Of Counsel James (Jim) Speta was named the interim Dean of Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, with the appointment effective August 1. A faculty member since 1999, Jim has held several key administrative positions at the Law School over the years, from Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, to Associate Dean for International Initiatives, to Director of Executive LLM Programs. Most recently, Jim served as Vice Dean where he supported the Law School’s academic programs and alumni fundraising efforts. During his tenure with the Law School, Jim has taught dozens of different courses including, Administrative Law, Antitrust Law, Broadband Policy, Torts, Contracts, and Regulatory: Tech and Telecom. His skill and desire to continually mentor and support his students is why he’s been the recipient of over ten teaching awards throughout the years. In addition to teaching, Jim is an avid writer in telecommunications and Internet law, at the intersection of antitrust, intellectual property, first amendment, and sector-specific regulation. His articles have appeared in numerous law reviews, including the Antitrust Law Journal.
“I am honored to serve as interim dean of the Law School,” Speta told the Law School earlier today. “I am looking forward, in this new role, to working even more closely with our students, faculty, staff and alumni as we navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, continue to innovate in research and in legal education, and together build an inclusive community.”
Jim has been Of Counsel at Eimer Stahl for the past 15 years, where he has provided the firm with strategic advice in a number of high-profile cartel cases as well as other antitrust matters involving clients such as LG Electronics, Land O’Lakes and CITGO Petroleum.