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IIT Chicago-Kent has assembled a line-up of leading industry experts to teach its Practice and Professionalism course, offered in fall 2015 to students in the law school's Praxis experiential learning program. The course draws on regional and national experts to explain how technological change affects law firm operations and how the legal community can anticipate the next steps in the ethical delivery of legal services.
IIT Chicago-Kent joins with USPTO to establish pro bono patent program to assist low-income inventors
IIT Chicago-Kent and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have collaborated to establish the Chicago-Kent Patent Hub, a pro bono program that will help qualified, low-income inventors and small businesses in Illinois obtain volunteer legal assistance. IIT Chicago-Kent and the Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center at IIT will host a public event to launch the Patent Hub on October 14. USPTO pro bono coordinator Jennifer McDowell will participate in the launch program, which is expected to draw inventors, entrepreneurs and attorneys.
IIT Chicago-Kent student Ana Montelongo '16 has been named the 2015 Michael J. Angarola Scholar. The scholarship was established by the family, friends and colleagues of Michael J. Angarola, a 1972 IIT Chicago-Kent graduate. At the time of his death in 1987, Angarola served as first assistant Cook County State's Attorney and as an adjunct professor at IIT Chicago-Kent.
IIT Chicago-Kent students Tracey Harkins, Lindsay Hicks, Paige Olsen and Kendra Spearman will represent the law school at the 2015 Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition November 7 to 10. This prestigious invitational tournament, featuring several of the nation's top-ranked trial teams, is hosted by the SUNY Buffalo Law School and will be held at Buffalo City Court. Law students will try both sides of a homicide case before experienced judges and trial attorneys who volunteer as judges and evaluators.
IIT Chicago-Kent student files federal Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FAA to get drone waiver data
Second-year IIT Chicago-Kent student Albert J. Plawinski has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to compel it to comply with the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). On June 5, 2015, Plawinski filed a FOIA request with the FAA asking it to release the contents of Certificates of Authority it has granted to nearly 1,700 applicants for "section 333 exemptions" allowing them to fly small unmanned aircraft ("drones") commercially.
Paul T. Geske '15 has been awarded a Medal of Excellence from the American Bankruptcy Institute for outstanding performance in his bankruptcy course work. In addition to the medal, Geske received a Certificate of Excellence in Bankruptcy and a complimentary one-year ABI membership.
IIT Chicago-Kent will participate in the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law's 2016 regional trial advocacy competition
IIT Chicago-Kent will send two teams to the regional competition of the 2015 Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, November 14 and 15, in Chicago. Third-year students Gus Hernandez, John Higgins, Haley Jenkins and Mohini Lal will compete on one team. Third-year students Brittany Barclae, Patrick Brady and Mihail Kostov and second-year student David Springer will comprise the other team. The competition is designed to introduce law students to the challenges and rewards of employment and labor law litigation.