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The American Society for Legal History has awarded Professor Christopher Schmidt the 2016 Surrency Prize for the best article published in the 2015 edition of the society's journal "Law and History Review." Professor Schmidt's article previously won the Association of American Law School Scholarly Paper Prize and had been selected for the prestigious Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum.
Spring 2016 graduates selected were among the top 10 percent of their class
The Chicago-Kent College of Law chapter of the Order of the Coif inducted 25 new members November 28, 2016, during award ceremonies at the law school. The Order of the Coif is a national legal honor society that recognizes superior scholarship and promotes the ethical standards of the legal profession. The most recent honorees earned their Juris Doctor degrees from Chicago-Kent College of Law on May 15, 2016.
Third-year students Alex Halaska and Tracey Starck will represent Chicago-Kent College of Law in the National Moot Court Competition national finals in New York January 30 to February 2, 2017. The Chicago-Kent team placed second in the Region VIII tournament, held November 19 and 20, 2016, at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee.
Symone Shinton, a third-year student at Chicago-Kent College of Law, has won the 25th annual Ilana Diamond Rovner Appellate Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the law school's Moot Court Honor Society. This year, students argued Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a First Amendment case out of Colorado. The competition is named for Chicago-Kent graduate Ilana Diamond Rovner, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Chicago-Kent College of Law has received a $102,000 grant from the Access Group Center for Research & Policy Analysis to support a summer program for college students that promotes diversity in the legal profession. The law school's PreLaw Undergraduate Scholars Program, begun in 2002, seeks to provide undergraduate students, from groups that are underrepresented in law school and in the legal profession, with a deeper understanding of legal education and the various careers in the legal profession, and with insight into successfully navigating the law school application and admissions process.
For the second consecutive year, Chicago-Kent placed second in the overall competition
Connor Greene, a second-year student at Chicago-Kent College of Law, has won the best advocate award at the 2016 White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational, held November 11 to 13 at the H. Carl Moultrie D.C. Superior Courthouse in Washington, D.C. Greene and his teammates, Kristen Farr Capizzi, Bryce Hensley and Tyler Mikan, took second place in the overall competition. Chicago-Kent defeated teams from Brooklyn Law School, the University of Maryland School of Law, the University of Houston Law Center, and William and Mary Law School before falling in a very close final-round match to New York University School of Law.
Chicago-Kent will field a variety of teams in ADR-related interscholastic competitions during the 2016-17 academic year.