"Day of Giving" raises more than $177,000
IIT Chicago-Kent's first-ever Day of Giving began in the pre-dawn hours of October 29 with an email from Dean Krent announcing the first challenge: Steve Jambois '82 and Al Schwartz '84 of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz would donate $50,000 if the law school could match that amount in a single day. By midnight, the law school had raised $177,640.21 from nearly 400 donors, including 92 first-time contributors and alumni as far away as China, Egypt and Georgia.
IIT Chicago-Kent alumna Rachel Brady is the recipient of a 2015 Skadden Fellowship. Established in 1988 by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the prestigious two-year fellowship supports graduating law students and judicial clerks who wish to pursue public interest work. During her fellowship period, Brady will work at Equip for Equality, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities in Illinois.
Third-year IIT Chicago-Kent students Lyal Fox III and Jared Reynolds won the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition held November 15 to 16, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The tournament is co-sponsored by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association and the George Washington University Law School Moot Court Board.
IIT Chicago-Kent will participate in the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law's regional competition
Two student teams will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the regional competition of the 11th annual Trial Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, November 15 and 16, 2014, in Chicago. Lindsay Hicks '16, Laurel Martinez '15, Elizabeth Romano '16 and Kendra Spearman '15 will compete on one team. Brittany Barclae '16, Patrick Brady '16, Tyler Cox '15 and Mihail Kostov '16 will comprise the other team. The competition is designed to introduce law students to the challenges and rewards of employment and labor litigation.
IIT Chicago-Kent wins National Moot Court Competition Region 8 tournament, advances to national finals
John Jefferson receives best oral advocate award
Third-year IIT Chicago-Kent students Iman Boundaoui and John Jefferson will represent the law school in the National Moot Court Competition national finals in New York February 9 to 12, 2015. The IIT Chicago-Kent team won the regional tournament held November 8 and 9 at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, with Jefferson receiving individual honors as the competition's best oral advocate.
Second-year IIT Chicago-Kent student Alexandra M. McNicholas has won the 23rd annual Ilana Diamond Rovner Appellate Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the law school's Moot Court Honor Society. This year, students argued Ohio v. Clark, a criminal case that raises issues under the Sixth Amendment's Confrontation Clause. The competition is named for IIT Chicago-Kent graduate Ilana Diamond Rovner, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Two IIT Chicago-Kent teams reach the Appellate Lawyers Association's 2014 National Moot Court Competition's final four
David Repking receives best oral advocate award and ALA scholarship
Two IIT Chicago-Kent teams reached the semifinal round of the 2014 National Moot Court Competition sponsored by the Appellate Lawyers Association November 7 and 8 in Chicago. The students argued an espionage case that raised issues of criminal procedure and evidence law. David Repking '15, who earned individual honors as the tournament's best oral advocate, received a trophy and scholarship from the ALA.
Award-winning brief will be published in the "Journal of Legal Medicine"
Emily Herbick and Abrahem Wehbi, third-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent, won the best brief award at the 2014 National Health Law Moot Court Competition held November 8 and 9 at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale. Herbick and Wehbi, who advanced to the tournament's semifinal round, will share a $500 scholarship grant from the American College of Legal Medicine Foundation, and their award-winning brief will be published in the "Journal of Legal Medicine."
Second-year student Angelo Christopher is the recipient of IIT Chicago-Kent's 2014 Harold J. and Nancy F. Krent Excellence Award. Dean Krent and his wife, Nancy, a partner at the law firm of Hodges Loizzi Eisenhammer Rodick & Kohn LLP, established the award in 2013 to recognize the student or students who rank at the top of the combined first-year full-time and second-year part-time classes.
IIT Chicago-Kent will send two teams to the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C.
Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent will compete in the 2014 National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition November 15 to 16 at George Washington University Law School and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C. Third-year students Michael Albert and Ryan Hanneken will represent IIT Chicago-Kent on one team, and Lyal Fox III and Jared Reynolds, also third-year students, will comprise the other team.
University of Minnesota Law Professor Heidi Kitrosser will deliver the 2014 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture
University of Minnesota Law School Professor Heidi Kitrosser will discuss her award-winning book "Reclaiming Accountability: Transparency, Executive Power, and the U.S. Constitution" November 20 at the 2014 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture. She is the eighth winner of the Palmer Civil Liberties Prize, established in 2007 by alumnus Roy C. Palmer and his wife, Susan M. Palmer, to encourage and reward public debate among scholars on current issues affecting the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of governments throughout the world. The program is free and open to the public.
Third-year students Molly Condon, Laura Henneman, Elangie Lozada and Alison Schaffer will represent IIT Chicago-Kent at the 2014 Buffalo-Niagara National Mock Trial Competition November 8 to 11. This prestigious invitational tournament, featuring several of the nation's top-ranked trial teams, is hosted by the SUNY Buffalo Law School and will be held at Buffalo City Court. Law students will try both sides of a homicide case before experienced judges and trial attorneys who volunteer as judges and evaluators.
Harvard law professor Vicki C. Jackson will deliver IIT Chicago-Kent's Centennial Lecture on November 3
Vicki C. Jackson, the Thurgood Marshall Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, will deliver IIT Chicago-Kent's 2014-15 Centennial Lecture on November 3. Professor Jackson's topic is "U.S. Exceptionalism and Proportionality Review in Contemporary Constitutionalism." The Centennial Visitor lecture series was inaugurated in fall 1987 as part of a yearlong celebration to mark the founding of Chicago College of Law, forerunner of IIT Chicago-Kent, in 1888.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is one of 10 law schools—and the only Illinois law school—recognized for its ongoing support of the National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair. The Diversity Champion Award was presented during the 10th anniversary of the conference October 24 to 25, 2014, in Houston, Texas. Marsha Ross-Jackson, assistant dean for student professional development at IIT Chicago-Kent, accepted on behalf of the law school.
A2J Author® software—developed by IIT Chicago-Kent and CALI®, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction—has advanced to the final round of the international Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL) 2014 Innovating Justice Awards. A2J Author finished in the top three among 14 other global innovations in the "Successful Innovations" category, which recognizes initiatives that are already making a difference.
October 23 conference at IIT Chicago-Kent explores "The Pioneering Role of Flight Attendants in Fighting Sex Discrimination"
Multimedia program commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
"The Civil Rights Act @ 50: The Pioneering Role of Flight Attendants in Fighting Sex Discrimination," a multimedia exploration of the critical role flight attendants played in the enforcement of Title VII's prohibition against sex discrimination in the workplace, will be held October 23, 2014, at IIT Chicago-Kent. The half-day program is co-sponsored by IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Workplace, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law.
Spring 2014 graduates selected were among the top 10 percent of their class
The IIT Chicago-Kent chapter of the Order of the Coif will induct 30 new members October 31 during award ceremonies in the Walnut Room of the Hotel Allegro in Chicago. 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 IIT Chicago-Kent on May 18, 2014.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law October 23 to 25
IIT Chicago-Kent students Amany Awad '15, Kelly O'Neill '15 and Arlo Walsman '15 will represent the law school in the International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law, to be held October 23 to 25 at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. The competition is one of the largest and most highly respected of all international moot court tournaments. Winning briefs are published in "The Journal of Computer & Information Law."
Ana Montelongo, Joshua Rehak, Nicolette Ward and Michael Zhang will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2014 National Pretrial Competition October 16 through 19 at Stetson University College of Law's Gulfport campus in Florida. The competition, which is designed to capture the essence of pretrial motion practice, is co-sponsored by Stetson's Center for Excellence in Advocacy and the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar.
IIT Chicago-Kent returns to the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Tournament of Champions for the eighth consecutive year
IIT Chicago-Kent students Matthew McCarter, Lucas Peters, Emily Schroeder and Judy Shammo will compete October 14 to 20, 2014, in the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Tournament of Champions, one of the most prestigious law school trial competitions in the country. Each year, only 16 schools from the nation's nearly 200 law schools are invited to participate. This is the eighth consecutive year and the thirteenth time overall that IIT Chicago-Kent has competed.
Proposals will be accepted until October 15
October 15 is the deadline for proposals from law school faculty interested in participating in the second phase of the Access to Justice Clinical Course Project (A2J Author Course Project), an innovative nationwide clinical course initiative aimed at lowering barriers to justice for self-represented litigants.
"Reclaiming Accountability: Transparency, Executive Power, and the U.S. Constitution" wins 2014 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize
"Reclaiming Accountability: Transparency, Executive Power, and the U.S. Constitution," by University of Minnesota Law School professor Heidi Kitrosser, has won the 2014 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. The prize honors an exemplary work of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society. Professor Kitrosser, whose book will be published in January 2015 by the University of Chicago Press, will present her work at IIT Chicago-Kent later this academic year.
IIT Chicago-Kent’s 2014 Henry C. Morris Lecture in International and Comparative Law explores euthanasia
Lecture Title: "Regulating the End of Life"
Maurice Adams, Professor of General Jurisdiction, Vfund Professor of Democratic Governance and Rule of Law, and Vice Dean Education at Tilburg Law School in the Netherlands, will deliver the 2014 Henry C. Morris Lecture in International and Comparative Law at noon on Tuesday, October 28, at IIT Chicago-Kent. Dr. Adams will address the topic "Regulating the End of Life."
Jaclyn Kostich and Briana Mayes will represent IIT Chicago-Kent at the 2014 Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition regional tournament October 24 and 25 in Chicago. The winning team will join the first-place teams from four other regions at the national finals November 6 to 9 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
U.S. District Court Judge James F. Holderman will address IIT Chicago-Kent conference on "Juries and Lay Participation" October 10
The Honorable James F. Holderman, senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, will deliver the luncheon keynote address at IIT Chicago-Kent's conference "Juries and Lay Participation: American Perspectives and Global Trends" on October 10, 2014. The one-day conference is co-sponsored by IIT Chicago-Kent's Justice John Paul Stevens Jury Center and the "Chicago-Kent Law Review." Judge Holderman's talk, titled "Maximizing Jurors' Understanding," will begin about 12:15 p.m.
Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Conference to explore risk management for financial institutions
IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Compliance in Financial Markets and the Anti-Money Laundering Association (AMLA) will host the 4th annual Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Conference on October 3, 2014. The one-day conference is designed to help attorneys and professionals in the fields of compliance, risk management, fraud and security stay current on recent enforcement issues and trends occurring within financial institutions.
The most recent of the Seventh Circuit Review is now available available online. Student authors in the Seventh Circuit Review Honors Seminar have written articles analyzing recent decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dealing with civil procedure, constitutional law, criminal law and employment law. Read the full articles or listen to the synopses in the students' own voices.
Jared M. Reynolds, a third-year student at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, won Race Judicata 2014 on September 4. The 5K Run/Walk benefits Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation, an organization of more than 3,000 attorneys who donate legal services to thousands of low-income Chicagoans.
IIT Chicago-Kent's 2014 Constitution Day celebration to focus on "The Press, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution"
Support is provided by the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History
IIT Chicago-Kent will celebrate Constitution Day on September 15 with a panel discussion on "The Press, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution." Panelists include Professor Sonja West of the University of Georgia School of Law, Professor RonNell Andersen Jones of Brigham Young University Law School, and Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor and legal affairs correspondent for "Slate" magazine. Professor Carolyn Shapiro of IIT Chicago-Kent, who is currently on leave to as Illinois solicitor general, will moderate the discussion.
Voting takes place September 1 through 17. Your vote counts!
A2J Author® has been selected as a finalist in the international Hague Institute of Internationalization of Law (HiiL) 2014 Innovating Justice Awards. The software, developed by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Center for Access to Justice and Technology (CAJT) and CALI®, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is competing against 14 other global innovations in the "Successful Innovations" category. The top three nominees, based on voting, will go on to the final round, with the winner selected in November 2014. Voting starts on September 1 at 2 am CDT and ends on September 17 at 5 pm CDT.
Maureen R. Aidasani has been named director of experiential learning at IIT Chicago-Kent. Professor Aidasani, who joined the faculty on July 1, will coordinate the upper-year legal writing curriculum and the Praxis Program. In her new position, She will also work closely with Professor Elizabeth De Armond, who oversees the law school's Legal Research and Writing Program, and coordinate with IIT Chicago-Kent's skills initiatives such as its clinical and advocacy programs.
IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Mary Rose Strubbe '81 named as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Mary Rose Strubbe '81, professor of Legal Research and Writing and assistant director of IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Workplace, has been elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Professor Strubbe will be inducted in ceremonies held by the College in November 2014.
Two groundbreaking books on innovation and intellectual property will be discussed September 8
IIT Chicago-Kent's Program in Intellectual Property Law will launch its 2014–15 BookIT intellectual property book talk series on September 8 with a discussion of two groundbreaking books on innovation and intellectual property in Africa. University of Ottawa Professor Jeremy de Beer will discuss "Innovation & Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa" and "Knowledge & Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future," both published in 2013 by the Open African Innovation Research and Training Project. Programs in the BookIT series are free and open to the public.
David J. Kappos, former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office director, is the keynote speaker
David J. Kappos, former undersecretary of commerce and former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will deliver the keynote address at IIT Chicago-Kent's 2014 U.S. Supreme Court Intellectual Property Review (SCIPR) on September 12. SCIPR is the only conference in the country focused exclusively on IP cases before the Supreme Court. This past term, the court heard a record 10 IP–related cases, the most in its history, including important cases concerning software patents and TV broadcasts over the Internet.
New book highlights how past land theft can cripple South Africa's economic development
Nelson Mandela's promise to correct past land theft in South Africa has thus far gone unfulfilled. Professor Bernadette Atuahene's new book "We Want What's Ours: Learning from South Africa's Land Restitution Program" (Oxford University Press 2014) uses interviews with 150 South Africans to understand how the nation can build on its successes and learn from its failures in addressing past land theft.
"Campers" to explore how organizations should operate
IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Edward Lee, director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law, has been selected to attend Spark Camp at Harvard University from June 19 to 22, 2014. The four-day event, "Visionaries, Leaders and Managers," will bring together more than 75 "campers" to explore ideas on corporate culture and how organizations should operate.
IIT Chicago-Kent and the National Labor Relations Board to explore "Hot Topics in Contemporary Labor Relations Law" at June 13 program
"Hot Topics in Contemporary Labor Relations Law" is a one-day conference geared toward attorneys, labor relations and human resources managers, and union business representatives. Conference workshops will examine emerging and complex issues under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) as well as the basics of practice before the National Labor Relations Board. The June 13, 2014, program is co-sponsored by the Institute for Law and the Workplace at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
The use of negative epithets such as "geezer," "crone," "coot," "old bat," and "old f-t" in everyday language helps contribute to ageism in our society, says IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Howard C. Eglit, a nationally recognized authority on law and aging issues. Professor Eglit is the author of a new book, "Age, Old Age, Language, and Law: A Dysfunctional—Often Harmful—Mix and How to Fix It" (Lulu 2014).
IIT Chicago-Kent's Emily Schroeder will vie for the $10,000 "winner-take-all" prize in the Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition
Second-year student Emily Schroeder will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2014 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition, June 4 to 8 at Baylor Law School in Texas. Only one advocate from each of the 16 law schools with the best records in major competitions during the preceding school year compete for recognition as the nation's best student advocate.
Third-year student Sarah Aagaard is the 2014 recipient of the Dolores K. Hanna Trademark Prize, given annually to an IIT Chicago-Kent student based on outstanding performance in an intellectual property course. The prize was established by the law firm of K & L Gates LLP (formerly Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLC) to honor Dolores K. Hanna '52, who served as the firm's special trademark counsel.
Texas will soon benefit from an online archive for its two highest courts, launched through a partnership between "The Texas Tribune" and Oyez®, a free law project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Amidst a scarcity of news coverage about law, the partnership between "The Texas Tribune" and Oyez will increase public access to cases before the Supreme Court of Texas and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. This offers more opportunities for in-depth reporting and research on the state's judicial system.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP established prize in memory of Labor & Employment department partner
Joseph Sexauer '14 has been awarded the 2014 Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize, given annually to a third-year IIT Chicago-Kent student in the Labor and Employment Law Certificate Program. Seyfarth Shaw LLP established the prize in 2009 at IIT Chicago-Kent to honor the memory of Sandra P. Zemm, the first female equity partner in the firm's Labor and Employment Practice.
David Liberty and Stephanie Puente receive 2014 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic
David Liberty '14 and Stephanie Puente '14 are the recipients of the 2014 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. The awards are made at the end of the academic year to IIT Chicago-Kent students who have demonstrated dedication to the criminal defense litigation program and who have provided "zealous advocacy" on behalf of the program's clients.
Third-year IIT Chicago-Kent students Esther Mignanelli and Stephen Pauwels are the recipients of the 2014 Marc Grinker Student Commitment Award. The annual award was created in memory of Professor Marc A. Grinker, the first director of the law school's Appellate Advocacy Program and a member of the faculty from 1990 until his death in 1996. Each year, students in the law school's Moot Court Honor Society nominate senior members who embody Professor Grinker's dedication to the program and the law school.
Seth Kennedy and Alex Tillett-Saks, second-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent, have each been awarded 10-week summer fellowships from the Peggy Browning Fund. The fellowships provide law students with diverse, challenging work and educational experiences in the area of workers' rights. Seth Kennedy will spend his fellowship period with the Service Employees International Union, and Alex Tillett-Saks will work at the American Federation of Teachers.
Jenna Holtz and Alexandra McNicholas receive 2014 Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowships
IIT Chicago-Kent students Jenna Holtz and Alexandra McNicholas have been awarded Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowships to support their work in summer public interest law positions. Stevens Fellowships are open to IIT Chicago-Kent students who have secured summer legal public interest positions at not-for-profit organizations or governmental entities. Stevens Fellows are selected based on their commitment to public service and their potential for excellence throughout their legal careers.
Yu Di and Monica Hernandez to deliver student addresses at 2014 IIT Chicago-Kent Commencement ceremony
IIT Chicago-Kent students Yu Di and Monica Hernandez will address their fellow graduates at the law school's 2014 Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18, at UIC Forum. Valedictorian Yu Di will deliver the J.D. Commencement address, and Monica Hernandez, a candidate for an LL.M. in International Intellectual Property Law, will deliver the graduate address. IIT Chicago-Kent will award approximately 248 J.D. degrees and 81 LL.M. degrees.
Stephanie J. Ridella, a third-year student at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, has won the "National Law Review" winter 2014 student writing contest for her paper "The Madwoman in the Attic: Mental Illness and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008." The paper discusses the limitations of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with regard to mental illness and employment discrimination, and how the 2008 amendments to the law might correct some of those limitations.
Twelve members of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Class of 2014 have been named to the Bar and Gavel Society. The 2014 inductees are Justin Cabuhat, Alexander "Sasha" Kakabadse, Helen Kim, Colette Kopon, David Liberty, Rebecca Lyon, Kathleen Mallon, Esther Mignanelli, Megan Morton, Megan Mulherin, Eun "Sunny" Nam and Megan Sippl.
1993 Chicago-Kent alumnus will speak at May 18 Commencement ceremonies
Kwame Y. Raoul, Illinois State Senator and a 1993 IIT Chicago-Kent graduate, will deliver the keynote address at the law school's 2014 Commencement on Sunday, May 18. Senator Raoul was appointed to the Illinois State Senate in 2004 to fill the vacancy created by Barack Obama's election to the U.S. Senate. He was elected in his own right in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010 and 2012. Senator Raoul is also a partner in the Chicago office of Quarles & Brady LLP's Labor and Employment Law Group.
April 16 Awards Night program also honors alumni and student commitment to public service
The Illinois Attorney General's Office will receive IIT Chicago-Kent's Public Interest Partner Award during the law school's seventh annual Public Interest Awards Night on April 16, 2014. The program will also honor alumni and students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to public service. Dina Nikitaides '08 and Angelic Young '01 will each receive a 2014 Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Award, and Max Stein '01 will receive the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award.
Panelists will discuss political, social and economic issues at April 14 program
A panel of experts will discuss a wide range of political, social, economic and legal issues related to creating a so-called pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants at "A Debate on the Pathway for Legalization for the Undocumented" April 14 at IIT Chicago-Kent. The event is free and open to the public.
The law firm of Jackson Lewis PC and the Institute for Law and the Workplace at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law have announced the winners of the 2013–14 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law. Christopher J. Bryant, a third-year student at Duke University School of Law, won top honors. M. Caroline Hyatt of the University of Cincinnati Law School and Amy Berenbaum of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law won second and third place, respectively.
Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute to discuss issues involving the campaign finance system on April 10
Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review, will discuss issues involving America's campaign finance system at noon on April 10, 2014, at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Shapiro, who has called the current system "unbalanced, unstable, and unworkable," will address the topic "Stephen Colbert Is Right to Lampoon Our Campaign Finance System (And So Can You!)" The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the IIT Chicago-Kent chapter of the Federalist Society.
Author Amity Shlaes will deliver a lecture April 22, 2014, at IIT Chicago-Kent titled "The Great Chicken Flap: How the Schechter Poultry Case Changed America and Showed Its Possibilities," the first in the Liberty Lecture Series sponsored by the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History. Shlaes' topic, A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, is a landmark 1935 U.S. Supreme Court case that declared unconstitutional a central piece of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal legislation. The lecture is free and open to the public.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to release new study on diabetes apps at its April 4 "Health on the Go" conference
Researchers at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will release the findings of a new study on medical apps related to diabetes on April 4 during a free, one-day conference at the law school. "Health on the Go: Medical Apps, Privacy and Liability" will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in IIT Chicago-Kent's Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium, 565 West Adams St. (between Clinton and Jefferson streets) in Chicago. The study was conducted by Sarah Blenner and Melanie Koellmer of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology (ISLAT) and the Center for Diabetes Research and Policy (CDRP), both at IIT Chicago-Kent. The researchers analyzed 275 diabetes-specific apps available in the Google Play Store to determine their functions, privacy policies, and whether the apps claimed to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Chicago-Kent researchers also reviewed the law and policies that govern the design and use of health and fitness apps.
The James J. Morici, Jr., Advocacy Corridor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will be dedicated at a reception on April 8, 2014. The corridor, named for alumnus James J. Morici, Jr., a founding partner of Morici, Figlioli & Associates in Chicago, serves as the gateway to the state-of-the-art Bruce M. Kohen Courtroom and walled showcases displaying more than three decades of awards won by the law school's trial and appellate advocacy teams.
"Can Government Fix What’s Wrong with the Economy?" is the topic of the April 16 lecture
William A. Galston of the Brookings Institution will deliver IIT Chicago-Kent's 2014 Centennial Lecture, "Can Government Fix What's Wrong with the Economy?," on April 16 in the Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. A reception will follow the lecture.
Former economic adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden to discuss "The Post-Recession Economy: A Return to ... What?" at April 8 lecture
Jared Bernstein, former chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden, will deliver IIT Chicago-Kent's 36th annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture. Dr. Bernstein will address the topic "The Post-Recession Economy: A Return to ... What?" The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held April 8 at the law school and will be webcast live starting at 11:30 a.m.
Michael Glink '14, Laura Henneman '15, Lucas Peters '15 and Valerie Raedy '14 defeated law school teams from DePaul, John Marshall, Valparaiso, Marquette and Loyola University Chicago to win the regional championship of the American Association for Justice's 2014 Student Trial Advocacy Competition March 20 to 23 in Chicago. IIT Chicago-Kent will join first-place teams from 13 other regions in the national finals April 10 to 13 in Santa Monica, California.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will discuss issues at the April 4 conference
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will present an overview of issues related to medical applications at "Health on the Go: Medical Apps, Privacy and Liability," a one-day conference April 4, 2014, in IIT Chicago-Kent. The conference is sponsored by the law school's Center for Information, Society and Policy (CISP) in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Attendance is free, but reservations are required. This program is eligible for Illinois MCLE credit.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to defend its Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition title
Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent will go against teams from many of the country's top moot court programs in the 2014 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition March 28 to 30 at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. IIT Chicago-Kent will be represented on one team by second-year students Michael Albert and Vincenzo Chimera. Second-year students John Chambers and David Repking will comprise the other team.
IIT Chicago-Kent students Grace Akinlemibola '15, Kendra L. Lee '15 and Sharon Uti '16 were elected to the National Black Law School Association Midwest regional board of directors during the organization's 2014 regional conference in Minneapolis. The region includes law schools in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin and the Dakotas.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 2014 August A. Rendigs Jr. National Products Liability Moot Court Competition
Second-year IIT Chicago-Kent students Amany Awad, Ryan Hanneken and Elangie Lozada will participate in the 27th annual August A. Rendigs Jr. National Products Liability Moot Court Competition March 28 to 30, 2014, in Cincinnati. Hosted by the University of Cincinnati College of Law, the competition is the only national tournament exclusively devoted to products liability law. Nineteen teams from ABA-accredited law schools will compete.
Judge Ruben Castillo and Stephen Patton to discuss the "State of the Court and the State of the City"
The Honorable Ruben Castillo, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and Stephen Patton, corporation counsel for the city of Chicago, will each deliver their thoughts on the current state of their respective institutions March 25 at IIT Chicago-Kent. The program, "State of the Court and the State of the City," is co-sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) and the newly formed IIT Chicago-Kent FBA student chapter. The program is free and open to the public, but spaces are limited and registration is required.
IIT Chicago-Kent will send two teams to compete in the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition's 2014 regional tournament
Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent will compete in the American Association for Justice's 2014 Student Trial Advocacy Competition regional tournament March 20 to 23 in Chicago. Fariz Burhanuddin '14, Molly Condon '15, Rob Kohen '14 and Laurel Martinez '15 will compete on one team. The second team will comprise Michael Glink '14, Laura Henneman '15, Lucas Peters '15 and Valerie Raedy '14. The winning team will join the first-place teams from 13 other regions at the national finals April 10 to 13 in Santa Monica, California.
Emiliano Baidenbaum '14, Paulina López Caballero '14 and Esther Mignanelli '14 will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the 19th annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition in Orlando. Sponsored by the Hispanic National Bar Association, the tournament will be held during the organization's Annual Corporate Counsel Conference March 19 to 22, 2014.
Second-year students Matthew McCarter, Joshua Rehak, Alison Schaffer and Michael Zhang will represent IIT Chicago-Kent at the 2014 National Ethics Trial Competition championship March 20 to 22 at the Robert T. Matsui Federal Courthouse in Sacramento, Calif. The students will argue Peters v. Denver, a professional responsibility case.
IIT Chicago-Kent professors take to the stage in post-show discussions of "Arguendo" at the Museum of Contemporary Art
IIT Chicago-Kent professors Jerry Goldman, Sheldon H. Nahmod, and Nancy S. Marder will speak in post-show conversations after performances of "Arguendo," an innovative staging of oral arguments in Barnes v. Glen Theatre, a 1991 U.S. Supreme Court case in which go-go dancers challenged an Indiana law banning totally nude dancing on First Amendment grounds. The play will be in Chicago for three days only, March 14 to 16, 2014, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
Entries are being accepted for the 2014 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize
Eligible books and articles should focus on the tension between civil liberties and national security
Entries will be accepted through July 1, 2014, for the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. Established in 2007 by alumnus Roy C. Palmer and his wife, Susan M. Palmer, the prize honors a work of scholarship that explores the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society. The $10,000 prize is designed to encourage and reward public debate among scholars on current issues affecting the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of governments throughout the world.
IIT Chicago-Kent Clinical Professor Richard J. Gonzalez inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Clinical Professor Richard J. Gonzalez has been inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
Paulina Lopez Caballero and Malinda Pileggi win individual oral advocate honors
IIT Chicago-Kent students Paulina Lopez Caballero '14, Kelly O'Neill '15 and Hannah Tuber '15 won the fifth annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition February 21 and 22, 2014, at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago. Lopez Caballero was named the tournament's best oral advocate, and Malinda Pileggi '16, who competed on another IIT Chicago-Kent team that reached the quarterfinals, received the award for second-best oral advocate.
IIT Chicago-Kent wins 2014 championship and best brief award at the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
For the second time in the last three years, a team from IIT Chicago-Kent has won the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition. Second-year students Nicholas Bartzen, Melody Gaal and Eric Shinabarger won the overall competition and the best brief award on February 20 to 22, 2014, at the University of Minnesota Law School.
"U.S. Immigration Law: History, Theory and Political Implications" is the topic of the March 11 lecture
Professor Mark D. Rosen will discuss "U.S. Immigration Law: History, Theory and Political Implications" March 11, 2014, at the sixth Presidential Lecture, hosted by IIT President John Anderson. Drawing on history, political theory and law, Professor Rosen will consider the connections between immigration and citizenship in liberal democracies.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the third annual National Professional Responsibility Moot Court Competition
Second-year students Lyal Fox III, Emily Herbick and Jared Reynolds will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2014 National Professional Responsibility Moot Court Competition. The tournament, sponsored by Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law, will be held March 14 to 15 in Indianapolis.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 2014 National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law
Second-year students Franchesca Mateo, Joaquin Sena and Abrahem Wehbi will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2014 National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law, March 7 to 8 in Columbus, Ohio. The competition is designed to give law students an opportunity to develop oral advocacy and writing skills as they argue current issues related to state child welfare and adoption law. This year's topic is "Balancing Rights Under the Indian Child Welfare Act."
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, president Randi Weingarten to deliver IIT Chicago-Kent's 10th Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture [Webcast]
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, will deliver the tenth IIT Chicago-Kent Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture on March 24. The program is free and open to the public. The Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture Series was inaugurated in 1998 by IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Workplace and the Chicago Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, as a public service to offer forums on critical workplace issues.
The latest issue of the Seventh Circuit Review is now available available online. Student authors in the Seventh Circuit Review Honors Seminar have written articles analyzing recent decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dealing with antitrust, constitutional law, consumer law, criminal law, employment law, immigration and asylum, and privacy law. Each article is available for download in PDF format and has an audio synopsis recorded by the student author.
IIT Chicago-Kent is sending two teams to the 2014 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Regional Competition
Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent will participate in the 2014 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Regional Competition February 27 to March 1 at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse in Las Vegas. Second-year students Iman Boundaoui, John Jefferson and Teri McClerklin will compete on one team. The other team will comprise third-year students Koplan Nwabuoku and Valerie Raedy.
Professor Elizabeth De Armond has been named director of IIT Chicago-Kent's Legal Research and Writing Program, effective July 1. In her new position, she will have primary responsibility for the first year of the law school's multi-year Legal Research and Writing Program.
IIT Chicago-Kent students Lindon Bluth, Stephen Brown, Margaret Livingston and Nicole Wilmet will represent the law school in the Niagara International Moot Court Competition. The tournament, sponsored by the Canada-United States Law Institute, will be held February 20 to 22, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 26th annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent students Alexander Passo '14, Gregory Sussman '14 and Acacia Thornton '14 will represent the law school in the 26th annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. The tournament, sponsored by Pace Law School, will be held February 20 to 22, 2014, in White Plains, New York.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent will send two teams to the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition February 20 to 22, 2014, at the University of Minnesota Law School. Second-year students Nicholas Bartzen, Melody Gaal and Eric Shinabarger will compete on one team. Second-year students Matthew Jarka, Jacob Radecki and Jerome Urbik comprise the other team.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 2014 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Regional Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent will compete in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Regional Competition February 20 to 23, 2014, at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Kathleen Mallon, Jeffrey Martensen, David McKenzie, Nickolas Spencer and McKenna Wigfield will compete against teams from 21 law schools in a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.
IIT Chicago-Kent will send two teams to the 2014 National Trial Competition (NTC) Region 8 tournament February 20 to 23 in Chicago. Lauren Elliott '14, Emily Schroeder '15 and Judy Shammo '15 will compete on one team. The second team will comprise John DiFrancesco '14, Holli Dobler '14 and Lauren Zabrin '14.
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Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent will represent the law school in the fifth annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition February 21 and 22, 2014, at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago. Greg Dierdorf '14, Malinda Pileggi '15 and Arlo Walsman '15 will compete on one team. The other team will comprise Paulina Lopez Caballero '14, Kelly O'Neill '15 and Hannah Tuber '15.
IIT Chicago-Kent announces its 2014 ABA Law Student National Representation in Mediation Regional Competition teams
IIT Chicago-Kent will send two teams to compete in the 2014 ABA Law Student National Representation in Mediation Regional Competition February 15 and 16 at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Michael Barnes '14 and Martha Drouet '14 are the members of one team. Dana Pownall '14 and Maria Zyskind '16 comprise the other team.
The IIT Chicago-Kent team of Steve Bertholomey '15, Jaret Glazer '15 and Steve Gross '16 finished second in the 2014 National Baseball Arbitration Competition January 22 to 24 in New Orleans. The competition, sponsored by Tulane Law School's Sports Law Society, is a simulated salary arbitration competition modeled closely on the procedures used by Major League Baseball.
IIT Chicago-Kent wins championship and best brief award in the 2014 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Regional Competition
Third-year IIT Chicago-Kent students Sarah Aagaard and Benjamin Boroughf have advanced to the national finals of the 2014 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition after winning the Midwest regional tournament February 8 in Chicago. IIT Chicago-Kent, which competed against teams from nine states in the region, also won the award for the best brief.
IIT Chicago-Kent announces its NBLSA's 2014 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Midwest Regional Competition team
Henderson Banks '15, Zachary Jordan '16, Kendra L. Lee '15 and Kendra D. Spearman '15 will represent IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in the 2014 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Midwest Regional Competition in Minneapolis. Sponsored by the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), the tournament will be held during the organization's regional convention January 29 to February 2.
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Professor Christopher W. Schmidt has been named director of IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS), succeeding founding director Carolyn E. Shapiro, who was recently appointed Illinois Solicitor General. Established in 2011, ISCOTUS provides information, educational resources, and scholarship on the nation's highest court.
IIT Chicago-Kent students Steve Bertholomey '15, Jaret Glazer '15 and Steve Gross '16 will compete in the 2014 National Baseball Arbitration Competition January 22 to 24 in New Orleans. Sponsored by Tulane Law School's Sports Law Society, the competition is modeled closely on the salary arbitration procedures used by Major League Baseball.
Third-year students Jake Berger and Colleen Nickel will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2014 Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship, January 22 to 25 at the University of Houston Law Center. Only the sixteen law are invited to compete in this annual "best of the best" tournament that recognizes a school's sustained excellence in the art of written and oral advocacy.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced on January 14, 2014, that she has appointed IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Carolyn Shapiro to serve as Solicitor General in the Office of the Attorney General. In her new role, Professor Shapiro will oversee more than 40 attorneys in the Attorney General's Appellate Division who work on behalf of the state, its officers and agencies.
Professor Martin H. Malin, director of IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Workplace, has been reappointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP). Professor Malin was first appointed to the FSIP in 2009.