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In Memoriam: The Honorable Richard J. Elrod

Daniel J. Elrod, the Honorable Richard J. Elrod, and Steven M. Elrod, at Dan’s graduation from Northwestern Law last spring.

Daniel J. Elrod, the Honorable Richard J. Elrod, and Steven M. Elrod, at Dan’s graduation from Northwestern Law last spring.

The Honorable Richard J. Elrod (JD ’58) was laid to rest earlier this week. He was a tremendously influential figure in Cook County politics.

In 1968 he was one of the attorneys who advised Mayor Richard J. Daley to let the people protesting the Democratic National Convention camp in Grant Park. Mayor Daley did not heed this advice, with disastrous results. A year later, during the “Days of Rage” protests, Daley ordered Elrod into the streets to make sure the protestor’s civil rights were protected. It is a horrible irony that he was severely injured and ultimately paralyzed as the result of a confrontation with an activist during one of these protests.

Despite the physical challenges resulting from his injury, he ran for Cook County Sheriff in 1970. He was elected and held that office for three terms, from 1970 to 1986. In 1988, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed him to the Cook County Circuit Court, a position he held for 25 years.

His son, Steven M. Elrod (JD ’82) is executive partner at Holland and Knight here in Chicago, and he is also an adjunct faculty member at the Law School, teaching “State and Local Government Law”—the same class, many of you will recall, that was taught by Dawn Clark Netsch (JD ’52) for many years. In 2013, Steve’s teaching was recognized by students, who voted to award him the Adjunct Teaching Award—the same year his son, Daniel J. Elrod (JD ’13), earned his JD from the Law School. Dan is currently an associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman in Chicago.

My colleague, MaryPat Mauro, represented the Law School at the memorial service at Temple Am Shalom in Glencoe. She sent me a note about it, which I am happy to share:

“I was really touched by how much Northwestern Law meant to the Elrod family, and fostered their commitment to public service in the community at large. Steve spoke very eloquently about his father’s life and career. Law was half-jokingly referred to as the family business. Dan’s graduation last May was an important event for all of them. Steve shared family memories, including the years after his father was injured. Initially, the prognosis was terrible and the doctors told the family they did not expect him to live. It’s an extraordinary point of pride for the family that despite this incredible difficulty and permanent disability, it never held the Judge back from things he wanted to accomplish. He also shared a wonderful family story about a trip to Great America: the grandchildren were determined to have their grandfather join them on an “extreme” roller coaster ride. He agreed, and after some effort he was safely strapped in. At the end of the ride, extracting him from the coaster was more complicated. Good-naturedly, rather than making people in line wait longer, Judge Elrod went around again while the park staff figured out how to get him out. Unfortunately, it took more than one more ride to figure it out. Finally, when the coaster was parked and there was enough staff to lift him out, he joked to the people waiting in line: ‘I was fine when I got on this thing.’”

Judge Elrod was a remarkable man and public servant. May he rest in peace.


Northwestern Law adventures in New York City

We have been visiting with alumni in New York over the past few days and, on Thursday evening, hosted a reception for 100+ alumni and several admitted students at the St. Regis Hotel.  The energy of the NU Law-NYC alumni group has been incredible.  We have seen partners at major New York law firms, entrepreneurs who have made New York their home, a CEO of a steel company, and young alums doing extraordinary things in their careers and lives.

If anyone is searching for evidence of the national reach of Northwestern Law, they need only to look to the big apple!

We look forward getting our NU Law club in NYC up and running in the coming months.  To that end, if you have any suggestions and advice about how best to engage our New York alumni, please do contact our Alumni Relations office at the Law School.


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.


Guest post: Scion of Northwestern Law

Hello readers of Dean Dan’s blog.  I am the wife of the Dean (and, I’m told, a person in my own right!).  I’m very excited about our upcoming move to Chicago and looking forward to my association with what so far seems to be a fun, loyal, and interesting community of Northwesterners.  (That doesn’t sound right.  Is it Northwesternites?  I might have to go with Wildcats.)    I’ve already had the opportunity to meet some wonderful faculty, staff, students, and alumni from both the law school and the University, and we are about to head off on a bus tour (not really a bus tour – we aren’t John Madden or Sarah Palin after all – but you know, a tour of a lot of cities where Northwestern alums can be found) where I will have the opportunity to meet even more great Northwestern folks.  Right now, we are in Washington DC for the first of many alumni receptions we’ll be attending over the next few months. 

Last night’s reception in DC was pretty great – a breathtaking view of the White House and the Washington Monument from the Hay-Adams hotel, good grub, and a roomful of interesting and excited law school alumni.  I had the good fortune to meet many cool people, among them Julie Liu DeFrain, from the Class of 2007.  Julie is a lawyer at the Department of Education, but she has a side-occupation – she has helped her sister open, and is now helping her sister run, a contemporary American restaurant in DC.  When I told Julie where we were staying, she said the restaurant was very close to our hotel.  Read more »


Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting

Heading out to Washington DC to attend the AALS annual meeting.  AALS, on whose executive committee I have been proud to serve for the past three years, is the principal membership group for American law schools.  It coordinates the faculty hiring process, organizes a variety of specialty sub-groups of interested law profs, and convenes this large annual meeting.  It has increasingly been serving the added, critical role of articulating and defending the core values of effective teaching, scholarship, public service, nondiscrimination, and diversity in the face of various attacks from within and outside the legal academy. 

Hope to see NW alums in law teaching at the meeting.


Washington DC Alumni Reception: January 5

Northwestern alums:

Please join us on the evening of Thursday, January 5, for a reception.  Details below.

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Meet Dean Dan Rodriguez – Washington, D.C.

Daniel B. Rodriguez became Dean and Harold Washington Professor at Northwestern Law on January 1, 2012. Receptions to introduce him to the alumni community are scheduled in select cities throughout the U.S. and around the world. These events are excellent opportunities to reconnect with local Northwestern Law alumni and to meet the school’s new dean.

January 5, 2012, *6:30-8:30 PM

Top of the Hay at the Hay Adams Hotel
800 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Alumni can register by visiting: