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Recent News Items from the Law School


  • Bryce Hensley ’17 wins best advocate award at the 2016 Tournament of Champions

    Bryce Hensley, a third-year student at Chicago-Kent, has won the best advocate award at the 2016 Tournament of Champions, held October 21 to 23 at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco. In addition, Hensley and his Chicago-Kent teammates Jon Emmanuel, Warren Fasone and Tyler Mikan placed among the top four teams in the final competition.

  • Spring 2016 issue of the Seventh Circuit Review is now online

    The latest issue of the Seventh Circuit Review is now available online. Student authors in the spring 2016 Seventh Circuit Review Honors Seminar have written articles analyzing recent decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dealing with bankruptcy law, civil procedure, class action law, criminal procedure, First Amendment law, law and entertainment, and trade secret law. Read the articles or listen to audio synopses in the students' own voices.

  • Panel discussion at Chicago-Kent to focus on retirement savings

    Chicago-Kent will host a panel discussion on Professor William Birdthistle's new book, "Empire of the Fund: The Way We Save Now" (Oxford University Press 2016), on October 24 at 5 p.m. Panelists include Chicago-Kent Professor Lori Andrews; Professor Birdthistle; Gail MarksJarvis, author and personal finance columnist for the Chicago Tribune; and Steven Davidoff Solomon, New York Times columnist and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. The conference is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register.

  • Chicago-Kent trial team finishes in final four at 2016 Lone Star Classic

    3L Paige Olsen wins award for best closing argument

    The Chicago-Kent trial advocacy team of second-year students Kristen Farr Capizzi and Krista Krepp and third-year students Paige Olsen and Dan Sanders competed in the 16th annual Lone Star Classic trial tournament--a competition among 16 of the best trial advocacy programs in the country--held October 13 to 16, 2016, at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. The team finished as semifinalists, and Paige Olsen won the competition's award for best closing argument.

  • Students win Fourth Amendment case; defendant released from prison

    Two brand-new Chicago-Kent grads had an extra incentive to celebrate this summer when a client they represented during law school was released from prison following their successful motion on his behalf. Peter Cheun '16 and Kayla Higgins '16, both Chicago-Kent Honors Scholars, teamed with Dean Harold Krent last year to represent a client serving 18 years for cocaine possession. At an evidentiary hearing in June 2016 before the Cook County Circuit Court, they argued that the search leading to the client's arrest and subsequent conviction violated the Fourth Amendment. The case was dismissed on those grounds, and the defendant rejoined his wife and children after serving five and a half years in prison.

  • How do judicial elections affect LGBT rights?

    Empirical research from Professor Anthony Michael Kreis was included in a report released September 28, 2016, from Lambda Legal that examines the influence of judicial elections on the rights of LGBT people. The report, available on Lambda's website, shows that judges elected to state supreme courts are often less supportive of LGBT rights than judges who are appointed.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse to deliver Chicago-Kent's 2016 Centennial Lecture on October 10

    Linda Greenhouse, Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, will deliver Chicago-Kent's 2016 Centennial Lecture on October 10. Ms. Greenhouse will address the topic "Telling It Like It Is: When Courts Call Out Legislatures," inspired by a recent column she wrote for the New York Times and the response it received. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required.