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June 2014

Convocation Ceremony Celebrates Class of 2014

Convocation Ceremony Celebrates Class of 2014
On May 16 at the landmark Chicago Theatre, family, friends, and Law School faculty and staff turned out to support the more than 500 graduates, who now join a network of more than 14,000 Law School alumni. Carter Phillips (JD '77) offered the keynote address, while Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez offered insights to students on the state of their newfound profession. View photo gallery on Facebook

Dean Rodriguez: Meeting the Challenges Facing Legal Education
In his recent message to the Northwestern Law community, "Jobs and student debt - NU Law moves steadily forward," Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez provides an update on steps the Law School is taking to deal with the challenging job market for our graduates, the flattening of law school applications, and the high costs of legal education.

Bluhm Legal Clinic Honored with Two Awards
The Children and Family Justice Center and the Center on Wrongful Convictions received awards in May for their outstanding contributions to public interest law. The CFJC was honored with a "Champion of the Public Interest Award" from the Business and Professional People for Public Interest. The CWC received a Seventh Circuit Bar Association Pro Bono and Public Service Award for its work on the exoneration of Nicole Harris.

Alumni Clubs Summer Events & Houston Club Launch
Northwestern Law Alumni Clubs are starting off the summer season with a series of networking events. Dean Rodriguez attended the Boston Club's June 3 cocktail reception and will visit with Chicago alumni at Studio Paris on June 11. Summer events also include Student/Alumni Happy Hours in Washington, DC, (July 16) New York City (July 23) and a Tax Alumni Lunch in Chicago (August 6). Plans are also underway to launch a new alumni club in Houston, with a kickoff event planned for fall. To become a club volunteer or learn more about the club, please contact Terese Molinaro.

Newest Alumni Give Back with Class Gift
In a tradition dating back to 1989, the graduating class has raised funds to commemorate their time at the Law School and to demonstrate their collective support. This year, more than 55 percent of graduating students donated to the Law School, surpassing Dean Rodriguez's challenge goal of 50 percent participation. As a result, the Class of 2014 secured the dean's $10,000 challenge gift, and a booth in the Law School's newly renovated cafe will be dedicated to their honor. More...

Faculty in the News

I.Q. Cutoff Ruling May Spare Some Inmates on Death Row
Robert C. Owen in The New York Times, May 28, 2014

Gay marriage bans crumbling quickly
Andrew M. Koppelman in The Hill, May 25, 2014

Dallas targets wrongful convictions, and revolution starts to spread
Rob Warden in The Christian Science Monitor, May 25, 2014

7 Tips For Managing Your Finances During Maternity Leave
Northwestern University Law Review in Forbes, May 22, 2014

DOJ reverses no-recording policy for interrogations
Steven A. Drizin JD '86 in USA Today, May 21, 2014

One Cheer for Scalia on Legal Education
John O. McGinnis in Library of Law and Liberty, May 21, 2014

Four Well-Intentioned International Law Ideas Doomed to Fail
Karen Alter in OZY, May 20, 2014

Rules agreed to for juvenile detention hearings
Alexa Van Brunt in The Washington Times, May 19, 2014

Wrongful Conviction and Rob Warden: Desperately Seeking Justice
Rob Warden; Center on Wrongful Convictions in Hillard Heintze- The Front Line, May 19, 2014

The Brown decision's legacy: Still under review
Steven G. Calabresi in Constitution Daily, May 17, 2014

A new take on Kiobel: putting ATS in line with international practice and other statutes
Eugene Kontorovich in The Washington Post, May 16, 2014

Sheriffs and the posse comitatus
Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology in The Washington Post, May 15, 2014

FCC Open Internet Proposal Could End Net Neutrality
George H. Pike in Information Today, May 13, 2014

Northwestern's difference maker
Daniel B. Rodriguez in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, May 9, 2014

Do Investors in Emerging Market Companies Care about Corporate Governance?
Bernard Black in International Finance Corporation, May 9, 2014

Lawyers Warn Public Companies About New Wave of Whistle-Blower Actions
Northwestern University School of Law in Bloomberg BNA, May 9, 2014

Free market America? Yes, but with limits
James J. Hanks in Yahoo News, May 8, 2014

Big Question: Is It Time To Abolish The Death Penalty?
Rob Warden in Wisconsin Public Radio, May 7, 2014

Officials re-opening botched 'Dixmoor 5' case
Joshua Tepfer in The Chicago Tribune, May 7, 2014

Mother helps change Wisconsin intoxication law
Jeffrey Urdangen in The Chicago Tribune, May 4, 2014

Report Sheds Light On Taxpayer Subsidies For Restaurant CEO Pay
Charlotte Crane in Progress Illinois, May 2, 2014

Upcoming Events

Alumni Cocktail Party
June 11
Chicago: Studio Paris

Student/Alumni Happy Hour
July 16
Washington, DC: Penn Social

Student/Alumni Happy Hour
July 23
NYC: The Wheeltapper Patio

Tax Alumni Lunch
August 6
Chicago: Fulton's on the River

All Alumni Weekend 2014
September 19-20
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