November 2015

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2 Nov 2015 - 10:45am

A solid first impression is the key to making a lasting impression. Being an outstanding student is key to getting a foot in the door, but presenting yourself as a professional, well-mannered associate is how you will get a key to the door. Join us for an interactive discussion with Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, National Director of Professional Development/Diversity & Inclusion at Foley & Lardner, on what to do and say during your call back interviews, when networking, and what to wear. Learn how to make a lasting positive impression.

Lunch from Wow Bao will be provided.

For more information, contact Courtney Wylie, Associate Director of Student Affairs & Programs, at

2 Nov 2015 - 11:32am

Parental Control Rights

2 Nov 2015 - 2:31pm

Insider Trading and Market Structure
Yesha Yadav, Associate Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School

3 Nov 2015 - 7:51am

Join Deans of Admission from the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania law schools for a realistic look at how applications are reviewed.

Panelists will discuss what works and what doesn't in the competitive law school admissions process.

3 Nov 2015 - 7:52am

Join Deans of Admission from The University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania law schools for a realistic look at how applications are reviewed.

Panelists will discuss what works and what doesn't in the competitive law school admissions process.

3 Nov 2015 - 10:24am

Join BLSA for a discussion on Pro-Bono work in legal education and practice with Kelly Huggins, Sidley Austin’s Pro-Bono Counsel. Kelly has a rich pro-bono practice in death penalty cases, immigration rights and political asylum matters, and has argued before several federal appeals courts. Kelly is currently working on a death penalty case out of Alabama.

3 Nov 2015 - 10:24am

Join BLSA in discussing ongoing public interest projects at the Chicago Lawyers Committee and how you can become involved. The organization is public interest consortium of Chicago law firms focused on providing pro-bono legal services and advocacy on civil rights issues affecting underserved minority communities. 

3 Nov 2015 - 2:10pm

It's birth control's fiftieth birthday! Join LSRJ and ACS for lunch with Mary Anne Case, Arnold I. Shure Professor of Law and convenor of the Workshop on Regulating Family, Sex and Gender. Professor Case will be discussing what Griswold--the landmark case that began the process of invalidating legal prohibitions on the use of birth control--looks like in the aftermath of Hobby Lobby and ObergefellThis event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited. Taco Bar will be provided!

4 Nov 2015 - 7:08pm

A panel of IP law practitioners will provide an overview of the various forms of IP protection (i.e., patents, copyrights, and trademarks) and explain how IP rights are obtained and enforced.  Special attention will be paid to the resources available for student-run startups through UChicagoTech and the Law School's Technology & Innovation Clinic.  The impacts of recent legislation and Supreme Court decisions on IP rights will also be discussed.  



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

5 Nov 2015 - 9:12am

Call for Papers

The National Business Law Scholars Conference (NBLSC) will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 23-24, 2016, at The University of Chicago Law School. 

This is the seventh annual meeting of the NBLSC, a conference that annually draws legal scholars from across the United States and around the world.  We welcome all scholarly submissions relating to business law. Junior scholars and those considering entering the legal academy are especially encouraged to participate. 

To submit a presentation, email Professor Eric C. Chaffee at with an abstract or paper by February 19, 2016.  Please title the email “NBLSC Submission – {Your Name}.”  If you would like to attend, but not present, email Professor Chaffee with an email entitled “NBLSC Attendance.”  Please specify in your email whether you are willing to serve as a moderator.  We will respond to submissions with notifications of acceptance shortly after the deadline.  We anticipate the conference schedule will be circulated in May. 

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Steven L. Schwarcz, Stanley A. Star Professor of Law & Business, Duke Law School

Chief Judge Diane P. Wood, The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Conference Organizers:

Tony Casey (The University of Chicago Law School)
Eric C. Chaffee (The University of Toledo College of Law)
Steven Davidoff Solomon (University of California, Berkeley School of Law)
Joan Heminway (The University of Tennessee College of Law)
Kristin N. Johnson (Seton Hall University School of Law)
Elizabeth Pollman (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles)
Margaret V. Sachs (University of Georgia School of Law)
Jeff Schwartz (The University of Utah, College of Law)

5 Nov 2015 - 10:52am

Venture out to the Law School parking lot with your Big Sibling/Little Sibling or your Transfer Buddy and treat yourself to a free signature sandwich and side from Toasty Cheese Mobile Eatery. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

*Please note that in order to participate, you must come with your Big Sibling/Little Sibling or your Transfer Buddy

5 Nov 2015 - 11:18am

A panel of IP law practitioners will provide an overview of the various forms of IP protection (i.e., patents, copyrights, and trademarks) and explain how IP rights are obtained and enforced.  Special
attention will be paid to the resources available for student-run startups through UChicagoTech and the Law School's Technology & Innovation Clinic.  The impacts of recent legislation and Supreme Court decisions on IP rights will also be discussed.

5 Nov 2015 - 11:40am

How great was your Kapnick facilitator?  Now you have the chance to shape and guide the incoming Class of 2019! We are hosting an information session on Monday, November 23, 2015, for all 2L students interested in becoming a facilitator. Join us to learn about what being a facilitator entails, how the selection procession works, and the ways that Kapnick has evolved from your own experiences during its inaugural year.  You'll hear from administrators from both the Law School and Chicago Booth, and also from current 3L students who served as facilitators during the program's second  year. Facilitator applications will be available after the information session. Lunch will be provided.

5 Nov 2015 - 2:17pm

Please join us on Thursday, December 3, at 5:30PM at the Newberry Library in downtown Chicago for a conversation with Robert Chaskin (The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration) Mark Joseph (Case Western Reserve University,) and the National Public Housing Museum in celebration of the publication of Chaskin and Joseph's new book, "Integrating the Inner City - The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation."  The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.  Click here to RSVP.

In the most thorough examination of mixed-income public housing redevelopment to date, Robert J. Chaskin and Mark L. Joseph draw on five years of field research, in-depth interviews, and volumes of data to demonstrate that while considerable progress has been made in transforming the complexes physically, the integrationist goals of the policy have not been met. They provide a highly textured investigation into what it takes to design, finance, build, and populate a mixed-income development, and they illuminate the many challenges and limitations of the policy as a solution to urban poverty.

The authors will be joined in conversation by the Youth Advisory Council of the National Public Housing Museum, a group of CHA residents ages 14 to 21 who represent communities across Chicago including Stateway Gardens (now Park Boulevard,) Henry Horner Homes (now Westhaven,) Lathrop Homes, and the Austin Community. The conversation will be moderated by WBEZ's Natalie Moore.

The event is free and open to the public, and food and beverages will be served. However, reservations are required; click here to reserve your spot.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Urban Network, the National Public Housing Museum, the School of Social Service Administration, the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, the Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law and Policy, and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.

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6 Nov 2015 - 10:26am

First published in 1985, the University of Chicago Legal Forum is the Law School’s second-oldest journal. The Legal Forum is a student-edited journal that focuses on a single cutting-edge legal issue every year, presenting an authoritative and timely approach to a particular topic.


This year, scholars will come together around the topic, "Policing the Police." Seminal developments in case law, the militarization of police, and widely covered police killings make this an important time for evaluating police discretion and the challenges embedded in several interconnected systems. People from all sides of the discussion are willing to talk about reform. Volume 2016 will explore unsettled questions in the area of criminal law with a particular emphasis on the shift from looking at criminals as the sole problem and evaluating the systems that purport to be the solution. The Volume will examine a wide variety of issues, such as police compliance with the law and Miranda Rights; police use of force and deadly force; prosecutorial discretion and special grand jury procedures; civil remedies; and recent topics like body cameras, civil oversight, and police unions. The discussions and papers are a starting point for important conversations that will continue long after publication as the country seeks to reform the broken systems.


Panel One: Defining the Problem 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m., Room V

  • Sonja Starr, Visiting Professor, University of Chicago Law School (University of Michigan Law School)
  • Samuel Walker, University of Nebraska at Omaha 
  • David Weisburd, George Mason University 
  • Frank Zimring, University of California, Berkeley School of Law 

Panel Two: Case Studies 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Room V

  • Jeffrey Fagan, Columbia Law School 
  • Craig Futterman, University of Chicago Law School 
  • Issa Kohler-Hausmann, Yale Law School 
  • Tracey Maclin, Boston University School of Law 

Keynote Address 12:15 p.m., Room II

  • Tracey L. Meares - Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law, Yale University 
  • Lunch provided 

Panel Three: Reforming Police Institutions 1:25 p.m.-2:40 p.m., Room V

  • Eric Miller, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles 
  • Daria Roithmayr, Visiting Professor, University of Chicago Law School (University of Southern California Gould School of Law) 
  • David Thacher, University of Michigan 
  • Tom Tyler, Yale Law School

Panel Four: Barriers to and Agents of Reform 2:50 p.m.-4:20 p.m., Room V

  • Monu Bedi, DePaul University College of Law 
  • Barry Friedman, New York University School of Law 
  • Aziz Huq, University of Chicago Law School 
  • Richard McAdams, University of Chicago Law School 
  • John Rappaport, University of Chicago Law School 
  • Joanna Schwartz, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

Reception 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Green Lounge


This event is free and open to the public.

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Join us in Room V on Monday, November 9 (and again November 16) @ 12:15  for a Lunch Info Session about:

Spring Break Israel iTrek
A Subsidized Trip to Israel
For and By UChicago Law Students

Join us for a nine-day trek to Israel; any UChicago Law student is eligible to come!
Explore Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Dead Sea, Negev Desert, Masada, Sea of Galilee, and more
Meet legal practitioners, jurists, and policy-makers from all backgrounds, including Israeli-Arabs and Palestinians
Enjoy great food, hiking, night life, swimming in the Dead Sea, and religious sites
Learn about Israeli history, culture, religion, geopolitics, and legal issues
Find out more about the trip this Monday (11/9) and next Monday (11/16) during lunch in Room V

Q: Who can come on the trip? 
A: Any UChicago Law Student of any background (this is not a Jewish-specific trip but Jewish students are welcome even if they’ve gone on Birthright). LLMs and JSDs are welcome!

Q: What does “subsidized” mean?
A: You pay for airfare and travel insurance, and we take care of everything else, including lodging, food, activities…etc. If you book early enough, a ticket can cost as little as $750-$850 and travel insurance is around a few dollars per day. 

Q: When is the trip?
A: We plan to start on Sunday, March 13, and end by Monday, March 21. You still enjoy most of the second week of Spring Break to spend at home or visit someplace else nearby! 

Q: Who is planning the trip?
A: We, your fellow students (Josh Savitt, Josh Hammer, Margo Uhrman, and Ryan Halimi) are putting together the basic itinerary ourselves, but we want input from the participants about what you’d like to do!

Q: Who is subsidizing the trip?
A: We are working with an organization called Israel & Co, which has already funded dozens of plan-your-own Israel trips for some of the top business schools, law schools, and public policy schools in the country, including a trip last year with 50 Harris School students that is happening again this year.

Q: Is this trip geared towards people with any particular politics?
A: We’re only planning this trip because we were given free reign from the sponsor to plan our own itinerary along with the participants. We are actively engaging with students from Fed Soc, ACS, and other political persuasions because we want this to be a trip where everyone can come, learn, be challenged, and grow. Diversity makes this trip better for everyone who participates. 

Q: Will I have fun?

Q: How can I find out more?

A: By coming to one of our info sessions during lunch this coming Monday, 11/9, and next Monday, 11/16, or emailing us at But you only get pizza if you come to the info session ;-)
6 Nov 2015 - 1:43pm

Using hand-collected data from 245 codes of corporate governance from 87 jurisdictions, Professors Dan Puchniak and Luh Luh Lan of National University of Singapore Faculty of Law have found that Singapore’s supposedly conventional and successful legal transplant of American-style independent directors was highly unconventional. They empirically demonstrate that the widely held belief that the American concept of the independent director has been transplanted around the world is a myth, and argue that Singapore’s highly unconventional and seemingly illogical decision to transplant American-style independent directors into its concentrated controlling-block shareholder environment was the product of strategic regulatory design (not ignorance) and was surprisingly effective. It all but guaranteed exceptionally high compliance rates, which sent a critical signal of “good” corporate governance to international markets in the wake of the Asian financial crisis and simultaneously allowed Singapore to functionally maintain its efficient state and family-owned controlling-shareholder environment. In addition, they suggest that Singapore’s successful, but highly unconventional, use of American-style independent directors provides a number of important insights into some critical areas of comparative corporate law theory. As many countries, including China, have suggested they intend to adopt the Singapore model of corporate governance, Professors Dan Puchniak’s and Luh Luh Lan’s research findings provide practical insights into how the independent director may evolve as a corporate governance mechanism in other critically important economies in Asia and around the world.

Dr. Dan W. Puchniak is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore. In the second half of 2015, Dr. Puchniak will be a Visiting Associate Professor at Vanderbilt Law School and a Visiting Scholar of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

Dr. Puchniak specializes in corporate law with an emphasis on comparative corporate law in Asia. He has published widely on comparative, Asian, Singapore, and Japanese corporate law and governance and is regularly invited to present his scholarship and teach at leading law schools around the world. Dr. Puchniak has received numerous domestic and international awards for his academic research and teaching. Most recently, Dr. Puchniak was a Visiting Professor and Global Challenge Visiting Scholar at Seoul National University School of Law and a Visiting Fellow in the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. In addition, Dr. Puchniak was recently placed on the National University of Singapore Annual Teaching Excellence Award Honour Roll until 2018 as recognition for receiving the university wide NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award three times.

Dr. Puchniak is currently the Director of Corporate Law for the NUS Centre for Law & Business (CLB), an Executive Board Member for the NUS Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS), and the ASEAN Convener for the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL). He is also an Editor of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law and a member of the Editorial Boards of the Max Planck Institute's Journal of Japanese Law and The Asian Business Lawyer. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Puchniak worked as a corporate commercial litigator at one of Canada's leading corporate law firms.

This event is sponsored by the University of Chicago Law School International Programs, APALSA, and ILS. Lunch will be provided.

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

6 Nov 2015 - 2:13pm

Pizza, coffee and pastries will be provided.

Interested in applying for a Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship?  Come hear Mary Anne Moffa from the Peggy Browning Fund along with a former summer fellow from Chicago-Kent discuss the program and application process.

Please RSVP by Sunday, November 8th to with the words "Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship" in the subject line. 

The Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship Program provides funding to law students who dedicate their summer to advancing the cause of workers' rights by working for labor unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, union-side law firms and other nonprofit organizations. It is a ten-week summer fellowship available to 1st and 2nd year law students that offers unique and challenging work experiences intended to encourage students to consider labor law as a viable career choice. One school-year fellowship in Chicago is also offered. Applications are accepted beginning on December 1st. More information available here

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6 Nov 2015 - 2:25pm

WilmerHale is hosting a “Home for Holidays” event for all 1Ls on Tuesday, December 22 at 5:30 – 7:30 pm at our DC office. The invitation is attached HERE.

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8 Nov 2015 - 10:50pm

CLF is co-hosting this week's wine mess with ACS! There will be a silent mini-auction for fabulous items, including two parking spaces, two Over the Hump tickets, one library carrel, and more. Don't miss the chance to challenge your favorite professors to a game of foosball or cornhole. There will also be a discounted swag sale and information about this year's upcoming auction. 

9 Nov 2015 - 9:20am

Join in a Q&A session for 1Ls with Dean Gardner and your Academic Counselors. Lunch from Cedars will be provided.  Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

9 Nov 2015 - 9:21am

Join in a Q&A session for 1Ls with Dean Gardner and your Academic Counselors. Lunch from Snail will be provided.  Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

9 Nov 2015 - 9:22am

Join in a Q&A session for 1Ls with Dean Gardner and your Academic Counselors. Lunch from The Sit Down will be provided.  Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

9 Nov 2015 - 9:47am

Abolish Securities Regulation (and Replace It With a Market) 

Our regulation of the stock market is based on an antiquated statute that does not fit well with the realities of modern securities practice. Corporations hoping to access public markets are required to disclose market-moving information without charge and to all investors simultaneously. This system of mandatory and simultaneous disclosure is designed to protect average, long-term investors, while ensuring that stock prices are accurate reflections of the value of the firms issuing them. But the regulations are premised on faulty assumptions about who is trading in today’s sophisticated, high-speed markets, and why they are trading. The regulation also encourages behavior that we know is socially suboptimal. The end result is regulation that purports to be about fairness for investors, but ends up harming the most vulnerable investors. In this talk, Professor Henderson will propose an alternative regulatory scheme—a market for corporate information—that will achieve fairer outcomes for investors at lower cost.

9 Nov 2015 - 10:08am

Law and Booth alumni are invited to join Joseph Burton, MBA '11, for a lunchtime discussion on "Chicago" Law and Economics - and why it has the power to drive change in China. Mr. Burton is the Executive Director of the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics at the Law School. 

Kindly RSVP here by December 1.

9 Nov 2015 - 10:17am

Jenner & Block and the Office of the Dean of Students invite students to attend a Mock Cocktail Reception where students will learn strategies and receive feedback on how to handle receptions and networking events in an interactive way.

Advance registration is required. Please RSVP at

Sponsored by Jenner & Block and the Office of the Dean of Students.

9 Nov 2015 - 11:39am
9 Nov 2015 - 11:42am

Please join Baker Botts for an Open House in their Dallas office on Monday, December 21st.

Lawyers will be available to answer questions and discuss working at Baker Botts.

Attire is business casual. Please use the Olive Street entrance to access the building's parking garage. Parking will be validated.

If you have any questions, please contact Cecilia Luppi +1.214.953.6953.

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9 Nov 2015 - 11:44am

The key to coming up with—and pitching—a new idea is to make it not that new.  Start-up founders know this. Hollywood executive knows this. And so do the best lawyers in the country, whether they spend their days problem-solving for clients, advocating in front of judges, or teaching other lawyers (and lawyers-to-be) how to improve the way they think and practice.

This 2-part workshop, which will meet again in the spring, will help you become one of these, essentially, entrepreneur of ideas.

The first, on Monday, November 16 will focus on the very specific task of how to improve your writing so that you are able to market yourself and your ideas more effectively and efficiently.   It will also provide guidance on how to generate and structure a “substantial paper,” something all University of Chicago students must do to graduate. It will be taught, as all the workshops will, by Patrick Barry, a graduate of the law school who also holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Michigan and currently clerks for two federal judges in Las Vegas. In 2012, Patrick became the first law student  to win the university-wide Wayne Booth Prize for Teaching Excellence. He has been a frequent presenter at the law school ever since.

For more information, please contact Courtney Wylie at

9 Nov 2015 - 5:07pm

Does executive clemency have the power to drive criminal justice reform?  Please join the Exoneration Project for a conversation on this topic with former Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn, Tyrone Hood, and Karl Leonard '09.  Tara Thompson of the Exoneration Project will moderate.

Tyrone Hood was convicted of the 1993 murder of Marshall Morgan, Jr., a local college basketball star whose body was found in an abandoned car on the South Side of Chicago.  Years after his conviction, attorneys (including the Exoneration Project and Karl Leonard '09 and his firm Winston & Strawn) uncovered new evidence that pointing to Mr. Hood's innocence.  This evidence also pointed to the guilt of Marshall Morgan Jr.'s father, Marshall Morgan Sr., who had taken out a life insurance policy on his estranged son and benefitted financially from his death. Morgan Sr. was later convicted of the murder of his girlfriend, whose body was also found in an abandoned car.

In January of 2015, Governor Quinn granted Mr. Hood's request for clemency and commuted his sentence.  Weeks later, after initially refusing to grant Mr. Hood relief, the Office of the Cook County State's Attorney asked the court to vacate Mr. Hood's conviction.

Mr. Hood's case is just one recent example of the executive branch playing a greater role, through the use of executive clemency, in driving criminal justice reform at the state and federal level.  This panel will discuss clemency as a tool in individual cases and as a way of the executive branch setting the agenda for reform.  Lunch will be served.  Seating is limited.

10 Nov 2015 - 11:38am

The Federalist Society, the American Constitution Society, and the Moot Court Board present the Evenwel v. Abbott Moot featuring William Consovoy. The Moot will take place Monday, November 16 at 12:15 PM in the Courtroom. Lunch will be provided.

Mr. Consovoy will be arguing Evenwel v Abbott before the Supreme Court on December 8, 2015. The case involves the question of how the “one-person, one-vote principle” under the Equal Protection Clause allows States to apportion legislative districts. Does such principle allow States to base the apportionment on the total population or must the apportionment be based on the voter population? Mr. Consovoy will be appearing on behalf of the Appellants. Professor Stephanopoulos, Professor Baude, and Mr. Mortara will be helping him prepare by conducting a mock oral argument.

11 Nov 2015 - 11:52am

The Law Women's Caucus is pleased to welcome four of Chicago Law's alumnae, Carshae Dahl, Sara Feinstein, Alexandria Filush, and Catherine Sullivan back to the law school. These attorneys will give students an inside view into what practicing transactional law is about
generally, including what specific practice groups exist, what unique challenges women face in the legal profession, and details on the path their own career has taken.

11 Nov 2015 - 12:53pm

"Human Decisions and Machine Predictions"
Jon Kleinberg
Himabindu Lakkaraju
Jure Leskovec
Jens Ludwig
Sendhil Mullainathan 

12 Nov 2015 - 3:08pm

This cross campus event harnesses the brain power at the University of Chicago to discuss
and identify solutions to some of the biggest problems we’re facing at local and global levels.
Renowned speakers representing four distinct sectors will give 10-minute overviews of important trends and issues in their respective fields to an interdisciplinary audience of graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Following the discussion, attendees will break into groups to brainstorm  potential businesses solutions to each sector's major challenges.

13 Nov 2015 - 11:08am

This panel is intended to assist 1Ls as they start thinking about their summer job search. The panel will feature 3Ls who have worked in a variety of public interest positions, including: prosecutors’ offices, public defenders, federal agencies, law school clinics, private public-interest law firms, and non-profit agencies doing policy, impact litigation, and legal aid work. The students will discuss the job search as well as the diversity of experiences available in public interest.

13 Nov 2015 - 11:19am

Join the Pro Bono Student Board in volunteering at the Chicago Bar Association Wills
for Heroes

The Wills for Heroes Foundation provides essential legal documents free of charge to our nation’s first responders, including Wills, Living Wills, and Powers of Attorney.  In an effort to show our appreciation for all that first responders do to help our community, the Chicago Bar Association has instituted
a Wills for Heroes program to offer free basic Wills and Powers of Attorney to Chicagoland area first responders.  At events coordinated through the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Section, volunteers prepare basic Wills and Powers of attorney for local emergency first responders and their
spouses or partners. 

How to Get Involved: The Pro Bono Board is seeking a group of 10-15 students to volunteer at this great event. If interested, we will coordinate travel. Please email if you are
interested in joining the group and what your preferences are regarding carpooling/travel arrangements. I will provide further information about the event and sign-up instructions for those interested.

*No prior experience needed! 

13 Nov 2015 - 6:35pm


Former Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn joins a panel discussion that includes recently-exonerated Tyrone Hood (a client of the Exoneration Project whose sentence was commuted by Governor Quinn), attorney Karl Leonard, an '09 graduate now with Winston and Strawn, and Eva Nagao, Managing Director of the Exoneration Project.  The panel will explore how the exercise of executive clemency is driving criminal justice reform at the state and federal level, and how an increased use of this authority could alter the criminal justice system.  Moderator Tara Thompson of the Exoneration Project will invite audience questions on this topic as well.

15 Nov 2015 - 7:54pm
15 Nov 2015 - 8:10pm
15 Nov 2015 - 8:13pm
16 Nov 2015 - 9:32am
16 Nov 2015 - 10:56am

Many law students over the years have found law school to be very litigation-focused, leaving those
interested in corporate/transactional law at a big law firm uninformed and unprepared for a career in that field. BLSA is hosting a panel of accomplished transactional attorneys from Latham & Watkins, Sidley Austin, Skadden Arps and Kirkland & Ellis to share their experiences practicing in the fields of M&A, Private Equity, Capital Markets, Corporate Restructuring and General Corporate.

Please join us in Room III on Thursday, November 19th for lunch and the panel discussion.

16 Nov 2015 - 1:11pm

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:

17 Nov 2015 - 2:26pm

SALSA, BLSA, LLSA, APALSA, and LWC are hosing a panel of attorneys and advocates from Apna
Ghar, Legal Assistance Foundation, and KAN-WIN to discuss the issue of domestic violence in immigrant communities.  We will address the work that these organizations do on behalf of domestic violence victims, and what is different about domestic violence in immigrant communities.  Panelists will discuss the role that cultural norms and immigration status play in domestic violence issues.  Additionally, we will discuss strategies to raise awareness about domestic violence in immigrant communities, and opportunities for students to get involved in advocacy.

Please join us in Room F on Wednesday, November 18 for lunch and the panel discussion.

17 Nov 2015 - 4:14pm

Traditional (and non-traditional!) holiday pies will be served during lunch in the Green Lounge by some administrators to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

17 Nov 2015 - 8:52pm
APALSA, BLSA, LLSA, LWC, Outlaw, and SALSA present "A Panel on 1L Private Sector Jobs."
This panel is intended to help 1Ls think about summer jobs in the private sector from the perspective of diverse students and to encourage students to look out for these opportunities. The panel will feature 2Ls who were involved in diversity programs in several cities across the US including Boston and Chicago, at law firms or working in-house. The students will discuss the process of applying and their summer experience. This panel is the first of two regarding the 1L job search and diversity programs, arranged by the affinity groups.
Lunch will be provided.

19 Nov 2015 - 3:35pm

Join us 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 the Introduction, in Chapters 1-2;  and how they relate to lawyers, law school, and the legal community.

Lunch from Maggiano's will be provided.

20 Nov 2015 - 9:05am

Defenders, ACLU, and PILS present From Prison to Prevention: Breaking the Cycle of Violence with Eddie Bocanegra

Eddie Bocanegra is the Co-executive Director for Youth Safety and Violence Prevention for the YMCA of Chicago. He was featured in "The Interrupters," a 2011 award-winning documentary about the ground-breaking work of CeaseFire Chicago. He is the recipient of the Governor's "Hero Award" for his work as a violence interrupter, and in 2015, Eddie received his masters degree from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. Before all of these amazing accomplishments, Eddie spent 14 years in prison after being convicted for murder at the age of 17. Eddie will share the story of his life, focusing on his work to prevent others from engaging in the same kind of violence he once committed himself.

20 Nov 2015 - 9:42am

Join Yoga Instructor Clara Mitchell for an hour long yoga class at the Law School. Give yourself a chance to decompress and unwind during this busy time of year.  Please bring your own yoga mat.  If you forget, there will be a few on hand to borrow. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

20 Nov 2015 - 10:57am
CLF will be selling swag on Monday,  November 23rd from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM  in the Green Lounge.
Avoid the chaos of Black Friday shopping and purchase your holiday gifts here!  All of the proceeds go towards supporting your public interest classmates in their summer jobs.  This is one sale you don't want to miss!

20 Nov 2015 - 11:44am

Once again, our firm, together with five other small and mid-size Honolulu law firms, would like to invite the University of Chicago Law School, first and second year law students to the “Winter 2015 OCI in Hawaii” cocktail reception, to be held on  Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at Roy’s – Hawaii Kai, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

This reception is not a job fair, and it is not intended to replace on-campus interviews or resume collection.  However, unlike large law firms, we find it challenging to annually conduct on-campus interviews at your campus because of our geographic location and the cost involved.  We would like to meet your students to encourage them to look into small and mid-size law firms as attractive alternatives to the large firms, and invite your 1L and 2L students to attend our cocktail reception if they are here in the islands on December 29th.

Our invitation is attached here.  Space is limited so please encourage your students to RSVP by December 15, 2015 to

The website for each hosting law firm is listed on the invitation.  A one-page firm resume for each firm will be available at the reception.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (808) 566-5609.

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20 Nov 2015 - 6:23pm

Please join us for the inaugural program in the dean’s series on diversity, inclusion, and freedom of expression featuring Jerry Kang speaking on “Taking Implicit Bias Seriously."

Jerry Kang is Professor of Law, Professor of Asian American Studies, the inaugural Korea Times- Hankook Ilbo Endowed Chair in Korean American Studies and Law, as well as UCLA’s inaugural Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. A leading scholar on implicit bias and the law, Prof. Kang has published more than a dozen articles on the subject in leading journals. He regularly collaborates with leading experimental social psychologists on wide-ranging scholarly, educational, and advocacy projects. A reception will follow the event.

23 Nov 2015 - 7:00am

Eddie Bocanegra is the Co-Executive Director for Youth Safety and Violence Prevention for the YMCA of Chicago. He was featured in "The Interrupters," a 2011 award-winning documentary about the ground-breaking work of CeaseFire Chicago. He is the recipient of the Governor's "Hero Award" for his work as a violence interrupter, and in 2015, he received his masters degree from UChicago's School of Social Service Administration. Before all of these amazing accomplishments, Eddie spent 14 years in prison after being convicted for murder at the age of 17. Eddie will share the story of his life, focusing on his work to prevent others from engaging in the same kind of violence he once
engaged in himself. 

23 Nov 2015 - 9:28am

Brian Leiter, legal scholar and philosopher, will speak about religious toleration and religious claims of conscience at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 in Altgeld Hall, room 315, on the Northern Illinois University campus.

Leiter is an American philosopher and legal scholar who is Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School and founder and director of Chicago’s Center for Law, Philosophy & Human Values.

The program “Why Tolerate Religion?” is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the NIU Visitors lot.

23 Nov 2015 - 9:34am

Join UChicago's Alumni Law Society and alumni experts from the UChicago Law School and Chicago Booth for an interdisciplinary discussion on regulating U.S. carbon emissions through the Clean Power Plan -- the biggest energy rule to date of this century.

Program Details:
Networking/Social Hour: 6:00pm-7:00pm 
Program Discussion:7:00pm-8:30pm
Q&A/Wrap-Up: 8:30pm-9:00pm

Cost: $20.00 (price includes heavy appetizers and dessert)


In August 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated the Clean Power Plan, a final rule aimed at reducing carbon emissions from existing U.S. power plants – a rule intended to address the effects of climate change.  Backed by President Obama, this rule has proven very controversial, however, as the EPA faces mounting litigation from several U.S. energy producers and states who deem this rule unlawful, and its goals unattainable, with far reaching unfavorable consequences for traditional energy providers. Join the University of Chicago Law School, the Alumni Law Society, and the Booth School of Business for an interdisciplinary discussion of the Plan and its potential impact on traditional and clean energy producers, energy prices, and markets.

Mark Templeton, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the University of Chicago Law School’s Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, will moderate this discussion among UChicago alumni experts about the biggest energy rule to date in the 21st century and its potential impact on business and industry.

The panel discussion will highlight:

  • Key provisions of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and the controversy surrounding this rule, including the risk of litigation from states and utility providers;
  • The potential impact of the CPP on traditional energy and utility markets and energy prices;
  • The economics of utility and energy pricing;
  • The clean energy/renewables market and how the CPP could potentially catapult its growth;
  • The residual impact of the CPP on emerging international markets and overall global energy policy 

Confirmed panelists include:

Mark Templeton,  Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the University of Chicago Law School’s Abrams Environmental Law Clinic

Jeanne Cohn-Connor, JD '84, Partner, Environmental Practice Group, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP (DC)
Jeffrey Knight, JD '96, Partner, Environment, Land Use, Natural Resource Practice Group, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP (DC)
Richard Wilson. MBA '09, Pricing & Structuring Analyst, Constellation Energy (DC)
Thomas Covert, Assistant Professor of Economics, Chicago Booth School of Business

23 Nov 2015 - 2:49pm

The Common Law Corporation: The Power of the Trust in Anglo-American Business History
John Morley, Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School

24 Nov 2015 - 11:05am

The Chinese Constitution (Art. 126) prescribes: "The people's courts shall, in accordance with the law, exercise judicial power independently and are not subject to interference by administrative organs, public organizations or individuals."

For decades, how has this provision of the Constitution been enforced? And how to "ensure that judicial bodies exercises their judicial powers fairly and independently"? Professor Zhiwei Tong will discuss some fundamental issues in the reform of the Chinese judicial system, such as the reasons the Chinese judicial system lacks the necessary authoritativeness; the de facto position of a court in the pyramid-like hierarchy of the unified State-Party structure; the reasons China's justice has no sufficient credibility and what can and cannot be changed in China's judicial reform; could the courts or judges be tolerated holding a neutral position? Professor Tong will give his assessment of the current project designed for judicial reform in China and discuss the prospects of the reform.

Tong Zhiwei is a professor of law at East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) in Shanghai, where he serves as the director of the Center for Rule of Law in China. He serves as the vice president of the Constitutional Law Society of China and acted as the editor-in-chief at the journal Legal Science Monthly《法学》for a long time. He is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies. Prior to joining ECUPL, he was a professor of law and acting dean at Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Law.

Aside from his academic career, he is also an active commentator on a range of social issues related to Chinese laws and politics. Professor Tong has published extensively on constitutional questions, including On the Structure of the State(Wuhan University Press, 1997), Legal Rights and Constitutional Government(Shandong People’s Publishing House, 2001), and  Constitutional Law(Tsinghua University Press, 2008), and he continues to be an active participant in debates over socialist constitutionalism. Professor Tong is a leading public intellectual in China and has articulated his support for judicial independence and the limitation on state power in articles and papers he wrote about the ‘Chongqing Model’ and Bo Xilai’s ‘Smash the Black’ anti-crime campaign. Professor Tong received his PhD and master’s degree in law from Wuhan University and diplomas in Comparative Studies of Political System from Fudan University and Jinzhou Teachers’ College.

This event is sponsored by the University of Chicago Law School International Programs, the China Law Society, and the East Asia Workshop. Lunch will be provided.

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

24 Nov 2015 - 1:53pm

Join your Academic Counselors for a mock exam. This program will give students the opportunity to see and feel what it is like to take an exam at the Law School.   Please be sure to bring your own copy of an exam to take.  Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

24 Nov 2015 - 1:54pm

Join faculty members and administrators for pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee, and orange juice in the Green Lounge. Faculty members and administrators will serve. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

24 Nov 2015 - 1:55pm

Grab a cupcake from the Chicago Cupcake truck for a quick study break. Look for Dean Gardner, Courtney, or Candace at the reception desk for a coupon to redeem for a sweet treat. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students

24 Nov 2015 - 1:57pm

Take a break from studying and fuel up with a snack from the 5411 Empanada Truck. Sponsored by McGuire Woods and the Office of the Dean of Students. 

24 Nov 2015 - 2:36pm

Please join Professor Buss and Professor Casey for a program about preparing for your exams. Be sure to come with questions for this Q&A session. Snacks will be provided after the program concludes.  Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.


24 Nov 2015 - 2:37pm

Please join us for the second program in the dean’s series on diversity, inclusion, and freedom of expression, “Civility, Free Speech and the Learning Environment: A Faculty Perspective” with Professors Abebe, Baude, Conyers, Flores, and Strauss. Lunch from Cedars will be provided. 

24 Nov 2015 - 2:40pm

Join us for lunch, a TV show, and a chance to relax and unwind. Lunch from Catering Out the Box will be provided. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

24 Nov 2015 - 4:04pm

Margaret Huang, Deputy Executive Director of Campaigns and Programs of Amnesty International USA, will join students for a discussion about Amnesty International USA’s efforts to “bring human rights home,” highlighting current campaigns on police accountability, refugee rights and mass incarceration. Presented by HRLS, The Immigration Law Society and the IHR Clinic.

24 Nov 2015 - 4:41pm

Lunch-time discussion about the promises and possible perils of water markets. Come out and learn about water sustainability and whether the problem of water scarcity can be solved through markets for water. This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited. Box lunch will be served.