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October 2018

Professors Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin

Making A Murderer Part 2 Closely Follows CWCY Case
The second season of the Netflix sensation Making A Murderer follows Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth attorneys Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin as they represent Brendan Dassey through post-conviction appeals, including a petition to the Supreme Court. Read a Q & A with Nirider and Drizin about the experience.

The Handmaid's Tale Author Margaret Atwood to Speak at the Law School on October 30
The Handmaid's Tale, a gripping vision of our society radically overturned by a theocratic revolution, has been chosen as Northwestern University's One Book One Northwestern all-campus read for the 2018-19 academic year. Margaret Atwood will be in conversation with Professor Deborah Tuerkheimer and Feinberg Professor Angela Lawson on Tuesday, October 30. Join the waitlist for admission to the event.

Thank You to 2018 Reunion Weekend Attendees!
Over 850 alumni, students, faculty and friends attended the weekend's 32 events. Guests came from 9 countries and represented Classes of 1952 through 2021. View photos from the weekend on our Facebook page!


Speta Appointed Vice Dean
Professor Jim Speta was recently appointed Vice Dean of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law by Dean Kim Yuracko. In his new role, Speta will oversee the Law School's international programs and initiatives, its new professional development initiatives, the Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation, and external outreach. More...

Nine New Members Join Law Board
Law Board welcomed nine new members at its most recent meeting earlier this month. They are: Jared F. Bartie (JD '93), Keating Crown (JD-MBA '11), Nancy S. Gerrie (JD '90), Harsha G. Marti (JD-MBA '02), Mark A. McDermott (JD '91), Devan V. Padmanabhan (JD '93), Terence Patterson (JD-MBA '06), Honey Jacobs Skinner (JD '81), and Lance A. Zinman (JD '98).

Planet Lex Podcast

Election Law and Gerrymandering
As the November midterm elections loom, issues of election law continue to have a significant impact on the voting process. In this episode of Planet Lex, new host Jim Speta, Vice Dean at Northwestern Law, talks to Professor Michael Kang about everything election law, from partisan gerrymandering and the constitutional issues involved in redistricting, to the effects of voter ID laws.

Should We Reform the Supreme Court?
With Brett Kavanaugh's recent confirmation battle, the Supreme Court and the partisan polarization of the nomination process has been fresh in the minds of many. Daniel B. Rodriguez talks to Tonja Jacobi and Sarah Schrup about major issues facing the Supreme Court and the implications they have on our democracy.

Giving Back

Thomas F. Geraghty Fund
In recognition of his four decades of leadership of the Bluhm Legal Clinic, the Law School launched the Thomas F. Geraghty Fund to support a clinical fellowship in his honor, with the support of alumni and friends. To learn more about making a special gift to support the Geraghty Fund, please contact Michelle Engleman at (312) 503-0200 or

Faculty in the News

Chicago's policing problem is systemic. Truth and reconciliation are needed.
Sheila Bedi, USA Today, October 11

Kavanaugh's hearing: The most momentous 'he said, she said' showdown of our time
Deborah Tuerkheimer, CNN, September 26

Why Chicago Is Closely Watching the Trial of the Officer Who Shot Laquan McDonald
Jeffrey Urdangen, New York Times, September 17

Study: Civilian Complaints Can be Used to Predict Future Police Misconduct
Max Schanzenbach, WTTW, September 12

Upcoming Events

Northwestern Law Alumni vs. Georgetown Law Alumni Trivia Night
October 30
Sub 51

Law Alumni Club of San Francisco Technology & Law Discussion
October 30
Northwestern University San Francisco Office

Justice Has A Voice: The Criminalization of Race, Gender, and Youth
October 30
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Northwestern Law Diverse Alumni Reception
November 1

Law Alumni Club of LA Wine Tasting
November 7
Héritage Fine Wines

NYC Welcome Reception For Dean Kimberly Yuracko
November 14
Hotel Eventi

Law Alumni Club of Chicago Private IMAX Screening: Fantastic Beasts
November 16
Harry Caray's Tavern / Navy Pier IMAX Theatre

Contemporary Issues in Complex Litigation Conference
November 28 and 29
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