Northwestern Law Alumni Awards

Northwestern Law is delighted to recognize our alumni for their career accomplishments, dedication, and service to the Law School through our Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law Alumni Awards Program. We annually recognize our esteemed alumni and friends at the Awards Luncheon during Alumni Weekend and Reunion October 21-22, 2016  

Online registration for the 2016 Alumni Awards is now closed. For questions or to register for Alumni Awards, please email or call 312-503-7609.


The following honors will be awarded:

  • Distinguished Alumnus Award: This award recognizes an alumnus/a for their extraordinary achievement in the legal or other chosen profession.
  • Emerging Leader Award: This award recognizes an alumnus/a who has graduated from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law within the last 10 years. Recipients are recognized for their extraordinary professional achievements.
  • Volunteer Service Award: This award recognizes an alumnus/a for the exceptional volunteer service and ongoing commitment to Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
  • International Alumnus Award: This award recognizes an alumnus/a for helping to expand the international footprint of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
  • Dawn Clark Netsch Award for Public Service: This award recognizes an alumnus/a for their exceptional career achievements and dedication to government service or public interest.

Please join us for the 2016 Law Alumni Awards Luncheon: 
 Friday, October 21 | 11:30 a.m. | University Club of Chicago | 76 East Monroe Street
We look forward to honoring our 2016 Law Alumni Award Recipients: 
Emerging Leader Award 
Distinguished Alumnus Award
Volunteer Service Award
Dawn Clark Netsch Public Service Award
International Alumnus Award

James Koutoulas JD '06

CEO of Typhon Capital Management
Emerging Leader Award

James L. Koutoulas, Esq. is the CEO of Typhon Capital Management which he founded in 2008. 
Typhon operates seven niche commodity trading strategies under a common operational and risk framework. Typhon also operates bespoke hedging strategies in the energy and volatility spaces. 
Mr. Koutoulas is the President and Co-Founder of the Commodity Customer Coalition, which was formed in response to the MF Global bankruptcy. Via the CCC, Mr. Koutoulas represented over 10,000 customers pro bono and helped force the full return of $6.7B in customer assets. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Futures Association for three years.
Mr. Koutoulas has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg, and CNN, and has been featured in major national publications such as Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, and Reuters. 
He serves as a consulting expert to the Northwestern Investor Protection Clinic and is a member of its Advisory Board. 


Neil Eggleston JD '78
White House Counsel
Distinguished Alumnus Award

Neil Eggleston has served as White House Counsel to the President since May of 2014. As the President’s chief lawyer, Mr. Eggleston advises the President on all legal and Constitutional issues across a broad spectrum of domestic and foreign policy matters. These matters include significant litigation, the defense of congressional investigations, the judicial selection and nomination process, government ethics, and clemency. Mr. Eggleston was previously a partner at both Kirkland & Ellis and Debevoise & Plimpton. After clerkships for Judge Hunter on the Third Circuit and Chief Justice Burger on the Supreme Court, Mr. Eggleston started his career as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York. Mr. Eggleston served as Associate Counsel in the Clinton administration, after previously serving as Deputy Chief Counsel of the congressional committee that investigated Iran-Contra Affair.

Marlene Nations JD '82
Partner at Dentons LLP
Volunteer Service Award

Marlene Nations is a partner in Dentons Real Estate practice.  Marlene has practiced real estate law in Chicago for her entire career, and while her practice is national in scope, she has a significant focus on transactions in the Chicago metropolitan area.  Marlene is widely recognized as one of the City of Chicago’s most versatile practitioners, having represented private and institutional clients in a wide range of debt and equity transactions and in restructuring and transactions involving distressed real estate. Marlene’s clients include private real estate development companies, financial institutions, institutional investors and investment advisors. She is especially well known for her experience in the development, acquisition, capitalization and sales of multi-family housing, both market-rate and affordable, and in the creation of joint venture relationships.  

Tom Geraghty JD '69
James B. Haddad Professor of Law and outgoing Director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic
Dawn Clark Netsch Award for Public Service

Thomas Geraghty is the Class of 1967 James B. Haddad Professor of Law, the Associate Dean for Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic at the Northwestern University School of Law.  He is a graduate of Harvard College and The Northwestern University School of Law.  
The Bluhm Legal Clinic houses 35 clinical faculty members and enrolls 170 students each year in its various programs. In addition to teaching, fund-raising, and administrative responsibilities, Thomas Geraghty maintains an active caseload at the Bluhm Legal Clinic, concentrating primarily in criminal and juvenile defense, death penalty appeals, child-centered projects dealing with the representation of children and juvenile court reform.  Professor Geraghty is a member of The Board of Trustees of The National Institute for Trial Advocacy.


Leontine Chuang BA '97, JD '01
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Office
International Alumnus Award

Leontine Chuang started her legal career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, working as a capital markets and private equity lawyer for almost 4 years before changing career paths in 2004.  After leaving corporate law, she joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Hong Kong office where she served as a protection and refugee status determination officer for 6 years reviewing asylum applications and providing support for protection matters.  Later, she served as a resettlement officer for 3 years helping recognized refugees find permanent homes in resettlement countries including the United States and Canada. For the past two years, she has been on a career break and spending time with her three children now aged 7, 6 and 2. In September 2016, she joined PILnet, an international NGO promoting public interest law, to help them run projects in Hong Kong. She serves as a Governor of the Lee Hysan Foundation, a private family foundation that actively supports meaningful charitable initiatives in Hong Kong. Leontine received her bachelor of arts from the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences in 1997 and her JD from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in 2001.


Past Award Recipients:

The Honorable Horace Ward JD '59
Distinguished Alumnus Award 

Steven Elrod JD '82
Volunteer Service Award

Russlynn Ali JD '97
Dawn Clark Netsch Public Service Award 

Esther Joy King JD-LLM Tax '13 and Keating Crown JD-MBA '11  
Emerging Leader Award

Paul Lemmens LLM '78 
International Alumnus Award

The Honorable John Paul Stevens JD '47
Dean's Legacy Award

Carter Phillips JD '77
Distinguished Alumnus Award 

Paul A. Meister JD '87
Volunteer Service Award

Tina Tchen JD '84
Dawn Clark Netsch Public Service Award 

Todd Lawrence Belcore JD '10 
Emerging Leader Award

The Kenneth F. and Harle G. Montgomery Foundation 
Dean’s Partnership Award


Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Dean's Partnership Award

Howard Trienens JD '49 and Newt Minow JD '50
Distinguished Alumnus Award 

Terri Mascherin JD '84
Volunteer Service Award

Dawn Clark Netsch  JD '51
Dawn Clark Netsch Public Service Award 

Suneel Gupta JD-MBA '08 
Emerging Leader Award

The Honorable Dalveer Bhandari LLM '72
International Alumnus Award

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