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September 12, 2013

NU Law all-alumni weekend just around the corner

by Dan Rodriguez

Northwestern Law alumni are invited to join us for All Alumni weekend September 27-28, 2013. We’ve changed the program this year, making it a bigger and better celebration of alumni and the Law School community.  There will be special interest panels, a conversation about what’s new at the Law School and, of course, many opportunities for socializing.

On Friday afternoon there will be a series of panels and seminars, including: the Women’s Leadership Coalition Alumnae Panel, co-hosted by the Women’s Leadership Coalition, which will be a discussion about meeting the challenges women face in the legal field; “The History of the Law Through Rare Books,” a discussion led by Professor Emily Kadens, who will share some of her favorite examples from the Law School’s extensive rare book collection; “Tax Ethics in the Controversy Context: Examination, Appeals, and Litigation,” a panel discussion that will focus on ethical issues in tax practice (CLE credit is available).

At 4 pm on Friday I will host a conversation about the future of the Law School, at which I welcome discussion and questions from alumni about the challenges facing law schools. There is much talk in the media these days about the future of legal education—some of it constructive, some of it not. Join us for the conversation, and bring your questions.

From 5:30 to 7 pm, the Bluhm Legal Clinic will host an Open House with a special guest: Justice Dalveer Bhandari LLM ’72, a former member of the Supreme Court of India and now a judge on the International Court of Justice at the Hague.

Also on Friday, we will launch our own Law Alumni Awards at a special luncheon, which will recognize the many contributions of some of our esteemed alumni. The luncheon will be held at the University Club at noon. And at 5:30, we will host a reception in the Atrium for the entire Law School community—food, music, alumni, professors, and current students will be in attendance.

On Saturday morning, please join us for the Supreme Court Roundup, which will review important decisions from the 2013 term; a discussion about entrepreneurship, moderated by Esther Barron, JD ’95; a panel discussion featuring prominent alumni entitled “The Business of Professional Sports”; and an overview of the all the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s accomplishments in the last year.

In addition to these panels and conversations, we have planned a series of family friendly events for Saturday, such as a tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art and a tour of Chicago from aboard a scenic street car.

Saturday night will feature the Reunion Grand Celebration which will include cocktails, dinner, and a dessert reception.

In years past we hosted a reunion weekend for alumni celebrating a reunion year. This year, all alumni are invited (and warmly encouraged!) to return to campus and reconnect with friends and faculty, and see how the Law School has evolved over the years. We hope this weekend will be the beginning of another great tradition. We hope to see you there!

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