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November 2015

J.B. and M.K. Pritzker

J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Give $100 Million to Northwestern Law
On October 22, Northwestern University announced that alumnus J.B. Pritzker and his wife, M.K. Pritzker, made a $100 million gift to the Northwestern University School of Law. In recognition of their visionary philanthropy, the school will be renamed the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. More...

Six Honored at 2015 Alumni Awards

Six Honored at 2015 Alumni Awards
On October 23, six alumni were honored for their accomplishments and contributions to the Law School at the third annual Law Alumni Awards Luncheon. This year's ceremony included the presentation of the Distinguished Alumnus Award to the Honorable Horace Ward (JD '59). More...

Inaugural Newt and Jo Minow Debate: "U.S. Prosecutors Have Too Much Power"
Today, a national debate rages about the functioning of our criminal justice system. Is it fair? Does it serve the ends of justice and public safety? Does it apply equally to all? Prosecutors, endowed with both autonomy and immunity, hold immense power within this system. Do they have too much power? That topic will be debated on November 10 at 6:30. The event is approved for 1.5 Professional Responsibility credits. The debate is free for alumni, but registration is requested. Information and tickets...

Interest Freedom Plan Online Application for 2015 Graduates Now Available
For JD graduates of the Class of 2015 who are eligible to apply for the Law School's Interest Freedom Plan, the application is now online and an invitation will be sent to your Northwestern email account. Please note the deadline is November 15, 2015. More...

Police in America: Ensuring Accountability and Mitigating Racial Bias
On November 13, the Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy, in partnership with the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, will host a one-day conference that explores the efforts of the attorneys, policy advocates, community organizers, and police oversight agencies who are working to ensure that 21st Century policing in the United States of America is fair, just, and results in safer communities. 4.5 hours of CLE credits are pending. Information and registration...

How Bias Can Be Unintentional: Insights from Psychology & Law
Professor Destiny Peery will discuss implicit or non-conscious biases, particularly in broad public discussions around law enforcement, criminal justice, and anti-discrimination law in a Northwestern Alumni Association webinar on November 12 at noon. Information and registration...

November Fireside Chat
Making Your Own Way: Finding a Path to a Fulfilling Legal Career

From a first generation Latina law student to one of America's most respected intellectual property attorneys, Northwestern Law alumna and DLA Piper partner Christina Martini (JD '84) has paved the way and knocked down the walls for many women and diverse attorneys. On Wednesday, November 18, at 6:00 pm, join Tina and Director of Diversity Education and Outreach Shannon Bartlett for a candid conversation about overcoming obstacles, seeking out opportunities, and carving out a fulfilling and entrepreneurial legal career on one's own terms. More...

Host LLM Students for Thanksgiving Dinner
Adi Altshuler, our Director of International Programs, is looking for alumni who are willing to host LLM students for Thanksgiving dinner. International students really enjoy the opportunity to participate in this American tradition, and it gives the host an opportunity to bring a new part of the world to their holiday celebrations. If you will be celebrating Thanksgiving in the Chicago area and are willing to host LLMs, please contact Adi at (312) 503-0771 or a-altshuler@law.northwestern.edu.

Alumni in the News

Pritzkers Donate $100 Million to Northwestern Law
J.B. Pritzker (JD '93) in the Wall Street Journal

Northwestern's law school gets $100 million Pritzker gift, new name
J.B. Pritzker (JD '93) in the Chicago Tribune

Northwestern law gets Pritzker name with $100 million donation
J.B. Pritzker (JD '93) in Crain's Chicago Business

Faculty in the News

Rubio, Cruz, Christie Score, CNBC Stumbles in 3rd GOP Presidential Debate
Jason C. DeSanto on WTTW Chicago Tonight, October 29, 2015

Wednesday Letters: Higher minimum sentences won't deter gun crimes
Sheila Bedi in Chicago Sun-Times, October 28, 2015

Corruption in an Era of Climate Change: An Ever-Closing Circle?
Juliet Sorensen in Huffington Post, October 27, 2015

What ever happened to Obama's sweeping executive actions on immigration?
Erin F. Delaney in the Washington Post, October 19, 2015

Chicago Park District approves lease agreement with Lucas Museum
Nadav Shoked in WBEZ, October 16, 2015

The multimillion dollar Wisconsin gun store verdict that could reverberate in the gun debate Marshall S. Shapo in the Washington Post, October 14, 2015

Russia's Reality Trolls and the MH17 War of Misinformation
David J. Scheffer in Foreign Policy, October 13, 2015

The Legal Implications of Banned Books Week
George H. Pike in Information Today, October 6, 2015

Who will win in Chicago: Uber or taxis? And what does that mean for consumers?
James B. Speta in WBEZ, October 6, 2015

Caesars casino operator, creditors face off over bankruptcy date
Bruce Markell in Reuters, October 2, 2015

Upcoming Events

Newt and Jo Minow Debate: "U.S. Prosecutors Have Too Much Power"
November 10, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Thorne Auditorium

Webinar: How Bias Can Be Unintentional
November 12, noon - 1 pm

Wrongful Convictions Symposium in Honor of Jane Raley
November 12, 8:30 am - 4 pm
Lincoln Hall

Police in America: Ensuring Accountability and Mitigating Racial Bias
November 13, 10 am - 5 pm
Thorne Auditorium

Making Your Own Way: Finding a Path to a Fulfilling Legal Career
Alumni Fireside Chat with Christina Martini, (JD '84)

November 18, reception begins at 6 pm
Lowden Hall

Global Health Then and Now: Equality, Development, and Globalization
Global Health Interdisciplinary Symposium

November 20-21, 2015
Chicago Campus

Law Alumni Club of Washington, D.C. Holiday Party
December 1 at 6 - 8 pm

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