, Academic & Professional Excellence (APEx). He or she will be responsible for curating and directing all academic excellence programming, counseling students on their academic preparation and success, and supporting the Associate Dean of Student Services as needed. This includes planning, coordination, project management, internal and external networking, conflict management, and teamwork within Student Services. Read the full job description and apply today.

Survey Participation Needed: Stress & the Legal Profession
We are reaching out on behalf of a 3L student who is completing a senior research project examining the prevalence and causes of substance use, stress, depression amongst attorneys, particularly those in younger cohorts, and is looking for survey participants. The survey is completely anonymous and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Participants will have the chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

Faculty in the News

Even Trump should want the Superfund to be super
Nancy Loeb, The Hill, March 24

Facebook rape stirs questions about witnessing crimes online
Jeffrey Urdangen, Associated Press, March 22

Can the Trump administration kick disfavored reporters out of briefings?
David Shapiro, The Hill, March 21

Trump Is Not Above the Courts
Martin Redish, The New York Times, March 16

Gun crime sentencing bill pushed by top cop advances, then stalls
Stephanie Kollman, Chicago Sun-Times, March 9

U.N. Court Declines to Reopen Bosnia’s Genocide Case Against Serbia
David Scheffer, The New York Times, March 9

Local Groups React to Revised Travel Ban
Eugene Kontorovich, WTTW, March 6

American Democracy Is Not Endangered by Trump
John McGinnis, Library of Law and Liberty, March 6

Commentary: Free Kellyanne Conway from misguided law professors!
Steven Lubet, Chicago Tribune, March 3

Upcoming Events

BLSA 3L and Alumni Legacy Banquet
April 13
Law School Atrium

Law Alumni Club of Houston Networking Dinner
April 18

Chicago JD-MBA Cocktail Reception 2017
April 19

Law Alumni Club of NYC Presentation by Professor Steve Calabresi
April 19
Clifford Chance LLP

Black Law Alumni Association NYC Reception
April 20
Papillon Bistro & Bar

Law Alumni Club of Detroit Presents: Tips from the Bench
April 26
Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse

Law, Kellogg and NU DFW Trivia Night
April 27
Eastwood's Bar

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
Anthem Kitchen & Bar

Law Alumni Club of Boston Second Annual Boston Alumnae Event
May 17

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