National Jurist ranks College of Law employment rate as 2nd most improved in nation
Following their recent ranking of the College of Law as a “Best Value Law School” for 2014, the National Jurist released another report on employment rate improvements this week. While the nationwide employment rate for recent graduates has remained relatively flat in the past few years, twenty law schools, including Illinois Law, actually improved their employment rate by 10 percent or more.
Jerome Mirza Foundation gift featured at 79th Annual U of I Foundation Meeting
At the 79th Annual University of Illinois Foundation Meeting held October 17-19, 2014, eight private gifts totaling more than $11 million earmarked for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were announced. Among them was the $2 million gift from the Jerome Mirza Foundation to the College of Law.
Introducing the Illinois Law Faculty Blog!
The College of Law faculty has launched the Illinois Law Faculty Blog! Moderated by Professor Robin Kar, the blog is a forum for the faculty to reach out beyond the academy and discuss their teaching, research, and other academic endeavors as they relate to law, law reform, and public policy. Read more about the blog in Kar’s welcome post. Here are a few other recent posts that weigh in on issues in the news:
- Wasserman and Frakes (Northwestern Law) on Causes of Invalid Patent Grants
- Heald on ABC v. Aereo and its Implications for Time Shifted Cable Service
- Benson on Same Sex Marriage Heading to the Supreme Court
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Anderson (’77) given Justice John Paul Stevens Award
Kimball R. Anderson (’77) has been named a 2014 recipient of the Justice John Paul Stevens Award. The award is presented annually by the Chicago Bar Foundation and the Chicago Bar Association to attorneys who best exemplify former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Steven’s commitment to integrity and public service in the practice of law.
Federal Civil Rights Clinic Students Sworn In at U.S. Federal Courthouse
On August 27, College of Law students participating in the Federal Civil Rights Clinic were sworn in by the Honorable Colin S. Bruce, District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.
Wilson elected to executive counsel of the International Society of Family Law
Robin Fretwell Wilson, the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and director of Illinois Law’s Program in Family Law and Policy, has been elected to the executive council of the International Society of Family Law, an independent, international scholarly association dedicated to the study and discussion of family law.
Global law fellows program exposes students to international legal work
The 6th class of Illinois Global Law Fellows completed their summer internships this month. Two Illinois Law students, 3L Nicholas Phillips and 2L Erica Fauser, both interned in Japan this summer.
"During my time at Mabuchi Motor, I assisted with tax, employment, contractual and securities issues related to the company’s announced plans to build production facilities in Aguascalientes, Mexico, to complement its factories in China and Vietnam and be closer to American clients.” said Phillips. He adds, “This experience has helped me develop skills to add real value to the international business transactions of foreign companies.”
Wasserman study on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the Washington Post
Professor Melissa Wasserman’s study (with Cornell professor, Michael Frakes) that concluded the way the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office promotes people may be partly responsible for a tendency to grant patents too easily, was featured in an article in the Washington Post.
Results of the 2014 Law Firm Challenge
The 2014 Law Firm Challenge concluded on June 30, 2014. Thanks to the collective efforts of alumni across 70 law firms, almost $370,000 was contributed to the College of Law.
James Lestikow (’73) elected president of Illinois Bar Foundation
James M. Lestikow (’73), partner in the Springfield office of Hinshaw and Culbertson LLP, has been elected as the 34th president of the Illinois Bar Foundation. His one-year term became effective at the annual meeting for the Foundation in June.
Law alumni board elects 14 new members
Fourteen alumni have been elected to serve two-year terms on the Law Alumni Board, joining 14 members who were elected to the Board in 2013. For the 2014-15 academic year, Richard L. Miller II (’97), Jeffrey A. Wakolbinger (’08), and Joel Shapiro (’85) will serve on the executive committee of the Board, as president, vice president, and secretary, respectively.
Valdes ('14) given Clinic Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award
Pamela Valdes (’14) was recently awarded the Clinic Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award.
Valdes joined the University of Illinois College of Law clinics as a student within the Community Preservation Clinic in fall 2013. Within the first semester, she quickly distinguished herself through her dedication and commitment to her clients. Valdes represented her 12 different clients zealously within the McLean County Foreclosure Mediation Program, and she obtained three permanent loan modifications and a trial period plan.
Thank you to alumni and friends
As we prepare to begin another year and welcome our JD Class of 2017 and LLM Class of 2015, we want to express our appreciation for all the ways in which you, our alumni and friends, impact the College of Law on a daily basis. Each year, gifts from alumni and friends help to shape the College of Law in a multitude of ways. Through financial support, hiring, and volunteer efforts, alumni and friends are helping to ensure that the College fulfills its mission of providing a superior legal education and that we are preparing our students for success in their careers.
As a way of saying thank you, a donor appreciation day was held this past spring. Below, you will find a link to the video of the event. I hope this expresses in some way how very grateful we are that you have chosen to support Illinois Law.
Thank you video
Thank you again for your generous support.
College of Law selected to participate in inaugural Illinois Bar Foundation Fellowship Program
In partnership with the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, the College of Law recently selected a fellow to work in our Civil Litigation Clinic. Juan Mejia, a 2014 graduate of the College, is the recipient of the fellowship in this inaugural year.
Dosunmu ('04) elected president of the board of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
Folarin S. Dosunmu ('04), an associate in Much Shelist's Creditors’ Rights, Insolvency & Bankruptcy practice group, has been elected president of the Board of Directors of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS). Dosunmu has been a CVLS board member for four years and previously served one year as vice president for finance.
Douglas ('10) receives Young Lawyer of the Year Award
Tracy D. Douglas ('10), staff attorney, Illinois Governor’s Office of Executive Appointments in Springfield, received a Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) at the organization’s 138th Annual Meeting on Friday, June 20, at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI.
Law student wins Avery Brundage Scholarship
Law student Jeffrey Zohn ('16) has been awarded an Avery Brundage Scholarship for excellence in academics and athletics. He will receive a $2,500 award for the 2014-2015 academic year.
John D. Colombo begins term as interim dean of Illinois Law
John D. Colombo, the Albert E. Jenner Jr. Professor, begins his term as interim dean of the University of Illinois College of Law this week. A member of the Illinois faculty since 1988, Colombo primarily teaches tax law. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and co-author of two books on the theory of tax exemption for charitable organizations, the exemption standards for nonprofit hospitals and commercial activity by charities. A national search will be conducted to hire a permanent dean.
Fourth District Appellate Court to Hear Oral Arguments at the College of Law
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law Building
10:30 AM–12:30 PM
Justices Robert Steigmann, Thomas M. Harris, Jr., and Lisa Holder White of the Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court will hear oral arguments on a criminal and a civil case pending before the Court.
“Big Surveillance: What the NSA Is Doing, Why It Matters, and How to Address It”
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law Building
12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Join us for the David C. Baum Memorial Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, featuring Professor Daniel J. Solove, an internationally known expert in privacy law. He will discuss why NSA surveillance poses severe privacy problems and why existing Fourth Amendment law has failed to address the issue.
Lecture is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to lecture attendees. One (1) hour of Illinois MCLE general credit.
"Gender Equity: 50 Years After Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964"
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law Building
12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Join us for the Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture on the Role of Government and the Law, featuring Commissioner Chai R. Feldblum of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Lecture is free and open to the public. Reception to follow for lecture attendees.
Thursday, October 23, 2014–Saturday, October 25, 2014
Homecoming 2014 - October 23-25, 2014.
Join us for Homecoming 2014! All alumni and friends are welcome to participate in the festivities and cheer on the Fighting Illini.
Alumni-Student Career Conference
Saturday, February 28, 2015
College of Law Building, Champaign
We invite all alumni to participate in the 24th Annual Alumni-Student Career Conference on February 28, 2015 at the College of Law. Through this conference, we bring together the College of Law community to spend a day with our distinguished alumni. This conference 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.
- Nisha Chandran, ’15
Nisha Chandran was granted the 2013 Academic Excellence Award by McGuire Woods for academic excellence, extracurricular involvement, and a commitment to the McGuire Woods five core values: Excellence, Client Service, Integrity, Collegiality and Community.
- Shawn Williams, ’95
Partner, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
A partner in the San Francisco office of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, Shawn Williams focuses his practice on securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions. Prior to joining Robbins Geller, he served as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
- Sean Murphy, ’14
While interning at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Sean Murphy assisted in the trial of Nicholas Brooks, who was convicted of Murder in the Second Degree. Sean spent his first summer as a legal intern for the State Department at the U.S. Consulate General in Milan.
- Stacey Tutt, ’03
Director, Community Preservation Clinic
Stacey Tutt (’03) started and directs the Community Preservation Clinic, which specializes in the development and implementation of foreclosure mediation programs in central Illinois counties designed to make the foreclosure process more effective, efficient, collaborative, and humane. The Clinic has been the beneficiary of roughly $1.2 million in grants from the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, through proceeds from a national foreclosure settlement.
- Shawna Boothe, ’13
Associate, Schiff Hardin LLP
An associate at Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago, Shawna Boothe, originally from Texas, interned at the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office and Schiff Hardin and received the 2012 Trial Advocacy Scholarship from the American Association for Justice.
- Eric Freyfogle
In May 2013, Professor Eric Freyfogle was invested as a Swanlund Chair, the highest endowed title bestowed upon faculty at the Urbana-Champaign campus. Freyfogle is an internationally recognized expert on the relationship between humans and nature whose scholarship draws upon a broad range of interdisciplinary perspectives, including history, philosophy, biological sciences, economics, and literature. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, some focused on legal issues, others exploring matters of broader social and cultural concern. Freyfogle has taught at Illinois since 1983.
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