News: "Alumni"

Obama Alums Neil Eggleston (JD '78) and Tina Tchen (JD '84) to Speak at Alumni Weekend
On Friday, October 6, Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez will sit down with Neil Eggleston (JD ’78), partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and former White House Counsel, and Tina Tchen (JD ’84), partner at Buckley Sander LLP and former Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady, for a retrospective of the Obama years.

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 (JD ’13), 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.

CWCY Client Brendan Dassey Wins at Seventh Circuit
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld the district court’s August 2016 decision granting Brendan Dassey’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus.

LearnLeo Looks to Improve Law School and Beyond
The online platform created by Wilson Tsu (JD-MBA ’08) uses technology to save time and enhance learning.

Four Post-Graduate Public Interest Fellows Named
Four 2017 graduates of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law have been named Post-Graduate Fellows: Heather Bowen, Omar Delgadillo, Arnav Dutt, and Kathryn Hogg. These fellowships are intended to help talented recent Northwestern Law alumni launch public interest careers. Each Post-Graduate Fellow receives a grant in the amount of $50,000, plus medical insurance coverage, to support one year of full-time service as a lawyer at a nonprofit or government agency.

Convocation Honors Northwestern Law Class of 2017
On Friday, May 12, over 500 graduates, along with their families and friends, filled the historic Chicago Theatre for the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s 2017 convocation ceremony.

Northwestern Law Alumni Take Action in Wake of Executive Orders
Several Northwestern Law alumni shared their experiences volunteering in airports in the wake of President Trump's executive order, and their hopes moving forward.

Luncheon Brings Scholarship Recipients and Donors Together
Nearly 130 scholarship donors, recipients and alumni attended the Inaugural Scholarship Donor Appreciation Luncheon at the Law School on March 2. The event celebrated donors and students alike and gave scholarship recipients the opportunity to meet and thank their benefactors.

Celebrating International Women's Day
International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8th celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Northwestern Law is thrilled to take part by featuring inspiring stories from twelve women within our community through the #NLawProud campaign.

Northwestern Law Ranked #2 for BigLaw Job Placement
In Vault’s 2016 survey of over 15,000 BigLaw associates, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law ranked #2 as a "feeder" school for BigLaw firms (defined as firms with 150 or more associates), after accounting for school size.

Justice Richard Bernstein (JD ’99) to Address Law School Class of 2017
Northwestern Law is thrilled to welcome Justice Richard Bernstein (JD '99) of the Michigan Supreme Court, to deliver the main convocation address to the Class of 2017 on Friday, May 12.

A Response to Immigration Orders from Dean Rodriguez
Northwestern Law will stand in solidarity with our students and their families from the affected countries on the administration’s ban list, and also with individuals and families affected by the putative border wall. And, too, we will stand in solidarity with our foreign students from every country across the world, without prejudice and with understanding and compassion.

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner Sharon Bowen (JD, MBA ’82) to Deliver Brodsky Lecture
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is thrilled to welcome Sharon Y. Bowen (JD '82, MBA '82), U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner, for the 2017 Brodsky Family Northwestern JD-MBA Lecture on Monday, February 13. Bowen’s lecture, “Undercurrents of Disruption to Our Markets and Societies: How We Can Respond,” will be followed by a Q and A session with Paul A. Meister, (JD '87), vice chairman and managing director at Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P.

Allyson Bain (JD ’16) Awarded Prestigious Skadden Fellowship
Allyson Bain (JD ’16) 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 expand access to, and improve, mental health treatment for low-income children. In particular, Bain will focus on reducing forced institutionalization and expanding community-based mental health systems.

Alum Andrew Stroth Expands Access to Civil Rights Representation
After over a decade and a half as a successful agent, Andrew M. Stroth (JD ’99) decided he wanted to move beyond the sports and entertainment worlds, and created the Action Injury Law Group, a civil rights firm focused on filing federal Section 1983 cases on behalf of victims of police-involved shootings and injuries.

Sara Hays (JD ’89) Chosen as Law Board Chair
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is excited to announce that Sara Hays (JD ’89, MBA ’00) has been selected as chair of the Northwestern Law Board. She began her 2-year term at the start of the new fiscal year in September.

Five to be Honored at 2016 Northwestern Law Alumni Awards Luncheon
On Friday, October 21, Dean Rodriguez will present awards to five distinguished alumni at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s fourth annual Alumni Awards Luncheon.

New Center to Bring Public Interest Offerings and Resources Together
A new center at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law will house the growing array of public interest offerings at the school, enhancing the Law School’s strong commitment to a public service ethic.

Tom and Diane Geraghty to Receive UNICEF Chicago Humanitarian Awards
Thomas Geraghty (JD ’69) and Diane Geraghty (JD ’72) will be honored at the UNICEF Chicago Humanitarian Awards Luncheon on Friday, September 23, as “strong, extraordinary leaders who are contributing locally and internationally to the improvement of children’s lives.”

Faculty Author Advanced Appellate Advocacy Textbook
Earlier this year, four Northwestern Law faculty in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Appellate Advocacy Center released a first-of-its-kind mastery textbook, Advanced Appellate Advocacy (Aspen Publishers, 2016). The Northwestern Law Reporter spoke to Susan E. Provenzano, professor of practice, and Sarah O’Rourke Schrup, Harry B. Reese Teaching Professor of Law—who coauthored the book with adjunct professors Jeffrey T. Green and Carter Phillips (JD ’77)—about their decision to write the book and what makes it distinct.

Woodger Faugas Named Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellow
Woodger Faugas (JD ’17) joins the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Class of 2016-2017. The fellowship is part of a joint program between the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG) and the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF).

CWCY Client Brendan Dassey’s Conviction Overturned by Federal Judge
A federal judge in Milwaukee overturned Brendan Dassey’s murder conviction, giving the state 90 days to decide whether to retry him or release him.

New Practicum Lets Students Lead Restorative Justice Initiatives
New offering from the Center on Negotiation and Mediation provides an alternative view to the traditional legal system—and law school classes.

Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider to Appear in “Making a Murderer” Season Two
Netflix announced July 19, 2016 that its hit documentary series Making A Murderer will return, and the new episodes will feature Steven Drizin (JD ’86) and Laura Nirider (JD ’08) of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY), as they continue to advocate for their client Brendan Dassey.

Natalie Maust Awarded Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship
Recent Northwestern Pritzker School of Law graduate Natalie Maust (JD ’16) was named one of twenty-five young advocates in the Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship Class of 2016.The two-year fellowship sends recent law graduates and clerks with a passion for justice for immigrants to host organizations in New York City. She will be joining the Legal Aid Society, the United States’ oldest and largest provider of legal aid to the indigent, in late August.

Message from the Dean Regarding Recent Tragedies
A message to the community from Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez.

2016 Jay A. Pritzker Fellows Announced
The Jay Pritzker Foundation established the Jay A. Pritzker Fellowship Program in 2014 to help talented Northwestern Pritzker School of Law graduates launch public interest careers.

Convocation Honors Northwestern Law Class of 2016
On Friday, May 13, over 500 Northwestern Pritzker School of Law graduates, along with their families and friends, packed the historic Chicago Theatre for the Class of 2016’s convocation ceremony.

Amy Garber (MSL ’15) and Hazel Technologies awarded $500,000 at the 2016 Clean Energy Trust Challenge
A team of Northwestern University entrepreneurs—including Law School alumna Amy Garber (MSL ’15) —earned the top prize at the 2016 Clean Energy Trust Challenge, the $500,000 Illinois Clean Energy Fund Award for their startup Hazel Technologies.

In Memoriam: the Honorable Horace Ward (JD ’59)
The Honorable Horace Ward (JD ’59), retired federal district judge from Georgia and a giant in the civil rights movement, died on Saturday, April 23, 2016. He was 88 years old.

Brendan Dassey: A True Story of False Confession
Join us as Brendan Dassey’s attorneys, Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider, discuss Brendan’s case, police interrogations, and false confessions. Using video excerpts from sixteen-year-old Brendan Dassey’s interrogation, Drizin and Nirider will explain how the powerful process of psychological interrogation can cause teenagers like Brendan to falsely confess. A panel of distinguished guests will also discuss issues raised by Brendan’s case, including the legality of certain interrogation techniques, the power of pre-trial publicity, and the impact of Making a Murderer on the justice system writ large.

Transactional LawMeet Team Wins Best Draft
Christopher Grady (JD ’17), Brandon Knop (JD ’17), and Katie Stevens (JD ’18) were awarded Best Draft at the National Championship of the 7th Annual Transactional LawMeet in New York City, and finished in third place in the negotiation component.

Thomas Geraghty Receives Walter J. Cummings Award from Federal Bar Association
Thomas Geraghty (JD ’69), Class of 1967 James B. Haddad Professor of Law and director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic, received the Walter J. Cummings Award for distinguished pro bono service from the Federal Bar Association’s Chicago Chapter at its Sixth Annual James B. Moran Membership Appreciation Event.

Ceremony Celebrates 2016 Endowed Chair Appointments
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law will hold a Faculty Chair Ceremony to recognize the appointment of three faculty members to named professorships.

Howard Tullman (JD '70) to Address Law School Class of 2016
Howard A. Tullman (JD '70), chief executive officer of 1871, will deliver the main convocation address at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law on May 13, 2016.

Bartlit Center Team Wins Regional AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition
A Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Bartlit Center Trial Team won first place in the Midwest Regional of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition held March 10 to 13 in Chicago.

A Conversation with Steve Drizin and Laura Nirider on “Making a Murderer”
We spoke to Northwestern Clinical Law professors Steve Drizin (’86) and Laura Nirider (’08) about the current status of Brendan Dassey’s case and their reaction to the Netflix sensation.

Professor Tom Geraghty Leads Collaborative Clinical Legal Education Training in Ethiopia
Continuing a long history of assisting and facilitating the development of legal education in Ethiopia, Thomas Geraghty (JD ’69), director of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic, organized a three-day conference and training workshop on clinical legal education at Addis Ababa University over the winter break. Geraghty was joined by Meredith Martin Rountree, a visiting assistant professor of law, and Rob Owen, clinical professor of law.

Netflix Sensation “Making a Murderer” Highlights Work of Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth
Northwestern Law Professors Steven Drizin, Laura Nirider, and Thomas Geraghty feature prominently in Episode 10 of the hit Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer."

A Supreme Success
In a recent decision, the US Supreme Court found in favor of an Appellate Advocacy Center client, securing new protections for pretrial detainees.

Julie Karaba (JD ’14) Named 2016 Bristow Fellow
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law alumna Julie Karaba (JD ’14) was recently named a Bristow Fellow. The one-year fellowship with the US Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), which will begin in the summer of 2016, is generally awarded each year to four recent law school graduates with outstanding academic records who have federal appellate clerkship experience.

Bluhm Legal Clinic Team’s Seven-Year Effort to Reverse a Wrongful Conviction
Jason Strong was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1999. Professor Thomas Geraghty led a team of faculty, students, and alumni on a seven-year effort that resolved complicated procedural problems and uncovered facts that revealed Strong’s innocence.

Six Honored at 2015 Alumni Awards Luncheon
Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez honored six alumni for their accomplishments and contributions to the Law School at the third annual Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Alumni Awards Luncheon.

Live Streaming Video: A Conversation with Dean Rodriguez and Pat Quinn
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law will host a conversation with Daniel B. Rodriguez, Dean and Harold Washington Professor, and Pat Quinn (JD ’80), 41st Governor of Illinois on Friday, October 23 at 1:15 pm.

Live Streaming Video: Panel Discussion on National Cannabis Decriminalization Efforts
On Friday, October 23, 2015, at 2:30 p.m., Northwestern Pritzker Law will host a panel discussion on national cannabis decriminalization efforts and the social impact of cannabis laws.

Live Streaming Video: Supreme Court Roundup
On Friday, October 23, 2015, at 3:00 p.m., Northwestern Pritzker Law will host a panel discussion on some of the United States Supreme Court’s important decisions from the 2014 term.

Live Streaming Video: Town Hall Meeting with Dean Rodriguez
On Friday, October 23, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., Northwestern Pritzker Law will host a Town Hall Meeting with Daniel B. Rodriguez, Dean and Harold Washington Professor.

Video: A Major Announcement About Northwestern Law
On October 22, 2015 Northwestern Law will simulcast a historic announcement.

“U.S. Prosecutors Have Too Much Power” Inaugural Newt and Jo Minow Debate to be held November 10
Northwestern Law will host the inaugural Newt and Jo Minow Debate Series, on the topic “U.S. Prosecutors Have Too Much Power.”

Conference on the Science of Unconscious Racism
Northwestern Law's Office of Diversity Education and Outreach along with the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights will host a conference on implicit bias, the science of unconscious racism on Friday, October 9.

Carter Phillips (JD ’77) Named One of the Most Influential Members of the Supreme Court Bar
A close analysis of Supreme Court briefs from 1946-2013 found Carter Phillips (JD ’77) to be one of the most successful lawyers who have argued in front of the Supreme Court.

“The Last Supper”: Professor Rob Owen on how Art Illuminates the Law
Professor Rob Owen sheds light on the cultural conversation around the death penalty at a recent exhibit at the Block Museum.

Conference Explores the Relationship Between Law and Innovation
Over 100 faculty, students, lawyers, scientists, engineers, doctors, and entrepreneurs gathered at Northwestern Law on June 17 for a one-day conference titled "Bridges not Barriers: The Law-STEM Alliance as a Catalyst for Innovation."

SCOTUS Decides in Favor of Appellate Advocacy Center Client
This morning, the Supreme Court released its decision in Kingsley v. Hendrickson, a case dealing with how to evaluate excessive force claims made by pretrial detainees. Sarah O’Rourke Schrup, clinical assistant professor of law and director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Appellate Advocacy Center, and Jeffrey Green, her co-instructor in Sidley Austin’s Supreme Court Clinic in the Center, were among those representing petitioner Michael Kingsley.

Northwestern Law Hosts Two Alumni Events in Europe
Northwestern Law is Hosting Two Alumni Events, in Paris and London, this summer featuring faculty members and Dean Rodriguez.

Northwestern Law Students and Alumni Awarded Startup Capital at Northwestern University Venture Challenge
Kieren Patel, Jesse Chang, and Amy Garber are all part of startups that took home prizes at this year's Northwestern University Venture Challenge.

On Building The 606
On June 6, 2015, the 606 opened on Chicago's northwest side. A large-scale public infrastructure project many years in the making, the 606 is a 2.7-mile-long elevated linear trail and park system that transforms a part of the city's industrial past into a unique public space for its future. Northwestern Law alumni, Keating Crown (JD-MBA '11) played a pivotal role in bringing it into being.

Northwestern Law Celebrates the Class of 2015
Addressing more the more than 500 graduates and their guests who filled the historic Chicago Theatre, commencement keynote speaker Tina Tchen (JD ’84) credited Northwestern University School of Law with preparing her for her impressive legal career, taking her from the classrooms of Levy Maier to the halls of the White House.

2015 Jay A. Pritzker Fellows Announced
The Jay Pritzker Foundation gave one million dollars to establish the Jay A. Pritzker Fellowship Program at Northwestern Law, a program that supports post-graduate public interest work in underserved communities. Nine graduates from the Class of 2015 have been awarded Pritzker Fellowships.

Northwestern Law Alumni Honored at Annual Awards Celebration
Two Northwestern Law alumni were recognized for their professional accomplishments and service to the University at Northwestern Alumni Association’s 82nd annual Alumni Awards on April 25.

The Interest Freedom Plan: New Initiative to Reduce Student Debt
Northwestern University School of Law has established the Interest Freedom Plan (IFP) to assist recent graduates with their student loan interest payments.

Northwestern Law Experience: Law & Entrepreneurship
A variety of programs and courses facilitate work at the intersection of law and entrepreneurship, including the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Entrepreneurship Law Center (ELC); NUvention; the three-year JD-MBA program; and the Master of Science in Law program.

Tina Tchen (JD ’84) to Address Northwestern Law Class of 2015
Tina Tchen (JD ’84), chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, will deliver the commencement address at the Law School’s 2015 Convocation Ceremony.

Northwestern Law Alumna Named eBay General Counsel
Marie Oh Huber (JD ’86) was named general counsel at eBay.

12th Annual Public Service Benefit Dinner to Honor Alumni Contributions in the Field
SFPIF will honor alumni for their outstanding contributions to public service at the 12th annual Public Service Benefit Dinner on April 2

Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation Established
Northwestern Law has launched the Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation, which will be directed by Professor James A. Lupo.

LLM Tax Team Wins ABA National Competition
Northwestern Law’s LLM Tax team of Riley Becker (LLM Tax ’15) and Mary Dolan (LLM Tax ’15) won first place in the LLM division at the American Bar Association’s 14th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan Visits as the 2015 Trienens Judicial Scholar
The Honorable Elena Kagan, associate justice for the US Supreme Court, visited the Law School as the 2015 Howard J. Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar on February 3, 2015.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan to Visit as the 2015 Trienens Judicial Scholar
The Honorable Elena Kagan, associate justice for the US Supreme Court, will visit the Law School as the 2015 Howard J. Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar on February 3, 2015.

Public Interest Law Group Kicks Off a Week of Events
Public Interest Law Group has organized a week of panels and discussions January 12-16.

A Week of Events Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
To observe the rich and varied legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Northwestern University’s Chicago campus will host a series of events January 20-24, 2015.

Northwestern Law Alumna to Clerk for Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2015
Elana Nightingale Dawson (JD'11) to Clerk for Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Diverse Lives in the Law: The Impostor Syndrome
The Office of Diversity Education and Outreach at Northwestern Law will host a program on "Diverse Lives in the Law: The Impostor Syndrome" on October 14.

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