• Kimball Anderson, '77 named Visiting Director of the Jerome Mirza Trial Academy

    Kimball Anderson has been named the Visiting Director of the Jerome Mirza Trial Academy at the University of Illinois College of Law. The Academy is designed to teach trial advocacy and professional responsibility to the next generation of trial lawyers.


  • Kaplan on CNN: Obama's uphill fight to hike taxes on wealthy

    Professor Richard Kaplan is featured on CNN discussing President Obama's plans to tackle income inequality through tax reform.

    "Tackling tax reform more broadly could be a pathway to bipartisan cooperation that creates a genuine achievement for both President Obama and the new Congress. In that context, repealing the "step-up in basis" rule and perhaps equalizing tax rates on capital gains and regular income would go a long way to simplifying tax planning and return preparation while allowing the market to allocate capital without the often nonsensical preferences embedded in the current tax code."

    Read the full article on CNN

  • Alumni honored in National Law Journal's Trailblazers & Pioneers list

    Two of our distinguished alums were recently recognized in the National Law Journal’s 2014 Trailblazers & Pioneers lists. Floyd Mandell (’73) was named to the inaugural list of the “50 Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers,” and Fred Bartlit, Jr. (’60) was named to the “50 Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers” list. 


  • Rowell in Science on the Social Cost of Carbon

    Professor Arden Rowell has published an article in Science, one of the world’s top scientific journals.

    The article advocates for an institutional process for regular Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) review and revision when used in government policy-making and suggests how scientists might contribute to improved SCC estimates.

    The social cost of carbon (SCC) is a crucial tool for economic analysis of climate policies. The SCC estimates the dollar value of reduced climate change damages associated with a one-metric-ton reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Although the conceptual basis, challenges, and merits of the SCC are well established, its use in government cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is relatively new.

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  • Investiture of Brubaker as the Carl L. Vacketta Professor of Law

    On October 24, 2014, Ralph Brubaker was invested as the inaugural Carl L. Vacketta Professor of Law. Brubaker is considered one of the leading bankruptcy scholars of his generation. He joined the Illinois faculty in 2004.

    Watch the video of the investiture


  • College of Law launches Master of Studies in Law program

    The University of Illinois College of Law has launched a Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program and is enrolling students for the spring 2015 semester. The MSL is designed for accomplished professionals and academics who want to increase their understanding of law and legal analysis in order to strengthen their professional skills. It is a non-professional, terminal degree program designed for those who have had no legal training and who do not desire a professional law degree.


  • University of Illinois Law Review launches Slip Opinions

    Slip Opinions is a new online companion to the University of Illinois Law Review. Its purpose is to close the gap between traditional law review publications and daily online news sources. By publishing short, timely articles, Slip Opinions seeks to provide an accessible medium for scholarly discussion and reach a broad spectrum of legal readers.


  • EEOC Commissioner Feldblum delivers Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture

    Chai Feldblum, a Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, delivered the Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture on the Role of Government and the Law.

    Commissioner Feldblum discussed the remarkable developments in the understanding of the sex discrimination prohibition since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. 


  • "How fear can help fight ebola" - OpEd by Rowell

    Professor Arden Rowell, a risk regulation expert, has written an OpEd piece on how fear can help fight ebola: “A rash of recent news stories have documented Americans’ increasing fear of Ebola. That fear is unpleasant, and it can be costly and even dangerous. But it also can be an opportunity for the government officials who will be coordinating the federal response to outbreak risk.”

    Read the entire article at

    The article is based on Rowell’s new paper, "Regulating Fear: The Case of Ebola in the United States"

  • Daniel J. Solove delivers David C. Baum Lecture

    Daniel J. Solove, the John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School, delivered “Big Surveillance: What the NSA Is Doing, Why It Matters, and How to Address It” for the David C. Baum Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.


  • Merrill (’14), Illinois Cyber Security Scholar, interviewed by Forbes

    Forbes recently interviewed Whitney Merrill, a graduate of the Class of 2014, at DEF CON, one of the oldest and largest annual hacker conventions. Merrill was a co-organizer of the Crypto & Privacy Village at the conference, which featured two days of events and talks around cryptography and privacy. The goal of the Privacy Village was to teach individual consumers how to protect their data by using cryptography. 


  • Epstein (’67) to receive Distinguished Service Award for contributions to health law

    J.D. Epstein (’67) will be the first recipient of the Distinguished Service Award at the annual Texas Health Law Conference, to be held October 13-14 in Austin, Texas. Co-sponsored by the Health Law Section of the Texas Bar Association and the Texas Hospital Association, the award will honor his contributions to the practice of health law.


  • College of Law publishes 3-year strategic plan

    The University of Illinois College of Law has published its 3-year strategic plan. Formally adopted by the faculty on May 19, 2014, the strategic plan charts the course for addressing new opportunities and challenges brought on by recent shifts in legal practice, employment, and education. The plan is broken out into four parts:

    • Research & Scholarship
    • Academics & Professional Training
    • Communication & Public Engagement
    • Resource Development & Management

    The 2014-17 Strategic Plan 


  • Jerome Mirza Foundation gift featured at 79th Annual U of I Foundation Meeting

    At the 79th Annual University of Illinois Foundation Meeting held September 17-19, 2014, eight private gifts totaling more than $11 million earmarked for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were announced. Among them was the $2 million gift from the Jerome Mirza Foundation to the College of Law. 


  • Introducing the Illinois Law Faculty Blog!

    The College of Law faculty has launched the Illinois Law Faculty Blog! Moderated by Professor Robin Kar, the blog is a forum for the faculty to reach out beyond the academy and discuss their teaching, research, and other academic endeavors as they relate to law, law reform, and public policy. Read more about the blog in Kar’s welcome post. Here are a few other recent posts that weigh in on issues in the news:

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