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January 2019


Andrew Koppelman Honored by AALS Section on Jurisprudence
Andrew Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law, was awarded the Hart-Dworkin Award in Legal Philosophy from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Jurisprudence at the 2019 AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans earlier this month. Koppelman is the inaugural recipient of The Hart-Dworkin Award in Legal Philosophy, which will be given annually to a scholar who has made significant and lasting contributions to the philosophical understanding of law. More...

ABA's The Tax Lawyer Releases First Issue Under New Northwestern Law Partnership
In December, The Tax Lawyer, the ABA Tax Section's flagship journal, released its first issue since naming Northwestern Pritzker School of Law's LLM Tax Program its new educational affiliate. The ABA Tax Section announced last spring that it would end its 50-year partnership with Georgetown Law and start working with Northwestern's Tax Program, which has ranked fourth annually in U.S. News and World Report since 2005, only three years after the program's establishment. Professor David Cameron, associate director of the LLM Tax Program, now serves as faculty editor of the journal. More...

CPEI New York City Forum, January 22
The Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is a legal education incubator focused on actionable intelligence that will impact the future of legal education. Please join CPEI for the inaugural New York City forum on Tuesday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m. at Latham & Watkins. The forum will bring together leaders from the legal services sector to discuss critical questions on leading diverse teams. More...

Planet Lex Podcast

Jury Process: How Juries Bring Legitimacy to Legal Proceedings
Many people complain when a jury summons arrives, but when they actually serve on a case they become quite invested in the process. But how can a group of lay people handle making such difficult and consequential decisions? In this episode of Planet Lex, host Jim Speta talks to Professor Shari Diamond about her research on jury process, including her findings that our trust in the jury system is not misplaced. Even in challenging and complex cases, juries typically work very hard to ensure a just outcome. More...

Making a Murderer: How Brendan Dassey's Case is Making a Difference
Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth attorneys and Netflix stars Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider talk about false confessions and the legal proceedings covered in the second season of Making a Murderer. They also talk about the involvement of Northwestern Law's clinical students in cases like Brendan's, as well as their efforts to protect vulnerable juveniles by educating law enforcement on appropriate interrogation practices with children. More...

Giving Back

Giving Tuesday Results
Over 100 alumni raised more than $15,000 for Northwestern Law on Giving Tuesday — thank you! Alumni from around the globe supported all areas of the Law School, including many who gave in honor of Dean Yuracko.

Thank You to Our 2018 Donors!
We are incredibly grateful to the many alumni and friends who donated to the Law School in 2018. As our students return to classes in 2019, your support is already making a tangible impact on their lives and the opportunities we are able to offer them.

Dean's Circle of the Wigmore Club
This fall, we launched the Dean's Circle of the Wigmore Club for donors committed to building and maintaining a foundation of support for Northwestern Law with gifts of $10,000 or more. In celebration of this society, Neil Bluhm (JD '62) will match your first year membership in the Dean's Circle with an additional gift of $10,000 in recognition of your increased commitment to the Law School. More...

Faculty in the News

America's Opioid Epidemic: A Rights-Based Approach
Juliet Sorensen, Health and Human Rights Journal, January 8

A judge's odd analogy could overturn a dozen old Philly murder convictions
Shari Seidman Diamond, Philadelphia Inquirer, January 2

Low-key days at Supreme Court may be ending soon
John McGinnis, Associated Press, December 30

Not so fast: Chicago needs limits on your ride-sharing
Dana Hill, Crain's Chicago Business, December 12

Commentary: Does it hurt you if your face is tracked by technology?
Matthew Kugler, Chicago Tribune, November 27


Upcoming Events

BLSA Mock Interview Program and Reception
January 30
Jones Day

Young Alumni Webinar
January 31

Law Alumni Club of DC Panel Discussion: Navigating the "Woman Tax" in 2019
January 31
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

CPEI Chicago Spring Forum
February 1

Law Alumni Club of Chicago Western Suburbs Networking Breakfast
February 7
Carleton Hotel

Law Alumni Club of DC Navy Yard Neighborhood Dinner
February 13
Due South

Law Alumni Club of DC Northern Virginia Neighborhood Dinner
February 13
Founding Farmers Tysons

Law Alumni Club of DC Downtown/Metro Center Neighborhood Dinner
February 13
Farmers & Distillers

Law Alumni Club of Chicago Northern Suburbs Breakfast with Dean Yuracko
February 20
Sheraton Northbrook

Law Alumni Club of San Francisco Neighborhood Dinner
February 28
Trailblazer Tavern

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