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Extraordinary alumni!

NU Law alum, Justice Dalveer Bhandari of the Supreme Court of India, has been nominated for a post on the International Court of Justice in the Hague.  Kudos to this remarkable alumnus.


Reflections on tech boom and its consequences

Thoughtful op-ed by my dean colleague, Julio Ottino, from the McCormick School of Engineering at NU.

Note at the end his sensible observation that the future will require liquid financial markets, sensible tax and immigration policy, and balanced regulations.  In short, creative, practical solutions, incubated in, among other places, leading academic departments.


Size matters?

Intriguing commentary from Brian Leiter about the relationship between law school size and summer employment.  The heart of the claim is that the downsizing of firm summer programs will have an especially hard impact on the larger law schools.

To the extent that this analysis is generally correct, this bears on the question very much on my mind in recent weeks:  Is Northwestern Law, essentially a medium-size law school in our cohort, at the right size in this new legal economy?

Comments/thoughts welcome.


Alumni Spotlights (San Francisco bay area)


Northwestern Law’s first female JD-MBA graduate, Geraldine M. Alexis is a Partner at Perkins Coie.  She focuses her practice on antitrust and trade regulation.  She has conducted several bench and jury trials and handled very high-profile merger cases. Gerry also represents clients before the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and state antitrust enforcement agencies in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other government antitrust investigations, with an emphasis on obtaining accelerated clearances from the relevant government agency. Gerry draws upon her deep antitrust experience before the courts and governmental agencies to counsel numerous companies on the antitrust aspects of joint ventures, distribution contracts, IP licenses and other transactions in a variety of energy sectors including petroleum and electricity.

From 1979 to 1981, Geraldine served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, where she received a special commendation for outstanding service.


Sang Kim is a partner in DLA Piper’s International Tax group and co-managing partner of DLA Piper’s Silicon Valley office. He is currently on DLA Piper’s Executive Committee as well as the National Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  He concentrates his practice in international tax and operational structuring, global transfer pricing strategy and documentation, cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures, post-acquisition integration and international tax controversy. He also frequently serves as the managing international legal counsel for multijurisdictional and multi-disciplined projects and matters implicating employment, IP, corporate formation, corporate governance, foreign exchange controls, transaction taxes such as VAT and GST and import duties, among others.

He has led over a hundred international expansion and structuring projects for companies across a wide spectrum of industries and jurisdictions from emerging enterprises to Fortune 500 multinationals. Representative industries include high tech, consumer products, life sciences, energy, media, technology services, venture funds, manufacturing and distribution. Within these industries, he has extensive experience working with clients in the solar, semiconductor, software, consulting, data storage, data security, social/ecommerce, gaming, consumer electronics, medical devices and networking sectors. He has also worked closely with numerous clients doing business in China, India, Brazil, Russia and other emerging economies.

Martin Checov is a partner in O’Melveny’s San Francisco office, which he co-founded, and serves as the Firm’s General Counsel. Martin has decades of litigation experience in complex matters, gaining particular recognition for his representation of major domestic and foreign carriers and reinsurers in coverage, financial, regulatory, and related disputes—listed by Chambers USA as one of the country’s leading lawyers in the field of insurance, along with recognition by publications such as “Super Lawyers” and American Lawyer Media’s “Best Lawyers.” His array of experience includes litigating scores of bad faith claims and coverage disputes arising from construction defect, intellectual property, product liability, first-party property, securities fraud and consumer class actions, as well as lawsuits under California’s unfair competition law; and representing insurer and other clients in regulatory, real estate, intellectual property and environmental cost recovery disputes. In addition, he has served as a neutral expert on insurance issues in major litigation.


Profs Calabresi and Lindgren on SCOTUS Tenure

In the New Yorker.

This novel idea got some play in the Republican primary debates.  It originates in an influential article by two prominent NU Law scholars, Prof. Stephen Calabresi and Prof. James Lindgren.

NU Law changing the world, one idea at a time . . .


Legal careers: perspectives from the front lines

Insightful column from our assistant dean of career strategy, Bill Chamberlain.


More on legal training and the undergraduate “advantage”

From an Australian law professor, courtesy of U. Chicago law prof, Brian Leiter.

In reference to the dialogue occasioned by the McGinnis-Mangas op-ed in the Wall Street Journal (linked and described in a previous post on this blog), it becomes murkier whether and to what extent common law countries have simply folded legal education into the undergraduate core.  As the Australian experience demonstrates, there is more here than meets the eye.  While a key part of the McMangas critique, lucidly argued to be sure, is that universities could undertake post-graduate training for specialized purposes, it is notable that Australia and other countries (Japan, Germany, India, and South Korea come quickly to mind) are moving toward the post-graduate JD and not the LLM as a model for a well-configured system of legal education.

Much food for thought!  Comments welcome.


Tax at Northwestern Law

On the day when candidate Mitt Romney releases his tax returns (well, OK, tis’ a stretch), I turn the spotlight on Northwestern Law’s terrific tax program.  Anchored by a prestigious graduate tax program and the valuable scholarly work of our distinguished tax faculty, Northwestern is a fertile home for cutting-edge teaching and research in the area of tax law and policy.


Holocaust case brought by Northwestern law prof

Distinguished Northwestern Law professor and international law expert, Prof. Anthony D’Amato, has brought this case on behalf of several Holocaust victims.


LA Alumni Receptions

My wife, Leslie, and I would enjoy meeting you at one of the Los Angeles Area alumni and friends receptions on January 24 at the Jonathan Town Club Downtown and January 25 at the Jonathan Beach Club from 6:00-8:00 PM.

January 24, 2012, 6-8 PM
Jonathan Town Club, 3rd Floor (Coat and Tie required)
545 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA

January 25, 2012, 6-8PM
Jonathan Beach Club, Catalina Ball Room
850 Palisades Beach Road
Santa Monica, CA 90403

You may register on-site at the event.

To register online, please visit