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April 2016

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1 Apr 2016 - 1:49pm
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Various presidential candidates have heavily criticized the trade deals which the US has concluded: from NAFTA to the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. Mr. Damien Levie, LL.M 94, and currently heads the Trade and Agriculture Section of the European Union Delegation in Washington, DC.will share European views on this question.

Before coming to Washington, Mr. Levie was a member of the Cabinet (personal office) of EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht from 2009 to 2012. He subsequently headed the USA and Canada team of the Directorate General for Trade at the European Commission. During that period, he contributed to the pursuit of an ambitious EU trade policy agenda with the Americas, in particular the launch of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the U.S. and the EU, for which he was deputy chief negotiator. He also advised Karel De Gucht on a variety of trade policy issues including the new investment protection competence of the EU, intellectual property rights and services.

Mr. Levie joined the European Commission in 2001, working on issues including merger control policy and REACH, the EU's basic chemical regulation. From 2005 to 2009, he served in the Cabinet of Louis Michel, EU Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid. During that period, he worked on economic development policy in Africa as well as European economic integration issues. He also participated in the works of the UN Commission for the Legal Empowerment of the Poor co-chaired by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Hernando de Soto.

Damien Levie has law degrees from KU Leuven and the University of Chicago Law School and an economics degree from UC Louvain. He was a lawyer at a major US law firm in Brussels and New York from 1994 to 2001.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited. Lunch provided.

1 Apr 2016 - 6:13pm
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LWC presents "Anatomy of a Case" with Renee Smith, a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis.  By walking through a recent case she has litigated, Renee will discuss the formation and evolution of  case strategy as well as her experience interacting with clients, handling difficult negotiations, and playing a leadership role on the case team.

Lunch will be provided.

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3 Apr 2016 - 5:39pm
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Join Jessica Ladd and Professor Jonathan Masur for a discussion about the legal challenges Ms. Ladd has confronted as the founder and CEO of Sexual Health Innovations (SHI), a nonprofit dedicated to creating technology that advances sexual health and wellbeing in the United States. SHI's main initiatives include Callisto, a Google.org-funded sexual assault reporting system, and So They Can Know, an STD partner notification website. Callisto has been featured in stories by numerous news outlets, including the New York Times and Forbes

Ms. Ladd has been honored as a 2016 TED Fellow by TED, a Fearless Changemaker by the Case Foundation, an Emerging Innovator by Ashoka and American Express, and the Civic Hacker of the Year by Baltimore Innovation Week. Before founding Sexual Health Innovations, Ms. Ladd worked in the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, as a Public Policy Associate at The AIDS Institute, and as a sexual health educator and researcher for a variety of organizations. She also founded The Social Innovation Lab in Baltimore and a chapter of FemSex at Pomona College. Ms. Ladd received her Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins and her B.A. in Public Policy/Human Sexuality at Pomona College. She left a PhD program in infectious disease epidemiology at Johns Hopkins in order to pursue work at Sexual Health Innovations full time.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.

3 Apr 2016 - 8:08pm
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Please join the Domestic Violence Project and the Child Advocacy Society in an interesting discussion about how child protection and the best interest standard overlap with domestic violence cases. Lawyers have to grapple with the tough question of whether returning a child to a mother, who may be dealing with battered person syndrome, or may be prone to abusive relationships, is in the best interest of the child. This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited. Lunch will be served.

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5 Apr 2016 - 11:08am
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Prof. Alison Siegler will discuss clerkships and applications for the judges on the Northern District of Illinois.  LT Edwards '15 who is currently clerking on the NDIL will also be joining her panel.  This lunch talk is intended for students who will be applying to the Northern District of Illinois for clerkships.

Please RSVP at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/clerkshipprograms.

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8 Apr 2016 - 2:28pm
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The Rise of Empirical Scholarship in Law: Implications for Policy and Practice
Presented by Professor Dhammika Dharmapala

11:30 a.m.: Reception
12:00 noon: Lunch

Please RSVP here

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10 Apr 2016 - 9:52pm
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What does it take to be truly successful, not only in the workplace or the classroom, but also as a parent, an athlete, or even a chess player?  The answer may not be what you think.  Join Charlotte L. Wager; Hilary August, '12; and Elpitha Betonda, '15, as they reveal some surprising truths about what really contributes to success.  We will discuss the importance of having a growth mindset, which creates motivation and productivity not only in the worlds of law and business but also education and sports.  We will also discuss the importance of grit, a non-cognitive trait defined as perseverance and passion for long-term goals, that has been shown to predict success.  Our goal in this session is to provide you with some practical tools to change your mindset and discover your own, true grit.  Reception to follow in the courtroom corridor. Sponsored by Jenner & Block, Law Women's Caucus, Outlaw, and APALSA.

Charlotte L. Wager is the firm's Chief Talent Officer and oversees all aspects of the firm's hiring and lawyer development. As co-chair of the Hiring Executive Committee, she works with hiring partners in each of the firm's offices to coordinate and implement the firm's associate hiring.  Ms. Wager also works on lateral partner hiring firmwide.  Ms. Wager chairs the firm's Associate Development & Evaluation Committee.  She works with firm leaders on all aspects of lawyer development including orientation, evaluations, training, mentoring, and advanced career planning for senior associates and partners.  Ms. Wager is an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and works with the Diversity Manager to implement the firm's diversity initiatives.  She is also a member of the firm's Women's Forum and Pro Bono Committees. Ms. Wager remains a partner in the Litigation Department where her law practice previously focused on counseling policyholders and reinsurers on a wide range of insurance-related matters.

 Hillary August is an associate in the firm's Litigation Department. She was an associate at Jenner & Block LLP from 2012-2013 and returned to the firm in 2014 after serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Joan H. Lefkow of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Ms. August received her B.A., magna cum laude and with distinction in history, from Yale University in 2007.  She received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2012, graduating with Honors and Order of the Coif.  At the University of Chicago, Ms. August was a Kirkland and Ellis Scholar, served as the Topic Access & Recruitment Editor for the University of Chicago Law Review, and worked as an extern for the Honorable Robert M. Dow, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Elpitha Betondo is an associate in the firm's Litigation department. She joined the firm in 2015.  Ms. Betondo received her B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Cultural Studies from DePaul University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School. In law school, Ms. Betondo served as a student attorney for the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, where she advocated on behalf of a client seeking clemency. Ms. Betondo also served as a judicial extern for The Honorable Charles P. Kocoras in the Northern District of Illinois.

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11 Apr 2016 - 11:16am
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The Immigration Law Society and the Labor & Employment Law Society present an Immigration Simulation that allows participants to learn about the current legal immigration system of the United States and see its problems and pitfalls. Participants will be assigned a 'character' and proceed through the immigration process in the category appropriate to their characters' circumstances until they earn a FREE 'citizenship' cupcake from Sprinkles.

Participation time varies, but takes no more than 10-15 minutes. All are welcome.

 

Contact Maggie O'Connor (margaretoc@uchicago.edu) if you are interested in volunteering to help run the simulation as one of our 'USCIS agents.'

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12 Apr 2016 - 8:53am
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Professors Craig Futterman, Randolph Stone, and David Owens will discuss their work on recent high-profile litigation involving police shootings and misconduct, and efforts to reform the policing system in Chicago.  

Soul food lunch from Catering by David will be provided.

12 Apr 2016 - 1:25pm
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Professors Craig Futterman, Randolph Stone, and David Owens will discuss their work on recent high-profile litigation involving police shootings and misconduct, and efforts to reform the policing system in Chicago.  

Soul food lunch from Catering by David will be provided.

12 Apr 2016 - 2:13pm
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Joshua Decker, '06, ED of ACLU-Anchorage, will discuss his work and career path

12 Apr 2016 - 2:18pm
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Paul Alan Levy ('76) of  Public Citizen Litigation Group will address students regarding the defense of online free speech cases.

Paul has specialized in free speech issues arising on the Internet. He has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout the country about the identification of anonymous Internet speakers. His amicus curiae brief in Dendrite v. Doe, whose approach was adopted by New Jersey’s Superior Court Appellate Division, has become the model for other cases. His Internet practice also includes the defense of trademark and copyright claims brought as a means of suppressing critical web sites.

12 Apr 2016 - 2:21pm
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Cissy Huang, of HUD's Region V office, will present a lunch talk for 1L and 2L students on careers with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of General Counsel.

12 Apr 2016 - 2:50pm
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A century ago, World War I set the modern First Amendment into motion.  But wartime propaganda also gave rise to a critique that has shadowed speech rights right up through Citizens United and into our own time.  For the war showed speech not only to be a form of protest, but also a form of power.  In his lecture, Professor Witt tells the story of a small but diverse group of Americans who took control of a Wall Street fortune to battle power with power, establishing a foundation with a breathtaking aim: to change the American mind.

John Fabian Witt is Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His most recent book, Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History, was awarded the 2013 Bancroft Prize, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, was selected for the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book for 2012.

Open to the public, but seating may be limited.

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13 Apr 2016 - 3:46pm
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*This will be a lunchtime workshop. Lunch will be served.

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15 Apr 2016 - 4:55pm
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The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP), University of Chicago Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and Ci3 will screen Trapped, a film that follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of a battle to keep reproductive health services safe and legal for millions of American women.

Followed by a discussion with Jenna Prochaska, Staff Attorney with the Reproductive Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois, where she works to protect and expand access to critical health care services for women in Illinois through legislation, litigation and public education.

Free and open to the public

First in the Consent, Choice, Agency documentary film series at the CSGS, Spring 2016

The series will explore sex, violence and reproduction in contexts of law, medicine, culture and identity: the chipping away of abortion rights and the war on Planned Parenthood, sterilization abuse and sexual shaming which aim to control women’s sexuality, sexual pleasure, and reproduction and the possibilities embodied in making families and parenting across gender lines.

Free and open to the public

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17 Apr 2016 - 4:17pm
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The Federalist Society is excited to welcome Peter Berkowitz, Senior Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, for a discussion of Academic Freedom and Free Speech on University Campuses, with commentary by Deputy Dean Tom Ginsburg.

At Hoover, Mr. Berkowitz chairs the Jean Perkins Task Force on National Security and Law and cochaired the Boys and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society. He write extensively on liberal education, political ideology in the United States, and other issues. He holds a JD and a PhD in political science from Yale University, an MA in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a BA in English literature from Swarthmore College. Professor Tom Ginsburg is Deputy Dean of the Law School, Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar, and Professor of Political Science. He is a member of the Law School's Hiring Committee, as well as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. He holds BA, JD, and PhD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.

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18 Apr 2016 - 9:17am
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The Food & Drug Law Society and the Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy (GPHAP) at the University of Chicago is proud to present this Careers in Health Law panel. Speakers include Carla Gazes, a lawyer at the University of Chicago Medical Center; Professor Jack Bierig, partner at Sidley & Austin, LLP, who teaches the Health Law & Policy class, and the Food and Drug Law class; and Harold J. Bressler, General Counsel at The Joint Commission. All of the speakers will discuss their career paths and thoughts about lawyers and health care.

Lunch will be provided.

18 Apr 2016 - 3:24pm
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First year law school students may attend one of two sessions on formatting for the Bigelow appellate brief assignment:

  • Monday, April 18 at 4:00 PM in classroom II
  • Tuesday, April 19 at 4:00 PM in classroom II

The training will focus on Microsoft Word and cover formatting the cover page and generating a table of contents and a table of authorities.  Students are welcome to attend either session.

18 Apr 2016 - 3:24pm
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First year law school students may attend one of two sessions on formatting for the Bigelow appellate brief assignment:

  • Monday, April 18 at 4:00 PM in classroom II
  • Tuesday, April 19 at 4:00 PM in classroom II

The training will focus on Microsoft Word and cover formatting the cover page and generating a table of contents and a table of authorities.  Students are welcome to attend either session.

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19 Apr 2016 - 11:13am
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Dean Thomas J. Miles invites you to attend the Pro Bono Service Recognition Luncheon

with featured speaker Kelly Albinak Kribs, ’11
Immigrant Child Rights Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Young Center

Lunch will be served

Please RSVP by April 27

We will be recognizing all graduating students who have completed the Pro Bono Pledge by completing at least 50 hours of supervised volunteer legal work that helps to meet the legal needs of persons of limited means, to promote access to justice, or to serve the public good.

The University of Chicago Law School Pro Bono Service Initiative reflects the principle that members of the legal profession and those aspiring to enter the legal profession have an obligation to provide law-related services to individuals, groups, or causes that are underrepresented in the legal system.

19 Apr 2016 - 11:56am
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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the Law Women’s Caucus, and the Innovation Clinic present: A Panel Discussion on Women in Technology featuring Farah Gerdes, Denise Andresen, and Maryam Saleh

A Panel on Women in Technology will focus on the careers of three female panelists working in the health and technology sectors. The panelists are Farah Gerdes, a partner in the technology transactions practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Denise Andresen, Legal Counsel for iRhythm Technologies, and Maryam Saleh, VP of Programs for MATTER. The panelists will discuss their experiences working in the health and technology sectors, fields that are predominately male.  The panelists will address some of the challenges that women face as a result and how we can all work together to encourage more gender diversity.

Lunch from Sit Down Cafe Provided!

Farah Gerdes is a partner in the technology transactions practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she focuses on the representation of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostic companies in intellectual property transactions. She was named to the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 editions of the "Rising Stars" list published by Northern California Super Lawyers. Ms. Gerdes earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago.

Denise Andresen serves as Legal Counsel for iRhythm Technologies, a privately held digital healthcare company that is a world leader in the cardiac arrhythmia field. She previously served as Assistant General Counsel for the American Medical Association. Ms. Andresen earned her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis.

Maryam Saleh serves as VP of Programs for MATTER, a community of healthcare entrepreneurs and industry leaders working together in a shared space to individually and collectively fuel the future of healthcare innovation. She previously founded and served as Managing Director of Center for Device Development at INVO. Ms. Saleh earned her Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience from the University of Chicago.

19 Apr 2016 - 2:00pm
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Moderated by Lynn Sweet
Featuring Geoffrey Stone and Todd Henderson

Details and registration

19 Apr 2016 - 5:01pm
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Learning From the City:  The Midwest Regional Convening of U.N. Habitat III

Learning From the City is one of five regional convenings co-hosted by the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development in collaboration with civic,
governmental, educational, and philanthropic partners in advance of the U.N.
Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).

9:30-11:00am: Investing in People and Communities
11:15-12:30pm: Securing Housing Options for All
12:45-1:30pm: Lunch Keynote
1:45-3:00pm: Responding to Shocks and Building Resilience ** Professor Mark Templeton**
3:15-4:30pm: The Role of Big Data in Shaping Regional Policy
4:30-4:45pm: Concluding Remarks

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required.

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20 Apr 2016 - 10:53am
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The Public Interest Law Society presents A Panel Discussion About Civil Rights Law and Private-Public Interest Law Firms with Attorneys from Loevy & Loevy

A small but growing number of private firms practice public interest law. Such firms work for under-represented groups or specialize in issue-oriented work, such as civil rights litigation, tenant advocacy or representing whistleblowers. What are private-public interest firms? How do they operate? What is it like to work for one? How does the experience of practicing law at a public interest firm differ from practicing law in either BigLaw or in a more conventional public interest capacity (public defender, policy work, govt. agency, etc.)? Come to this lunch talk to learn the answers to these questions and more! Lunch from Sit Down Café provided.

Loevy & Loevy is a Chicago-based private-public interest firm. It has won more multi-million dollar jury verdicts over the past decade than any other civil rights law firm in the county. 

Roshna Bala Keen is a partner at Loevy & Loevy. She focuses her practice on wrongful convictions, police sexual assault and excessive force cases, and unlawful arrests. In addition, she litigates class actions on behalf of people housed in jails and prisons, challenging their unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Prior to joining Loevy & Loevy, Ms. Keen was an associate at Sidley Austin LLP. Ms. Keen graduated from Northwestern University Law School in 2004. During law school, she served on the Northwestern University Law Review, was research assistant to criminal law professor Paul H. Robinson, judicial extern for Hon. Judge Ruben Castillo of the Northern District of Illinois, and president of the Environmental Law Society. She was a recipient of the Honorable Robert A. Sprecher merit scholarship for all three years.

Elizabeth Mazur is a partner at Loevy & Loevy. Her practice is focused on civil cases involving wrongful convictions, excessive force, and deliberate indifference in prison and jail settings. Liz graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2005 with Order of the Coif honors. During law school, Liz served as the Senior Executive Editor of the California Law Review and interned with several public interest legal organizations. After law school, Liz clerked for the Honorable M. Blane Michael of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. From 2006 to 2008, she worked as a Skadden Fellow at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, where she engaged in policy advocacy and provided direct legal services for low income clients in public benefits and family law matters.

Steve Art joined Loevy & Loevy in September 2011. Mr. Art graduated from Northwestern University School of Law, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, in 2009. During law school, he served as Executive Articles Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review, and won the Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition, the Raoul Berger Prize in writing, the Lowden-Wigmore Prize, and Senior Research Honors. Following law school, Mr. Art served as law clerk to the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit during the court’s 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Terms. In addition to that appellate experience, Mr. Art has written numerous merits briefs in the U.S. Courts of Appeals and amicus briefs and petitions for certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Art is a founding member of the Justice Council of the Center on Wrongful Convictions. He is also a member of the board of Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and serves as a co-chair of the Criminal Justice Committee of Chicago Appleseed and the Chicago Council of Lawyers.

20 Apr 2016 - 1:06pm
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Our phones tell us where to go and how to get there, our houses know when we're home and away, and our televisions respond to verbal commands (although, sadly, our sports teams don't). What's next in a world of increasingly "smart" and "connected" devices? Hear from Law School alumnus Steve Seem, JD'05 and Lead Product Counsel at Nest. He's worked at Amazon and Latham & Watkins, as well as serving as a clerk to Judge Cynthia Holcomb Hall on the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Lior Strahilevitz will provide an introduction and brief commentary.  

This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited. Lunch will be provided.

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22 Apr 2016 - 2:52pm
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Introducing the Technology & Life Sciences Entrepreneurs Bootcamp, an exclusive one-day program designed for those in the process of – or considering – starting a new venture. Get practical information on the legal and business issues facing today’s entrepreneurs.

Presented by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Silicon Valley’s premier legal advisor, with the support and cooperation of the University of Chicago School of Law, Chicago Innovation Exchange, UChicagoTech Center for Technology Development & Ventures, Chicago Booth’s Polksy Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Social Enterprise Initiative.

This event is part of the UChicago Innovation Fest, a three week long opportunity to discover and celebrate the increasing presence of innovation, exciting new research, and entrepreneurship across campus.  The UChicago Innovaation Fest runs from May 12, 2016 to June 2, 2016.  More information can be found at http://innovationfest.uchicago.edu/.

This event is free but space is limited. The deadline to register is May 2, 2016 at 5:00p.m.

Please register for the event here: https://law-entrepreneurship-bootcamp.eventbrite.com.

Tentative Agenda/Schedule:

11:30 a.m.                           

Registration & Networking

12:00 p.m.                          

Overview/Trends and Forming and Organizing the Start-up & Founders Stock

Our presenter will provide an overview of the start-up process and financing trends of new entrepreneurial ventures. Then, we will explore (i) some of the early decisions related to formation of the start-up entity, including timing, documents, and choice of entity and (ii) strategies for allocation of founders’ stock and composition of the board of directors.

1:00 p.m.                             

Networking Lunch          

1:45 p.m.                             

Intellectual Property (Patents and Licensing)

The presenter will discuss the importance of developing an IP strategy that fits the business, and the relationship between IP protection and the commercialization objectives of your business.

2:45 p.m.                             

Business Plans, Fundraising, Valuation & Term Sheets

This session will include a discussion of how to organize the business plan as a critical planning tool and provide practical guidance for preparing an executive summary, including financial projections and budgets. We will also explore strategies for approaching the investment community and understanding alternative sources of funding. Then, we will examine the methods commonly used to determine a company’s valuation and address how investors utilize them to value early-stage companies and technology projects. The speaker will help you understand investor expectations, including board seats, liquidity, registration rights, and non-compete agreements, and discuss key provisions to include in term sheets and negotiation strategies for achieving the best-case investment scenario.

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Case Studies  

The speaker will present case studies of 2 real-life start-ups as examples of lessons learned.

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Moderated Panel  

Listen to a panel of Chicago entrepreneurs and VCs as they talk about the journey from idea to innovation, all the way to realization.

5:30 p.m.                             

Networking Reception   

22 Apr 2016 - 5:26pm
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Join the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society for a panel discussion with the Hon. Jerry E. Smith, Hon. David S. Tatel, and Hon.Beverly B. Martin.  Professor Dennis Hutchinson will serve as the moderator for the panel. Boxed lunches will be served.

 

22 Apr 2016 - 5:27pm
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Join us for the final round of the Edward W. Hinton Moot Court Competition.

The case argued is McDonnell v. United States, No. 15-474.

Questions presented:

1) Whether “official action” under the controlling fraud statutes is limited to exercising actual governmental power, threatening to exercise such power, or pressuring others to exercise such power, and whether the jury must be so instructed.

2) If not so limited, whether the Hobbs Act and honest-services fraud statute are unconstitutional.

Petitioners include  Eamonn Hart and James Kilcup. Respondents include Lauren Beebe and  Reeves Jordan. The final round will be judged by three federal judges, including Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of  Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Judge Beverly B. Martin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for  the Eleventh Circuit.

Reception to follow.

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25 Apr 2016 - 10:04am
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As a part of the Innovate the Economy Festival, the Insitute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship and the Sustainable Economies Law Center team up to host a panel of entrepreneurs discussing  their experiences in working together to build cooperatively-owned and managed businesses. 

Catering provided by Inspiration Corporation

25 Apr 2016 - 11:31am
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Careers in IP Law

This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.

25 Apr 2016 - 11:52am
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The Public Interest Law Society and the Federalist Society are excited to welcome Donovan Borvan, Gregg Nunziata, and Darpana Sheth for a panel on Public Interest Careers on the Right.

Donovan Borvan ('11) is Associate General Counsel to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Gregg Nunziata ('01) is General Counsel to Senator Marco Rubio, and he previously served as Judicial and Homeland Security Policy Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committe and Counsel for the Senate Republican Policy Committee. Darpana Sheth is an attorney with the Institute for Justice, and she previously served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York and as a law clerk to the Honorable Jerome A. Holmes of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lunch will be provided.

25 Apr 2016 - 12:03pm
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The Law Women's Caucus and Bloomberg Law 

present "Practice Makes Perfect"

*Lunch from Panera will be provided*

This event will give you the opportunity to hear an engaging conversation between leading Chicago area female legal practitioners about the importance of developing practice-ready skills while in law school. Specifically, panelists will be asked about the steps they took in law school to prepare themselves for working in the real world, and the ways in which they feel those efforts have translated into the success they have achieved in their respective careers. 

The panel will feature:

Jill O’Brien, Partner, Laner Muchin Ltd.: Ms. O’Brien is a member of Laner Muchin’s Executive Committee and is the firm’s Attorney Hiring Chairperson. Repeatedly selected as one of the “Top 50 Women Attorneys in Illinois,” Ms. O’Brien represents public and private sector employers in various areas of labor and employment law.

Rachel Sher, Marketing & Communications Strategist, LearnLeo: Ms. Sher is a 2007 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. Formerly an associate at Sidley Austin and Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd, Ms. Sher is now part of the LearnLeo management team.

Laura Elizabeth Reasons, Associate, Seyforth Shaw: Ms. Reasons practice focuses on the defense of employer in employment litigation throughout the nation. In addition, Ms. Reasons has had significant success representing pro bono clients and sponsored by Seyforth Shaw, formerly served as a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow at the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic.

25 Apr 2016 - 12:14pm
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The Federalist Society is excited to welcome Peter Berkowitz, Senior Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, for a discussion of Academic Freedom and Free Speech on University Campuses, with commentary by Deputy Dean Tom Ginsburg. In a time of increasing efforts to crack down on dissenting campus speech, Peter Berkowitz will discuss the enduring need for open discourse and intellectual freedom.  Free speech, even if deemed unpopular, is necessarily useful.

Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. At Hoover, he chairs the Jean Perkins Task Force on National Security and Law and cochaired the Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society. He studies and writes about, among other things, constitutional government, conservatism and progressivism in the United States, liberal education, national security and law, and Middle East politics. In addition to editing a number of books on national security and political ideology, he is the author of Constitutional Conservatism: Liberty, Self-Government, and Political Moderation (Hoover Institution Press, 2013), Israel and the Struggle over the International Laws of War (Hoover Institution Press, 2012), Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton University Press, 1999) and Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist (Harvard University Press, 1995).

He has written hundreds of essays, articles, and reviews on many subjects for a variety of publications, including the American Political Science Review, the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Claremont Review of Books, Commentary, Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post, the London Review of Books, National Review, the New Republic, the New York Post, the New York Sun, PJ Media, Policy Review, the Public Interest, Real Clear Politics, the Times Literary Supplement, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, the Wilson Quarterly, and the Yale Law Journal. He holds a JD and a PhD in political science from Yale University; an MA in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and a BA in English literature from Swarthmore College.

Professor Tom Ginsburg is Deputy Dean of the Law School, Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar, and Professor of Political Science. He focuses on comparative and international law from an interdisciplinary perspective. He holds BA, JD, and PhD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. His books include Judicial Review in New Democracies (2003), which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award from the American Political Science Association; The Endurance of National Constitutions (2009), which also won a best book prize from APSA; Constitutions in Authoritarian Regimes (2014); and Law and Development in Middle-Income Countries (2014). He currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project, an effort funded by the National Science Foundation to gather and analyze the constitutions of all independent nation-states since 1789. Before entering law teaching, he served as a legal adviser at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, The Hague, Netherlands, and he continues to work with numerous international development agencies and foreign governments on legal and constitutional reform. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

25 Apr 2016 - 12:26pm
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OutLaw presents LGBT Issues In The Law Week: Objectives of the Bisexual Majority of LGBTQ

with JOHN SYLLA, President, The American Institute of Bisexuality and Class of 1974 Lecturer in Law

John R. Sylla is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and LGBTQ advocate based in California. He currently serves as President of the American Institute of Bisexuality, an organization that encourages, supports and assists research on and education about bisexuality through programs likely to enhance the publics' knowledge, awareness, and understanding of bisexuality. The AIB is also home to the Journal of Bisexuality and BiMagazine.

Sylla currently serves at the Class of 1974 Lecturer in Law at the Law School and as an adjunct professor at the Booth School of Business. He has also guest lectured at the South Western University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, People's Republic of China. Sylla received his A.B. in engineering and applied sciences from Harvard University, and his J.D.-M.B.A. degrees with honors from the University of Chicago. He has previously served on the Visiting Committee of the Law School. He now acts as an entrepreneur, starting, growing, and selling companies in telecommunications, wireless, consumer products, education, and energy.

Taco Bar Provided

25 Apr 2016 - 12:28pm
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Outlaw presents LGBT Issues in the Law Week: From the Closet to the Bench with JUDGE MARY ROWLAND, Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Illinois

Magistrate Judge Rowland is a native of Akron, Ohio. She attended the University of Michigan for undergrad, and then the University of Chicago for law school. After law school, she clerked for District Judge Julian Cook in Detroit, Michigan. Following her clerkship, Judge Rowland worked as a staff attorney and then Chief Appellate Attorney for the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois. During that time, she represented over 275 indigent defendants in every aspect of a federal criminal case, including trying several federal criminal jury trials and arguing many cases before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. 

While at the Federal Defender Program, Judge Rowland spoke at seminars about the sentencing guidelines and persuasive legal writing. In 2000, Judge Rowland joined the law firm Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, where she led the criminal defense practice and also litigated many high-profile civil cases. Judge Rowland was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge on October 1, 2012. Since 2009, Judge Rowland has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Between 2008 and 2012, she was a member of the Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program, serving as co-chair of the Education Committee.

Cedar's Provided

25 Apr 2016 - 12:30pm
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Outlaw presents LGBT Issues in the Law Week: Seeing the Future Through the Rearview Mirror -- A Discussion of Perry v. Hollingsworth with JUDGE VAUGHN WALKER, Former Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Vaughn R Walker served as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California from 1990 to 2011; he was chief judge of that court from 2004-2011.

He graduated from the University of Michigan (1966). After doing the first year of law school at the University of Chicago, Judge Walker received his law degree from Stanford Law School (1970). After clerking for Judge Robert J Kelleher of the United States District Court in Los Angeles (1971-72), he practiced in San Francisco at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, until becoming a judge. Judge Walker was named to the bench by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H W Bush and was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 21, 1989, on unanimous consent.

Judge Walker presided over a number of notable lawsuits. These include Apple Computer, Inc v Microsoft Corporation, involving the copyrights to the graphical user features of the computer desktop; United States v Oracle Corporation, involving the acquisition of PeopleSoft Corporation; In re Terrorist Surveillance Cases, involving federal government wiretapping for national security purposes; and numerous patent, antitrust, securities and other complex business disputes. Judge Walker retired from the bench at the end of February 2011 and established a mediation-arbitration practice in San Francisco to which he now devotes most of his time. He has also taught at the Berkeley School of Law and Hastings College of Law, University of California, and Stanford Law School. Judge Walker is a member of the American Law Institute and a trustee of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center.

Z&H Provided

25 Apr 2016 - 12:34pm
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The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health will screen No Más Bebés, a documentary about a little-known but landmark event in reproductive justice, when a group of Mexican immigrant women sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized without consent while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Set against a debate over the impact of Latino immigration and overpopulation, and the birth of a movement for Chicana rights and reproductive choice, No Más Bebés revisits a powerful story that still resonates today.

Introduced by Claudia Flores, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, formerly a United Nations legal advisor and attorney with the ACLU National's Women's Rights Project.

Consent, Choice, Agency
Documentary Film Series at the CSGS, Spring 2016

The series explores sex, violence and reproduction in contexts of law, medicine, culture and identity: the chipping away of abortion rights and the war on Planned Parenthood, sterilization abuse and sexual shaming which aim to control women’s sexuality, sexual pleasure, and reproduction and the possibilities embodied in making families and parenting across gender lines.

A law school group will leave from the VCA at 4:00, and meet at The Pub afterwards.

25 Apr 2016 - 2:40pm
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This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited. For special assistance  or for other questions about the event, please contact Ms. Curtrice Scott at curtrice@uchicago.edu.

 

Confirmed participants include:

William Baude, University of Chicago Law School,
Adam Chilton, University of Chicago Law School
Anup Malani, University of Chicago Law School
Curtis Bradley, Duke University School of Law
Melissa Carlson, UC Berkeley School of Law
Katerina Linos, UC Berkeley
Frank Easterbrook, University of Chicago Law School
Richard Epstein, University of Chicago Law School
Richard Fallon, Jr., Harvard Law School
Thomas Ginsburg, University of Chicago Law School
Nicholas Stephanopoulos, University of Chicago Law School
Abbe Gluck, Yale Law School
Bernadette Meyler, Stanford Law School
Richard Posner, University of Chicago Law School
Frederick Schauer, University of Virginia School of Law
Barbara Spellman, University of Virginia School of Law
Lawrence Solum, Georgetown University Law Center
Cass Sunstein, Harvard Law School
Adrian Vermeule, Harvard Law School
Omri Ben-Shahar, University of Chicago Law School,
Florencia Marotta-Wurgler
, New York University School of Law

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Organized by: Anup Malani, William Baude, Adam
Chilton, and The University of Chicago Law Review

25 Apr 2016 - 2:55pm
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12:45ish – 1:15pm (2Ls/1Ls should arrive by 12:35)

Please RSVP here

25 Apr 2016 - 5:44pm
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Students who traveled on the IIP trip to Argentina during the Spring Break will share  their experiences and research findings with the Law School community at this post-trip seminar. 

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

25 Apr 2016 - 5:45pm
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Students who traveled on the IIP trip to Argentina during the Spring Break will share  their experiences and research findings with the Law School community at this post-trip seminar. 

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

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26 Apr 2016 - 9:58am
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The Hon. John Owens will present "The Clerk, The Thief, His Life As A Baker: Ashton Embry and the Supreme Court Leak Scandal of 1919" at this lunch talk. On December 16, 1919, Ashton Fox Embry, law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Joseph McKenna, abruptly resigned from the position he had held for almost nine years. His explanation? His fledgling bakery business required his undivided attention. Newspapers that morning hinted at a different reason:  Embry resigned because he had conspired with at least three individuals to use inside knowledge of upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decisions to profit on Wall Street.  A grand jury returned an indictment against Embry and his associates a few months later, and Embry’s argument that he had committed no crime ultimately reached the Supreme Court, the very institution he was accused of betraying. Despite the sensational headlines and fierce legal battle arising from his indictment, the United States Attorney quietly dismissed Embry’s case in 1929, almost ten years after the story had broken. Few Court scholars have ever heard of Embry, and the memory of Embry, much like the case against him, has disappeared with time. Judge Owens will unravel the “Supreme Court Leak Case” by reconstructing what happened almost eighty years ago.

Judge Owens is a United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The seat was the nation’s longest-existing judicial vacancy, dating back to Judge Stephen S. Trott who took senior status in 2004.  Owens was nominated by President Obama in August 2013 and took his seat soon after confirmation. He is one of the youngest serving federal appellate court judges in the nation. Owens was awarded the American Bar Association’s highest rating of “unanimously well qualified to serve” on the federal appellate bench.

A highly regarded federal prosecutor with more than 11 years of service, Owens has prosecuted a broad range of criminal cases. In 2001, he became an Assistant U.S. attorney in the Central District of California.  He transferred to the Southern District of California in 2004 and became the chief of its criminal division in 2010.  As a prosecutor, Owens focused on white-collar prosecutions, and his extensive trial and appellate experience earned him awards from the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service, and other federal law enforcement agencies.  He left the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2012 to become a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, focusing on complex business and Supreme Court litigation.  He has appeared in two episodes of CNBC's American Greed.

After graduating first in his class from Stanford Law School, Owens served as a law clerk first to Judge J. Clifford Wallace on the Ninth Circuit and then for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

His chambers are in San Diego, California.

26 Apr 2016 - 10:06am
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"Barnette and the First Amendment Right to Privacy.” 

*This will be a lunchtime workshop. Lunch will be served.

26 Apr 2016 - 4:16pm
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Laura Beth Nielsen of Northwestern University and the American Bar Foundation

Part of the Dean’s series on Diversity, Inclusion and Free Expression

26 Apr 2016 - 4:16pm
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James Q. Whitman, Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale Law School

This is a time when there is a widespread sense of crisis about the harshness of American criminal justice.  Many figures--not least among them President Obama--are calling for a practice of justice more attuned to the values of mercy.  In this talk, Professor Whitman, drawing on his book The Origins of Reasonable Doubt, will discuss the conception of mercy to be found in Augustinian theology, and plead for a shift in American attitudes.  The talk will also turn on the arguments he offers in his recent article "Presumption of Innocence or Presumption of Mercy?”

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28 Apr 2016 - 11:45am
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Professor Tasioulas will discuss the notion of the ‘minimum core obligations’ associated with economic, social and cultural human rights, such as the rights to education and health. The idea of minimum core obligations, which is a nascent doctrine in international human rights law, is heavily contested both as to its meaning and utility.

Lunch provided. Seating may be limited. 

28 Apr 2016 - 12:46pm
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Richard Posner’s new book argues that judges and legal academics are speaking past each other, to the extent they are speaking at all.  Judges often denigrate academic work as irrelevant and obscure, while academics criticize judges for being insufficiently theoretical and rigorous.  Divergent Paths takes on the causes and consequences of the growing gap between these two crucial branches of the legal profession. It also suggests productive directions to overcome the gap. This symposium will present a conversation among several critical readers of the book, including judges and academics, and a response by Judge Posner.

28 Apr 2016 - 1:39pm
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More than 170 nations just committed to reduce their emissions in order to confront the climate threat. Now, the big question on the minds of national and global leaders is whether the U.S. will be able to meet its commitment as the nation's key climate strategy—The Clean Power Plan, which limits greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants—faces serious legal challenges after the Supreme Court issued a "stay" on the rule earlier this year as one of its last acts before the death of Justice Scalia. Legal arguments and briefs have been flying in preparation for a hearing by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in early June.

Join us for an insider's debate over the legal merits of the plan and its likely path through the courts with lawyers representing opposite sides of the case: Sean Donahue (Law '92), Partner at Donahue and Goldberg, LLP and Thomas Lorenzen, Partner at Crowell and Moring, LLP.

Sponsored by: EPIC, The Abrams Environmental Law Clinic and the Environmental Law Society 

Registration is required.

28 Apr 2016 - 2:08pm
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Participants:

Jeff Leslie, University of Chicago Law School (moderator)
Jonah Hess from the Community Investment Corporation
Bill Eager, Vice President, Chicago Area, Preservation of Affordable Housing ("POAH")
Professor Jim Kelly, Notre Dame School of Law

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

28 Apr 2016 - 4:58pm
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Friday, June 3               

8:00 – 8:30am – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:35am  – Welcome from Dean Daniel Diermeier, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

8:45 – 10:15am    Panel One:  Housing and Land Use Controls

Moderator: Paul Shadle (DLA Piper)

William Fischel (Dartmouth),  The Rise of the Homevoters: How OPEC and Earth
Day Undermined the Growth Machine

Discussant:  Vicki Been (NYC Housing Preservation and Development)

David Schleicher (Yale), How Land Use Law Impedes Transportation Innovation

Discussant:  Daniel Kay Hertz (City Observatory)

10:15- 10:30  Break

10:30 – 12:00pm  Panel Two:  Community Change and Affordability 

Moderator:  Daniel Biss (Illinois State Senate) 

Georgette Chapman Phillips (Lehigh), Losing My Religion: Church Condo Conversions and Neighborhood Change

Discussant:  Nicole Garnett (Notre Dame)

Richard Epstein (NYU), Indirect Restraints on Housing Supply in New York City: Of Rent Stabilization and Affordable Housing

Discussant:  Nestor Davidson (Fordham)

 12:15 – 1:15pm  Lunch Presentation 

Atif Mian (Princeton) and Amir Sufi (Chicago) Household Debt and Defaults from 2000 to 2010: New Evidence and Directions for Future Research

1:30 – 3:00pm  Panel Three:  History and Home 

Moderator: Jeff Leslie (Chicago)

Ingrid Gould Ellen (NYU) & Brian McCabe (Georgetown), Balancing the Costs and Benefits of Historic Preservation

Discussant:  John Mangin (NYC Dept. of City Planning) 

Lior Strahilevitz (Chicago), Is Historic Preservation a Legitimate State Interest? 

Discussant:  Eduardo Peñalver (Cornell) 

3:00 – 3:15pm  Break

3:15 – 4:45pm  Panel Four:  Housing and Savings 

Moderator: Geoff Smith (Institute for Housing Studies, DePaul)

Christopher Mayer (Columbia), Housing and Retirement

Discussant:  Luigi Zingales (Chicago)

Stephanie Stern (Chicago-Kent),  Behavioral Leasing: Innovation in Rental via Lease Incentives

Discussant: Damon Jones (Chicago) 

Saturday, June 4

8:00 – 8:30am  – Continental Breakfast 

8:35am  – Welcome from Dean Thomas Miles, University of Chicago Law School 

8:45 – 10:15am  Panel Five:  Neighborhoods and Opportunities 

Moderator:  Janet Smith (UIC)

Matthew Desmond (Harvard), What Is a Neighborhood? (with Carl Gershenson (Harvard))

Discussant:  Kate Cagney (Chicago)

Ian Ayres (Yale), Gary Klein (Massachusetts AG’s Office), & Jeff West (Precision Economics), The Rise and Fall of Reverse Redlining Mortgage Litigation 

Discussant:  William Hubbard (Chicago) 

10:15 – 10:30am  Break

10:30 – 12:00pm  Panel Six:  The Future of Housing Finance 

Moderator: David Dana (Northwestern)

Patricia McCoy (Boston College) & Susan Wachter (Penn), Mortgage Put-backs, Cyclicality, and Access To Credit  

Discussant: Karen Pence (Federal Reserve Board)

Raphael Bostic (USC) & Anthony Orlando (USC),  Housing Finance: What Are the Other Questions We Should Worry About?

Discussant: Brian Brooks (Fannie Mae)

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29 Apr 2016 - 12:35pm
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Talk to students and professors who are interested in public interest law in a casual setting. Food from Yolk will be provided. No RSVP required - drop by at any time.

29 Apr 2016 - 1:06pm
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An innovative tri-continental intellectual venture in which philosophers based at King's College London, University of Chicago and the National University of Singapore present and discuss work in progress in moral, political and legal philosophy.

29 Apr 2016 - 3:04pm
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Earlier this year, nationally-recognized public speaking coach Marsha Hunter, in partnership with Schiff Hardin, presented a lecture on general communication skills titled, “The Always Articulate Attorney.” Marsha returns to Chicago on Thursday, May 5th where she will conduct 90 minute, small group oral advocacy workshops. Participants will have the chance to practice a portion of either their Bigelow oral argument or another prepared speech and receive substantial individual feedback regarding their presentation and speaking styles from Marsha. The program is non-evaluative – it is solely a professional growth opportunity. RSVP's are required at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/OralAdvocacyWorkshop. There are three times available to participate throughout the day. Sponsored by Schiff Hardin.

29 Apr 2016 - 6:38pm
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Join LSRJ for lunch with Professor Claudia Flores, the Director of the International Human Rights Clinic. Professor Flores will be discussing abortion restrictions abroad, including constitutional provisions for reproductive justice around the world, and the implications for signatories of international human rights instruments. This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.

29 Apr 2016 - 6:45pm
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The University of Chicago Law Students for Reproductive Justice, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and MEChA de UChicago among others will screen and discuss the film No Más Bebés on Monday, May 2 at International House. The screening will be followed by a discussion with producer Professor Virginia Espino and featured plaintiff Consuelo Hermosillo. Ms. Espino will discuss her work researching the narrative portrayed in the documentary and bringing it to public attention in partnership with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña. Ms. Hermosillo will speak to the transformative power of sharing her navigation through trauma, shame, and healing in pursuit of reproductive justice. Dinner will be served.

A group from the law school will leave together from the VCA Desk at 5:30 p.m.

29 Apr 2016 - 8:27pm
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Round up your most knowledgeable, sex-positive posse and join LSRJ and the Med Students for Choice for a night to remember! 

A free bus will leave the law school after Wine Mess to transport participants to Simone's in Pilsen, where teams of 4-6 players will answer sex trivia questions, competing for glory, bragging rights, and fabulous prizes from Chicagoland sex shops. Free pre-Bar Rewiew munchies provided! 

Please sign up to be a part of this awesome event which will raise money for the Chicago Abortion Fund!

$10/head registration fee. Teams of 4-6. Bawdy team names encouraged.

Register your team by Monday, May 9, or email sextrivia@lists.uchicago.edu with questions.

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30 Apr 2016 - 11:44am
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The senior U.S. Senator from Illinois, Dick Durbin, will be speaking about his efforts to promote comprehensive immigration reform and answering audience questions on the subject. Senator Durbin has long been a champion of immigration reform and is the originator of the DREAM Act.

The event is sponsored by the Immigration Law Society and Law School Democrats.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the event.