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Convocation Celebrates Northwestern Law Class of 2019
On Friday, May 17, 589 graduates were joined by faculty, family, and friends for the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s 2019 convocation ceremony at the Chicago Theatre.

Five Members of the Class of 2019 Secure Public Interest Fellowships
Five members of the Class of 2019 will launch their careers in public interest through both national and Northwestern Law post-graduate fellowships this fall.

The Bluhm Legal Clinic Turns 50: A Look Back
The Clinic celebrates five decades of training lawyers and fighting for justice.

Annual Alumni Awards Honor Eight Distinguished Alumni
On Friday, April 12, Dean Yuracko will present awards to eight distinguished alumni at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s sixth annual Alumni Awards Luncheon.

Myra Pasek (JD '90), 2019 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award Recipient, Shares Lessons Learned
Myra Pasek (JD ’90), the 2019 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award recipient, has had a career that many young lawyers dream of — after years at big law firms, she made the switch into the world of tech startups, working at high-profile companies like Tesla and Impossible Foods. Today, she is General Counsel at Ouster, a San Francisco company bringing 3D sensors to the masses.

Courtney D. Armstrong (JD ’97) to Address Class of 2019
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is thrilled to announce that Courtney D. Armstrong (BS ’93, JD ’97, MBA ’97) will deliver the main convocation address to the Class of 2019. Convocation will be held Friday, May 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., in Chicago.

Northwestern Law Announces New Scholarship Recognizing African American History and Culture
The Northwestern Pritzker School of Law announced today a first-of-its-kind scholarship, which will be awarded annually to outstanding students who demonstrate interest in, or commitment to, African American history and culture.

Legal Eagles: How Military Vets Navigate Law School
From fighter plane cockpits to the courtroom – a look at the lives of veterans who pursue a new career path in law.

Northwestern Law Broadens Clerkship Network in 2018 and Beyond
In 2018, a diverse group of 49 Northwestern Law alumni secured clerkships with state, federal, and even international courts, continuing the school’s recent clerkship successes. In addition, 22 judges hired Northwestern Law clerks for the first time. “That’s pretty significant and shows that Northwestern applicants are appealing to a broad array of judges,” says Janet Siegel Brown, director of judicial clerkships and a lecturer at Northwestern Law. “We are constantly creating new relationships and pipelines for clerkship opportunities.”

Bluhm Legal Clinic Kicks Off Its 50th Anniversary Year With Eye Toward the Future
“It’s a passionate public spirit that has really motivated our students and faculty to do the wonderful things they have done, and we keep that spirit by remaining engaged in the most difficulty and frustrating and maybe unpopular issues that face our justice system. We must let that spirit take us where it may. Let many flowers bloom.”

Gordon S. Wood, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian, to Deliver Lincoln Lecture
Wood’s talk, “The Revolutionary Origins of the Civil War” will pull from his prolific and impactful scholarship over the last five decades.

Bulls' Jabari Parker, Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Father Pfleger to Speak at Clinic's Access to Social Justice Symposium
On Wednesday, September 12, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic and the Action Injury Law Group will host the inaugural Access to Social Justice Symposium, a gathering of experts at the cutting edge of social justice advocacy.

Giving Voice to the Law School’s Past
The newest collection in the Pritzker Legal Research Center doesn’t contain a single book, journal or article. Instead, the Law School library has been hard at work archiving records of a completely different sort: taped conversations. This article originally ran in the Spring 2018 issue of the Northwestern Law Reporter.

See Jane Run: Three Northwestern Law Alumnae Share Their Experiences in Politics
This article originally ran in the Spring 2018 issue of the Northwestern Law Reporter.

Lanny and Sharon Martin Atrium Dedicated
On Thursday, April 19, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law formally dedicated the south atrium addition as the Lanny and Sharon Martin Atrium, in recognition of the Martins’ extraordinary philanthropy and volunteer leadership.

Convocation Honors Northwestern Law Class of 2018
On Friday, May 11, over 500 graduates were joined by faculty, family, and friends for the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s 2018 convocation ceremony at the Chicago Theatre.

Minow Debate Shows No Neutral Sides on Net Neutrality
On Tuesday, Northwestern Law hosted the second Newt and Jo Minow Debate, “Preserve Net Neutrality: All Data is Created Equal,” to a packed Thorne Auditorium. After a lively and sometimes heated ninety minutes, the team arguing against the motion won out, swaying eight percent of the audience to their side.

Sharon Y. Bowen (JD-MBA '82) to Address Law School Class of 2018
Northwestern Law is thrilled to welcome Sharon Y. Bowen (JD-MBA '82), former Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, to deliver the main convocation address to the Class of 2018 on Friday, May 11.

Planet Lex Podcast: The Best Episodes of 2017
Whether you’re on the road, in flight, or simply hiding from the seasonal chaos, there’s no better time than the holidays to catch up on your podcast listening. These four episodes of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Planet Lex have something for everyone – the political junkie, the book lover, the aspiring entrepreneur, even the budding cannabis attorney.

Northwestern Law Announces New Campaign Goal
Goals are meant to be exceeded. Today, we are proud to share that we have exceeded our participation goal — more than 10,000 donors have shown their support since the start of the Motion to Lead campaign in 2012. Now, we aim to reach higher — and call on our alumni and friends to meet us there.

Alumni Help Alton Mills Secure Clemency from Obama Administration
In 1994, 25-year-old Alton Mills was sentenced to life in federal prison without parole by a judge who had no choice. More than two decades later, after all his appeals had failed, he was given a second chance.

50 Years Later: Members of the Class of '67 Look Back
It can be hard to imagine, upon graduating law school, that you might still be connected with your fellow classmates 50 years later. Yet, as decades of alumni reunions have shown, being a Northwestern Law alum uniquely bonds people, and perhaps no graduating class has demonstrated that as clearly as the class of 1967, many of whom gathered at the Law School in October for their 50th reunion.

Tina Tchen and Neil Eggleston Share White House Wisdom
On Friday, October 6, Tina Tchen and Neil Eggleston — alumni of Northwestern Law and the Obama Administration — shared candid reflections from their time in the White House at an Alumni Weekend and Reunion event moderated by Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez.

Professor Thomas Geraghty Retires After 41 Years as Bluhm Legal Clinic Director
In 1967, Tom Geraghty (JD ’69) was one of a small group of students who, concerned about the state of legal services for the poor, approached Professors Jack Beckstrom and Tom Eovaldi about creating an in-house legal clinic. Five decades later, as Geraghty retires from the directorship he’s held since 1976, the Bluhm Legal Clinic is one of the premier clinical programs in the country, housing more than 20 clinics in 14 centers.

New Bluhm Legal Clinic Advisory Board Members
Five new alumni joined the Bluhm Legal Clinic Advisory Board this fall - Stuart Chanen (JD ’85), Kelly Deere (JD ’92), Melody Dernocoeur (JD LLM-IHR ’16), Christina Egan (JD ’95), and Carl P. Evans III (JD-MBA ’11).

Former NFL Players Tony Pashos (JD ’19) and Quincy Black (JD ’17) Talk Player Safety, CTE, and Football’s Legal Hurdles
Concerns over football players’ long-term health is at an all-time high, and both the NFL and its players are rethinking what it means to get their head in the game. So what is a team’s legal obligation when it comes to protecting its players? And how can athletes (and their reps) advocate for their futures? A Northwestern Law student and a recent grad — both former pros — weigh in.

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 Sandler 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.

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