Welcome Back From Spring Break 2011

March 28, 2011

Welcome back! Whether you spent your time relaxing, studying, working, or on an ITP trip or service trip, I hope you had an enjoyable spring break and have returned ready to wrap up the last few weeks of the semester.

We have a number of exciting events coming up here at the Law School in the next few weeks that you will find listed below. In addition, please keep these important dates in mind:

April 12-15: Cap and gown pick-up from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in Lowden
April 19: Spring classes end
April 20-22: Review sessions and reading period
April 23-May 5: Spring Semester examinations
May 9-13: Convocation Week
May 13: Law School Convocation


New Digital Classroom Display Screens and Directories
This week, we are wrapping up on the installation of new display screens and directories at various points of the Law School. The new touch-screen directories, which can be found at the entrances in McCormick Hall, Levy Mayer, and the Atrium, will offer an interactive “Open Rooms” feature that allows students to see which rooms in the Law School are open for studying. The new directories will also feature larger screens, new maps of the Law School with interactive path finding, and an events calendar. In addition, the new classroom display screens, found in McCormick Hall and Rubloff, will provide information on current classes and meetings in session and indicate room vacancies. The new screens and directories will prove to be an improvement in offering information for our Law School community and guests.


Executive LLM in Seoul Program Graduation Ceremony, March 25
While you were away, 21 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 Booth Hall on Friday.

Student Leadership Retreat, April 1-2
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, conflict management, and event planning, and is followed by a presentation to faculty and administrators.

Public Service Benefit Dinner, April 7
The Student Funded Public Interest Fellowship will host its eighth annual Public Service Benefit Dinner Thursday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the Law School atrium. The event will recognize six Northwestern Law alumni for their outstanding contributions in public service: Flint Taylor JD '72, Wendy Meltzer JD '74, Angela Vigil JD '95, Renai Rodney JD '04, Lizzie Rosenthal JD '05, and Jay Monteverde JD '06.

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.

2011 Convocation Week, May 9-13
The convocation committee, chaired by Abigail Fleming JD '11 and Lori Sorenson JD '11, 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.  Convocation 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.