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  • Johnston receives 2014 Gallagher Award

    The American Association of Law Libraries announced Janis Johnston as a recipient of the 2014 Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award—AALL’s highest honor. Johnston retired from the College of Law in 2013 as the director of the law library and associate professor of law.


  • Patrick Fitzgerald to give 2014 Convocation Address

    Patrick Fitzgerald, former long-standing U.S. Attorney, will deliver the 2014 College of Law Convocation Address. Fitzgerald is a seasoned trial lawyer and experienced investigator whose practice focuses on internal investigations, government enforcement matters and civil litigation. He spent over 20 years in government service before going into private practice. 


  • 2 students awarded prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowships

    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.


  • 2013 Paul Lisnek Award winners announced

    The College of Law is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Lisnek Awards:

    J.D. Winners
    Derek Dion, '14
    David Fitt, '14
    Aleksandra Ostojic, '15
    John Sample, '15

    LL.M. Winners
    Zhiyong He, ’14
    Qi Niu, ’14


  • 4 alumni to be honored at the upcoming Annual Alumni Luncheon

    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.


  • Students study environmental law in oilfields of Texas

    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.


  • Manning (’73) retires from position as Chief Counsel for Employment of the U.S. Senate

    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.


  • College of Law, American Red Cross host Law & War Workshop

    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.


  • College of Law holds bankruptcy conference for Thai judiciary

    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.


  • Tabb appointed resident scholar for American Bankruptcy Institute

    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.


  • Strautmanis (’94) receives James Seaberry Award for Excellence

    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.


  • New book explores Professor Moore's theory of causation

    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


  • In the news: Seattle Police to Use Facial Recognition Software

    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.”

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  • Lash delivers endowed lecture on constitutional law at Princeton University

    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.” 


  • Lawrence Gostin's lecture: "Governing for Health as the World Grows Older"

    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.

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  • NLJ ranks Illinois 22nd in Go-To Law Schools

    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. 


  • Stringfellow (’14) earns American College of Bankruptcy honor

    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.


  • Brubaker elected to American Law Institute

    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.