In Brief

Jarrett Adams, Lester Holt, and Keith Findley

Professor Keith Findley and Wisconsin Innocence Project exoneree Jarrett Adams were featured on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt for their work to free the wrongfully convicted. To watch the segment, visit NBC’s website.

swearing in ceremony 2017


It’s Official:
Members of UW Law’s graduating class of 2017 are admitted to practice the law during the June swearing-in ceremony at the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

student-wellness-coalitionStudent Wellness Coalition honored
by Wisconsin State Bar
Members of the UW Law Student Wellness Coalition were recipients of this year’s Jack DeWitt WisLAP Volunteer Award from the Wisconsin Lawyer Assistance Program Committee for their work to reduce the stigma of the mental, physical, and emotional challenges law students face. The group formed as a response to the suicide of a classmate in 2016. During the school year, the coalition helped fellow students deal with the stress of classes and exams. They organized alcohol-free social activities; left messages around the school to encourage wellness breaks from studying; and sent handmade cards to 1Ls during first-semester exams. They sought to create a safe, private space for students who need a break.

Professor Carrie Sperling received the 2017 ‘Women in the Law’ award presented by the Wisconsin Law Journal
The award is given annually to women lawyers who have achieved excellence in their careers and who have influenced other women to pursue legal careers. Along with Sperling, seven UW Law alumnae received the award: Suzanne Hagopian ’85, Laura Sette ’04, Michele Perreault ’03, Amy Bruchs ’93, DeVona Wright ’99, Meghan Shannon ’01, and Melissa Schaller ’06.

UW Law School honors teachers of the year
UW Law alumni casted their votes, naming Miriam Seifter, Anne Smith, and Nick Schweitzer the outstanding classroom, clinical, and adjunct teachers of the year.

UW Law School ranked 30th in US News & World Report

Law School

US News and World Report has ranked University of Wisconsin Law School 30th among the nation’s law schools. UW Law School joins other UW–Madison graduate programs that ranked among the nation’s best in the 2018 edition of US News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.” This year’s ranking represents a climb for the Law School, up from 33rd overall last year.

Our Law School has always been and continues to be a place that strives to embrace, recognize, and value the rich diversity of our community. As lawyers and lawyers-to-be, we also share a profound commitment to justice and to the rule of law. While we embrace the free exchange of ideas and viewpoints, we are not required to be neutral about viewpoints that are antithetical to the values of our University and our nation. In this challenging time for our nation and our community, the study of law has never been more important.” — Dean Margaret Raymond on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

After more than fifteen years at the Law School, Director of Student Life Mike Hall ’04 left UW to rejoin his family in Montana. During his last day at the Law School, colleagues and students gathered to thank him for his years of service. We created a video to thank Hall for his impact.