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September 2013

Qualcomm Gives the Searle Center $2 Million to Fund Innovation EconomicsQualcomm Gives the Searle Center $2 Million to Fund Innovation Economics
Wireless technologies company Qualcomm Incorporated has given the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University Law School $2 million to fund research that will investigate the role of patents in incentivizing technological innovation. More...

Entrepreneurship Law Center Launches New Massive Online Course
The Bluhm Legal Clinic's Entrepreneurship Law Center is scheduled to launch a new massive open online course (MOOC) on October 23. Taught by clinical professors Esther Barron (JD '95) and Stephen Reed, the new course, Law and the Entrepreneur, will address the legal aspects of entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on the critical legal and business issues entrepreneurs face as they build and launch a new venture. Northwestern MOOCs are a product of a partnership with Coursera, an education company that partners with top universities and organizations throughout the world to make online courses available to anyone for free. For additional information and to register, please visit

Former U.S. Attorney to Deliver Pope and John Lecture
Patrick Fitzgerald, esteemed trial lawyer, investigator, and former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, will be the featured speaker for the Law School's Pope & John Lecture Series on Professionalism on Tuesday, September 17, at 5:30 p.m. This lecture is approved for 1.0 professionalism CLE credit in the state of Illinois. This event was rescheduled from February due to inclement weather. Preregistration for this event is encouraged.

Register for All Alumni Weekend and Reunion 2013
Online registration is now open for All Alumni Weekend and Reunion 2013! Northwestern Law alumni and friends are invited to join us September 27-28 for featured programming including the inaugural Law Alumni Awards luncheon, alumni and faculty panels, a conversation with Dean Dan Rodriguez, networking opportunities, Alumni Family Picnic, and more!

On Saturday evening, alumni from the classes of 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008 are invited to the Reunion Grand Celebration.
View a full schedule and register now!

Save the Date: Alumni Club Happy Hours - October 9th
Are you looking to meet and network with fellow Northwestern Law alumni living in your area? Did you recently graduate? Have you moved? Northwestern Law Alumni Clubs around the country invite you to attend a local Happy Hour on October 9. Events are being planned in Detroit, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Register.

Alumni Interviewers Needed
Help our admissions team recruit the finest students from this country and abroad. Volunteering as an alumni interviewer is a great way to stay connected and one of the most effective ways you can work to make the school even better. If you are interested in becoming an alumni interviewer, please sign up online or email the admissions office.

In the News

Faculty in the News

Judge outlines murderer Johnnie Lee Savory's DNA testing
Joshua Tepfer in Peoria Journal Star, August 31, 2013

Do patents spur innovation?
Matthew Spitzer; Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth in Inside Counsel, August 27, 2013

Should law school be 2 years?
Daniel B. Rodriguez in CNBC Video, August 26, 2013

'Access to Health' project brings university resources to communities in need
Juliet Sorensen in Global Health at Northwestern University, August 02, 2013

Upcoming Events

Alumni Events

Pope and John Lecture featuring Patrick Fitzgerald - Chicago, IL
Date: September 17
Location: Northwestern Law School
More info: Register

All Alumni Weekend and Reunion Grand Celebration - Chicago, IL
Date: September 27-28
Location: Northwestern Law School
More info: Register

Alumni Club Happy Hours
Date: October 9
Location: Various Locations Across the Country
More info: Register

Alumni Club Kickoff Event with Prof. Steven Calabresi - Boston, MA
Date: October 23
Location: Goodwin Proctor
More info: Register

Executive and Professional Education Programs

52nd Annual Corporate Counsel Institute - Chicago, IL
Date: October 3-4
Location: Northwestern Law School
More info: Register