Welcome Back from Spring Break 2008

March 31, 2008


Welcome back! Whether you spent it relaxing, studying, working, or on one of the ITP trips to Brazil, Ethiopia, India, New Zealand, Tanzania, Thailand, or Vietnam, I hope you had an enjoyable two-week spring break and have returned ready to wrap up the last couple weeks of the semester.

We have a number of exciting events coming up, including the Endowed Chair Ceremony on April 11 and the Julius Rosenthal Foundation Lecture Series from April 16-18. In addition, please keep these other important dates in mind:

April 14-18 Cap and gown pick-up
April 21 Spring classes end
April 22-25 Review sessions and reading period
April 26-May 8 Spring Semester examinations (pdf)
May 12-15 Convocation Week
May 16 Law School Convocation

Executive LLM in Seoul Program Graduation Ceremony, March 28
While you were away, 19 Executive LLM students from Korea visited Chicago to complete their final course and celebrate their graduation. The students, Korean legal professionals working for businesses, law firms, and government agencies, have spent the past year studying in Seoul, Korea, with Northwestern Law professors. The graduation ceremony was held in Lincoln Hall on Friday. Our Class of 2009 Executive LLM students began studying in Seoul earlier this month.

“Ten Years After Welfare Reform: Making Work Pay,” April 4
The Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy presents the symposium “Ten Years After Welfare Reform: Making Work Pay” on April 4. The symposium explores the need for improved work and income support, such as child and health care, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Day at Northwestern Law, Admitted Students Weekend, April 4-5
Hundreds of admitted students will be getting acquainted with the Law School on Saturday, April 5, when they join us for Day at Northwestern Law. They will meet with current students, faculty, and administrators, as well as potential classmates. In many cases, this is the weekend when most make the final decision to become permanent members of our community. If you happen to run into any of them, I hope you tell them about your great experience at Northwestern Law.

Public Service Benefit Dinner, April 10
The Student Funded Public Interest Fellowship will host its Fifth Annual Public Service Benefit Dinner Thursday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Law School Atrium. The event will recognize three Northwestern Law alumni for their outstanding contributions in public service: Jeanne Bishop (JD ’84), a public defender for Cook County, Chuck Hogren (JD ’61), co-founder of the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic, and Carter Phillips (JD ’77), managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Sidley Austin LLP.

Endowed Chair Ceremony, April 11
Northwestern Law will appoint three professors to endowed chairs at a ceremony in Lincoln Hall at noon on April 11. Being installed as an endowed chair is the highlight of an academic career, and these important positions help our school attract and retain faculty who set us apart.  Appointments include Andrew Koppelman as the John Paul Stevens Professor of Law, Steven Lubet as the Edna B. and Ednyfed H. Williams Professor of Law, and David J. Scheffer as the Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law.

Law Board Meeting, April 11–April 12
At the annual spring Law Board meeting, I will meet with alumni as well as legal and business professionals to discuss strategic planning and the future course of the Law School.

Student Leadership Retreat, Zion, Illinois, April 11–13
At the annual Student Leadership Retreat, which will take place in Zion, Ill., student leaders will participate in numerous events, including a brainstorming session on ways to improve student life here at Northwestern Law.

Julius Rosenthal Foundation Lecture Series, April 16–18
Robert C. Post, the David Boies Professor of Law at Yale University, will present this year’s Julius Rosenthal Foundation Lectures on “Knowledge and The First Amendment.” All lectures will be held at the Law School, in Rubloff 150. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, April 16, at 4 p.m.: “First Amendment Purposivism”
(Reception will follow in the Law School Atrium.)

Thursday, April 17, at noon: “Knowledge and the Learned Professions”
(Lunch will be served.)

Friday, April 18, at noon: “Academic Freedom”
(Lunch will be served.)

28th Annual Ray Garrett Jr. Institute, May 1–2
Senior officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission will take part at this annual institute, as part of Northwestern Law's continuing legal education program. This year’s program includes a question and answer session with Vice Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr. from the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Graduation Convocation for the Class of 2008, May 16
The Graduation Convocation ceremony will take place Friday, May 16, at 1 p.m. in the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place. A reception at the Law School for graduates, friends, and family will follow. Please visit the Convocation website for more information.

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