IIT Chicago-Kent establishes LL.M. program in trial advocacy for international students and practitioners
IIT Chicago-Kent has established a new LL.M. program designed to provide training in the adversarial system for both practicing international attorneys and foreign law students. Scheduled to begin in 2014, it is the first program of its kind developed exclusively for foreign lawyers. Patricia Sudendorf, an experienced prosecutor and legal educator, will oversee the program.
Keith Ann Stiverson, director of the IIT Chicago-Kent law library, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). Stiverson will serve a one-year term as vice president that begins at the association's July 2014 meeting in San Antonio. Her term as president begins at AALL's July 2015 meeting in Philadelphia.
IIT Chicago-Kent staff attorney Matthew M. Daniels was honored by the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice in recognition of his pro bono service to the organization. The award was presented in October during the Chicago Council of Lawyers and Chicago Appleseed Fund's 2013 Annual Luncheon.
Winning paper focuses on sit-ins and the role of the courts in the Civil Rights Movement
IIT Chicago-Kent Assistant Professor Christopher W. Schmidt has won the Association of American Law Schools' Scholarly Papers Competition for his paper "Divided by Law: The Sit-Ins and the Role of the Courts in the Civil Rights Movement." Professor Schmidt, whose paper was selected from among 60 entries in this year's competition, will present his work on January 4, 2014, at the AALS annual meeting in New York.
Claudia Cortes, a second-year IIT Chicago-Kent student, has received one of two 2013 Diverse Scholars Awards from Reed Smith LLP. Reed Smith annually provides $15,000 each to two of the nation's top law students for their second-year tuition, as well as a paid summer associate position. Honorees are selected on the basis of their academic accomplishments and commitments to diversity, inclusion and community.
Third-year students Ryan Moore and David Starshak will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2014 National Moot Court Competition finals, February 10 to 13 in New York. IIT Chicago-Kent finished second in the regional tournament held November 9 and 10, 2013, at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. IIT Chicago-Kent and the competition winner, Marquette, will join 28 teams from 14 other regions in the finals.
The IIT Chicago-Kent team of Kate Kosartes '13 and David McKenzie '14 has won the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition held November 9 to 10, 2013, at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Kosartes and McKenzie will join teams from nine other regions at the national finals February 7 to 8, 2014, during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago.
IIT Chicago-Kent sweeps oral advocacy awards and reaches final four in the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition
Dustin Karrison and Alex Stephens, third-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent, won individual awards and finished as semifinalists in the 2013 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. Dustin Karrison was honored as the tournament's best oral advocate, and teammate Alex Stephens received the award for the second-best oral advocate. This was the law school's first appearance at the National Veterans Law Competition.
IIT Chicago-Kent will participate in the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law's regional competition
Devin Bos '15, Bobbie Irvin III '15, Grant Miller '14 and Dana Raymond '14 will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the ABA's Section of Labor and Employment Law's 2013 Law Student Trial Advocacy regional competition November 23 and 24 in Chicago. The competition is designed to introduce law students to the challenges and rewards of employment and labor litigation. IIT Chicago-Kent won this tournament's regional championship in 2009 and 2010. Winning teams from eight regions will go on to compete for the national title January 25 to 26, 2014, in San Francisco.
Koplan Nwabuoku, a third-year student at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, has won the 22nd annual Ilana Diamond Rovner Appellate Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the law school's Moot Court Honor Society. The competition is named for IIT Chicago-Kent graduate Ilana Diamond Rovner, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. This year, students argued Woollard v. Gallagher, a Second Amendment case out of Maryland challenging that state's so-called "may-issue" concealed carry law.
IIT Chicago-Kent hosts Wednesday afternoon gallery talks on "The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions" exhibit
IIT Chicago-Kent is hosting a series of free Wednesday afternoon gallery talks during the month of November 2013 in conjunction with "The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions" exhibit on display at the law school. Each gallery talk will explore the use of art and culture as strategic tools for creating social and legal change and will feature art from the display as the starting point for each conversation.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States names first Appellate Lawyer-in-Residence
Illinois Solicitor General Michael A. Scodro will be introduced at November 11 moot court semi-finals and reception
Illinois Solicitor General Michael A. Scodro has been named the first Appellate Lawyer-in-Residence at IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS). Scodro will be introduced November 11, 2013, at the semi-final round of the Ilana Diamond Rovner Appellate Advocacy Competition at the law school. During the winter 2014 semester of his residency, Scodro will discuss oral and written advocacy with first-year students and conduct a discussion on oral advocacy with Moot Court Honor Society students.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will send two teams to the National Moot Court Competition Region 8 tournament
IIT Chicago-Kent will send two teams to the National Moot Court Competition Region 8 tournament November 9 and 10, 2013, at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. Colette Kopon and Esther Mignanelli will compete on one team. The other team will comprise students Ryan Moore and David Starshak. The tournament's top two teams will join 28 teams from 14 other regions for the national finals in New York February 10 to 13, 2014.
Casey Brown '15, Fariz Burhanuddin '14, John DiFrancesco '14 and Michael Glink '14 will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the National Civil Trial Competition (NCTC), November 8 to 10 at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Established in 2002, the NCTC is an invitational tournament that gives students an opportunity to develop and display their skills as successful civil litigators. IIT Chicago-Kent is one of sixteen law schools invited to participate in the competition.
IIT Chicago-Kent students Molly Condon '15, Robby Fakhouri '14, Gintare Radvila '14 and Valerie Raedy '14 will represent the law school in the 2013 Buffalo-Niagara National Mock Trial Competition November 8 to 11. The 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.
IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States and Oyez Project release materials on upcoming church-state case
Multimedia guide will aid public understanding of the November 6 oral arguments
IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS) and its Oyez® Project have produced materials related to Town of Greece v. Galloway to coincide with the U.S. Supreme Court's November 6 hearing of oral arguments in the case. The case is a First Amendment case that looks at Establishment Clause issues related to legislative prayer—in this case, before city council meetings. View videos and other materials online at www.oyez.org/town-of-greece.
IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Nancy S. Marder will be inducted into the National Center for State Courts' (NCSC) Warren E. Burger Society in ceremonies to be held November 21, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Professor Marder is being honored for her work with the NCSC's conference panels and jury projects.
IIT Chicago-Kent Clinical Professor Edward Kraus has been named the recipient of a Stop Diabetes Award from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The award will be presented on November 15 at the ADA's 2013 Community Volunteer Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. A member of the IIT Chicago-Kent Law Offices faculty since 1999, Professor Kraus is the supervising attorney for the law school's Health and Disability Law Clinic.
Third-year students Alex Stephens and Dustin Karrison will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2013 National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition November 15 to 16 in Washington, D.C. The tournament is cosponsored 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 Institute for Law and the Humanities hosts Albany Park Theater Project performance of “Truth From Youth” on November 11
IIT Chicago-Kent’s Institute for Law and the Humanities will host a performance of “Truth from Youth” by the Albany Park Theater Project on November 11, 2013. “Truth from Youth” is an original performance based on the real-life stories of urban teens, immigrants and working-class Chicagoans.
Third-year IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law students Emily Anderson and Lindsay Friedman will compete in the 2013 National Health Law Moot Court Competition held November 1 and 2 at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale.
IIT Chicago-Kent will send two teams to the Appellate Lawyers Association's 2013 National Moot Court Competition
Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will compete in the 2013 National Moot Court Competition sponsored by the Appellate Lawyers Association November 1 and 2 in Chicago. Third-year students Scott Lechowicz and Stephen Pauwels are the members of one team. The other team comprises third-year students Daisy Ayllon, Claudia Cortes and Roman Kashuba.
IIT Chicago-Kent's Chris Ktenas and Jing Zhang to participate in the Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition finals
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law students Chris Ktenas '14 and Jing Zhang '15 have earned a wild-card berth to compete in the 2013 Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition finals during the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) convention November 7 to 10 in Kansas City.
IIT Chicago-Kent will send two teams to compete in the 2013 ABA Regional Negotiation Competition November 9 to 10 at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. The competition simulates legal negotiations in which lawstudents, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems. Michael Barnes '14 and Martha Drouet '14 are members of one team. The other team comprises Kate Kosartes '13 and David McKenzie '14.
IIT Chicago-Kent returns to the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Tournament of Champions for the seventh consecutive year
Students will argue a case related to the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church
IIT Chicago-Kent has been invited to compete in the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's 2013 Tournament of Champions, taking place October 31 to November 3, at Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama. This is the seventh consecutive year and the twelfth time overall that IIT Chicago-Kent has participated in this prestigious competition. Students Holli Dobler, Lauren Zabrin, Lauren Elliott and Emily Schroeder will argue State of Unita v. Tommy Axelwood, a hypothetical case related to the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.
Vanderbilt University professor Ganesh Sitaraman will deliver the 2013 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture
"The Counterinsurgent's Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars" is the topic of the November 21 lecture
Vanderbilt University professor Ganesh Sitaraman will discuss his award-winning book "The Counterinsurgent's Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars" (Oxford University Press 2012) November 21 at the 2013 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture. The program is free and open to the public.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law October 24 to 26
Third-year students Lisa DeLeon, Zeke Katz and David McKenzie will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2013 International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law, October 24 to 26 at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Established in 1981, the competition has become one of the largest and most highly respected of all international moot court tournaments. Students from law schools throughout the country and from outside the United States gather at John Marshall each year to brief and argue challenging and unresolved issues of technology law.
Chicago Bears' general counsel Cliff Stein to speak to IIT Chicago-Kent's Sports and Entertainment Law Society
Chicago Bears' general counsel Cliff Stein will speak at IIT Chicago-Kent about his career and how to leverage a law degree into a job in the sports industry on October 22, 2013. The program is sponsored by IIT Chicago-Kent's Sports and Entertainment Law Society.
IIT Chicago-Kent is sending two teams to the Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition regional tournament
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will send two teams to the 2013 Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition regional tournament at Loyola University Chicago on October 18 and 19. Second-year students Peter Brierton and Alexis Ramirez will compete on one team. The second team will comprise third-year student Chris Ktenas and second-year student Jing Zhang.
Chicago-Kent's new 1L Your Way program, debuting in fall 2014, permits new students to defer selected first-year course work to a subsequent year in favor of taking an upper-division elective, such as patent law or business organizations. This option is designed for first-year students with defined practice goals. 1L Your Way also offers an alternative plan for first-year students who are undecided about their practice area. This option permits new students to defer selected first-year course work in favor of taking a unique clinical rotation course designed to help students gain exposure to law practice and refine their career interests.
Yonsei University College of Law professor Chaihark Hahm will deliver the 2013 Henry Morris Lecture in International and Comparative Law on October 22 at IIT Chicago-Kent. Professor Hahm will address the topic "Which People? Whose Constitution? A Comparative Look at Constitutional Founding in Korea and Japan." The lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The program is eligible for one hour of MCLE credit.
Judy Shammo '15 wins Best Oral Advocate Award in 2013 National Pretrial Competition preliminary round
Judy Shammo, a second-year student at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, received the Best Oral Advocate Award during round two of the 2013 National Pretrial Competition held October 10 to 13 at Stetson University College of Law's Gulfport campus in Florida. Shammo was judged the best of 80 competitors in the preliminary rounds of the invitational tournament.
"The Counterinsurgent's Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars" wins 2013 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize
"The Counterinsurgent's Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars," by Vanderbilt University Law School professor Ganesh Sitaraman, has won the 2013 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 Sitaraman, whose book was published in December 2012 by Oxford University Press, will present his work at IIT Chicago-Kent at a later date.
Laura Henneman '15, Rob Kohen '14, Lucas Peters '15 and Judy Shammo '15 will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2013 National Pretrial Competition October 10 through 13 at Stetson University College of Law's Gulfport campus in Florida. The invitational tournament, which is designed to capture the essence of pretrial motion practice, is sponsored by Stetson's Center for Excellence in Advocacy.
"Has the Supreme Court Lost Faith in the Courts?" is the topic of the October 7 lecture
University of California Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky has been named IIT Chicago-Kent's 2013 Centennial Visitor. Dean Chemerinsky will deliver the 2013 Centennial Lecture, "Has the Supreme Court Lost Faith in the Courts?," on October 7 at the law school. The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. A reception will follow the lecture.
Council on Legal Education Opportunity honors IIT Chicago-Kent for its commitment to diversity in the legal profession
IIT Chicago-Kent is one of 45 law schools that were recognized for supporting the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) at the organization's 45th anniversary reception—"45 for 45"—held September 26, 2013, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. IIT Chicago-Kent was also named a member of the "William A. Blakey Diversity Pipeline Architects," a newly formed group named in honor of CLEO's late chairman/chairman emeritus William "Buddy" Blakey.
"The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions" opens October 10
The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions sheds light on ongoing ancient rituals that kill or maim millions each year, yet aren't considered crimes. This provocative art exhibit debuts October 10, 2013, at IIT Chicago-Kent and will run through February 3, 2014. The exhibit, curated by Charles Gniech, features 38 pieces of art in various mediums representing works by several of the Midwest's most prominent artists.
IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Ed Lee to discuss "How People Defeated Hollywood and Saved the Internet--For Now"
SOPA and ACTA protests are the focus of Social Media Week Chicago program on September 25
Edward Lee, IIT Chicago-Kent professor and director of its Program in Intellectual Property Law, will address the topic "The Fight for the Future: How People Defeated Hollywood and Saved the Internet--For Now." Professor Lee's presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m. on September 25 in the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater, 77 East Randolph Street (between Michigan and Wabash avenues) in Chicago. The event, which is hosted by IIT Chicago-Kent, is part of Social Media Week Chicago, a series of programs held at various venues throughout the city that focus on "meaningful ideas, trends, and best practices with regard to technology and social media's impact on business, society and culture."
September 28 event is part of the school's 125th anniversary celebration
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's yearlong 125th anniversary celebration continues with an All-School Reunion and Block Party on Saturday, September 28, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the 200 block of South Jefferson Street between Adams and Jackson streets in Chicago. The law school is hosting the event to bring together IIT Chicago-Kent alumni and their families for a day of entertainment, food and drink, and activities for the whole family. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are also encouraged to attend.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will launch its Fall 2013 Documentary Film Series on Race on September 18, with a screening of "The Central Park 5," directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon. The film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, examines the 1989 assault and rape of Trisha Meili (also known as the "Central Park Jogger"), racism and the legal system. The Documentary Film Series on Race is co-sponsored by IIT Chicago-Kent's Diversity Committee and the law school's organizations of students of color. The series is free and open to the public. Moderated discussions will be held at the end of each program. Other films in the series include "A Class Divided" (Oct. 17) and "Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story" (Nov. 13).
Spring 2013 graduates selected were among the top 10 percent of their class
The IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law chapter of the Order of the Coif will induct 30 new members October 11 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.
College of Law Practice Management to hold 2013 Futures Conference at IIT Chicago-Kent October 4 and 5
Program adopts TED talk format
The College of Law Practice Management will hold is 2013 Futures Conference October 4 and 5 at IIT Chicago-Kent. Stephen Mayson, director and professor of strategy at Legal Services Institute in London, will deliver the opening plenary address "The Future of Law: Who Will Perform It? Who Will Regulate It?"
IIT Chicago-Kent will celebrate the new academic exchange between the law school and the Bar Council of Ireland by hosting a distinguished delegation of members of the Irish bench and bar September 9 to 13, 2013. The three public events scheduled during the exchange will be held on September 11 and 12.
Support Provided by Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History
IIT Chicago-Kent will celebrate Constitution Day 2013 with a panel discussion focusing on issues related to same-sex marriages. The panel discussion "When Did It Become Unconstitutional for States to Ban Same Sex Marriage?: Constitutional Interpretation in the 21st Century" will be held October 10 at the law school.
Applications are being accepted for the first "Workshop on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property"
August 24 is the deadline for submissions
Applications will be accepted from scholars in the social sciences and law through August 24, 2013, for the first “Workshop on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property.”
Illinois Appellate Court Justices Maureen E. Connors '79 and Terrence J. Lavin '83 to address incoming IIT Chicago-Kent students
Justices will administer Illinois pledge of professionalism on August 21
Justices Maureen E. Connors and Terrence J. Lavin of the Illinois Appellate Court's First District will address the incoming class of approximately 285 IIT Chicago-Kent students on August 21, 2013, during orientation week. The justices will administer the "Pledge of Professionalism" in which the students commit themselves to upholding the highest standards and ideals of the legal profession.
A Message from Dean Harold J. Krent
The IIT Chicago-Kent community is deeply saddened by the recent death of Professor Emeritus Fred Bosselman, an extraordinary teacher, colleague and friend. A pillar of our Program in Environmental and Energy Law, Professor Bosselman inspired scores of IIT Chicago-Kent students to dedicate their legal careers to this challenging field. Professor Bosselman passed away August 4, 2013.
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diane Wood is SCIPR's keynote speaker
The Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will deliver the keynote address at IIT Chicago-Kent's 2013 U.S. Supreme Court Intellectual Property Review (SCIPR) on September 26. The annual program draws leading members of the U.S. Supreme Court bar, IP practice, academia, and the judiciary.
Application deadline has been extended to October 10, 2013
The Solo & Small Practice Incubator is accepting applications for 2013-14 now through October 10. The one-year program offers a select group of entrepreneurial-minded recent IIT Chicago-Kent graduates with valuable experience and ongoing training to help build their professional careers as solo or small firm legal practitioners. Applicants accepted for 2013–14 will begin the program in November.
IIT Chicago-Kent Distinguished Professor David J. Gerber awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Zurich
The University of Zurich in Switzerland conferred an honorary doctor of laws degree on IIT Chicago-Kent Distinguished Professor David J. Gerber in recognition of "his path-breaking contributions to comparative law and economic law." The degree was conferred during ceremonies held April 27, 2013, in Zurich.
The public will soon be able to explore and understand the work of the supreme courts of America's five largest states as never before, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Announced June 24, 2013, at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference, The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent will receive $600,000 to expand its focus from federal to state, making data available on state supreme courts in California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas.
The U.S. Supreme Court held that human genes are not patentable in their decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., handed down on June 13, 2013. IIT Chicago-Kent Distinguished Professor Lori Andrews has been involved in the case from the beginning, filing amicus briefs on behalf of medical organizations in the trial court, the appellate court, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP established prize in memory of Labor & Employment department partner
Daniel Zapata has been awarded the 2013 Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize. Seyfarth Shaw LLP established the prize at IIT Chicago-Kent in 2009 to honor the memory of Sandra P. Zemm, the first female equity partner in the firm's Labor and Employment Practice.
Honors Scholar Valerie R. Raedy will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2013 National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition, June 6 to 9 at Baylor Law School. She is one of only 16 law students nationwide to compete in this unique tournament. Unlike most trial competitions, the National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition does not provide participants with the details of the case they will argue until 24 hours before the tournament begins.
"Justice, Lawyering and Legal Education in the Digital Age" is the theme of a symposium hosted by IIT Chicago-Kent's Center for Access to Justice and Technology and the Chicago-Kent Law Review on June 15, 2013. Speakers will dissect overlapping problems of law schools and new lawyers being unprepared for a changing economic and technological reality, and propose solutions such as new courses that teach practical legal technology tools. Papers presented at the symposium will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Chicago-Kent Law Review.
A diverse group of 17 undergraduate students from 12 states will participate in a special four-week summer session at IIT Chicago-Kent. The Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program is designed to provide current college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are interested in legal careers with exposure to the rigors of law school and contact with legal professionals. This is the twelfth consecutive summer IIT Chicago-Kent has offered the program, which will run from June 2 to 29, 2013.
Second-year student Benjamin Boroughf has been selected to receive the 2013 Dolores K. Hanna Trademark Prize. The prize was established at the law school in 2006 by the law firm of K & L Gates LLP (formerly Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLC) to honor Dolores K. Hanna, a 1952 IIT Chicago-Kent graduate who served as the firm's special trademark counsel. Recipients are selected annually by faculty who teach in the law school's program in intellectual property law.
Emily Bock and Elizabeth Zink receive 2013 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic
Emily Bock and Elizabeth Zink are the recipients of the 2013 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic at IIT Chicago-Kent. The awards, which include a cash stipend, 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.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's 2013 Commencement will be webcast live Sunday, May 19, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Share your messages, comments, pictures and video of the ceremonies and other graduation weekend activities on Twitter with the hashtag #CKgrad.
Third-year student Ramsin Canon is the recipient of IIT Chicago-Kent's 2013 Marc Grinker Student Commitment Award. Each year, members of the law school's Moot Court Honor Society nominate their peers who have shown dedication to the program. The award was created in memory of Professor Marc A. Grinker, a member of the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty from 1990 until his death in 1996.
Luke Harriman and Jingjing Huang to deliver student addresses at 2013 IIT Chicago-Kent Commencement ceremony May 19
Valedictorian Luke Harriman will deliver the J.D. Commencement address and Jingjing Huang will deliver the graduate address at IIT Chicago-Kent's 2013 Commencement ceremony May 19 at the UIC Forum. The law school will award 281 J.D. degrees and 106 LL.M. degrees.
Attorney and author Scott Turow will deliver the keynote address at IIT Chicago-Kent's 2013 Commencement on Sunday, May 19. Turow is a partner in the Chicago office of the international law firm SNR Denton and a best-selling author whose work has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Since 2010, he has served as president of the Author's Guild, the nation's largest membership organization of professional writers.
Graduating seniors are chosen for service to the law school, community and legal profession
Twelve members of IIT Chicago-Kent's Class of 2013 have been named to the Bar and Gavel Society. Each year, IIT Chicago-Kent's Student Bar Association inducts into the society graduating seniors who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to the law school, the community and the legal profession.
IIT Chicago-Kent will hold its 6th annual Public Interest Awards Night on April 25. Jonathan Rhodes '09 and Jill Roberts '08 will receive the 2013 Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Award, and Salvador Lopez '09 and Kathleen Robson '10, founding partners of Robson & Lopez LLC, will receive the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. The Public Interest Partner Award will go to the Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS).
Class Cancellations and Delays
"Sifuana Okwethu," a documentary by Professor Bernadette Atuhene, will be shown at April 19 program
IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Humanities and Documentaries to Inspire Social Change (DISC) will co-sponsor "A Conversation About Land Dispossession in South Africa" April 19 at the law school. "Sifuna Okwethu" ("We Want What's Ours"), a short documentary film about land dispossession in South Africa directed by Professor Bernadette Atuahene, will be screened at the beginning of the program.
IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Steven J. Heyman to discuss the First Amendment and funeral protests at American Constitution Society event
Do religious groups have a First Amendment right to picket funerals? Does the First Amendment protect protesters at a funeral from liability for intentionally inflicting emotional distress on the family of the deceased? Should the law ever restrict speech because it causes injury to others? Professor Steven J. Heyman will address these issues April 25 in "To Drink the Cup of Fury: Funeral Picketing, Public Discourse, and the First Amendment," a lecture co-sponsored by IIT Chicago-Kent and the Chicago Lawyer chapters of the American Constitution Society.
IIT Chicago-Kent and CRFC provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about the role of the Supreme Court in American Democracy
Area high school students to spend "A Day at the U.S. Supreme Court" April 12
IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS) and the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC) will host "A Day at the U.S. Supreme Court" on April 12. The program will bring students from eight area high schools together with law professors, former U.S. Supreme Court clerks, legal experts, and law students to learn about the significance of the Court and its decisions to our democratic society.
Patent law conference will draw jurists, practitioners and academics
The Honorable Richard Linn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will deliver the keynote address at the third Patent Conference (PatCon3), April 12 and 13 at IIT Chicago-Kent. Judge Linn will address the topic "The Changing Landscape of Patent Law: At the USPTO, the Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit." PatCon3 is a cooperative effort among IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, the University of Kansas School of Law, University of San Diego School of Law, and Boston College Law School to hold an annual conference where patent scholars in law, economics, management science, and other disciplines can share their research.
California attorney Tracy K. Genesen '88 will address the topic "Wine and Social Media: Prohibition, Power Politics and Consumer Choice," on April 8 at a lecture co-sponsored by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Program in Intellectual Property Law and Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS). A partner in Reed Smith LLP's San Francisco office, she is nationally recognized in the area of constitutional law relating to the interstate sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages, particularly with respect to wineries.
National ACLU president Susan N. Herman will deliver the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture April 11
Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy
Brooklyn Law School professor and ACLU president Susan N. Herman will discuss her award-winning book "Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy" April 11, 2013, at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture. The program is free and open to the public.
IIT Chicago-Kent and UIC's "Shari'a and Halakha in America" conference to address the challenges faced by both Jewish and Muslim legal systems
Michael J. Broyde to deliver April 15 keynote address
Michael J. Broyde, professor of law and a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, will deliver the keynote address on the first day of "Shari'a and Halakha in America," a free two-day conference co-hosted by IIT Chicago-Kent and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Broyde will address the topic "Suggestions for Shari'a Courts Based on the Precedent of the Beth Din of America."
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., administers the oath
Twenty-nine IIT Chicago-Kent alumni were admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 4, 2013. The induction ceremony was conducted by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., who administered the oath to the group. Associate Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan were also present.
March 27 program will focus on two cases currently before the justices
IIT Chicago-Kent will host a free public forum at 3 p.m. on March 27, 2013, focusing on issues related to same-sex marriages. The forum, "Same-Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court," is being held to coincide with the final day of oral arguments in two cases currently pending before the court: Hollingsworth v. Perry, a challenge to California's Proposition 8, and United States v. Windsor, a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States releases materials on upcoming same-sex marriage cases
Multimedia guide and open forum will aid public understanding of the March 26 and 27 arguments
IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS) and its Oyez Project have produced materials related to two same-sex marriage cases to coincide with the U.S. Supreme Court's hearings March 26 and 27 of Hollingsworth v. Perry, a challenge to California's Proposition 8, and United States v. Windsor, a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The materials are designed to increase public information and understanding of the Supreme Court and the issues involved in these cases.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 2013 Herbert J. Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent second-year students Claudia Cortes and David McKenzie will compete in the 2013 Herbert J. Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition on March 23 at the Erie County Courthouse in downtown Buffalo. The tournament is sponsored by SUNY Buffalo Law School's Criminal Law Society.
The IIT Chicago-Kent team of Zeke Katz '14 and Jack Marshall '13 won the 2013 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition held March 15 to 17 in Madison, Wisconsin. Katz and Marshall also won the award for the second-best respondent's brief. Jake Berger '14, a member of the other IIT Chicago-Kent team, was honored as the tournament's third-best oral advocate from among 52 eligible competitors.
March 21 program focuses on "What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About E-Discovery"
IIT Chicago-Kent will hold a one-day E-Discovery Institute: "What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About E-Discovery" on March 21, 2013, at the law school. Designed to introduce participants to the potential complexities and pitfalls of e-discovery, the program will address current trends and emerging technologies, using real-life examples and illustrations. Among the issues addressed are predictive coding, cloud storage, social media, and the strategies litigants can use to successfully manage ESI preservation and collection.
Matt Carter, Lisa DeLeon and Seth Helm, second-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent, will represent the law school in the second annual National Professional Responsibility Competition March 15 and 16 at Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. The competition is designed to give law students an opportunity to use their oral advocacy and appellate brief writing skills as they consider two specific professional responsibility questions.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 40th annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition
Samuel Cook and Sarah Riess, third-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent, will represent the law school in the 40th annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition's Midwest regional tournament March 15 to 17 in Chicago. Sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the competition focuses on patent and intellectual property law issues. Winners from four regional competitions will advance to compete in the national tournament April 17 to 19 in Washington, D.C.
"Appellate Courts as First Responders" by IIT Chicago-Kent Distinguished Professor Joan E. Steinman wins the AAAL Eisenberg Prize
"Appellate Courts as First Responders: The Constitutionality and Propriety of Appellate Courts' Resolving Issues in the First Instance," a law review article by IIT Chicago-Kent Distinguished Professor Joan E. Steinman, has won the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers' (AAAL) 2011–12 Eisenberg Prize. Professor Steinman, whose Georgia Law Review article "Irregulars: The Appellate Rights of Persons Who Are Not Full-Fledged Parties" was similarly honored in 2005, becomes the first scholar to win two Eisenberg prizes.
Entries are being accepted for the 2013 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, 2013, for the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. Established in 2007 at IIT Chicago-Kent 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.
Two teams will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent will be represented by two teams in the 2013 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition March 15 to 17 at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. Jake Berger '14 and Colleen Nickel '14 are on one team, and the second team comprises Jack Marshall '13 and Zeke Katz '14.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 2013 National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law
Emily Anderson, Lindsay Friedman and Katy Martinez, second-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent, will represent the law school in the National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law, March 15 and 16 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.
IIT Chicago-Kent to compete in the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition's 2013 regional tournament
Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent will compete in the American Association for Justice's 2013 Student Trial Advocacy Competition's regional tournament March 7 to 10 in Chicago. Students Tara Korthals '13, Kate Kosartes '14, Koplan Nwabuoku '14 and Betsy Schulzetenberg '13 will compete on one team, and Lauren Elliott '14, Michael Glink '14, Bernadett Guy '13 and Erin Mayer '13 will compete on the other. The winning team at the regional competition will join the first-place teams from 13 other regions at the national finals April 4 to 7 in New Orleans.
The team of second-year students Amanda Bell, Fariz Burhanuddin, John DiFrancesco and Holli Dobler will defend IIT Chicago-Kent's National Ethics Trial Competition championship March 14 to 16 at the Robert T. Matsui Federal Courthouse in Sacramento, Calif. The National Ethics Trial Competition was established in 2006 by the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law to promote ethical and civility awareness through the mock trial competition format.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will compete in the 2013 South Texas Mock Trial Challenge, March 20 to 24, in Houston. The competition, sponsored by South Texas College of Law, "is designed to showcase the best advocates from the nation's best advocacy programs." Third-year students Amanda Bielinski and Patrick Ferrell and second-year students Robby Fakhouri and Gintare Radvila will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the tournament.
Governor Pat Quinn designates February 23, 2013, as IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Day in Illinois
Governor Pat Quinn designates February 23, 2013, as IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Day in Illinois
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to participate in the 2013 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent will participate in the 2013 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Regional Competition February 21 to 23 in St. Louis. Students Dunstan Barnes '13, Colette Kopon '14 and David Starshak '14 will compete on one team, and students Esther Minell '14 and Ryan Moore '14 will compete on the other team. Sponsored by the American Bar Association's Law Student Division, the competition emphasizes students' written and oral advocacy skills.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to defend its championship in the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent will send two teams to defend its 2012 championship in the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition February 21 to 23, 2013, at the University of Minnesota Law School. Third-year students Anne Marfisi, Sarah Marfisi and Laurence Tooth will compete on one team, and second-year students Roman Kashuba, Scott Lechowicz and Stephen Pauwels comprise the other team. The competition is designed to give law students an opportunity to develop the oral advocacy and writing skills essential to be successful appellate lawyers, and to promote interest in civil rights law.
Historian Jasmine Alinder to present lecture on "The Right to Representation: Photography, War and Censorship in the Wake of 9/11"
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee history professor Jasmine Alinder will discuss "The Right to Representation: Photography, War and Censorship in the Wake of 9/11" on February 20, 2013, at IIT Chicago-Kent. The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Humanities.
IIT Chicago-Kent to seek its third consecutive National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition championship
Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent will represent the law school in defense of its 2011 and 2012 championships in the fourth annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition, February 22 and 23, 2013, at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago. Third-year students Maggie Chappo, George Lepeniotis and Sylvia St. Clair will compete on one team. The other team will comprise second-year students Daisy Ayllon, Dustin Karrison and Alex Stephens.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 25th annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law students Martha Drouet, Brandon Holub and Philip Micha will represent the law school in the 25th annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. The tournament, sponsored by Pace Law School, will be held February 21 to 23, 2013, in White Plains, New York. Established in 1989, the tournament is recognized as the preeminent environmental law competition in the United States.
The IIT Chicago-Kent team of Brian Crump '14, Lee Oliff '14 and Alex Reich '13 finished among the top four teams in the country in the sixth annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition held January 23 to 25, 2013, 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's Young Alumni Council will host an after party following the law school's 125th Anniversary Gala on February 23, a black-tie event that will be held from 5:30 to 11 p.m. in the Great Hall of Chicago Union Station. The after party, sponsored by the Chicago law firm of Peck Bloom LLC, will be held from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. at South Branch Tavern & Grille.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to participate in the Lefkowitz Moot Court Midwest regional competition
Amy Harvey and Mary Katherine Schweihs, third-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent, will represent the law school in the 22nd annual Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Midwest regional competition on February 9, 2013, in Chicago. IIT Chicago-Kent will compete against teams from 13 states in the region. The top two teams in the Midwest tournament will join the top two teams from three other regions in the national finals to be held March 16 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to host Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Civil Rights Symposium on February 22
"We Are Not Alone" is the theme of an LGBT Civil Rights Symposium hosted by IIT Chicago-Kent. Symposium participants will look at legal issues related to marriage equality and LGBT persons in the workplace. Attendees may be eligible for 3 hours of Illinois MCLE credit. A reception sponsored by the IIT Chicago-Kent Lambdas, an organization of gay and straight law students, will immediately follow the event.
The IIT Chicago-Kent team of Emily Aleisa, Justin Haber, Jordan Lebovitz and Valerie Raedy will represent the law school in the National Trial Competition's Region 8 tournament February 7 to 9 in Valparaiso, Indiana. The National Trial Competition, established in 1975 by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, is the one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions in the United States. The competition is co-sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Association.
IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Compliance lecture series continues with "The Global Regulation of Financial Markets"
International securities and regulation expert Michael Mann to speak on February 28
"The Global Regulation of Financial Markets" is the topic of a lecture by Michael Mann, a partner at the law firm of Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP, on February 28 at IIT Chicago-Kent. The program is eligible for one hour of IL MCLE credit and is sponsored by the IIT Chicago-Kent Institute for Compliance. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
IIT Chicago-Kent to compete in NBLSA's 2013 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Midwest Regional Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent will compete against teams from 12 states during the National Black Law Students Association's Midwest regional convention February 6 to 9 in St. Louis. The top two teams in the Midwest tournament will compete at the national finals March 6 to 10 in Atlanta. Third-year students Keenan Daniels and Sivonnia Hunt and second-year students Samantha Buckley and Grant Miller will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the tournament.
The IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Library is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, which has been incorporated into the law school's web presence. Faculty and students are now able to access information more quickly by using a single search box on the library's main page. The new catalog interface provides instant access to the library's materials as well as to materials in other libraries worldwide.
The Honorable Anne M. Burke '83 and IIT President Emeritus Lewis M. Collens named honorary co-chairs of IIT Chicago-Kent's 125th Anniversary Gala
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke '83 and Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) President Emeritus Lewis M. Collens will serve as honorary co-chairs of IIT Chicago-Kent's 125th Anniversary Gala. The black-tie event will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. in the Great Hall of Chicago Union Station, 210 South Canal Street in Chicago. Music will be provided by the Robin Simone Band.
The Bruce M. Kohen Courtroom will be dedicated at a public reception on January 24, 2013, in the law school's Lewis Collens Atrium. Named for Bruce M. Kohen '79, the courtroom will primarily be used for classes and competition practice by students on IIT Chicago-Kent's trial advocacy and moot court teams. Mr. Kohen is a retired partner of Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen Ltd. in Chicago and previously served as president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.
January 28, 2013, is the application deadline for the Honors Scholars Program, a full-tuition law school scholarship and stipend program at IIT Chicago-Kent. Established in 1998, the program provides full-tuition law school scholarships and annual living stipends for extraordinarily talented and motivated students with the potential to influence the direction of the legal profession.
Emily Chase-Sosnoff, Irena Kin and Sam Mustain, third-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent, have advanced to the National Moot Court Competition as finalists in the regional tournament held November 10-11 at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. As the region's top two teams, IIT Chicago-Kent and Loyola University Chicago School of Law will join 28 teams from 14 other regions for the national finals in New York January 28-31, 2013.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Institute for Compliance will present a half-day "Compliance Boot Camp" for practitioners, in-house counsel and prospective compliance professionals. The program will be held from 1-4:45 p.m. on January 17 in the law school's Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium, 565 West Adams Street (between Clinton and Jefferson streets) in Chicago. A reception will immediately follow the program. For more information or to register, please call (312) 906-5240 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy" wins 2012 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize
"Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy," by Brooklyn Law School professor and national ACLU president Susan N. Herman, has won the 2012 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 Herman will present her work at the law school on April 11.