Interim Dean Kim Yuracko Welcomes Students Back for Spring Term

January 03, 2011

Interim Dean Kim Yuracko Welcomes Students Back for Spring Term

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing holiday break. We have several exciting events scheduled in the new year which you will find outlined in my message. Highlights this spring include visits from two Supreme Court Justices. Recently retired Justice John Paul Stevens JD ‘47 will be honored at a Law Review Symposium and will serve as the 2011 commencement speaker. Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be honored as the Howard J. Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar in February.

As you all know, the new year also marks the end of a defining era in Northwestern’s history with Dean David Van Zandt’s departure to the New School.  David Van Zandt’s shoes are difficult ones to step into, as he has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Law School over the last 15 years.  Because of his efforts, David has left the school in a very strong position. The Law School is well poised to continue its upward trajectory under a new dean.  It is my privilege to serve as the Law School’s steward during this time of transition.

I will continue to promote the curricular and programmatic innovations that David has worked so hard to implement including maintaining our unique admissions process which includes interviews and an emphasis on enrolling students with work experience, building on our strong partnership with the Kellogg School of Management which provides our students with the opportunity to cross-train in business and management and maintaining our team-oriented student culture. Most importantly, I will strive to protect and enhance the vibrant, collegial and engaged student culture that makes Northwestern Law so special. 

I look forward to a productive and successful year and I encourage you to participate in the many Law School events, all of which are included on the Law School calendar.

Upcoming Law School Events

Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Series, January 10-17
In recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Law School and the Feinberg School of Medicine DREAM Committee has assembled a week of programming to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, with public service projects and the MLK Lecture Series centered on civil rights issues.  On MLK Day — January 17 — the series concludes with a keynote presentation featuring Eboo Patel, founder and director of the Interfaith Youth Core.

Spring 2011 On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program, January and February
The Center for Career Strategy and Advancement is sponsoring its Spring OCI program, open to all Northwestern Law students, which will take place January 24, 25, 26, 31, and February 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9, 2011. Bidding for Spring 2011 OCI opens on Friday, January 7, at Noon and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11.
Also, onMarch 8, the Career Strategy Center will host the annual Meet the Employers Night.  This is a great opportunity for first-year JD and JD-MBA students to learn about employers who recruit on campus prior to bidding for on-campus interviews in the second year.

Lawyer as Problem Solver, January 13 and 20
First-year JD, JD-MBA, and LLM students will participate in our unique and award-winning Lawyer as Problem Solver program on January 13 and 20 (4-6 p.m.). There will be a sponsor reception in the Atrium immediately following the January 20 class from 6-7:30 p.m.

48th Annual Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition, January 31-March 4
Preliminary rounds for the 48th Annual Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition will take place January 31, February 3, 7, 10, 17, 21, 24.  More than 80 second-year students are expected to compete in this prestigious competition.  The final round will take place March 4.

Justice Sotomayor to Visit Law School, February 1
Newly appointed Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will serve as this year’s Howard J. Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar. In addition to various scheduled activities, Justice Sotomayor will participate in a discussion with the Northwestern Law community followed by a question and answer session on Tuesday, February 1, at 3 pm in Thorne Auditorium. Registration is required for the discussion.  Additional information will be sent via e-mail about this event.

Global Village, February 11
Join the Northwestern Law community in a celebration of culture, which includes home-cooked food from all over the world, international music, presentations, national attire, and performances.  More than 20 percent of our community comes from outside the United States providing all of us an opportunity to share with and learn from each other.  The annual Global Village event, presented by international JD, LLM, and LLM/Kellogg students, will take place in the atrium from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, February 11.

Diverse Admit Day and AJD Open House, March 7
The Admissions and Diversity Education and Outreach teams, along with a student committee chaired by Shanelle Booker (JD '11) and Nakeena Covington (JD '11), have planned an event to welcome diverse admitted students and students admitted to the Accelerated JD program to the Law School community.

International Team Projects (ITP), March 12-27
Students involved in ITP gain firsthand experience in international legal and business environments through a combination of semester-long research, an intense two-week field study abroad, and a final group project.  This year's ITP groups will be researching abroad March 12-27 in the following countries:

*New Zealand
*United Arab Emirates

Leadership Retreat, April 1-2 (subject to change)
SBA Executive Board members and student organization leaders will take part in the sixth annual Leadership Retreat.  The retreat is planned by the SBA Student Services committee, chaired by Alicia Hwang, and the Student Services team, and includes sessions on team building and event planning, presentations to faculty and administrators, and more.

Spring Law Board Meeting, April 8-9
The Law Board will meet for the second time this year in April.  The board is comprised of graduates and friends of the Law School who are distinguished members of the bar, the business world, and the government and not-for-profit sectors.  The Law Board serves to advise the faculty and administration on the future course of the Law School and helps monitor the implementation of our Strategic Plan.

Admitted Students Weekend, April 8-9
We will welcome more than 100 admitted students to Admitted Students Weekend. The student admissions committee, chaired by Mike Potere JD '12 and Lyndsie Schmalz JD ’12, have worked with the Admissions team to plan special events to introduce admitted students to the Law School. We hope that after spending some time as part of the Northwestern Law community, these admitted students choose to join us next fall.

2010 Graduation Week, May 9-13
The graduation committee, chaired by Abigail Fleming and Lori Sorenson, is busy working with the Student Services team to plan this year's Graduation Convocation, which will take place Friday, May 13, at the Chicago Theatre.  Graduation week will have additional activities throughout the week to celebrate the Class of 2011. Justice John Paul Stevens JD ‘47 will be the speaker for the 2011 ceremony.

Law Review Symposium, May 12
The Law Review will host a conference on the Legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens JD ’47 on May 12, 2011 as part of the Justice’s visit to Northwestern Law.  Leading constitutional scholars will commemorate Justice Stevens’ legacy on the Supreme Court. Visit the Law Review website.