The American Society for Legal History has awarded Professor Christopher Schmidt the 2016 Surrency Prize for the best article published in the 2015 edition of the society's journal "Law and History Review." Professor Schmidt's article previously won the Association of American Law School Scholarly Paper Prize and had been selected for the prestigious Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum.
Spring 2016 graduates selected were among the top 10 percent of their class
The Chicago-Kent College of Law chapter of the Order of the Coif inducted 25 new members November 28, 2016, during award ceremonies at the law school. 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 Chicago-Kent College of Law on May 15, 2016.
Third-year students Alex Halaska and Tracey Starck will represent Chicago-Kent College of Law in the National Moot Court Competition national finals in New York January 30 to February 2, 2017. The Chicago-Kent team placed second in the Region VIII tournament, held November 19 and 20, 2016, at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee.
Symone Shinton, a third-year student at Chicago-Kent College of Law, has won the 25th annual Ilana Diamond Rovner Appellate Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the law school's Moot Court Honor Society. This year, students argued Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a First Amendment case out of Colorado. The competition is named for Chicago-Kent graduate Ilana Diamond Rovner, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Chicago-Kent College of Law has received a $102,000 grant from the Access Group Center for Research & Policy Analysis to support a summer program for college students that promotes diversity in the legal profession. The law school's PreLaw Undergraduate Scholars Program, begun in 2002, seeks to provide undergraduate students, from groups that are underrepresented in law school and in the legal profession, with a deeper understanding of legal education and the various careers in the legal profession, and with insight into successfully navigating the law school application and admissions process.
For the second consecutive year, Chicago-Kent placed second in the overall competition
Connor Greene, a second-year student at Chicago-Kent College of Law, has won the best advocate award at the 2016 White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational, held November 11 to 13 at the H. Carl Moultrie D.C. Superior Courthouse in Washington, D.C. Greene and his teammates, Kristen Farr Capizzi, Bryce Hensley and Tyler Mikan, took second place in the overall competition. Chicago-Kent defeated teams from Brooklyn Law School, the University of Maryland School of Law, the University of Houston Law Center, and William and Mary Law School before falling in a very close final-round match to New York University School of Law.
Chicago-Kent will field a variety of teams in ADR-related interscholastic competitions during the 2016-17 academic year.
Professor Martin Malin, director of Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Workplace, is the recipient of the ABA's 2016 Arvid Anderson Public Sector Labor and Employment Attorney of the Year Award. Professor Malin accepted the award at the 10th annual conference of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section on November 11 in Chicago.
Nancy S. Marder, professor of law and director of Chicago-Kent's Justice John Paul Stevens Jury Center, has been selected as a member of the American Law Institute (ALI). The ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.
Mohini Lal, a 2016 graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law, has been chosen as a 2016 Reproductive Justice Fellow. She is spending her yearlong fellowship with the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, representing the organization in multiple coalitions related to women, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, and reproductive justice issues.
Bryce Hensley, a third-year student at Chicago-Kent, has won the best advocate award at the 2016 Tournament of Champions, held October 21 to 23 at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco. In addition, Hensley and his Chicago-Kent teammates Jon Emmanuel, Warren Fasone and Tyler Mikan placed among the top four teams in the final competition.
The latest issue of the Seventh Circuit Review is now available online. Student authors in the spring 2016 Seventh Circuit Review Honors Seminar have written articles analyzing recent decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dealing with bankruptcy law, civil procedure, class action law, criminal procedure, First Amendment law, law and entertainment, and trade secret law. Read the articles or listen to audio synopses in the students' own voices.
Chicago-Kent will host a panel discussion on Professor William Birdthistle's new book, "Empire of the Fund: The Way We Save Now" (Oxford University Press 2016), on October 24 at 5 p.m. Panelists include Chicago-Kent Professor Lori Andrews; Professor Birdthistle; Gail MarksJarvis, author and personal finance columnist for the Chicago Tribune; and Steven Davidoff Solomon, New York Times columnist and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. The conference is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register.
3L Paige Olsen wins award for best closing argument
The Chicago-Kent trial advocacy team of second-year students Kristen Farr Capizzi and Krista Krepp and third-year students Paige Olsen and Dan Sanders competed in the 16th annual Lone Star Classic trial tournament--a competition among 16 of the best trial advocacy programs in the country--held October 13 to 16, 2016, at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. The team finished as semifinalists, and Paige Olsen won the competition's award for best closing argument.
Two brand-new Chicago-Kent grads had an extra incentive to celebrate this summer when a client they represented during law school was released from prison following their successful motion on his behalf. Peter Cheun '16 and Kayla Higgins '16, both Chicago-Kent Honors Scholars, teamed with Dean Harold Krent last year to represent a client serving 18 years for cocaine possession. At an evidentiary hearing in June 2016 before the Cook County Circuit Court, they argued that the search leading to the client's arrest and subsequent conviction violated the Fourth Amendment. The case was dismissed on those grounds, and the defendant rejoined his wife and children after serving five and a half years in prison.
Empirical research from Professor Anthony Michael Kreis was included in a report released September 28, 2016, from Lambda Legal that examines the influence of judicial elections on the rights of LGBT people. The report, available on Lambda's website, shows that judges elected to state supreme courts are often less supportive of LGBT rights than judges who are appointed.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse to deliver Chicago-Kent's 2016 Centennial Lecture on October 10
Linda Greenhouse, Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, will deliver Chicago-Kent's 2016 Centennial Lecture on October 10. Ms. Greenhouse will address the topic "Telling It Like It Is: When Courts Call Out Legislatures," inspired by a recent column she wrote for the New York Times and the response it received. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Professor Sheldon Nahmod recently filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the City of Joliet in the case Manuel v. City of Joliet, arguing that "the common law elements of malicious prosecution should play no independent role in determining the scope of claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983."
At the invitation of Chancellor Gerónimo Laviosa González of the National University of the East in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Dean Harold Krent visited the university and gave a speech to university students, faculty and administrators about the importance of an independent judiciary. After the speech, Dean Krent, the first U.S. law dean to visit the university, was presented with a special resolution declaring him an honorary guest of the university.
Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech has graduated its first class in its seven-month, online certificate program in Financial Markets Compliance (FMC) — a program among the first in the country to provide prospective and entry-level compliance professionals with a deep understanding of the field as it applies across different types of financial institutions.
Chicago-Kent student Karen Vaysman '17, in collaboration with Distinguished Professor Richard Wright, presented a scholarly paper to leading private law scholars from around the world at a major international conference held July 19 to 22, 2016, at Downing College at the University of Cambridge in England.
Center for Open Government succeeds in taxpayer action to enforce school district anti-nepotism policies
In Veazey v. Rich Township School District 227, decided July 20, 2016, the Illinois Appellate Court upheld Frederick Veazey's taxpayer standing to enforce the school district's anti-nepotism policy and paved the way to invalidate the Rich Township High School District's vote to approve reinstatement of a teacher, with back pay and fees, where the teacher's spouse cast the deciding favorable vote, defying the district's anti-nepotism policy.
Dalia Labrador and Lydia Ness receive 2016 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic
Dalia Labrador '17 and Lydia Ness '16 are the recipients of Chicago-Kent's 2016 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic. The awards, which include a cash stipend, are made at the end of the academic year to 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. Recipients are selected by Chicago-Kent faculty who teach in the law school's Certificate Program in Criminal Litigation.
Stephanie Crigler and Kenneth Matuszewski, both 2016 graduates of Chicago-Kent College of Law, have won the law school's 2016 Dolores K. Hanna Trademark Prize. The prize was established at Chicago-Kent in 2006 by the law firm of K & L Gates LLP (formerly Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLC) to honor Dolores K. Hanna, a 1952 Chicago-Kent graduate who served as the firm's special trademark counsel. The prize is awarded at the end of the school year to one or more Chicago-Kent students based on outstanding performance in an intellectual property course.
Lydia Ness, a 2016 graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law, has been selected as a 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow. Starting in September, Ness will work for Equip for Equality, an advocacy organization for people with disabilities in Illinois, where she will provide legal services and outreach to protect people with disabilities from sexual abuse and sex trafficking.
Katie DeBoer '16 and Matthew Smart '16 are the recipients of Chicago-Kent's 2016 Marc Grinker Student Commitment Award. The award was created in memory of Professor Marc A. Grinker, a member of the Chicago-Kent faculty from 1990 until his death in 1996, who served as the first director of the law school's Appellate Advocacy Program. The Grinker Award honors students who embody Professor Grinker’s dedication to the program and to the law school.
Author proposes low-cost alternative to traditional 401(k) and IRA accounts
In his new book, "Empire of the Fund: The Way We Save Now," Professor William Birdthistle exposes and critiques what he calls the richest and riskiest experiment in our nation's financial history. He illustrates the flaws in the hypothesis of that experiment: that millions of ordinary, untrained, and busy citizens can successfully manage trillions of dollars in a financial system governed by powerful financial institutions. Professor Birdthistle explores the obstacles that individual investors face when using mutual funds to save and offers solutions for how to safeguard their individual financial destinies as well as the nation's fiscal strength.
Chicago-Kent College of Law is one of four institutions to form an alliance with the Organization of American States to promote legal scholarship and education among the 35 independent states of the Americas. Also joining the alliance are the University of Notre Dame, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Guadalajara Campus.
Professor Nancy S. Marder, director of Chicago-Kent's Justice John Paul Stevens Jury Center, has been selected as an Academic Fellow of the Pound Civil Justice Institute. Professor Marder, who was a plenary speaker at the Pound Institute's 23rd annual Forum for State Appellate Court Judges in 2015, where she gave a lecture titled "Judicial Transparency in the Twenty-First Century," was chosen as an Academic Fellow based on her expertise on juries, judges, courts and trials.
Six recent graduates of Chicago-Kent College of Law have been selected for 2016 Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellowships. Through the PILI Graduate Fellowship Program, new associates at Chicago law firms spend 300 hours between graduation and joining their firms working at public interest law organizations in Illinois. PILI ensures quality supervision by experienced legal aid attorneys and provides supplemental educational, networking and mentoring opportunities.
Molly Kordas, a rising second-year student at Chicago-Kent College of Law, has been awarded a 2016 Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship. Kordas received $5,000 to support her work this summer in the Environmental Enforcement Division of the Illinois Attorney General's Office.
Professor Bernadette Atuahene receives National Science Foundation grant to study squatters in Detroit
Professor Bernadette Atuahene has received an $89,500 grant from the National Science Foundation's Division of Social and Economic Sciences for a research project on the relationship between property rights and dignity. Professor Atuahene will do on-the-ground research in Detroit, interviewing squatters, homeless people who have chosen not to squat, and homeowners and renters who live near squatters. Fewer than 8 percent of applicants win this NSF grant. The American Bar Foundation is sponsoring the research.
A diverse group of 19 undergraduate students from 12 states will participate this month in Chicago-Kent's 2016 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. The PLUS program is aimed at promoting diversity in the legal profession.
Professor Daniel Martin Katz appointed to the board of advisors of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System
Professor Daniel Martin Katz, director of The Law Lab at Chicago-Kent College of Law, has been named to the board of advisors of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS). A national, independent research center dedicated to advancing excellence in the American legal system, IAALS draws on the wisdom, experience and counsel of nationally recognized experts from the legal, academic and business professions who comprise their board of advisors.
Rebecca Charles '17 and Geoffrey Curley '17 will represent Chicago-Kent College of Law in the 2016 Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition May 22 to 27 in Washington, D.C. Held at American University Washington College of Law, the trilingual competition (English, Spanish and Portuguese) draws students from universities throughout the Americas and beyond.
1987 alumna will speak at May 15 commencement ceremonies
Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli '87 will deliver the keynote address at the law school's 2016 Commencement on Sunday, May 15. Ms. Campanelli will be joined by two student speakers. Valedictorian Angelo Christopher will deliver the J.D. Commencement address, and Benjamin Mankut, a candidate for an LL.M. in International Intellectual Property 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.
Chicago-Kent's appellate advocacy program has been ranked second in the country by the Blakely Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center, based on competition results from the 2015-16 academic year.
Andrew Hemmer, a third-year student at Chicago-Kent College of Law, has been selected as a 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow. During his two-year fellowship period, Hemmer will work for Cabrini Green Legal Aid in Chicago, where he will establish a program that represents individuals whose vehicles have been impounded by the Chicago Police Department after they were arrested.
Holly Pope '16 is the recipient of the 2016 Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize. The prize was established in 2009 at Chicago-Kent by the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP to honor the memory of Sandra P. Zemm, who died in September 2008 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Zemm Prize winners receive $1,000 along with the award.
The law firm of Jackson Lewis PC and Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Workplace have announced the winners of the 2015-16 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law. Chris Schmidt, a student at the University of Nebraska College of Law, won top honors. Clare Horan of the University of Iowa College of Law and Nicholas J. Caplin of Pepperdine University School of Law won second and third place, respectively.
Twelve members of Chicago-Kent's Class of 2016 were inducted for membership at the Student Bar Association award ceremonies April 25 at the law school. Chicago-Kent's new Bar & Gavel members include Alexandra Brinkmeier, Peter Cheun, Tracey Harkins, Lindsay Hicks, Amber Lukowicz, Briana Mayes, Matthew McElwee, Ann Motto, Lydia Ness, Huy Nguyen, Andrew Sharp and Matthew Smart.
Professor Felice Batlan has won the Law and Society Association's 2016 J. Willard Hurst Award for her book "Women and Justice for the Poor: A History of Legal Aid, 1863–1945" (Cambridge University Press 2015). Awarded annually, the prestigious Hurst Prize honors the best work in socio-legal history published in the past year.
The Chicago-Kent community is saddened by the recent death of Bernard B. "BB" Wolfe '37, a former prosecutor, judge and legislator who earlier this year celebrated his 101st birthday. BB's remarkable career spanned 79 years. In 2013, he was named one of Chicago-Kent's 125 Alumni of Distinction.
Chicago-Kent students won the two top advocacy awards at the final rounds of the American Bar Association’s 2016 National Appellate Advocacy Competition, held April 7 to 9 in Chicago. Caitlin Ajax ’17 won the award for national best oral advocate, and Matthew McElwee ’16 won the award for national second-best oral advocate.
Professors Lori Andrews and Sheldon Nahmod are listed in the 2016 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America," a peer-review publication that names leading lawyers in all 50 states,the District of Columbia, and more than 60 additional countries. Professor Andrews is named as a leading Illinois lawyers in the area of biotechnology law, and Professor Nahmod is named as a leading Illinois lawyers in the area of municipal law.
Third-year student Kenneth Matuszewski has won the International Trademark Association's 2016 Ladas Memorial Award and a $2,500 cash prize for his paper Casting Out Confusion: How Exclusive Appellate Jurisdiction in the Federal Circuit Would Clarify Trademark Law. Each year, two law or graduate student authors worldwide are selected for the award, which honors the best papers on trademark law or related matters.
The Trial Advocacy Program at Chicago-Kent College of Law has been ranked third in the nation in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report law school specialty rankings (published March 2016), up from fourth place last year and sixth place two years ago. Chicago-Kent has been a pioneer and national leader in the teaching of trial advocacy since the founding of its rigorous Trial Advocacy Program in 1971.
Chicago-Kents wins second place at the national finals of the 2016 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition
Team honored with second-place awards for best brief and best oral argument
Stephanie Crigler and Kenneth Matuszewski, third-year students at Chicago-Kent College of Law, won second place at the national finals of the 2016 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, held March 12 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. Along with their second place finish, the team received second-place awards for best brief and best oral advocate. The judging panel praised Crigler and Matuszewski for using a daring real-world strategy during oral arguments.
Chicago-Kent wins first- and second-place best advocate awards at the 2016 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition
Chicago-Kent won the top two best advocate awards at the national round of the 2016 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition. Brandi Burton '16 won the competition's first-place best oral advocate award, and her teammate Dion Beatty '17 won the second-place best oral advocate award. The Chicago-Kent team, which included Beatty, Burton and their teammates Benjamin Jacobs '17 and Whitney Williams '16, won third place in the overall competition and received a special distinction from the U.S. Marine Corps for legal prowess and professionalism.
The team of Erin Kuhfuss '17, Dalia Labrador '17, Mohini Lal '16 and Olivia Schwartz '17 will represent Chicago-Kent at the 2016 National Ethics Trial Competition championship March 17 to 19 in Sacramento, Calif. The 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. Chicago-Kent won the national title in 2015, 2012 and 2008.
In a widely publicized study appearing in the March 8, 2016, issue of JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, a research team from Chicago-Kent's Institute for Science, Law and Technology examined the privacy policies and practices of Android diabetes apps and reported that they came up short. The paper was authored by Sarah Blenner '11, Melanie Köllmer, Adam Rouse, Nadia Daneshvar, Curry Williams and Professor Lori Andrews. Its publication was covered by news outlets around the world, including Reuters, CBS News, the Times of London, Politico, El Paìs, Live Science, FoxNews and U.S.News & World Report.
Chicago-Kent College of Law will host two events relating to the 2016 ABA TECHSHOW in March. Over the weekend of March 12 to 13, the free, public Tech for Justice Hackathon aims to bring together lawyers, judges, legal aid workers, technologists, domestic violence experts and others to identify and create law practice-based technology solutions to roadblocks in access to justice in the domestic violence context. During the morning of March 16, Chicago-Kent will host a Dean's Roundtable on Teaching Technology in the Academy, a free, half-day conference focusing on the "how and what" of teaching technology.
Chicago-Kent wins best brief and best advocate awards at 2016 Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
Nick DeRyke and Daniel Ristau, second-year students at Chicago-Kent College of Law, won the award for best respondent's brief at the 2016 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. In addition, Ristau was honored as the tournament's best oral advocate. The team finished in the octofinal round of the competition, held March 4 to 6 at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison.
Attorneys who attend the March 22 lecture are eligible to receive MCLE credit
Cornell University professor Lance Compa will discuss "The External Workforce and the Domestic Workplace: Connecting International Labor Standards and Free Trade Agreements" March 22, 2016, at Chicago-Kent's 38th annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public, but online registration is requested in advance.
The Chicago-Kent team of Caitlin Ajax and David Love won a regional championship at the 2016 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition. They will advance to national tournament April 7 to 9 in Chicago. Alex Halaska, who competed on an another Chicago-Kent team, won the award for the region's best oral advocate, and his teammate, Theresa Starck '17, was named third-best oral advocate for the regional competition.
Second-year students Michael Cosgrove, Paul King and Alexandria Seydel will represent Chicago-Kent College of Law at the 2016 Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition April 1 to 3 in New York. Named for the Honorable Irving R. Kaufman, former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the competition offers students the opportunity to test their appellate advocacy skills before leading jurists, securities regulators, academics and practitioners.
Two teams will represent Chicago-Kent in the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition's 2016 regional tournament
Two teams from Chicago-Kent will compete in the regional tournament of the American Association for Justice's 2016 Student Trial Advocacy Competition March 10 to 13 in Chicago. Sona Arora '17, Tracey Harkins '16, Lindsay Hicks '16 and Kendra Spearman '16 will compete on one team. The other Chicago-Kent team will comprise Bryce Hensley '17, Tyler Mikan '17, Daniel Sanders '17 and Michael Sherer '16.
Matt Cannon, Nicholas Dollenmaier and Schuyler Ufkes, second-year students at Chicago-Kent College of Law, will represent the law school at the inaugural Frank A. Schreck Gaming Law Moot Court Competition, April 1 to 3, 2016, at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. The competition will focus on emerging issues at the intersection of gaming law and regulation.
AFL-CIO's Tefere Gebre to deliver Chicago-Kent's 2016 Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture [live lecture & webcast]
March 10 lecture will focus on "Changing the Rules to Create Shared Prosperity"
Tefere Gebre, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, will discuss "Changing the Rules to Create Shared Prosperity" March 10 at Chicago-Kent's 11th Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture. The program is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register by March 7.
The law school will defend its 2015 regional championship
Chicago-Kent will send two teams to the 2016 Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition's Midwest regional tournament March 11 to 13 in Chicago. Third-year students Patrick Grimaldi and Micah Hensley will compete on one of Chicago-Kent's two teams. Grimaldi was a member of the Chicago-Kent team that won the 2015 Midwest regional tournament. The other team will comprise second-year students Dan Gjorgiev and Maitry Patel.
Illinois Institute of Technology has appointed Katharine K. Baker to the rank of Distinguished Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Distinguished Professor, the highest rank awarded to faculty, recognizes preeminent achievement in scholarship and teaching. Professor Baker, who joined Chicago-Kent's faculty in 1993, focuses her scholarship on family law and feminist jurisprudence.
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The team won second place at the Midwest regional tournament
Chicago-Kent will advance to the national finals of the 2016 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition March 9 to 13 in Baltimore. Dion Beatty '17, Brandi Burton '16, Benjamin Jacobs '17 and Whitney Williams '16 placed second in the regional tournament February 16 to 21 in Chicago. Sponsored by the National Black Law Students Association, the competition is named for the Honorable Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American justice appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. This the fifth time since 2010 that Chicago-Kent has advanced to the national finals.
Chicago-Kent wins third consecutive championship in the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
Team also honored with first-place best brief award
For the third year in a row, Chicago-Kent has won the national championship and best brief award at the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition. The tournament, sponsored by Mitchell Hamline School of Law, was held February 18 to 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. In the final round of competition, second-year students Maxwell Eichenberger, Kathleen Karnig and Jenna Kim prevailed over a team from the University of North Carolina to win the championship.
Two teams from Chicago-Kent will participate in the American Bar Association's (ABA) 2016 Law Student National Representation in Mediation Regional Competition February 27 and 28 at Texas A&M University School of Law. Robyn Lang and Jennifer Snyder make up one Chicago-Kent team. David Springer and Margaret "Peggy" Wojkowski comprise the other team.
Chicago-Kent to participate in the 2016 National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law
Third-year students Debora Barbosa, Briana Mayes and Ariel Olstein will represent Chicago-Kent College of Law in the 2016 National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law. The tournament will be held March 11 to 12 at the Ohio Statehouse and the Supreme Court of Ohio in Columbus. This year's topic is "Permanency for Youth in Foster Care: Are There Any Guarantees?"
Two teams from Chicago-Kent will compete in the 2016 National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition, February 26 and 27 at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago. Second-year students Alyssa Jutovsky, Emily Linehan and Jeff Michalik will compete on one team. Second-year students Alexandra Reitzner, Karen Vaysman and Karolen Younan will comprise the other team.
The most recent issue of the Seventh Circuit Review is now available online. Student authors in the fall 2015 Seventh Circuit Review Honors Seminar have written articles analyzing recent decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dealing with appellate procedure, civil rights law, criminal procedure and Second Amendment law. Read the articles or listen to audio synopses in the students' own voices.
Two teams from Chicago-Kent College of Law will participate in the 2016 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition's regional tournament March 3 to 5 in San Francisco. Caitlin Ajax '17 and David Love '17 will compete on one team. Alex Halaska '17 and Theresa Starck '17 will comprise the other team.
Nick DeRyke and Daniel Ristau, second-year students at Chicago-Kent College of Law, will represent the law school at the 2016 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition March 4 to 6 at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. They will compete against law school teams from many of the nation's top moot court programs in the tournament, named for Judge Evan A. Evans, an 1899 University of Wisconsin Law School alumnus who served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1916 to 1948.
Dion Beatty '17, Brandi Burton '16, Benjamin Jacobs '17 and Whitney Williams '16 will represent Chicago-Kent in the 2016 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Midwest Regional Competition February 16 to 21. Sponsored by the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), the tournament will be held in Chicago during the organization's 2016 regional convention. The top three teams in the Midwest tournament will join 15 teams from five other regions in the national finals March 9 to 13 in Baltimore during NBLSA's national convention.
Chicago-Kent wins championship and best brief award at the 2016 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Regional Competition
The Chicago-Kent team of Stephanie Crigler and Kenneth Matuszewski, both third-year students, will advance to the national finals of the 2016 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition after winning the Midwest regional tournament February 6 in Chicago. Chicago-Kent and the second-place team from the Midwest region will join the top two teams from four other regions in the national finals March 12 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.
Two teams from Chicago-Kent College of Law will participate in the 2016 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition's Midwest regional tournament February 6 in Chicago. Third-year students Stephanie Crigler and Kenneth Matuszewski will compete on one team, and Eliot Gusdorf and David Mucci, also third-year students, will form the other team.
Chicago-Kent to participate in the 2016 Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Regional Competition
Rebecca Charles '17, Huy Nguyen '16, Hung Pham '17 and Yuchen "Ivy" Zhang '16 will represent Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Regional Competition February 4 to 7 at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Established by the International Law Students Association in 1959, the Jessup competition is the oldest and largest moot court competition dedicated to international law.
Chicago-Kent will send two teams to defend its 2014 and 2015 championships at the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition February 18 to 20, 2016, at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Second-year students Maxwell Eichenberger, Kathleen Karnig and Jenna Kim will compete on one of Chicago-Kent’s two teams. Second-year students Rebecca Horgan, Ryan Suniga and Kelsey Weyhing will comprise the other team.
Competitor Nicolette Ward was on the Chicago-Kent team that won the 2015 national championship
Chicago-Kent will enter the 2016 National Trial Competition Region 8 tournament as the defending champion February 18 to 20 in Chicago. Natalie Adeeyo '16, Evelyn Hernandez '16 and Paige Olsen '17 will compete on one of team two teams representing Chicago-Kent. Ana Montelongo '16 and Nicolette Ward '16 will comprise the other team. Ward was a member of the Chicago-Kent team that won the 2015 Region 8 tournament and national championship.
Second-year student Jennifer P. Ellenby is the recipient of Chicago-Kent's 2015 Harold J. and Nancy F. Krent Excellence Award. Dean Krent and his wife, Nancy, a retired 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.
Third-year students Anthony Bonagura, Steve Gross and Brian Hannon will represent Chicago-Kent College of Law in the 2016 Professional Football Negotiation Competition January 29 and 30 at Tulane Law School in New Orleans. The competition, sponsored by the Tulane Sports Law Society, is a simulated contract negotiation using real-life scenarios. This is the second year that the competition will be held and the first year in which a team from Chicago-Kent will compete.
Third-year students Alex Beehler, Peter Cheun and Alexandra McNicholas will represent Chicago-Kent in the 2016 Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship January 28 to 30 at the University of Houston Law Center. The Andrews Kurth championship is an annual "best of the best" competition. Each academic year, the organizers track the results of moot court competitions involving American law students, and only the 16 top-scoring schools in the country are invited to compete. This is the eighth consecutive year in which Chicago-Kent has been invited to participate.
Chicago-Kent students Andrew Bisping '16, Daniel Haze '18 and Mark Reel '17 will represent the law school in the 2016 National Baseball Arbitration Competition January 20 to 22 at Tulane Law School 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.
"Civil Rights and the Chicago Police Department" is the topic of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Forum at Chicago-Kent
A panel of experts will address allegations of police misconduct and civil rights violations, calls for reform, and the fallout in the police department, City Hall and Springfield at Chicago-Kent's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Forum on "Civil Rights and the Chicago Police Department." The forum will be held Thursday, January 21, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Chicago-Kent's Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. A reception will follow.
Entries are being accepted for the 2016 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, 2016, 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.