Yesterday in the Green Lounge I was able to support several student activities which were "tabling" during the day. First, I paid for the silent auction item I won at the Chicago Law Foundation auction held last week. It was a fun night with a tropical theme and the best news is they raised over $40,000 to help students who are doing public interest jobs in the summer. I won the gift certificate to the bakery Sugar Bliss. There were some fabulous live auction items included the following:
- Improv with the Icon: This prize brings together two of Chicago’s most legendary institutions: Second City and Richard Epstein. Eight students are invited to join Professor Epstein for a night of comedy at the renowned improv club, followed by dinner in Old Town.
- Midway Masala: Professor Nussbaum will cook an authentic Indian meal at her home for up to six people. Just to keep things extra interesting, Judge Posner will join the group for dinner. Sounds spicy!
- Inclusionary Vibes at Wrigley Field: Professor Strahilevitz will take three students to see the Cubs, date TBD. Suggested icebreaker: Does the social normative framework of the Friendly Confines dictate that one drinks Budweiser or Old Style (or both)? Tickets generously provided by Jones Day.
I also purchased tickets for the Law School Musical which is this weekend. The title this year is "Chicago First: A Musical We Can Believe In". This is always a fun event and the students put in a lot of time and effort. We have some very talented students here at the Law School. Finally, I made several (more than I should have) stops at the Spring Break of Service (SOS) bake sale. They are raising money for their trip to Mississippi Center for Justice which is a nonprofit, public interest law firm that has focused on the massive housing-related legal needs post-Katrina. Approximately 34 law students will participate this year during Spring Break! I ended the day at our annual Coase lecture given by Omri Ben-Shahar. His talk was titled, "Myths of Consumer Protection: Information, Litigation and Access". The lecture was an introduction into the economic analysis of consumer protection. The courtroom was standing room only and the questions/answer period after the lecture was lively!
As you can see the days at the Law School are action packed. I am sure I missed some other opportunities but I did have applications to read!
PS I also wanted to remind you to check out the faculty blog for interesting discussions. One particular post I have been meaning to highlight is the one about the panel discussion held several weeks ago with Judge Posner and Professors Nussbaum and Case. This panel was organized by several student organizations. To read more, go here on our faculty blog.