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IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will hold its 2015 Commencement on Sunday, May 17, at 2:30 p.m. at the UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt Road, in Chicago. IIT Chicago-Kent will award 248 J.D. degrees, 79 LL.M. degrees and one J.S.D. degree. Jorge Ramirez, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor and a 1997 graduate of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, will deliver the keynote address. IIT Chicago-Kent students David Repking and Patrycja Mazur will address their fellow graduates. There will also be a live webcast of the ceremony available on the Commencement homepage at www.kentlaw.iit.edu/commencement beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Keynote speaker Jorge Ramirez is president of the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL), the third-largest central labor council of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). Ramirez also serves as a vice president of the AFL-CIO, whose membership includes 13 million working men and women.
Prior to law school, valedictorian David Repking spent three years as a violinist with the Kansas City Symphony. Repking earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in violin performance from Vanderbilt University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, respectively. At IIT Chicago-Kent, he served as a vice president of the Moot Court Honor Society and as an executive articles editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review. Last year, Repking won the Best Oral Advocate award in the Appellate Lawyers Moot Court Competition and was a member of the IIT Chicago-Kent team that won the Best Respondent's Brief award in the Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. After graduation, Repking will join the Chicago office of Greenberg Traurig.
Patrycja Mazur, a candidate for an LL.M. in International and Transnational Law, will deliver the graduate address. Mazur earned her law degree at the University of Gdańsk in Poland, where she helped form the Interagency Human Rights Society and was a member of the University Legal Clinic. Mazur earned a certificate from the School of American Law, a joint program of IIT Chicago-Kent and the University of Gdan'sk in Poland, before enrolling in Chicago-Kent's LL.M. program. After graduation, she will sit for the New York Bar and begin an apprenticeship in Poland.
The Class of 2015 Gift Committee is raising money to add electrical outlets and charging stations in the law school.
Honors Scholar Hanna Kaufman was the only law student invited to address the White House Forum on Increasing Access to Justice last month in Washington, D.C. 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. A candidate for a J.D. with a Certificate in Public Interest Law, Kaufman is interested in practicing immigration law.
Emily Schroeder is the nation's best oral advocate. Schroeder, a member of the IIT Chicago-Kent team that won this year's National Trial Competition, also received individual honors as the best oral advocate among 600 law schools that competed in the premier trial advocacy tournament in the United States. She is the recipient of the 2015 Michael J. Angarola Scholarship, awarded for outstanding performance in the trial advocacy program.
IIT Chicago-Kent's Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Program ("PLUS") is a rigorous, three-week program designed to provide a "taste" of the law school experience to students from groups underrepresented in the legal profession. Two PLUS alumnae will receive their J.D. degrees on Sunday.
- Grace Akinlemibola, who participated in the 2005 PLUS program, graduated from Indiana University with a degree in accounting. Akinlemibola has served as Midwest regional chair and as convention coordinator of the National Black Law Student Association. After graduation, she will continue working in the City of Chicago's Office of Legislative Counsel and Governmental Affairs.
- Ana Cristina Carrea will receive an LL.M. in European Law from Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II and her J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent this month. Carrea came to Chicago-Kent because of its specialization in international law and exchange program with Université Panthéon-Assas. A native of the Dominican Republic, Carrea graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in political science and Latin American Studies. She was a member of the 2010 PLUS program class. At Chicago-Kent, Carrea served as an executive articles editor and an associate editor for the Journal of International and Comparative Law. She also served as secretary of and a mentor in the Hispanic Latino Law Student Association. After graduation, Carrea will sit for the New York Bar.
Alex Tillett-Saks received this year's Sheldon H. Nahmod Civil Rights Award for Social Action from IIT for his "outstanding commitment to the promotion of positive change and development that has a progressive impact on the community." He is a candidate for a J.D. with a Certificate in Labor and Employment Law. After graduation from Beloit College with a degree in political science, Tillett-Saks organized more than 1,000 casino workers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, Ohio and Nevada for UNITE HERE and has served as organizing director of the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals. He is a two-time recipient of the Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship for students who are interested in workers' rights issues. After graduation, Tillett-Saks will work on workers' compensation and employment discrimination matters at Aleksy Belcher in Chicago.
Jared Reynolds won the 2014 Race Judicata 5K run with a time of 16:15. In March 2015, Chicago Athlete Magazine named Reynolds "Athlete of the Month." As a law student, Reynolds was a member of the IIT Chicago-Kent team that won the 2014 National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition. A candidate for a J.D. with a Certificate in Criminal Litigation, he currently serves as a clerk for the Cook County Public Defender's Homicide Task Force and the Felony Trial Division.
Meron Kebede is a candidate for a J.D. with a Certificate in Labor and Employment Law who will begin a fellowship with a labor union in Washington, D.C., after graduation. As a faculty research assistant at Chicago-Kent, she served as co-editor of The Regulation of Compensation: Proceedings of the NYU 66th Annual Conference on Labor, June 6–7, 2013 (LexisNexis, 2014), a compilation of papers and legal essays related to the Fair Labor Standards Act. During her studies at IIT Chicago-Kent, Kebede also served as a law clerk at two Chicago law firms that specialize in labor and employment law, and for Teamsters Local 705.
Teri McClerkin is a candidate for a J.D. with a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law. McClerkin completed her undergraduate education in chemical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and earned a master's degree in environmental engineering from Northwestern University. She will join Michael Best & Friedrich in the fall.
Prior to law school, Honors Scholar Jacob Radecki completed internships with the Irish Parliament and the Michigan State Legislature. An IIT Chicago-Kent student, he has clerked for the U.S. Senate's Subcommittee on Investigations and worked for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Radecki also serves as an executive articles editor for the Chicago-Kent Law Review and as a vice-president of the Moot Court Honor Society. He was named a co-recipient of this year's Marc Grinker Student Commitment Award.