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August 2018

Access to Justice Symposium

Register for Inaugural Access to Social Justice Symposium
Leading members of the civil rights and criminal justice bar, legal tech innovators, community and faith leaders, skilled investigators, and other experts at the cutting edge of social justice advocacy will come together for a series of interdisciplinary panel discussions on access to justice. The event, hosted by the Bluhm Legal Clinic and the Action Injury Law Group, will take place on Wednesday, September 12 in Thorne Auditorium. Register here.

The Oral History Project Gives Voice to the Law School's Past
The newest collection in the Pritzker Legal Research Center doesn't contain a single book, journal or article. Instead, the Law School library has been hard at work archiving records of a completely different sort: taped conversations with some of our most esteemed faculty and alumni. More...

Improv in the Classroom
Before ever appearing in a court of law, several Law School professors had gotten comfortable commanding the stage as improv players. Find out why they consider it an integral part of their legal and academic careers. More...

Career Services

Setting Goals to Define Your Career Vision
Career development plans focus on the "how" of developing your career, but it all starts with self-assessment. This means taking a step back and focusing on the "what" of your plan — your goals. Michelle Jackson, Director of Alumni Advising, lists the four key qualities you should aim for when creating achievable goals. More...


Professor Kathleen Dillon Narko Receives ABA Liberty Achievement Award
Kathleen Dillon Narko, Clinical Professor of Law, received the 2018 Liberty Achievement Award from the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. The award recognizes lawyers and judges who have actively promoted diversity in the legal profession. More...

American Constitution Society Honors G. Flint Taylor with Abner J. Mivka Award
G. Flint Taylor (JD '72) was awarded the Abner J. Mivka Award during the annual Legal Legends Luncheon of the American Constitutions Society's Chicago Lawyer Chapter. The award recognizes attorneys for their work in advancing progressive legal values. Taylor is a founding partner of the People's Law Office, which focuses on litigating civil rights, police violence, government misconduct, and death penalty cases.

Planet Lex Podcast

Chicago's Gun Violence Epidemic
Gun violence in neighborhoods on Chicago's south and west sides is a decades-long problem experiencing recently renewed media attention. Zach Fardon, a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, talks about the complexity of the problem, the root causes, and what can be done to address it. More...

Giving Back

Last Chance for Reunion Alumni to Double Their Impact
We only have a few opportunities left for alumni celebrating their reunion this fall to commemorate this special milestone by joining the Wigmore Pledge Challenge. Thanks to the generosity of the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, any alumnus celebrating their reunion by making an eligible five-year Wigmore pledge will have the entirety of their gift matched and added to their reunion totals. More...

Join Mark McDermott in the 10 for $10,000 Scholarship Challenge to Reduce Student Debt
Alumnus Mark McDermott (JD '91) joins alumnus Neil Bluhm (JD '62) in making an impact on the lives of Northwestern Law students by dramatically reducing student debt with the 10 for $10,000 Scholarship Challenge. While in school, Mark benefited from scholarships and hopes his gift to the Scholarship Challenge will help relieve the burden of debt for current Northwestern Law students. More...

Be an Intern/Extern Host for the San Francisco Immersion Program
Attention all Bay Area high-tech in-house attorneys: We are looking for intern/extern hosts for the San Francisco Immersion program. The program will run for 10 weeks from January 7 - March 15, 2019 and students will be available to work Mondays - Wednesdays of each week for 10-15 hours per week. More...

Faculty in the News

Sotomayor, Kagan Are Interrupted the Most at Oral Arguments: Study
Tonja Jacobi in The National Law Journal, August 7

Term limits could fix the dysfunction around Supreme Court confirmations
James Lindgren, Los Angeles Times, July 18

Upcoming Events

Law Alumni Club of DC Baseball Game Outing
September 9
Nationals Park

Chicago Alumni Welcome Reception for Dean Kimberly A. Yuracko
September 12
Lyric Opera House

Law Alumni Club of Denver Axe Throwing and Happy Hour
September 18
Downtown Art Gallery and Axe Room

Reunion and Alumni Weekend
October 12-13

Bluhm Legal Clinic 50th Anniversary Lunch and Program
October 12
Thorne Auditorium

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