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Molly Kordas, a rising second-year student at Chicago-Kent College of Law, has been awarded a 2016 Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship. Kordas received $5,000 to support her work this summer in the Environmental Enforcement Division of the Illinois Attorney General's Office.
Six recent graduates of Chicago-Kent College of Law have been selected for 2016 Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellowships. Through the PILI Graduate Fellowship Program, new associates at Chicago law firms spend 300 hours between graduation and joining their firms working at public interest law organizations in Illinois. PILI ensures quality supervision by experienced legal aid attorneys and provides supplemental educational, networking and mentoring opportunities.
Professor Nancy S. Marder, director of Chicago-Kent's Justice John Paul Stevens Jury Center, has been selected as an Academic Fellow of the Pound Civil Justice Institute. Professor Marder, who was a plenary speaker at the Pound Institute's 23rd annual Forum for State Appellate Court Judges in 2015, where she gave a lecture titled "Judicial Transparency in the Twenty-First Century," was chosen as an Academic Fellow based on her expertise on juries, judges, courts and trials.
Professor Bernadette Atuahene receives National Science Foundation grant to study squatters in Detroit
Professor Bernadette Atuahene has received an $89,500 grant from the National Science Foundation's Division of Social Sciences for a research project on the relationship between property rights and dignity. Professor Atuahene will do on-the-ground research in Detroit, interviewing squatters, homeless people who have chosen not to squat, and homeowners and renters who live near squatters. Fewer than 8 percent of applicants win this NSF grant. The American Bar Foundation is sponsoring the research.
A diverse group of 19 undergraduate students from 12 states will participate this month in Chicago-Kent's 2016 Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program, designed to introduce undergraduates who are interested in legal careers to the rigors of law school and to successful legal professionals. The PLUS program is aimed at promoting diversity in the legal profession.
Professor Daniel Martin Katz appointed to the board of advisors of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System
Professor Daniel Martin Katz, director of The Law Lab at Chicago-Kent College of Law, has been named to the board of advisors of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS). A national, independent research center dedicated to advancing excellence in the American legal system, IAALS draws on the wisdom, experience and counsel of nationally recognized experts from the legal, academic and business professions who comprise their board of advisors.
Rebecca Charles '17 and Geoffrey Curley '17 will represent Chicago-Kent College of Law in the 2016 Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition May 22 to 27 in Washington, D.C. Held at American University Washington College of Law, the trilingual competition (English, Spanish and Portuguese) draws students from universities throughout the Americas and beyond.