News

  • Wilson to participate in National Constitution Center panel

    Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson has been invited to participate in a panel discussion on September 22, 2015 at the National Constitution Center. The discussion, moderated by the Center’s president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen, will focus on contemporary religious liberty issues, including how it relates to LGBT rights. 

    Wilson is a nationally-recognized expert in family law and health law and is the director of Illinois Law’s Family Law and Policy Program. She is well known for advocating a balance of religious freedom and anti-discrimination.

    The National Constitution Center is chartered by Congress to “disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis” through a wide array of exhibitions, programs, and debates.

  • Heald study featured in WIPO magazine

    Professor Paul Heald’s study that examines the role of the public domain in fostering new innovation and creativity is featured in WIPO magazine, a preeminent publication that explores intellectual property, creativity, and innovation in action across the world. 

    The study, done with co-authors Kristofer Erickson, Fabian Homberg, Martin Kretschmer, and Dinusha Mendis, demonstrates the commercial value of the public domain and evaluates the “innovative potential and value generated by inputs which originate not only from copyright-protected material, but from material residing in the public domain

  • Illinois Law again ranks among the top law schools for faculty scholarly impact

    The University of Illinois law faculty ranked 27th for scholarly impact in the 2015 Leiter Score Ranking. The methodology, developed by Brian Leiter (University of Chicago Law School) and carried out this year by a team led by Gregory Sisk (University of St. Thomas School of Law), evaluates the mean and median citation frequency of tenured faculty scholarship for the years 2010-14.

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  • College of Law names 65 employers to 2015 Honor Roll

    Today, the University of Illinois College of Law published its 2015 Employer Honor Roll. Created in 2014, the Honor Roll recognizes employers who have regularly hired recent College of Law graduates. The Honor Roll contains a wide variety of employers, including firms of various sizes, government agencies, courts, corporations, and academic departments. Combined, Honor Roll employers have hired over 200 recent College of Law graduates in the Classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014. This edition of the Honor Roll contains 26 new employers.

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  • New legislation initiated by Professor Andres protects victims of financial exploitation

    As of Wednesday, August 5, Illinois seniors and the disabled will be better protected from financial abuse under Public Act 99-0272. The law is the result of a policy memo submitted by Professor Matt Andres to Illinois Representative Tom Bennett proposing legislation to give Illinois seniors and vulnerable adults an independent civil cause of action for financial exploitation. 

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  • Homeland Security funds cybersecurity research at Illinois Law

    The University of Illinois recently announced that it will lead a new center to improve the resiliency of the nation’s critical infrastructure, funded through a grant – anticipated at $20 million over five years – from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

    The College of Law will receive a portion of the grant for a project that will analyze the cyberinsurance market and explore how the insurance market can be expanded and improved. The project will be an interdisciplinary, collaborative effort among Engineering, Computer Science, and Law.

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  • University of Illinois names Vikram Amar dean of the College of Law

    The University of Illinois named Vikram David Amar as the next dean of the College of Law. Amar assumed the deanship, and also became the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law, on August 16, 2015. Prior to Illinois, Amar was the senior associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of law at the University of California, Davis School of Law.

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  • Two distinguished alumni retire from the federal bench after 50 years of service

    After a combined more than 50 years of service, two prestigious Illinois Law alumni recently retired from the federal bench. The Honorable James Holderman (’71), former Chief Judge of the Northern District of Illinois, retired on June 1st. The Honorable David Bernthal (’76) retired from his position as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Central District of Illinois on April 30th, and recently resumed duties as a recalled U.S. Magistrate Judge.

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  • Faye Jones named new library director

    The University of Illinois College of Law has named Faye Jones as the new director of the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Memorial Law Library, effective August 15, 2015. 

    Jones, who will also serve as a clinical professor of law, has more than 30 years of experience as a law librarian and law teacher, most recently as director and professor at the Florida State University College of Law Research Center.  

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  • Robbennolt named Alice Curtis Campbell Professor of Law

    The University of Illinois College of Law has named Jennifer K. Robbennolt the Alice Curtis Campbell Professor of Law. Robbennolt specializes in the areas of psychology and law, torts, and dispute resolution. Her research integrates psychology into the study of law and legal institutions, focusing primarily on legal decision-making and the use of empirical research methodology in law.

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  • Michael Tipsord ('84) is named State Farm CEO

    State Farm Chairman and CEO Edward B. Rust Jr. announced today that Michael Tipsord, State Farm president and chief operating officer, will succeed him in September as chief executive officer. 

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  • Brubaker quoted in SCOTUS decision

    In its opinion on Wellness Int’l Network, Ltd. v. Sharif, the United States Supreme Court quoted Professor Ralph Brubaker regarding the historicity of adjudication by consent. The decision ultimately expands the power of the US Bankruptcy courts, allowing bankruptcy judges to make final decisions on legal disputes if all involved parties consent. 

    Wellness Int’l Network, Ltd. v. Sharif

  • King ('15) wins John Marshall Law School tax law writing competition

    Carson W. King (’15) has been announced as the grand prize winner of the Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition organized by John Marshall Law School’s Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits. The paper was initially written for Professor Kaplan’s Tax Policy Seminar, and previously won a Rickert Award for Excellence in Legal Writing.

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  • College of Law honors Lash, Heald with annual book, article awards

    Kurt T. Lash was awarded the 2015 Wayne R. LaFave Award for Scholarly Excellence for his book, The Fourteenth Amendment and the Privileges and Immunities of American Citizenship. Paul J. Heald was awarded the 2015 Carroll P. Hurd Award for Scholarly Excellence for his article, “How Copyright Keeps Works Disappeared.” The awards were announced at the annual faculty retreat on May 14.

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  • Fundamentals of Legal Practice course enhanced by alumni participation

    Last spring, the College of Law launched the Fundamentals of Legal Practice course. Administered by the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development, the course is intended to educate students about the legal profession and provide them with the building blocks for a successful legal career. Covering such topics as professionalism in the workplace, marketing, business development, professional communications, and more, the course modules are taught by instructors from the College, as well as successful alumni and leading practitioners. 

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Events

  • 9/10 Law, Religion and the Family Unit After Hobby Lobby: A Tribute to Professor Harry Krause

    Thursday, September 10, 2015
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
    4:30 PM–5:30 PM

    Keynote address:
    William Eskridge, Jr.
    John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School

    Presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Awards to:
    William Eskridge, Jr.
    Harry Krause

    The event is free and open to the public.

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  • 9/10 Dean’s Public Engagement Lecture Series: The Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod

    Thursday, September 10, 2015
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law Building
    12:00 PM–1:00 PM

    The Dean’s Public Engagement Lecture Series aims to increase interaction between the legal academy, the legal and business professions, and the public. Hosted by Dean Vikram David Amar, the lecture series brings thought leaders, including distinguished judges, lawyers and businesspersons, to the College of Law to talk on cutting-edge issues affecting law, justice, business and government. Free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

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  • 9/15 Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Memorial Lecture: Adam Liptak

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law Building
    12:00 PM–1:00 PM

    Adam Liptak will deliver "The Roberts Court at Ten: A Reporter's Reflections" for the the fall 2015 Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Memorial Lecture on Litigation and the Legal Profession. 

    Liptak is the Supreme Court correspondent of The New York Times.

    Lunch will be provided for lecture attendees. The lecture is free and open to the public.

  • 9/17 Constitution Day 2015: The Roberts Court Turns Ten

    Thursday, September 17, 2015
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
    12:00 PM–1:00 PM

    College of Law Dean Vikram David Amar and Professors Eric Johnson, Kurt Lash, Jason Mazzone, and Robin Fretwell Wilson will discuss the decisions of the Supreme Court over the past decade and where the Court is headed in the future.

    Lunch will be provided.

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  • 9/22 Constitutional Conversations With Professor Akhil Reed Amar

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
    12:00 PM–2:00 PM

    The Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law presents Constitutional Conversations with Professor Akhil Reed Amar, the Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. The lecture is hosted by Kurt Lash, the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law.

    The event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing of The Law of the Land:  A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic to follow in the Sarah and Peer Pedersen Pavilion.

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  • 10/7 Fourth District Appellate Court to Hear Oral Arguments at the College of Law

    Wednesday, October 07, 2015
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
    10:30 AM–12:30 PM

    Justices Robert J. Steigmann, Thomas M. Harris, Jr., and John W. Turner of the Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court will hear oral arguments on a criminal and a civil case pending before the Court.

  • 10/23 Homecoming 2015

    Friday, October 23, 2015–Saturday, October 24, 2015
    Law Building, Champaign

    Join us for Homecoming 2015! All alumni and friends are welcome to participate in the festivities and cheer on the Fighting Illini. For more information, visit the Homecoming page.

  • 10/23 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture: Raymond LaHood

    Friday, October 23, 2015
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law Building
    12:00 PM–1:00 PM

    Raymond LaHood will deliver the fall 2015 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture on the Role of Government and the Law.

    Lahood served as the 16th department of transportation secretary from 2009-13 and represented the 18th District of Illinois in the US House of Representatives from 1995-2009. He is a senior policy advisor at DLA Piper.

    Reception to follow in the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Pavilion. The lecture is free and open to the public.

  • 11/12 David C. Baum Memorial Lecture: Pamela S. Karlan

    Thursday, November 12, 2015
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law Building
    12:00 PM–1:00 PM

    Pamela S. Karlan will deliver the fall 2015 David C. Baum Memorial Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.

    Karlan is the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and co-director, of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School. She is currently serving as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Lunch will be provided to lecture attendees. The lecture is free and open to the public.