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May 2016

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Howard A. Tullman to Address the Class of 2016
Howard Tullman, CEO of Chicago’s 1871, will deliver the 2016 convocation address to Northwestern Pritzker School of Law graduates at the Chicago Theatre on Friday, May 13. More...

Jill and Paul Meister Donate $500,000
Jill G. Meister (JD ’90) and Paul A. Meister (JD ’87) have donated $500,000 to Northwestern Law. "This gift is particularly meaningful, not only because Paul and Jill are both alumni, but also because of their remarkable commitment to volunteer service," said Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez. More...

Children and Family Justice Center, Chicago Housing Authority to Launch Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program
As part of a national effort to assist young people who have had juvenile justice system involvement, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched a multi-state, multi-million dollar initiative to create the Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program. On Monday, April 25, HUD and DOJ announced that the Children and Family Justice Center at the Bluhm Legal Clinic will partner with the Chicago Housing Authority in the implementation of a program designed to assist system-involved youth in Chicago achieve successful transitions to adulthood. More...

Brendan Dassey: A True Story of a False Confession CLE
Last month, Professors Steven Drizin (JD ’86) and Laura Nirider (JD ’08) of the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth gave a presentation to a packed Thorne Auditorium, where they used their client Brendan Dassey’s case, featured in Netflix’s Making a Murderer, as a lens for the study of police interrogation. The presentation and panel discussion that followed are now available as an on-demand continuing legal education (CLE) course, eligible for 2 professional responsibility continuing legal education credits in the state of Illinois. The CLE fee is $150, and proceeds will go to support the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth.

ACS Chapter Receives Reproductive Rights and Justice Award
The Northwestern Law chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) has been chosen by the national ACS organization and the Center for Reproductive Rights to receive the 2016 Reproductive Rights and Justice Award for demonstrating outstanding commitment to reproductive health and rights through its 2015-16 programming. More...

Amy Garber and Hazel Technologies Awarded $500,000 at the 2016 Clean Energy Trust Challenge
A team of Northwestern University entrepreneurs—including Law School alumna Amy Garber (MSL ’15)—earned the top prize at the 2016 Clean Energy Trust Challenge, the $500,000 Illinois Clean Energy Fund Award for their startup Hazel Technologies. Hazel Technologies developed FruitBrite, a capsule that delivers EPA-approved ethylene inhibitors that slow the aging process in some plants. The product is designed to reduce produce spoilage and thus reduce food waste. More...

Jerry Reinsdorf Named to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf—a distinguished Northwestern Law alumnus—has been named a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. Reinsdorf headed a group that purchased the Bulls in 1985. During his tenure as Chairman of the franchise, the team has won six NBA Championships, advanced to the postseason 24 times, reached the Eastern Conference Finals seven times, claimed eight Central Division titles, and featured six NBA MVPs wins. Reinsdorf—who also owns the Chicago White Sox—delivered the main address at the Law School’s 2012 convocation ceremony.

In Memoriam: the Honorable Horace Ward
The Honorable Horace Ward (JD ’59), retired federal district judge from Georgia and a giant in the civil rights movement, died on Saturday, April 23, 2016. He was 88 years old. "Horace Ward was a true pathbreaker," said Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez. "He was a civil rights icon, a courageous lawyer, a role model, and an American hero." More...

Alumni in the News

Horace Ward, U.S. Judge Who Triumphed Over Bias, Dies at 88
Horace Ward (JD ’59), New York Times, April 27

Family of teen Pierre Loury sues city over deadly police shooting
Andrew Stroth (JD ’99), Chicago Tribune, April 20

Faculty in the News

Just 3 in 1,000 juvenile arrest records expunged in Illinois, report says
Julie Biehl (JD ’86), Chicago Tribune, April 29

’Crook County’ investigates racism in Cook County criminal court system
Rob Warden, Chicago Tribune, April 27

Patriot Act that Hastert heralded helped bring his downfall
Juliet Sorensen, Daily Herald, April 26

Americans are helping eight million people break this bad law
Uzoamaka Emeka Nzelibe, Reuters, April 26

The Mess in Illinois and the Public Trust Case for Pension Reform
David Dana, Huffington Post, April 25

Judge Denies Emergency Order For Inmates Seeking New Parole Hearings
David M. Shapiro, Peoria Public Radio, April 21

Israel Boycott Battle Heads to Court
Eugene Kontorovich, Inside Higher Ed, April 21

Why Does the Teen Who Live-Streamed an Attack on a Friend Face the Same Charges as the Alleged Rapist?
Deborah Tuerkheimer, Slate, April 19

In Clerkship Picks, Law Schools Want Garland to Share the Love
Daniel B. Rodriguez, National Law Journal, April 13

Here’s betting a computer can’t play poker
Steven Lubet, Chicago Tribune, April 6

Yes, Universities Discriminate Against Conservatives
James Lindgren, National Review, April 1

Upcoming Events

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

San Diego Alumni Cocktail Reception
June 1, 2016
Juniper and Ivy

"From Start-Up to IPO and Beyond: What You Need to Know" with Dean Rodriguez
Law Alumni Club of San Francisco & Kellogg Alumni Club of San Francisco and Silicon Valley
June 6, 2016

Law Alumni Club of Detroit Cocktail Reception and Faculty Presentation with Professor Ron Allen
June 7, 2016
Detroit Athletic Club

Law Alumni Club of NYC Salon hosted by Michael Kurtz (JD ’73) with Professor Jason DeSanto
June 8, 2016

Law Alumni Club of Chicago Women’s Networking Lunch and Faculty Presentation with Professor Destiny Peery (JD-PhD ’12)
June 14, 2016
Mid-America Club

Law Alumni Club of Chicago Ravinia Outing to Duran Duran
July 8, 2016
Ravinia Festival

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Beijing Alumni Cocktail Reception
June 23, 2016

Hong Kong Alumni Cocktail Reception
June 28, 2016

Shanghai Alumni Cocktail Reception
June 30, 2016

Alumni Weekend and Reunion 2016
October 21-22, 2016

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