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September 2017


Northwestern Law to Accept GRE Beginning Next Year
At Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, we are firmly committed to meeting the evolving needs of the profession, and this means constantly evaluating the law school experience. This includes our curriculum, where we have established relevant new programs, concentrations and courses, our student support infrastructure, including financial aid, and also student admissions and recruitment. With this in mind, starting in Fall 2018, Northwestern Law will allow JD applicants to submit either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) for admission the following year (Fall 2019). More...

Your Career Questions, Answered

Advice from alumni who've been there

Navigating a law career can raise lots of questions. This new monthly feature will offer advice from Northwestern Law alums—legal recruiters, career coaches, and managing partners—who have the expertise to weigh in on all your pressing concerns. First up, how to navigate the transition from a firm to in-house. More...

One Month Until Alumni Weekend and Reunion!
We look forward to welcoming you back to campus on October 5-7 for Alumni Weekend and Reunion 2017! No matter your graduation year, we hope you will join us to reengage with the school, strengthen your ties with the alumni community, and celebrate during a weekend of social, educational, and special events. Join us for the Alumni Awards Luncheon and the Bluhm Legal Clinic Reception and acknowledge the significant impact our alumni have made in legal communities across the country, and even around the world. Sit in on a faculty or alumni panel, celebrate at a class party, renew old friendships, and make new connections. More...

Savners Generously Increase Commitment to Fundraising Campaign
David A. Savner (BA ’65, JD ’68) and his wife, Libby, have made a generous donation to the Law School in the amount of $1.5 million. This follows a $1 million gift in 2014, and, with other support, brings the Savners’ impressive philanthropy in the Motion to Lead Campaign to over $2.6 million. This latest gift ensures that The David and Libby Savner Scholarship Fund will provide full-tuition scholarships for future generations. More...

Professor Marshall Shapo Receives 2018 Prosser Award from AALS
Marshall S. Shapo, Frederic P. Vose Professor of Law, was named the recipient of the 2018 William L. Prosser Award by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Torts and Compensation Systems. More...

Jamie Lynn Crofts (JD ’13) Goes Viral with Satirical Defense of John Oliver and the First Amendment
In a June episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the HBO host took on the coal industry and President Trump's promise to bring back more coal jobs. The segment featured coal mining executive and Trump supporter Bob Murray, but when Oliver's staff contacted Murray Energy in advance of the episode, they received a cease and desist letter in response. The episode resulted in the "immediate litigation" that Murray Energy promised, which is how Northwestern Law alumna Jamie Lynn Crofts, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of West Virginia, found her words splashed across the pages of The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, and the New York Post. More...

Planet Lex: Cities, States and The Trump Administration: Clashes of Federal and Local Government
In the latest episode of the Northwestern Law podcast, Dean Rodriguez is joined by Professors David Dana and Nadav Shoked to discuss the current state of sanctuary cities, the response to the Trump administration pulling out of the Paris Agreement, and the ongoing clash between federal authorities and state and local government.

Become an Alumni Interviewer
The Admissions Office is seeking volunteers to participate in the Alumni Interview Program. The program matches applicants to the JD program with alumni in their area in order to conduct an admissions interview. The program runs between September 15 and January 1. Volunteers typically conduct 3-4 interviews during that time period. Interviews typically last between 30 and 45 minutes and interviewers must complete a brief evaluation form to include in the applicant's admissions file. If you are interested, please complete the online registration form. The Admissions Office will follow up with more information, including an Alumni Interview Handbook within the next few weeks. Please contact Mary Beth Busby with questions.

Visit the Online Store
Need a gift for a graduate or some new gear for 2017 Reunion? We are pleased to offer the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law online store! Find Northwestern Law apparel, drinkware, and accessories at great prices.

Alumni in the News

Chaffetz replacement: Who are the Utah congressional candidates?
Tanner Ainge (JD ’12), Fox News, August 15

U.S. attorney nominee for Chicago, a former Ivy Leaguer, called 'more Joliet than Harvard'
John Lausch (JD ’96), Chicago Tribune, August 4

Family of Black Teen Pinned Down By Officer In Video Files Lawsuit
Andrew Stroth (JD ’99), NBC, August 3

Faculty in the News

Escaping one of the nation's worst environmental disaster zones
Debbie Chizewer, Washington Post, August 20

ACLU Decision Puts Spotlight on Guns at Protests
Eugene Kontorovich, Wall Street Journal, August 18

How much longer can decent people serve in Trump's cabinet?
Steven Lubet, CNN, August 16

FBI report raises specter of false confessions
Locke Bowman, Chicago Sun-Times, August 11

More Law Schools Begin Accepting GRE Test Results
Daniel Rodriguez, New York Times, August 10

Commentary: Trump's affirmative action attack could halt educational experimentation
Daniel Rodriguez, Chicago Tribune, August 8

Chicago Suing Justice Department For Efforts To Cut Funding To Sanctuary Cities
Nadav Shoked, Wisconsin Public Radio, August 7

Is Michelle Carter's punishment for death-by-text a slap on the wrist or cruel and unusual?
David Shapiro, The Hill, August 4

Why Robert Mueller's Grand Jury Isn't Really a Big Deal
Juliet Sorensen, Fortune, August 4

As Technology Advances, Would You Be Willing To Be Microchipped?
Jim Speta, WBEZ, July 26

Pruitt says EPA will create 'top-10' list for Superfund cleanup
Nancy Loeb, Washington Post, July 25

State Department's Restructuring May Close War Crimes Office
David Scheffer, NPR, July 21

Gay Rights Groups Seek One More Win From Justice Kennedy
Andrew Koppelman, New York Times, July 17

Why Bitcoin Is Booming
John McGinnis, Wall Street Journal, July 9

Upcoming Events

Law Alumni Club of Chicago Second Annual Alumni Trivia Night
September 13
Rockit Bar and Grill

Law Alumni Club of Seattle Fall Alumni Reception
September 14
Good Bar

Law and Kellogg Alumni Clubs of LA Networking Reception
September 14
Sidley Austin LLP

Law Alumni Club of Houston Fall Networking Dinner
September 18

The Pope & John Lecture Series on Professionalism
September 20
Lincoln Hall

Law Alumni Club Of New York Women in Law Panel
September 28
Paul Weiss

Bluhm Legal Clinic Alumni Weekend Reception
October 5
University Club of Chicago

Alumni Weekend and Reunion 2017
October 5-7

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