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Chicago-Kent Professor Sarah K. Harding receives IIT's 2015 John W. Rowe University Excellence in Teaching Award
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Professor Sarah K. Harding is the recipient of the Illinois Institute of Technology's (IIT) 2015 John W. Rowe University Excellence in Teaching Award. The award was announced by Provost Alan Cramb at a faculty recognition and awards reception in April and was presented May 21 during the IIT Board of Directors' dinner.
Chicago City Council appoints IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Daniel T. Coyne to assess Burge Reparations claims
Daniel T. Coyne, clinical professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, has been appointed by the Chicago City Council to serve as the Independent Third Party for the Burge Reparations Ordinance. Professor Coyne will work under the terms of the new city ordinance that provides reparations for people allegedly tortured by former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his subordinates between 1972 and 1991.
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.