Schedule of Events

Reunion 2019 | May 3-5

  • FRIDAY, MAY 3
    • Loop Luncheon
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      • The Standard Club, Grand Ballroom | 320 South Plymouth Court
      • "Fear and Anger in American Politics"
        Featuring remarks by Martha C. Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Law School and Philosophy Department. Moderated by Alex Kolod, ’09.

        As in her new book The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis, Professor Nussbaum will discuss the atmosphere of fear, anger, and polarization that suffuses our political moment, and suggest that philosophical ideas about the emotions are useful in understanding and improving it. Professor Nussbaum is the winner of the 2018 Berggruen Prize, which is awarded annually to a thinker whose ideas have profoundly shaped human self-understanding and advancement in a rapidly changing world.

    • Highlights Tour
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      • Art Institute of Chicago | 159 East Monroe Street
      • Explore the wide range of art on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. This docent-led tour includes some of the museum’s most remarkable masterworks. Ticket includes general admission. Space is limited, so please register early.

    • LLM Reception
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      • Petterino’s | 50 West Randolph Street (via Randolph Street "Banquets" entrance)
      • LLM alumni from all class years are invited to join fellow LLM graduates; current students; and Richard Badger, ’68, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. Light refreshments will be served.

    • Alumni Clerkship Reception
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      • Prime & Provisions | 222 North LaSalle Drive
      • (Note: this restaurant is connected to Builders BLDG, the Wine Mess venue)

        Alumni who have served in clerkships are invited to mingle with students interested in pursuing a clerkship. Light refreshments will be served. Advance registration required.

    • Bringing Communities Together: APALSA, BLSA, LLSA, NALSA, OutLaw, SALSA + SWANA Reunion Celebration
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      • Prime & Provisions | 222 North LaSalle Drive
      • (Note: this restaurant is connected to Builders BLDG, the Wine Mess venue)

        Join members of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, the Black Law Students Association, the Latinx Law Students Association, the Native American Law Students Association, OutLaw (the Law School Community’s LGBTQ Association), the South Asian Law Students Association, and the Southwest Asian and North Afrikan Law Students Association at a Reunion gathering to connect with fellow students, alumni, and friends of the Law School. Together we will celebrate the many and diverse contributions of our unique community. Light refreshments will be served.

    • All-Alumni Wine Mess
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      • The Builders BLDG | 222 North LaSalle Drive
      • Reconnect with classmates, mingle with Law School faculty and students, and enjoy drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. Look for signage around the venue to help you find your classmates!

    • Class of 1969 50th Reunion Celebration
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      • Porter Kitchen & Deck | 150 North Riverside Plaza
      • The Class of 1969, celebrating its 50th Reunion, is invited to continue the festivities as we toast this special milestone. Hors d'oeuvres and full bar will be served.

    • Class of 1994 25th Reunion Champagne Celebration
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      • Prime & Provisions | 222 North LaSalle Drive
      • (Note: this restaurant is connected to Builders BLDG, the Wine Mess venue)

        Members of the Class of 1994 are invited to celebrate this special milestone with a champagne toast! Heavy hors d'oeuvres and full bar will be served. A toast, followed by a class photo, will take place at 8:15 p.m.

        Please note that some classes are arranging informal gatherings following the All-Alumni Wine Mess. For class-specific information, visit the
        Reunion Classes page.

  • SATURDAY, MAY 4 - Morning and Afternoon at Law School
    • Shuttle Service: From the Gleacher Center to the Law School
      • 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
      • For those staying downtown, complimentary shuttle transportation is available. Please board the shuttles in front of the Gleacher Center. Law School staff will be on-hand to provide directions and answer questions.

        Morning: 8:30 & 8:45 AM
        Evening: 2:00, 2:30 & 3:00 PM

    • Coffee + Breakfast
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      • Enjoy coffee and a hearty, hot breakfast in the classroom corridor. If you have not yet checked-in, please visit the registration table to pick-up your nametag, a guidebook for the weekend, and additional materials.

    • Audio Walking Tour of the Law School
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      • Reading Room | 2nd Floor of the D’Angelo Law Library
      • Get to know the Law School and its people through the eyes of a prospective student with the push of a button on your portable digital audio player.

        On your mobile device right now? Visit www.law.uchicago.edu/visit/audio.
        Don’t have a portable digital audio player? They’re available to borrow from the circulation desk of the D’Angelo Law Library.

    • Family Fun at (the Law) School
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      • Reunion isn’t just for adults! Bring the kids to the Law School on Saturday too. From getting your face painted, to playing games and eating ice cream, Saturday at Reunion will be an affair for kids of all ages! School on a Saturday has never been this fun.

    • Photo Tagging Project
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      • View photographs from the Law School’s archives, and help identify former classmates and friends.

    • Alumni Panel: "Engineering Change" | Hosted by the Class of 1969
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      • "Engineering Change: Transitions in the Law and Life after Law School"

        For many of the students in the class of ’69, it was a place for learning what you need to know to be engineers of change. Join us for a fast-paced tour tracking the influence of a University of Chicago Law School education through the ways in which the law, lawyers, and law students have changed in the past 50 years, and predictions for the future, led by six members of the class of ’69:

        • Mark Aaronson, The Honorable Raymond L. Sullivan Professor of Law, Univ. of Calif. Hastings College of Law
        • John Delehanty, Mediator and Arbitrator, Delehanty Resolutions
        • Jody Raphael, Senior Research Fellow, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, DePaul University College of Law
        • The Honorable Milan Smith, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
        • Howard Wilchins, Executive Consultant, Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc.

        Moderated by the Honorable Judy Boggs, Administrative Appeals Judge, United States Benefits Review Board

    • D’Angelo Law Library Open House: Special Reunion Display
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      • Reading Room | 2nd Floor
      • Stop by to see a display specially curated for Reunion celebrants. Past issues of the Glass Menagerie, Moot Court briefs, Journals, newspapers, and more from when you were a Law School student, along with the first Law School exam ever given, will be available for your perusal! (No exam required!)

    • Town Hall Meeting with Dean Thomas J. Miles
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      • Dean Miles will deliver an update on the state of the Law School, followed by alumni Q&A.

    • Chicago Law Foundation Memorabilia Sales
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      • Stock up on CLF swag!

    • Picnic Lunch + Ice Cream Treats
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      • Enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch with beer and wine in the Green Lounge with fellow alumni and their families. There will be games, a face painter, a balloon artist, and an ice cream cart!

    • Clinics Open House
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      • Mix and mingle with alumni, current students and clinical faculty in the beautiful Kane Center Atrium. Faculty and student representatives from various clinics will be available to chat about their work. Clinics include: Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, International Human Rights Clinic, Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic, and the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic.

    • Faculty Masterclasses
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      • Join us as faculty present their current work in these engaging sessions.

        “Reconstructing Contracts: Hamer v. Sidway” 124 N.Y. 538, 27 N.E. 256 (N.Y. 1891)
        Presented by Professor Douglas G. Baird

        An uncle promises his nephew $5,000 if he promises not to smoke, drink, swear, or play cards or billiards for money until he is 21 years of age. The nephew keeps his end of the bargain, but the uncles dies. Can the nephew sue the uncle's estate? In this session we will examine this century-old question to distinguish those promises that are legally enforceable from those that are not.

        “Racial Equity in Algorithmic Criminal Justice”
        Presented by Professor Aziz Z. Huq

        Algorithmic tools for predicting violence and criminality are being used more and more in policing, bail, and sentencing. Scholarly attention to date has focused on their procedural due process implications. In this session we will consider these instruments’ interaction with the enduring racial legacies of the criminal justice system.

    • BLSA Student + Alumni Gathering
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      • Join current students, alumni, and friends of the Law School at this panel discussion and networking event. BLSA alumni will share their paths since law school and lessons learned along the way, followed by a presentation of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards from the University of Chicago Earl B. Dickerson Chapter of the Black Law Students Association. Light refreshments will be served.

  • SATURDAY, MAY 4 - Evening in Chicago
    • Reunion Committee Reception
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      • University Club of Chicago, Front Grill | 76 East Monroe Street
      • Reunion Committee members from all classes are invited to this reception, where we will toast to your collective efforts and accomplishments! By invitation only.

    • Reunion Class Dinners
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      • Various locations
      • Often seen as the highlight of the weekend, the traditional Saturday evening Class Dinners provide a wonderful opportunity to reminisce and reconnect with classmates. The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and dessert.

        For class-specific information, visit the Reunion Classes page.

  • SUNDAY, MAY 5
    • Chicago Architecture Boat Tour
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      • 400 North Michigan | Tour departs from West Dock 3
      • Be inspired by the captivating, visual art that is Chicago's legendary architecture, and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing, dynamic legacy for all to enjoy and admire. This comprehensive tour will navigate through the heart of the city on all three branches of the Chicago River while your guide tells the story of more than 130 years of innovation in design, style and technique and why it is important today. Family-friendly! Refreshments are available on boat for purchase.

        Note: Passengers are advised to arrive at 10:15 a.m., 30 minutes before departure time. Space is limited, so please register early.