A diverse group of 21 undergraduate students from across the country is participating this June in Chicago-Kent's 2017 Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program, designed to introduce undergraduates who are interested in legal careers to the rigors of law school and to successful legal professionals. Students began their first week of classes June 5, 2017, at the law school.
For the second consecutive year, Professors Lori Andrews and Sheldon Nahmod have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, an annual peer-review publication that names leading lawyers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia plus more than 60 additional countries. Professor Andrews is named as a leading Illinois lawyer in the area of biotechnology law, and Professor Nahmod is named as a leading Illinois lawyer in the area of municipal law.
Chicago-Kent students Nicolas Coronado '18, Miranda Huber '19 and Jeremiah Shavers '18 have been awarded 2017 Peggy Browning Fellowships focusing on public interest labor law. Supported by the Peggy Browning Fund, fellows are chosen on the basis of academic achievement in law school as well as a demonstrated commitment to workers' rights through previous educational, work, volunteer and personal experiences.
Chicago-Kent students Aima E. Mori '19, Stephen I. Spector '19 and David Zumba '19 have been awarded 2017 Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowships. Stevens Fellows are selected based on their commitment to public service and their potential for excellence throughout their legal careers. Since 2011, 14 Chicago-Kent students have been selected as Stevens Fellows.
Third-year student Aisha Shotande is a winner of the National Law Review Student Writing Competition for her paper "Delivering New Parental Leave in the Trump Era: Can It Be Born?" Her winning paper discusses the Trump administration's proposal for six weeks of paid maternity leave for new mothers, compares the proposal to existing paid parental leave programs in U.S. states and abroad, and concludes that New York's recently enacted parental leave policy is the best model for a bill that can pass the Republican-controlled Congress.
Chicago-Kent Professor Kimberly D. Bailey receives Illinois Tech's 2017 John W. Rowe University Excellence in Teaching Award
Professor Kimberly D. Bailey is the recipient of Illinois Tech's 2017 John W. Rowe University Excellence in Teaching Award. Provost Frances Bronet announced the award at a faculty recognition and awards reception on April 27. Established by Illinois Tech in 2014, the award recognizes faculty who have made notable contributions to their profession and to the university.
The 1996 alumnus will speak at the May 14 commencement ceremonies
Greg Wyler '96, founder and executive chairman of OneWeb, will deliver the keynote address at Chicago-Kent College of Law's 2017 Commencement on Sunday, May 14. Mr. Wyler will be joined by two student speakers. Valedictorian Symone Shinton will deliver the J.D. Commencement address, and Artur Shatiryan, a candidate for an LL.M. in U.S., Transnational and International Law, will deliver the graduate address. Graduates, their guests and members of the Chicago-Kent community are encouraged to share well wishes and photos on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ckgrad.
The latest issue of the Seventh Circuit Review is now available online. Articles in Volume 12, Issue 1, analyze recent decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dealing with appellate procedure, civil rights law, class actions, constitutional law, cultural heritage law, employee benefits law, environmental law, family law and tax law. Read the articles or listen to audio synopses in the students' own voices.
In a paper in the peer-reviewed science journal PLOS ONE, Chicago-Kent professor Daniel Martin Katz, Chicago-Kent researcher Michael J. Bommarito II, and Professor Josh Blackman of South Texas College of Law Houston construct a model that predicts with more than 70 percent accuracy the votes and case outcomes of the United States Supreme Court. The article, titled "A General Approach for Predicting the Behavior of the Supreme Court of the United States," was published April 12, 2017.
Stephanie Wolf '17 has been awarded a Medal of Excellence from the American Bankruptcy Institute for outstanding performance in her bankruptcy coursework and for her membership in the Chicago-Kent team that submitted the highest-ranked U.S. brief at the 2017 Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot. The Medal of Excellence program was developed by Christopher F. Graham of the New York law firm of Thatcher Proffitt & Wood and inaugurated by the ABI in 1997.
Twelve members of Chicago-Kent's Class of 2017 were inducted for membership at the Student Bar Association award ceremonies April 3 at the law school. Chicago-Kent's new Bar & Gavel members include Caitlin Ajax, Rebecca Charles, Maxwell Eichenberger, Matt Hamielec, Bryce Hensley, Logan Meyer, Jeffrey Michalik, Aisha Shotande, Tracey Starck, Ryan Suniga, Kelsey Weyhing and Margaret "Peggy" Wojkowski.
In a paper appearing in the March 31, 2017, issue of "Science," Vanderbilt law professor J.B. Ruhl, Chicago-Kent professor Daniel Martin Katz, and Chicago-Kent researcher Michael J. Bommarito II propose that the legal profession apply the tools of complexity science to help improve legal systems. The authors outline a research agenda to map complex adaptive systems (CAS) concepts onto the legal system, applying the tools of complexity science to measure, monitor and manage elements of the system from the U.S. Code and Code of Federal Regulations to day-to-day legal tasks.
Chicago-Kent Professor Elizabeth De Armond is a winner of the 2017 Annual Writing Competition of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. The annual competition seeks to recognize written contributions to the field of consumer financial services law. Professor De Armond won first place in the competition's professional category for a paper published in the Brigham Young University Law Review that analyzes how recent Supreme Court decisions on federal preemption of state law could help states craft legislation to protect consumers' financial privacy.
A recent paper by Chicago-Kent Professor Martin Malin reviews and evaluates the current state of negotiations between American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the State of Illinois. "The AFSCME–State of Illinois Negotiations: Traveling in Uncharted Waters," published in the current issue of Illinois Public Employee Relations Report, examines the unsettled issues the parties face and recaps the litigation before the Illinois Labor Relations Board (ILRB) and the ILRB's decision that the parties are at impasse in their negotiations.
Chicago-Kent alumna Militza Pagán is the recipient of a 2017 Skadden Fellowship. Established in 1988 by the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the prestigious two-year fellowship supports graduating law students and judicial clerks who are pursuing careers in public interest law. During her fellowship period, Pagán will work at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, where she'll focus on enforcing new legal rights for domestic workers under the Illinois Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights.
Chicago-Kent finishes as the top U.S. team and in the top four worldwide at the 2017 Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot
The Chicago-Kent team of Maxwell Eichenberger '17 and Jeffrey Michalik '17 placed in the top four at the final rounds of the inaugural Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot in Sydney, Australia. Chicago-Kent was one of only eight teams—and the only team from a U.S. law school—selected to compete in the international finals March 15 to 17, 2017, at the University of Sydney Law School.
Continuing its legacy as an innovator in legal education, Chicago-Kent is offering a new course in spring 2017, titled Legal Project Management and Legal Process Improvement, in collaboration with Seyfarth Shaw LLP. The course provides students with practical skills that address the demands of various segments of the legal market. Students in the course receive focused training in legal project management and process improvement complemented by actual industry use cases.
Chicago-Kent wins the Chicago regional championship of the 2017 AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition
The team will advance to the national finals March 30 to April 2
The Chicago-Kent trial advocacy team of Kristen Farr Capizzi '18, Stephanie Gerstetter '18, Connor Greene '18 and Erin Kuhfuss '17 has won the Chicago regional championship of the 2017 American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition. Chicago-Kent will compete against the top teams from 13 other regions in the national finals March 30 to April 2 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Meaghan Sweeney '17 is the winner of the 2017 Hirsh Award of the American College of Legal Medicine for her paper proposing a health-based approach to legislation aimed at reducing gun violence. Sweeney, who won first place in the college's Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics, presented her paper in February at the college's annual conference in Las Vegas.
The team will compete in the national finals April 6 to 8 in Chicago
The Chicago-Kent team of Stephanie Flowers '18 and Quinn Ford '18 won a regional championship at the 2017 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition regional tournament, held March 2 to 4 in Boston. They will join the other three top teams from the Boston regional tournament and 20 championship teams from five additional regions at the national tournament April 6 to 8 in Chicago.
Chicago-Kent offers new course, The American Legal System in Popular Culture, to visitors to the United States
The American Legal System in Popular Culture is a six-credit course offered to students seeking an introduction to the American legal system and how it is portrayed in modern media. The course is targeted at au pairs and others visiting the United States who are interested in a broad understanding of the nation's legal system and its role in shaping American culture. The course will be offered on May 19 to 21, 2017, at Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, Illinois.
The Chicago-Kent community is saddened to learn of the recent death of attorney and philanthropist Roy C. Palmer '62, a generous benefactor of the law school and founder and namesake of the Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. Mr. Palmer passed away on February 27, at age 81, in Franklin, North Carolina.
Only eight teams worldwide qualified for oral arguments in Sydney, Australia
A team from Chicago-Kent College of Law is the only team in the United States to advance to the final rounds of the inaugural Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot in Sydney, Australia. To qualify, Maxwell Eichenberger '17, Jeffrey Goldberg '17, Jeffrey Michalik '17 and Stephanie Wolf '17 submitted a brief to the competition last fall that tested their knowledge of international insolvency issues as well as their legal research and writing skills. Michalik and Eichenberger will travel to Australia to represent Chicago-Kent in the final rounds March 15 to 17, 2017.
Chicago-Kent places second in the 2017 William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
The team also received with the first-place best brief award
The Chicago-Kent appellate advocacy team of Christopher Gerardi '19, Anthony Joseph '18 and Erika Rodger '18 finished in second place and won the first-place best brief award at the 2017 William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, held February 17 and 18 at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Minnesota. A second Chicago-Kent team also participated in the tournament. Katherine LaRosa '18, a member of that team, was named the best oral advocate for the preliminary rounds.
Chicago-Kent wins championship and best brief award at the 2017 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Regional Competition
The team will compete for the national title March 18 in Washington, D.C.
The Chicago-Kent team of Francyn Brown, Meaghan Fontein and Catherine Larson will advance to the national finals of the 26th annual Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition after winning the Midwest regional tournament February 11, 2017, in Chicago. The team also won the regional best brief award.
We are pleased to announce that Chicago-Kent will participate in the CourtCall Law School Awards program for 2016–17. CourtCall will present two graduating students with an award of $250 each for excellence in advocacy.
The Chicago-Kent trial advocacy team of Jon Emmanuel '18 and Tyler Mikan '17 won the 2017 National Trial Competition's Midwest regional tournament, held January 26 to 28 in Valparaiso, Indiana. This is the 25th time in the last 35 years that a team from Chicago-Kent has won the regional championship. Emmanuel and Mikan will compete for the national championship March 22 to 26 in Ft. Worth, Texas.
The team was also honored with the second-place best brief award
The Chicago-Kent appellate advocacy team of Maxwell Eichenberger '17, Kathleen Karnig '17 and Jenna Kim '17 finished in second place and received the second-place best brief award at the 2017 Andrews Kurth Kenyon Moot Court National Championship, January 25 to 28 in Houston, Texas. The Andrews Kurth Kenyon Moot Court National Championship is an annual "best of the best" competition, and only 16 schools in the country are invited to compete.
Chicago-Kent wins the Best Written Materials Award at the 2017 National Baseball Arbitration Competition
The Chicago-Kent team of Sean Fitzgerald '19, Daniel Haze '18 and Mark Reel '17 won the Best Written Materials Award at the 2017 National Baseball Arbitration Competition, held January 18 to 20 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.
Illinois Institute of Technology has appointed Mark D. Rosen to the rank of Distinguished Professor. Distinguished Professor, the highest rank awarded to faculty, recognizes preeminent achievement in scholarship and teaching. A member of the Chicago-Kent faculty since 1999, Professor Rosen is one of the leading constitutional law scholars in the United States.
Entries are being accepted for the 2017 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, 2017, for the Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. Established in 2007, the prize honors a work of scholarship that explores the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.