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Veterans’-focused high-tech incubator in Chicago

Great initiative, reflecting the work of distinguished alum, Howard Tullman ’71, and his colleagues at Chicago’s high tech incubator, 1871:

Dubbed “The Bunker,” Incubator to House Veteran-Owned Technology Companies Beginning in Fall of 2014.

1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman confirmed today that 1871 will be launching a veterans-focused technology incubator called The Bunker in 2014 as part of 1871’s recently announced expansion plans at its digital startup hub in The Merchandise Mart. The announcement is officially being made in concert with the offices of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn, as well as the Pat Tillman Foundation – all of whom are also expected to provide support and resources for the new program.

Tullman describes the inspiration for the new initiative: “Many years ago in law school, I learned that my most mature classmates and the hardest and most serious competitors in the school were the vets. They had the positive ‘can do’ attitude, the ‘take no prisoners’ drive, and the commitment to success that are precisely what it takes to build a successful startup. In addition, we owe these men and women a great debt for their sacrifices and service to our country. At 1871, we want everything we do to make a difference, not just a living, and we hope in our own way that we can help our vets move forward and make yet another important contribution to our economy.”

The Bunker will be the Nation’s first Veteran Business Accelerator and will harness the leadership experiences of veterans as a strategic differentiator for startup and early stage veteran owned technology enabled businesses. The Bunker will be a veteran-operated, veteran-focused effort that will seek to offer an entry point into the technology economy for hundreds of local and national veteran owned and operated technology businesses, with the dual goal of exploring and tapping into the significant resources available to veterans from government organizations and maximizing the skill and trainings which our veterans developed while serving in the military.

While there are a substantial number of city, state and federal veteran assistance programs, it is sometimes a challenging and complex process – especially for novice business builders – and one of the focus areas of the 1871 veteran’s incubator will be to work closely with the city and the state as well as the vets to help smooth, streamline and accelerate these interactions. 1871’s huge population of volunteer mentors (especially in the legal and accounting fields) will be of invaluable assistance in these areas. The Bunker will be run by Todd Connor, an Operation Iraqi Freedom Navy veteran and successful entrepreneur who most recently led the city of Chicago’s military high schools program.

The Bunker will be a part of the new 25,000 square foot expansion coming from 1871 this October, which was announced on Tuesday, June 17, in conjunction with Governor Quinn. Fueled by a $2.5 million investment from the State, the 25,000-square foot space will house alumni companies, venture capital firms, and incubators and accelerators, including this effort.

“Illinois’ veterans are some of the most talented and skilled individuals in our state’s workforce,” Governor Quinn said. “By supporting veteran-owned and operated businesses, we can ensure that our men and women service members have what they need to continue contributing to our communities while driving our economy forward. We owe a debt of gratitude to the many brave Illinois men and women who have answered the call to serve and I commend The Bunker and 1871 for launching this innovative platform on their behalf.”

“Great startup businesses need great leaders who know how to ‘get it done’ amidst uncertain and challenging circumstances. This is what veterans bring.” stated Todd Connor, CEO of The Bunker. “This represents a truly different model for the veteran community that is not about defining the veteran population as a group that needs help, but rather capitalizing on the talent pool of some of the highest performing veterans.”

The Bunker is expected to maximize use of 1871’s existing shared facilities for housing its companies and hopes to bring companies to Chicago and 1871 for long-term, permanent stays that will allow integration into the 1871 community as well as the broader Chicago business community.

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About 1871

1871 is an entrepreneurial hub for digital startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, the soon-to-be 75,000-square-foot facility provides Chicago startups with programming, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that help them on their path to building successful businesses. 1871 is the flagship project of the CEC.


NU Law grad to clerk on the Court

Sopan Joshi ’13 just selected as one of Justice Scalia’s law clerks on the Supreme Court. Many congrats to Sopan and to the good Justice for his wise and discerning judgment!


New NU Law chairholders

I am pleased to announce the appointments of our newest named rotating chair holders. These appointments will take effect September 1, 2014.

Please join me in recognizing the appointments of the following Northwestern Law faculty members to named professorships. We thank and acknowledge these faculty members for their hard work and commitment to our core teaching and research mission. We also thank our donors who have made these recognitions possible with their generous financial support.

Esther Barron
Harry B. Reese Teaching Professorship

Esther Barron is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Entrepreneurship Law Center in the Bluhm Legal Clinic. Known for teaching innovation, Esther’s entrepreneurship law course, co-taught with Steve Reed, is extremely highly rated. In 2013, she and Steve Reed debuted a version of their entrepreneurship law course as a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), the first to be offered by Northwestern Law. Prior to joining Northwestern’s faculty, Barron practiced at Goldberg Kohn in Chicago in its commercial finance department. Barron graduated Cum Laude from Brandeis University and received her JD from Northwestern University School of Law.

Tonja Jacobi
William G. and Virginia K. Karnes Research Professorship

Tonja Jacobi’s research interests include judicial politics, game theory, American governmental institutions and constitutional law. Her recent publications include Criminal Innovation and the Warrant Requirement: Reconsidering the Rights-Police Efficiency Trade-off (William and Mary Law Review, forthcoming 2015); Strategic Judicial Preference Revelation (Journal of Law and Economics, forthcoming 2014), and The Attrition of Rights under Parole (Southern California Law Review, forthcoming 2014). Jacobi earned her PhD in political science from Stanford University, and also holds a Masters from the University of California, Berkeley and a law degree from the Australian National University.

James Lindgren
Benjamin Mazur Summer Research Professorship

James Lindgren’s research areas include law and social science, criminal law, and estates. Many of his current projects examine the roles that viewpoint diversity plays in American society. Lindgren is a co-founder of the Section on Scholarship of the Association of American Law Schools and a former chair of its Section on Social Science and the Law. Lindgren received his JD and PhD in quantitative sociology from University of Chicago.

Jide Nzelibe
Harry R. Horrow Professorship in International Law

Jide Nzelibe’s research and teaching interests include international trade, foreign relations law, public and private international law and contracts. His recent publications include Contesting Adjudication: The Partisan Divide over Alien Tort Litigation (Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business, 2013) and Our Partisan Foreign Affairs Constitution (Minnesota Law Review, 2013). Nzelibe joined Northwestern’s faculty in 2004. In addition to his JD from Yale Law School, he holds an MPA in international relations from Princeton University.

Please join me in congratulating these excellent law professors for these well-deserved honors.


Northwestern University graduation 2014!!

Some photos from our university graduation yesterday under relatively clear skies in Evanston.



Prof. Carole Silver on international legal education

NU Prof. Carole Silver, a leading expert on the global dimensions of legal curriculum, describes succinctly a presentation she recently gave at a major conference on this topic in San Diego, California:

“The idea is that all lawyers need to learn how to work in a global environment, but not everyone is able to learn this through an overseas immersion experience. A second best approach is to create a global learning environment at home, and law schools can do this by offering opportunities for domestic and international students to interact in meaningful ways. Meaningful interaction does not automatically follow from presence on campus or in the building (or even in the same classes). Rather, according to a theory developed by Gordon Allport, it requires a particular framework involving equal status among groups, common goals, intergroup cooperation and the support of authorities. In the law school context there are a number of obvious challenges to this framework, some related to ABA accreditation/acquiescence standards and US News (slide 14). It is possible, of course, that law schools are different than other contexts and that bringing international students into the building is sufficient to create the sort of interaction that provides opportunities for learning – to that end, I draw on data from LSSSE showing the extent of interaction that JD students report having with international graduate students in their law schools. This is quite low (see slides 8-13, pp. 479-486). The last part of the article addresses ways in which law schools will differ in their approaches to trying to generate global learning environments because of differences in their international student populations.”

For more on this topic, see Carole Silver, “Getting Real about Globalization and Legal Education: Potential Perspectives for the U.S.” XXIV Stanford Law & Policy Review 457-502 (2013).


Commodity Future Tradings Commission

Kudos to alum Sharon Bowen (previously a partner at Latham & Watkins in NYC), who is a new member of the CFTC.


Q & A in Fortune: Northwestern, law schools’ fate, and my murky crystal ball



On religious liberty and the Constitution

Thoughtful article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, highlighting, inter alia, NU Prof. Andy Koppelman’s influential work.


Northwestern University campaign launch event in New York City

on Friday evening at Lincoln Center.  Against the spectacular backdrop of Central Park, we joined with 400+ NU alumni and friends to celebrate Northwestern and to describe the bold ambitions of the University’s $3.75 billion campaign.  In addition to NU’s president, provost, and several deans, we had some cool celebrity gifts, including Stephen Colbert ’86 and Meredith Viera, a double Wildcat parent!



Pritzker public interest fellows 2014

with a description of their projects.  Congrats to all of these great graduates and thanks to all the alumni who worked on making this promise into a reality.