Class of 2014 graduate employment rates continue upward trend
As of March 15, 2015, 82.2% of Illinois Law’s Class of 2014 had secured full-time, long-term positions for which a J.D. was required or preferred. The Class of 2014’s performance in the legal marketplace is the latest data point in a sharp upward trend in employment prospects for Illinois Law graduates.
Chicago Service Project provides experiential learning opportunity for LL.M. students
Each year, over the winter and spring break periods, a small group of LL.M. students travel to Chicago to participate in the Chicago Service Project. The program, launched over winter break 2014, is an initiative designed to provide LL.M. students with valuable hands on experience in a variety of legal areas. Partnering with organizations in the city, the Chicago Service Project provides an opportunity for students to work directly with assigned attorneys and to meet and speak with leaders in the Chicago legal market.
2014 Paul Lisnek Award winners announced
The College of Law is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Lisnek Awards: Bide Akande, Alison Anderson, Tricia Halstead, Steven Hurbis, Lucas Rael, and Sean Peters.
David Kelly ('04) to deliver 2015 Convocation Address
David Kelly (’04), General Counsel & Vice President, Basketball Legal Affairs for the Golden State Warriors, will deliver the 2015 College of Law Convocation Address. In his current role, Kelly serves as the team's chief legal officer and manages many of the company's key projects and initiatives on both the business and basketball sides of the operation, including legal matters related to the proposed new arena in San Francisco.
Lawless files amicus brief with SCOTUS on bankruptcy code case
Illinois law professor Robert Lawless has filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States regarding Bank of America v. Caulkett. The brief was filed in support of the respondents, asserting that Bank of America’s arguments are inconsistent with the Bankruptcy Code’s plain language, history, and fundamental policies. If Bank of America succeeds, it could be harder for people to start over after foreclosure and bankruptcy: "It will affect many people’s pocketbooks,” Lawless said.
Arguments on the case were heard on Tuesday, March 24 with a decision expected in June.
Four alumni to be honored at the Annual Alumni Luncheon
Each year, the College of Law honors alumni with awards presented at the Annual Alumni Luncheon. The Distinguished Alumni Award honors professional achievements and community leadership, while the Alumni Loyalty Award is given to an alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated exceptional leadership through his or her service to the College of Law Community. This year's award recipients are Diane Davies (’81), Dean Gerber (’85), Al Stonitsch (’83), and Randall Rosenbaum (’91).
Prof. Wilson key advisor on Utah landmark LGBT anti-discrimination bills
It’s what many are calling the changing of tides – a truce in the cultural war over religious freedom and LGBT rights. On March 12, the governor of Utah signed SB296, a bill that bans discrimination against LGBT people in employment and housing while including exemptions for religious institutions. University of Illinois law professor, Robin Fretwell Wilson, has spent the last month advising and helping write both bills.
Hawkins ('97) receives James Seaberry Award for Excellence
Brent Hawkins ('97), partner in the Chicago office of law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2015 James Seaberry Award for Excellence by the University of Illinois College of Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA). He will be recognized at the 22nd Annual BLSA Alumni Banquet on March 7 at Monastero’s Ristorante in Chicago.
Mazzone appointed fellow of European Law Institute
An expert on Constitutional law and intellectual property, Professor Jason Mazzone has been appointed a fellow of the European Law Institute (ELI). ELI’s mission is to conduct research and provide recommendations and practical guidance in the field of European legal development. Fellows are selected based on their past contributions to European Law and their anticipated future role in the work of the Institute.
Line-up for 2015-16 endowed lectures and Frederick Green Moot Court judges
The University of Illinois College of Law is pleased to announce the line-up for the 2015-16 endowed lecture speakers and Frederick Green Moot Court Competition honorary round judges.
Speakers include Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard Law School), Henry T. Greely (Stanford Law School) Pamela S. Karlan (Stanford Law School), Raymond LaHood (former secretary of the Department of Transportation), Adam Liptak (The New York Times).
Judges include the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor (Supreme Court of the United States), the Honorable Ann Williams (United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit), and the Honorable Jill Pryor (United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit)
Wells (’73) vindicated in Friendship Nine’s Civil Rights-era conviction
This morning, at a courtroom in South Carolina, Judge John C. Hayes III threw out the convictions of the Friendship Nine, nine African American men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter in 1961. One of those men happens to be a College of Law alumnus, James Wells (’73).
Kaplan on CNN: Obama's uphill fight to hike taxes on wealthy
Professor Richard Kaplan is featured on CNN discussing President Obama's plans to tackle income inequality through tax reform.
"Tackling tax reform more broadly could be a pathway to bipartisan cooperation that creates a genuine achievement for both President Obama and the new Congress. In that context, repealing the "step-up in basis" rule and perhaps equalizing tax rates on capital gains and regular income would go a long way to simplifying tax planning and return preparation while allowing the market to allocate capital without the often nonsensical preferences embedded in the current tax code."
Kimball Anderson, '77 named Visiting Director of the Jerome Mirza Trial Academy
Kimball Anderson has been named the Visiting Director of the Jerome Mirza Trial Academy at the University of Illinois College of Law. The Academy is designed to teach trial advocacy and professional responsibility to the next generation of trial lawyers.
Alumni honored in National Law Journal's Trailblazers & Pioneers list
Two of our distinguished alums were recently recognized in the National Law Journal’s 2014 Trailblazers & Pioneers lists. Floyd Mandell (’73) was named to the inaugural list of the “50 Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers,” and Fred Bartlit, Jr. (’60) was named to the “50 Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers” list.
Rowell in Science on the Social Cost of Carbon
Professor Arden Rowell has published an article in Science, one of the world’s top scientific journals.
The article advocates for an institutional process for regular Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) review and revision when used in government policy-making and suggests how scientists might contribute to improved SCC estimates.
The social cost of carbon (SCC) is a crucial tool for economic analysis of climate policies. The SCC estimates the dollar value of reduced climate change damages associated with a one-metric-ton reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Although the conceptual basis, challenges, and merits of the SCC are well established, its use in government cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is relatively new.
4/23 Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, Panel Discussion at Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 300 N. LaSalle, Chicago
5:00 PM–7:00 PM
Co-sponsored by the Bankruptcy Law Society (BLS) and Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Featuring Professors Ralph Brubaker and Robert Lawless, James Sprayregen, '85, and Justin Bernbrock, '12. Bus transportation from the College of Law to Kirkland & Ellis will be provided.
4/24 Annual Alumni Luncheon
Friday, April 24, 2015
Mid-America Club, 200 E Randolph Dr, 80th Floor, Chicago
12:00 PM–1:30 PM
Join us for the Annual Alumni Luncheon, featuring updates on the College of Law and presentation of the Alumni Loyalty Award to Randall Rosenbaum (’91) and Distinguished Alumni Awards to Diane Davies (’81), Dean Gerber (’85), and Al Stonitsch (’83).
The luncheon is a great way to reunite with classmates, meet other alumni and current students, and learn what is happening at the College of Law.
4/30 Young Alumni Happy Hour
Thursday, April 30, 2015
John Barleycorn River North (149 West Kinzie), Chicago
6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Join other young Illinois Law alumni for an informal happy hour to network, catch up with classmates, and meet other young alumni. Sign in to receive one free drink from the College of Law. Visit the April Young Alumni Happy Hour Facebook event page to RSVP and see who else is going!
5/16 Convocation for the Class of 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and College of Law Building
1:30 PM–3:00 PM
The 2015 College of Law Convocation will be held in the Great Hall at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on May 16.
5/21 Young Alumni Happy Hour
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Blackfinn Ameripub (65 West Kinzie), Chicago
6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Join other young Illinois Law alumni for an informal happy hour to network, catch up with classmates, and meet other young alumni. Sign in to receive one free drink from the College of Law. Visit the May Young Alumni Happy Hour Facebook event page to RSVP and see who else is going!
6/8 U.S. Supreme Court Admission Ceremony
Monday, June 08, 2015
All Day Event
Join fellow Illinois Law alumni at this unique opportunity to be sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court. For complete qualification information, visit the U.S. Supreme Court Admission page.
College of Law
504 East Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Phone (217) 333-0931
Fax (217) 244-1478