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David A. Erickson to receive Stetson University's Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching Advocacy
Retired Illinois Appellate Justice David A. Erickson, director of IIT Chicago-Kent's Trial Advocacy Program, will receive Stetson University College of Law's Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching Advocacy. Erickson will receive the award, which recognizes individuals "who have fundamentally changed the way in which the world approaches the teaching of advocacy," May 19, 2015, during Stetson's Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills conference in Gulfport, Florida.
1997 alumnus will speak at May 17 commencement ceremonies
Jorge Ramirez '97, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, will deliver the keynote address at the law school’s 2015 Commencement on Sunday, May 17. The son of Mexican immigrants, Ramirez was elected the Chicago Federation of Labor's first Latino president in July 2010. He was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council as a vice president in February of this year.
Twelve members of IIT Chicago-Kent's Class of 2015 were inducted into the Bar and Gavel Society at the Student Bar Association award ceremonies on April 27. The 2015 inductees are Iman Boundaoui, Casey Brown, Hanna Kaufman, Laurel Martinez, Meghan McDonald, Odell Mitchell III, Dana Pownall, Jacob Radecki, Emily Schroeder, Kyle Swanson, Rebecca Sundin and Kurt Wakefield.
IIT Chicago-Kent student Hanna Kaufman addressed the White House Forum on Increasing Access to Justice on April 14, 2015, in Washington, D.C. In her presentation, "Law Students + Technology = Closing the Justice Gap," Kaufman discussed ways in which law students are moving beyond traditional curriculum paradigms, learning "lawyering skills of the future," and how those skills can help the next generation of lawyers and legal organizations provide access to justice for underserved groups and individuals. The forum was attended by senior officials of the Obama administration, federal agency representatives, members of the federal and state judiciary, policymakers, lawmakers, LSC board members and LSC-grantee legal aid organizations. Kaufman was the only law student invited to address the forum.
For the third time in seven years, a team from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law has won the National Ethics Trial Competition. Second-year students Tracey Harkins, Ann Motto and Gabrielle Romano and third-year student Kendra Spearman won the tournament held March 19 to 21, 2015, at the Robert T. Matsui Federal Courthouse in Sacramento, Calif.
IIT Chicago-Kent's Giles Sutherland Rich team wins the Midwest regional tournament and advances to the national finals
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law students Daniel Allard '15 and Patrick Grimaldi '16 are the winners of the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition's Midwest regional tournament held March 13 to 15, 2015, in Chicago. Allard and Grimaldi will face off against the winners from four regional competitions in the national tournament April 15 to 17 in Washington, D.C.
The IIT Chicago-Kent team of Molly Condon '15, Lucas Peters '15, Matthew McCarter '15 and Michael Zhang '15 has won the regional tournament of the American Association for Justice's 2015 Student Trial Advocacy Competition held March 19 to 22, 2015, in Chicago. IIT Chicago-Kent will join the first-place teams from 13 other regions in the national finals April 16 to 19 in Pittsburgh.