May 2017

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1 May 2017 - 10:39am


and ACS,Defenders, and the Criminal Law Society present:

Former federal prosecutor Matt Crowl (JD ’89) and commutee Jesse Webster will discuss Matt’s prosecution of Jesse in a federal drug case, a first offense that resulted in a life sentence. Twenty years later, Matt provided a letter in support of Jesse’s clemency petition, President Obama commuted Jesse’s sentence, and the two men met about the case.

This case raises fascinating issues of prosecutorial, judicial, and presidential discretion, and the role of mandatory minimum penalties in our criminal justice system.

Matt Crowl is a Partner with Riley, Safer, Holmes & Cancilla, LLP. Commentary will be provided by Judith Miller, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law with the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited. (Lunch Provided by Soul Food)

1 May 2017 - 1:23pm

The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture is pleased to present a lecture by Geoffrey R. Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law:

Sex and the Constitution: Roe v. Wade—Past, Present, and Future

Tuesday, May 2nd
Classics 110
1010 East 59th Street
4:30pm. Reception to follow.

This event is free and open to the public. For details, please contact

1 May 2017 - 5:07pm

Illinois is a disaster, politically and economically. Too often, cronyism controls who wins and loses in both elections and the marketplace. Meanwhile, an ever-shrinking tax base is liable to pay ever-expanding government debt and pension liabilities.

To fix this, the state government needs major structural reforms--the kind of reforms that can only be made through changes to the state constitution. A new book from the Illioins Policy Institute and the Liberty Justice Center, An Illinois Constitution for the Twenty-First Century, explains exactly how this could be done.

To mark the publication of this important book, the Institute is hosting this event featuring several of the book's distingusihed contributors:

Richard Epstein, University of Chicago

Robin Fretwell Wilson, University of Illinois

Timothy Sandefur, Goldwater Institute

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Manhattan Institute

Join us as these scholars discus how to fix Illinois' big problems, from politics to pensions to protection of fundamental liberties.

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

3 May 2017 - 12:51pm

The University Community Service Center (UCSC) invites you to our 20th Anniversary First Friday on Immigration and Racial Justice this Friday, May 5 (1-3pm) at the Center for Identity + Inclusion (5710 S. Woodlawn Ave.).  The topic will be "Humanity vs. Government: How Do Racial and Immigration Policies Shape Chicago?"

The panel includes: Todd Belcore, Executive Director, The Liberty Project; Lecturer, UChicago Law School; Ricardo Gamboa, Resident Playwright, Chicago Dramatists; Intersectional Political Thought Leader; Swapna Reddy, Founder & Co-Director, Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP), Urban Justice Center. 

Lunched catered by Simply Soups, Salads, Sandwiches in Bronzeville.  

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4 May 2017 - 4:17pm

DSVP, UChicago SAAP, LWC, and ECAS present:

A panel on Toxic Masculinity featuring:

Professor Mary Anne Case:
A graduate of Yale College and the Harvard Law School, Mary Anne Case studied at the University of Munich; litigated for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York; and was professor of law and Class of 1966 Research Professor at the University of Virginia before joining the Law School faculty. The subjects she has taught include feminist jurisprudence, constitutional law, regulation of sexuality, marriage, family law, sex discrimination, religious freedom, and European legal systems.

Caleb Probst:
Caleb began working with Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) in 2007, and in 2010, he began facilitating CAASE’s new curriculum, Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation. This is the nation’s first prevention curriculum to engage young men in dialogue about the sex trade and empower them to stand as allies against sexual exploitation and violence. To date, more than 1,600 young men in Chicago have completed the program.

Room III, 12:15pm

Bombay Wraps served.

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

5 May 2017 - 11:43am

The Office of the Dean of Students is currently seeking 2Ls to serve as Academic Counselors for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Any students interested in applying are encouraged to attend this information meeting.

5 May 2017 - 11:44am

Grab your Big Sibling/Little Sibling or your Transfer Buddy and venture out to the Law School parking lot because the Yum Dum food truck will be here serving up a variety of dumplings.  Look for the Office of the Dean of Students staff at the VCA desk to pick up a coupon. Don’t forget to bring a jacket as lines can take a few minutes. Please note that you must come with your sibling or buddy to participate.

5 May 2017 - 11:45am

Graduating students are invited to attend their final dinner at the Law School in celebration of the Class of 2017.  Invitations have been sent via email.  RSVP’s are required for this event.

5 May 2017 - 11:46am

Join your fellow classmates and celebrate your hard work this year with the End of the Year Party.

6 May 2017 - 6:45pm

RADICAL LAWYERING: A Legal Approach for Social Change

Presented by the UChicago National Lawyers Guild, BLSA, & ACS

From Protest to the Court Room: How do you utilize community lawyering to help advance social movements? Join us for a conversation with five Chicago-area attorneys.

Monday May 8, 2017 | 12:15 | Room B | Lunch from the Snail Provided

Michael Deutsch (People’s Law Office, National Lawyers Guild)

Molly Armour (Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, National Lawyers Guild)

Quinn Rallins (Law for Black Lives, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law)

Julie Justicz (Program Development Counsel, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights)

Ami Gandhi (Director of Voting Rights and Civic Empowerment, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights)

7 May 2017 - 9:57pm

China Law Society and International Immersion Program are honored to host the lunch talk "Legal Development in Mainland China and Hong Kong: Globalization & Localization" featured by Professor Ruoying Chen 

9 May 2017 - 1:46pm

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

9 May 2017 - 2:11pm

University of Chicago Law School professors Geoffrey Stone, David Strauss, and Aziz Huq, three of the nation's leading constitutional and Supreme Court scholars, will spend an hour discussing the ramifications and inside-the-beltway dealings behind the Merrick Garland/Neil Gorsuch episode along with the major issues facing the Supreme Court today, including partisan gerrymandering. Given the short- and long-term implications of both the make-up of the Court and the issues the Court will decide, this lively discussion is not to be missed.

Register Here

10 May 2017 - 4:41pm

Kreisman Housing Initiative - April 2017 Gleacher Breakfast Panel


Please join us for this breakfast and presentation on "Place-Based Redevelopment Strategies: The Case of the Reclaiming Southwest Chicago Campaign"

April 17, 2017
8:00 AM – Breakfast
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Panel

Gleacher Center
450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive
Room 208

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  To register, please visit

Jeff Leslie (Moderator)
Director of Clinical and Experiential Learning, Clinical Professor of Law, Paul J. Tierney Director of the Housing Initiative, Co-director of the Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law and Policy, and Faculty Director of Curriculum.

Jeff Leslie graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School and clerked for Judge Joel M. Flaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Before joining the Law School, he was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City of Chicago Department of Law, where he worked on affordable housing and economic development transactions. He is the Paul J. Tierney Director of the Housing Initiative Clinic, representing community-based affordable housing developers, and teaches courses in commercial real estate, affordable housing law and policy, negotiations, and transactional lawyering skills. He currently serves as the Faculty Director of Curriculum and as Director of Clinical and Experiential Learning. 

Jeff Bartow
Executive Director, Southwest Organizing Project

Jeff has been organizing in the Chicago metropolitan area since 1989, after spending 10 years organizing in Fort Worth, Texas. Jeff has been a resident of Southwest Chicago since 1992. He joined SWOP as Executive Director in September 2002. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of SWOP, he served as the Executive Director of the Interfaith Leadership Project of Cicero, Berwyn and Stickney for nearly a decade.

Susan J. Popkin, PhD
Senior Fellow, Urban Institute

Susan Popkin is a senior fellow and director of the Neighborhoods and Youth Development initiative in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. A nationally recognized expert on public and assisted housing, Popkin directs a research program that focuses on the ways neighborhood environments affect outcomes for youth and on assessing comprehensive community-based interventions. A particular focus is gender differences in neighborhood effects and improving outcomes for marginalized girls.

Popkin’s current projects include the multisite HOST demonstration, which is testing two-generation service models for vulnerable families in public and assisted housing while creating a network of housing providers seeking to use housing as a platform for services; PASS, a community-based participatory research effort to develop strategies to promote sexual health and safety for adolescents and reduce coercive and risky behavior; the evaluation of the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative; and the evaluation of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Family-Centered Community Change Initiative.

Popkin is the coauthor of the award-winning Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty, lead author of The Hidden War: Crime and the Tragedy of Public Housing in Chicago, and coauthor of Public Housing Transformation: The Legacy of Segregation.

Amir Sufi, PhD
Bruce Lindsay Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Amir Sufi is the Bruce Lindsay Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He serves as an associate editor for the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Professor Sufi's research focuses on finance and macroeconomics. He has articles published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. His recent research on household debt and the economy has been profiled in the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. It has also been presented to policy-makers at the Federal Reserve, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs, and the White House Council of Economic Advisors. This research forms the basis of his book co-authored with Atif Mian: House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Again, which was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2014.

Sufi graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a bachelor's degree in economics. He earned a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2005.


Parking is available free of charge at the lot at 201 E Illinois. Enter the lot, located at the intersection of Lower Illinois and St. Clair, from either the Lower Illinois or St. Clair entrance. Take a ticket from the machine as you enter the lot, and pick up a validation sticker as you check in for the panel event. The sticker will allow you to exit the lot free of charge following the event. You may find this map of parking lots surrounding the Gleacher Center helpful. The 201 E Illinois lot is marked with a "4" on page two of the map.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  To register, please visit

This event is organized by the Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law and Policy at the University of Chicago Law School, which brings together the best housing research at the University of Chicago to engage the real estate, public policy, and financial communities. The Initiative is co-directed by Lee Fennell, Max Pam Professor of Law at the Law School, and Jeff Leslie, Clinical Professor of Law and Paul J. Tierney Director of the Housing Initiative at the Law School.

Southwest Chicago Event Poster

11 May 2017 - 10:26am

DSVP, HRLS, LRJ, ECAS, and FBA present:

Fighting Child Sex Trafficking

with Jordan Ginsberg, '04

Jordan Ginsberg is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Louisiana and the Deputy Supervisor of the Office's Public Integrity Unit. Mr. Ginsberg specializes in the prosecution of various complex white-collar and cybercrimes, including public corruption, child exploitation and trafficking, health care fraud, and other computer intrusion. Mr. Ginsberg has successfully tried 10 federal jury trials, including the first juvenile sex trafficking matter in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Mr. Ginsberg graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with honors in 2004. After law school, he served as a law clerk in the Northern District of Illinois for the Honorable Mark Filip and an associate at Sidley Austin LLP.

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

11 May 2017 - 12:11pm

Words and structures change their meaning over time.  The text of laws, however, does not change, absent amendment or other revision.  These two facts make it difficult for judges, scholars, and observers to understand and interpret texts such as the U.S. Constitution.  Current trends in legal interpretation make historical linguistic understanding urgent.  Originalist methodology focuses on the meaning of key words and phrases at the time of the American founding.  Other prominent approaches, such as textualism and common law constitutionalism, similarly raise questions of meaning across time.  Several recent, important Supreme Court decisions have turned on the interpretation of “keep and bear arms, “the recess,” and “cruel and unusual punishment,” to name just a few examples.

Advances in theoretical and computational linguistics, as well as vast new corpora of English, make it possible to determine for the first time with precision what lexical shifts have occurred over the past two centuries, how these shifts have affected both the diachronic semantics of words and phrases, and their syntactic distributions.  The results of such inquiries have direct application to questions of constitutional and statutory interpretation.  This conference brings together linguists and legal scholars who are applying linguistic techniques to questions of legal historical importance.

The conference aims to provide a forum for presenting results, and to stimulate and inform discussions across the boundaries of disciplinary expertise.

Students and Law School faculty are welcome.

View the schedule

11 May 2017 - 3:50pm

"The problem is not the Electoral College, but us.”

William Josephson (AB '52) will provide a continuation lecture from his 2007 presentation on the Electoral College and Gore vs. Bush in the context of the 2016 Presidential election.


Wednesday, May 17 2017 at 6-9 p.m.


3 West Club

3 W 51st

New York, NY 10019

Cost: $25 (includes lecture and light refreshements)

Register via this link.

Prominent lawyer and Electoral College historian Bill Josephson (AB '52) will give a follow up to his 2007 talk about the Electoral College. Josephson will address many of the flaws of the Electoral College while discussing the challenges facing plans to use the popular vote to select the President.

Josephson will consider the

-        Flaws behind the National Popular Vote plan, which has the support of the New York Times and 165 Electoral Votes worth of states.

-        Attempts to eliminate winner-take-all voting by electors in each state.

-        Awful possibility that the House of Representatives will elect the President, if the Electoral College does not, and/or if the Senate’s effort to elect a Vice President is filibustered.

-        Gerrymandering;

-        Issues raised by so called faithless electors; and,

-        Section 4 of the 25th Amendment.

To get a perspective of his authority on the subject of the Electoral College, please access this New York Times article: For Expert on Electoral College, Calls Never Stop.

Beginning with his joining Fried, Frank in 1966, Mr. Josephson served as counsel to New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay's Human Resources Study Group and thereafter worked on a number of Lindsay Administration initiatives, including the Community School District System and Neighborhood Government.

Mr. Josephson worked with Sargent Shriver at the Peace Corps until 1966, holding positions as Special Assistant to the Director and then General Counsel. In 1972, Mr. Josephson was a director of Sargent Shriver's campaign for Vice President on the McGovern/Shriver ticket.

His expertise in tax-exempt organizations led him to become the Assistant Attorney General-in-Charge of the Charities Bureau in the New York State Department of Law from 1999 to 2004 under former Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. 

Mr. Josephson, resident in the New York office, is now a retired partner of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP., a senior advisor to the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago and Senior Advisor to the Sargent Shiver Peace Institute (SSPI).  He teaches College undergraduates at the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.

Register here today

In a first for the Club and University-wide Alumni Association, we are collaborating with AlumniU, a free online learning community exclusively for UChicago alumni, to allow for an enriched and interactive event that will start right ahead of Mr. Josephson's presentation. 

With your CNET Logon, access the AlumniU webpage for this event and:

  • Vote on the current alternatives to the Electoral College
  • Pose a question you may have on this topic to Mr. Josephson
  • Read up on some back ground material ahead of the lecture

Forgot your CNetID or having trouble logging in? Explore CNetID Help or email

Questions on this event?  Please contact   

11 May 2017 - 4:55pm

Stop by the Coffee Mess and get all of your graduation questions answered. The Office of the Dean of Students will be available to answer any lingering questions you may have about Graduation.  We will also be passing out composites to those who ordered them.  The Registrar will be assisting with bar certifications, handwriting samples, and diploma name changes. The UChicago bookstore will have an assortment of Masters gowns and diploma frames for sale, as well as rental forms for candidates who will be needing JD attire. Be sure to ask the bookstore about ordering class rings and graduation announcements.

15 May 2017 - 1:57pm

Part lecture, part concert, KAM Isaiah Israel's Words and Music matches world class scholarship together with inspired music.

Free and open to the public.


16 May 2017 - 10:02am

Co-sponsored by the Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law and Policy

Join the Chicago Policy Research Team and the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance to celebrate the launch of '“Not Welcome”: The Uneven Geographies of Housing Choice,’ a policy report exploring source of income discrimination and the experience of Housing Choice Vouchers participants in Chicago and suburban Cook County.

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

Reception: 5.30pm-6.00pm

Program: 6.00pm-7.30pm

The 2017 Chicago Policy Research Team is generously supported by UChicago UrbanChicago Studies, the Office of Civic Engagement, the Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law and Policy, and the Social Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago.

The presentation and report will be available online following the reception at

Please contact for questions and accessibility accomodations.


18 May 2017 - 12:14pm

Spending on healthcare in the United States has been growing faster than the economy itself, even while the share of the population without health care was increasing. The 2010 Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) was intended to reverse these trends but has had economic side effects.

The ACA and ongoing attempts at health care reform involve a complex mix of subsidies, incentives, regulations, and taxes. This, in turn, affects insurance markets, labor costs, employment trends, and other economic variables.

In this panel, experts will share their views on how health care reform affects the federal budget and how the forces it sets in motion ripple through the economy.

Details and registration

19 May 2017 - 2:01pm

Join your favorite faculty members and fill up on pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee, and orange juice in the Green Lounge for our quarterly pancake dinner. This is a great chance to hang out and relax between study sessions. 

19 May 2017 - 2:03pm

Take a break from studying and grab a snack from the Hot Dog Cart in the North Green Lounge.  Vegan and gluten-free options will be available.  

19 May 2017 - 2:31pm

The University of Chicago Alumni Law Society invites you to networking and appetizers in New York.

$10/per person. Register here.

19 May 2017 - 5:15pm

Take a study break and enjoy coffee and snacks in the D'Angelo Law Library Reading Room this Saturday, May 20 from noon until 2:00 p.m. or whenever the coffee runs out. Stop by the table in front of the Reference Desk and help yourself.

19 May 2017 - 5:16pm

Take a study break and enjoy coffee and snacks in the D'Angelo Law Library Reading Room on Saturday, May 27 from noon until 2:00 p.m. or whenever the coffee runs out. Stop by the table in front of the Reference Desk and help yourself.

21 May 2017 - 6:49pm

Prof. Hubbard will be presenting his paper "The Supreme Court of India: Is It Still a Court for the Common Person?"

Paper is available at the Judicial Behavior Workshop webpage.

26 May 2017 - 2:47pm

Are We In A Constitutional Crisis?
A Conversation about the Future of Democracy

There is no charge for this event. Complimentary valet parking provided.
Business or business casual attire required.

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

Please RSVP here.

26 May 2017 - 3:05pm

For information about Graduation for the Class of 2017, visit the main Graduation page

26 May 2017 - 4:06pm

Come and get your sugar fix from the Ice Cream Cart.  Dairy free items will be available.

26 May 2017 - 4:07pm

Join your classmates and celebrate the end of your 1L year with a BBQ. 1L Writing Awards also will be announced at the event.