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 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.