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May 2014

2014 Convocation Ceremony Carter Phillips (JD '77) to Serve as Keynote Speaker for 2014 Convocation Ceremony
Supreme Court litigator Carter G. Phillips (JD '77) will deliver the commencement address at the Law School's 154th graduation convocation ceremony on Friday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m. at the Chicago Theatre. Carter has argued 78 cases before the Supreme Court, more than any lawyer currently in private practice, and currently teaches in Northwestern Law's Supreme Court Clinic. More...

$4 Million in Gifts Establish the Newton N. Minow Professorship
Friends, colleagues, and fellow Northwestern alumni made gifts totaling $4 million to establish an endowment for a new named professorship in honor of Newton N. Minow (BS '49, JD '50) and to establish the Newton N. Minow Debates at Northwestern Law. More...

Future of Law School Innovation
Dean Rodriguez participated in the Future of Law School Innovation conference, held at the Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado last month, and blogged extensively about it on Word on the Streeterville. The ABAJournal reported on the proceedings, noting "Three of the most serious deans—Phil Weiser from Colorado, Dan Rodriguez from Northwestern and Trish White from Miami—were key players." The article "Law school leaders are dividing into two camps: stuck v. serious" can be found on the ABA website.

Cocktails with the Dean in Boston and Chicago
The Northwestern Law Alumni Club of Boston invites alumni to join Dean Rodriguez for cocktails on Tuesday, June 3, at The Liberty Hotel. Dean Rodriguez will also be the special guest at the Northwestern Law Alumni Club of Chicago Cocktail Party on Wednesday, June 11, at Studio Paris.
Register for the Boston event | Register for the Chicago event

Wigmore Challenge Ends May 16
There are less than two weeks to take advantage of Neil Bluhm's Wigmore Challenge. Any new Wigmore donation to the Law School Fund of $1,000 before Convocation on May 16 will be matched by Mr. Bluhm and will qualify for membership in the Wigmore Club for fiscal year 2014. More than 75 Law alumni have newly joined the Wigmore Club since December 16 and we need 25 more to reach our goal of 100 new Wigmore donors by May 16. Please contact Emily Mullin at or 312.503.1558 with questions.

From the Blogosphere: Professor Eugene Kontorovich
Professor Eugene Kontorovich is a regular contributor to the blog The Volokh Conspiracy, which is now affiliated with the Washington Post. In April, his topics included insights on "Why the Court should uphold Congress's power in the Jerusalem Passport case" and inaccuracies in reporting world news: "Wall Street Journal gives Western Sahara to Morocco" and "Wall Street Journal calls occupied territories "disputed": paging Gov. Christie."

Alumni in the News

Neil Eggleston (JD '78) Appointed to White House Counsel
On April 21, President Barack Obama named Neil Eggleston (JD '78) as his White House Counsel. Eggleston is currently a partner at Kirkland and Ellis and previously served as an associate counsel to President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1994. Eggleston to Replace Ruemmler as Next White House Counsel from the Wall Street Journal Law Blog (April 19)

Justice John Paul Stevens (JD '47) Releases New Book
Former US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens (JD '47) has written a new book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution that is getting a lot of attention:
Justice Stevens Suggests Solution for 'Giant Step in the Wrong Direction' in the New York Times (April 21)
Ex-justice suggests changing Constitution (subscription required) in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (April 22)
Justice Stevens: Six Little Ways To Change The Constitution (interview) on NPR (April 26)

Faculty in the News

When Fasces Aren't Fascist
Eugene Kontorovich in City Journal, April 30

Let Nations, Not the World, Prosecute Corruption
Karen Alter; Juliet Sorensen in U.S. News and World Report, April 30

The Rubin Carter case, perjury for the prosecution — and lessons unlearned
Rob Warden in The Chicago Sun-Times, April 25

Net Neutrality Undermined By Proposed FCC Rules, Say Free Access Groups
James B. Speta in Aljazeera, April 24

Rob Warden, co-founder of Center on Wrongful Convictions, believes death penalty abolition is possible Rob Warden in The City Sentinel, April 23

Are The True Costs Of Political Patronage Too High?
Juliet Sorensen in Talking Points Memo, April 22

High court to decide fate of renegade television service
Peter C. DiCola in The Hill, April 20

Unprisoning Our Children
Sheila Bedi in The Huffington Post, April 16

Fault Lines Appear at Northwestern Over Union Vote
Zev J. Eigen in The New York Times, April 16

Northwestern University gets $4 million to honor alum Newton Minow
Newton Minow (JD '50); Daniel B. Rodriguez in Crain's Chicago Business, April 15

Shock-Based Causal Inference in Corporate Finance
Bernard Black in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, April 11

Utah Gay-Marriage Appeal Seen as Rehearsal for Supreme Court
Andrew M. Koppelman in Bloomberg Businessweek, April 10

The Modern Engineer: New Skills, Opportunities, and Obligations
Master of Science in Law in The Institute, April 10

Cengage Learning Emerges From Bankruptcy
George H. Pike in Information Today, April 1

Upcoming Events

Alumni Cocktail Party - New York City
Date: May 8
Location: Penn Club of New York
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Center on Wrongful Convictions Symposium Honoring Rob Warden
Date: May 9
Location: Thorne Auditorium
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Alumni Panel & Networking Event - Los Angeles
Date: May 20
Location: Loeb & Loeb
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Cocktails with the Dean - Boston
Date: June 3
Location: The Liberty Hotel
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Alumni Cocktail Party with Dean Rodriguez - Chicago
Date: June 11
Location: Studio Paris
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All Alumni Weekend 2014
Date: September 19-20
Location: Law School
More Info: Alumni website