As this article indicates, economic tough times at law schools has shrunk the capacity of law schools to hire new faculty. Bucking this trend, we are hard at work in recruiting excellent new teachers and scholars. Hiring terrific young faculty members is critical to our success — in our curriculum and in our research profile. Even in the face of difficult resources dilemmas, we will keep as a priority faculty recruitment. We have always looked to bring the best and brightest to our faculty. We will be equally ambitious in the present and the future!
I rose early this morning to join, via Skype, nearly 90 alumni of Northwestern Law School in Tokyo, Japan. Two members of our law school staff — including my wife, Leslie Oster — were able to join with these alumni in person.
I told them how proud I am of our extensive and expanding global network of foreign alumni. A very large number of NU LLM alumni are practing in leading law firms and corporations throughout Asia, with especially significant cohorts in Japan, China, and Taiwan.
In preparing for my remarks to the Japanese alumni, I learned about the important U.S.-Japan connections forged by the our great dean, John Henry Wigmore. Dean Wigmore began his teaching career at Keio University in Japan (in 1889) and continued a long, fruitful connection with Japan throughout his distinguished career. He was one of first important scholars to study the history of Japanese law. He prepared a fifteen-volume opus, entitled “Materials for the Study of Private Law in Old Japan.”
I look forward to strengthening the relationship between our law school and our Japanese alumni. It is a key step in the progress toward expanding the global footprint of Northwestern Law School.
We are pleased to welcome distinguished Berkeley professor (and my former colleague), Professor Pam Samuelson, to give lectures this week as part of the prestigious Rosenthal Lecture series.
Reunion weekend and, with it, a grand opportunity for us to welcome back to Streeterville our illustrious alums from classes ending in two and seven. Today at the Law School we have a number of interesting panels and programs and, whether or not you have RSVPd, do stop by.
Tomorrow, I will be making my mad dash across the Law School buildings to talk to the various returning alums at their respective dinners. (Last year, Class of 1961 was clearly the most, uh, enthusiastic. Will 1962 be far behind?).
Thanks abound, of course. Special gratitude is owed to our able development team and to our alum and Law Board member, Jeff Hammes, managing partner at K & E, with whom I first discussed this endeavor. The $5 million gift will make a meaningful difference in our efforts; and it sets just the right tone as we pursue bold fundraising strategies for the benefit of current and future generations of NU Law students.
As in other major U.S. cities, we have a great cohort of law alums in the Houston metropolitan area. They are practicing at firms big and small and are fortunate to be in a legal market which, to a great degree, has been thriving in the face of a difficult economy. The energy sector is, naturally, one big reason for that.