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Chicago-Kent Professor Elizabeth De Armond is a winner of the 2017 Annual Writing Competition of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. The annual competition seeks to recognize written contributions to the field of consumer financial services law. Professor De Armond won first place in the competition's professional category for a paper published in the Brigham Young University Law Review that analyzes how recent Supreme Court decisions on federal preemption of state law could help states craft legislation to protect consumers' financial privacy.
A recent paper by Chicago-Kent Professor Martin Malin reviews and evaluates the current state of negotiations between American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the State of Illinois. "The AFSCME–State of Illinois Negotiations: Traveling in Uncharted Waters," published in the current issue of Illinois Public Employee Relations Report, examines the unsettled issues the parties face and recaps the litigation before the Illinois Labor Relations Board (ILRB) and the ILRB's decision that the parties are at impasse in their negotiations.
Chicago-Kent alumna Militza Pagán is the recipient of a 2017 Skadden Fellowship. Established in 1988 by the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the prestigious two-year fellowship supports graduating law students and judicial clerks who are pursuing careers in public interest law. During her fellowship period, Pagán will work at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, where she'll focus on enforcing new legal rights for domestic workers under the Illinois Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights.
Chicago-Kent finishes as the top U.S. team and in the top four worldwide at the 2017 Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot
The Chicago-Kent team of Maxwell Eichenberger '17 and Jeffrey Michalik '17 placed in the top four at the final rounds of the inaugural Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot in Sydney, Australia. Chicago-Kent was one of only eight teams—and the only team from a U.S. law school—selected to compete in the international finals March 15 to 17, 2017, at the University of Sydney Law School.
Continuing its legacy as an innovator in legal education, Chicago-Kent is offering a new course in spring 2017, titled Legal Project Management and Legal Process Improvement, in collaboration with Seyfarth Shaw LLP. The course provides students with practical skills that address the demands of various segments of the legal market. Students in the course receive focused training in legal project management and process improvement complemented by actual industry use cases.
Chicago-Kent wins the Chicago regional championship of the 2017 AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition
The team will advance to the national finals March 30 to April 2
The Chicago-Kent trial advocacy team of Kristen Farr Capizzi '18, Stephanie Gerstetter '18, Connor Greene '18 and Erin Kuhfuss '17 has won the Chicago regional championship of the 2017 American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition. Chicago-Kent will compete against the top teams from 13 other regions in the national finals March 30 to April 2 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Meaghan Sweeney '17 is the winner of the 2017 Hirsh Award of the American College of Legal Medicine for her paper proposing a health-based approach to legislation aimed at reducing gun violence. Sweeney, who won first place in the college's Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics, presented her paper in February at the college's annual conference in Las Vegas.