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December 2016

Cem Uyar and Karen Villagomez

DACA Recipients at Northwestern Law Face Uncertain Future Under Trump Administration
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law students Karen Villagomez (JD ’18) and Cem Uyar (JD ’18), both recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), share their stories in hopes of raising awareness among the Law School community. More...

Cass Sunstein Will Give Lectures on 'Divided States of America' for Rosenthal Series
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is proud to welcome Professor Cass R. Sunstein as the speaker for the 2017 Julius Rosenthal Foundation Lecture Series, January 17-19, 2017. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School and is regarded as one of the country’s most influential legal scholars. His main work is in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, and law and behavioral economics. At Harvard, Sunstein founded and now directs the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy. From 2009 to 2012, he was administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. More...

TODAY: Memorial for Jonathan Riley (JD ’12)
In memory of Jonathan E. Riley, Class of 2012, who passed away in October due to medical complications, we are hosting a commemoration to remember and celebrate Jon's life and honor his many accomplishments. Please join us for a celebration on Friday, December 16, 4-5:30 pm in Lincoln Hall.

Allyson Bain (JD ’16) Awarded Prestigious Skadden Fellowship
Allyson Bain has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious Skadden Fellowship, one of only 30 awards granted for 2017 by the Skadden Foundation. For the next 2 years, she will work with the Roger Baldwin Foundation—the 501 (c)(3) arm of the ACLU of Illinois—to improve and expand access to mental health treatment for low-income children. In particular, Bain will focus on reducing forced institutionalization and expanding community-based mental health systems More...

Faculty Webinar: The Intensifying Controversy Over the American Death Penalty with Rob Owen, Jan 10
For years capital punishment enjoyed broad public support in the U.S. that made abolition unthinkable. But today fears of wrongful conviction, dismay over spiraling costs, and concerns about bias and unfairness in the criminal justice system are all prompting a critical reappraisal of this ancient practice. Rob Owen, who has spent twenty-five years defending clients facing the death penalty, offers his perspective on whether high-profile capital trials like those arising from the Boston Marathon terror attack and the tragic mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado may soon be a thing of the past. Register today.

44th Annual Securities Regulation Institute, Jan 23-25
One of the most visible and highly-regarded securities and corporate law conferences in the country, the Securities Regulation Institute reaches prominent attorneys from both firm and in-house practices. This year’s event, in Coronado, California, will feature a keynote address by SEC Chair Mary Jo White and a conversation with Leo E. Strine Jr., Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Northwestern Law alumni can use the promo code SRI2017ALUM for discounted registration. More...

Serve as a Judge for Julius Miner Moot Court
The 2017 Julius H. Miner Moot Court Board invites you to participate as a judge during the preliminary rounds of the 54th Annual Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition on behalf of the board, the Miner family, and faculty sponsors. This year’s rounds are scheduled for: Thursday, February 2, Monday, February 6, Monday, February 13, Thursday, February 16, and Monday, February 20. The preliminary rounds begin each evening at 7:30 p.m., and are preceded by a buffet dinner for participating judges at 6:00 p.m. Participating judges will receive CLE credit. Please RSVP before January 6 by filling out the form online or for more information please contact

Faculty in the News

High Court on death penalty
Rob Owen, Bloomberg Radio, November 30

UN-backed Cambodia court upholds life term given to Khmer Rouge leaders
David Scheffer, International Business Times, November 23

Your phone carries chemical clues about you, but there are limits to using them
Jonathan Koehler, New York Times, November 22

Where Donald Trump stands on school choice, student debt and Common Core 
Deborah Tuerkheimer, New York Times, November 21

What to know about the Trump University lawsuit
Stephen Presser, TIME, November 18

Northwestern Law professor challenges Israel boycott state by state
Eugene Kontorovich, WBEZ, November 2

Upcoming Events

Association of American Law Schools San Francisco Cocktail Reception
January 5
Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Martin Luther King Day Chicago Campus Keynote: Mae Jemison
January 23
Hughes Auditorium

Law Alumni Club of Los Angeles Private Warner Bros. Tour
January 28
Warner Bros.

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