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Weekly Media Advisory

CHICAGO—November 4, 2013—IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law has experts available to discuss current legal issues. To reach experts on IIT's Downtown Campus, please call Gwen Osborne, director of public affairs, (312) 906-5251. Press releases and media advisories are available on our website: www.kentlaw.iit.edu/news. For assistance with breaking news stories, follow us on Twitter @ChicagoKentLaw.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments November 6 in Town of Greece v. Galloway, a First Amendment case that looks at Establishment Clause issues related to legislative prayer—in this case, before city council meetings. IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS) and its Oyez Project have produced materials to coincide with the hearing of the case. The highlight of the materials is a series of videos geared to a general audience that explain the issues and provide context. The free, multimedia presentation is available at www.oyez.org/town-of-greece. Constitutional scholar and IIT Chicago-Kent Distinguished Professor Sheldon H. Nahmod, who appears in the videos, is available for media comment about the case.

November is national diabetes month. Sarah Blenner, director of IIT Chicago-Kent's Center for Diabetes Research and Policy, is available for media comment. Blenner advocates for individuals with diabetes in the school, day care and prison settings and works to ensure appropriate diabetes-related policies are implemented. She also helps facilitate interdisciplinary projects at IIT. Blenner completed her undergraduate education at Emory University, earned a graduate degree in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and received her law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent.

Protecting the Rights of School Children with Diabetes. In 2010, IIT Chicago-Kent faculty and students played an integral role in securing passage of the Care of Students with Diabetes Act. The Illinois law clarifies the rights and responsibilities of students, parents, and school and healthcare personnel related to students with diabetes who need assistance with care during the school day and at school-sponsored activities. IIT Chicago-Kent has updated its informational brochure, "Protecting the Rights of School Children with Diabetes," which is available online at http://goo.gl/GTyeYq.

Veterans Day is November 11. Military law expert and IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Michael I. Spak is available for interviews about veterans' issues. Professor Spak is the author of Cases and Material on Military Law and Cases and Materials on Military Justice. Professor Spak served on active duty with the U.S. Army in the Judge Advocate General's Corps from 1963 to 1969 and has remained in the U.S. Army Reserve. As Colonel Spak, he is currently liaison officer of the Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

It's about more than cigars, sugar, tropical fruit and tourism. The Cuban government estimates that the U.S. embargo has cost the island nation more than a trillion dollars since the 1960s when it began. On November 7, a symposium hosted by IIT Chicago-Kent's Intellectual Property Law Society will consider trademark issues related to the embargo and what might happen once the embargo ends. (See below.)

"Guiding Our Destiny with Heritage and Traditions" is the theme of national Native American Heritage Month. IIT Chicago-Kent Adjunct Professor William Boulware, who teaches a course in Federal Indian Law, is available for interviews about legal issues related to Native Americans. Professor Boulware has held legal positions with the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin and the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Downtown Campus Events

Through February 2014: The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions, a provocative art exhibit that sheds light on ongoing ancient rituals that kill or maim millions each year, yet aren't considered crimes. The exhibit, which features 38 pieces of art in several mediums representing works by several of the Midwest's most prominent artists, is curated by Charles Gniech. For more information about the exhibit, please visit the website at www.breakingcriminaltraditions.com or contact Nancy Castagnet at (312) 451-1747 or pn_castagnet@hotmail.com.

November 7: IIT Chicago-Kent's third annual Gastro-Intellectual Property Symposium will focus on trademark issues related to the Cuban Embargo and what might happen once the embargo ends. Panelists include intellectual property lawyers Judith F. Grubner, Joseph L. Schmidt and Mariano Municoy. A cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6 p.m. in the Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium. Registration is required for the program, which is sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law Society. To register or for more information, please contact ipls@kentlaw.iit.edu.

November 11: "Truth from Youth," a performance by the Albany Park Theater Project. IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Humanities is hosting "Truth from Youth," an original performance based on the real-life stories of urban teens, immigrants and working-class Chicagoans. Albany Park Theater Project is renowned for its blend of intense honesty with resilient hopefulness, and for its integration of the arts, education and activism. The program, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 5 p.m. in the Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium. The performance will be followed by a special conversation with the teen cast members and the directors of the company.

November 21: IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law continues its 125th anniversary celebration by honoring 125 Alumni of Distinction at a reception and dinner November 21 at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel at North State Street and West Wacker Drive in Chicago. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $110; VIP tickets (which includes a special VIP reception and seating) are $250. Anniversary tables of ten are $2,000. To purchase tickets, or to for more information, visit www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/125dinner, or contact Katie Aune at kaune@kentlaw.iit.edu of (312) 906-5240 for more information.