We were pleased to join last week with spirited group of Boston alumni. There is a critical mass — more than one hundred — Northwestern alums practicing law and doing many other interesting things in Boston and elsewhere in the New England area. Home to a vibrant law and business community and, of course, many world-class colleges and universities, opportunities for constructive engagement with our impressive Boston-based alumni and, as well, with prospective Northwestern law students, seem ample indeed!
New post for our esteemed alum and premier Supreme Court litigator. Kudos to Carter!
Check out this interview with JD/MBA ’12 (forthcoming!) student.
We enjoyed a visit with Denver alumni from the Law School last evening. We were hosted at the magnificent home of Sharon and Lanny Martin and, as we enjoyed the art, views, and hospitality, Lanny and I had a “fireside chat” for the couple dozen alums and friends. The NU Law presence in Denver is, as in many other parts of the country, substantial, eclectic, and impressive.
For those of you who could not make it by to the reception, please do stay connected with your fellow Northwestern alumni in the area. We look forward to returning frequently to this beautiful part of the west and we will see you on a future visit.
To: Northwestern Law Community
From: Dan Rodriguez
Re: New Faculty
Date: April 17, 2012
I am delighted to make you aware of a triumvirate of professors who, just this past week, accepted offers to join our faculty this coming fall.
Erin Delaney: Presently an Academic Fellow and Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, Professor Delaney is an expert in the areas of comparative constitutional law and constitutional design; U.S. constitutional law and federal courts; the institutional design of federal legal systems; and European Union law. A graduate of Harvard College, Erin received her J.D. degree magna cum laude from New York University School of Law where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Additionally, she holds an M.Phil. in European Studies and a Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Cambridge. After graduating from law school, Erin clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court. While at the University of Cambridge, she was a Wiener-Anspach Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of European Studies at L’Université Libre de Bruxelles. Her dissertation, Promoting Federation: The Role of a Constitutional Court in Federalist States, won her the Walter Bagehot Prize from the United Kingdom Political Studies Association for the best dissertation in government and public administration.
Joshua Fischman: Professor Fischman joins us from the University of Virginia where he has served as Associate Professor of Law since 2008. A graduate of Princeton University, Joshua earned a law degree from Yale where he was Senior Editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an expert in the areas of law and economics; empirical methods; and judicial decision making and has presented in a variety of conferences and workshops, including the American Law and Economics Association Annual Meetings, the National Bureau of Economics Research Summer Institute, and the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies. Most recently, he has taught courses in administrative law and quantitative methods. Prior to joining the law faculty at the University of Virginia, Joshua served as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Tufts University. He also worked as a Quantitative Analyst in the Equity Derivatives Group for KBC Financials as well as D.E. Shaw & Company.
Nadav Shoked: A Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Texas School of Law since 2010, Professor Shoked is an emerging scholar in the areas of state and local government law; property; land use; and legal history. Nadav completed an S.J.D. and LL.M. at Harvard Law School and previously earned an LL.B. summa cum laude at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he also received the Rector of the Hebrew University Award — the University’s highest honor. At the University of Texas, he has taught courses in American legal history; property; and housing law and policy. While at Harvard, he was a Dissertation Fellow with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs’ Project on Justice, Welfare, and Economics. Additionally, he has served as an instructor at the College of Management, The School of Law in Rishon Lezion, Israel and at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Previously, Nadav also has clerked for Justice Eliezer Rivlin of the Supreme Court of Israel and served as an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson LLP.
Interesting NLJ article on the phenomenon of law school-funded positions. Much of the commentary on the blogosphere looks at these positions as efforts to game the rankings. Without claiming that rankings considerations play zero role in these efforts, more nuanced analyses look to these strategies as mechanisms for addressing legal employment predicaments and for providing efficacious bridges to practice.
For what it’s worth, Northwestern Law’s numbers are at the low end of the law schools mentioned, at approximately 4%.
The straight scoop here.
This is aggregate information, of course, and it is worth noting that Northwestern Law has seen just a very slight decline this year (in approximately the 4% range) and no decline in the high-end LSAT applicants. But nothing to crow about. Next year is a new year and the direction of the trend is clearly downward. By any measure, the decline is persistent and important and invites serious conversation within the legal academy about how this new reality should (or should not) affect the ways we do business.
Northwestern Law friends and readers of this blog more generally should know by now my commitment to be an active participant in this dialogue.
Comment thread open for thoughts (non-anonymous; constructive) on this applicant-decline news.
To: Law School Community
From: Shericka Pringle
The Center on Wrongful Convictions and Better Government Association are the recipients of the Radio and Television Digital News Association’s prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for a 2011 investigation into the costs of Illinois wrongful convictions.
The CWC/BGA investigation, which was released last July, found that wrongful convictions had cost Illinois taxpayers $214 million in recent years and kept innocent men and women behind bars for 926 years. For details, see http://www.bettergov.org/investigations/wrongful_convictions_1.aspx.
Congratulations to the CWC on this outstanding award.