August 2016

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1 Aug 2016 - 11:54am

Paper title: "Relative Judgments"

3 Aug 2016 - 10:52am

William Domnarski discusses Richard Posner, the first biographical treatment of the enormously influential Judge Richard Posner. He will be joined in conversation by Richard Posner.

Details and RSVP

3 Aug 2016 - 1:34pm
3 Aug 2016 - 1:44pm
5 Aug 2016 - 8:13am

Thursday, August 4: Orientation Day 1

Please bring your laptop.

8:45 a.m. Registration

Please allow plenty of time to find parking if you plan to drive (the Law Lot will not be available) and to pick up your registration packet and t-shirt.

9:00 a.m.

Welcomes, Introductions
Thomas J. Miles, Dean, Clifton R. Musser Professor of Law and Economics
Ann K. Perry, Associate Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid
Shannon P. Bartlett, Dean of Students

9:30 a.m. Law School Information Tours and Library Overview
Shiva Jayaraman, Rising 3L and Editor-in-Chief, Chicago Journal of International Law
Michael Trajkovich, Rising 3L and Transfer Student Coordinator
Margaret Schilt, Associate Law Librarian for User Services
Todd Ito, Coordinator of Instruction and Outreach
10:30 a.m. UChicago Journals & Topic Access Programs
Carmel Dooling, Rising 3L and Executive Editor, University of Chicago Law Review

Shiva Jayaraman, Rising 3L and Editor-in-Chief, Chicago Journal of International Law
Nick Smith, Rising 3L and Topic Access Editor, The Legal Forum

10:45 a.m.

Law School Computing
David Blood, Manager of User Services 

11:15 a.m.

Financial Aid and LRAP
Kevin Petty, Associate Director of Admissions & Financial Aid 

11:30 a.m.

Career Services and Public Interest
Abbie Willard, Associate Dean, Office of Career Services
Susan J. Curry, Director, Public Interest Law and Policy 

12:00 p.m.

Lunch; Find Your Locker

1:45 p.m.

Trolley Departs for Service Activity

2:15 p.m.

Service Activity
Cornerstone Community Outreach, 4628 N Clifton Ave, Chicago, IL

Students will work with Cornerstone Community Outreach to sort donations. Please wear comfortable clothes. Jeans are recommended.

4:15 p.m.

Trolley Departs from Cornerstone Community Outreach to return to the Law School

4:45 p.m.

Trolley arrives at the Law School
Pizza Social in the South Green Lounge
Sponsored by Themis Bar Review

Friday, August 5: Orientation Day 2

You received a class t-shirt on Thursday that you should wear for the class picture.

8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by External Affairs
Be sure to pick up a special gift from External Affairs

9:00 a.m.

Academic Policies and Resources
Shannon P. Bartlett, Dean of Students
Office of the Registrar  

9:30 a.m.

Lois Casaleggi, Senior Director, Office of Career Services

10:00 a.m.

Addressing Gender-based Violence in our Community
Shea Wolfe, Deputy Title IX Coordinator

10:30 a.m.

An Introduction to Law & Economics
Douglas G. Baird, Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor of Law

11:30 a.m.

Q&A Session
Shannon P. Bartlett, Dean of Students
Lois Casaleggi, Senior Director, Office of Career Services
Michael Trajkovich, Rising 3L and Transfer Student Coordinator

12:15 p.m. Group Photo
Meet outside on the North side of the Reflecting Pool
Be sure to wear your class t-shirt today
12:30 p.m.


8 Aug 2016 - 2:14pm

On Thursday, August 11 the Office of the Dean of Students will hold a 2L Orientation Meeting.  This meeting will take place in the North Green Lounge at 12:00pm.  This session will cover course selection and several other beginning of the year related topics.  2Ls who are available at this time should plan to attend this session.  Lunch will be provided and we will try to give you some time to prep before interviews start again. Please note that tickets are needed for this event in order to track attendance (so we know who couln't make it and make sure they get the necessary information).  Directions on how to secure your tickets and for important ticket information are posted below.  

How to Secure Your Tickets

  • Go to the following website:
  • Click the login link.
  • Log-in with your CNetID and Password.
  • Once logged in, click the link that says 2L Orientation Meeting.
  • Move to the Ticketing Information section towards the bottom of the page and select 1 ticket.
  • Click add to order.
  • Click checkout.
  • Click checkout again.
  • Your order is now complete.  You can print or save your ticket.  Your ticket will also be emailed directly to you.  This ticket can be printed or pulled up on your smart phone to gain entry (zoom in on the QR code for quick scanning). Be sure to bring your downloaded ticket or printed ticket to the meeting as you need it for entry.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

9 Aug 2016 - 11:44am

Please join the Law School, Deputy Dean Daniel Abebe, and host Roger Orf, MBA ’77, JD ‘79, for a cocktail reception in London!

Deputy Dean Abebe will give a talk entitled "The Future of Brexit".

Kindly RSVP here.

9 Aug 2016 - 1:27pm

Meet and welcome newly appointed Dean Thomas Miles and join him in conversation about the future of the Law School.

Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, while socializing, networking, and engaging with fellow alums!

Business attire suggested. Parking will be validated at the NRG Energy Center, 324 S. 9th Street.

Registration has closed, but we encourage you to walk in to the event if you can attend. For special assistance or needs, please contact Maggie Mahoney at

11 Aug 2016 - 9:54am

Shared Stories of Success In Law From Fellow UChicago Alumnae.

Cost: No cost but you must RSVP to participate
RSVP here

11:30 - 12:00 pm Registration and Networking
12:00 - 12:45 pm Panel discussion
12:45 - 1:00 pm Q&A
1:00 - 1:30 pm Networking and event ends

Please join The University of Chicago Alumni Law Society (ALS), and McDermott Will & Emery LLP, for a networking event and panel discussion showcasing several high-profile female attorneys from different industries in Chicago. Together, these accomplished attorneys will discuss concepts of leadership, success, and career development within their legal functions

Heather Smedstad, AB'92

Private Practice:
Amy Manning, JD'92 – Managing Partner, McGuireWoods Chicago office
Mary Wilson, JD'92 – Managing Partner, Dentons Chicago office

Veronica Gomez, JD'94 – VP and Deputy General Counsel, Litigation, Exelon
Mahrukh Hussain, AB'93 – US General Counsel, McDonald’s

Public Sector:
Alex Holt, AM'92 JD'07 – Budget Director for the City of Chicago
Jenny Notz, JD'98 - City of Chicago Department of Law - VP and US General Counsel

Our esteemed panelists will share their insights on how they reached their current positions as they navigated firm, in-house, and government life. They will address the obstacles they have encountered and eventually overcame as they progressed in their legal careers, including the following questions:

•What top three legal skills should attorneys develop in preparation for career success in increasingly competitive and demanding business and legal environments?

•What strategies should attorneys adopt to aid their transition in helping them move upwards or laterally ("up" or "across”)?

•What strategies can female attorneys undertake in building stronger bridges with other female attorneys while charting a path to career success? What specific tactics can female attorneys employ to “pay it forward?"

This event is fully sponsored by McDermott Will & Emery LLP chicago office.

15 Aug 2016 - 10:39am

Meet and welcome newly appointed Dean Thomas Miles and join him in conversation about the future of the Law School.

Guests will enjoy cocktails and a gourmet buffet service, while socializing, networking, and engaging with fellow alums!

Business attire suggested. Complimentary valet parking provided.

Please RSVP here.

For special assistance or needs, please contact Maggie Mahoney at

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18 Aug 2016 - 2:59pm
19 Aug 2016 - 10:54am

The 2016 Coase Lecture will be presented by Dhammika Dharmapala, Julius Kreeger Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School. Professor Dharmapala will discuss The "Credibility Revolution" in Empirical Law and Economics.

Reception to follow.

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

19 Aug 2016 - 10:54am

This conference will bring together leading legal academics, economists, philosophers, and political thinkers to consider the question "what is the future of classical-liberal thought in law and policy?" in a variety of legal and policy domains.

19 Aug 2016 - 11:04am

Quadratic Voting (QV) aims to bring the efficiency of markets to collective decision making by pricing rather than rationing votes. The proposal has attracted substantial interest and controversy in economics, law, philosophy and beyond. The goal of this conference was to evaluate the promise of Quadratic Voting and to stimulate research on QV from a broad range of perspectives. Leading scholars from disciplines ranging from classics to cryptography presented their work on diverse issues related to QV, including the history of the ideas behind it, practical implementation for market research surveys, objections to the use of money in politics and how QV might have averted political disasters in history. The conference papers will be published in a special issue of Public Choice in 2017, following up on a parallel special issue forty years prior on the use of the Vickrey-Clarke-Groves mechanism for collective decisions.

Details at BFI's website.

Quadratic Voting and the Public Good

19 Aug 2016 - 2:34pm

Details to be announced.

24 Aug 2016 - 12:10pm

This is an informational meeting with Professor Hutchinson and the Office of Career Services for potential 3L Supreme Court clerkship applicants. If you are a 3L student interested in applying for a Supreme Court clerkship, please attend this meeting. This meeting is conducted every fall. 

24 Aug 2016 - 12:27pm

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

Please RSVP at

24 Aug 2016 - 12:30pm

OSCAR is the main resource of information for clerkship applicants.  Students interested in clerkships should attend this meeting to learn more about OSCAR and how to use the system to identify postings and judge information. OCS will also cover important logistical information involved with applying to clerkships.  All students interested in clerkships are welcome to attend.

Please RSVP at

24 Aug 2016 - 12:32pm

Prof. Hutchinson, Chair of the Clerkship Committee, will conduct a meeting for all JD students interested in a judicial clerkship at any point after graduation. Strategies for obtaining a clerkship as well as procedural requirements will be discussed. Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions.  Please RSVP at

24 Aug 2016 - 1:02pm

Students interested in learning more about post graduate clerkships and how to start preparing now for the application process should attend this program.  This program will cover what clerkships are, the benefits of clerking, what 1Ls can do to prepare, and FAQs. Although geared towards 1Ls, all students interested in clerkships are encouraged to attend.  There will be time for questions.

25 Aug 2016 - 10:06am


Several faculty members who served as judicial clerks will discuss their experiences, explain how clerkships differ in the various courts, discuss why students should consider clerkships, and offer advice for students interested and considering applying for clerkships at any point in their career.  There will be time for student Q&A. Please RSVP at

25 Aug 2016 - 10:41am

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

25 Aug 2016 - 1:57pm

1Ls: This is where it all begins. Meet the career services staff, learn about the services the office provides, future programming, important dates, and find out where to begin in your career planning.

The Office of Career Services expects all Class of 2019 students to attend this program.

Click here to RSVP.

29 Aug 2016 - 1:37pm

Richard Posner is the most important judge of his generation, and perhaps the most iconoclastic.  In this new biography, Attorney William Domnarski helps put this intellectual giant into perspective, while also providing insight into the development of Law and Economics at the University of Chicago.

29 Aug 2016 - 2:20pm

Learn more about our Prospective Student Open Houses and how to register on our Information Sessions site here.

29 Aug 2016 - 2:22pm

Learn more about our Prospective Student Open Houses and how to register on our Information Sessions site here

30 Aug 2016 - 3:59pm

Meet and welcome newly appointed Dean Thomas Miles and join him in conversation about the future of the Law School.

Kindly reply here by Friday, October 21.

Parking is available in the Boston Common Garage

The Law School would like to thank Molly Diggans and Mark Duggan for generously hosting this event.

For special assistance or needs, please contact Maggie Mahoney at