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.
Investiture of Brubaker as the Carl L. Vacketta Professor of Law
On October 24, 2014, Ralph Brubaker was invested as the inaugural Carl L. Vacketta Professor of Law. Brubaker is considered one of the leading bankruptcy scholars of his generation. He joined the Illinois faculty in 2004.
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.
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.
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.
4/2 Investiture of Robin Fretwell Wilson as the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
12:00 PM–2:00 PM
The University of Illinois College of Law cordially invites you to attend the investiture of Robin Fretwell Wilson as the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law.
Reception to follow in the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Pavilion.
4/6 Conversations with the Author: Paul A. Offit, MD - "Bad Faith"
Monday, April 06, 2015
Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
12:00 PM–1:00 PM
The Family Law and Policy Program and the Epstein Health Law and Policy Program present Conversations with the Author: “Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine”
PAUL A. OFFIT, MD
The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to lecture attendees. A book signing will follow the lecture, and both Bad Faith and Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All will be available for sale in the law bookstore.
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.
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.
Nisha Chandran, ’15
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Swanlund Chair
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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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