News

  • University of Illinois names Vikram Amar dean of the College of Law

    The University of Illinois has named Vikram David Amar as the next dean of the College of Law. Amar will assume the deanship, and also become the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law, on August 16. For the last several years, Amar has been the senior associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of law at the University of California, Davis School of Law.

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  • 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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  • Homeland Security funds cybersecurity research at Illinois Law

    The University of Illinois recently announced that it will lead a new center to improve the resiliency of the nation’s critical infrastructure, funded through a grant – anticipated at $20 million over five years – from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

    The College of Law will receive a portion of the grant for a project that will analyze the cyberinsurance market and explore how the insurance market can be expanded and improved. The project will be an interdisciplinary, collaborative effort among Engineering, Computer Science, and Law.

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  • Two distinguished alumni retire from the federal bench after 50 years of service

    After a combined more than 50 years of service, two prestigious Illinois Law alumni recently retired from the federal bench. The Honorable James Holderman (’71), former Chief Judge of the Northern District of Illinois, retired on June 1st. The Honorable David Bernthal (’76) retired from his position as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Central District of Illinois on April 30th, and recently resumed duties as a recalled U.S. Magistrate Judge.

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  • Faye Jones named new library director

    The University of Illinois College of Law has named Faye Jones as the new director of the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Memorial Law Library, effective August 15, 2015. 

    Jones, who will also serve as a clinical professor of law, has more than 30 years of experience as a law librarian and law teacher, most recently as director and professor at the Florida State University College of Law Research Center.  

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  • Robbennolt named Alice Curtis Campbell Professor of Law

    The University of Illinois College of Law has named Jennifer K. Robbennolt the Alice Curtis Campbell Professor of Law. Robbennolt specializes in the areas of psychology and law, torts, and dispute resolution. Her research integrates psychology into the study of law and legal institutions, focusing primarily on legal decision-making and the use of empirical research methodology in law.

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  • Michael Tipsord ('84) is named State Farm CEO

    State Farm Chairman and CEO Edward B. Rust Jr. announced today that Michael Tipsord, State Farm president and chief operating officer, will succeed him in September as chief executive officer. 

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  • Brubaker quoted in SCOTUS decision

    In its opinion on Wellness Int’l Network, Ltd. v. Sharif, the United States Supreme Court quoted Professor Ralph Brubaker regarding the historicity of adjudication by consent. The decision ultimately expands the power of the US Bankruptcy courts, allowing bankruptcy judges to make final decisions on legal disputes if all involved parties consent. 

    Wellness Int’l Network, Ltd. v. Sharif

  • 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

    Kurt T. Lash was awarded the 2015 Wayne R. LaFave Award for Scholarly Excellence for his book, The Fourteenth Amendment and the Privileges and Immunities of American Citizenship. Paul J. Heald was awarded the 2015 Carroll P. Hurd Award for Scholarly Excellence 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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Events

  • 8/3 Law 500 LLM Class of 2016

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

    Monday, August 3, the LL.M. Class of 2016 begins Law 500: LL.M. Legal Writing and Research. The 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 5: Ice Cream Social
    • August 7: Campus Tour
    • August 14: Potluck
  • 8/19 Welcome Reception

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015
    Law Building - Peer and Sarah Pedersen Pavilion
    4:30 PM–6:30 PM

    Alumni and friends are invited to a reception to welcome Vikram Amar as the new dean of the University of Illinois College of Law. This is a special event during Orientation for the incoming Class of 2018.

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  • 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.

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  • 9/15 Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Memorial Lecture: Adam Liptak

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law Building
    12:00 PM–1:00 PM

    Adam Liptak will deliver the fall 2015 Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Memorial Lecture on Litigation and the Legal Profession. Liptak is the Supreme Court correspondent of The New York Times.

    Lunch will be provided for lecture attendees. The lecture is free and open to the public.

  • 10/23 Homecoming 2015

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

    Join us for Homecoming 2015! All alumni and friends are welcome to participate in the festivities and cheer on the Fighting Illini. For more information, visit the Homecoming page.

  • 10/23 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture: Raymond LaHood

    Friday, October 23, 2015
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law Building
    12:00 PM–1:00 PM

    Raymond LaHood will deliver the fall 2015 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture on the Role of Government and the Law.

    Lahood served as the 16th department of transportation secretary from 2009-13 and represented the 18th District of Illinois in the US House of Representatives from 1995-2009. He is a senior policy advisor at DLA Piper.

    Reception to follow in the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Pavilion. The lecture is free and open to the public.

  • 11/12 David C. Baum Memorial Lecture: Pamela S. Karlan

    Thursday, November 12, 2015
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law Building
    12:00 PM–1:00 PM

    Pamela S. Karlan will deliver the fall 2015 David C. Baum Memorial Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.

    Karlan is the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and co-director, of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School. She is currently serving as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Lunch will be provided to lecture attendees. The lecture is free and open to the public.