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December 2015

First Inaugural Minow Debate

First Inaugural Minow Debate Asked If Prosecutors Have Too Much Power
Over 700 people attended the first inaugural Newt and Jo Minow Debate on November 10. Arguing for the notion "US Prosecutors Have Too Much Power" were Paul Butler, a former federal prosecutor and professor at Georgetown Law, and Nancy Gertner, former federal judge and lecturer at Harvard Law. Arguing against were David Hoffman, a former federal prosecutor and City of Chicago Inspector General who is currently a partner at Sidley Austin, and Reid Schar (JD '97), a former federal prosecutor who is currently a partner at Jenner & Block. The debate was held in partnership with Intelligence Squared, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to "restoring civility, reasoned analysis, and constructive public discourse." To watch the full video—and find out which side was able to gain more support—visit Intelligence Squared's website.

Alumni Interviewers Needed
The Admissions Office is seeking alumni to help with evaluating and recruiting future students through our Alumni Interview Program. It's a great way to stay connected and one of the most effective ways you can work to make the school even better. Because of the high volume of requests, we are especially interested in volunteers from the New York City, Boston and Washington DC areas. Interviewers typically conduct four interviews during an admissions cycle. However, because we are approaching the December 15 off-campus interview request deadline, new interviewers will only receive one or two assignments, at most. Assignments will go out in December and participating alumni may schedule the interviews through January, if necessary. Interested alumni can register online or email Mary Beth Busby at m-busby@law.northwestern.edu.

Curriculum Development Grant Expands Entrepreneurship Lab
A curriculum development grant from VentureWell, a nonprofit organization that supports technology entrepreneurship, will allow the Master of Science in Law program to expand its Entrepreneurship Lab, a key component of the program's unique curriculum. More...

Negotiation Team Wins ABA Regional Competition
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law students Mackenzie Drutowski (JD '16) and Jeff Wysong (JD '16) were the winning team at the regional ABA Negotiation Competition held November 14-15, marking the third year in a row a team from Northwestern Law has gone on to compete in the national competition. More...

Nine Students Receive Book Awards for Persuasive Writing Excellence
Last month, nine Northwestern Law students received Arlyn Miner Book Awards, an honor given to one student in each Communications and Legal Reasoning section in recognition of their excellence in persuasive writing during the first-year spring semester. More...

Save the Date: BLSA 3L & Alumni Legacy Banquet, April 14
The BLSA 3L & Alumni Legacy Banquet: It Takes A Village will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The banquet will recognize the achievements of our predecessors, current students, and the next generation. The legacy award will be presented to Professor Len Rubinowitz. Learn more and register online.

Alumni Weekend and Reunion 2015
In October, we welcomed back almost 800 alumni and friends for a weekend of social, educational, and special events. Alumni reengaged with the school, strengthened ties with their alumni community, and renewed friendships at class parties, alumni panels, and celebratory events at the Law School. Visit the Alumni Weekend and Reunion 2015 photo gallery to view some great moments from the weekend!

Alumni in the News

Changes to Debate Format Could Better Serve Voters, Candidates
Newton Minow (JD '50), with Jason DeSanto on WTTW's Chicago Tonight, November 5

Faculty in the News

Law schools overturn admissions for tough era
Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez in the Financial Times, November 30

Commentary: Union contracts key to reducing police misconduct
Max M. Schanzenbach in Chicago Tribune, November 23

Candidates want Iowa TV time after Trump's 'SNL' gig
Matthew Spitzer in The Des Moines Register, November 18

Our asylum laws are blind to many child victims of gang violence
Uzoamaka Emeka Nzelibe in The Guardian, November 18

What Is the Breaking Point for Nonviolent Resistance?
David J. Scheffer in Foreign Policy, November 17

The Intellectually Disabled Man Who Spent Over 25 Years in Prison for a Wrongful Murder Conviction
Steven Drizin in Vice, November 10

Opinion: Fire top officials who claim bogus 'Ferguson effect'
David M. Shapiro in Chicago Sun-Times, November 10

The Least Bad Option in Syria
Karen Alter in U.S. News & World Report, November 5

Transgender student rights: Education Department, courts not on same page
Kimberly Yuracko in Chicago Tribune, November 3

Upcoming Events

Law Alumni Club of Los Angeles Holiday Happy Hour
December 17, 2015
Smith House

Alumni Fireside Chat Event with John Grady (JD '96), partner at Grady Bell
January 20, 2016
Northwestern Law Atrium

Los Angeles Club Cocktail Party
January 28, 2016
Details TBD

Northwestern Law 2016 Supreme Court Bar Admission Ceremony
March 7, 2016
Washington D.C.

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