Career Night 2019

First-year students and attorneys from a variety of organizations met on November 19 to talk about the various kinds of legal practices a student might consider. Ideas were shared, great connections we made, and the Northwestern Law students who attended are now more confidant about the kinds of legal practices they can engage with, and the employers where they could do so. Thank you to all who attended, and especially our sponsors:

NU Law Trial Team Victory

A team from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Bartlit Center for Trial Advocacy won the Summit Cup championship, held at the University of Denver Oct. 3-5.

The University of Denver’s Center for Advocacy hosted the leading teams from around the country. The Northwestern Law team of Cindy Bi (JD’20), Michael Trucco (JD’20), Kristen Stoicescu (JD’20) and Maddy Yzurdiaga (JD’21) went undefeated in an invitational field comprising the top 12 trial teams in the United States.

In the four preliminary rounds of competition, Northwestern defeated teams from John Marshall Law School, Cumberland Law School, Georgetown University Law Center and American University, before prevailing in the championship round against Catholic University. In all, the Northwestern team won 16 out of 19 possible judges’ ballots.

“Cindy, Mike, Kristen and Maddy were simply terrific,” said head coach Rick Levin of Levin, Riback, Adelman & Flangel. “They put their hearts into their work every step of the way.”

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2019 Trienens Lecture

On October 10, the Law School community welcomed Justice Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, as the 2019 Howard J. Trienens Scholar. Justice Liu’s topic was, “State Courts and School Desegregation: New Perspectives on Judicial Federalism and the Myth of Parity.”

A conventional view is that federal courts are superior forums for vindicating civil rights than state courts. This view traces its contemporary origins to the civil rights revolution of the 1960s and 1970s in the aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education, the paradigmatic triumph of federal judicial power over unlawful state action. But the underexplored history of state courts and school segregation during the century before Brown challenges the conventional view. Black plaintiffs challenging segregation obtained relief in state courts more often than is commonly known. By examining scores of segregation cases litigated during the century before Brown, Liu aims to shed new and critical light on the ‘myth of parity’ and elucidate the shared role of state and federal courts in elucidating constitutional principles.

The Speaker: Justice Goodwin Liu is an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. He was confirmed to office by a unanimous vote of the California Commission on Judicial Appointments on August 31, 2011, following his appointment by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on July 26, 2011.Before joining the state’s highest court, Justice Liu was Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). His primary areas of expertise are constitutional law, education law and policy, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has published widely on these subjects in books, law reviews, and the general media. (more…)

2019 Lincoln Lecture

On October 2, the Law School community welcomed Michael Stokes Paulsen (BA ’81), Distinguished University Chair & Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas, as the fourth annual Abraham Lincoln Lecturer on Constitutional Law.

In this lecture, Professor Paulsen posed a stark dilemma: either Abraham Lincoln was wrong in one of his most fundamental constitutional premises – a premise at the heart of his rise to national prominence, the constitutional legitimacy of his presidency, the propriety of the North’s resistance to secession and waging of the Civil War, and the constitutional validity of the Emancipation Proclamation – or we are wrong, today, in our most fundamental, widely-accepted assumption about constitutional law and judicial authority. Professor Paulsen sided with Lincoln and against (nearly) everything in our constitutional practice today.

The Speaker: Michael Stokes Paulsenis Distinguished University Chair & Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas, where he has taught since 2007.  Professor Paulsen is a graduate of Northwestern University, Yale Law School, and Yale Divinity School.  He has served as a federal prosecutor, as Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as counsel for the Center for Law & Religious Freedom.

The Abraham Lincoln Lecture on Constitutional Law was established in 2016 by Professor Steven G. Calabresi. This lecture series honors President Lincoln’s extraordinary work as a lawyer and as the leader who ended slavery, and recognizes his personal connection to the Law School.

Corporate Counsel Institute

For almost 60 years, Northwestern Law has presented the Corporate Counsel Institute, focusing on the specific continuing education needs of the corporate counsel community. The Institute, which is the only program in the country designed by a committee made up exclusively of general counsel, addressed the latest legal issues affecting business while allowing attendees to discuss shared experiences, identify concerns, and network with peers.

Northwestern Joins Move the Needle

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law has joined the first large-scale collaborative effort designed to create a more diverse and inclusive legal profession.

Diversity Lab, an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in law, along with several law firms, more than two-dozen general counsels, a cohort of community leaders, and Northwestern, the sole law school partner, launched the Move the Needle Fund (MTN) –a first-of-its-kind experimental “laboratory” in which new approaches will be incubated over five years in five law firms to serve as a model for the legal industry.

The goals, detailed on Move the Needle Fund, include retention of diverse lawyers; access to career-enhancing work experiences, clients and sponsorship; and advancement to leadership.

Class of 2022: Profile

Our students make up the Northwestern difference! Here are some interesting statistics and information about Northwestern Law’s newest 1L class:

  • Our median LSAT remained at 169 and our median undergraduate grade point average improved to 3.85 – surpassing last year’s record of 3.84.
  • 91% of our first-year JD and JD-MBA students arrive with at least one year of post-undergraduate experience.
  • Our JD and JD-MBA students represent 131 colleges and universities.
  • 14% completed master’s degrees prior to arriving.
  • They hail from 33 states with more than 60% calling regions outside of the Midwest their home
  • 31% are U.S. minorities
  • 12% indicated on their applications that they are first-generation students.
  • Beyond the numbers, there are numerous collegiate varsity athletes, accomplished performing artists,consultants, finance managers and analysts, accountants, entrepreneurs, legislative and political aides, policy researchers, legal assistants, news writers and broadcasters, engineers, Teach for America educators, a pilot, an ordained rabbi, and military officers, including an Army Ranger.

Sponsored Program: Litigation vs. Transactional

1Ls packed the room to hear representatives from sponsoring firms Baker Botts, White & Case and Winston & Strawn address the myths and truths of practicing litigation and transactional areas of law, such as:

  • Are corporate lawyers really more collaborative?
  • Do litigators go to court every day?
  • Who has the most balanced schedule?

Thanks to the firms above, as well as sponsoring firm Selendy & Gay for providing pizza.