February 2016

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1 Feb 2016 - 12:29pm

The 2016 Iris Marion Young Distinguished Faculty Lecture presents Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago Law School.

India decriminalized sodomy in 2009 in a resonant Delhi High Court case known as Naz Foundation, which held the laws to be similar to caste discrimination based on bodily disgust. In 2013, however, the Supreme Court reinstated the sodomy laws. My lecture first sets out the underlying theory of disgust and stigma that I have used previously to analyze U. S. constitutional cases, and which is similar to the theory used in Naz Foundation. I then examine the social background for both the progressive Naz Foundation opinion and the resistance to it. Finally, I look closely at the legal reasoning in the two cases.

Read more here.

1 Feb 2016 - 2:29pm

At some point in almost every lawyer’s career, he or she gives some thought to the idea of moving in-house.  As a law student, you may already be considering this move or career path.  There are a number of reasons that you may be attracted to a career in-house: you may have heard about the dreaded billable hour, the requirements of business development obligations, or you may simply want the opportunity to have a more predictable schedule.  In practice, it can be difficult to prepare to move in-house until you actually decide that you want to make the move.  This program will help you to start thinking, as a law student, about what you can do to help position yourself whether you are interested in pursuing an in-house position later or in trying to find an in-house option right out of law school.

Andrew Pfau, '02, Counsel at William Blair & Company, LLC; Angie Steele,'02, Senior Counsel at McDonald's Corporation; Sarah Steele, '02, Assistant General Counsel at Sears Holding Corporation; and Benson Dastrup, '03, General Counsel at Uptake have all made the transition from private practice to in-house.  They will provide helpful tips for preparing to move in-house and the key factors for success once you finally take the leap of faith and land your in-house role.

2 Feb 2016 - 11:04am

Judge Chang will talk about his career, the unique experiences and perspectives he has, and the importance of diversity in the judiciary.

In December 2010, the Senate unanimously confirmed Edmond Chang as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. At that time, Judge Chang was the youngest federal judge in the nation. He is the first Asian- Pacific American Article III federal judge in Illinois, and the second APA Article III judge outside of the East and West Coasts. Judge Chang parent’s emigrated from Taiwan to the United States in the 1960s.  

Before joining the judiciary, Judge Chang was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, starting in 1999. After prosecuting a wide variety of federal offenses, including child exploitation, firearms, and drug trafficking crimes, he was promoted to Deputy Chief of the General Crimes
Section in January 2004. In July 2005, he was selected to serve as the Chief of Appeals of the criminal division. In this role, Judge Chang supervised the government’s litigation in the Seventh Circuit in approximately 350 appeals, and personally handled over 30 appeals. 

From 1997 to 1999, Judge Chang practiced employment law at Sidley Austin. Before private practice, Judge Chang served two federal judicial clerkships, with Judge James L. Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and then-Chief Judge Marvin E. Aspen of the Northern District of Illinois.

Since 1996, Judge Chang has taught Civil Rights Litigation as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law. Judge Chang earned his law degree with honors from Northwestern, where he served on the Northwestern University Law Review. He earned with honors a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

2 Feb 2016 - 1:24pm

University of Chicago Law School alumni have held many prominent positions in government, including as political appointees. Political appointments provide a unique opportunity to practice law and advance public policy. Please join us for an interactive discussion with distinguished alumni to hear about their experiences as political appointees in the executive and legislative branches of government. Networking and light refreshments will follow the presentation.


Panelists include:

Steven Duffield, JD ’99, President at Endgame Strategies, LLC

Lisa Ellman, JD ’04, MPP ’04, Partner at Hogan Lovells

Ajit Pai, JD ’97, Commissioner at the Federal Communication Commission


Moderated by:

Susan Davies, JD ’91, Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP



6:00-6:30 p.m.: Registration

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Panel discussion

7:30-8:00 p.m.: Reception & Networking


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2 Feb 2016 - 4:06pm

In today’s fast-paced world, most of us are “connected" 24/7 and operate in a state of continual partial attention that negatively impacts our productivity, performance, and well-being.  Years of research has proven that multi-tasking and always being “on" reduces our intellect and the quality of our decisions.  In fact, a University of London study found that constant emailing and texting reduces IQ by an average of ten points!  In this Keystone Program, Robin Ross, Executive Director of the Doctoroff Business Leadership Program and a certified executive and leadership coach, will share some surprising insights about the brain and provide you with some practical tips on how to more effectively manage distractions and improve your focus, memory, and well-being.

3 Feb 2016 - 9:33am

The Law School encourages students to consider careers in law teaching and provides a range of resources and services designed for the individual interested in the academic marketplace. The Faculty Committee on Law Teaching invites all interested students for an information session on careers in law teaching.

Students are expected to review the on-line law teaching information in advance of the program.

Please RSVP by January 29th -- Lunch from Honey Butter Fried Chicken (with vegetarian/vegan options) will be served.

3 Feb 2016 - 1:03pm

Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria, Executive Secretary of the IACHR, will join students for a discussion about the IACHR’s role in promoting and protecting human rights in the Americas, highlighting recent hearings and investigations. The discourse will be introduced and moderated by Professor Claudia Flores, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic.

This event is hosted by the Human Rights Law Society, Latino Law Students Association, and the International Human Rights Clinic. 

Lunch provided from the Medici on 57th. Seating may be limited. 

3 Feb 2016 - 5:15pm

Derrick Darby will discuss the racial achievement gap which he is writing about in an upcoming co-authored book. The book takes a historical look at the origins of the racial achievement, going back to nineteenth century antebellum America, and argues that they matter for social justice efforts today. He is currently a professor of philosophy as the University of Michigan and also a visiting professor of The Law School.  He works in the areas of social, political, and legal philosophy with a special focus on race, racism, and racial inequality. Derrick Darby received his BA from Colgate University and his MA and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.


This event is part of APALSA week.

4 Feb 2016 - 11:51am

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

4 Feb 2016 - 11:58am

Douglas A. Blackmon is the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, and co-executive producer of the acclaimed PBS documentary of the same name. He is also the executive producer and host of American Forum, a public affairs program produced at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and aired weekly on more than 250 PBS affiliates across the US.

Blackmon was the longtime chief of The Wall Street Journal’s Atlanta bureau and the paper’s Senior National Correspondent until 2012, when he joined the faculty of the University of Virginia and became a contributing editor at the Washington Post. 

His book, a searing examination of how the enslavement of African-Americans persisted deep into the 20th century, was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. The Slavery by Another Name documentary was broadcast in February 2012 and attracted an audience of 4.8 million viewers.

On Thursday, February 11, 2016, Mr. Blackmon will visit The Law School to discuss the Legacy of Neo-Slavery as expressed through Mass Incarceration and Aggressive Policing.

4 Feb 2016 - 3:12pm

Thursday, February 18th

5:00 – 7:30 PM
Student Papers
Chaired by Jennifer Nou, University of Chicago

  • Alyssa O'Connor (3L): "'Quiet but not blind': Lessons for Financial Regulators from Austen's Least-loved Protagonist"
  • Alexandra Scott (2L): "Anne Brontë's Helen Huntingdon: A Case Study of the Evolution of the Marital Prison"
  • Sonul Rao (3L): "An Assembly Line of Crime: The Interaction of Money, Class, and the Law in Charles Dickens's Great Expectations"
  • Stacey Petrek (2L): "'Stephen, how like you this play?': Examining the Influence of  Money on the Artist in James Joyce's Ulysses"
  • Luke Sperduto (1L): "Time and Exchange in Fitzgerald's Winter Dreams"

Friday, February 19th

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Nineteenth Century Britain
Chaired by Randy Berlin, University of Chicago

  • “Commerce, Law, and Revolution in the Novels of Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Brontë” - Alison LaCroix, University of Chicago
  • “Money, Law and Status in Trollope’s England” - Nicola Lacey, London School of Economics
  • “Wealth and Warfare in the Novels of Jane Austen” - Seebany Datta-Barua, Illinois Institute of Technology and Jonathan Masur, University of Chicago

12:15 – 1:25 PM
Chaired by Saul Levmore, University of Chicago

  • “Melville, Manufacturing, Machinery and the Modern Economy” - Lawrence H. Summers, Harvard University

1:45 – 3:45 PM
Nineteenth Century United States
Chaired by William Baude, University of Chicago

  • “Money and Art in Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward” - Douglas Baird, University of Chicago
  • “Counterfeiting Confidence: The Problem of Trust in the Age of Contract” - Susanna Blumenthal, University of Minnesota
  • “Bartleby’s Consensual Dysphoria” - Robin West, Georgetown University

4:15 – 6:00 PM
Play and music
Reception immediately following the production

Saturday, February 20th

9:30 – 10:45 AM
The Golden Age and the Great Depression I
Chaired by Genevieve Lakier, University of Chicago

  • “Gatsby’s Greatness and Douglas’s Goodness” - Justin Driver, University of Chicago
  • “Regulating Greed: Biographical Markers in Dos Passos’ The Big Money” - Saul Levmore, University of Chicago

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM
The Golden Age and the Great Depression II
Chaired by John Rappaport, University of Chicago

  • The Grapes of Wrath and the Role of Luck in Economic Outcomes” - Richard McAdams, University of Chicago
  • “The Second New Deal and the Fourth Courtroom Wall: Law, Labor, and Liberty in The Cradle Will Rock” - Laura Weinrib, University of Chicago

2:00 – 4:00 PM
Religion, Race, Poetry
Chaired by David Weisbach, University of Chicago

  • “The Morning and Evening Star: Religion, Money, and Love in Sinclair Lewis’s Babbitt and Elmer Gantry” - Martha C. Nussbaum, University of Chicago
  • Raisin, Race, and The Real Estate Revolution of the Early Twentieth Century” - Carol Rose, Yale University
  • “Irish [and Dutch and American] Poets, Learn Your Trade: The Political Economy of European Poetry since 1900” - Deirdre McCloskey, University of Illinois at Chicago
4 Feb 2016 - 5:22pm

Join Dr. Elizabeth Kieff for a discussion on stress management and self care and knowing when to seek help. Lunch from Qdoba will be provided. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Wellness Wednesday programming.

4 Feb 2016 - 5:24pm

Meet us at the Law School Receptionist's desk at 4:00 p.m. to walk to the Midway Skating Rink for ice skating with Professor Helmholz and the Bigelow Fellows. Ice skating is free and skate rental will be provided. Family members, significant others, and friends are welcome. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Wellness Wednesday programming.

5 Feb 2016 - 9:42am

Peter Bensinger Jr. is a former New York actor whose program, “Enhancing The Persuasiveness Of Courtroom Advocacy Through Presentation Stagecraft” draws upon both his theater training and the 23 year trial history of Bartlit Beck, an elite law firm that specializing in trying high stakes, complex commercial cases. The hour-long session covers the fundamentals of making presentations, and includes managing nerves, eye contact, oral delivery, what to do with your hands and feet, using staging techniques to control audience focus, and proper use of microphones. Peter has presented this session in house at Bartlit Beck and it is a hit.  

5 Feb 2016 - 2:24pm

Mr. Breymaier, a fair housing advocate and social justice promoter in the
Chicagoland area, will talk about the principal trends in housing policy, and
about the effect that innovative and well-designed housing policies can have on
development. It will be a great opportunity for those interested in this topic.

Information regarding internship positions will be given, and box lunch provided.

Please RSVP:

5 Feb 2016 - 3:22pm

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.

7 Feb 2016 - 8:27pm

DEFENDERS, DVP, & LSRJ present "Defense of Battered Spouses Who Kill Their Batterers" with Andrea Lyon, Dean of Valparaiso Law and Death Penalty Defense Attorney. Please join us on February 16th in Room III for an interesting talk provided to us by a zealous and lifelong advocate for indigent criminal defendants. Professor Alison Siegler will be introducing Dean Lyon. Lunch will be Provided.

Andrea D. Lyon was appointed as the 12th - and first female - Dean of Valparaiso University Law School in June of 2014, leading one of the oldest American Bar Association-accredited law schools in the United States. Prior to joining Valparaiso Law, Andrea served as a clinical professor of law, Associate Dean of Clinical Programs, and Director of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases at DePaul University College of Law. Lyon received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and her law degree from Antioch School of Law.

After graduating from law school, Andrea worked for the Cook County Public Defenders' Office in the felony trial division, post-conviction/habeas corpus unit, and the preliminary hearing/first municipal unit and the appeals division. She also was chief of the Homicide Task Force, a 22-lawyer unit representing persons accused of homicides.

 She has tried over 130 homicide cases, both while in the Public Defender's Office and after her tenure with the Public Defender’s Office. She has defended more than 30 potential capital cases at the trial level and has taken 19 cases through penalty phase -- and won all 19 cases.

 In 1990, she founded the Illinois Capital Resource Center and served as its director until joining the University of Michigan Law School faculty as an assistant clinical professor in 1995. A winner of the prestigious National Legal Aid and Defender Association's Reginald Heber Smith Award for best advocate for the poor in the country, she is a nationally recognized expert in the field of death penalty defense and a passionate advocate for criminal justice system reform in the United States.

Andrea is the author of “Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer,” and her latest book, the just released“The Death Penalty. What’s Keeping it Alive.”

8 Feb 2016 - 10:58am

Join Dean Gardner and Professor Pacold for a discussion of the book "The Road to Character" by David Brooks, a University of Chicago alum, New York Times Op-Ed Columnist, and author of "The Social Animal."  

"The Road to Character" is a #1 New York Times Bestseller that focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives. Responding to what Mr. Brooks calls the culture of the Big Me, which emphasizes external success, Brooks challenges us, and himself, to rebalance the scales between our “résumé virtues”—achieving wealth, fame, and status—and our “eulogy virtues,” those that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty, or faithfulness, focusing on what kind of relationships we have formed.  It was a recommended reading for the Class of 2018 during employer meetings that the Dean of Students had in the summer of 2015.

The discussion will be informal and address the themes that arise in Chapters 3-5;  and how they relate to lawyers, law school, and the legal community.

Lunch will be provided.

8 Feb 2016 - 2:30pm

Participants: Jeff Leslie (moderator), Jonah Hess from the Community Investment Corporation, and a representative from the Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH)

8 Feb 2016 - 2:40pm

Workshop rescheduled from Nov. 16, 2015.