The Ann F. Baum Memorial Elder Law Lecture on March 3 featured Professor Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University Law Center. Gostin discussed how the shift to an older demographic in the coming decades will be a fundamentally important dynamic for global health and must shape the way the international community works towards the goal of addressing health disparities within and across societies.
icole Stringfellow (’14) has been selected by the American College of Bankruptcy as a 2014 Distinguished Law Student for the Seventh Circuit. The award honors law students of demonstrated talent and interest in bankruptcy law, and only one student from each circuit is selected. Professors Ralph Brubaker, Pamela Foohey, Robert Lawless, and Charles Tabb nominated Stringfellow.
Ralph Brubaker has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI). Founded in 1923, ALI is the preeminent scholarly organization in the United States dedicated to clarifying, modernizing, and improving the law.
As announced last fall, the College of Law is the beneficiary of a substantial commitment from The Jerome Mirza Foundation to support advocacy training. A portion of this gift has been designated to establish the Jerome Mirza Advocacy Training Grant. The grant will provide travel and participation support for students at the College of Law who are engaged in external advocacy competitions, with an emphasis on trial advocacy and litigation-related competitions.
The College of Law recognizes 13 firms as 2014 Law Firm Challenge Pacesetters, for achieving 100% alumni participation by December 31, 2013. The Pacesetter Firms will be recognized at the 2014 Alumni Luncheon and other College events.
Starting in spring 2014, the College of Law is offering a new program entitled “Fundamentals of Legal Practice.” Run by the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development, the Program offers 16 hours of instruction intended to better prepare students for practice, including the business of law, self-assessment, business development and marketing, professional communications, client service, and project management. The modules are taught by instructors from the College, as well as successful alumni and leading practitioners.
Professor Richard Kaplan talks with Bankrate about the need for retirement planning for a future that is likely to be as unpredictable as the past and the present. He offers his thoughts on Roth IRAs and 401(k) plans and whether or not annuities are a wise investment.
Professor John Colombo is quoted in a New York Times article on tax breaks for non-profit hospital: "The standard nonprofit hospital doesn’t act like a charity any more than Microsoft does — they also give some stuff away for free. Hospitals’ primary purpose is to deliver high quality health care for a fee, and they’re good at that. But don’t try to tell me that’s charity. They price like a business. They make acquisitions like a business. They are businesses.”
From ABC News (from The Associated Press, Dec. 3) -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed a sweeping federal lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over its ethical guidelines for Roman Catholic hospitals, arguing the directives were to blame for negligent care of a pregnant woman who went into early labor and whose baby died within hours. Robin Fretwell Wilson, a U. of I. law professor who specializes in family and health law, said a negligence claim would hinge in part on whether the ACLU can establish that the conference has some direct control in this case or in hospitals in general.
A leading expert in bankruptcy law, a regent in the American College of Bankruptcy, and the Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Chair in Law, Professor Charles Tabb recently published the 3rd edition of Tabb’s Law of Bankruptcy (West Academic, 2013). A go-to reference guide, the new edition is a comprehensive text that provides an exhaustive analysis and discussion of every aspect of bankruptcy law, including both minor and major developments in bankruptcy law since 2009.
The Obama administration faces a tough task in convincing the Supreme Court to rule in favor of ObamaCare’s contraception mandate. “I think there’s a strong argument that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, in this particular case, would allow Hobby Lobby to deny certain contraception coverage without having to pay the fine that would otherwise be imposed them under the Affordable Care Act,” said constitutional law professor, Kurt Lash.
Professor Kurt T. Lash, one of the nation’s leading scholars of constitutional law, has been named the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he directs the Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law.
Andrew D. Leipold, the Edwin M. Adams Professor of Law and director of the Illinois Program in Criminal Law & Procedure, has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI). Founded in 1923, ALI is the preeminent scholarly organization in the United States dedicated to clarifying, modernizing, and improving the law.
In a study that analyzed more than two decades of patent grant rates by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), Professor Melissa Wasserman and co-author Michael Frakes, a law professor at Cornell University, suggest that financial incentives, and not just the merits of the invention, may be, in part, driving the PTO’s decision whether or not to grant a patent. By comparing the PTO’s granting patterns before and after 1991, when the agency became almost exclusively funded by user fees, they determined that when the agency was in need of more funds, it granted patents at a higher rate to entities that generated higher fees.
The number of lawsuits generated by “patent trolls” is wildly exaggerated and is mostly the byproduct of a slight change to a federal law, says a new paper co-written by University of Illinois law professor Jay P. Kesan.
A group of law students, the self-proclaimed “Gang-Green,” are pursuing independent study projects this semester in environmental ethics, law, and policy. On a group trip to northern Illinois this month, they explored the impact of invasive species within the upper Mississippi ecosystem.
Although it may not receive high marks these days as a public body, Congress should actually be empowered so it can uphold the constitutional checks and balances that help to curb overreach by the other two branches of government, says Jamelle Sharpe, an expert in administrative law and associate dean for academic affairs.
"It may be a time of historic congressional disapproval by the public, but that's why it's important to step back and look at things – not necessarily at how things are working now, but at how they are supposed to work, and how they work best."
Professors Eric Johnson and Matthew Finkin have filed amicus curiae with the United States Supreme Court. Johnson’s brief was filed on behalf of nine states (Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, New Mexico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming) in Burrage v. United States. Finkin’s brief was filed on behalf of the National Academy of Arbitrators in Unite Here Local 355 v. Martin Mulhall.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014–Thursday, March 20, 2014
Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, Washington, D.C., Madison, Ann Arbor, and Chicago
12:00 AM–12:00 AM
The College of Law invites alumni to meet the Class of 2017! Events are scheduled in Los Angeles (March 5), Dallas (March 6), New York (March 12), Washington, D.C. (March 13), Madison (March 18), Ann Arbor (March 19), and Chicago (March 20).
Monday, March 17, 2014
Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law
12:00 PM–1:00 PM
The David C. Baum Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights will feature Professor Kenneth Mack, the Lawrence Biele Professor of Law at Harvard University and the co-faculty leader of the Harvard Law School Program on Law and History. The lecture is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to lecture attendees.
Friday, March 21, 2014–Friday, April 11, 2014
College of Law, Champaign
Admitted students and their guests are invited to attend an open house and experience the College of Law firsthand on March 21 and April 11. Get information on careers, financial aid, and housing; attend a mock class taught by Dean Bruce Smith; tour the building; and enjoy lunch with faculty and staff. After hours, join current students and staff for a night out in downtown Champaign.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
University Club of Chicago, Chicago (76 East Monroe Street)
11:30 AM–1:00 PM
Save the date for the College of Law Annual Alumni Luncheon.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Krannert Center and College of Law
1:30 PM–3:00 PM
The 2014 College of Law Convocation will be held in the Great Hall at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on May 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The College of Law will host an open house on May 16 and a reception on May 17 following the ceremony. Details are still being finalized. Please check back regularly for updates and additional information.
Friday, October 24, 2014–Saturday, October 25, 2014
SAVE THE DATE for Homecoming 2014 - October 24-25, 2014.
Celebrating the College of Law Reunion Classes of 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, and 2004.
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.
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.
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) 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.
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.
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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