News: "Leadership Messages"

Linda and Jeffrey Hammes (JD ’85) Donate $1M to Establish the Hammes Family Scholarship
I am delighted to announce that Linda and Jeffrey Hammes (JD ’85) have generously committed $1 million to establish and fund the Hammes Family Scholarship, which will be used to provide scholarship support for students with demonstrated financial need and high academic achievement who are also of the first generation in their family to attend college.

Announcing Inaugural Director of Bluhm Legal Clinic’s New LGBTQI+ Clinic Kara Ingelhart
We are excited to share that Kara Ingelhart (she/her) will be joining our faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and the inaugural director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s new LGBTQI+ Rights Clinic.

Additional Bar Support Resources for Graduating JD Students
Throughout the past academic year, one of our top priorities has been continuing to build academic and bar support resources for students. In addition to launching our new Writing Lab, our Academic and Bar Support Working Group has been exploring further ways to enhance student resources.

Sherrese M. Smith (JD ’96) Appointed Vice Chair of Northwestern Pritzker Law Board
I am delighted to announce that Sherrese M. Smith (JD ’96), Global Managing Partner of Paul Hastings LLP, will be the new Vice Chair of the Northwestern Pritzker Law Board, effective immediately. She will become Chair of the Law Board on September 1, 2025.

Northwestern Pritzker Law #1 Go To Law School 2024
With a huge congratulations to our remarkable 2023 graduates and thank you to our faculty, staff, and alumni who have supported them, we are delighted to share that Northwestern Pritzker Law is the #1 Go-To Law School in the country in’s 2024 Big Law report.

Additional Law School Updates: New Initiatives and Historically Strong Outcomes
Following up on my recent message on our working group launch, I wanted to share some additional updates on some exciting new initiatives at the Law School and also our data from this past year on our historically strong outcomes in employment and admissions and impactful fundraising.

Update on Efforts to Support Our Community and Law School Working Group
As we shared in November 2023, I have created a working group comprised of members of the Law School’s Senior Leadership Team charged with developing concrete and constructive short- and longer-term programming that will help to increase understanding and combat hate. This working group launched in January 2024 and has been actively brainstorming ideas for programming that are consistent with these goals.

Law School Canceling Classes and Moving to Remote Operations on Friday, January 12th Due to Winter Storm
The National Weather Service is forecasting a winter storm beginning late tonight, Thursday, January 11th. Due to the likely significant impact on morning and evening commutes, the Law School is canceling classes and moving to remote operations for all staff.

Building a Welcoming and Inclusive Community Together
We are deeply committed to working together to build a community that is welcoming and inclusive to everyone. In order to build this community together, we must not only unequivocally condemn all forms of hate, but also create an environment in which we can see each other’s humanity.

Supporting Our Community
Many in our community have been directly impacted by the horrific violence that continues to unfold. Our deepest condolences are with those who have experienced profound loss, and our thoughts remain with those who fear for the wellbeing of their loved ones.

Welcome to Our 2023-24 Visiting Professors
We are excited for all of the ways in which they will enrich our community in the coming year as they share their scholarship, teach courses, and participate in our events.

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Race-Conscious Admissions Programs
Earlier today, President Schill shared a statement with the Northwestern University community regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard and the University of North Carolina.

Big Ten Law Schools Affirm Commitment to Diversity
Dean Osofsky joins with the deans of the Big 10 law schools to affirm our commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through legally permissible means, regardless of the outcome of the cases now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Will Not Participate in U.S. News Rankings
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law has decided not to participate in the U.S. News rankings because its approach does not align with our law school’s values.

Denouncing Racist Video
We have learned of a racist video that is circulating on social media. Based on our investigation, we have confirmed that the person who made this video is not a current student, but someone with a similar name appears to be a former student at the Law School.

Five Faculty Members Appointed to Chairs
Please join me in congratulating Professors Emily Kadens, Michael Kang, Heidi Kitrosser, Jide Nzelibe, and Deborah Tuerkheimer on this well-deserved recognition of their important scholarly contributions.

Welcome to Our 2022-23 Visiting Professors
We are excited for all of the ways in which they will enrich our community in the coming year as they share their scholarship, teach courses, and participate in our events.

Acknowledging Our Pain, Anger, and Sadness and Our Commitment to Work for Greater Justice
We want to acknowledge today’s two-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, the school shooting in Uvalde, the hate-driven killings in Buffalo, and too many other incidents of violence and hate in our community and around the country and world.

Congratulations to our Graduates and Thank You!
Congratulations to the Class of 2022! We are so proud of you and it was wonderful to celebrate your milestone achievement with you and your friends and family.

Statement on Russia's Invasion of Ukraine
I am extremely disturbed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine in clear violation of international law and by its human impact. As lawyers and future lawyers, we have a duty to uphold and protect the rule of law.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Today we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Excited to Build Our Next Chapter Together
I am very honored to join the Northwestern Pritzker Law community as your new dean and excited for all that we will create together. This is an extraordinary law school and community. We have the opportunity at this time of change to build on our strengths and develop an innovative next chapter.

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