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June 2016

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New Curricular Initiatives
Two significant additions to the curriculum, recently approved by the Law School faculty, are designed to give graduates a running start in the technologically driven global economy. The Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship concentration will expose students to the issues that drive the innovation process and to the role of technology in the modern economy. The Innovation Lab will focus on the legal, business, technical, teamwork, design, and presentation skills involved in the innovation process and allow students to put those skills to work in designing a commercial product that will solve a legal problem. More...

2016 Jay A. Pritzker Fellows Announced
The Jay Pritzker Foundation established the Jay A. Pritzker Fellowship Program in 2014 to help talented Northwestern Pritzker School of Law graduates launch public interest careers. Each Pritzker Fellow receives a grant in the amount of $50,000, plus medical insurance coverage, to support one year of full-time service as a lawyer at a nonprofit or government agency. Nine Northwestern Law graduates were chosen to be 2016 Pritzker Fellows. More...

Scholarship Challenge for Today and Tomorrow
Recognizing the critical need for additional endowed scholarships, J.B. and M.K. Pritzker designated a significant portion of their extraordinary gift to scholarships. To encourage others to join them in creating endowed scholarships for future Law School students, while also meeting the needs of today’s students, they have established a one-to-two match that provides $100,000 in matching funds to any benefactor who makes a scholarship gift of $200,000 or more. The Challenge is intended to inspire gifts from Law School supporters who share J.B.’s and M.K.’s understanding of the importance of investing in students. More...

Young Wigmore Challenge Runs June 1–August 31, 2016
Young Alumni (Law graduates from the Classes of 2002–2016) who join the Young Wigmore Club this summer will have their gifts matched, dollar for dollar, by an anonymous donor. Learn more about the Young Wigmore Challenge and watch the Challenge video.

Convocation Honors Northwestern Law Class of 2016
On Friday, May 13, over 500 Northwestern Law graduates, along with their families and friends, packed the historic Chicago Theatre for the Class of 2016’s convocation ceremony. Howard A. Tullman (JD ’70), chief executive officer of 1871, Chicago’s world-renowned mega-incubator for tech startups, delivered the keynote address. More...

Geraghty and Drizin Talk Making a Murderer with National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Bluhm Legal Clinic Director Thomas Geraghty and Assistant Dean Steven Drizin spoke with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s blog, the Legal Advocate, for a two-part interview series (part 1, part 2) on Making a Murderer and their work on behalf of their client, Brendan Dassey.

Do You Need Professional Responsibility Credits?
A presentation and panel discussion by Drizin and Professor Laura Nirider is 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.

Alumni in the News

Also lost in the Illinois budget wars: Exoneree compensation
Ben Copulsky (JD ’16), Crain’s Chicago Business, May 27

Tech leaders to college grads: 'Failure is an everyday occurrence'
Howard Tullman (JD ’70), Chicago Tribune, May 17

When appointing friends of the Court, justices are friendliest toward white men
Kate Shaw (JD ’06), New York Times, May 16

20 in their 20s
Esther Joy King (JD/LLM Tax ’13), Crain’s Chicago Business, May 14

Faculty in the News

Peter Thiel’s funding of Hulk Hogan-Gawker litigation should not raise concerns
Eugene Kontorovich, Washington Post, May 26

Illinois pushes legal aid for juveniles in murder cases
Laura Nirider (JD ’08), Associated Press, May 24

Bernie or bust? The lessons of 1968
Steve Lubet, CNN, May 24

The sand mines that ruin farmland
Nancy Loeb, New York Times, May 23

Supreme Court throws out death sentence
Shari Seidman Diamond, Bloomberg, May 23

Some frowning over Facebook’s biometric data about—what else?—your face
James Speta, WBEZ, May 17

Emanuel tries legal end-run to save Lucas Museum
Nadav Shoked, Chicago Sun-Times, May 4

Law and engineering should share curriculum
Daniel Rodriguez, Chronicle of Higher Education, May 1

Upcoming Events

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

Law Alumni Club of Los Angeles Happy Hour
June 23, 2016
Café Pinot

Beijing Alumni Cocktail Reception
June 23, 2016
Grand Hyatt Beijing at Oriental Plaza

Law Alumni Club of Boston Women's Networking Cocktail Reception
June 28, 2016
Bar Lola

Hong Kong Alumni Cocktail Reception with Dean Rodriguez
June 28, 2016
Four Seasons

Shanghai Alumni Cocktail Reception with Dean Rodriguez
June 30, 2016

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

Save the Date

Law Alumni Club of Boston and the Kellogg Club of Boston Red Sox Outing
July 9, 2016

Alumni Weekend and Reunion 2016
October 21-22, 2016

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