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IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Mary Rose Strubbe '81 named as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Mary Rose Strubbe '81, professor of Legal Research and Writing and assistant director of IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Workplace, has been elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Professor Strubbe will be inducted in ceremonies held by the College in November 2014.
Maureen R. Aidasani has been named director of experiential learning at IIT Chicago-Kent. Professor Aidasani, who joined the faculty on July 1, will coordinate the upper-year legal writing curriculum and the Praxis Program. In her new position, She will also work closely with Professor Elizabeth De Armond, who oversees the law school's Legal Research and Writing Program, and coordinate with IIT Chicago-Kent's skills initiatives such as its clinical and advocacy programs.
Two groundbreaking books on innovation and intellectual property will be discussed September 8
IIT Chicago-Kent's Program in Intellectual Property Law will launch its 2014–15 BookIT intellectual property book talk series on September 8 with a discussion of two groundbreaking books on innovation and intellectual property in Africa. University of Ottawa Professor Jeremy de Beer will discuss "Innovation & Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa" and "Knowledge & Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future," both published in 2013 by the Open African Innovation Research and Training Project. Programs in the BookIT series are free and open to the public.
David J. Kappos, former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office director, is the keynote speaker
David J. Kappos, former undersecretary of commerce and former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will deliver the keynote address at IIT Chicago-Kent's 2014 U.S. Supreme Court Intellectual Property Review (SCIPR) on September 12. SCIPR is the only conference in the country focused exclusively on IP cases before the Supreme Court. This past term, the court heard a record 10 IP–related cases, the most in its history, including important cases concerning software patents and TV broadcasts over the Internet.
New book highlights how past land theft can cripple South Africa's economic development
Nelson Mandela's promise to correct past land theft in South Africa has thus far gone unfulfilled. Professor Bernadette Atuahene's new book "We Want What's Ours: Learning from South Africa's Land Restitution Program" (Oxford University Press 2014) uses interviews with 150 South Africans to understand how the nation can build on its successes and learn from its failures in addressing past land theft.