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May 2019


Celebrating the Class of 2019
On Friday, May 17, Courtney D. Armstrong (BS ’93, JD-MBA ’96) addressed the more than 500 graduates of the Class of 2019 and their families and friends at the Chicago Theatre. View photos from the convocation ceremony and reception. More...

Members of the Class of 2019 Secure Public Interest Fellowships
Five members of the Class of 2019 will launch their careers in public interest through both national and Northwestern Law post-graduate fellowships this fall. More...

Faculty Recognized at 2019 American Law and Economics Association Conference
Five members of the Northwestern Law faculty participated in the 2019 American Law and Economics Association (ALEA) annual meeting, including Matthew Spitzer, who was awarded the American Law & Economics Review prize for his paper “Appointing Extremists.” More...

Planet Lex Podcast

Seeking Asylum: Reality at the U.S./Mexico Border
Despite the coverage around last year’s migrant caravan approaching the U.S./Mexico border, very few people understand the legal and social complexities facing those seeking asylum. Host Jim Speta talks to Uzoamaka Emeka Nzelibe about her work representing unaccompanied minors seeking asylum as well as her recent trip to the border with volunteer students and staff. More...

Spotlight on Scholarship

Professor Shari Diamond Examines the Interplay of Science and the Law
Attorneys and judges are not the only important actors in the U.S. legal system. Laypersons and experts also play key roles. Important questions about how these groups — most notably juries and scientific experts — interact with the legal system have long been at the heart of Shari Diamond’s research. More...

Giving Back

Bluhm Legal Clinic Challenge Breaks Record
Thank you to all our generous donors who made the 2019 Clinic Challenge a huge success! Over 450 alumni and friends gave, far surpassing our previous record. We also unlocked a $50,000 challenge gift from Meredith Bluhm-Wolf (JD ’95), and an additional $15,000 from Stuart Chanen (JD ’85) and Julie Felton. We are so grateful to our entire community of supporters. We could not do it without you!

Raphaelsons Commit to Support Public Interest Fellowships
Ira H. Raphaelson (WCAS ’74, JD '77) and Andrea J. Raphaelson (Comm '75) have made a generous bequest commitment of $125,000 to support fellowships for recent graduates interested in public service. Ira is Senior Counsel at White & Case in Washington, D.C. and spent the first fifteen years of his career as an Assistant State's Attorney and Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago before serving as a presidential-appointee in the Justice Department. He has been a longtime member (including formerly serving as Chair) of the Law Board and also serves as an adjunct professor. More...

Anonymous Estate Gift Will Bolster Law School's Future
An anonymous alumnus has generously recorded a new estate gift raising his total bequest commitment to Northwestern Law to $3.25 million. This extraordinary deferred gift will be used to bolster an existing endowed scholarship and to establish a new endowed discretionary fund to be utilized by a future dean of the Law School. The gift will greatly enhance the Law School's ability to meet the financial needs of our students and allow flexibility for future Law School deans to implement their vision. This generous bequest commitment is part of Northwestern Law's $250 million Motion to Lead Campaign which has raised over $243 million to date. More...

Faculty in the News

In defining consent, there’s a gap between the law, culture
Deborah Tuerkheimer, Associated Press, May 20

Brown v. Board Turns 65, and Trump Picks Won't Say It's Right
Steven Lubet, Bloomberg Law, May 17

Trump judicial nominees decline to endorse Brown v. Board under Senate questioning
John McGinnis, Washington Post, May 16

How Chicago Women Created The World’s First Juvenile Justice System
Thomas Geraghty, WBEZ, May 11

Homeowners Hurt by Mortgage Scam Seek Role in Ditech Bankruptcy
J. Samuel Tenenbaum, Bloomberg, April 22


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