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November 2009

Northwestern Law First in National Trial Competition
Northwestern University School of Law’s trial team won first place in a national trial competition sponsored by the California Association for Criminal Justice.

October 2009

Gift Honors Chabraja, Supports Law and Business Professorship
Northwestern Law and the Kellogg School of Management received a $3 million gift from General Dynamics Corporation to support a special law and business professorship named after its retired chief executive officer and Northwestern alumnus Nicholas D. Chabraja (JD '67). The first of its type, the Nicholas D. Chabraja Professorship dually supports the School of Law and Kellogg, symbolizing the increasingly integrated fields of business and law. Bernard Black, a nationally recognized expert in corporate law and finance and healthcare regulation, will be the inaugural holder of the professorship.

September 2009

Justice Ginsburg Visits Northwestern Law
Justice Ginsburg Visits Northwestern Law Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited Northwestern Law September 14-15 as this year's Howard J. Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar, providing students and faculty with perspectives on the judicial process and contemporary legal issues.

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger to Deliver Pope & John Lecture on Professionalism
John Kroger, attorney general of Oregon, will deliver a speech, titled “Prosecutorial Ethics: Challenges From the Front Lines,” as part of Northwestern University School of Law’s Pope & John Lecture Series on Professionalism.

August 2009

Welcome Back to Northwestern Law
Welcome back to Northwestern Law. I hope you had an enjoyable summer. As we start our new year, I want to inform you of some new key developments at the Law School, which I have outlined below.

June 2009

Northwestern Law Welcomes International LLM/Kellogg Students
Northwestern Law welcomes 22 accomplished attorneys from around the world as the Graduate Program in Law and Business (LLM/Kellogg) Class of 2010.

Bernard Black and Katherine Litvak to Join Northwestern Law
Bernard Black and Katherine Litvak have accepted offers to join the research faculty at Northwestern Law. A nationally-recognized expert in corporate law and finance as well as health care regulation, Black will officially join the Law School in September 2010 with a joint appointment in the Finance Department at the Kellogg School of Management. Litvak joins the Law School this September. Her areas of expertise include venture capital, private equity, corporate and securities law, and corporate finance.

Report: New York Offers Model for Cutting Crime and Costs in Illinois
Illinois is positioned to follow New York’s lead in reducing crime and incarceration rates while opening the door to much needed savings in the state budget, according to a new Northwestern University School of Law report.

May 2009

First Day at Northwestern Law for Accelerated JD Students
An elite group of twenty-seven students join Northwestern Law today as the first class of Accelerated JD (AJD) students. AJD students complete the same number of credits as JD students in five semesters instead of six, graduating just two calendar years after they start.

Northwestern Takes Top Honors at 25th Annual ABA National Negotiation Competition
The negotiation team from Northwestern Law recently placed first at the American Bar Association’s 25th Annual National Negotiation Competition.

Services Available to Students and Alumni
In light of the current economic climate, Northwestern Law is taking proactive steps to identify and establish additional ways the Law School can help its graduating students and alumni during this challenging period. Dean David Van Zandt outlined the services available to students and alums in a message to the Law School community.

April 2009

Garrett Institute to Focus on Financial Regulatory Reform
Top corporate law practitioners will examine legal developments following the financial crisis during Northwestern University School of Law’s 29th Annual Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute.

March 2009

Free At Last: The Exoneration of Alan Beaman
In 1994, Alan Beaman was convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend and spent 13 years in prison for the crime. Through the work of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at the Northwestern University School of Law, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the conviction last May, citing the weakness of the evidence against Beaman.

Welcome Back from Spring Break 2009
Welcome back! Whether you spent your time relaxing, studying, working, or on one of the ITP trips to Argentina, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, or Tanzania, I hope you had an enjoyable spring break and have returned ready to wrap up the last few weeks of the semester.

Searle Civil Justice Institute Study Examines AAA Consumer Arbitrations as Policy Debate Heats Up
An in-depth study of consumer arbitrations was released today by the Searle Civil Justice Institute at Northwestern University School of Law.

January 2009

Author Tim Wise to Deliver Keynote Talk at Chicago Campus King Day Celebration
Author Tim Wise, one of the most prominent anti-racism writers and activists in the United States, will be the keynote speaker at Northwestern University’s 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration on Monday, Jan. 19, at noon in Thorne Auditorium on the University’s Chicago campus.

Dean Welcomes Students Back for Spring Term
Welcome back! I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday break. We have several exciting events scheduled this term, which you can learn more about below. We also mark a very special occasion this year. Northwestern Law turns 150 on September 21, and plans are in the works to commemorate the occasion throughout the year. We will keep you informed about celebratory events as they become finalized.

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