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March 2015

March 03, 2015
American Academy of Appellate Lawyers names IIT Chicago-Kent Distinguished Professor Joan E. Steinman Honorary Fellow

Distinguished Professor Joan E. Steinman will be inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers during the organization's spring meeting April 16 to 18, 2015, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Founded in 1990, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers is "committed to advancing the administration of justice and promoting the highest standards of professionalism and advocacy in appellate courts." Members are elected by the Academy's board of directors.

March 03, 2015
IIT Chicago-Kent wins the ABA Law Student National Representation in Mediation Regional Competition

The IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law team of Jennie Balkas '16 and Kevin Doran '15 has won the American Bar Association's (ABA) Law Student National Representation in Mediation Regional Competition, held February 28 to March 1 at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. Balkas and Doran will compete against winning teams in seven regional tournaments in the national finals held during the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution conference April 15 to 18 in Miami.

March 02, 2015
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition

Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent will participate in the 2015 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition March 13 to 15 at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. This year, Brian Dodds and Kyle Jacob will compete on one team, and Justin Joffe and Matthew Smart will comprise the other.

March 02, 2015
Law and technology innovator Daniel Martin Katz to join IIT Chicago-Kent faculty

Professor Daniel Martin Katz, a leader in using technology to advance the study and practice of law, will join the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty in fall 2015. Currently a faculty member at Michigan State University College of Law, Professor Katz will assume a key leadership role in Chicago-Kent's ongoing initiative to build the preeminent law and technology program in the country.

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February 2015

February 27, 2015
Two IIT Chicago-Kent teams will go to the ABA Law Student National Representation in Mediation Regional Competition

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will compete in the American Bar Association's (ABA) Law Student National Representation in Mediation Regional Competition February 28 to March 1 at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. Amber Lukowicz '16 and Rory Quinn '15 are on one IIT Chicago-Kent team. Jennie Balkas '16 and Kevin Doran '15 comprise the other team. Sponsored by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, the competition is designed to acquaint law students with advocacy skills in alternative dispute resolution processes, specifically mediation.

February 27, 2015
IIT Chicago-Kent names its Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition team

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law students Daniel Allard '15 and Patrick Grimaldi '17 will participate in the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition's Midwest regional tournament March 13 to 15 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 15 to 17 in Washington, D.C.

February 25, 2015
IIT Chicago-Kent wins NBLSA Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Regional Competition, advances to the National Finals

The IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law team of second-year students Natalie Adeeyo, Gus Hernandez, Haley Jenkins and Mohini Lal has won the Midwest regional championship and has advanced to the national finals of the National Black Law Students Association's (NBLSA) Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition. This is the third time IIT Chicago-Kent teams have won the regional tournament and the fourth time since 2010 the law school has competed in the national finals. IIT Chicago-Kent will join eleven teams in the national tournament, which takes place during NBLSA's national convention March 11 to 15 in Portland, Oregon.

February 24, 2015
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law earns its second consecutive William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court competition title
Chicago-Kent also wins top best brief awards

Chicago-Kent College of Law successfully defended its championship – winning both first- and second-place – in the thirtieth annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition. The team of second-year IIT Chicago-Kent students Alex Beehler, Peter Cheun and Alexandra McNicholas won the championship and best brief award, closely edging out a second IIT Chicago-Kent team comprised of third-year students Nicole Wilmet and Jing Zhang. Wilmet and Zhang also won the tournament’s second-best brief award.

February 23, 2015
Alex Tillett-Saks receives the 2015 Sheldon H. Nahmod Civil Rights Award for Social Action

Alex Tillett-Saks, a third-year student at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, is the recipient of the 2015 Sheldon H. Nahmod Civil Rights Award for Social Action. Tillett-Saks is being recognized for his "outstanding commitment to the promotion of positive change and development that has a progressive impact on the community." The award will be presented February 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. in IIT's McCormick Tribune Campus Center at 3201 South State Street, in Chicago. The Nahmod awards, established in 2010 by Illinois Institute of Technology and named for IIT Chicago-Kent Distinguished Professor Sheldon H. Nahmod, honor leaders within the university who are working positively to impact their communities and effect change.

February 20, 2015
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to defend its National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition Championship

Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will compete in the sixth annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition. The tournament, sponsored by DePaul University College of Law and the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, will be held February 27 and 28 at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago. This year, second-year students Nicholas Brankle, Gregory Conner and Patrick Etchingham will compete on one IIT Chicago-Kent team. Second-year students Kayla Higgins, Leo Reardon and Holly Venhuizen will comprise the other team.

February 19, 2015
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Regional Competition

Chicago-Kent College of Law will compete in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Regional Competition February 19 to 22 at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Law students Huy Nguyen, Adrienne Kitchen and Saba Mahmud will compete against teams from 21 law schools. Teams that advance from qualifying international and regional tournaments will compete in the international rounds April 5 to 11 in Washington, D.C. Winners will advance to the Jessup Cup World Championship tournament April 11.

February 19, 2015
IIT Chicago-Kent names its 2015 Niagara International Moot Court Competition team

Third-year students Maureen Bitonio, Lindon Bluth, Jenna Holtz and Blake Kocian will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2015 Niagara International Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the Canada–United States Law Institute, February 21 and 22 in Washington, D.C. Teams from law schools in the U.S. and Canada will address a hypothetical dispute affecting the bi-lateral relationship before the International Court of Justice.

February 09, 2015
IIT Chicago-Kent wins Midwest regional championship of the National Trial Competition

IIT Chicago-Kent students Emily Schroeder '15 and Nicolette Ward '16 are the winners of the Region 8 championship of the National Trial Competition, the premier trial advocacy tournament in the United States. This is the 24th time in the last 33 years that a team from IIT Chicago-Kent has won the regional championship.

February 06, 2015
Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Sheldon H. Nahmod Civil Rights Awards

Thursday, February 12, is the deadline for nominations for the 2015 Sheldon H. Nahmod Civil Rights Awards. The awards, which were established in 2010 and named for IIT Chicago-Kent Distinguished Professor Sheldon H. Nahmod, honor leaders within Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) who are working positively to impact their communities and effect change.

February 04, 2015
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law selects its teams for the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Midwest Regional Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent won last year's regional championship and best brief award

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will defend its title in the 24th annual Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition's Midwest regional tournament February 7 in Chicago. IIT Chicago-Kent will be represented in this year's tournament by Kenneth Matuszewski '16, David Mucci '15 and Elizabeth Zubiate '15 on one team and by Cole Garrett '15 and Adam Reis '15 on the other team.

February 03, 2015
IIT Chicago Kent names its 2015 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Regional Competition teams

Two teams from IIT Chicago Kent College of Law will participate in the 2015 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Regional Competition March 6 to 8 in Seattle. Sponsored by the American Bar Association's Law Student Division, the competition emphasizes students' written and oral advocacy skills. Angelo Christopher '16 and Lauren Darwit '16 will compete on one team. Katie DeBoer '16 and Matt McElwee '16 will comprise the other team.

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January 2015

January 30, 2015
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to defend its championship in the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court 2015 Competition

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will send two teams to defend its 2014 championship in the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition February 19 to 21 at Hamline University School of Law. This year, second-year students Alex Beehler, Peter Cheun and Alexandra McNicholas will compete on one of IIT Chicago-Kent's teams. Third-year students Nicole Wilmet and Jing Zhang comprise the other team.

January 29, 2015
Entries are being accepted for the 2015 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, 2015, for the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. Established in 2007 by alumnus Roy C. Palmer and his wife, Susan M. Palmer, the prize honors a work of scholarship that explores the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society. Articles or books submitted to the competition must be in draft form or have been published within one year prior to the July 1 deadline.

January 29, 2015
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the Jeffrey G. Miller Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

Jennie Balkas, Alexa Carreno, and Sharon Wyskiel, second-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, will represent the law school in the Jeffrey G. Miller Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. The tournament, sponsored by Pace Law School, will be held February 19 to 21 in White Plains, New York.

January 28, 2015
IIT Chicago-Kent to compete in the National Trial Competition Region 8 tournament

IIT Chicago-Kent students Emily Schroeder '15, Judy Shammo '15, Ana Montelongo '16 and Nicolette Ward '16 will compete in the National Trial Competition Region 8 tournament against law school teams from Illinois and Indiana in the regional tournament, with the top two teams advancing to the national competition March 11 to 15 in Houston.

January 27, 2015
IIT Chicago-Kent to compete in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Midwest Regional Competition

Second-year students Natalie Adeeyo, Gus Hernandez, Haley Jenkins and Mohini Lal will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Midwest Regional Competition in Indianapolis. Sponsored by the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), the tournament will be held during the organization's regional convention February 18 to 22, 2015.

January 26, 2015
John Jefferson '15 and Iman Boundaoui '15 will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the National Moot Court Competition finals in New York February 9 to 12, 2015

Third-year students Iman Boundaoui and John Jefferson will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the National Moot Court Competition finals in New York February 9 to 12, 2015. Boundaoui and Jefferson won the region 8 tournament held November 8 and 9 at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. IIT Chicago-Kent and the second-place regional team, Loyola University Chicago, will join 28 teams from 14 other regions in the national finals.

January 23, 2015
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 2015 National Baseball Arbitration Competition

IIT Chicago-Kent students Anthony Bonagura '16, Steve Gross '16 and Mark Reel '17 will represent the law school in the 2015 National Baseball Arbitration Competition January 28 to 30 at Tulane University 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 (MLB).

January 21, 2015
IIT Chicago­-Kent names its 2015 Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship team

Third-year students Matthew Jarka and Jerome Urbik will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2015 Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship January 21 to 24 at the University of Houston Law Center. The tournament is an annual "best of the best" competition that recognizes a law school's sustained excellence in the art of written and oral advocacy, and only the sixteen top-scoring schools in the country are invited to compete.

January 20, 2015
IIT Chicago-Kent and Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission create scholarship program for Polish LL.M. students

Chicago-Kent College of Law and the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission recently signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a scholarship program to assist Polish students pursuing an LL.M. degree at IIT Chicago-Kent. The Fulbright Commission will select one student a year to attend IIT Chicago-Kent. The commission and the law school together will cover full tuition and expenses.

January 16, 2015
Stephen Gee '14 receives American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence

Stephen Gee '14 has been awarded a Medal of Excellence from the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) for outstanding performance in his bankruptcy course work. In addition to the medal, Gee received a Certificate of Excellence in Bankruptcy and a complimentary one-year ABI membership. The Medal of Excellence program was developed by Christopher F. Graham of the New York law firm of Thatcher Proffitt & Wood and inaugurated by ABI in 1997.