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Convocation Roundup for Professional Schools

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June 2, 2009
Law School
Richard C. Tallman, judge of the U.S Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, addressed graduates, parents and guests May 15 at the School of Law graduation convocation in the Arie Crown Theater of McCormick Place.

The class of 2009 included 229 candidates for JD degrees; eight candidates for JD degrees in the two-year JD program; and 23 candidates for the joint JD-MBA degree from the School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management. One student graduated with an SJD degree.

The class also included 76 candidates for LLM degrees; 26 candidates for the LLM degree and certificate in business administration from Kellogg; 40 candidates for LLM degrees in taxation; and 13 candidates for LLM degrees in international human rights.

Candidates for LLM degrees from Northwestern Law’s overseas programs included 23 students from the program in Seoul, Korea; 18 students from the program in Madrid, Spain; and 35 students from the program in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Tallman, who received a JD from Northwestern Law in 1978, was nominated for the appellate judgeship by President William J. Clinton Oct. 20, 1999.

From 1983 until his appointment to the Ninth Circuit in 2000, Tallman was an attorney in private practice in Seattle, including as chairman of the white-collar criminal defense practice group at the former Bogle and Gates law firm. After that firm closed, Tallman formed the firm Tallman & Severin. The Seattle Mariners were among his clients in private practice.


Kellogg School of Management
At the close of the Kellogg School of Management’s centennial year, a total of 1,227 full-time MBA, part-time MBA, executive MBA and Ph.D. students will receive their diplomas at the school’s graduation convocations.
 
On June 13, Aircell, LLC President and CEO Jack W. Blumenstein will serve as keynote speaker for the executive MBA commencement ceremony at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. On June 20, Miles D. White, chairman and CEO of Abbott, will deliver the convocation address to graduates of the school's full-time MBA, part-time MBA and Ph.D. programs at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Dean Dipak Jain, who recently announced plans to retire (see story on page 1) will confer the degrees and offer remarks to graduates as they embark on their journeys ahead.


Feinberg School of Medicine
A total of 167 Feinberg School of Medicine students received their diplomas at the school's graduation convocation May 14 at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom.

Feinberg School Dean Larry Jameson, M.D., and President Henry S. Bienen conferred the degrees and offered special congratulations to the students who graduated during the school's sesquicentennial year.

James J. Paparello, M.D., assistant professor of medicine in the division of nephrology, was presented with the 2009 George H. Joost Award for teaching excellence.

Keynote speaker James R. Webster Jr., M.D., class of 1956, encouraged graduates to be agents of change whether solving the problems of the national health care system or affecting the "behavioral choices that account for how long and how well people live."