• National Jurist ranks Illinois Law a top school for government careers

    In its Winter edition of prelaw magazine, the National Jurist recently recognized 49 of the best law schools for public service careers. Illinois Law was ranked as a top school for careers in government, along with 19 other schools. Only 20 schools were recognized in each category, with some schools appearing more than once. Broken down into three categories – public interest, government, and prosecutors/public defenders – the study is based on curricular offerings, employment placement, and debt, starting salary, and LRAP programs. 


  • Johnson: Worse Than Nothing: The Criminal Code "Improvement" Act of 2015

    Criminal law expert Eric Johnson pens an op-ed criticizing the "The Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015." Here's an excerpt:

    "Would this proposed statute "improve" the federal criminal code? No. Granted, many federal criminal statutes are silent or ambiguous with respect to mental states. And granted, the federal courts' efforts to fill these statutory "gaps" with judge-made law have been somewhat uneven. Probably, then, the federal criminal code would be improved by the addition of a well-drafted general provision governing the assignment of mental states to offense-elements. But 18 USC § 11 isn't well-drafted. It's a disaster from start to finish. It's worse than nothing."

    More at

  • Thomas: Atypical cases set bad precedent in federal civil litigation

    Limiting the exchange of information in lawsuits to save time and money will negatively affect typical, run-of-the-mill cases, says Suja A. Thomas, a University of Illinois law professor and expert in civil procedure.

    “The bottom line is, when rule amendments are passed that are borne out of atypical cases – the oddballs, the outliers of the legal world – high systemic costs arise,” Thomas said.


    More at Illinois News Bureau

  • Kaplan: Retirement spending requires careful planning

    Deciding how and when to withdraw funds from the patchwork of different retirement accounts represents the biggest financial planning challenge facing retirees, said Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois.

    “Too many new retirees think that once they have enrolled in Medicare, their health care cost worries are over,” he said. “But Medicare imposes a dizzying array of monthly premiums, annual deductibles and copayments for physician fees and prescription drug expenses beyond its almost complete lack of coverage of long-term care costs. The good news is that those costs will often generate a substantial income tax deduction, which can offset the tax on retirement plan withdrawals.”

    More at Illinois News Bureau

  • Tabb: Clinton's vote for bankruptcy reform legislation in 2001 shows power of consumer credit industry

    As senator of New York, Hillary Clinton was one of 83 supporters who voted in 2001 for legislation that would overhaul the nation's bankruptcy system. A vote that has come back to haunt her, as criticism grows of her connections and allegiance to Wall Street. The New York Times recently spoke with Illinois Law professor and bankruptcy expert Charles Tabb, who opposed the 2001 legislation.

    He told them, Mrs. Clinton’s vote “shows the power of the consumer credit industry and our campaign finance world. She did a 180 once she became senator. It was galling.”

    More at the NYT

  • Amar: The Ninth Circuit isn't breaking up anytime soon

    Dean Vikram Amar is on Bloomberg discussing Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s attempt to break up the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Amar said, "The real concern people have with the 9th Circuit is not whether it has so much work that it can’t do; it’s whether it’s too big to function properly and coherently."

    When asked if the governor's proposal would pass, Amar said, "It certainly won’t become law. Even if it were to pass Congress, the president would veto it. So I don’t see anything changing anytime soon."

    Listen to the full interview on Bloomberg

  • Beckett weighs in on current headlines in podcast with The DWS Morning Show

    Professor Steven Beckett, director of the Trial Advocacy Program, discusses Flint, Michigan, the affluenza teen, and the death penalty in Delaware in a podcast with the News Gazette's The DWS Morning Show. 

    More at News-Gazette

  • Tabb: Stay on Caesar lawsuits could set bad precedent

    The bankrupt operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp will soon ask a U.S. judge to shield its parent from $12 billion of lawsuits to facilitate a debt-cutting rescue deal, but approval could set a bad precedent for creditors.

    Bankruptcy expert Professor Charles Tabb says, "Granting a stay would offer the benefit of bankruptcy protection without actually filing for Chapter 11 and puts huge pressure on everyone to work out a deal. It could create a bad precedent."

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  • Lash elected to American Law Institute

    Kurt T. Lash 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. Lash is one of 61 newly elected members, who include prominent judges, lawyers, and law professors. 

    Lash joins 11 other Illinois faculty who are members of ALI, including Dean Vikram Amar, Ralph Brubaker, John Colombo, Matthew Finkin, David Hyman, Richard Kaplan, Robert Lawless, Andrew Leipold, Jason Mazzone, Charles Tabb, and Robin Wilson. 


  • Betsy Farrington ('16) announced as inaugural winner of Lincoln Legacy Essay Competition

    When Bob Woodward delivered his lecture to a packed house at Foellinger Auditorium last night, Betsy Farrington (’16) was front and center. Farrington submitted the winning essay for The Lincoln Legacy Essay Competition, which was hosted in conjunction with Mr. Woodward’s lecture as part of the New Lincoln Lectures series. In addition to a $5,000 prize, Farrington was also granted a personal meeting with Mr. Woodward.


  • Dean Amar keynote speaker at Arkansas Law Review Symposium

    Dean Vikram Amar is the keynote speaker at the University of Arkansas’ annual Arkansas Law Review Symposium held on January 22. He is speaking on “State Constitutional Change by Direct Democracy: Modern Challenges and Exciting Opportunities.” 

    The Symposium, State Constitutional Change: Traditions, Trends and Theory, welcomes 10 guest scholars, five public officials, and five University of Arkansas faculty members, in addition to Dean Amar.

  • Mazzone named to Advisory Board of Italian Law Journal

    Professor Jason Mazzone has been named to the Advisory Board of the Italian Law Journal. The journal is run by faculty members at law schools in Italy and is the preeminent international publication on issues of Italian law. The journal highlights legal developments in Italy that are of comparative interest, emerging relationships among Italian and European legal institutions, and cutting-edge theoretical work by Italian scholars.

    Professor Mazzone joins a distinguished group of Board members that includes Judge (and former Dean of Yale Law School) Guido Calabresi. Professor Mazzone has written extensively on issues of comparative law, he is the chair of the Illinois-Bologna Conference on Comparative Constitutional History, and he regularly teaches in Italy.

  • Wilson: What the Amish and LGBT community have in common

    Religious freedom expert Robin Wilson is on a HuffPostLive panel discussing the need for state LGBT anti-discrimination legislation: "We like to think of religious freedom rights as being in tension with gay rights, but really they have a lot in common. … One of the challenges is to find ways where we can respect religious traditions without gay people having to lose.”

    More at HuffPostLive

  • Colombo: Uncertainty for hospitals after appellate court rules tax exemptions for charity care unconstitutional

    Carle Foundation Hospital’s exemption from property taxes is in question after an Illinois appellate court ruling earlier this week found a 2012 state law setting tax exemptions for charitable care to be unconstitutional. If Carle appeals this ruling, the next stop for this case would be the Illinois Supreme Court. Professor John Colombo, NPO and tax law expert, was interviewed by Illinois Public Media about this week’s ruling and its possible implications for hospitals throughout the state. 

    Listen at Illinois Public Media

    More at News Gazette

  • Wilson: Can states protect LGBT rights without compromising religious freedoms 

    In an in-depth article in The Atlantic, Professor Robin Wilson discusses the issues surrounding states that want to protect LGBT rights without compromising religious freedom.

    “The hot spots right now are going to be the purpleish states—the ones where, when you eyeball them, you say, why the hell didn’t you already have a non-discrimination protection in the law?” she said. “I think it would be shocking to many people to even realize that they didn’t have those protections already.”

    Even in the “purpleish” states, though, this kind of compromise is a difficult political proposition, because “the legislators themselves are hostages to a constant culture war,” as Wilson put it. States “can’t compete economically without these protections in state-wide law,” she said, and they risk facing boycotts like those that hit Indiana last spring if they go too far in accommodating religious objections.

    Read the full article at The Atlantic


  • 2/17 Progressive Networking Luncheon

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016
    Petterino's Restaurant (150 North Dearborn, Chicago)
    12:00 PM–1:30 PM

    This fun and lively event is a great way to meet or reconnect with Illinois Law alumni and make new business contacts. Attendees will enjoy a three-course meal and will sit at a different table with a new group of alumni for each course. Participants will have an opportunity to introduce themselves, describe their businesses, and identify the sorts of contacts they seek to meet, taking the stress and guesswork out of networking.


  • 2/27 25th Annual Alumni-Student Career Conference

    Saturday, February 27, 2016
    College of Law
    All Day Event

    We invite all alumni to participate in the 25th Annual Alumni-Student Career Conference at the College of Law. Through this conference, we bring together the College of Law community to spend a day with our distinguished alumni. The event serves as both an introduction to the profession for our first year students, as well as a day to foster and strengthen connections and career paths for our second and third year students.

    More info.

    Register to attend.

  • 3/1 George Will to deliver The New Lincoln Lectures: What Abraham Lincoln Means to the 21st Century

    Tuesday, March 01, 2016
    Foellinger Auditorium, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    7:00 PM–8:30 PM

    In commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of President Lincoln’s death and then, two years later, of the founding of the University of Illinois, the University of Illinois College of Law announces The New Lincoln Lectures: What Abraham Lincoln Means to the 21st Century. The lectures will feature luminaries in various fields related to law, government, and history, who will reflect on Lincoln’s legacy and its continuing relevance – both in their individual lives and the life of the nation – 150 years after his passing.

    Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist, author, political commentator, and essayist George Will will deliver the second lecture in the series. Lecture is free and open to the public.

  • 3/3 Lecture: "Black Citizenship in the Age of Ferguson” by Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard Law School)

    Thursday, March 03, 2016
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
    12:00 PM–1:00 PM

    Professor Annette Gordon-Reed will deliver the spring 2016 David C. Baum Memorial Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.

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


  • 3/4 23rd Annual BLSA Alumni Banquet

    Friday, March 04, 2016
    MidAmerica Club (200 E. Randolph Dr., 80th Floor, Chicago)
    6:30 PM–9:00 PM

    You are cordially invited to the 23rd Annual BLSA Alumni Banquet. We will be honoring 2016 Seaberry Award recipient The Honorable Lisa Holder White '93. For more information and to register, please visit: 2016 BLSA Banquet Registration.

  • 3/7 Lecture: "Neuroprediction: Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications for the Elderly" by Henry Greely (Stanford Law School)

    Monday, March 07, 2016
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
    12:00 PM–1:00 PM

    Henry T. Greely will deliver the spring 2016 Ann F. Baum Memorial Elder Law Lecture. 

    Professor Greely is the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law at Stanford Law School; the director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences; professor (by courtesy) of genetics at Stanford School of Medicine; chair of the Steering Committee of the Center for Biomedical Ethics; and director of the Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society.

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


  • 3/7 "A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor"

    Monday, March 07, 2016
    Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
    7:00 PM–8:00 PM

    The University of Illinois will host US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for a public event sponsored by the University of Illinois College of Law. Justice Sotomayor will discuss a wide range of topics with Law Professor Robin B. Kar. 

    The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Following the event, Justice Sotomayor will sign a limited number of copies of her book “My Beloved World” in the Krannert Center Lobby.


  • 3/8 2016 Frederick Green Moot Court Honorary Round with Hons. Sotomayor, Williams, and Pryor

    Tuesday, March 08, 2016
    College of Law Building
    All Day Event

    Arguments will be heard by:

    • Sonia Sotomayor (Supreme Court of the United States)
    • Ann Williams (United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit)
    • Jill Pryor (United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit)

    The Frederick Green Moot Court Honorary Round participants include College of Law students Elizabeth Carter, Sarah Craig, Lindsey Lusk, and Kevin McKeown.


  • 3/15 St. Louis Alumni Reception

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016
    Mango St. Louis (1001 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63101)
    5:30 PM–7:30 PM

    St. Louis area alumni and friends of the College of Law are invited to a reception with Dean Vikram Amar. Event admission of $25 includes two drink tickets and a sampling of Mango's unique appetizers. Discount given for recent alumni (Classes 2011-2015).

    More info and registration.

  • 3/17 “Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People” with author Randy Barnett

    Thursday, March 17, 2016
    Room C, Law Building
    4:00 PM–5:00 PM

    The Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law presents: “Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People” by author and professor Randy E. Barnett, the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at Georgetown University Law Center. The event is free and open to the public.


  • 4/28 Annual Alumni Luncheon

    Thursday, April 28, 2016
    The University Club (76 East Monroe St., Chicago, IL)
    11:30 AM–1:00 PM

    All alumni are invited to the 2016 College of Law Annual Alumni Luncheon for networking, lunch, and the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Awards and the Alumni Loyalty Award. Additional details and registration forthcoming.


  • 5/14 Convocation for the Class of 2016

    Saturday, May 14, 2016
    Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and College of Law Building
    1:30 PM–3:00 PM

    The 2016 College of Law Convocation will be held in the Great Hall at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on May 14, 2016. The College of Law will host a reception following the ceremony.