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  • 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.

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  • College of Law launches Master of Studies in Law program

    The University of Illinois College of Law has launched a Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program and is enrolling students for the spring 2015 semester. The MSL is designed for accomplished professionals and academics who want to increase their understanding of law and legal analysis in order to strengthen their professional skills. It is a non-professional, terminal degree program designed for those who have had no legal training and who do not desire a professional law degree.

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  • University of Illinois Law Review launches Slip Opinions

    Slip Opinions is a new online companion to the University of Illinois Law Review. Its purpose is to close the gap between traditional law review publications and daily online news sources. By publishing short, timely articles, Slip Opinions seeks to provide an accessible medium for scholarly discussion and reach a broad spectrum of legal readers.

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  • EEOC Commissioner Feldblum delivers Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture

    Chai Feldblum, a Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, delivered the Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture on the Role of Government and the Law.

    Commissioner Feldblum discussed the remarkable developments in the understanding of the sex discrimination prohibition since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. 

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  • "How fear can help fight ebola" - OpEd by Rowell

    Professor Arden Rowell, a risk regulation expert, has written an OpEd piece on how fear can help fight ebola: “A rash of recent news stories have documented Americans’ increasing fear of Ebola. That fear is unpleasant, and it can be costly and even dangerous. But it also can be an opportunity for the government officials who will be coordinating the federal response to outbreak risk.”

    Read the entire article at regblog.org

    The article is based on Rowell’s new paper, "Regulating Fear: The Case of Ebola in the United States"

  • Daniel J. Solove delivers David C. Baum Lecture

    Daniel J. Solove, the John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School, delivered “Big Surveillance: What the NSA Is Doing, Why It Matters, and How to Address It” for the David C. Baum Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.

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  • Merrill (’14), Illinois Cyber Security Scholar, interviewed by Forbes

    Forbes recently interviewed Whitney Merrill, a graduate of the Class of 2014, at DEF CON, one of the oldest and largest annual hacker conventions. Merrill was a co-organizer of the Crypto & Privacy Village at the conference, which featured two days of events and talks around cryptography and privacy. The goal of the Privacy Village was to teach individual consumers how to protect their data by using cryptography. 

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  • Epstein (’67) to receive Distinguished Service Award for contributions to health law

    J.D. Epstein (’67) will be the first recipient of the Distinguished Service Award at the annual Texas Health Law Conference, to be held October 13-14 in Austin, Texas. Co-sponsored by the Health Law Section of the Texas Bar Association and the Texas Hospital Association, the award will honor his contributions to the practice of health law.

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  • College of Law publishes 3-year strategic plan

    The University of Illinois College of Law has published its 3-year strategic plan. Formally adopted by the faculty on May 19, 2014, the strategic plan charts the course for addressing new opportunities and challenges brought on by recent shifts in legal practice, employment, and education. The plan is broken out into four parts:

    • Research & Scholarship
    • Academics & Professional Training
    • Communication & Public Engagement
    • Resource Development & Management

    The 2014-17 Strategic Plan 

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  • Jerome Mirza Foundation gift featured at 79th Annual U of I Foundation Meeting

    At the 79th Annual University of Illinois Foundation Meeting held September 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. 

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  • 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:

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.”

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