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Northwestern Law is #6 in NLJ rankings for 2013.

The overall percentage is comparable to last year.

We have been as high as #2 (2012) and have been always in the top 10 in these rankings.


Flipped classroom at NU Law

Nice article in Chicago Daily Bulletin about Savner gift of $1 million to enable new classroom for innovative education.

While the focus here is usually on the technology, the critical point is that this type of innovation allows for teamwork and collaborative education, all central to new and improved ways of teaching and learning.


New York and the early bar option

State’s chief justice says that law students can take the bar before graduation, so long as they commit to a certain amount of pro bono service.

Interesting experiment.


Critics weigh in on ABA Task Force report

This op-ed from Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of UC Irvine Law School.


U. S. Senator Dick Durbin to Deliver Keynote at “Guns in America” Symposium

United States Senator Dick Durbin will deliver the keynote at the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology’s 2014 symposium, “Guns in America.” The Senator will discuss the gun lobby’s efforts to fight new and existing firearms regulations. The symposium also features an opening address by Northwestern Law Professor James Lindgren and a panel discussion with distinguished experts including Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, McDonald v. Chicago plaintiff’s attorney David Sigale, University of Chicago criminologists Jens Ludwig and Harold Pollack, and Northwestern Law clinicians Stephanie Kollmann and Dominique Nong. Topics include the Second Amendment, gun access and how it impacts gun crime, conceal and carry laws, sentencing and gun laws, as well as mental health and guns.

The symposium will be held on Friday, February 7, from 4:15 to 6 p.m. in Lincoln Hall here at Northwestern Law. I hope you can join us for what promises to be a very interesting series of conversations.

Consistently ranked among the most influential legal and criminology publications, the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology is one of Northwestern Law’s student-run publications. Since its inception in 1910, the Journal has captured legal scholarship on crime through the publication of legal articles, criminological research, book reviews, and symposia.

Congratulations and thanks to Kelsey B. Shust, editor-in-chief, and Vanessa Szalapski, symposium editor, who have done a great job organizing this event.


In Memoriam: Don H. Reuben, JD ’52

A great friend of the Law School passed away earlier this week. Don H. Reuben, valedictorian of the Northwestern Law Class of 1952 and a passionate supporter of the University and the Law School throughout his life, died Monday, February 3, 2014, at the age of 85.

His legal career spanned sixty-five years, during which time he became one of Chicago’s most prominent First Amendment lawyers. He litigated or served as counsel to over 700 libel and First Amendment cases, and represented prominent media organizations including Time, Look, and Life magazines; the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal; as well as broadcast outlets including ABC, CBS, and NBC. He began his career at Kirkland, Fleming Green, Martin & Ellis (now Kirkland & Ellis) in 1952 and continued there until he established his own firm, Reuben & Proctor, in 1978. Later Reuben & Proctor merged with Isham, Lincoln & Beale in 1989, and a few years after that Don became Of Counsel at Winston & Strawn.

Many of you remember his generosity with his time and expertise. Don was a member of Law Board and served on several committees at the Law School. He was elected to Northwestern University’s Board of Trustees in 1977 and he became a Life Trustee in 1990. The University awarded him the Alumni Merit Medal in 2002. He was also an active member on the boards of a number of charitable, cultural, and educational organizations in Chicago and in California.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jeanette Hurley Reuben, and his five children, two stepchildren, and eleven grandchildren. Services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 43775 Deep Canyon Road, Palm Desert, California on Tuesday, February 11 at 11:00 a.m.


Talks at Florida International University Law School

At FIU today and tomorrow, speaking to the faculty and to the general law school community about legal education.