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1 Feb 2017 - 1:30pm
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Each year, one law school professor is chosen to give the annual Coase Lecture, on a topic of his/her choosing and that highlights and introduces students, faculty, staff and community members to the field of law and economics. This year the Professor Anthony Casey has agreed to give the annual Coase Lecture. The title of his talk is  "The Short Happy Life of Rules and Standards."

The choice between rules and standards in lawmaking is a central question. But the line between the two forms is not as clear as most scholars presume. This talk argues that the lack of a coherent  unifying principle in the rules-and-standards distinction is becoming more evident as technologies behind lawmaking evolve. It will explore the leading accounts of rules and standards, the insights they have provided into the process and meaning of law, and why the distinction may be reaching the end of its useful life. The talk will conclude with thoughts on how we should think about forms of law going forward.

This lecture is in honor of Ronald Coase. Coase, who spent most of his academic career at the University of Chicago Law School, helped create the field of law and economics through groundbreaking scholarship that earned him the 1991 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and through his far-reaching influence as a journal editor.

We hope you will join us for this wonderful event. The event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited. Reception to follow immediately after the lecture.

1 Feb 2017 - 7:58pm
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If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, ACS, ACLU and DSVP present the annual Candygram Sale! All proceeds this year will be donated to the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation. Students can buy Candygrams February 6-10 from 11am to 2pm in the Green Lounge. 

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2 Feb 2017 - 11:41am
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The Arthur Kane Center for Clinical Legal Education and The Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic Present "Trump's Executive Orders and What They Mean for Immigration"

President Trump's first executive orders left unprecedented confusion in their wake. The Arthur Kane Center for Clinical Legal Education, the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, and the American Constitution Society present a lunch panel on the constitutional, political, and moral ramifications of these executive orders for refugees and other immigrants around the world.

 

Please join panelists:

Professor Claudia Flores, Moderator, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic;

Caryn Lederer, Partner at Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym;

Professor Geoffrey Heeren, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Clinic at Valparaiso Law School;

Professor Aziz Huq,  Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law; and

Professor Maria Woltjen, Lecturer in Law and Director of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights 

 

ALL are Welcome! Out of the Box Lunch Provided. 

2 Feb 2017 - 12:40pm
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The Kanter Project on Mass Incarceration at the University of Chicago Law School presents

Asylums and Prisons: Deinstitutionalization and Decarceration
A Colloquium and Conversation at the University of Chicago

with Jonathan Metzl, Michael Rembis, Liat Ben-Moshe, Anne Parsons, Robert Fairbanks, Ray Noll, Christopher Berk and Bernard Harcourt

Friday May 3, 2013
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
The Coulter Lounge at the International House (1414 E 59th St)

Since the early nineteenth century, carceral spaces such as asylums, prisons, and state schools have been central to U.S. governance. Yet in the twentieth century these institutions took drastically different paths, as institutions for developmental disabilities and mental health dramatically decreased and prisons became the dominant state-run institutions. This one-day symposium at the University of Chicago on Friday May 3, 2013, will bring together scholars from political science, law, history, sociology and disability studies to ask questions such as: How does deinstitutionalization in mental health relate to the rise of mass incarceration? How do medicalization, criminalization and technologies of surveillance intersect in the new penal state? What are the possibilities for change? The symposium will take place at the University of Chicago on Friday, May 3, 2012 and will include a series of short presentations and discussion-based sessions that will attempt to rethink these issues. 

This event is free and open to the University of Chicago community.

Schedule of Presentations and Discussions

9:00         Welcome by Bernard Harcourt

9:15         Presentation and discussion with Jonathan Metzl, Vanderbilt University, and Anne Parsons, University of Illinois at Chicago

10:15       Break

10:30       Presentation and discussion with Michael Rembis, SUNY at Buffalo, and Liat Ben-Moshe, University of Illinois at Chicago

11:30       Lunch

12:30       Presentation and discussion with Christopher Berk, University of Chicago, and Bernard Harcourt, University of Chicago

1:30         Break

1:45         Presentation and discussion with Ray Noll, University of Chicago, and Robert Fairbanks, University of Chicago

2:45         Closing

Participants:

Liat Ben-Moshe is a Postdoctoral fellow at the department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her dissertation examined abolitionary demands to close down institutions for those labeled developmentally disabled and mentally ill (in the form of anti-psychiatry and deinstitutionalization movements) and prisons (in the form of the prison and penal abolition movements) in the U.S. 

Christopher Berk is a Ph.D. student in political science at the University of Chicago. He is currently writing a dissertation titled “On Self-Governance: Participation in Prisons, Asylums, and Boarding Schools.”

Robert Fairbanks II teaches at the University of Chicago in Social Service Administration. He has written on street-level recovery houses in How it Works: Recovering Citizens in Post-Welfare Philadelphia (University of Chicago Press, 2009), and is currently conducting an ethnography of Sheridan Prison in Illinois.  

Bernard E. Harcourt teaches at the University of Chicago in Political Science and Law. He has written on the complex relationship between prisons and asylums during twentieth century U.S. history.  He is the author, most recently, of The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order (Harvard University Press 2011).

Jonathan Metzl is the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society and the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University. He writes on issues of mental health, institutionalization, and race and politics.  He is the author of The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease (Beacon Press 2011)

Ray Noll is a Ph.D. student in political science at the University of Chicago. Her research is in the area of institutionalization, sexuality, and contemporary critical theory.  

Anne Parsons, an advanced PhD candidate at UIC, studies how these policies played out on the ground in Philadelphia between 1945 and 1990, specifically looking at how the process of deinstitutionalization directly influenced the politics of imprisonment in the 1960s and 1970s, and how the criminal system took over many of the functions of the mental health system.

Michael Rembis a professor of history and director of the Center for Disability Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He researches in the area of 19th and 20th century history and is the author of Defining Deviance: Sex, Science, and Delinquent Girls1890-1960 (University of Illinois Press, 2013)

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Session 1 included presentations and discussion with Jonathan Metzl, Vanderbilt University, and Anne Parsons, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Session 2 included presentations and discussion with Michael Rembis, SUNY at Buffalo, and Liat BenMoshe, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Session 3 included presentations and discussion with Christopher Berk, University of Chicago, and Bernard Harcourt, University of Chicago.

Session 4 included presentations and discussion with Ray Noll, University of Chicago, and Robert Fairbanks, University of Chicago.

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2 Feb 2017 - 12:56pm
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Shakespeare and the Law
a conference at
The University of Chicago Law School
May 15th and 16th, 2009 

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together thinkers from law, literature, and philosophy to investigate the legal dimensions of Shakespeare's plays.   Participants will explore the ways in which the plays show awareness of law and legal regimes and comment on a variety of legal topics, ranging from general themes, such as mercy and the rule of law, to highly concrete legal issues of his time.  Other papers will investigate the subsequent influence of his plays on the law and explore more general issues concerning the relationship between law and literature.

Organized by:
Martha Nussbaum
Judge Richard Posner
Richard Strier

This conference is free and open to the public.
No registration is required, but space may be limited.
Questions may be addressed to shakespeare.conference@gmail.com

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Schedule:

Friday, May 15th

10:00        Opening Remarks
10:15-12:15    Student Panel (Room V)

  • Patrick Barry
  • Marie Theresa O'Connor
  • Hanna Chung
  • Chair: Elizabeth Anker

12:15-1:15    Break
1:15-3:45    Context and Interpretation (Room V)

  • Kathy Eden
  • Richard Helmholz
  • Lorna Hutson
  • Constance Jordan
  • Chair: Randy Berlin

3:45-4        Break

4-5:15        Scenes from Hamlet, As You Like It and Measure for Measure (Courtroom)

5:15-5:30    Break

5:30-6:30    Keynote Panel Conversation with Justice Breyer, Judge Posner, Martha Nussbaum and Richard Strier (Auditorium)

6:30        Reception

Saturday, May 16th 

9:00-11:30    The Nature of Law  (Room V)

  • Dan Brudney
  • Martha Nussbaum
  • Kenji Yoshino
  • Tzachi Zamir
  • Chair: Judge Sack  

11:30-12:45    Break and Second Run of Scenes (Courtroom)

12:45-3:15    Law Enforcement and Fairness  (Room V)

  • David Bevington
  • Richard McAdams
  • Richard Strier
  • Judge Wood
  • Chair: Judge Easterbrook 

3:15-3:30    Break

3:30-6:00    Law, Commerce, Family  (RoomV)

  • Bradin Cormack
  • Elizabeth Emens
  • Richard Posner
  • Chair: Alison LaCroix

Panels:

Student Panels
Chair: Elizabeth Anker

Patrick Barry, “Shakespeare Re-writes One L: What the Bard Can Teach Us About the First Year of Law School
Professor David Strauss ended one of his Elements of Law classes this past fall term with the following observation: “Whenever you think you have come up with something interesting to say about law, it turns out Shakespeare said it first…and better.” My paper takes the spirit of Professor Strauss's comment and applies it to the first-year law student experience.   “Whenever you think you have come up with something interesting to say about law school,” the reformulation might go, “it turns out Shakespeare said it first…and better.” It is offered, to some extent, as comic relief, though of a kind closer to the Fool in King Lear than the Porter in Macbeth.  Probably more playful than “Criminal Responsibility in Shakespeare” and “Liquid Fortification and the Law in King Lear,” the piece is meant to be no less provocative, suggesting that various Shakespearean plays have more to teach us about life as a law student than any Princeton Review guide, memoir by Scott Turow, or movie starring Reese Witherspoon.
 
Hanna Chung
When the Law Gets It Wrong: Righting the World with Magic and Lawlessness
Most of the time, most laws work pretty well. A will makes future entitlements clear, saves families from unproductive in-fighting, and transfers the blame from bad divisions to the dead. Rigid marriage laws create contracts with the strength to bind unrelated houses for a long-term purpose, and the implied rules in sex roles regulate courtship into predictable courses of conduct. But when a generally reliable law fails to bring order to the particular circumstances of a few characters, good literature happens. In As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare explores how some socially beneficial laws are maintained at the expense of the parties most affected by the immediate reach of the laws. This paper explores how Shakespeare problematizes the law of succession, marriage laws, and the social regulations that govern courtship and gender roles. It concludes with a suggestion on why Shakespeare resorts to exile and magic to solve what are essentially social problems and speculates on what Shakespeare’s use of those devices reveals to the audience about the limitations of law.
 
Marie Theresa O'Connor
Shakespeare’s British Citizens: Cymbeline and the Union
My paper focuses on Shakespeare’s engagement in Cymbeline with a contemporary controversy over the status of the “Post Nati” (English and Scots born after King James VI and I’s English accession).  I will explore the implications of the equality or subordination of the Scottish Post Nati for what is “Britain.”  In particular, the paper will closely examine Sir Edward Coke’s ruling in Calvin’s Case (1608).

Context and Interpretation
Chair: Randy Berlin

Richard Helmholz, "Shakespeare and the Law of the Church"
Much has been written about the place of the English common law in Shakespeare's plays, but not about his use -- if any -- of the Roman and canon laws. This paper will examine the evidence to see whether the Bard did in fact know the latter.  After showing that he did, it will assess the extent and the nature of the use he made of it.

Kathy Eden, "Liquid Fortification and the Law in King Lear"
Taking as its point of departure both the law's centrality to Stoic philosophy and the fundamentally Stoic world of the play, including its dramatic circumstances and characterization, my talk will explore how two terms in particular--"royalty" and "loyalty"--enforce the workings of this world.

Constance Jordan, "Interpreting Statute in Measure for Measure"
In the Duke of Vienna’s absence his deputy Angelo interprets the words of the city’s strict statutes against prostitution and fornication literally, or in Plowden’s words in Eysten v. Studd, as “restrained,” rather than as “enlarged,” whether by extension, so that their meaning considers elements not included in the statute’s language specifically, or by restriction, so that their meaning omits elements included in that language. In sixteenth-century England, penal statutes were often “enlarged” in the interest of sparing the accused as much as the statute would allow, given the mischief it was intended to remedy. Angelo’s decision to interpret the Duke’s statute against fornication as “restrained” and to order Claudio’s execution is not unjust, although it is unusual, given contemporary English practice in criminal cases and also, more particularly, in light of the remedies offered by bastardy laws. Angelo’s literalism does, however, become self-reflexively interesting when he commits the very crime for which he has condemned Claudio, thus dramatizing the warning the play gives the magistrate: “Judge not,” etc. The authority of the absent Duke, absolute within his state, remains doubtful throughout the play, engaged as he is in discovering whom he can trust. His deceptions invoke Juvenal’s question: quis custodiet ipsos custodes (who shall guard the guardians). However, as suspect as the Duke’s motives and stratagems may be, his actions cannot be legally challenged. But he is exposed for the deceiver he is by reactions to the scurrilous language of the rogue Lucio, who thus figures (paradoxically) the guardian of guardians for whom the play has been looking from its beginning. The action of the play is self-reflexive throughout, a register of mirroring effects that asks the audience to assess the truth in “seeming.” Its continuous troping on images of a socially disruptive “liberty,” invoking as they do the name and character of the place where the play was first performed - the Liberty of Southwark - asks the audience to consider Claudio’s crime in a figurative sense and to pose this meta-critical question, that is, just how much liberty is too much liberty?

Lorna Hutson, "'Tis Probable and Palpable to Thinking': Law and Likelihood in Shakespeare"
Nineteenth-century ‘character criticism’ of Shakespeare may not be vilified to the extent that it once was, but no-one gives it much credence. My paper, however, argues that such criticism, which insists on the plays’ conformity to novelistic conventions of time and duration, should be seen as a properly forensic or legalistic response to the implication of Renaissance drama (and Shakespeare in particular) to newly pervasive habits of evidential thinking in English legal culture. I begin by showing how, in Othello, the arguments of nineteenth-century critics over the evidence for when specific events were supposed to have taken place (the marriage of Desdemona and Othello, for example) arises from the fact that these events themselves are not staged, but are merely inferred from other characters’ sceptical, evidential inquiries into the likelihood of their having happened. I then link this revelation, by way of Barbara Shapiro’s work on the legal meaning of the word ‘fact’ in sixteenth-century England, to striking continuities between poetic and forensic uses of circumstantial rhetoric in the period. I show that the same rhetorical topics of circumstance used by humanist pedagogues to teach narrative composition and literary exegesis were also becoming staple elements in a popular vernacular literature on the judicial evaluation of evidence, aimed at justices and juries. I conclude by showing how it is the skilful use of these rhetorical topics of circumstance that leads us, in plays by Shakespeare and Jonson, to infer the time, place and manner of events which are never actually staged, and which, further, leads us and the dramatis personae themselves into imagining motivations and histories that explain these circumstances.

 

The Nature of Law
Chair: Judge Sack

Tzachi Zamir, "The Fool, the Blind, and the Jew: Law and the Comic in The Merchant of Venice"
The talk brings out the tension between morality and theatricalized morality. The latter process is suspiciously free from the limitations of the former, and the distance between these should inform our understanding regarding the relations between moral philosophy and literature. These points will emerge from a consideration of the subliminal connections between the use of fool humor in the Launcelot-Gobbo exchange (II.ii) and Shylock's trial in The Merchant of Venice.

Martha Nussbaum, “‘Romans, Countrymen, and Lovers’: Political Love and the Rule of Law in Julius Caesar” 
Julius Caesar shows us two different kinds of political love, in tragic opposition: the love of political institutions and the rule of law, and the love of individual political leaders.  In the play, particular personal love, embodied by Antony, triumphs over Brutus' love of more abstract love of liberty and non-domination, because the hearts and minds of the people can only be swayed through appeal to particulars. Must this always be the case? (It was not precisely the case in ancient Rome, where Brutus' defeat was not due to an inability to move ordinary people's emotions.)  I argue that the rule of law can, and must, be supported by emotions that are particularistic and not simply abstract.  If these emotions are to support the rule of law rather than undermining it, however, they must be closely tied to good general principles. As evinced by both the American and the Indian struggles for independence, particularistic symbolism, when harnessed and used properly, can be a very effective tool for law and against tyranny.

Kenji Yoshino, ""The Reluctant Imperialist?: Empires of Law and Literature in The Tempest""
Viewed by most to be Shakespeare's last solo play, The Tempest has historically been subject to two canonical interpretations.  As Marjorie Garber puts it:  "Shakespeare's powerful late romance The Tempest has been addressed by modern critics from two important perspectives: as a fable of art and creation, and as a colonialist allegory."   Under the first perspective, Prospero speaks for Shakespeare as the artist and magus, speaking to renounce his art.  Under the second perspective, the play articulates the nascent fascination with the idea of a British Empire, with Prospero as the white European colonizer and Caliban and Ariel as the colonized natives of the supposedly "uninhabited isle" on which the play is set.
This paper argues that the two perspectives are not mutually exclusive.  I agree with those who criticize the appropriation of The Tempest as a straightforward colonialist allegory.  But I wish to argue that it is no accident that these themes come to fore in the Shakespeare's primary meditation on the role of literary art and creation.  The real empire depicted in The Tempest is the empire of art and imagination.  It is no longer true that "the sun never sets on the British empire," but it is increasingly true that the sun never sets on Shakespeare.  To analyze the play, either internally or in its effects, solely according to the empire of law obscures the fact that the real empire it explores and establishes is an empire of literature.

Dan Brudney, "Two Differences between Literature and Law"
The paper’s focus is on differences between literary and legal texts.  The paper begins with a discussion of the role in Macbeth of the concept of legitimate rule as distinct from mere power.  These remarks lead to the claim that what I call the “authority” of a literary text is a function of the specific arrangement of the text’s words while that of a legal text is a function of its pedigree.  I then argue for a second difference between literary and legal texts, this time a difference in the phenomenology of interpretation.

 

Law Enforcement and Fairness 
Chair: Judge Easterbrook

David Bevington, "Equity in Measure for Measure"
Focusing on Escalus's mediating role and way of handling the day to day of law enforcement. What to do about the likes of Pompey and Mistress Overdone and Froth Pragmatism and the law in relation to moral legislation.

Diane Wood, "Law, Disobedience, Justification and Mercy"
The paper will discuss Shakespeare's treatment of laws that are not followed.  Who disobeys laws? What is the content of those laws?  When and how disobedience is justified, and when is it not?  And finally, when is it clear disobedience?  I will look primarily at Measure for Measure and Merchant of Venice, but will address other plays as appropriate. 

Richard McAdams, "Criminal Responsibility in Shakespeare"
The paper will address issues of criminal liability in Shakespeare, asking how a play illuminates legal issues and how the English criminal law of the period illuminates the play. A key example is Othello, where I discuss whether Iago would have been legally guilty of the murder of Desdemona.

Richard Strier, “Shakespeare's Problems with Law”
The problem that I raise and meditate on in my paper is this: while there is no doubt that Shakespeare was able to imagine a great range of things, one of the things that he seemed consistently unable to imagine was a reasonably well-functioning legal system. What I try to show, in brief compass, is that in every instance in which Shakespeare seems to imagine such, and to give it the recognizable features of such, he also immediately raises issues which complicate, undermine, or call into question the value or possibility of such a thing. I focus primarily on the second part of Henry IV, a play that seems to be committed to one central feature of a properly functioning legal system: impartiality, the law applying equally to everyone within its jurisdiction. At the end of the paper, I point to problems with the law imagined in two other plays: Measure for Measure and Merchant of Venice.

Law, Commerce, Family
Chair: Alison LaCroix

Richard Posner, "Law and Commerce in The Merchant of Venice"
I first discuss the legal issues in the play from a rather narrow, technical standpoint, and then broaden the discussion to take up more general social themes involving equity, jurisprudence, and capitalism.

Elizabeth Emens, "Regulatory Fictions: On Marriage and Countermarriage"
The debates over same-sex marriage in the public sphere have spurred theoretical debates over marriage in the academy. There is some academic debate about whether gay people’s relationships are worthy of marriage—usually at events staged by Federalist Society student chapters and sometimes drawing large crowds—but arguably the most robust scholarly debates have been about whether marriage is worthy of gay people (and thus of everyone). Specifically, pro-gay scholars have engaged in heated exchanges over whether marriage should be the political goal of LBGT and leftist thinkers. If this historical window between gay criminalization and legal domestication is going to be brief—which I admit that I increasingly hope, but don’t expect—then we should seize this rare opportunity to imagine a space beyond marriage and look in every direction for new ideas and possibilities. This essay therefore imagines a world beyond our current marriage regime by looking to some unusual sources: literature (especially Shakespeare) and anti-gay law. When trying to reimagine possibilities, what might seem more obvious than to look to literature? But we rarely consult literature as a source for new laws, and we rarely think of law as a prime site of the imagination. This inquiry yields a variety of images of what marriage law might be, and thus a toolkit for thinking about dimensions along which we might or might not regulate intimate relationships. The essay concludes with some reflections on the relation between law and literature in the project of innovation.

Bradin Cormack, "Grounding Shakespeare"
My paper will take up Shakespeare's use of land law, and especially the concept of the heir, in the sonnets and in some of the English Histories.

Questions about the conference can be sent to
shakespeare.conference@gmail.com.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Chicago Law School.

2 Feb 2017 - 1:05pm
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This Conference brings together a group of scholars to honor the life and research of Ronald Coase. 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Coase’s seminal paper on the Federal Communications Commission. 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of his paper on “The Problem of Social Cost,” and his 100th birthday.

The presentations on this occasion cover specific topics on which Coase’s work has exerted profound influence, including such areas as telecommunications policy, airline regulation and development, environmental economics, economic development, organization of the firm, and general discussions of the questions of transactions costs and social rationality to which he has contributed so much.

The conference web page is at http://iep.gmu.edu/CoaseConference.php.

The Conference is being organized by Richard A. Epstein of the University of Chicago, Thomas Hazlett of George Mason University, and Roger Noll and Greg Rosston of Stanford University. These papers shall be published in special issues of the Journal of Law and Economics and the Journal of Legal Studies. The Conference will be held at the University of Chicago Law School on Friday December 4 and Saturday, December 5, 2009. The public is invited.

If you wish to attend this event, please register with Marjorie Holme at mholme@uchicago.edu or 773-702-0220. You must register to attend.

The event is sponsored by the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School, the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research,  the Information Economy Project at George Mason University, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the China Center for Economic Research,  the Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, and the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State.

Participants include:

Gary Becker
Lee Benham
Omri Ben-Shahar
Xiaofang Chen
Lennon H. T. Choy
Robert Cooter
Peter Cramton
Harold Demsetz
Richard Epstein
Sebastian Galiani
Robert Hahn
Thomas Hazlett
Charles Jackson
Evan Kwerel
William Landes
Michael Levine
Zhimin Liao
Gary Libecap
Thomas Merrill
Roger Noll
Douglass North
Sam Peltzman
David Porter
Richard A. Posner
Greg Rosston
Michael Schill
Steven Shavell
Mary Shirley
Vernon Smith
Robert Stavins
Geoffrey Stone
Robert Topel

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2 Feb 2017 - 3:03pm
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Please join the IOP for a debate on the Second Amendment. Getting to the heart of issue surrounding “the right to bear arms,” two debaters, Zachary Elkins and Clark Neily, will argue both sides of the motion, “The Second Amendment should be amended.” This event is a part of the FIRE Debates series, which is sponsored by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE, thefire.org).

Zachary Elkins, an associate professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, will argue for the motion. Clark Neily, a senior attorney at the Institute for Justice (IJ), will argue against the motion.

Zachary Elkins focuses his research on issues of democracy, national identity, and institutional reform, with an emphasis on governments in Latin American countries. Elkins co-authored The Endurance of National Constitutions, which explores the factors that increase the endurance and survival of national constitutions. He is currently completing a book manuscript titled Designed by Diffusion: Constitutional Reform in Developing Democracies, which examines the origins of democratic institutions in the developing world.

In addition to serving as an attorney for IJ, Clark Neily privately represented the plaintiffs in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Supreme Court case that held that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep a gun for self-defense. Neily serves as the director of IJ’s Center for Judicial Engagement, and is the author of Terms of Engagement: How Our Courts Should Enforce the Constitution’s Promise of Limited Government, which discusses how courts can maintain constitutionally limited government.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:03pm
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Clinics in Action:  International Human Rights Clinic. 

Students from the International Human Rights Clinic, along with Professor Claudia Flores and professor Brian Citro, will discuss the recent work of the IHR Clinic to promote social and economic justice globally, including in the United States.  This Clinic in Action will feature the work of two diverse projects led by students Kaitlin Beck (2L) and Cornelius Cornelssen (3L). Ms. Beck will present her work on Implementing Women’s Constitutional Rights in Zimbabwe, a project in coordination with the Zimbabwe Women’s Lawyers Association.  Mr. Cornelssen will discuss his work on Police Use of Force and Human Rights in the United States, a project with Amnesty International USA examining police department use of force policies against international human rights standards.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:03pm
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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 Innovation 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 13, 2016 at 3:00p.m.

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

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),  Guest Speaker: Margaret Fleetwood, Project Manager, UChicagoTech

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.

3:15 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.

4:15 p.m.                              

BREAK

4:30 p.m.                            

Case Studies  

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

5:00 p.m.                           

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.

6:00 p.m.                            

Networking Reception   

2 Feb 2017 - 3:03pm
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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 5:30.  Dinner will be served.

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A discussion in conjunction with THE LUMEN CHRISTI SOCIETY and THE ST. THOMAS MOORE SOCIETY  "Mercy and the Criminal Law" 

Prof. James Q. Whitman, Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Criminal Law, Yale Law School

Sit Down Cafe lunch provided.

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?”

 Registration is encouraged.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:03pm
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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

2 Feb 2017 - 3:03pm
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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

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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

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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.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:03pm
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presents: Being "Out" on the Job Search and in the Legal Profession with Kirkland & Ellis attorneys Tim Pickert and Dan Hoppe, and Jenner & Block attorney Alexander Bandza

Blue Box provided. Generously sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis and Jenner & Block.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:03pm
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APALSA presents: A Celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

"Careers in Public Service and Academia" featuring Professor Jennifer Nou

Co-sponsored by BLSA, the Human Rights Law Society, LELS, LLSA, and MLSA

*Lasagna lunch provided*

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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

2 Feb 2017 - 3:05pm
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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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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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The Public Interest Law Society and The Office of Career Services present “The Future of Criminal Justice Reform” with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

Since becoming Cook County Sheriff in 2006, Sheriff Tom Dart has introduced sweeping changes at the Cook County Jail—the nation’s largest single site jail—aggressively re-structured the Sheriff’s Police force, and improved operations of the Court Services Department. A former prosecutor and state legislator, he has used his diverse background to bring a unique approach to each of those efforts at the Sheriff’s Department.

At the Cook County Department of Corrections, the Sheriff oversees a population of over 12,000 that includes inmates both housed on-site and ordered to alternative programs such as electronic monitoring. There are approximately 2,500–3,000 people with diagnosed mental illness housed in the jail on any given day, making it the largest mental health facility in the country. In 2013, he launched the Office of Mental Health Policy & Advocacy, which operates a 24-hour Care Line for mentally ill ex-inmates and families of current mentally ill inmates, while screening all pre-bond detainees for mental illness.

In recent years, Sheriff Dart has increasingly focused his attention on the plight of Cook County’s most impoverished suburbs. As suburban police departments increasingly cut budget and staff despite upticks crime and narcotics activity in their communities, the Sheriff has invested resources to pick up the slack and ensure all Cook County citizens receive a proper level of police protection. Sheriff Dart also reformed the way Sheriff’s Police handle prostitution arrests – steering prostitutes toward rehabilitative services through the Sheriff’s Women’s Justice Program rather than jail. 

In 2009, Time magazine named Sheriff Dart one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He was a Fall 2015 Resident Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.

Sheriff Dart, a Chicago native, graduated from Providence College. He earned his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago. He and his wife Patricia live on Chicago’s South Side with their five young children.

Soul Food Provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:05pm
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ELS, ACLU, Abram's Environmental Law Clinic, The Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics, and The Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law and Policy Present: Flint's Water Crisis

Join us for a discussion on the Flint, Michigan water crisis featuring NRDC attorneys Evan Feinauer (UChicago Law ’15), Sarah Tallman and Anjali Waikar.

The attorneys  will discuss their recent litigation efforts undertaken on behalf of residents of Flint. NRDC, in conjunction with Concerned Pastors for Social Action and the ACLU of Michigan, have filed a suit seeking federal court intervention to secure access to safe drinking water, free from harmful lead contaminants. Filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, the complaint asks the court to compel city and state officials to follow federal drinking water testing and treatment standards to control for contamination and to promote replacement of all lead water pipes.

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The Honourable Michael Donald Kirby was Australia's longest serving judge, and twice its Acting Chief Justice, when he retired from the Bench in 2009. In addition, he has served in several different roles for the United Nations, including within the Commission of Inquiry on North Korea and currently on the High Level Panel on Access to Medicines. He was the first Justice of a national Supreme Court to be open about his sexuality. He lives in Sydney with his partner of 47 years, Johan van Vloten.

Increasingly, he has been engaged in global efforts to address the injustices to, and discrimination against, LGBTIQ people, particularly in Commonwealth countries. They all inherited--as the United States did--the British colonial laws on ‘’unnatural offences ‘’. In this talk he will describe those efforts and urge an increasing engagement of US lawyers, straight and gay, with the challenge to universal human rights of the ongoing oppression of people because of their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

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The Law & Technology Society and Alumni Affairs Present  Inter-Company Collaborations: Where Do The Attorneys Fit In? with Ian Edvalson, JD ’95

Ian has a wide variety of business and legal experience covering a full range of issues and transactions facing technology companies, particularly in the biopharmaceutical and life sciences industries. He works closely with his clients in setting strategic direction and structuring and negotiating mission-critical business arrangements. Before becoming a partner at Wilson Sonsini's Palo Alto office, Ian was the senior vice president of corporate and business development at Third Wave Technologies, Inc., where he was responsible for implementing and managing its product development and licensing strategies for both research and clinical markets. Additionally, he played a significant role in Third Wave's financing strategy (including its February 2001 IPO) and  developing and maintaining significant customer and collaborator relationships. Because of Ian's company-based experience, he is particularly attuned to issues faced by emerging company clients. Ian is fluent in Korean.

 

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 Join Professor Robert Scott for a discussion of is work in progress paper. 

Abstract: The common law developed over centuries a small set of default rules that courts have used to fill gaps in otherwise incomplete contracts between commercial parties. These rules can be applied almost independently of context: the market damages rule, for example, requires a court only to know the difference between market and contract prices. When parties in various sectors of the economy write sales contracts but leave terms blank, courts fill in the blanks with their own rules. As a consequence, a judicial rule that many parties accept must be "transcontextual": parties in varied commercial contexts accept the courts’ rule by writing contracts that contain just the gap the rule could fill. A long-standing project of academics and lawyers attempts to supplement common law contract rules with substantive default rules and default standards. This project has produced Article 2 of the UCC and the Second Restatement of Contracts and the project plans to produce more privately created contract law. We show that the "default rule project" could not create substantive default rules  because the contract terms for which the rules would substitute commonly are context dependent: the terms’ content either is a function of particular parties’ circumstances or a particular trade’s circumstances. Members of the default rule project, whom we call "drafters," could not access the information needed to create the efficient rules that require such local knowledge. Instead, the drafters supplied commercial parties with default standards  that courts can apply transcontextually in addition to or as replacements for the common law rules. Contracts sometimes do contain standards, but only when the standards are accompanied by substantive terms from which courts can infer the parties contracting goals and thus apply the standards to advance them. The drafters’ decision to adopt unmoored standards was a mistake because commercial parties do not accept, and thus contract out of, the statutory and restatement default standards. In contrast, the common law’s transcontextual default rules continue to stand. Our analysis here explains the default rule project’s past failures and their current consequences: the article thus illuminates the contract law we have even as it cautions that the default rule project must materially change else it risk repeating past errors.

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

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The competing needs for freedom of speech and civility through tolerance are struggling across campuses nationwide.  How should law schools and universities balance these needs?  William Jacobson, a Clinical Professor and Director of the Securities Law Clinic at Cornell Law School, will address these issues through the lens of whether and to what extent anti-Israel rhetoric and activism, particularly through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, crosses into or fosters anti-Semitism. As someone who has researched and written extensively on this topic, he will offer his thoughts on what the BDS movement, particularly the academic boycott of Israel, means for tolerance and diversity of thought on campuses and for academic freedom.  He will also discuss strategies and tactics for lawyers in understanding and balancing the needs of competing groups in situations like those arising across the country. Lunch will be provided.   Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students and the Louis D. Brandeis Center, Inc.

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Join Dr. Kenneth Marcus for a discussion about the varying issues that arise for law students and lawyers as they struggle to choose between making money or making a change.  In the aptly named program, “Making Dollars or Making Change: Biglaw, Human Rights, and the Purposeful Lawyer,” Dr. Marcus will discuss the competing values that often come to clash as well as his own transition into public interest work. 

Dr. Kenneth Marcus is the Founder and President of the Louis D. Brandeis Center, Inc. (LDB), an independent, non-partisan institution for public interest advocacy, research, and education. The Center's mission is to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and to promote justice for all.  He is also author of the award-winning Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America (New York: Cambridge University Press: 2010) and The Definition of Anti-Semitism (New York: Oxford University Press: 2015).  Before starting the Brandeis Center, Dr.  Marcus served as a partner in several Biglaw firms. He then worked in public service, serving as Staff Director at the United States Commission on Civil Rights and was delegated the authority of Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights and Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity governance. 

Sponsored by LDB.

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Join the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Career Services, and the D'Angelo Law Library for a program designed to get you ready to succeed this summer. 

Our panelists will include Mike Andolina, ’99, Partner, Sidley Austin, Shareese Pryor, ’11,  Assistant Attorney General with the State of Illinois, Vanessa Nelson Meihaus, Head Librarian at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates, and Caryn Geisler, Legal Secretary Coordinator, Jenner & Block.

The panelists will address issues such as: working successfully with non-attorney professionals; how to complete projects without racking up a six figure legal research bill; how to do research more effectively and efficiently, juggling multiple projects, summer associate or internship activities and still trying to have a life; and how to avoid the most common summer experience pitfalls that can keep you from receiving an offer for permanent employment.  This program has been very highly rated in the past by rising 3Ls who have attended in preparation for their summer positions.   

Lunch will be provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:05pm
2 Feb 2017 - 3:05pm
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The Dallin H. Oaks Society, Muslim Law Students Association, Jewish Law Students Association, St. Thomas More Society, & Christian Legal Society Present "Faith in Practice"

A panel featuring practitioners of the Mormon, Muslim, Jewish, and Catholic faiths. The discussion will
be generally geared towards providing students of faith with an opportunity to learn how to balance the practice of their faith with their practice of the law.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:05pm
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Afternoon attendance

2 Feb 2017 - 3:05pm
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Reception Attendance

2 Feb 2017 - 3:05pm
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Featuring: Peggy Andrews Davenport ’87, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP 

                 Liz Weiswasser ’92, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP

The Evolving Workplace invites you to a candid conversation with two New York partners who will discuss their different paths to making partner (full-time or part-time) and tips on how to reach across gender and age divides in mentor relationships. They’ll share their advice and experience in balancing work and life, navigating team dynamics in both litigation and transactional work, and transitioning to the business of law.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:05pm
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Visit to the Courts with Professor Bernstein.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:05pm
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Morning Attendance

2 Feb 2017 - 3:05pm
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Join Alice Virgil for a discussion on Cultivating Emotional Balance in the Legal Profession. Lunch from Pockets will be provided.  Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:06pm
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The 2016 Schwartz Lecture will be given by Hon. Michael Kirby and will be entitled "North Korea and our Dilemma: How to Secure Accountability for Crimes Against Humanity by a Recalcitrant Nuclear State?.”

Michael Kirby was a Justice of the High Court of Australia (1996-2009), the nation's highest appellate and constitutional Court. In 2013-14 he served as chair of the Commission of Inquiry of the UN Human Rights Council investigating crimes against humanity in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). The commission found grave and long-standing crimes against humanity and called for referral of its report to the Security Council of the United Nations. That body has the power to refer matters to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague. He warned the Supreme Leader of North Korea that, under international law, he was potentially personally accountable for failing to use his power to prevent and redress such crimes. Although the commission's report was duly sent to the Security Council by the UN Human Rights Council and the General Assembly, so far the Security Council as failed to enliven the jurisdiction of the ICC. In recent weeks, the Council has imposed new and stronger sanctions against North Korea following the conduct of a fourth nuclear weapons test and missile tests. The report of the commission has been widely praised for its powerful description of great wrongs. But how do we move beyond another UN report into effective subjection of this dangerous state and its leadership to compulsory accountability before an international tribunal responding to the deep concerns of humanity? The speaker will outline our dilemma. He will also answer questions and suggest possible future developments.

Reception to follow in the Courtroom Corridor.

The Ulysses and Marguerite Schwartz Memorial Lectureship at the University of Chicago Law School is held by a distinguished lawyer or teacher whose experience is in the academic field or practice of public service.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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Never before has the role of non-profit board members been so important. With many non-profits stretched beyond capacity trying to meet serious community needs with constricting financial resources, board members must provide both strategic leadership and steady stewardship, with a focus on financial sustainability.  Join Richard Sevcik, '85, a partner at Perkins Coie; Jesse Ruiz, '95; a partner at Drinker Biddle; Lisa T. Scruggs, '98; a partner at Duane Morris, LLP; and Jaime T. Willis, '13, an associate at Perkins Coie for a discussion about why it is important for lawyers to be engaged in the community through non-profit board service and how to get involved. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.
 
Lunch will be provided.
2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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Join Dean Gardner and Professor Martha Pacold,'02, Partner at Bartlit Beck, 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 3-10;  and how they relate to lawyers, law school, and the legal community.

We would encourage all interested students to attend even if you have not had a chance to read the book!  The themes addressed are ones that are open for global discussion. 

Lunch from Maggiano's will be provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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What exactly is meditation?  How can it help you to be a better student and a better lawyer?  Join Ginger Carr from the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness for a session on meditation and learn how practicing meditation can increase calmness and physical relaxation, improve psychological balance, and enhance overall health and well-being.  Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students. 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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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 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!

Lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.  

2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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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.

Carolyn Aberman, Legal Recruiting Director for Plante Moran Staffing, will moderate and participate in the discussion.  She practiced law for more than a decade in the Chicago area, including 8 years at a major law firm and 3 years in-house.  She will share her experience as a legal practitioner as well as discuss her perspective as a legal recruiter on the qualities and experience that companies look for with in-house candidates.  Andrew Pfau, '02, Counsel at William Blair & Company, LLC and Angie Steele,'02, Senior Counsel at McDonald's Corporation, have similarly both 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. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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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.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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Please join us in the courtroom for the 2016 Moot Court Semi-Finals arguments.  William Baude, Ryan Doerfler, and Jennifer Nou will judge this year’s competition. The questions for the argument are listed below.  A reception in the Courtroom Hallway will follow the event.

Questions Presented. (1) Whether the availability of a
regulatory method for nonprofit religious employers to comply with the
Department of Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate eliminates
either the substantial burden on religious exercise or the violation of RFRA
that this Court recognized in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.; and (2)
whether HHS satisfies RFRA’s demanding test for overriding sincerely held
religious objections in circumstances where HHS itself insists that overriding
the religious objection will not fulfill HHS’s regulatory objective—namely, the
provision of no-cost contraceptives to the objector’s employees.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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As part of the nationwide discussion about diversity and discrimination on bases including race, national origin, gender, transgender issues, sexual orientation, and disability, the ABA and the legal profession as a whole are evaluating attendant legal ethics issues. The ABA is considering possible amendments to Model Rule 8.4 to further clarify lawyers' discrimination obligations, and many state legal ethics codes specifically discuss lawyers' obligations to foster nondiscrimination and diversity, taking a variety of approaches. In this program, Gail H. Morse and Lea S. Gutierrrez will discuss the current landscape and proposals and provide a variety of perspectives in response to a series of hypotheticals reflecting difficult questions that lawyers and students may encounter related to ethics obligations, and their relation to other law, to further nondiscrimination, diversity, and inclusion. Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students, LWC, Outlaw, and BLSA.

Gail H. Morse is a partner at Jenner & Block in Chicago and leads the Firm’s national state and local Tax Practice. Her national practice focuses on state and local tax issues and her federal tax background also enables her to counsel clients on federal tax and tax controversy matters. Her practice also includes related matters such as unclaimed property reporting, tax amnesty programs, voluntary disclosures, and state tax credit and incentive opportunities.

Ms. Morse is a member of the Firm’s Alumni and Diversity & Inclusion Committees and also serves as co-chair of the Firm’s LGBT Forum. Active in the community, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership and the Board of Directors of Lambda Legal. She is a former Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Chicago-based Women’s Treatment Center, former Commissioner on the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues and a former Chair of WILPOWER, the political action committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. In 2008, she received the “Bella Abzug Woman of Honor Award” from the National Organization for Women for her work raising the visibility of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community and diversity issues in the workplace. She is a frequent speaker on behalf of the Firm regarding its LGBT Diversity initiatives and on tax issues affecting the LGBT community.

She received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and Masters of Law (Taxation) from Georgetown University Law Center.

For nearly ten years, Lea S. Gutierrez has been Senior Litigation Counsel with the ARDC (Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission), a role that is responsible for investigating and prosecuting Illinois lawyers for ethical misconduct.

She is also Director of Diversity & Inclusion at the ARDC. On the ethics end, she provides guidance to individual lawyers and legal departments on understanding complex rules of professional responsibility and growing modern law practices within the boundaries of those rules.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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Join two facilitators at the Revival Theater for a 2 hour dose of improv, leadership tools, and creative communication strategies for your career and the courtroom. This workshop will help students become more confident and comfortable in variety of settings and provide some tools that every law student should have in their back pocket. Key objectives for the session will be:

  • "Presenting" - Expressing ideas with authority and comfort
  • "Responding" - Processing input and replying in a  constructive manner
  • "Recovering" - Focusing on the moment and moving forward.

 Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

The Revival, a 149-seat cabaret-style comedy club recently opened on the corner of 55th and University. Conceived by John Stoops, a longtime theater producer (he founded the Three Oaks Summer Theater Festival in Michigan) and former Leo Burnett adman, The Revival aims to reemphasize improv comedy’s South Side roots. The pioneering Compass Players, whose members included the late director Mike Nichols and comedienne Elaine May, invented the genre in Hyde Park in 1955.  John Stoops is also a former cast member of the Second City-affiliated European troupe Boom Chicago.

The two facilitators that will work with students on Friday, February 5th are Andel Sudik and Micah Philbrook. Andel Sudik is an accomplished improvisational actor and teacher.  As an actor, Andel has performed across the United States and Europe including Second City ETC’s We’re ALL In This Room Together and two ensemble revues with the acclaimed European improv troupe Boom Chicago.  As a teacher, Andel has worked with groups of all sizes and backgrounds from Austin, Texas to Bucharest, Romania.

Micah Philbrook is a founding member of The pH Comedy Theater, and half the sketch comedy duo, the tim&micah project.  Micah currently teaches at the Second City and performs regularly with the tim&micah project, That Sunday Show, and Those Who Can’t.

Participating students are required to have completed a previous improv training during either Kapnick or 1L Orientation. Preference will be given to students who have logged points for the 2015-2016 Keystone Professionalism & Leadership Program. 

Space is limited.  Transportation to and from the law school and light snacks will be provided.

RSVPs are required by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29th. To sign up for the  program, please go to http://www.law.uchicago.edu/RevivalTheater.

For any questions, please contact Courtney Wylie at cowylie@uchicago.edu.

 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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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.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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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 2017 - 3:07pm
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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.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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Organizing PDFs, using multiple devices, collaborating… how do you work efficiently? This workshop will give you tools
and tips to help you fine tune your individual and group productivity needs. Kaitlin Springmier, Resident Librarian for Online Learning, and Todd Ito, Coordinator of Instruction and Outreach, will give an overview of our favorite free web tools for note taking, cloud storage, organizing and annotating articles, and managing collaborative projects. These tools, tips, and strategies should help you be more efficient with whatever you’re working on, whether it’s the open memo assignment, your SRP, comment, or a project for one of the clinics.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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It’s not too early to learn how to review your work so that your final product demonstrates that you are smart, careful, and precise.  Learn the tools you need to create a polished and professional memo.

Julie Schrager worked for a large Washington, DC law firm and the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston after graduating from the Law School.  She joined Schiff Hardin in 2008 after teaching legal research and writing for several years at Chicago-Kent College of Law. She continues to teach as an adjunct professor at area law schools.  As Schiff Hardin’s legal writing coach, Julie hosts workshops and works one-on-one with summer associates, associates, and partners to improve their writing skills.  

Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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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 Conyers, Flores, Ginsburg, and Strauss. A reception will take place after the program concludes.

Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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This panel discussion will focus on two transgender refugees who will speak about their experiences fleeing war and the difficulties they faced as a transgender person in the Middle East.

This program is organized by International Refugee Assistance Project and OutLaw.  Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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Michael K. Fridkin, Senior Staff Atty for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, will be speaking about clerkship opportunities with the Staff Attys’ Office. The Office of Staff Attorneys handles about half of all the cases in the 7th Circuit and about a fourth of all cases subject to oral argument. Appendix A of the Clerkship Manual has a list of alumni who have worked in the Office of Staff Attorneys at the Seventh Circuit.

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

Lunch provided for students who RSVPd and attend the program.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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1Ls interested in learning more about post graduate clerkships? This program will cover what clerkships are, the benefits of clerking, and what 1Ls can do to strengthen the foundation of a clerkship application.  If you think you may be interested in pursuing a clerkship at some point in your legal career, please attend this session. Although primarily for 1Ls, all law students are welcomed to attend. Please RSVP at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/clerkshipprograms.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:07pm
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Chief Judge Diane Wood will visit the Law School to present "Making Your Voice Heard" and to speak on issues related to women's professional development and the difficulties they face. 

Judge Diane Wood is the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a senior lecturer here at the Law School. She earned her B.A. in 1971 and J.D. in 1975 from the University of Texas at Austin, and went on to clerk for Judge Irving L. Goldberg of the Fifth Circuit and for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court. After spending time in private practice and in government, she began teaching, first at Georgetown University Law Center, and ultimately at The University of Chicago Law School, where she was the third woman to join the faculty. She was nominated to the Seventh Circuit by President Bill Clinton in 1995, and became Chief Judge on Oct. 1, 2013. She is the second woman to serve on the Seventh Circuit and the first woman to serve as Chief Judge of the Seventh Circuit.

This program is organized by Law Women's Caucus.  Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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Join Marsha Hunter for a presentation on how to be an articulate attorney. Speak with confidence, look your listeners in the eye, and be what you must soon become: the always articulate attorney. Whether in professional conversation with partners, clients, and colleagues, or making presentations to any audience, this program helps you push your speaking skills to the next level. Learn how to listen, evaluate, and transform your professional speech to handle cold calls, interviews, class discussions and more. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students. Sponsored by Schiff Hardin LLP. Lunch from Blue Plate will be provided.

Marsha Hunter , a specialist in legal communication, trains attorneys to speak confidently and persuasively in all settings. Under her guidance, trial lawyers sharpen their advocacy skills and transactional attorneys refine their presentations, becoming more articulate, fluent, and eloquent. Hunter teaches lawyers, and only lawyers, in the arts of oral advocacy and public and professional speaking. Hunter’s training helps lawyers use their bodies, brains, and voices for effective professional speech, employing pragmatic and immediately useful techniques for gesturing naturally, thinking clearly, and speaking persuasively. She cites recent developments in gesture research when answering the frequently asked question "What do I do with my hands?" as well as the latest research in cognitive science to help lawyers think clearly in voir dire , openings, direct and cross examinations, and closing arguments. Hunter also helps trial lawyers grapple with the syntactical challenges of each phase of trial, eliminate thinking noises such as um , and control the pace of their speech. For corporate attorneys, Hunter teaches advanced fundamentals of persuasive public speaking. With expertise in cognition and communication, Hunter focuses on how people think, speak, feel, and act in dynamic situations. Her specialty is human factors—the science of human performance in high-stakes environments. Her teaching is both technical and practical. She offers techniques that ensure polished, articulate speech, whether presenting to a board of trustees, a community group, or a small office gathering.  She teaches communication skills for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the U.S. Department of Justice, elite law firms, and bar associations and law societies from Belfast to Tasmania. Hunter has published articles in numerous legal publications, including the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s The Woman Advocate , the Texas Bar Journal, PD Quarterly, NALP Bulletin,  and others.
 
Attached is an article on the Surprising Science of Gestures that is recommended by Ms. Hunter.
 
The Articulate Attorney hosts a public speaking tips library that includes downloads, article links, blog posts, and videos.  We hope you continue your development and learning by checking it out: http://www.johnson-hunter.com/public-speaking-tips-library/
 
 
 
 
2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC), the largest public interest legal job fair in the Midwest, enables employers from public interest and government organizations and  J.D. students to gather for a day of interviews and informal networking.  MPILCC is open to students from law schools in Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Each year, the MPILCC Conference attracts nearly 50 employers  for on-site interviews, Table Talk (an informal networking session), or  resume solicitation. From over fifteen hundred student registrants,  about 275 students representing almost 40 law schools attend the  conference. The conference is free to employers and students.

Timeline

January 4, 2016
Symplicity logins sent. Student bidding begins.

January 13, 2016
Student bidding closes

January 27, 2016
Schedule release
Interview confirmation & cancellation begins
Students must log in and confirm interviews by the deadline or interviews will be cancelled

January 29, 2016
Interview confirmation & cancellation ends

February 2, 2016
Open sign-ups begin

February 3, 2016
Open sign-ups end

February 6, 2016
MPILCC

How to Register

If  you are a student participating school, you will receive an  MPILCC Symplicity username and password on January 4.

You are responsible for setting up your  Symplicity account and submitting your bids. If you do not receive a  username and password, please contact the Office of Career Services.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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Professor Elizabeth Kregor, Director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, will discuss the ins and outs of legislative and policy advocacy, drawing on the IJ Clinic’s experience in lobbying local and state governments for legislative change to enhance the economic liberties of low and moderate-income entrepreneurs.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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The compliance profession is hot.  Banks, brokerage firms, investments advisers, and private hedge funds are increasingly seeking people with top legal backgrounds and business savvy to lead these firms’ programs.  Over the last 20 years, the financial services industry has been going through a regulatory sea change, with greater expectations and potential liabilities for companies.  This has driven the elevation of compliance leaders into the “C–Suite” as peers of the general counsel, chief financial officer, and other leaders reporting directly to CEOs.  Hear Chuck Senatore, ’80, who led global compliance programs at Merrill Lynch and Fidelity Investments, describe these opportunities and the path to realizing them.  Mr. Senatore will be teaching Compliance and Regulatory Strategy at the Law School in the Spring Quarter. 

Lunch from Maggiano's will be served. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday, UCSC will be collaborating with UChicago Lab Schools, UChicago Charter Schools, and the nonprofit City Year Chicago to plan an MLK Weekend of Service for students, faculty, and staff.

On Saturday, January 16, volunteers will contribute service projects at more than 30 service sites on the south and west sides of Chicago. On Monday, January 18, hundreds of volunteers from across the city will come together to beautify Thomas Kelly High School and Brighton Park Elementary School with murals, paintings, and light construction projects. Click here to register as a volunteer for either or both MLK service events.

Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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Professor Malani will discuss the disparities in access to health care among different racial communities and the role Civil Rights laws play in addressing the disparity.

This program is organized by SALSA and BLSA.  Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday, UCSC will be collaborating with UChicago Lab Schools, UChicago Charter Schools, and the nonprofit City Year Chicago to plan an MLK Weekend of Service for students, faculty, and staff.

On Saturday, January 16, volunteers will participate in service projects at more than 30 service sites on the south and west sides of Chicago. On Monday, January 18, hundreds of volunteers from across the city will come together to beautify Thomas Kelly High School and Brighton Park Elementary School with murals, paintings, and light construction projects. Click here to register as a volunteer for either or both MLK service events.

Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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Join the Office of the Dean of Students for the Law School Wellness Fair. Participants include Student Health and Counseling Services, Office of Spiritual Life, University of Chicago Police Department,  Office of Sustainability, UChicago Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Family Resource Center, Hyde Park Claret Center, Maroon Financial, and Lawyers' Assistance Program.  Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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Join the Office of the Dean of Students for an audio tour of The Oriental Institute as part of January's Wellness Wednesday Activity.  Look for Candace Bergeron at the VCA desk and we will all walk over together.  Please see the link below for additional information on the museum.  http://oi.uchicago.edu/museum-exhibits

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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This panel will include attorneys and professionals working on LGBT immigration work, HIV/AIDS prevention, and the difficulty of LGBT outreach in minority communities. Come learn about the challenges facing ethnically and racially diverse LGBT groups and what Chicago groups are doing to address these important issues.

This program is organized by OutLaw, APALSA, LLSA, and SALSA.  Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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Nina Perales, the Vice President of Litigation at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), will speak about her work on voting rights. She has litigated a number of cases involving the voting rights of Latinos and has challenged state redistricting efforts. Ms. Perales has argued in front of the Supreme Court as well as opposite Professor Adam Mortara.

This program is organized by LLSA, ACLU, ACS, Fed Soc, and LWC.  Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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Professor Strauss will speak on current issues in affirmative action. He will touch on issues relating to all groups, for example discussing suits that Asians students have brought challenging affirmative action. The upcoming Fisher II decision that will be decided by the Court this term will also be discussed and debated.

This program is organized by LLSA, APALSA, BLSA, LWC, OutLaw, and SALSA.  Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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The comedy show draws from the experiences of diverse communities in America and the simple and at times complex struggles they face in their day to day lives in the 21st Century. Goldstar Chicago describes the show as "addressing such tenuous topics as racial tension, police accountability and human trafficking with biting humor. The show also hilariously explores modern humanity's co-dependent relationship with technology, the paranoid perils of online dating and battling the loud voices of judgment we hear in our heads and from the world around us.

This program is organized by BLSA.  Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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A representative from L'Arche Chicago, a community that supports individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, will speak about the legal atmosphere of living with a disability and will talk about managing the L'Arche communities.

This program is organized by Law Students for Life, Christian Legal Society, and Disability Law Society.  Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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Who are these children?  How and why are they are coming to the United States? What can we do? This program will discuss the major influx of unaccompanied immigrant children that have come, alone and helpless, to the United States. The panel will touch on how students can help and will detail how to be sensitive to cultural differences and their past experiences.

This program is organized by Child Advocacy Society, Human Rights Law Society, Immigration Law Society, and LLSA.  Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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It is not widely known that reproductive rights and disabled rights significantly intersect. The rights violations of disabled women often manifest as reproductive restrictions. This talk will provide visibility to this largely ignored problem.

This program is organized by Disability Law Society and LSRJ.  Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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Claudia Valenzuela, Director of Detention Services at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), will speak about the intersection point of the criminal justice system with the immigration system, and the impact that one has on the other. She will analyze some of the systemic issues underlying removal proceedings for non-citizens, particularly those indigent clients who have a criminal conviction on their record. Finally, she will highlight possible solutions to those issues, including those the NIJC has already implemented, such as the Defenders' Initiative.

This program is organized by Defenders and LLSA.  Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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Professors Tim McGettigan and Earl Smith with discuss their new book, A Formula for Eradicating Racism which spells out a practical plan to end racism. Throughout the book the authors demonstrate that racism is a type of undemocratic social architecture that people can construct and dismantle by choice.

This program is organized by BLSA.  Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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Cook County Public Defender Jonathan Bedi will about why students should pursue a career in public defense, including the high level of need in low-income communities and communities of color. He will delve into the benefits and rewards of this nontraditional career path.

This program is organized by Defenders.  Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:08pm
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This year’s theme for UChicago’s MLK celebration is “History, Hope, and Responsibility”.  In connection with the celebration, the MLK Dialogue Series will reflect these themes.  The dialogues are a great venue for students, faculty, and staff to interact with the ideas and practice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This program is organized by All Student Organizations.  Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:09pm
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This presentation will offer a unique view of legal malpractice claims from "the trenches." Two Chicago attorneys who concentrate their practices defending lawyers in malpractice cases and disciplinary proceedings will discuss the types of negligence and other misconduct that most often lead to legal malpractice claims and offer risk management advice on how to prevent them.  Topics will include client screening, social media, conflicts of interest, cyber risks, and fee collection. CLE credits will be offered for attending attorneys.  Lunch from M Burger will be served. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

Matthew Henderson is a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP,  who concentrates his practice in the representation of attorneys in legal malpractice cases and disciplinary proceedings. He regularly speaks and writes on attorney malpractice, legal ethics, attorney discipline, and risk management. Mr. Henderson is the chapter author of "Breach of Fiduciary Duty" in Attorneys' Legal Liability, which is published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. 

Mr. Henderson serves on the Chicago Bar Association Committee on Attorney Malpractice and also on the Professional Responsibility Committee. He is a member of the Leading Lawyers Network, where he was selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation and Professional Malpractice Defense Law, and he holds the AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability.

David Sorensen is a senior litigation attorney in CNA's Chicago staff counsel office, the Law Offices of Edward J. Kozel. From the staff counsel office he directly represents and defends CNA insured in litigated matters and disciplinary proceedings, and counsels them in non-litigation risk management situations. He has been a frequent, invited speaker both locally and nationally before the ABA, other legal organizations, and law firms on issues of legal malpractice and risk management for lawyers.

Prior to joining CNA in October, 2012 Mr. Sorensen was a partner at a nationwide law firm where he focused his practice on the defense of legal and medical professionals in malpractice and licensing matters, including successful defense to verdict in many of those cases. Mr. Sorensen has in the past been selected as both a Leading Lawyer and an Illinois Super Lawyer in the areas of Medical Malpractice Defense and Professional Malpractice Defense (including Legal/Technical/Financial).

2 Feb 2017 - 3:09pm
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All lawyers should understand how to navigate a courthouse and have the opportunity to observe court proceedings prior to becoming practicing lawyers.  The Office of the Dean of Students is coordinating a visit to the Daley Center and the Dirksen Federal Building on the morning of February 12, 2016 for students to tour the buildings, observe court proceedings, and mingle with both state and federal judges.

Given the size of the courtrooms, space is limited. Please RSVP by February 8, 2016 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/2016WinterCourtVisitRSVP.

Additional information will follow on February 9, 2016 for those who register to attend. 

The Office of the Dean of Students will offer this event again during the Spring Quarter.

Please contact Courtney Wylie, Associate Director of Student Affairs & Programs, with any questions at cowylie@uchicago.edu.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:09pm
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This lunch talk aims to expose the audience to the critical issues affecting adolescents and youth in the criminal justice system in the United States, especially with regard to fair hearings and sentencing. The statistics show that youth from minority demographics are disproportionately affected by the workings of the criminal justice system and have very little by means of resources or counsel to navigate the system. Most importantly, our speakers will share their practical experiences of familial and developmental backgrounds of these children and explain the vicious home-to-prison cycle that they appear to be trapped in.

This program is organized by BLSA and Child Law Society.  Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:09pm
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This panel will feature lawyers from multiple firms that are involved in their firm's diversity programs. It will provide interested 1Ls with the opportunity to learn about diversity programs at different law firms. Furthermore, this panel will provide insight into what firms are looking for in their 1L summer associates, the application process, and if diversity plays a role in choosing summer associates.

This program is organized by APALSA, BLSA, LLSA, LWC, OutLaw, and SALSA.  Diversity Month is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:09pm
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Clinical Skills Series:  Legislative and Policy Advocacy. 

Professor Beth Kregor, Director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, will discuss the ins and outs of legislative and policy advocacy, drawing on the IJ Clinic’s experience in lobbying local and state governments for legislative change to enhance the economic liberties of low and moderate-income entrepreneurs.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:09pm
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The key to managing and building your career is learning how to effectively network with people. This includes finding mentors and creating a lasting relationship.  Connecting with your mentor and keeping in contact is an important step in moving forward.  Make sure to keep in contact with your mentor at least once a semester.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:09pm
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The key to managing and building your career is learning how to effectively network with people. This includes finding mentors and creating a lasting relationship.  Connecting with your mentor and keeping in contact is an important step in moving forward.  Make sure to keep in contact with your mentor at least once a semester.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:09pm
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Join the Pro Bono Student Board in volunteering at the Chicago Bar Association Wills
for Heroes
 Event!*

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 hklazar@uchicago.edu 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! 

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Networking is one of the most important skills you can utilize in your legal job search. Find out what networking with legal professionals really looks like, what kinds of networking opportunities you can expect during your 1L year and beyond, and how to build relationships to expand your network. 

The Office of Career Services expects all Class of 2018 students to attend this program. 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:09pm
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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.

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No matter which summer option you plan to pursue, make sure you’re prepared for the interview. Even if you are experienced at interviewing, legal interviews can be challenging. What are lawyers looking for in summer candidates? What questions are they likely to ask? Learn about legal interviewing from the employer’s point of view. The Office of Career Services expects all Class of 2018 students to attend this program.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:09pm
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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. 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:09pm
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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.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:09pm
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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.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:09pm
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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.

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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.

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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.

 
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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.

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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.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:10pm
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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.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:10pm
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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.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:10pm
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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.

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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.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:10pm
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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 http://www.law.uchicago.edu/2015MockCocktailReceptionRSVP.

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

2 Feb 2017 - 3:10pm
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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. 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:10pm
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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.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:10pm
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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 cowylie@uchicago.edu.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:10pm
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All new attorneys will face varying degrees of issues that will involve both their professional judgment and some understanding of the ethical rules involved in their first few years of practice.  In order to better prepare University of Chicago Law Students to meet and face those issues, Ruta Stropus, Director of Attorney Recruitment and Professional Development for the Illinois Office of the Attorney General, will discuss the fundamentals of professional conduct and the top 10 ethical hurdles that can arise for starting attorneys in their first years of practice.

Lunch from Lilly's Q will be provided.

For more information, please contact Courtney Wylie, Associate Director of Student Affairs & Programs at cowylie@uchicago.edu.   

2 Feb 2017 - 3:10pm
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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 cowylie@uchicago.edu.

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Mingle, network, and learn from leaders in the Public Interest arena about nonprofit and government agency volunteer, intern, and employment opportunities.
Among others meet representatives and attorneys from: 

 

City of Chicago, Department of Law

Equip for Equality

Illinois Dept. of Financial & Professional Regulation

Illinois Dept. of Revenue

Illinois Human Rights Commission

Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)

Schweitzer Fellowship (Health & Medicine Policy Research Group)

To make it easier for you to attend the Reception, OCS has arranged for buses to transport students to and from this event. The bus will depart from the law school at approximately 4:45pm to bring you to Loyola and then will depart Loyola at 7:15pm to bring students back to Hyde Park. You are free to commute to the event on your own. However, if you would like to attend and reserve a seat on the bus, please email Zac Togami with your name and class year. RSVPs must be received by November 8th.

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Come and join Nike Master Fitness Trainer Betina Gozo for a 40 minute body weight class. Come in your workout gear prepared to work hard and sweat.  Each participant will receive a Wellness t-shirt. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:10pm
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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.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:10pm
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How does today’s challenging legal market affect what employers really look for in a student resume and cover letter? Join us for candid  advice and practical tips on crafting an effective resume and persuasive  cover letter.

*Please bring a copy of your resume with you to this workshop.

The Office of Career Services expects all Class of 2018 students to attend this program. 

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In this interactive session, Clinical Professor Jeff Leslie will lead a demonstration of the essential transactional lawyering task of 'structuring' a deal -- using as a baseline a real transaction drawn from the Housing Initiative Clinic's client work.

Part of the Clinical Skills Series, this event qualifies for Keystone Points.

Lunch will be provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:10pm
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Join us for a conversation with Doug Hallward-Driemeier & Professor Daniel Hemel

Doug Hallward-Driemeier leads Ropes & Gray’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice. He has presented more than 40 appellate arguments, including before the U.S. Supreme Court and every federal circuit court of appeals. In the 2014-2015 Supreme Court Term, he argued two cases, including the landmark Obergefell case. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students and sponsored by OutLaw

 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:10pm
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Join Tom Levinson, ’05, for a presentation on how to become financially fit as a student and young professional. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Wellness Wednesday programming. Lunch from Pockets will be provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:10pm
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Hear Professor Adam Benforado speak about his new book Unfair: The New Science of Criminal
Injustice
. Benforado takes apart the rules and assumptions of criminal law with scientific research, showing that psychology and neurology often make us do exactly what the legal "reasonable man" would not.

Professor Benforado is currently an Associate Professor of Law at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. His research is focused on uncovering how our legal system may reflect unappreciated aspects of our cognitive frameworks and processes, and, as a consequence, how the law may fail to align with our purported values and fall short of meeting society’s needs.

Professor Benforado received his JD from Harvard Law School and was a Frank Knox Fellow and Visiting Scholar with the Cambridge University Faculty of Law. He clerked for Judge Judith Rogers on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Professor Benforado also worked at Jenner & Block, LLP in Washington, D.C., where he handled trial and appellate litigation matters.

Professor Benforado's op-eds, essays and letters have appeared in a variety of publications including the Washington PostPhiladelphia InquirerNew York TimesProvidence JournalBaltimore SunHouston ChronicleSeattle Post-IntelligencerLegal Times and Boston
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2 Feb 2017 - 3:12pm
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Law Women’s Caucus, Doctoroff, the American Constitutional Society and the Federalist Society present “Lean In: from the book to your career” with Tiffany Willis-Johnson, Robin Ross, and Lorie Chaiten. Lean In is both a book and organization that is dedicated to helping women succeed in their career. This panel will involve a presentation on both from a regional leader of the organization. Afterwards, two experienced professional women will speak about their experience as females in leadership positions and their instances of “leaning in.”

2 Feb 2017 - 3:12pm
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The DVP Pro Bono Project works in conjunction with Metropolitan Family Services/Legal Aid Society to represent survivors of violence in Order of Protection hearings.  Volunteers write pleadings and
represent clients under the supervision of an attorney.  You will earn pro bono hours, get great litigation experience, and help victims of domestic violence gain access to the judicial system.

Melanie MacBride from Metropolitan Family Services will give an overview of the Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project, and past volunteers will speak about their experiences in the program.  While the session is geared toward 2Ls and 3Ls eligible (or almost eligible) for a 7/11 license, 1Ls are welcome to attend!

2 Feb 2017 - 3:12pm
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Join us for an interactive dinner with local attorneys to learn the ins and outs of dining as a lawyer.  Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, National Director of Professional Development/Diversity & Inclusion at Foley & Lardner, will walk students and attorneys through the proper etiquette for business dinners and the ways to avoid hazardous mistakes and common pitfalls. Rebecca Horwitz, ’13, is a third year associate at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP and a former wine sommelier.  She will also provide insights into wine pairings and choices.  

The program will provide students with the information and the confidence to handle client, partner, and business dinners with poise while also providing an intimate opportunity to meet and dine with attorneys from the Chicago area.

Because space at this event is limited to 50 students, a $10.00 deposit will be required to confirm a student's spot.  This deposit will be returned to the student on the night of the dinner when they check-in.  Additionally, priority will be given first to students who have completed their rsvp by submitting the deposit according to their year in school. For 2Ls and 3Ls, priority will be given to students who have completed the Keystone Program in the past.  For 1Ls and LLMs, priority will be given to students who have logged points for any Keystone programs this year.

The deadline to rsvp and to submit your deposit is October 28, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.  Please rsvp at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/2015EtiquetteDinnerRSVP.

Dinner and beverages will be provided. Additionally, transportation both to and from the Law School will be provided.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Courtney Wylie, Associate Director of Student Affairs & Programs, at cowylie@uchicago.edu.

 

 

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The Honorable Judge Margaret Mann 

"Getting a life in the law – some reflections on trying to have it all"

Judge Margaret Mann is a bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of California, appointed in 2010. She attended University of Illinois, graduating with a degree in finance with distinction in 1978 and the Tilburg School of Economics in the Netherlands. She also attended the University of Southern California Law School, graduating in 1981 after serving an externship with the enforcement division of the Securities Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.

Before being appointed to the bench in 2010, Judge Mann was a partner for 22 years in several national firms, serving in leadership roles such as member of the Executive Committee, practice group leader and National Hiring Chair.

*Lunch from Sit Down Café provided!*

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2015 CONFERENCE AND CAREER FAIR

At the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, there are opportunities for both pre-scheduled interviews and networking with employers through table talk. You can also have your résumé reviewed by trained professionals, take part in inspiring conference workshop sessions focused on issues you care about, and network with like-minded students, graduates, law school professionals, and practitioners.

Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

For more information, please visit: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/conference-and-careerfair/students.

 

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All lawyers should understand how to navigate a courthouse and have the opportunity to observe court proceedings prior to becoming practicing lawyers.  The Office of the Dean of Students is coordinating a visit to the Daley Center and the Dirksen Federal Building on the morning of October 23, 2015 for students to tour the buildings, observe court proceedings, and mingle with both state and federal judges.

Given the size of the courtrooms, space is limited. Please RSVP by October 16, 2015 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/2015FallCourtVisit/.

Additional information will follow on October 17, 2015 for those who register to attend. 

The Office of the Dean of Students will offer this event again during the Spring Quarter.

Please contact Courtney Wylie, Associate Director of Student Affairs & Programs, with any questions at cowylie@uchicago.edu.

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Honigman is proud to continue the long-standing Movies on Trial CLE program originated by Schopf & Weiss. Please join us for a special “Pro Bono Week” presentation co-sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Foundation and IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law. Cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres will be served immediately following the film and panel discussion.
       

Friday, October 23, 2015
Complimentary film and panel discussion: 1:00-5:00 pm
Cocktail reception: 5:00-7:00 pm (in auditorium atrium)

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium
565 West Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois 60661

Moderator

Steven A. Weiss
Honigman

Panel Members

Honorable Virginia M. Kendall
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
       

Stephen R. Patton
Corporation Counsel – City of Chicago
     

Harold J. Krent
Dean, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

CLE Credit Hours

1 Hour CLE ethics credit provided (pending approval)

 

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Lawyers have a reputation for being bad writers. You have a chance to change that perception.  Join Schiff Hardin’s legal writing coach Julie Schrager ’89, to learn how to write clearly, precisely, and concisely -- like the best lawyers.

Lunch will be provided.

Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students and sponsored by Schiff Hardin as part of their Schiff Hardin Writing Workshop Series.

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Looking to secure a legal aid, public interest law or government position during or after law school? This program is for law students who are interested in learning more about placements as volunteers, interns, externs, fellows or staff in the public interest law sector.

10:00 a.m. – Registration opens

10:30 a.m. – Opening Plenary

Hear about the landscape of public interest law in Chicago, from the perspective of two people with careers that demonstrate a significant commitment to serving the public interest.

11:10 a.m. –  Concurrent sessions (Attendees pick one)

The Basics: What you Need to Know to Get Started

Deepen your understanding of what’s involved in pursuing a career in public interest law. A panel will review important deadlines for major public interest law opportunities, and will discuss the basics of applying for internships, externships and fellowships.

Next Steps: Prepping for Post-Graduate Opportunities

Hear from a variety of public interest law organizations about standing out as an intern, extern and fellow and what you can be doing now to strengthen your post-graduate applications. You will hear suggestions for cover letters, resumes and interviewing, and strategies for making the most of the experience once you secure one of these positions.

12:30 p.m. – Lunch & Networking

Meet and ask questions of panelists over lunchtime break out discussion.

1:30 p.m. – Concurrent sessions (Attendees pick one)

Alternative Public Interest Careers

Learn about a variety of alternative career paths such as policy work, nonprofit management, clerkships, etc.

Government Job Search

Get advice from hiring representatives from city, state and federal government offices, and review specific techniques for building a resume and applying for government jobs.

Lunch will be provided, and business casual attire is recommended.

All law students are invited to attend this complimentary program, but advance registration is required by noon on Friday, October 16th. Register at http://pili.org/events/event/explore-the-possibilities.

Contact Rachael Kaelin by email or at 312-832-5127 with any problems with the registration form or questions about the event.

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Come and climb the 271 steps to the top of the tower. The Carillon recital will begin at 5:00pm.  The views from the
top are spectacular and the experience of seeing and hearing the bells played from high in the tower is unforgettable. Please bring your UChicago ID.

Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Wellness Wednesday
programming.
 

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Neighbors,the Law School's primary community service organization, is providing two weekly volunteering opportunities this year.  Neighbors will be providing tutoring and guidance at:

(1)    Kenwood High School         
What: Kenwood students and high school students from all over Chicago need help with homework, college applications, and scholarship applications. Please participate in weekly tutoring so that these students can be successful in their respective pursuits. 

         
Where: 5015 South Blackstone Avenue, Chicago IL, 60615. Kenwood is only a few blocks from Regents, and is easily accessible fromthe 172 bus.

       
When: Mondays, 5:00-6:00 PM. Volunteers can choose to meet at the law school at 4:30 PM (we will meet by the double doors in front of the law school, near the auditorium, and take the 172
bus over there) or can head straight to the high school on their own if that is more convenient.

       
Contact: Nate Enfield, nenfield@uchicago.edu 

(2)    Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC)         
What:  HPNC is a community center dedicated to providing after-school programming for students ages 0-18. Neighbors is looking for volunteers from the law school to provide tutoring. Once a month, we will also be teaching “Lawyers in the Classroom,” an interactive program that helps students to better understand the legal system and law-related careers. 

        
Where: 5480 South Kenwood Ave, Chicago IL 60615 (on the corner of 55th and Kenwood, near Starbucks). HPNC is easily accessible on the 171 and 172 bus routes from the Law School.

         
When: Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00 PM.  Volunteers can choose to meet at the law school at 4:00 PM (we will meet by the front desk of the law school and walk or take the 171 bus over there) or can
head straight to HPNC on their own if that is more convenient.

 
Contact: Pat Maxwell, pmaxwell@uchicago.edu 

Students who participate in 5 total volunteering sessions (at either location) are eligible to earn 50 Keystone Points.  This activity can be logged up to 2 times (if a student attends 10 volunteering sessions, they are eligible to earn 100 points). 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:12pm
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Neighbors,the Law School's primary community service organization, is providing two weekly volunteering opportunities this year.  Neighbors will be providing tutoring and guidance at:

(1)    Kenwood High School         
What: Kenwood students and high school students from all over Chicago need help with homework, college applications, and scholarship applications. Please participate in weekly tutoring so that these students can be successful in their respective pursuits. 

         
Where: 5015 South Blackstone Avenue, Chicago IL, 60615. Kenwood is only a few blocks from Regents, and is easily accessible fromthe 172 bus.

       
When: Mondays, 5:00-6:00 PM. Volunteers can choose to meet at the law school at 4:30 PM (we will meet by the double doors in front of the law school, near the auditorium, and take the 172
bus over there) or can head straight to the high school on their own if that is more convenient.

       
Contact: Nate Enfield, nenfield@uchicago.edu 

(2)    Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC)         
What:  HPNC is a community center dedicated to providing after-school programming for students ages 0-18. Neighbors is looking for volunteers from the law school to provide tutoring. Once a month, we will also be teaching “Lawyers in the Classroom,” an interactive program that helps students to better understand the legal system and law-related careers. 

        
Where: 5480 South Kenwood Ave, Chicago IL 60615 (on the corner of 55th and Kenwood, near Starbucks). HPNC is easily accessible on the 171 and 172 bus routes from the Law School.

         
When: Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00 PM.  Volunteers can choose to meet at the law school at 4:00 PM (we will meet by the front desk of the law school and walk or take the 171 bus over there) or can
head straight to HPNC on their own if that is more convenient.

 
Contact: Pat Maxwell, pmaxwell@uchicago.edu 

Students who participate in 5 total volunteering sessions (at either location) are eligible to earn 50 Keystone Points.  This activity can be logged up to 2 times (if a student attends 10 volunteering sessions, they are eligible to earn 100 points). 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:12pm
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Join Steve Sanders, Associate Professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and former Lecturer in Law at the Law School, for a discussion on effective oral advocacy on the first day of the Supreme Court's 2015-2016 term. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:12pm
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Several faculty members who served as judicial clerks will discuss their experiences, as well as how to succeed in a clerkship, how to prepare for this job, and other tips for making the most out of the clerkship experience. There will be time for student Q&A.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:12pm
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Law and Technology Society, Doctoroff Program, and Law Inc. Presents

"Careers in Law & Technology”

A Panel Discussion with Attorneys from Adobe, VMware, and Mayer Brown

 

Benson Dastrup graduated from the Law School in 2003 and immediately joined Wolfram
Research, a privately held computational software company in Champaign, IL. In 2007 Benson moved to Omniture, a data analytics company that focused on digital marketing. Omniture was one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing private companies. Adobe acquired Omniture for $1.8 billion in 2009. Ben is now Senior Counsel for Adobe and works remotely from Hyde Park, where he’s been since 2011.

Julian Dibbell graduated from the Law School in 2014 where he was a staff member of the Law Review and co-founder of the Law and Technology Society. He is currently an associate at Mayer Brown LLP – Chicago, and a member of the firm’s prestigious Business & Technology Sourcing group. Before joining Mayer Brown in 2014, Julian was a renowned journalist and author covering technology related matters.  

Lunch from Snail Thai will be provided.

 

Danny
Nydegger graduated from the Law School in 2006 and was an associate at Goldberg
Kohn - Chicago. He joined VMware in 2011 as a member of the Commercial Legal
team, drafting and negotiating a wide variety of licensing agreements. He
recently moved over to the Legal Infrastructure team, where he is leading the
effort to streamline the legal processes at VMware.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:12pm
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Join your Academic Counselors for a panel discussion on the tips and tricks to surviving and thriving in law school. They will give advice and share success stories, studying tips, talk about managing workload, managing stress, and when/who to ask for help. A healthy lunch will be provided from Pockets. 

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:12pm
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This program earned rave reviews when we offered it in  the past. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students and the  D'Angelo Law Library, this Microsoft Office Training is meant to address  what students will see in practice – new attorneys are expected to be  able to do anything computer-related because they are generally the  youngest person on the team, yet they are at the bottom of the pecking order in terms of getting secretarial support. As we understand that is nearly impossible to teach yourself how to work in PowerPoint at 3am in the morning when a partner wants certain slides edited and the support staff have long ago gone home for the night, we are offering students a chance to get a crash course in these basic skills now. This  program will give students all of the basic Microsoft Office skills they will need during the school year, in summer employment, and as an attorney.

There is no charge for the program; students can attend the morning session, the afternoon session, or both.

Lunch will be provided but you must bring your own  laptop. The program will be applicable for both Mac and PC  users. 

It will be held Sunday, October 4th, with Word training  from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Excel & PowerPoint from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer period. 30 Keystone Points are possible for each session for a total of 60 Keystone Points in the Practical Skills Category if students participate in the whole day.

Students must register in advance for this  program at: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/2015microsoftofficetrainingRSVP.

Please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30th.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students & the D'Angelo Law Library.

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This program earned rave reviews when we offered it in  the past. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students and the  D'Angelo Law Library, this Microsoft Office Training is meant to address  what students will see in practice – new attorneys are expected to be  able to do anything computer-related because they are generally the  youngest person on the team, yet they are at the bottom of the pecking order in terms of getting secretarial support. As we understand that is nearly impossible to teach yourself how to work in PowerPoint at 3am in the morning when a partner wants certain slides edited and the support staff have long ago gone home for the night, we are offering students a chance to get a crash course in these basic skills now. This  program will give students all of the basic Microsoft Office skills they will need during the school year, in summer employment, and as an attorney.

There is no charge for the program; students can attend the morning session, the afternoon session, or both.

Lunch will be provided but you must bring your own  laptop. The program will be applicable for both Mac and PC  users. 

It will be held Sunday, October 4th, with Word training  from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Excel & PowerPoint from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer period. 30 Keystone Points are possible for each session for a total of 60 Keystone Points in the Practical Skills Category if students participate in the whole day.

Students must register in advance for this  program at: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/2015microsoftofficetrainingRSVP.

Please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30th.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students & the D'Angelo Law Library.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:12pm
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Come learn from 2Ls what a variety of summer internships were like.

Our panel members will give you insight into the job application process, what they
wish they had known when they were choosing among summer job opportunities, and
their favorite and least favorite parts of their jobs.

A glimpse at the types of jobs our panelists held this past summer include: an intern for one of the law school’s own clinics, a judicial extern for a federal judge, an intern at the United States Attorney’s Office, a litigation associate at a law firm, a transactional associate at a law firm, and an intern at the Legal Assistance Foundation.

Any and all questions welcome! Lunch from Snail Thai will be provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:12pm
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Join your Academic Counselors for a panel discussion on the tips and tricks to surviving and thriving in law school. They will give advice and share success stories, studying tips, talk about managing workload, managing stress, and when/who to ask for help. A healthy lunch will be provided.  Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students. 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:13pm
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This panel will feature a sampling of faculty members involved in work in the public sector, including public interest work and pro bono work.  The panel will include Professor Emily Buss, Mark and Barbara Fried Professor of Law; Professor Lee Fennell, Max Pam Professor of Law and Ronald H. Coase Research Scholar; and Professor David Strauss, Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:13pm
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The Law School's Mental Health Advocacy Project is beginning a new advocacy effort this Fall.  Students will represent six combat veterans who have been convicted of one or more homicides while deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan.  All of these men were, at the time of their crimes sufferingg from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injuries.  Project students will reserach and draft petitions for clemency to President Obama and his Pardon Attorney Deborah Leff '77.  

Speaking at this event will be US Army Sergeant Michael Williams and Kari Primeau, the wife of US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales. Both will speak candidly and openly--as soldier and spouse--about what it is like to be convicted of murdering foreign nationals during the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Sgt. Williams was convicted in 2005 of murdering two Iraqi enemy combatants.  He was paroled from Fort Leavenworth in 2014.  Sgt. Bales served four combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In 2013, he was convicted of 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder against Afghani citizens.  He was sentenced to life without parole and is confined at Fort Leavenworth.

Everyone in the Law School community is welcome to attend.

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Neighbors, the Law School's primary community service organization, is hosting a Fall Day of
Service again this year. We would love for you to come share the day with colleagues and classmates and volunteer your time with an organization in our community. Service opportunities will span from maintaining local gardens to completing projects at local churches and elementary schools.

This year's Neighbors Fall Day of Service will be on Saturday, October 10 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. A
light breakfast will be provided before the service activities begin at 10:00. Volunteers will head back to the law school at 12:30. Lunch will be provided.

For questions, please contact Amanda Ng at amandayng@uchicago.edu.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:13pm
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The Federalist Society asks that students and faculty join them for a conversation with the Honorable Michael W. McConnell about public service and academia, and his path from law school to academia and the judiciary. Dean Stone and Professor William Baude will also share remarks about McConnell, an alumnus of the law school, and his distinguished career as a judge on the U.S. Tenth Circuit and professor at Stanford.

A reception will follow.

For more information, please contact Elliot Gaiser at elliotgaiser@uchicago.edu.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:13pm
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The Law School's Alumni Leaders return to impart their knowledge and wisdom to the incoming Class of 2018.  The students are matched with Alumni based on their career interests and have the opportunity to dine with them in small groups during orientation.  Before dessert, the Alumni will switch tables, giving students an opportunity to hear about different career paths. 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:13pm
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Following up on the Kapnick Leadership Development Initiative Retreat, this optional module goes deep on the Hogan Personality Inventory sociability scale to discuss and examine the difference between extroverts and introverts and determine strategies for working together.  

This event is open to all students and welcomes participation from 2Ls & 3Ls!

Lunch will be served.

This program qualifies for 10 Keystone points in the Emotional Intelligence & Diversity category.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:13pm
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Following up on the Kapnick Leadership Development Initiative Retreat, this optional module goes deep on the Hogan Personality Inventory sociability scale to discuss and examine the difference between extroverts and introverts, and determine the best strategies for growing and working together.  Keystone points will be awarded for this program and lunch will be provided

2 Feb 2017 - 3:13pm
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Developing and maintaining relationships with mentors (whether formal or informal) is an important part of every successful attorney's career. Drawing on her own experiences, Dean Gardner will present a program that is designed to provide law students with information on how to get the most out of relationships with mentors.

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The Planned Parenthood Action Fund has organized a national day of action they're calling "Pink Out Day," organized to show support for (1) Planned Parenthood after months of legislative attacks and for (2) reproductive rights in general.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice, with the support of Domestic Violence Program, APALSA, Disability Law Society, Labor and Employment Society, and ACLU are asking students who are interested in participating to:

1. Wear pink!

2. Pink out your profile pictures.

3. Use the #StandWithPP, #‎PinkOut, and #pinkoutuchilaw hashtags on social media today. Change your status! Tweet something! Take some selfies around the school! 

4. RSVP to our event on Facebook.

5. Share the Facebook event with your friends at the law school.

6. Join us for a group photo by the reflecting pool tomorrow at 3:15 p.m.

7. Join us for a group discussion about whether events like today impact the legal issues surrounding this event and how lawyers can get involved in Room I at 3:20 p.m.

Please also contact Kaitlin (kaitlindbeck@uchicago.edu) if your organization is interested being added as a co-sponsor to this event.

Thank you in advance to those of you who choose to make your support for reproductive health care visible! Can't wait to #pinkoutuchilaw tomorrow!

The LSRJ Board

2 Feb 2017 - 3:13pm
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The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Latino/a Law Students Association, Law Women's Caucus, OutLaw, and the South Asian Law Students Association with Sidley Austin, LLP present a panel to discuss succeeding as a diverse law student and lawyer followed by a networking reception to Welcome the Class of 2018

September 21, 2015
5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Sidley Austin LLP
One South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60603

Craig Griffith, ’90, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Matthew Martinez, ‘08, Associate, Sidley Austin LLP
Alison Potter, Discover Financial, Director and Senior Counsel
Judge Mary M. Rowland, ’88, Magistrate Judge
Claire Stewart, Judicial Clerk

Moderated by Sally Olson, Chief Diversity Officer, Sidley Austin LLP

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George Walker is a member of the White House Commission on Historically Black Colleges & Universities, and the Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers.  He will visit the Law School and will be speaking on the topic "What we bring to the conversation: examining cultural dexterity through our own lenses."

2 Feb 2017 - 3:13pm
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Welcome Class of 2018!

At Chicago, we believe that members of the legal community have a professional obligation to provide quality legal services to the under-represented.  The Pro Bono Service Initiative puts these beliefs into action by supporting Chicago’s law students to complete at least 50 pro bono hours before they graduate. Participants in the Pro Bono Service Initiative contribute to their legal education by gaining exposure to important legal issues, invaluable experiences, and a hands on opportunity to influence how law affects real people.

We would like to encourage all students to participate in pro bono service during law school.  Legal organizations that offer pro bono opportunities often require volunteers to receive training prior to participating in projects.  As part of Fall Orientation, we are offering you the opportunity to receive training on a variety of different topics and legal issues so you can put your service in action. These trainings will take place at the Law School.

The training opportunities available are as follows:

Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL) http://www.cdelaw.org/

CDEL provides legal services to low income residents of Cook County, Illinois who are either elderly or who have permanent disabilities. 

You will be trained in the Senior Center Initiative (SCI).  The rationale for the SCI is that seniors with capacity should prepare durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care and Property as a means of avoiding potential abuse and financial exploitation, as well as the possible requirement of a guardianship proceeding, should they later become incapacitated.

Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO)  http://www.illinoislegalaidonline.org/

ILAO increases access to justice for lower-income and vulnerable Illinois residents through the innovative use of technology to assist and educate the public and to train and support legal aid providers and pro bono attorneys.

You will be trained to provide direct person-to-person online help so that people in need of legal assistance can obtain the information they need to achieve more positive outcomes to their legal problems.

Instituto Del Progreso Latino (IDPL) http://www.idpl.org/

IDPL provides free legal services to the Latino community and supports Latino immigrants and their families through education, training, and employment.

You will be trained to conduct legal screening at one of IDPL’s citizenship workshops.  IDPL holds 1-2 workshops per month at various locations throughout the city, primarily on the south side, and typically processes anywhere between 75-100 citizenship applications at each workshop.  Spanish is not required.

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law  http://www.povertylaw.org/ 

Sargent Shriver provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty.
 
You will be trained to work with individuals trying to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct.  The project focuses on litigating, organizing, educating, and crafting legislation to ensure that individuals with criminal records are not unjustly denied employment or occupational licenses.

The work will include communicating with clients, participating in motion practice, drafting petitions, and preparing witnesses for testimony at hearings before the presiding judge in the Criminal Circuit Court at 26th and California Ave.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:13pm
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A panel of leaders in the legal profession discuss the qualities, skills, and characteristics that make one a better student and lawyer beyond simply the technical and proficiency skills relied on by most people.

The panelists are:

Matthew C. Crowl, ’89, Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP

Jonathan A. Epstein, ’96, Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice - Antitrust Division

Martha M. Pacold, ’02, Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP

Emma Rodriguez-Ayala, ’06, GC/CCO & Managing Director, Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc.

Diana C. White, ’81, Executive Director, LAF

Moderated by Kathy Morris, Legal Career Advisor and Founder, Under Advisement, Ltd.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:13pm
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Please join OCS to hear alumni speak about their clerkship experiences. Topics will include a clerk’s typical day, what surprised them about being a clerk, favorite aspects of clerking, interviewing for clerkships, making the most of Law School to position yourself for a clerkship, and the application process. There will be time for student Q&A.

Lunch provided with RSVP by Thursday, January 15th.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:13pm
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This program is part of a series highlighting the different career paths of women in the legal field. The goal is for women in the Law School to see the range of opportunities available to them.

Organized by Law Women's Caucus. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of Diversity Month.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:13pm
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The Honorable Staci Yandle, confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in June 2014, will speak. She is the first African American to serve on her court and the second openly lesbian African-American woman to be confirmed in 20 years.

Organized by Outlaw and the Black Law Students Association. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of Diversity Month.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:13pm
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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 information in advance of the program:  http://www.law.uchicago.edu/alumni/careerservices/academicjobsearch

2 Feb 2017 - 3:13pm
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This panel of associates from Chicago-area firms (and possibly other markets) will discuss what it means to be a diverse associate and how that impacts their interactions, work life, and career prospects. The panel is targeted at explaining what and why diversity initiatives exist, whether they actually help or hurt, and comparing the effect of diversity in big versus small firms.

Organized by the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Student as part of Diversity Month.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:13pm
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This panel will discuss how the dynamics of practicing law in China have been shifting in recent years. The panel will include diverse practitioners who have experience practicing in China, and attorneys who have studied law in China.

Organized by the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and Law, Inc. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of Diversity Month.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:13pm
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A panel of clerks (both past and present) will talk about their experiences and how diversity contributed to their work in a meaningful way. There will also be time set apart to explain to explain how diversity helped these clerks acquire clerkships as some judges have been known to look for specific types of candidates when hiring clerks. The panel will also take questions from the audience.

Organized by the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of Diversity Month.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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Mark Heyrman is Clinical Professor of Law and directs the Mental Health Advocacy Clinic, which represents plaintiffs in civil litigation involving the Illinois mental health system and advocates for legislative changes in that system.   An experienced litigator, lobbyist and clinical teacher, Heyrman has been described as "the leading mental health attorney in Illinois, . . . unmatched in his encyclopedic knowledge of mental health law."  Michelle Geller has been the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic's social worker since 1996, where she works collaboratively with clinic attorneys and law students as well as supervising students from the School of Social Service Administration.  In this program, Heyrman will demonstrate and lead a discussion on cross examination of an expert witness, played by Geller.

Lunch will be provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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Jon Loevy is the founder of the civil rights law firm Loevy & Loevy and is a Lecturer in Law with The Exoneration Project Clinic.  An accomplished trial lawyer, Loevy has won more than $100 million in jury verdicts for his clients, all in cases involving challenging fact patterns and difficult to prove allegations.  Drawing on Loevy’s extensive litigation practice, this program will cover the skills and strategies for conducting pretrial discovery in civil cases.

Lunch will be provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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This panel will provide an overview of the different challenges and career paths in technology-related fields. Alumnae from a variety of fields, including businesswomen and practicing lawyers, will discuss working in a male-dominated environment (and with clients known for their male-dominated environments) and strategies they have developed to success. In the age of Melissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg, how these women have leaned in to new industries should provide a fascinating insight into a fast-moving field.

Lunch will be provided.

Organized by Law & Technology Society, Law Women's Caucus, and Intellectual Property Law Society. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of Diversity Month.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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In the past year alone, there have been a number of contentious debates about the responses of majority groups to newsworthy events such as the Ferguson protests, Bill Maher's recent comments about Islam, and post-Windsor litigation. Join us for a discussion on how those who wish to be allies of a particular movement can effectively offer their support, what that support looks like, and address what happens when people get it wrong.

Organized by BLSA, APALSA, LLSA, Outlaw, and SALSA. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of Diversity Month.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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Join us for a presentation by Marsha Hunter on how to be an articulate attorney. Speak with confidence, look your listeners in the eye, and be what you must soon become: the always articulate attorney. Whether in professional conversation with partners, clients, and colleagues, or making presentations to any audience, this lecture helps you push your speaking skills to the next level. Learn how to listen, evaluate, and transform your professional speech. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students. Sponsored by Schiff Hardin LLP. 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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Join us for a presentation by John Michael Schert, Visiting Artist and Social Entrepreneur at Chicago Booth, on the practical applications of body language for lawyers. Attendees will learn to apply a personal practice of physical evaluation in order to better understand how they are perceived and recognize non verbal behaviors.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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Students and faculty will discuss volunteer opportunities, views on activism, and ways to engage in dialogue in the wake of recent legal decision, including the Brown and Garner grand jury decisions. This event will include questions put to a student and faculty panel followed by an open conversation.

Organized by Defenders, Pro Bono Board, and BLSA. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of Diversity Month.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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Join Defenders for a conversation with Cook County Public Defender Jonathan Bedi on why he chose the career of public defense, how he became a public defender, and to learn more about his current practice in the Cook County public defenders office.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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Heather O'Donnell, VP of Public Policy and Advocacy at Thresholds, Barry Taylor, Vice President of the Civil Rights Team at Equip for Equality, Alan Mills, Legal Director of the Uptown People's Law Center, and Marca Bristo, President and CEO of Access Living, will discuss their careers, as well as the rewards, challenges, and more of working in Chicago's Disability Rights Community. The nature of the panel will mostly be educational.

Organized by Disability Law Society and Public Interest Law Society. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of Diversity Month.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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This three-part workshop is designed to help you write like you - only better. The organizing theme is the language of leadership, but you certainly don't need to be an aspiring managing partner to attend. All you need is to want to become a better writer. Visit http://www.law.uchicago.edu/video/barry-language-of-leadership to watch a video of the Patrick's Autumn Quarter workshop.

Patrick Barry, '12, won the Wayne C. Booth Prize for Teaching Excellence at the Law School, and during graduate school, bounced around between two clinics at the University of Michigan Law School, including the Human Trafficking Clinic and the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic. He now clerks for Judge Jennifer Dorsey and Judge Andrew Gordon, both of the federal district of Nevada.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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Join us for a discussion with Schiff Hardin's legal writing coach Julie Schrager, '89, to learn how to review your work so that your final draft demonstrates that you are smart, careful, and precise.

In addition to having worked in government and in private practice, Julie has also worked as a legal research and writing professor at several Chicago area law schools.

Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students and sponsored by Schiff Hardin as part of their Schiff Hardin Writing Workshop Series.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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Join the Environmental Law Society for a panel talk to learn about various types of practices within the realm of environmental law. The panel will feature attorneys from Foley and Lardner, the Illinois Attorney General's Office, the National Resources Defense Council, and Exelon (parent company of ComEd).

Lunch will be provided. 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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The Law Women's Caucus is pleased to welcome two of Chicago Law's most esteemed alumnae, Amy Manning and Mary Wilson, back to the law school. These highly accomplished attorneys are leaders in their fields, having risen to the top management position in their respective firms' Chicago locations. Ms. Manning and Ms. Wilson will give students an inside view into the daily responsibilities of a managing partner, comment on their own unique career paths, as well as share with students insight into the challenges facing large firms as they try to keep women and minorities on board and in leadership positions.

Lunch from Cedars provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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The Securities and Investment Law Society, in conjunction with Law, Inc., is proud to host Deborah Monson, a Partner from Ropes & Gray in Chicago, to speak on Hot Topics in Asset Management. Robert Verigan, Managing Director & Associate General Counsel from BDT Capital Partners in Chicago, will be joining Ms. Monson to lend an industry-perspective to the discussion. Both speakers will be able to field questions from the audience following their presentation. 

Lunch will be provided and all University students, faculty, and affiliates are welcome. 

This event was made possible in part through generous support from the Law School Office of Career Services. For more information, please Contact Michael Conners, at mconners@uchicago.edu, or by phone at 919-698-3588

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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Several faculty members who served as judicial clerks will discuss their experiences, as well as how to succeed in a clerkship, how to prepare for the application process and clerking, and other tips for making the most out of the clerkship experience. This program is primarily intended for 2Ls and 3Ls thinking about applying to clerkships this season to learn more about what being a clerk entails.  There will be time for student Q&A. Students applying for clerkships should also complete the online Clerkship Questionnaire.

Lunch provided with RSVP by Tuesday, November 11th. RSVP here: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/clerkshipprograms.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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The Law Women's Caucus is pleased to host several female transactional lawyers from Chicago-area firms and companies to discuss their career paths. These leaders in their field will give students an inside view into the life and work of a transactional lawyer, share insight into the unique challenges faced and skills required of a transactional lawyer, and provide advice to law students of all genders who are considering a similar career path.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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Volunteer activity for Paul Crane's Legal Research and Writing class at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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Join us for this important program with Andrea S. Kramer, Partner in McDermott Will & Emery LLP, on how understanding gender stereotypes allows law students and lawyers to find effective ways to work around stereotypes, eliminate bias and improve gender diversity in the legal profession.  Andie will discuss how students and lawyers can benefit from learning the “rules” of the gender communications game to substantially improve their professional status. She identifies the differences between the gender communication styles of many men and women, offering tips for eliminating bias and leveling the playing field using common relevant business scenarios. 

Andrea is the author of several articles published in the WBAI’s Newsletters in 2011 and 2014, including “Professional Advancement and Gender Stereotypes:  The ‘Rules’ for Better Gender Communicationsand “Taking Control:  Women, Gender Stereotypes and Impression Management.”  She is also a co-author of the ABA’s Presidential Task Force on Gender Equity’s guide on “What You Need to Know About Negotiating Compensation.” 

Boxed lunches from Blue Plate will be provided.

Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students. Co-sponsored by Law Women's Caucus and Women's Mentoring Program.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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Networking is one of the most important skills you can utilize in your legal job search. Find out what networking with legal professionals really looks like, what kinds of networking opportunities you can expect during your 1L year and beyond, and how to build relationships to expand your network. 

The Office of Career Services expects all Class of 2017 students to attend this program. 

Click here to RSVP.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:14pm
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No matter which summer option you plan to pursue, make sure you’re prepared for the interview.  Even if you are experienced at interviewing, legal interviews can be challenging.  What are lawyers looking for in summer candidates?  What questions are they likely to ask? Learn about legal interviewing from the employer’s point of view.

The Office of Career Services expects all Class of 2017 students to attend this program. 

Click here to RSVP.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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This program focuses on effective international human rights research. Lyonette 'Lyo' Louis-Jacques will provide a quick overview of the United Nations human rights system, as well as the European, Inter-American, African, and other regional systems for the protection of human rights. She will highlight major sources for locating treaties, jurisprudence, and other human rights-related documents, as well as important IGOs, NGOs, and social media sources. She will especially emphasize tools for international human rights lawyering, advocacy, and litigation.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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Experts say that four generations are now working together in the workplace, and the legal workplace is no different. Intergenerational  differences, including differences in communication preferences and work styles, can dramatically impact the workplace, leading to friction  and misunderstandings. Drop by to hear a presentation by Jeffrey  Parsons, a consultant with The Executive Edge, on how intergenerational  differences play out in the workplace and for tips on how to navigate those differences in an effective manner.

Lunch from Chipotle will be served.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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Jenner & Block and the Office of the Dean of Students invite members of the Class of 2017 to attend a networking reception with an interactive session on navigating networking events. Advance registration is required.

Sponsored by Jenner & Block.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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This program focuses on effective international human rights research. Lyonette 'Lyo' Louis-Jacques will provide a quick overview of the United Nations human rights system, as well as the European, Inter-American, African, and other regional systems for the protection of human rights. She will highlight major sources for locating treaties, jurisprudence, and other human rights-related documents, as well as important IGOs, NGOs, and social media sources. She will especially emphasize tools for international human rights lawyering, advocacy, and litigation.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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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 at Foley & Lardner, on what to do and say during your call back interviews, when networking, and while dining with others. Learn how to make a lasting positive impression.

Lunch from Giordano's, including pasta, salad, and cannoli's, will be provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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Join us for a discussion with Schiff Hardin's legal writing coach Julie Schrager, '89, on strategies to help you tackle a new assignment, including identifying the issues, organizing your thinking, and outlining your response.

In addition to having worked in government and in private practice, Julie has also worked as a legal research and writing professor at several Chicago area law schools.

Blue Plate boxed lunches will be provided.

Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students and sponsored by Schiff Hardin as part of their Schiff Hardin Writing Workshop Series.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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This three-part workshop, which will meet again in the Winter and Spring Quarters, is designed to help you write like you - only better. The organizing theme is the language of leadership, but you certainly don't need to be an aspiring managing partner to attend. All you need is to want to become a better writer.

Patrick Barry, '12, won the Wayne C. Booth Prize for Teaching Excellence at the Law School, and during graduate school, bounced around between two clinics at the University of Michigan Law School, including the Human Trafficking Clinic and the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic. He now clerks for Judge Jennifer Dorsey and Judge Andrew Gordon, both of the federal district of Nevada.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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Please Join BLSA for a talk on advocacy efforts to combat obstacles that obstruct the successful return of people with criminal records to their communities featuring Anthony Lowery, Director, Policy & Advocacy, Safer Foundation. The international campaign to persuade employers to remove from their hiring applications the check box that asks if applicants have a criminal record is one example of effective advocacy to reduce recidivism. In Illinois, the Safer Foundation formed the Council of Advisors to Reduce Recidivism (CARRE) and has emerged as a powerful ally for those seeking a second chance upon returning from prison.

Safer Foundation’s overarching advocacy goals are: 1) to increase community awareness of the barriers faced by people with criminal records, 2) to build a broad based coalition to work towards eliminating or reducing these barriers, and 3) to provide a voice and a vehicle for participation by the people most impacted by these policies.

 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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A program presented by Marguerite Fletcher, Senior Consultant, Verna Myers Consulting Group.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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A program moderated by Jeffrey J. Anderson, Associate Dean of Leadership Development, Booth School of Business, and featuring the following panelists:

Veronica Gomez, '94, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Litigation, Exelon Corporation

Martha M. Pacold, '02, Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP

Robert H. Riley, '78, Chairman, Schiff Hardin LLP

David J. Tanury, '11, Attorney, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Region V

Diana C. White, '81, Executive Director, LAF

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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Panel on success as a diverse law student and attorney followed by a welcome reception hosted by the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Latino/a Law Students Association, Law Women's Caucus, OutLaw, and the South Asian Law Students Association.

September 23, 2014
5:15 pm-7:15 pm

Sidley Austin LLP
One South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60603

 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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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: Mastering Professional Speaking Skills.” Marsha returns to Chicago on Friday, May 8th for part two of Schiff Hardin’s oral communication series where she will conduct 90 minute, small group oral advocacy workshops geared towards 1Ls. Participants will have the chance to practice a portion of their Bigelow oral argument 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. Sponsored by Schiff Hardin.

 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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Join the Office of the Dean of Students for program designed to prepare you for the evaluation and feedback process. Our panelists will include representatives from several law firms, including Latham & Watkins, Schiff Hardin, Sidley Austin, and Skadden who will address issues such as: what to expect from a formal evaluation; what to expect from an informal evaluation; how to request feedback; and how to act on feedback you receive.  Sponsored by Schiff Hardin as part of their Summer Preparation Series.    

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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Join the D'Angelo Law Library and representatives from Lexis and Westlaw for a boot camp to help you be an efficient and effective legal researcher this summer. We will cover a variety of legal research tools, strategies, and best practices to give you the legal research skills that law firms are looking for from new associates. RSVP (to tito@uchicago.edu) is encouraged, but not required.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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At Chicago, we believe that members of the legal community have a professional obligation to provide quality legal services to the under-represented.  The Pro Bono Service Initiative puts these beliefs into action by supporting Chicago’s law students to complete at least 50 pro bono hours before they graduate. Participants in the Pro Bono Service Initiative contribute to their legal education by gaining exposure to important legal issues, invaluable experiences, and a hands on opportunity to influence how law affects real people.

We would like to encourage all students to participate in pro bono service during law school.  Legal organizations that offer pro bono opportunities often require volunteers to receive training prior to participating in projects.  As part of Fall Orientation, we are offering you the opportunity to receive training on a variety of different topics and legal issues so you can put your service in action. These trainings will take place at the Law School.

The training opportunities available are as follows:

Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL) http://www.cdelaw.org/

Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO)  http://www.illinoislegalaidonline.org/

Instituto Del Progreso Latino (IDPL) http://www.idpl.org/

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law  http://www.povertylaw.org/ 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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Join us for a panel discussion on writing samples featuring Lisa Brown, Professional Development Partner at Schiff Hardin and Renato Mariotti, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. The program will also include a presentation by Schiff Hardin’s legal writing coach, Julie Schrager. Sponsored by Schiff Hardin as part of their Summer Preparation Series.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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Join associates from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Sidley Austin for a lunch talk about their transition from law school to law firm corporate work. 1Ls will learn about what it means to work in a transactional practice and tips for how to market their interest during OCI. 2Ls will hear from associates about what to expect this summer during their corporate rotations or assignments. 3Ls will find out what to expect when they start their jobs in the fall.

Lunch from Snail will be served.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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Join us for the final round of the Edward W. Hinton Moot Court Competition. The case is Al-Aulaqi v. Obama, No. 10-1469. Questions presented:

1) Is the constitutionality of targeted killings under the Fifth Amendment by the United States Govenmernt a nonjusticiable political question?

2) Is the targeted killing of an American citizen by the United States Government a violation of the Fifth Amendment's Due Process Clause?

Petitioners include MaryAnn Almeida and David Palay. Respondents include Dan Epstein and Kate Walling. The final round will be judged by three federal judges, including Judge Debra Ann Livingston of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge Adalberto J. Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and Judge Amul R. Thapar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Reception to follow.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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Join the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Career Services, and the D'Angelo Law Library for a program designed to get you ready to succeed this summer.  Our panelists will include a partner from Sidley, an associate from Pattishall McAuliffe, an administrative assistant from Jenner, and a reference librarian from DLA Piper.  The panelists will address issues such as: working successfully with non-attorney professionals; how to complete projects without racking up a six figure legal research bill; juggling multiple projects, summer associate activities and still trying to have a life; and how to avoid the most common summer associate pitfalls that can keep you from receiving an offer for permanent employment.  This program was very highly rated in previous years by students who had attended the program in preparation for their summer positions. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by Sidley Austin.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:15pm
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Join Professor Casey for a along the Midway. Students, faculty, and staff of all paces are welcome to join, and those wanting a shorter run can return to the Law School at any time. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Wellness Wednesday programming.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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Join us for lunch, cartoons, and a chance to relax as the school year winds down. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Wellness Wednesday programming.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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Join Associate Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid Ann Perry for a three mile loop around the Midway. Students wanting a shorter run can return to the Law School at any time. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Wellness Wednesday programming.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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Join Dr. David Albert, Director, Student Counseling Service, for a discussion on stress management and self care and knowing when to seek help. Information on Student Counseling Service resources will also be provided. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Wellness Wednesday programming.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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Need some tips on how to choose the right suits and outfits to wear to interviews and work that complete your professional persona? Macy's personal shoppers will explain the DOs and DON'TS of office and interview attire with the help from Law School student models. Students will also have an opportunity to browse the store with a personal shopper. Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

The Law School will provide transportation to and from Macy's. Buses will depart from the Law School at 4:15 p.m. They will return to Hyde Park making stops at Regents, Windermere House, Ida Noyes, and the Law School.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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Join a panel of recent graduates as they discuss what they wish they had known when they were starting their careers, including how to handle your first court appearance, what to take to a client meeting, and how to handle Friday night assignments, etc. Panelists include Andrea Alvarez, Community Lawyer at Citizen Advocacy Center, Patrick Castle, Associate at Grippo & Elden, Tal Chaiken, Associate at Schiff Hardin, and Teresa Sullivan, Associate at Edwards Wildman. Boxed lunches from Blue Plate will be served. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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Prepare for professional events (including Firmwise) by attending this program (modeled after a program from the Booth School of Business) designed to help students learn to navigate the perils and pitfalls of a cocktail reception. Students will leave the program feeling comfortable in what can be an uncomfortable format and will get a feel for handling a reception and for how to make a good first impression. Attorneys, including representatives from Skadden New York and Chicago, Schiff Hardin, Kirkland & Ellis, Winston & Strawn, and in clerkships, will provide feedback to students on their interactions throughout the program. Appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. Sponsored by Skadden New York and the Office of the Dean of Students.

Preference will be given to those students who: (1) completed the 2012-2013 Keystone Professionalism & Leadership Program and/or (2) have logged  points for the 2013-2014 Keystone Professionalism & Leadership Program.

Some advance preparation is required (review of materials).

RSVPs are required by 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 31st. To sign up, please visit http://www.law.uchicago.edu/Mocktail.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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Join Second City's Director of Outreach & Diversity, Dionna Griffin-Irons for a 2 hour dose of improv, leadership tools, and creative communication strategies for your career and the courtroom. Dionna shares her best kept tools that every law  student should have in their back pocket. Sponsored by Schiff Hardin as part of their Summer Preparation Series and the Office of the Dean of Students.

Dionna Griffin-Irons is a Second City Detroit alumnus. In her 10+ years working with the legendary Second City, she has performed with Improv All Stars, Theatre on the Lake, Chicago resident stages and produced numerous shows for the company's corporate division. Her Outreach and Diversity work has taken her abroad to Norway and Latvia  where she facilitated workshops for the United States Embassy to teach improv in the regions. Her background includes stage performance, talent  identification, teaching and producing. Read her blog for career tips, free ticket offers and fun ways to improvise your life at http://outreachdi.tumblr.com/.

Participating students are required to have completed a previous Second City training during 1L Orientation or in the 2012-2013 school year. Preference will be given to 1L and LLM students who have logged points for the 2013-2014 Keystone Professionalism & Leadership Program and 2L and 3L students who completed the 2012-2013 Keystone Professionalism & Leadership Program.

RSVPs are required by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25th. To sign up for the  program, please go to http://www.law.uchicago.edu/SecondCity

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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The Environmental Law Society is hosting an environmental law career panel with four panelists from a variety of backgrounds, including NGO, government, traditional law firm and an energy company. If you are interested in a career in sustainability, energy, the environment, environmental justice, administrative law, natural resources, human health, land use, animal protection and government, you may want to consider environmental law. Come learn from our panelists about the realities of practicing environmental law and the diversity that exists in the field.

Panelists:

  • Ann Alexander, Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Kathryn Pamenter, Assistant Attorney General, IL Environmental Bureau
  • Gary Rovener, Partner at Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Yesenia Villasenor, Exelon Legal

The lunch talk is generously supported by Student Government Finance Committee and Environmental Law Society. Lunch from Chipotle will be served.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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A lot of lawyers seem to forget that the briefs they write will be read by an actual person. They're too long. They're too dry. And they often fail to fulfill their core function: telling a persuasive story.

In this lunch talk, Patrick Barry, who co-taught a course on brief-writing in the University of Michigan Child Welfare Clinic last semester, will help you avoid some of these mistakes and many others. He will also show you what some of the best brief-writers around do in their briefs, so that you can start doing the same - to the delight of your clients (and Bigelows)! Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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How did a lawyer originally from Kentucky end up as an Executive Director in Ernst & Young LLP’s International Tax Services – Financial Services Group?  What should you know if you’re interested in tax law and/or building a career in London?  This program will answer those and other questions.  Katherine Eldred graduated from the Law School in 2002 and clerked on the 9th Circuit for Judge John T. Noonan before joining Sullivan & Cromwell’s Tax Group in New York.  She moved to London to join Debevoise & Plimpton in 2005 and has been in London ever since.  At Ernst & Young she is the senior member of the US tax group in London and specializes in financial services (banking and capital markets).  Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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The question presented is whether Aereo "publicly performs" copyrighted television programs when it remotely transmits over-the-air broadcast television signals to its subscribers via the internet. The semi-finals competition is judged by Professors Lee Fennell, Edward Morrison, and Eduardo Penalver. Reception to follow.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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Whether your primary camera is your smartphone or a DSLR, Ralph’s talk will help you learn the importance of using a Shot List for creating a cultural portrait of any destination. He’ll define what a shot list is and explain how to effectively create and use one in order to bring back a more interesting and well-rounded set of images from your travels. Ralph will also discuss photographic storytelling as well as reveal his number one photo tip that is guaranteed to bring your photography to another level, and he’ll be using images from his recent trips to Bhutan, Nepal, Morocco, Cuba, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Cambodia, Europe and more to visually demonstrate these simple-to-understand and easy-to-implement concepts of which a photographer, of any level, can take advantage.

Ralph Velasco is a photography instructor and international tour guide who has photographed in over 50 countries on 6 continents. He's the author of "Ralph Velasco on Travel Photography: 101 Tips for Developing Your Photographic Eye & More" as well as the create of the My Shots Lists For Travel app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. His newest eBook is called "Essence of a Place: A Travel Photographer's Guide to Using a Shot List for Capturing Any Destination." Ralph was selected "Open Photographer of the Year" for two years in a row by the Professional Photographers of Orange County. He's also the founder of The Photography Boot Camp, and consumer advocate and National Geographic Traveler columnist Christopher Elliott selected this blog as one of the "11 Best New Travel Blogs of 2011." RalphVelasco.com was also selected as one of the "Best Travel Blogs of 2012" by Washington Flyer.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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Jonathan Rapping is the President and Founder of Gideon’s Promise. Jon is the Director of the Honors Program in Criminal Justice at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, where he also teaches criminal law and criminal procedure. He is also a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School where he helps to run its prestigious Trial Advocacy Workshop.  He is the former Training Director of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), an office nationally known for its training program.  Following his tenure at PDS, in 2004 Jon became the first Training Director of Georgia’s new state-wide public defender system. In that capacity he was responsible for designing training programs for both legal and non-legal staff statewide. Jon then became the Director of Training and Recruitment for the Orleans Public Defenders, where he was integral in the efforts to rebuild the public defender system in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Less than two months ago, The University of Chicago Law School announced that it is joining forces with the Gideon’s Promise Law School Partnership Project (LSPP) to help strengthen under-resourced public defender offices across the South. As part of this alliance, the Law School will begin funding post-graduate fellowships for placement among the nine Gideon’s Promise partner offices dedicated to indigent defense reform. The Law School will provide funding for a post-graduate fellowship with one of the public defender offices working with Gideon’s Promise, and the office will guarantee the student a full time job after completion of the fellowship.

Cosponsored by Defenders, Spring Break of Service, and Criminal Law Society. Lunch will be provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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Never before has the role of non-profit board members been so important. With many non-profits stretched beyond the capacity trying to meet serious community needs with constricting financial resources, board members must provide both strategic leadership and steady stewardship, with a focus on financial sustainability. This panel discussion will address why it is important for lawyers to be engaged in the community through non-profit board service and how to get involved.

Moderator: 

Richard L. Sevcik ’85, is a partner at K&L Gates.  He concentrates his practice in exempt organizations and health care law.  His board service includes Board of Trustees and Planned
Giving Advisory Council for the Ravinia Festival Association; Board of Trustees and Chair of the Planned Giving Advisory Council for the Lincoln Park Zoological Society; Member of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation Professional Council for Philanthropy; Secretary of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation; and Member of Board of Advisors, Strategic Planning Committee, and Children, Youth and Family Services Committee for the Catholic Charities of the
Archdiocese of Chicago. 

Panelists:

Thomas A. Cole ‘75 is a partner in Sidley’s Chicago office, where he focuses his practice on public company mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. For 15 years ended in April
2013, he served as Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee, the committee that exercises general authority over the affairs of the firm.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago; Chairman – Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare; Director of World Sport Chicago; and member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Commercial Club of Chicago and its Civic Committee, and the Law Club of Chicago.  He is the former Chair of Northwestern University’s Garrett Corporate and Securities Law Institute and former co-chair of the Tulane Corporate Law Institute.  During the Spring Quarter, he will again teach a seminar in Corporate Governance at the Law School. 

Jesse Ruiz ’95, is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Group at Drinker Biddle, where he also serves as the firm’s Marketing Partner.  In addition to serving as a member of the board of directors of Commonwealth Edison, an Exelon Company, he is Vice President of the Chicago Board of Education, a Commissioner on the U.S. Department of Education Equity and Excellence Committee, Chairman of the Council on Re-enrolling Students Who Dropped Out of School, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Community Trust.  He is past chairman or president of the Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, and the Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois Board of Trustees.  He serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Bar Foundation, Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc., Illinois Association of School Boards, Metropolitan Planning Council, Museum of Science and Industry, National Museum of Mexican Art, and Rush University Medical Center. 

Courtney VanLonkhuyzen is Lead Procurement Counsel of Motorola Mobility and Executive Director of the Motorola Mobility Foundation.  She was a member of the Board of Directors of the former Eleanor Foundation and is now a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Foundation for Women, a nonprofit organization that focuses on improving the lives of women and girls through expanding economic security, ensuring freedom from violence, and enhancing access to health services and information.  She was recently named a member of the Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 Class of 2013.

Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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Law and Technology Society is hosting Michael Brody (Vice-Chair, IP Practice, Winston & Strawn and UC alumnus), Laura Beth Miller (Shareholder, Brinks, Gilson & Lione), Antony McShane (Partner, Neal Gerber Eisenberg), and Matthew Lovell (Partner, Kirkland & Ellis).The panelists (a patent litigator, an ITC litigator, an Internet, domain, and trademarks litigator, and patent licensing attorney) will cover their experiences, difficulties and how they overcame them, advice they have for students, and how their practices have evolved over time. The panel will be moderated by Bigelow Fellow Greg Reilly, a former patent litigator at Morrison & Foerster.

Lunch will be provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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The Ford Foundation and HBO Documentary Films presents GIDEON’S ARMY, which follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan “Rap” Rapping, who heads Gideon’s Promise, they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make “justice for all” a reality?

Cosponsored by Defenders, Spring Break of Service, and Criminal Law Society. Snacks will be provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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Join Vincent Warther for a lunch talk about working with expert witnesses and the challenges that expert testimony poses for attorneys and courts. Professor Warther has a Ph.D. in financial economics and has worked as an expert witness for many years on a wide range of cases requiring expert testimony on financial and economic issues. He'll talk about expert testimony from the perspective of the attorneys involved in the litigation and will focus on the challenges that attorneys encounter due to the technical nature of expert testimony. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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Join attorneys from Shearman & Sterling and K&L Gates to learn about what it means to work for an international law firm. Organized by the Black Law Students Association. Generously sponsored by Shearman & Sterling and K&L Gates.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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Join Marsha Hunter for a presentation on how to be an articulate attorney. Speak with confidence, look your listeners in the eye, and be what you must soon become: the always articulate attorney. Whether in professional conversation with partners, clients, and colleagues, or making presentations to any audience, this lecture helps you push your speaking skills to the next level. Learn how to listen, evaluate, and transform your professional speech. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students. Sponsored by Schiff Hardin LLP. 

 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:17pm
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A former State Representative and Elmhurst Alderman, Chris Nybo is currently a candidate for the Illinois Senate. While in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2011-2013, Nybo successfully led efforts expanding the availability of live-saving allergy medicine for school children (known as the Epi-Pen Law), prohibiting politicians from putting their names and faces on taxpayer funded signs (known as the Blagojevich Billboard Ban) and reforming workers' compensation so that it's easier to do business in Illinois.

Born in Elmhurst, Chris is a lifelong resident of the western suburbs. He graduated from Fenwick High School, Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude) and University of Chicago Law School. He is an active supporter of the Ray Graham Association for People With Disabilities, the York Senior Center, Elmhurst Youth Baseball, and Immaculate Conception Parish. His honors include selection as a Harry S. Truman Scholar by the United States Government.

In his legal work, Chris assists small and large businesses on a variety of employment matters, and he has been honored on the 2011 and 2010 Illinois Rising Stars list featuring outstanding young lawyers in the State of Illinois. He currently lives in Elmhurst with his wife Faye and their three children.

Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students. Co-sponsored by the Law School Republicans and Democrats.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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Learn about major resources for locating sample contracts and other resources for drafting contracts, including Practical Law Company, Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and WestlawNext. For LLM students and others interested in business and transactional law.

 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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Learn about the major resources for business and industry research, including sec.goc, Bloomberg Law and WestlawNext, Thomson One Banker, Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage, and other databases commonly used in transitional practice. For LLM students and others interested in business and transactional law.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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Join Jeff Anderson, Associate Dean for Leadership Development at the Booth School of Business, for a lunch talk on the hallmarks of effective leadership. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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This Diversity Month program features a panel of alumni discussing how their religious beliefs influence and affect their work in the law. Organized by Christian Legal Society, Dallin H. Oaks Society, Jewish Law Students Association, and St. Thomas More Society. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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This Diversity Month program offers an opportunity for students to hear about a few of the alternative career paths available to those who earn a J.D. Organized by Asian Pacific Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Latino/a Law Students Association, Law Women's Caucus, Outlaw, and South Asian Law Students Association. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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This Diversity Month program features a panel of minority attorneys discussing their work in public interest and the reasons less minority student pursue work in public interest fields. Organized by Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Latino/a Law Students Association, Public Interest Law Society, and South Asian Law Students Association. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.  

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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This Diversity Month program features a panel discussion on balancing work and family life. Hear from both moms and dads about how they make it work. Panelists include, Adam Docks, Partner, Perkins Coie, Brian Dougherty, Associate, Jenner & Block, Kimberly Smith, Of Counsel, Paul Hastings, and Kevin Morris, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis. Moderated by Carolyn Aberman, Legal Recruiting Director, Plnate Moran. Organized by Law Women's Caucus. Sponsored by Paul Hastings.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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This Diversity Month program features a panel of partners discussing their different career paths at law firms. Organized by Asian Pacific Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Jewish Law Students Association, Latino/a Law Students Association, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Law Women's Caucus, and Outlaw. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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This Diversity Month program will give students the opportunity to listen to judges who are diverse in their race, gender, and/or background talk about their different journeys to the bench and whether they agree or disagree with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's statement that the lack of diversity on the bench is a "huge danger." Organized by Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Latino/a Law Students Association, Law Women's Caucus, Outlaw, and South Asian Law Students Association. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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Join Dr. Alex Lickerman, Assistant Vice President for Student Health and Counseling Services at the University of Chicago, for a discussion on resiliency and overcoming adversity. A healthy lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Wellness Wednesday programming.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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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. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Wellness Wednesday programming.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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This Diversity Month program gives students an opportunity to hear from a panel of "diversity experts" about how the legal field defines diversity in the work place and the facts and myths of diversity fatigue. The panelists will include Sally Olson from Sidley Austin, Robert Nelson the Director of the American Bar Foundation, Leslie Richards-Yellin from Hinshaw Culbertson, Audra Wilson the District Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Robin Kelly, and Kevin Morris from Kirkland & Ellis. Organized by Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Law Women's Caucus, Latino/a Law Students Association, Outlaw, and South Asian Law Students Association. Sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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This Diversity Month program features a panel of criminal defense attorneys of color and explores what it means to be a criminal defense attorney of color in the age of mass incarceration, specifically the mass incarceration of non-whites. Panelists will discuss the benefits and difficulties of being a person of color working in the criminal justice system. Organized by Black Law Students Association, Defenders, and South Asian Law Students Association. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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Awareness of Chinese business and legal culture is increasingly important as clients continue to "pivot east." This Diversity Month, China Law Society, the Law & Economics Society, and Law, Inc. present a panel discussion on overcoming the transpacific cultural divide and building successful client and business relationships. This panel aims to facilitate a conversation about what new lawyers should know, drawing on the wealth of experience of our Chinese LLMs. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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Join the Women's Mentoring Program for a discussion with practitioners in various transactional practices moderated by Beth Flaming '00, Sidley Austin LLP, Corporate & Securities. Panelists include:

  • Diane Bell '03, Katten Munchin, M&A, Private Equity
  • Kate Casale MacNally '08, Pircher, Nichols & Meeks, Real Estate
  • Erin Casey '02, Lecturer in Law, Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights and Commercial Finance
  • Carshae Dahl '07, Latham & Watkins, Tax - Benefits and Compensation
  • Karen Schweickart '03, Citadel, Corporate Counsel, IP
2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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Join a panel of students for a discussion on how they incorporate wellness into their busy lives as law students.  A healthy lunch will be provided and we'll be giving away free reusable lunch bags. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Winter Wellness Wednesday programming. Sponsored by Themis Bar Review.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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Join Joshua Liberman, a financial advisor from Northwestern Mutual for a presentation on how to become financially fit as a student and young professional. Lunch will be provided.  Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Wellness Wednesday programming.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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Join us for a discussion on healthy eating habits featuring a dietician from UChicago Dining. Healthy lunch and snacks will be provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:21pm
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Join Professor Geoffrey Stone for a lunch talk on his involvement in the President's NSA Surveillance Review Committee. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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Join the Public Interest Law Society for a lunch program featuring a panel of students who were in public interest jobs last summer, some of whom are interested in pursuing work in public interest upon graduation. Students participating on the panel include:

Lindsay Short (Cato Institute - Washington, D.C.)

Joyce Yoon (Mental Disability Advocacy Centre - Budapest, Hungary)

Nick Dufau (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Chicago)

Caroline Henry (Legal Resource Center - Grahamstown, South Africa)

Kara Ingelhart (Lambda Legal - Chicago)

LT Edwards (U.S. Attorney's Office, S.D.N.Y. - New York City)

 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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Join Defenders for a lunch program featuring a panel of students who worked in indigent defense jobs last summer. 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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Join Leslie Richards-Yellen for a lunch talk on working with diverse people. Sponsored by the Black Law Students Association.

***This program qualifies for 10 Keystone Professionalism & Leadership points in the Well-Rounded Lawyer category.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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Join Robin Carnahan for a discussion on her career as a lawyer and public official, why she decided to run for public office, and the importance of public service. Co-sponsored by the Law School Democrats and the Law Women's Caucus.

***This program qualifies for 10 Keystone Professionalism & Leadership points in the Learning from Leaders in the Profession category.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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Join the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Career Services, and the D'Angelo Law Library for a program designed to get you ready to succeed this summer. 

Our panelists will include Mike Andolina, ’99, Partner, Sidley Austin, Matea Bozja, ’13, Associate, Skadden,  Deborah Rusin, Director of Library and Research Services, Katten Muchin Rosenman, and Kelly Sassi, Director of Office, Conference & Client Services, Jenner & Block.

The panelists will address issues such as: working successfully with non-attorney professionals; how to complete projects without racking up a six figure legal research bill; juggling multiple projects, summer associate activities and still trying to have a life; and how to avoid the most common summer associate pitfalls that can keep you from receiving an offer for permanent employment.  This program was very highly rated last year by rising 3Ls who had attended in preparation for their summer positions.    Sponsored by Sidley Austin.  Lunch will be provided by Blue Plate

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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Need some tips on how to choose the right suits and outfits to wear to interviews and work that complete your professional persona? We will showcase the DOs and DON’Ts of office and interview attire during this program, while personal shopper Judi McCarthy explains what are the best choices for your body type and style.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.   

Lunch from Maggiano’s will be provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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1L Bigelow Oral Argument Preparation Lunch in the South Green Lounge

 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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This three-part workshop is designed to help you write like you - only better. The organizing theme is the language of leadership, but you certainly don't need to be an aspiring managing partner to attend. All you need is to want to become a better writer. Visit http://www.law.uchicago.edu/video/barry-language-of-leadership to watch a video of the Patrick's Autumn Quarter workshop.

Patrick Barry, '12, won the Wayne C. Booth Prize for Teaching Excellence at the Law School, and during graduate school, bounced around between two clinics at the University of Michigan Law School, including the Human Trafficking Clinic and the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic. He now clerks for Judge Jennifer Dorsey and Judge Andrew Gordon, both of the federal district of Nevada.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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Curious about where a JD/MBA can take you?  Join us for a panel discussion featuring University of Chicago JD/MBA alumni.  Organized by the JD/MBA Association and Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.  Lunch from Cedars will be provided. 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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Join us for the final round of the Edward W. Hinton Moot Court Competition.  The 2015 case is Horne v. Department of Agriculture, No. 14-275.

Questions presented:

(1a) Whether the government’s “categorical duty” under the Fifth Amendment to pay just compensation when it “physically takes possession of an interest in property” applies only to real property and not to personal property;

(1b) whether the government may avoid the categorical duty to pay just compensation for a physical taking of property by reserving to the property owner a contingent interest in a portion of the value of the property, set at the government's discretion.

(2) Whether a governmental mandate to relinquish specific, identifiable property as a “condition” on permission to engage in commerce effects a per se taking.

Petitioners include Jessica Guilitto and Alex Parkinson.  Respondents include Nicholas Caselli and Elliot Gaiser.  The final round will be judged by Justice Alison H. Eid, Justice Thomas R. Lee, and Justice Beth Robinson.

Reception to follow.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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Join the Office of the Dean of Students for a program designed to prepare you for the evaluation and feedback process.  Our panelists will include:  Lisa Brown, Professional Development Partner, Schiff Hardin, Renato Marioti, U.S. Attorney's Office, and Ryan Rolfson, Partner, Ropes & Gray. The panelists will address issues such as: what to expect from a formal evaluation; what to expect from an informal evaluation; how to request feedback; and how to act on feedback you receive.   Organized by the Office of the Dean of StudentsGenerously sponsored by Schiff Hardin

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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The University of Chicago Moot Court Team is excited to be hosting the inaugural National Invitational Tournament on behalf of the American Collegiate Moot Court Association.  Teams from across the country will be coming to Chicago to compete in one of the highest-caliber undergraduate moot court competitions in the nation and we want you to be a judge - or rather, a Supreme Court Justice. 

The National Invitational Tournament will take place on Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th.  There will be three rounds on Friday afternoon, from around 4:30pm to 8:30pm, and up to four rounds on Saturday morning, concluding in the early afternoon with a banquet and awards ceremony.  You can sign up for individual rounds (~1 hour) as fits your schedule!

We ask that you please sign up for as many rounds as your schedule permits, and expect to arrive 30 minutes before the first round you are registered for to receive training.

We will provide a "Bench Brief" summarizing the issues and relevant cases as well as providing a Judge's Training in the morning and before each round.  Judges will be provided dinner on Friday before the rounds begin, and both breakfast and lunch on Saturday.  Student judges from the UChicago Law will earn Keystone Program points and Pro Bono hours for their service.

Please do not hesitate to contact Tyler Ross (tsr@uchicago.edu) or Caroline Cordell (care1841@uchicago.edu) if you have any questions about the tournament or registration!

 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0845aaaa2da2fc1-moot

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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Join Health Educators Julie Edwards and Lena Ismail from the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness for a lunch talk about alcohol and its effects on your mind, your body, and your performance in class and beyond. The program will provide information and resources for students on the ways to have a healthy relationship with alcohol. 

Additionally, if you complete the Alcohol eCHECKUP and turn in the verification page at the end of the lunch talk, you will receive a Wellness prize. The eCHECKUP is a confidential and anonymous online assessment that provides students with personalized feedback about their alcohol patterns and risks. To take the Alcohol eCHECKUP please go to https://interwork.sdsu.edu/echeckup/usa/alc/coll/?id=uchicago&hfs=true

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.  Sandwiches, wraps, and salads will be provided for lunch from Buona Catering Company.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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Join us for a discussion with Schiff Hardin's legal writing coach Julie Schrager, '89, to learn how to adapt what you’ve learned in legal writing to your first summer legal experience. We’ll focus on understanding your audience, reaching a well-reasoned conclusion, and writing clearly and concisely.

Lunch from Maggiano's and Passover friendly food will be provided.

Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students and sponsored by Schiff Hardin as part of their Schiff Hardin Writing Workshop Series.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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Join Patrick Castle, ’12, litigation associate at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP and Katie Knue, ’14, corporate associate at Kirkland & Ellis, for a discussion about some of the firsts you will encounter as a junior lawyer.  They’ll cover topics like how to prepare for and handle your first court appearance, your first client meeting, your first deal closing, your first time declining a work assignment, and other firsts you will encounter this summer and in your first job after law school. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.  Lunch from Maravillas will be provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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This program earned rave reviews when we offered it in the past. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students and the D'Angelo Law Library, this Microsoft Office Training is meant to address what students will see in practice – new attorneys are expected to be able to do anything computer-related because they are generally the youngest person on the team, yet are at the bottom of the pecking order in terms of getting secretarial support. It’s really hard to teach yourself Power Point at 3 in the morning when the partner wants slides edited and the support staff have long ago gone home for the night. This program will give you the basic Microsoft Office skills you will need during the school year, in summer employment, and as an attorney.

There is no charge for the program; you can attend the morning, afternoon, or both; lunch will be provided; you must bring your own laptop; and the program will be applicable for both Mac and PC users. The program will be held Saturday, March 28th with Word training from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Excel & PowerPoint from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer period.  Students must register in advance for this  program at: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/microsoftofficetrainingRSVP. Please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25th. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students & the D'Angelo Law Library.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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Dealing with difficult counsel is a challenge that many attorneys will encounter throughout their career.  Join Peter Bengsinger, Partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, to learn the tools that you will need to conquer these difficult situations. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students. Bergstein’s Deli will be provided for lunch.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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What exactly is meditation?  How can it help you to be a better student and a better lawyer?  Come join Ginger Carr from the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness for a session on meditation and learn how practicing meditation can increase calmness and physical relaxation, improve psychological balance, and enhance overall health and well-being.  Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students. 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:22pm
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Join Health Educator Martha Burla from the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness for The Body Project Workshop.  This lunch program aims to promote a positive body image and hopes to empower students to love and accept their bodies by providing a safe space to discuss important issues related to body image. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.  Lunch will be provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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Join us for a discussion of the value of clinical education in the workplace. Panelists include:

  • Federal District Court Judge Matthew F. Kennelly (United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois)
  • Kenneth L. Schmetterer (DLA Piper hiring partner)
  • Sean M. Carney '02 (Sidley Austin LLP partner)
  • Kelly Albinak Kribs '12 (Sidley Austin LLP associate and alumna of the Young Center's Immigrant Child Advocacy Clinic)

The panel will be moderated by Professor Lior Strahilevitz.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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This program earned rave reviews when we offered it in the past. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students and the D'Angelo Law Library, this Microsoft Office Training is meant to address what students will see in practice – new attorneys are expected to be able to do anything computer-related because they are generally the youngest person on the team, yet are at the bottom of the pecking order in terms of getting secretarial support. It’s really hard to teach yourself Power Point at 3 in the morning when the partner wants slides edited and the support staff have long ago gone home for the night. This program will give you the basic Microsoft Office skills you will need during the school year, in summer employment, and as an attorney.

There is no charge for the program; you can attend the morning, afternoon, or both; lunch will be provided; you must bring your own laptop; and the program will be applicable for both Mac and PC users. The program will be held Saturday, March 28th with Word training from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Excel & PowerPoint from 1:30 p.m. –  4:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer period. Students must register in advance for this program at: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/microsoftofficetrainingRSVP. Please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25th. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students & the D'Angelo Law Library.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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Join the IIP Cuba Team for a Salsa Dancing Lesson in the Auditorium. 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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The Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy ("GPHAP") and the Office of the Dean of Students is proud to present the Careers in Health Law panel where three prominent attorneys will share their experiences in the Health Law Field. Hear from Carla Gazes, Associate General Counsel at the University of Chicago Medical Center ("UCMC") in the Office of Legal Affairs, Professor Jack Bierig, a Partner at Sidley Austin LLP who teaches Health Law and Policy and Food and Drug Law and Policy here at the Law School, and Harold J. Bressler, recently retired General Counsel at The Joint Commission, an organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including most hospitals in the U.S. and other health care organizations.

This event is co-sponsored by the Food and Drug Law Society, Disability Law Society, and Law Students for Reproductive Justice.

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

For special assistance or needs, please contact Erin Wellin at 773-834-4326.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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Pleading for the Future “Crime of the Century”

In 1924, the “Crime of the Century” took place in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. On May 21 of that year, two Chicago students from wealthy and prominent families – Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb – kidnapped and brutally murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks on South Ellis Street. The two were eventually apprehended and tried at the old Cook County Courts Building. Their lawyer, Clarence Darrow, to everyone’s surprise pleaded them guilty to murder and kidnapping. Darrow put on a month of psychiatric testimony, arguing that extenuating circumstances and litigation called for mercy.  States Attorney Robert Crowe vigorously argued for the death penalty.  After two weeks of deliberation, Judge John Caverly made his decision…

On Wednesday, February 18th, three Chicago attorneys, Todd Parkhurst (Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym), Scott Petersen (Holland & Knight), and Bill Hannay (Schiff Hardin LLP), will present a dramatization of the closing arguments in the Loeb and Leopold murder case at the Law School. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students, the Criminal Law Society. The event is free and open to the public but seating may be limited. Contact Adrienne Packard at apackard@uchicago.edu for more information.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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This program is part of a series highlighting the different career paths of women in the legal field. The goal is for women in the Law School to see the range of opportunities available to them. Panelists will include: Mary Rose Alexander - partner at Latham & Watkins and Vice Chair of the Litigation and Environment, Land & Resources Departments; Helene Greenwald - Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Katherine G. Minarik - partner at Bartlit Beck in Intellectual Property and Financial Industry Litigation; and Moderated by Carolyn Aberman, Legal Recruiting Director at Plante Moran

Organized by Law Women's Caucus, APALSA and in partnership with Latham & Watkins LLP. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of Diversity Month.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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Interested in learning how to research a business, a company or an industry?  We have tools to help!

Join Reference Librarians Bill Schwesig and Margaret Schilt for a presentation on Corporate and Securities Law Research Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 12:15 –1:15 PM in Classroom A.  Lunch will NOT be provided but feel free to bring your own. 

Earn 10 Keystone points in the Legal Research category for attending this presentation.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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George Walker is a member of the White House Commission on Historically Black Colleges & Universities, and the Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers.  He will visit the Law School and will be speaking on the topic "What we bring to the
conversation: examining cultural dexterity through our own lenses."  Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students, ACS, BLSA, PILS, and the Human Rights Law Society.  Al's Beef lunch will be provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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Join Judith Asuzu for a 45-minute yoga class at the Law School. Organized and sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Wellness Wednesday programming.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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Join the Office of the Dean of Students for a tour of The Oriental Institute as part of January's Wellness Wednesday Activity.  Look for Candace Bergeron at the VCA desk and we will all walk over together.  Please see the link below for additional information on the museum.  http://oi.uchicago.edu/museum-exhibits

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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Join Dr. David Albert, Director, Student Counseling Service, for a discussion on stress management and self care and knowing when to seek help. Information on Student Counseling Service resources will also be provided. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Wellness Wednesday programming.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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Developing and maintaining relationships with mentors (whether formal or informal) is an important part of every successful attorney's career. Drawing on their own experiences, Dean Gardner will present a program that is designed to provide law students with information on how to get the most out of relationships with mentors.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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Neighbors, the Law School's primary community service organization, is hosting a Fall Day of
Service again this year. We would love for you to come share the day with colleagues and classmates and volunteer your time with an organization in our community. Service opportunities will span from maintaining local gardens to completing projects at local churches and elementary schools.

This year's Neighbors Fall Day of Service will be on Saturday, October 11 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. A
light breakfast will be provided before the service activities begin at 10:00. Volunteers will head back to the law school at 12:30. Lunch will be provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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Join the Office of the Dean of Students for the Law School Wellness Fair. Participants include Student Health and Counseling Service, Office of Spiritual Life, Ratner Athletic Center, Argo Tea, UChicago Police Department, RSVP (Sexual Violence Prevention), Office of Sustainability, UChicago Bookstore (Barnes & Noble), ARAMARK and UChicago Dining, Core Power Yoga, Stressbusters, Family Resource Center, and Lawyers' Assistance Program.  

Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Wellness Wednesday programming.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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Law School alums will have lunch and dessert with the Class of 2017 Lunch with Alumni Leaders participants.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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Join Steve Sanders, Associate Professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and former Lecturer in Law at the Law School, for a discussion on effective oral advocacy on the first day of the Supreme Court's 2014-2015 term. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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This intensive Oral Advocacy Boot Camp will give students an opportunity to hone their oratory skills just in time for the Hinton Moot Court Competition.  Student participants will present two separate arguments to an attorney who will serve as a judge.  Students will argue in pairs (one student vs. one student) and will be given feedback after each argument.  The first argument will be a brief argument that will serve primarily as a mechanism for students to receive feedback on their oratory style.  The second argument will be a legal argument that students will prepare based on materials that will be provided in advance of the Boot Camp.  Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Sponsored by the Law Women's Caucus, the Office of the Dean of Students, and Jenner & Block LLP.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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Take a break from studying and join us for a tour of the Ratner Athletics Center. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Wellness Wednesday programming.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:23pm
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Justice Anne M. Burke of the Illinois Supreme Court will speak to Professionalism & Leadership Day participants about the importance of civility and professionalism in the legal profession.  Justice Burke will speak on behalf of the Illinois Supreme Court's Commission on Professionalism.  Introductory remarks by Dean Schill.  

2 Feb 2017 - 3:24pm
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Entering students will participate in service activities throughout the City of Chicago as part of Orientation.  This year's sites include: PAWS, the Chicago Public Library, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Young Women's Leadership Charter School, the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, and more. 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:24pm
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Entering students will join Second City's Director of Outreach & Diversity, Dionna Griffin-Irons, and the Diversity team for a 2.5 hour dose of improv, leadership tools, and creative communication strategies for the classroom and their careers. Students will explore best kept improv tools to increase spontaneity, critical thinking, emotional intelligence and active listening.

Dionna Griffin-Irons is a Second City Detroit alumnus. In her 10+ years working with the legendary Second City, she has performed with Improv All Stars, Theatre on the Lake, Chicago resident stages and produced numerous shows for the company's corporate division. Her Outreach and Diversity work has taken her  abroad to Norway and Latvia where she faciliated workshops for the United States Embassy to teach improv in the regions. Dionna's  background includes stage performance, talent identification, teaching and producing. To learn more about Outreach & Diversity visit www.secondcitydiversity.com and read her blog at outreachdi.tumblr.com for career tips on how to improvise your life.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:24pm
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Lisa Abrams and Lois Casaleggi from the Office of Career Services will facilitate a session for students on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and learning to channel one's preferences to design a satsifying law school experience and professional career.  

2 Feb 2017 - 3:24pm
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Current Law School students will present to Professionalism & Leadership Day participants on how to establish themselves as a professional while in Law School.  Participants include MaryAnn Almeida, Kourtney Hahn, Jacqueline Newsome, Kevin O'Leary, Katherine Peaslee, Nicholas Plassaras, Keiko Rose, Amelia Runuan, Ignacio Sofo, and Brian Tennenbaum. 

2 Feb 2017 - 3:24pm
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Law School alums will discuss how to build a network of professional contacts and mentors.  The panel discussion will be moderated by Susan Curry, Director, Public Interest Law & Policy.  Alumni participants include Michael C. Andolina, '99 (Partner, Sidley Austin), Darryl Bradford, '80 (Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, Exelon Corporation), Tasneem K. Goodman, '02 (Partner, Akina Corporation), Adam Gross, '95 (Director, Regional Affordable Housing Initiative, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest), and Liisa Thomas, '96 (Partner, Winston & Strawn).

2 Feb 2017 - 3:24pm
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Jeff Anderson, Associate Dean for Leadership Development at the Chicago Booth School of Business, will present on developing relationships with others and the importance of the first impression.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:24pm
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Join Shannon Bartlett, Associate Director of Student Affairs, for a conversation on managing law school and staying healthy. A healthy lunch will be provided. Organized and sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Wellness Wednesday programming.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:24pm
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Take a break from studying and join us for a tour of the Ratner Athletics Center. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students as part of its Wellness Wednesday programming.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:24pm
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Entering transfer students participated in a day of service at the Greater Chicago Food Depository as part of their Orientation.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:24pm
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Join the Labor and Employment Law Society for a lunch talk featuring Law School alum Jathan Janove, an attorney at Ogletree Deakins.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:24pm
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Join Law School alum and University of Michigan Ph.D. student Patrick Barry, ’12, for a program on how to write a successful law school paper.  Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

Lunch from the Sit Down Café is provided.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:24pm
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Join Professor Anthony Casey for a three mile loop around the Midway. Students wanting a shorter run can return to the Law School at any time. Healthy snacks will be provided. Organized and sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

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Entering transfer students participated in a day of service at the Greater Chicago Food Depository as part of their Orientation.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:24pm
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Harvey Levin is an American television producer, lawyer, legal analyst and celebrity reporter.  He is the founder of celebrity gossip website, TMZ.com.  He currently serves as Managing Editor and Executive Producer of TMZ Productions, Inc.

Mr. Levin received his B.A in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara  and his J.D from the University of Chicago in 1975.  Following law school, he was an active attorney in California working in various legal roles in the entertainment industry – most notably, he served as a legal reporter on KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, where he reported on the O.J Simpson murder trial.  Mr. Levin later moved to New York to work as a legal analyst for the revival of The People’s Court – a show he had appeared on during the ‘80s and early 90s as a legal consultant.  He later became host of the series in 1998.  Mr. Levin also served as creator and executive producer for Celebrity Justice from 2002 – 2005.  Harvey Levin then went on to launch TMZ.com which quickly took off to become one of the most-cited entertainment news sources, utilized by national network and local newsgathering organizations across the country

2 Feb 2017 - 3:24pm
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This panel will feature associates from Ropes & Gray and Latham & Watkins speaking on life at a large corporate law firm.  Topics that the attorneys will cover include: adjusting from law school to practice, their specific practice groups, what classes/skills from law school proved most helpful in their practice and work-life balance.  This program is sponsored by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA).  BLSA thanks Ropes & Gray and Latham & Watkins for their generous support of BLSA’s activities during the 2013-2014 academic year

2 Feb 2017 - 3:24pm
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Please join Professor Todd Henderson for an engaging discussion with Yammer Founder and CEO, David Sacks. 

David has been involved in the Internet space more than 10 years as an entrepreneur, executive and investor, starting with PayPal in 1999. He was PayPal's chief operating officer and product leader, taking the company from startup to IPO and eventual sale to eBay for $1.5 billion. Subsequently, he founded Geni.com, a genealogy website that enables millions of family members to collaboratively build an online family tree. Geni was acquired by MyHeritage in 2012. He also produced and financed the movie "Thank You For Smoking." Also in 2012, David sold Yammer to Microsoft for $1.2 billion.

David holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Lunch will be provided.

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Join fellow students and alumni at the Law School on Saturday, April 26, as we welcome distinguished alumni for a panel discussion during Reunion Weekend: 

Alumni leaders from varying industries and fields will share insights about their post-Law School career paths and valuable lessons learned along the way.

Panelists include:

Veronica Gomez ’94, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Exelon Corporation
Ted Ullyot ’94, Former General Counsel, Facebook
Dick Weil ’89, Chief Executive Officer, Janus Capital Group
Betsy Werley ’79, Innovation Fellow, Encore.org
Moderated by Doug Clark ’89, Managing Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich &
Rosati

Kindly RSVP for the panel discussion by Wednesday, April 23rd
at 12:00 noon at
https://www.regonline.com/uofclawreunion2014

Please feel free to stop by our Picnic Lunch in the
Green Lounge beforehand (no need to register for lunch) from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

2 Feb 2017 - 3:24pm
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Too Big to Fail? Lessons from the Financial Crisis, featuring Mr. Barry Zubrow, JD/MBA '80

Join the Office of the Dean of Students and the JD/MBA Association for a program featuring Mr. Barry Zubrow, JD/MBA ’80.  Mr. Zubrow most recently served as Executive Vice President of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and a member of the Firm’s Operating Committee and Executive Committee from December 2007 through October 2012. He retired as JPMorgan's head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, after serving as Chief Risk Officer during the financial crisis.  Previously, he served as Goldman Sachs' chief administrative officer, heading its operations and administration division, and co-heading the operations, finance and resources division. Since 2003, he has also been President of ITB llc, an investment management company.

 

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3 Feb 2017 - 4:39pm
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Join the Office of the Dean of Students for the Law School Wellness Fair. Participants include Student Health and Counseling Services, Office of Spiritual Life, University of Chicago Police Department, Office of Sustainability, UChicago Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Family Resource Center, Hyde Park Claret Center, Maroon Financial, and Lawyers' Assistance Program. 

3 Feb 2017 - 4:41pm
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Meet us at the Law School Receptionist's desk at 2:45pm to walk to the Midway Skating Rink for ice skating with the Bigelow Fellows. Ice skating is free and skate rental will be provided. Family members, significant others, and friends are welcome. 

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Our panel will discuss issues of sexual and domestic violence in the military, both the particular challenges of preventing sexual assault in the armed forces and how the military justice system prosecutes these crimes differently than its civilian counterparts. In particular, we will discuss the creation of independent victim advocates in the Judge Advocate General Corps, statutes of limitations on rape, and the emphasis the military justice system puts on pursuing cases of sexual violence in its ranks.

Friday 2/10, Room D, 12:15-1:20pm
Bombay Wraps provided

Sponsored by the Domestic and Sexual Violence Project and Law School Veterans

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

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The Christian Legal Society, the Federalist Society, the American Constitution Society, and Defenders are pleased to present Mr. Shon Hopwood, speaking on the subject, “Unnecessary Imprisonment and the Need for Sentencing Reform.” Professor Richard McAdams will provide commentary.

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

About the speakers:

Shon Hopwood’s unusual legal journey began prior to him attending law school. In 1999, Shon stood before a federal judge and was sentenced to over 12 years in federal prison for his role in five bank robberies. While in prison, he learned the law and began writing legal briefs for other prisoners. Two of the petitions Shon prepared were granted by the U.S. Supreme Court, and he won cases for prisoners in federal courts across the country.

Upon his release, Shon earned a J.D. as a Gates Public Service Law Scholar from the University of Washington School of Law, before serving as a law clerk for Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is now a teaching fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center’s Appellate Litigation Program.

His legal scholarship has been published in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties, Washington, and Fordham law reviews, and in the Georgetown Law Journal’s Annual Review of Criminal Procedure. His writing has also been published in the Seattle Times, Huffington Post, The Atlantic.com, and SCOTUSblog. And he co-wrote his memoir, Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases, and Finding Redemption, which was published by Crown Publishing at Penguin Random House.

 

Richard McAdams is the Bernard D. Meltzer Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He writes on criminal law and procedure, social norms, the expressive function of law, inequality, and law and literature. He is the author of The Expressive Powers of Law (Harvard University Press 2015) and co-editor of Fairness in Law and Economics (Edward Elgar 2013). He has served as a member of the National Science Foundation Advisory Panel for Law & Social Sciences, the editorial board of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, and the Board of Directors of the American Law and Economics Association.

 Before joining the Law School in 2007, McAdams taught on the law faculties at the University of Illinois, Boston University, and IIT Chicago-Kent. He was a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and the Yale Law School and a visiting fellow at Australian National University. McAdams received his BA from the University of North Carolina and his JD from the University of Virginia. After graduation, he clerked for Chief Judge Harrison L. Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and spent three years as an associate with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia. McAdams teaches primarily in the areas of criminal law and procedure.

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9 Feb 2017 - 10:12am
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Join us for a Young Alumni and Admitted Students reception in New York. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow alumni, and to share your Chicago Law experience with prospective students!

RSVP here.

9 Feb 2017 - 10:14am
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Join us for a Young Alumni and Admitted Students reception in Washington, DC. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow alumni, and to share your Chicago Law experience with prospective students!

RSVP here.

9 Feb 2017 - 10:17am
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Join us for a Young Alumni and Admitted Students reception in Los Angeles. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow alumni, and to share your Chicago Law experience with prospective students!

RSVP here.

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Join us for a Young Alumni and Admitted Students reception in Chicago. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow alumni, and to share your Chicago Law experience with prospective students!

RSVP here.

10 Feb 2017 - 10:25am
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Join us for a Young Alumni and Admitted Students reception in San Francisco. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow alumni, and to share your Chicago Law experience with prospective students!

RSVP here.

10 Feb 2017 - 2:36pm
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Visit the Office of Admissions table during Coffee Mess on Wednesday, February 15, to sign up to email admitted students and/or sign up to host admitted students during Admitted Students Weekend! 

10 Feb 2017 - 3:25pm
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1L students are invited to celebrate turning in their Winter Bigelow Memo with a breakfast taco bar.

10 Feb 2017 - 4:43pm
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Over the summer, Dean Miles appointed a Law School Faculty Diversity Committee.  Professors Emily Buss and William Hubbard serve as co-chairs, and the Committee has concentrated much of its work this year on better understanding how members of the Law School community experience diversity and inclusion within the Law School.  During lunch on Wednesday, February 15th and Wednesday, February 22nd, the Committee will host student town halls focused on diversity and inclusion.  All students are welcome to attend and voice their thoughts and concerns on topics related to diversity and inclusion or simply to listen.  Lunch will be provided. 

 

Questions related to the Diversity Committee should be directed to diversitycommittee@law.uchicago.edu.    

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Over the summer, Dean Miles appointed a Law School Faculty Diversity Committee.  Professors Emily Buss and William Hubbard serve as co-chairs, and the Committee has concentrated much of its work this year on better understanding how members of the Law School community experience diversity and inclusion within the Law School.  During lunch on Wednesday, February 15th and Wednesday, February 22nd, the Committee will host student town halls focused on diversity and inclusion.  All students are welcome to attend and voice their thoughts and concerns on topics related to diversity and inclusion or simply to listen.  Lunch will be provided. 

 

Questions related to the Diversity Committee should be directed to diversitycommittee@law.uchicago.edu.    

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This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited. Boxed lunch from Catering Out the Box provided.

12 Feb 2017 - 9:08pm
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The International Law Society 

presents

Third Party Funding in Arbitration and Dispute Financing

Featuring: Mr. Narghis Torres and Mr. Ashley C. Keller

TUESDAY, February 14

Room B | Medici Pizza Provided

Champerty and maintenance are doctrines in common law jurisdictions that aim to preclude "frivolous" litigation. These doctrines prevent disinterested parties from financing law suits. In the wake of 2008 economic crisis, these doctrines have become vestigial. Certain jurisdictions, such as Singapore, have amended their laws to allow third party funding in international arbitration.

Please join ILS as we discuss the merits of these doctrines from a Law & Economics perspective, learn about the key differences between litigation financing and arbitration financing in common law and civil law countries, how investment in disputes is done and other related issues.

Featuring:

Mr. Narghis Torres (LL.M. ‘97) Founder, Lex Finance.  Mr. Torres, a Fulbright Scholar, is a lawyer with over twenty years of experience specialized in asset management, corporate finance and M&A.  He manages the LexFinance Arbitration Financing Fund, the first investment fund focused in financing arbitration costs in Iberoamerica.

Mr. Ashley C. Keller ('07).  Mr. Keller is a Managing Director of Burford Capital, a leading global finance firm focused on law.  Mr. Keller graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, followed by an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 2007, where he graduated first in his class.  He was a law clerk for Judge Richard Posner at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the Supreme Court of the United States.

The International Law Society is thankful to Lex Finance and Burford Capital for their generous support in hosting this talk.

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

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Ambassador Levin began her career as a legal advisor at the Illinois State Board of Education (1977-81), advising the state superintendent and regional superintendents of education on the interpretation and application of the Illinois School Code. From 2009-2011, Ambassador Levin was the 65th ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In that capacity, she was chief of mission of an embassy which included 15 federal agencies, 4 locations, and over 250 employees. Ambassador Levin now is a distinguished fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs where she works on a variety of political, international, and environmental issues.  In addition, Ambassador Levin will teach a Federalism and State Social Policy seminar in the Spring 2017 quarter. 

Join Ambassador Levin as she shares the story of her career as an attorney and Ambassador and offers a preview of her upcoming class.

This event is free and open to law students, but seating may be limited.

13 Feb 2017 - 10:34am
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Students from the Law School's International Immersion Program will be visiting Hong Kong in March. Please join Chicago Law and Booth alumni in welcoming them at a networking reception!

Kindly RSVP at here by Monday, March 13.

Please contact Ragan Memmott with any questions.

The Law School would like to thank Bryant Edwards, JD '81 for supporting this event.

13 Feb 2017 - 1:14pm
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All 1Ls are encouraged to join the Academic Counselors as they present a session on how to select your 1L elective course.

13 Feb 2017 - 3:03pm
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The Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago presents The Franke Forum Lecture Series featuring Geoffrey R. Stone, '71, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law

"Sex and the Constitution: The Road to Roe"

Roe v. Wade has come to be seen as one of the most controversial and divisive Supreme Court decisions in American history. Professor Stone will explore how this decision came to be and how abortion was understood in the United States in the two hundred years before Roe.

Please RSVP by emailing franke-humanities@uchicago.edu by Friday, February 24.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact 773.702.8274 in advance.

13 Feb 2017 - 4:58pm
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Join the Law School’s Office of External Affairs in celebrating Giving Day, a University-wide effort to honor philanthropy with our alumni, students, and friends.

Stop by the Green Lounge for treats and to write a short note of thanks to the generous alumni who help to support your Law School education!

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On January 24, 2017, the Corporate Lab hosted a Mock Negotiation led by three partners from Nixon Peabody of a model stock purchase agreement of a privately-held corporation. David Bronner, who specializes in mergers & acquisitions and corporate counseling, acted as a moderator and struck a balance between student involvement and a spirited negotiation. David Brown, who focuses his practice on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and securities, and general business counseling, took on the role of the buyer’s counsel and demonstrated various techniques for students to emulate in future negotiations. Finally, Brian Krob, deputy chair of the Nixon Peabody mergers department, acted as the seller’s counsel and illustrated how to firmly push back on the buyer’s demands. The team ran a detailed simulation covering financial statements, undisclosed liabilities, disclosure representations, the accuracy of representation, and indemnification clauses.

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Suppose a court holds in the context of a habeas petition that a constitutional right is not yet "clearly established." Can we conclude from this that the right does not exist? The answer, of course, is "no"-the court has only said that the right has not yet been explicitly recognized. Yet in case after case, spanning areas of law from habeas, to patent law, to evidence law, judges (and their clerks) make precisely these types of "deference mistakes": they rely on precedent without understanding the standard of review or burden of proof that governed that precedent.

5:30-6:00 p.m.: Registration
6:00-7:00 p.m.: Program
7:00-8:00 p.m.: Networking Reception

Kindly RSVP by Wednesday, March 1.

15 Feb 2017 - 3:30pm
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The tilte "Fake News" has grown from a description of unscrupulous and sourceless media to a bludgeon against legitimate press. How should regulators and scholars think about approaching news that is obviously false? Can these tools be crafted without endangering genuine press? Professor Lakier will address these issues and others. Event is free and open to the public but seating may be limited. Lunch served. Presented by ACS. 

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Suppose a court holds in the context of a habeas petition that a constitutional right is not yet “clearly established.” Can we conclude from this that the right does not exist? The answer, of course, is “no”—the court has only said that the right has not yet been explicitly recognized.  Yet in case after case, spanning areas of law from habeas, to patent law, to evidence law, judges (and their clerks) make precisely these types of “deference mistakes”: they rely on precedent without understanding the standard of review or burden of proof that governed that precedent.

5:30-6:00 p.m.: Registration
6:00-7:00 p.m.: Program
7:00-8:00 p.m.: Networking Reception

Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Please RSVP here.

The Law School thanks Steven Marenberg, ’80, Dan Lefler, ’90, and Irell & Manella LLP for hosting this event.

16 Feb 2017 - 5:39pm
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Join The University of Chicago Law School and the Institute of Politics as it explores the future balance of the Supreme Court. Law School professors William Baude, Alison LaCroix, and Geoffrey Stone will sit down with fellow Professor Dennis Hutchinson to discuss Supreme Court nominations, the nomination of Neil Gorsuch, how Judge Gorsuch compares to Justice Scalia, his previous rulings, and upcoming cases before the Supreme Court & their potential outcomes.  Lunch will be provided.

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At first blush, the rise of the independent director in Asia appears to be a straightforward example of a significant legal transplant from the United States to Asia. A few decades ago, independent directors, which are an American legal invention, were virtually non-existent in Asia.  Today, they are ubiquitous throughout Asia. 

The meteoric rise of the ‘independent director’ in Asia is considerably more complex than it appears. Although the label ‘independent director’ has been transplanted precipitously from the US (in some cases via the UK) throughout Asia, who is labelled an ‘independent director’ (i.e., the ‘form’ that independent directors take) and what independent directors do (i.e., the function they perform) in Asia differ significantly from the American concept of the independent director.  To add to the complexity, the form and function of ‘independent directors’ varies within Asia from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  As such, in reality, there are varieties of independent directors in Asia—none of which conform to the American concept of the independent director. This challenges the widely-held assumption that ‘independent directors’ are universally similar and follow the American concept of the independent director. 

The practical and theoretical implications of this finding will be explored in this seminar. This seminar is based on a co-authored chapter by Dan W. Puchniak (National University of Singapore) and Kon Sik Kim (Seoul National University), which will be part of a forthcoming edited volume on “Independent Directors in Asia” published by Cambridge University Press later this year. 

Dr. Dan W. Puchniak is the Director of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS), the Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law (AsJCL) and an Associate Professor at NUS Law. Dan has received numerous domestic and international awards for his academic research and teaching.

In 2016, Dan was a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo where he taught an intensive course on comparative corporate law with leading corporate law professors from around the world. In 2015, Dan was a Visiting Fellow in the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College (Oxford University), Visiting Professor and Global Challenge Visiting Scholar at Seoul National University School of Law, Visiting Associate Professor at Vanderbilt Law School and Visiting Scholar of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

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

17 Feb 2017 - 4:45pm
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Ms. Eilenberger is the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Policy & Strategy, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  In this role, she oversees the  formulation and implementation of policy and strategy on the full range of intelligence issues, including collection, analysis, requirements, management and information  sharing, and provides leadership for ODNI and intelligence community initiatives on information sharing and the closure of disposition of detainees at the Guantanamo Naval Base.

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Domestic and Sexual Violence Project, If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, and Law Students for Life present:

When Rape Results in Parenthood, featuring Shauna Prewitt

As a college student, Ms. Prewitt was raped and became pregnant. She decided to keep her baby, but was shocked to learn that her perpetrator sought custody. Now a commercial litigation associate at Skadden’s Chicago office, Ms. Prewitt is heavily involved in advocacy work for legal rights and protections for mothers of children conceived through rape. Please join us for an illuminating talk about her work.

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

Buona Pasta will be provided. 

18 Feb 2017 - 1:59pm
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Domestic and Sexual Violence Project, the Chicago Policing Seminar, and Law Women's Caucus present:

Policing Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

This panel will feature:
-Detective Pam Childs, detective at Area Central Special Victims Unit
-Officer Nidia Rivera, domestic violence liason officer at the 003rd District Chicago Police Department
-Tessa Kuipers, site coordinator at 003rd District Domestic Violence Reduction Unit

Snail Thai will be provided.

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

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The Harris School's Global Affairs and Public Policy, Women in Public Policy, International Human Rights Clinic, International Law Society, and Domestic & Sexual Violence Project present "Combatting Violence Against Women in Pakistan", featuring: Salman Sufi, Director General, Strategic Reforms Unit, Punjab Pakistan Chief Minister's Office. 

Violence against women is a serious problem throughout Pakistan, the third most dangerous country for women in the world. Up to 85% of women have experienced some form of domestic violence. Daily, 6 women are murdered or face attempted murder, 8 raped, 11 battered and assaulted, and 32 abducted. However, the conviction rate for violence against women crimes is only 1-2.5%. To combat domestic violence and improve gender equality in Pakistan, the Punjab province in Pakistan passed the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act in 2016, an ambitious, progressive law that, among other reforms, sets up one-stop shops that provide legal, medical, counseling, and other services to victims of domestic violence. It is the most comprehensive legislation of its kind in Pakistan.

Salman Sufi is Director General at the Chief Minister's Strategic Unit within the Punjab government, and has been instrumental in enacting this law. This year, he has worked with the International Human Rights Clinic at the Law School to make sure the law is successfully implemented in a manner consistent with international human rights standards.

Lunch provided; seating limited. 

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Class of 2019: The Office of Career Services is pleased to host firm•wise, an event that features law firms from all over the country who are eager to get to know you prior to fall 2017 on-campus recruiting.  Please do not bring your resume as firms will not be collecting them. 1Ls who may have class this evening will have time to participate in the event once class is dismissed.

This event is intended for Class of 2019 students only.

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The Big Data revolution is pushing the boundaries of law and jurisprudence. Various regulated activities are shifting from human to data-driven machine control governed by contractual platforms instead of licensing regimes. How should the law address this profound transition? Does Big data transform the law itself — lawyering, judging, lawmaking?

This symposium explores how data technologies are changing the fundamental nature of law, of the legal process, contracts, and of the activities law regulates. It examines the role that law can serve in regulating data driven activities and the relevance of existing justifications for regulation.

Among the issues explored in the symposium are:

  • Personalization of law and legal standards
  • Prediction-based law and machine learning
  • Crowdsourcing the law
  • Regulation of data-driven activity
  • Moral implications: privacy, autonomy, and equality


 

This is an international academic conference co-sponsored by the Coase-Sandor Instiute for Law and Economics.

Registration is required. Please register at https://goo.gl/forms/MRtk5u9dTI4bY1qr2

For all registration questions, please contact the team at Institut François Gény at ifg-contact@univ-lorraine.fr.

All other inquiries/questions, please contact Ms. Curtrice Scott, Coase-Sandor Institute, curtrice@uchicago.edu.


 
Tentative Schedule of Events

March 17, 2017 — Palais du Luxembourg (Salle Clemenceau)

 
9:00 a.m. Welcome coffee (salle René Coty)
 
9:15-9:30 a.m. Introduction by Guy Canivet, former Premier Président of Cour de Cassation, former member of the Constitutional Council 
 
I. The Data Analytics Revolution
 
9:30-11:00 a.m. Understanding Behaviors with Data Analytics
 
Chair: Laure Lavorel, VP Assistant General Counsel EMEA, CA Technologies, Administrator, Cercle Montesquieu
  • Serge Abiteboul, Senior Researcher INRIA, Member of the French Academy of Sciences, Big Data and Human Sciences
  • Elizabeth Beasley, Head of CEPREMAP Well Being Observatory, "Using Google Trends to assess Well Being"
  • Jonathan S. Masur, Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School, "Subjective well being data and public policy"
Coffee break
 
11:20 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Predictive Analytics and the Law
 
Chair: Sophie Coin-Deleau (to be confirmed)
  • Jacques Levy Vehel, Senior Researcher, INRIA, and Jerôme Dupré, magistrat (on leave of absence), "Using data analytics in legal risk assessment"
  • Anup Malani, Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School, "Big Data and Prison Overcrowding"
  • Harold Epineuse, IHEJ, "Predictive Justice"
Lunch break
 
II. How Data Analytics will reshape the Law
 
2:30 – 4:15 p.m. « Personalized » Law
 
Chair: Jérôme Deroulez, Attorney, Member of the Paris Bar Incubator (to be confirmed)
  • Anthony J. Casey, Professor of Law, University of Chicago School of Law, "The end of rules and standards"
  • David Restrepo Amariles, Professor of law, HEC Paris, "Law’s Learning Algorithm: Making Rules Fit through Big Data"
  • Ariel Porat, Professor of Law, Tel Aviv University and Visiting Professor of Law, University of Chicago, "Personalized Negligence Law"
 
4:30 – 6:15 p.m. Towards a machine learning driven law?
Chair: Horatia Muir Watt (to be confirmed)
  • Florence G’sell, Professor of Law, University of Lorraine, Institut François Gény, "Automated Decision Making"
  • Bryce Goodman, Researcher, Oxford Internet Institute, "Algorithms: Bias and Discrimination"
  • Grégory Lewkowicz, Professor of Jurisprudence, Université Libre de Bruxelles, (title to be confirmed)

March 18, 2017 — Maison du Barreau (auditorium)

 
III. How Data Analytics will Affect Individuals
 
9:15-9:30 a.m. Welcome speech, Frédéric Sicard, President of the Paris Bar (to be confirmed)
 
9:30-11 a.m. Big Data and Consumers  
Chair: Ricardo Cortes-Monroy, Senior VP and Group General Counsel, Nestlé
  • Agnès Audier (to be confirmed)
  • Omri Ben-Shahar, Professor of Law and Kearney Director of the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics, University of Chicago, "Interpreting Contracts Via Surveys and Experiments"
  • Anne-Lise Sibony, Professor of European Law, University of Louvain, "Protecting consumers against unfair use of data: the perspective of EU Consumer law"
Coffee break
 
11:15 am – 1 pm Big Data and Citizens: Privacy and Ethics (roundtable)
Chair: Béatrice Delmas Linel, Managing Partner, Osborne Clarke
  • Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, Researcher, MIT MediaLab/Imperial College, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence: how to protect privacy?
  • Edouard Geffray, Secretary General of CNIL, Dealing with ethics and privacy in the European Union, (title to be confirmed)
  • Héléna Pons-Charlet, Head of Legal, Digital Crimes Unit, Microsoft, The Fourth Industrial Revolution,  Artificial Intelligence as an opportunity for future welfare 
  • Laure Lavorel, VP Assistant General Counsel EMEA, CA Technologies, Administrator, Cercle Montesquieu, The Key Role of Cybersecurity
This is an international academic conference. The event is free and open to the public, but registration via  https://goo.gl/forms/MRtk5u9dTI4bY1qr2 is required.
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The Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought will host its 10th annual Great Debate on Thursday, Feb. 23. Erika Bachiochi of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and Mary Anne Case of the University of Chicago will go head-to-head debating whether the Catholic Church really respects women.

Details and registration

22 Feb 2017 - 6:00pm
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Join your fellow classmates for a 30 minute salsa dancing class in the Courtroom. Participants will receive a Wellness T-shirt.

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Defenders and the ACLU Present:

Making a Murderer with Dean Strang

Dean Strang is a Wisconsin defense lawyer. His defense of Steven Avery was chronicled in the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer. In 2003, Avery was exonerated after serving 18 years in prison. He filed a civil rights lawsuit against Manitowoc County, and two years later he was charged and convicted of murder. Strang and his co-counsel, Jerome Buting, led Avery's defense.

Strang is a partner at StrangBradley, a trial law firm he co-founded. He was the first executive director for the Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin, Inc., and has been a shareholder at some of Wisconsin's leading criminal defense firms, including Shellow, Shellow, & Glynn. He has taught at Marquette University, the University of Wisconsin, and the National Criminal Defense College, and is the author of Worse than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia and his A.B. from Dartmouth College.

23 Feb 2017 - 10:47am
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Justices of the Hinton Moot Court Winter Term 2017

Hon. Adam Chilton

Hon. Aziz Huq

Hon. Adam Mortara

Argument Schedule

Petitioner                      Respondent

8:20 - 9:00 AM – Round 1

Kashan Pathan                                 Michael Brightman

9:00 - 10:00 AM – Round 2

Nabihah Maqbool                              Joe Egozi

10:00 - 11:00 AM – Round 3

Alex Schulman                                  Tom Garvey

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM – Round 4

Ashley Burman                                  Elizabeth Ertle

1:00 – 2:00 PM – Round 5

Julius Kairey                                      John Corfman

2:00 - 3:00 PM – Round 6

Josh Pickar                                        Phil Ehrlich

3:00 - 4:00 PM – Round 7

Matt LaGrone                                     Kaitlin Beck

4:00 - 5:00 PM – Reception & Announcement of Finalists

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24 Feb 2017 - 1:22pm
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Please join us for this breakfast welcoming the Law School's newest admitted students. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow alumni and to share your Chicago Law experience with prospective students.

Register today.

The Law School would like to thank Dechert LLP and Guillaume Briant LLM'09 for hosting this event.

24 Feb 2017 - 4:24pm
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Why bring mindfulness and compassion to law school?  Law school is stressful and hard.  We know that there can be considerable pressures that cause great psychological distress in law school and the legal profession.  In this workshop you will discover practical activities you can try in order to train your mind to effectively guard against stress and burnout. The mix of science and practices offered will:

  • Define the landscape of well-being in the legal profession
  • Describe how mindfulness, compassion, gratitude and empathy are powerful tools to enhance lawyer well-being
  • Teach key psychological practices that either diminish or enhance lawyer well-being
  • Describe preliminary research findings on how lawyers view and understand the experience of compassion at work in the organizational life of a large law firm
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27 Feb 2017 - 11:48am
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Michael K. Fridkin, Senior Staff Attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, will be speaking about clerkship opportunities. The Office of Staff Attorneys handles about half of all the cases in the 7th Circuit and about a fourth of all cases subject to oral argument. Appendix A of the Clerkship Manual has a list of alumni who have worked in the Office of Staff Attorneys at the Seventh Circuit. Please RSVP at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/clerkshipprograms.

27 Feb 2017 - 1:21pm
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It’s almost time to begin planning your 2L job search! Learn how to develop a strategy for your 2L summer search, and find out how networking (such as firm●wise), interview programs, job fairs, and direct applications fit into the big picture. This program is for all 1Ls seeking public interest or private sector opportunities for Summer 2018.

The Office of Career Services expects all 1L students to attend this program.

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