Successful Students and Alumni


Welcome, Huskies! We're proud of our current students and our alumni.  Read on to hear what your amazing things our students and alumni have been doing! We'd love to know what you've been doing, whether that be last year or way back. So send us your news, and we'll let your fellow Huskies know what you've been up to.

Featured Students and Alumni

 plumerAs deputy director of Mexican affairs for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans, Morgan Plumer (B.A., 2008) helps develop policy regarding Mexico and U.S. southern border issues. Her team serves as the primary point of international engagement between the Department of Homeland Security and the government of Mexico. “I really enjoy being able to interact with my Mexican and U.S. government counterparts to understand differing perspectives and create sound policies and engagements,” said Plumer, who is fluent in Spanish and speaks Portuguese. The foundation for her career began at Northern with a B.A. in history, with minors in international development and Spanish, and then she earned an M.A. in human rights studies with an emphasis in immigration, human trafficking and forced migration from Columbia University. With the goal of working in international affairs, Plumer served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador for two years and then worked for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as an asylum officer and refugee officer.

Alumnus of the Year

weinbergerLael Weinberger (M.A., 2013) is the 2018 Alumnus of the Year. He was admitted to the doctoral program in History at the University of Chicago in 2013 with a five-year Social Sciences Fellowship and is currently at work on his dissertation, “Law, Rights, and Courts for America and the World, 1914-1948.” He co-directed the Human Rights Workshop at the University of Chicago’s Pozen Family Center for Human Rights and wrote the Center’s blog.

While pursuing his doctoral studies in History, he was admitted to the University of Chicago Law School on a three-year Harold and Milton Durchslag Endowment Fund Scholarship. He was awarded his J.D., with High Honors, in May 2018. Lael served first as a staff member, then as articles editor, on the prestigious University of Chicago Law Review. He was awarded the Herbert Caplan Prize for “best academic paper” by a first or second year law student as well as the Casper Platt award for “outstanding paper by a graduating law student.” He was also recognized as Kirkland & Ellis Scholar (top 5% of class) and with the Order of the Coif.

Lael has authored articles in the University of Chicago Law Review and other law reviews, has published essays in scholarly volumes on legal topics, and co-authored a book on practical legal issues connected with church autonomy.

Lael has worked as an Associate in the Chicago law firm Mayer Brown and as summer law clerk in the City of Chicago Department of Law.  He served as law clerk to Chief Justice Daniel T. Eismann of the Idaho Supreme Court (2010-11). During the 2018-19 academic year, he is serving as a Law Clerk to Federal Judge Frank Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Chicago, IL.

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