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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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  • 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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  • Prof. Wilson key advisor on Utah landmark LGBT anti-discrimination bills

    It’s what many are calling the changing of tides – a truce in the cultural war over religious freedom and LGBT rights. On March 12, the governor of Utah signed SB296, a bill that bans discrimination against LGBT people in employment and housing while including exemptions for religious institutions. University of Illinois law professor, Robin Fretwell Wilson, has spent the last month advising and helping write both bills. 

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  • Hawkins ('97) receives James Seaberry Award for Excellence

    Brent Hawkins ('97), partner in the Chicago office of law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2015 James Seaberry Award for Excellence by the University of Illinois College of Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA). He will be recognized at the 22nd Annual BLSA Alumni Banquet on March 7 at Monastero’s Ristorante in Chicago.

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  • Mazzone appointed fellow of European Law Institute

    An expert on Constitutional law and intellectual property, Professor Jason Mazzone has been appointed a fellow of the European Law Institute (ELI). ELI’s mission is to conduct research and provide recommendations and practical guidance in the field of European legal development. Fellows are selected based on their past contributions to European Law and their anticipated future role in the work of the Institute.

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  • Line-up for 2015-16 endowed lectures and Frederick Green Moot Court judges

    The University of Illinois College of Law is pleased to announce the line-up for the 2015-16 endowed lecture speakers and Frederick Green Moot Court Competition honorary round judges.

    Speakers include Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard Law School), Henry T. Greely (Stanford Law School) Pamela S. Karlan (Stanford Law School), Raymond LaHood (former secretary of the Department of Transportation), Adam Liptak (The New York Times).

    Judges include the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor (Supreme Court of the United States), the Honorable Ann Williams (United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit), and the Honorable Jill Pryor (United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit)

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  • Wells (’73) vindicated in Friendship Nine’s Civil Rights-era conviction

    This morning, at a courtroom in South Carolina, Judge John C. Hayes III threw out the convictions of the Friendship Nine, nine African American men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter in 1961. One of those men happens to be a College of Law alumnus, James Wells (’73).

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  • 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

  • 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.

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