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Former U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon to Join Law School as Visiting Distinguished Scholar

September 13, 2017

Former U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon will be joining Northwestern Pritzker School of Law as a visiting distinguished scholar for the 2017-18 academic year. During his tenure here, Fardon will lead a series of talks about gun violence in Chicago, a timely and significant topic. He will speak directly on this issue and also moderate conversations with stakeholders from the legal, nonprofit, and law enforcement communities. 

Fardon served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 2013 until early 2017. Under his leadership, the U.S. Attorney’s office was recognized for numerous significant investigations and prosecutions involving international terrorism and terrorism financing, public corruption, corporate fraud, violent crime, narcotics, and gangs. As U.S. Attorney, Fardon directed the implementation of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a federal anti-gun violence initiative with the Chicago Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Now, he is managing partner and head of litigation of the Chicago office of King & Spalding. 

His first talk, “Gun Violence in Chicago: Past, Present and the Long Path Forward,” will take place Thursday, October 5th at noon in Rubloff 180. The Law School is thrilled to have the opportunity for its community to engage on this crtitically important topic.