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Susan E. Provenzano

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Photo - Susan E.  Provenzano Professor Provenzano brings years of litigation experience and a commitment to integrated teaching methods to her courses in Civil Procedure, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Appellate Advocacy, and Effective Legal Writing.  Her research interests lie in the intersection of advocacy, procedure, and rhetoric, along with legal education reform.  Before joining Northwestern Law’s faculty in 2001, Professor Provenzano clerked for the Honorable Ruben Castillo, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. She also practiced employment, labor, and commercial litigation at the law firms of Kirkland & Ellis, Mayer Brown, and Franczek Radelet.  Professor Provenzano received her law degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin Law Review.


Sarah O. Schrup

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Professor Schrup is the founder and director of Northwestern's Appellate Advocacy Center, which includes the Federal Appellate Clinic and the Supreme Court Clinic. The Federal Appellate Clinic gives students the opportunity to brief and argue cases before the Seventh Circuit. In the Supreme Court Clinic, which is operated in conjunction with Sidley Austin, LLP, students prepare petitions for certiorari, merits and amicus briefs, and participate in moot courts for arguing counsel. Professor Schrup received the Dean’s Teaching Award in the 2007 academic year.

Before joining the Northwestern faculty, Professor Schrup served as a law clerk in the Seventh Circuit and for the Honorable Ruben Castillo in the Northern District of Illinois. She also spent four years teaching Appellate Advocacy at Loyola Law School. In addition, Professor Schrup was a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, focusing primarily on commercial, employment and securities matters.


Carter G. Phillips

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Carter G. Phillips is the chair of the firm’s Executive Committee and was the managing partner of its Washington, D.C. office from 1995 to 2012. He served as a law clerk to both Judge Robert Sprecher on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger on the United States Supreme Court. Carter also served as Assistant to the Solicitor General and argued nine cases on behalf of the federal government in the United States Supreme Court. At Sidley, Carter has argued 74 cases in the Supreme Court. His total of 83 arguments before that Court are the most of any lawyer currently in private practice. Carter also has argued more than 100 cases in United States courts of appeals, including at least one in every circuit in the country, and more than 30 in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Jeffrey T. Green

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Jeffrey T. Green is a partner in Sidley’s Washington, D.C., office. He focuses on criminal defense and contested litigation matters, primarily in the fields of financial fraud and corruption, antitrust law and intellectual property issues.

Mr. Green’s practice emphasizes counseling and zealous representation of clients in difficult situations. He has dedicated his career to achieving success for private clients. He has extensive trial work experience, including first-chair criminal trial practice. He has supervised and led numerous grand jury and internal investigations, successfully challenged a wide variety of agency actions, including suspension and debarment decisions, and defended his clients in arbitration proceedings and adversary proceedings. Mr. Green also represents clients in appellate matters. He has argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court, Nguyen, et al. v. United States in 2003 and Gall v. United States in 2007; his clients prevailed in both cases. Mr. Green also successfully argued a case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals en banc, Cardy/Zavala v. United States, in 2006. As a founder of Sidley’s Supreme Court Pro Bono Program, now ongoing nearly 20 years, Mr. Green has participated in many other cases before the Court, including victories in Dickerson v. United States, Apprendi v. New Jersey, United States v. Booker, and more recent victories in Southern Union Co. v. United States and Lafler v. Cooper. Additionally, he has been involved with the pro bono representation of non-profit organizations and court-appointed criminal defendants, and currently co-chairs the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Amicus Committee.