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September 2020

Statement Concerning June 3 Community Conversation
Over the past week, certain corners of the Internet have identified and mischaracterized the events of a community conversation held at Northwestern Law on June 3, together with a few comments made at that event.

June 2020

Northwestern Law's Commitment to Anti-Racism
In this time of national reckoning, Northwestern Law is especially focused on ending any vestige of systemic racism. To move us forward, we recognize that it is not merely enough to say that our community stands on the side of racial justice. We must commit to become an anti-racist community that actively works to dismantle the system of racism that plagues our society and institutions.

May 2020

Letter to the Community on Recent Events
George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Trayvon Martin. Emmett Till. Countless others whose names we know, and many whose names we will never know. These tragedies all reveal the horrific racial injustices faced by African-Americans on a regular basis.

MSL Online’s First Graduates Reflect on the Program’s Impact
Congratulations to the Master of Science in Law Online (MSL-O) Class of 2020! Nine ambitious individuals — all of whom tackled the program in two years as opposed to the allotted four — received their degrees on May 15, becoming the inaugural graduates of Northwestern Law's online offering of the degree program.

Student Awards Recognize Seven Graduates of the Class of 2020
Each year, the students in Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s graduating class nominate and vote on the winners of the Student Awards. Because these awards are peer-selected and recognize students for a range of accomplishments, they have become one of the Law School’s most beloved graduation traditions. Northwestern Law is thrilled to announce the Student Award winners of the Class of 2020.

April 2020

Clinic Attorneys Accelerate COVID-19 Mass Prison Release Efforts
As coronavirus spreads throughout the United States, prison reform activists have been focusing on the dangers of the virus behind bars. While social distancing has become commonplace to stop the spread of the coronavirus in much of society, it’s virtually impossible to maintain in prison, and attorneys at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic have been focused on that paradox in their efforts to release detainees from Cook County jails, young adult prison, and detention centers.

Online Pop-Up Course Grapples with Coronavirus Legal Issues in Real Time
COVID-19 has confined many individuals to their homes, but while plenty of people are keeping themselves entertained with Netflix and catching up on reading, Northwestern Pritzker Law faculty are implementing curriculum to give law students insight into these unprecedented times.

March 2020

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Names New Director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is pleased to announce that Robin Walker Sterling will join the faculty as a Clinical Professor and become the new director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic and Associate Dean of Clinical Education. She will join us at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.

BLSA Week Highlights Entrepreneurial Spirit
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law held several events dedicated to black entrepreneurship, advocacy, and community the week of February 24. The week’s theme, “The Marathon Continues,” was a nod to the late rapper Nipsey Hussle, whose life’s work was dedicated to black empowerment and self-reliance.

February 2020

“If/When/How” Event Week Kicks Off with Discussion on Reproductive Justice
Student organization “If/When/How” kicked off its annual event week with a talk on reproductive justice on February 10. Dr. Sekile Nzinga-Johnson, director of the Women’s Center and a lecturer in Gender & Women’s Studies at Northwestern University, spoke about the history of reproductive violence in the United States.

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Honored Seven Distinguished Alumni
For the seventh year, several esteemed Law School alumni were given the honor for their work and achievements in law.

Zachary Clopton Wins 2020 Civil Justice Scholarship Award
Zachary Clopton, professor of law, was named the recipient of the 2020 Civil Justice Scholarship Award from the Pound Civil Justice Institute. Clopton was presented with the award during the Pounds Fellow reception, held during the winter convention of the American Association for Justice in New Orleans, on February 9.

Founder of #MeToo Movement, Tarana Burke, Gives Powerful Dream Week Keynote
Activist and founder of the #MeToo movement Tarana Burke gave the Dream Week keynote address at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law on January 27. Students, faculty and staff packed Thorne Auditorium to hear Burke in conversation with moderator Shannon Bartlett, associate dean of inclusion and engagement.

January 2020

Distinguished Trial Lawyer Faith Gay (JD '86) to Address Class of 2020
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is pleased to announce that acclaimed trial lawyer and advocate Faith Gay (JD '86) will deliver the convocation address to the Class of 2020.

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