Students Nahal Heydari Noori (’15) and Martin Vigodnier (’15) have been awarded 10-week summer fellowships by the Peggy Browning Fund. Peggy Browning Fellows are distinguished students who have not only excelled in law school but who have also demonstrated their commitment to workers’ rights through their previous educational, work, volunteer, and personal experiences. The application process is highly competitive, and the award recipients were selected based on their outstanding qualifications.
The College of Law is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Lisnek Awards:
Derek Dion, '14
David Fitt, '14
Aleksandra Ostojic, '15
John Sample, '15
Zhiyong He, ’14
Qi Niu, ’14
Each year, the College of Law honors alumni with awards presented at the Annual Alumni Luncheon. 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, while the Distinguished Alumni Award honors professional achievements and community leadership. The Honorable Debra B. Walker (’87) has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Alumni Loyalty Award, and the three recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award are Carol Harrington ('77), Lee Reichert ('92), and Adam Hoeflich ('91). The upcoming event will take place in Chicago on Thursday, April 24.
Over spring break, 11 law students, led by Professor Heidi Hurd, headed south to Midland-Odessa, Texas to survey numerous aspects of the oil and gas industry in Texas, including drilling engineering, equipment manufacturing, water management, industry financing, and energy law issues, as well as the wind energy industry, which is becoming prominent in the region.
Jean Manning (’73) has retired from her position as Chief Counsel for Employment of the U.S. Senate. Manning earned a B.A., an M.B.A., and a J.D. from the University of Illinois, and is a member of the College of Law Dean's Advisory Board. In a recent Senate meeting, Senator Dick Durbin provided a tribute to Manning, and thanked her for her years of service.
The University of Illinois College of Law in partnership with the American Red Cross hosted “Law & War—An International Humanitarian Law Workshop.” Organized by Professor Lesley Wexler and Eric Sigmund of the American Red Cross, the workshop featured lectures and hands-on exercises that guided participants through an intensive examination of international humanitarian law (IHL), with a focus on its application to combatants and civilians.
The University of Illinois College of Law hosted “U.S. Solutions to Bankruptcy Problems,” a two-week training program on bankruptcy law for 34 members of the judiciary of Thailand. Designed by Robert Lawless, associate dean for research and the Max L. Rowe Professor of Law, in partnership with the Office of the Judiciary of Thailand, the training program covered a range of topics from individual indebtedness to corporate and cross-border insolvency.
Professor Charles J. Tabb has been appointed the spring 2014 resident scholar for the American Bankruptcy Institute. The American Bankruptcy Institute was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues.
Michael Strautmanis ('94), vice president of citizenship and strategic programs at The Walt Disney Company and former deputy assistant to President Obama, has been honored with the 2014 James Seaberry Award for Excellence by the University of Illinois College of Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA). He was recognized at the 21st Annual BLSA Alumni Banquet on March 8 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign.
A newly published book, Critical Essays on "Causation and Responsibility" (De Gruyter 2013), is based on Illinois Law Professor Michael Moore's theory of causation. The book is a collection of 14 articles by English- and German-speaking philosophers and criminal law scholars edited by Benedikt Kahmen and Markus Stepanians. These articles were drawn from several conferences and seminars held in Germany between 2010-13 that were dedicated to exploring Moore's theory of causation, as advanced in his latest book, Causation and Responsibility.
Professor Stephen Rushin, an expert in surveillance and law enforcement technology, is quoted in a Time article on Seattle becoming the nation's largest city to use facial recognition software. He said, "Whenever you’re accumulating large amounts of data, you have the potential for abuse. It could be used to unfairly implicate innocent people.”
Professor Kurt Lash delivered the Alpheus T. Mason Lecture in Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom at Princeton University on February 26, 2014.
The endowed lecture is hosted by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. Lash’s lecture was titled “Federalism as an Individual Right: The Lost History of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.”
The Ann F. Baum Memorial Elder Law Lecture on March 3 featured Professor Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University Law Center. Gostin discussed how the shift to an older demographic in the coming decades will be a fundamentally important dynamic for global health and must shape the way the international community works towards the goal of addressing health disparities within and across societies.
The National Law Journal (NLJ)has ranked the University of Illinois College of Law 22nd in the nation in its recently released survey of “Go-To Law Schools” based on the percentage of 2013 J.D. graduates who secured positions in the nation’s largest 250 law firms. The College’s Top 25 showing in this highly visible industry survey reflects the second straight year that the College of Law has increased (1) its percentage of recent graduates employed at large law firms and (2) its relative ranking.
icole Stringfellow (’14) has been selected by the American College of Bankruptcy as a 2014 Distinguished Law Student for the Seventh Circuit. The award honors law students of demonstrated talent and interest in bankruptcy law, and only one student from each circuit is selected. Professors Ralph Brubaker, Pamela Foohey, Robert Lawless, and Charles Tabb nominated Stringfellow.
Ralph Brubaker has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI). Founded in 1923, ALI is the preeminent scholarly organization in the United States dedicated to clarifying, modernizing, and improving the law.
As announced last fall, the College of Law is the beneficiary of a substantial commitment from The Jerome Mirza Foundation to support advocacy training. A portion of this gift has been designated to establish the Jerome Mirza Advocacy Training Grant. The grant will provide travel and participation support for students at the College of Law who are engaged in external advocacy competitions, with an emphasis on trial advocacy and litigation-related competitions.
The College of Law recognizes 13 firms as 2014 Law Firm Challenge Pacesetters, for achieving 100% alumni participation by December 31, 2013. The Pacesetter Firms will be recognized at the 2014 Alumni Luncheon and other College events.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
University Club of Chicago (76 East Monroe Street)
11:30 AM–1:00 PM
Join us for the Annual Alumni Luncheon, featuring remarks by Dean Bruce Smith and presentation of the Alumni Loyalty Award to Hon. Debra B. Walker ('87) and Distinguished Alumni Awards to Carol A. Harrington ('77), Adam Hoeflich ('91) and Lee Reichert ('92).
The luncheon is a great way to reunite with classmates, meet other alumni and current students, and learn what is happening at the College of Law.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law Building
All Day Event
The University of Illinois College of Law Criminal Law Program and the Federal Defenders Office for the Central District of Illinois present “Why Criminal Defense Lawyers Matter: Celebrating Brady with Reservations!”
The conference is a Continuing Legal Education program, delivered at no cost to attorneys and is also open to law school faculty and law students. 6.75 Hours of free MCLE, including 1.0 hours of PRE credit
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law Building
12:00 PM–1:00 PM
The Criminal Law Program, the Criminal Law Society, and the Illinois Innocence Project present: “Innocence Options: Meet the Releasee,” featuring Peggy Jo Jackson. Peggy Jo Jackson was convicted of first-degree murder for her indirect involvement in the 1986 death of her husband, William Jackson. After 25 years in prison, she was granted a commutation of sentence by Governor Pat Quinn.
Lunch will be served.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Krannert Center and College of Law
1:30 PM–3:00 PM
The 2014 College of Law Convocation will be held in the Great Hall at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on May 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The College of Law will host an open house on May 16 and a reception on May 17 following the ceremony. Details are still being finalized. Please check back regularly for updates and additional information.
Friday, May 30, 2014
BellyQ (1400 West Randolph, Chicago)
5:30 PM–9:00 PM
Alumni from the Class of 1985 are invited to a fun, informal reunion. The classmates had so much fun at their reunion three years ago, they decided it was time to get together again! Cost for the reunion is $35, which includes an appetizer and sandwich buffet; a cash bar will be available.
Order tickets online by May 14.
Friday, October 24, 2014–Saturday, October 25, 2014
SAVE THE DATE for Homecoming 2014 - October 24-25, 2014.
Celebrating the College of Law Reunion Classes of 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, and 2004.
Nisha Chandran was granted the 2013 Academic Excellence Award by McGuire Woods for academic excellence, extracurricular involvement, and a commitment to the McGuire Woods five core values: Excellence, Client Service, Integrity, Collegiality and Community.
A partner in the San Francisco office of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, Shawn Williams focuses his practice on securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions. Prior to joining Robbins Geller, he served as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
While interning at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Sean Murphy assisted in the trial of Nicholas Brooks, who was convicted of Murder in the Second Degree. Sean spent his first summer as a legal intern for the State Department at the U.S. Consulate General in Milan.
Stacey Tutt (’03) started and directs the Community Preservation Clinic, which specializes in the development and implementation of foreclosure mediation programs in central Illinois counties designed to make the foreclosure process more effective, efficient, collaborative, and humane. The Clinic has been the beneficiary of roughly $1.2 million in grants from the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, through proceeds from a national foreclosure settlement.
An associate at Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago, Shawna Boothe, originally from Texas, interned at the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office and Schiff Hardin and received the 2012 Trial Advocacy Scholarship from the American Association for Justice.
In May 2013, Professor Eric Freyfogle was invested as a Swanlund Chair, the highest endowed title bestowed upon faculty at the Urbana-Champaign campus. Freyfogle is an internationally recognized expert on the relationship between humans and nature whose scholarship draws upon a broad range of interdisciplinary perspectives, including history, philosophy, biological sciences, economics, and literature. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, some focused on legal issues, others exploring matters of broader social and cultural concern. Freyfogle has taught at Illinois since 1983.
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