News

  • Class of 2014 graduate employment rates continue upward trend

    As of March 15, 2015, 82.2% of Illinois Law’s Class of 2014 had secured full-time, long-term positions for which a J.D. was required or preferred. The Class of 2014’s performance in the legal marketplace is the latest data point in a sharp upward trend in employment prospects for Illinois Law graduates.

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  • King ('15) wins John Marshall Law School tax law writing competition

    Carson W. King (’15) has been announced as the grand prize winner of the Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition organized by John Marshall Law School’s Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits. The paper was initially written for Professor Kaplan’s Tax Policy Seminar, and previously won a Rickert Award for Excellence in Legal Writing.

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  • College of Law honors Lash, Heald with annual book, article awards

    Professor Kurt T. Lash was awarded the 2015 University of Illinois College of Law Annual Book Award for his book, The Fourteenth Amendment and the Privileges and Immunities of American Citizenship. Professor Paul J. Heald was awarded the 2015 University of Illinois College of Law Annual Article Award for his article, “How Copyright Keeps Works Disappeared.” The awards were announced at the annual faculty retreat on May 14.

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  • Fundamentals of Legal Practice course enhanced by alumni participation

    Last spring, the College of Law launched the Fundamentals of Legal Practice course. Administered by the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development, the course is intended to educate students about the legal profession and provide them with the building blocks for a successful legal career. Covering such topics as professionalism in the workplace, marketing, business development, professional communications, and more, the course modules are taught by instructors from the College, as well as successful alumni and leading practitioners. 

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  • Three promoted to full professor with tenure

    Congratulations to Arden Rowell, Melissa Wasserman, and Verity Winship on their promotion to full professor with tenure!

    Arden's paper on the social cost of carbon was recently published in Science, a top scientific journal. Wasserman’s paper on patent applications was accepted to the 2015 Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum. Winship’s recent paper on shareholder litigation was awarded a 2015 Junior Faculty Scholarship Prize at the fifth annual Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop, hosted by the CLEAF at The George Washington University Law School.

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  • Four alumni named 2015 Pillars of the Bar

    Four alumni have been named 2015 Pillars of the Bar by the Champaign County Bar Association: Professor Steve Beckett ('73), Paul Carter Hendren ('67), the Honorable John G. Townsend ('75), and Ward F. McDonald ('69).

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  • Yara Dodin (Class of 2016) helps draft legislation during 1L externship

    As part of Illinois Law’s Externship Program, Yara Dodin (Class of 2016) spent her 1L summer as a legislative fellow for Congressman Andre Carson (IN-7) in Washington, D.C. During her externship, she had the opportunity to work on a bill to combat youth violence: HR 1574 Students Helping Young Students Act. 

    Targeted specifically at K-12 students, the bill is intended to engage at-risk kids by connecting them with university students, who will mentor and tutor them during after-school programs. The bill was introduced to the House of Representatives in March and is currently in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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  • Winship wins prize for shareholder litigation paper

    Professor Verity Winship’s paper, Shareholder Litigation by Contract, was awarded one of three Junior Faculty Scholarship Prizes at the fifth annual Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop, hosted by the Center for Law, Economics & Finance at The George Washington University Law School.

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  • Congratulations to the 2015 Rickert Award recipients

    The Rickert Awards are the most prestigious awards conferred upon students at the University of Illinois College of Law and recognize excellence in student achievement. The Rickert Awards Program was established in the fall of 1976 and was named in memory of Joseph W. Rickert, a distinguished lawyer who practiced law in southern Illinois for many years. The Rickert gift paved the way for the College of Law to recognize outstanding third-year law students for their achievements.  

    2015 Rickert Award recipients

  • Sandefur to be honoree at Inaugural Benefit for Justice

    Rebecca Sandefur, associate professor of sociology and law, has been invited to be the public interest honoree at the National Center for Access to Justice's Inaugural Benefit for Justice.

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  • Chicago Service Project provides experiential learning opportunity for LL.M. students

    Each year, over the winter and spring break periods, a small group of LL.M. students travel to Chicago to participate in the Chicago Service Project. The program, launched over winter break 2014, is an initiative designed to provide LL.M. students with valuable hands on experience in a variety of legal areas. Partnering with organizations in the city, the Chicago Service Project provides an opportunity for students to work directly with assigned attorneys and to meet and speak with leaders in the Chicago legal market.

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  • 2014 Paul Lisnek Award winners announced

    The College of Law is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Lisnek Awards: Bide Akande, Alison Anderson, Tricia Halstead, Steven Hurbis, Lucas Rael, and Sean Peters.

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  • David Kelly ('04) to deliver 2015 Convocation Address

    David Kelly (’04), General Counsel & Vice President, Basketball Legal Affairs for the Golden State Warriors, will deliver the 2015 College of Law Convocation Address. In his current role, Kelly serves as the team's chief legal officer and manages many of the company's key projects and initiatives on both the business and basketball sides of the operation, including legal matters related to the proposed new arena in San Francisco.

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  • Lawless files amicus brief with SCOTUS on bankruptcy code case

    Illinois law professor Robert Lawless has filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States regarding Bank of America v. Caulkett. The brief was filed in support of the respondents, asserting that Bank of America’s arguments are inconsistent with the Bankruptcy Code’s plain language, history, and fundamental policies. If Bank of America succeeds, it could be harder for people to start over after foreclosure and bankruptcy: "It will affect many people’s pocketbooks,” Lawless said.

    Arguments on the case were heard on Tuesday, March 24 with a decision expected in June.

    Read more at New Republic

  • Four alumni to be honored at the Annual Alumni Luncheon

    Each year, the College of Law honors alumni with awards presented at the Annual Alumni Luncheon. The Distinguished Alumni Award honors professional achievements and community leadership, while the Alumni Loyalty Award is given to an alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated exceptional leadership through his or her service to the College of Law Community. This year's award recipients are Diane Davies (’81), Dean Gerber (’85), Al Stonitsch (’83), and Randall Rosenbaum (’91).

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Events

  • 6/8 U.S. Supreme Court Admission Ceremony

    Monday, June 08, 2015
    Washington, D.C.
    All Day Event

    Join fellow Illinois Law alumni at this unique opportunity to be sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court. For complete qualification information, visit the U.S. Supreme Court Admission page

  • 8/3 Orientation for the LLM Class of 2015

    Monday, August 03, 2015–Friday, August 21, 2015
    Law Building, Champaign

    Orientation for the LLM Class of 2015 begins Monday, August 3 with Law 500: Legal Writing and ResearchThe 3-week course gives LL.M. students initial training in legal reasoning, writing, and analysis and introduces the student to the unique learning environment of the U.S. law school. Taught by College of Law faculty, students meet their faculty in a classroom setting and learn study and time management skills in small group sections. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the Champaign-Urbana area and to sample local culture. Other Law 500 Events:

    • August 4: Ice Cream Social
    • August 7: Campus Tour
    • August 14: Potluck
  • 8/19 Orientation for the JD Class of 2018

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015–Friday, August 21, 2015
    Law Building

    Congratulations to our incoming JD Class of 2018!

    Orientation for the JD Class of 2018 will take place August 19-21, 2015. During Orientation, students will have unique opportunities to meet and get to know fellow classmates, learn about the daily life at the College, and receive important information and resources to assist in their success.

    More details forthcoming.

  • 10/23 Homecoming 2015

    Friday, October 23, 2015–Saturday, October 24, 2015
    Law Building, Champaign

    Save the date for Homecoming 2015! Details forthcoming.