Law School Nation

Vol. 39 No. 5

CALIFORNIA
On December 15, the Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law at Pepperdine University School of Law launched its Microfinance Program, in partnership with the Union Rescue Mission. The program, which was dedicated in 2007 by Dr. Muhammad Yunus, will begin by supporting 12 individuals who are also residents of the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles. Students will participate as teaching fellows for the instructional components of the program and as coaches for individual borrowers throughout the duration of the program.

WASHINGTON
Seattle University School of Law Professor Marilyn Berger produced Out of the Ashes, a documentary about 9/11 families and the controversial 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. The film, screened at the school in January, explores the emotional and legal ramifications of the fund.

MONTANA
The University of Montana School of Law Professor Greg Munro was selected as one of the first recipients for the new Law Student Wellness Award, sponsored by the ’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP). Munro was nominated for making great strides to abate the impact of academic, professional, financial, and personal stressors on law students and improving the future quality of life for legal professionals.

ILLINOIS
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is the new headquarters of the Oyez Project, a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the and its work. The site aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.

GEORGIA
Former Georgia Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard and Slate magazine’s senior editor and legal correspondent Dahlia Lithwick will join the University of Georgia School of Law’s faculty for the spring semester. Howard will serve as the Sanders Political Leadership Scholar and Lithwick will hold a visiting professorship.

NEW YORK
Columbia University joins and in offering fast-track joint legal and business graduate degrees. Qualified students will be able to earn a JD/MBA in three years instead of the traditional four, allowing them to enter the job market sooner.

 

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