• Minimum wage, libertarian paternalism, ethics, and environmental law: New faculty papers on SSRN

    Papers posted on SSRN by the University of Illinois law faculty in October 2015 include:


  • 4 alumni listed in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin's 40 under 40

    Four Illinois Law alumni were recently honored by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in their annual list of 40 under 40. Congratulations to the following alumni: 

    Richard Stockton (’00), attorney at Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

    Jenny S. Kim (’02), partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

    Wade Thomson (’03), partner at Jenner & Block

    Miranda Soucie (’10), partner at Spiros Law, P.C. Miranda was also selected for the 40 under 40 list for central Illinois by Central Illinois Business Magazine.

    The full Chicago Daily Law Bulletin listing is available here

  • College of Law hosts U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

    The University of Illinois College of Law was privileged to host the U. S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) on Wednesday, October 28. The Court heard oral arguments in Gazelle v. McDonald, U.S. Vet. App. No. 14-2272. 

    Although the Court is located in Washington, D.C., it is authorized to sit anywhere in the United States and does so a few times each year. This was the Court’s first visit to the College of Law. A panel of three judges heard the oral arguments – Judge Mary J. Schoelen, Judge Robert N. Davis, and Judge William A. Moorman. We were especially pleased to welcome Judge Moorman, a 1970 graduate of the College, back to his alma mater. 


  • Thomas op-ed: Via Duke, companies are shaping discovery

    Professor Suja Thomas authored an op-ed for Law360 that voices concern over how companies are influencing the new "proportional" discovery rule through funding to the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies.


  • Meet the Class of 2018: Academically strong as well as geographically and experientially diverse

    This fall, the University of Illinois College of Law welcomed the JD Class of 2018, a talented, dedicated, and diverse group of 162 students. The Class of 2018 has a median undergraduate GPA of 3.51, an increase over last year’s incoming median of 3.43. The median LSAT score (161) remained stable from last year's incoming class.

    “I am excited and pleased that in my first year as dean at Illinois I am joined by a wonderful group of incoming 1L students,” said Dean Vikram Amar. "A very large number of schools around the country this fall had to reduce class size or accept students whose academic indicators were weaker than the previous year’s. Not so at Illinois, which is a testament to the strength of our reputation and programs, and to our ability to offer each admitted student a package of financial support that makes Illinois an affordable and wise investment.” 


  • Wilson and Utah Senator Adams to deliver plenary at National Conference of State Legislatures

    On December 10, Professor Robin Wilson and Senator Stuart Adams (R-UT) are delivering the lunchtime plenary at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Washington, D.C.

    Their topic is When Religious Freedom and Anti-discrimination Collide. Proponents argue the government shouldn’t infringe on the right to exercise one’s religious beliefs, but opponents of religious freedom acts contend they allow legal discrimination. Kentucky brought the debate into national focus. Is there a middle ground? Utah may be the model.

    Their talk is based on their collaboration earlier this year drafting anti-discrimination legislation in Utah that balanced religious and LGBT rights. More on the Utah Compromise.

  • University of Illinois first-time test takers achieve 87% passage rate on July 2015 Illinois bar examination

    Graduates of the University of Illinois College of Law achieved an 87% bar passage rate among first-time test takers on the July 2015 administration of the Illinois bar exam, up from 85% for the July 2014 exam. 

    This improved mark came in the face of a downturn in the overall bar passage rate in Illinois, which dropped five points – from 85% on the July 2014 bar examination to 80% this July. Rates stated above are based on data provided to the College of Law by the Illinois Board of Admission to the Bar.



  • Palmer joins Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

    Mark Palmer, an adjunct professor who teaches trial advocacy and has been a coach for the College’s trial teams since 2009, has joined the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism as its full-time professionalism counsel.

    As professionalism counsel, Palmer will lead the development and delivery of programs state-wide on promoting integrity, professionalism, and civility among Illinois lawyers and judges on behalf of the Illinois Supreme Court. His role will include collaborating with law schools, bar associations, courts, civic and lay organizations in addressing matters of professionalism, ethics, and public understanding of the legal profession.

    Palmer will continue his work as an adjunct professor at the College of Law. Additionally, he will stay on as an instructor for the Univers

  • Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood spoke on bipartisanship in government

    On October 23, 2015, Ray LaHood delivered the Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture on the Role of Government and the Law. His talk was titled “Bipartisanship in Government.”

    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.

    Watch the lecture on our YouTube channel

  • Illinois Law student receives Chicago Bar Foundation Marovitz Scholarship

    On October 14, the Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) presented the 2015 CBF Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowships to five legal aid attorneys and the 2015 CBF Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship to a law student who plans to pursue a career in public service. The CBF has awarded the 2015 Marovitz Scholarship to Julie Holdener, a first-year law student at the University of Illinois College of Law. 


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to hear oral arguments at the College of Law

    The U. S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) will hear oral arguments in a case pending before the court. The session begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Max L. Rowe Auditorium in the Law Building. A reception will follow in the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Pavilion.

    The event is free and open to the public.


  • NYT op-ed by Prof. Suja Thomas and Mark Cuban on why juries not SEC judges should decide cases brought by SEC

    Professor Suja Thomas and Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, co-authored an op-ed for the New York Times that discussed the importance of the federal courts to recognize the constitutional authority granted to juries to decide civil cases. Here's an excerpt of the op-ed, "A Jury, Not the S.E.C."

    "Who should decide a defendant’s fate — a jury of everyday people or a judge employed by the Securities and Exchange Commission?

    This is one of the questions that federal courts are considering in several cases brought by plaintiffs. They are challenging the agency’s authority to both accuse them of securities law violations and decide whether they are liable, subjecting them to the possibility of paying high civil penalties to the government."

  • National Jurist ranks Illinois #24 in Best Schools for Big Law list

    In a recent Back to School edition, the National Jurist ranked the University of Illinois #24 out of 40 in its "Best Schools for Big Law" list. To determine the top schools, the National Jurist weighted percentage of recent graduates who landed Big Law jobs at 70 percent and percentage of alumni who are National Law Journal 250 partners at 30 percent. According to the National Jurist ranking, 25.2% of 2014 graduates landed Big Law jobs.


  • Dean Amar discusses what drew him to Illinois Law, making law school affordable, and his goals as dean in interview with Above the Law

    In an interview with David Lat from Above the Law, Dean Vikram Amar explains what drew him to Illinois, what he hopes to accomplish as dean, and how he plans to make law school more affordable. Here's an excerpt, part of Amar's answer to what drew him to Illinois:

    "The climate conditions that matter — the intellectual atmosphere, the employment outlook, the cultural ambience — were all very appealing. For a deanship to be a good fit for me, the school would have to have a first-rate faculty that is both interdisciplinary and distinctively engaged in law and professional training, an accomplished alumni base that could be tapped to help support the school in a variety of ways, a strong and collegial student body, and a world-class university setting with special access to a major metropolitan market. The University of Illinois scores well on all those fronts."

    Full interview at Above the Law 


  • Dean Amar looks at the politically-charged Supreme Court docket in LA Times op-ed

    The new Supreme Court term opens today, and its docket is lined with politically-charged, controversial cases that will help shape the political debate heading into the 2016 presidential campaign. Dean Vikram Amar and Yale Law Professor Akhil Amar provide a good overview and context for the cases in an op-ed, published in the LA Times

    Dean Amar is also interviewed by Adam Liptak of the New York Times for the reporter’s take on the new Supreme Court term.

    LA Times op-ed

    New York Times article


  • 12/9 CLE in Chicago: Best Practices in Civil Litigation

    Wednesday, December 09, 2015
    Chapman & Cutler, 111 W. Monroe Street, 16th Floor Conference Room
    3:00 PM–4:15 PM

    This course has been approved for 1.00 Illinois MCLE general credit hour. 

    FREE, but registration required.


  • 12/11 2015 ISBA Mid-Year Meeting Reception

    Friday, December 11, 2015
    The Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
    4:30 PM–6:00 PM

    Join us at the University of Illinois College of Law reception during the 2015 ISBA Mid-Year Meeting.


  • 3/3 Annette Gordon-Reed of Harvard Law School to deliver David C. Baum Memorial Lecture

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

    Professor Gordon-Reed is the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, and a Professor of History at Harvard University.

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


  • 3/7 Henry T. Greely of Stanford Law School to deliver Ann F. Baum Memorial Elder Law Lecture

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

    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.


  • 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.