Austin Ferguson, Anna Jirschele, Matt Kasl, Katherine Ann LaRosa, Ryan Mark-Griffin and Terrance L. Scotton, first-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, have been selected as 2015 Oyez Scholars. The students will spend the school year as paid researchers working under the direction of Oyez founder and IIT Chicago-Kent research professor Jerry Goldman to create content for Oyez.org.
IIT Chicago-Kent student Jessica Mendoza received a 2015 summer fellowship from the Peggy Browning Fund. The program is designed to increase students' understanding of the current issues workers face and encourage students to consider careers in public interest labor law. Mendoza, a 2016 candidate for a J.D., has spent her fellowship period working at the Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) in Chicago.
Cole Garrett is the 2015 Dolores K. Hanna Trademark Prize recipient. 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.
Keith Ann Stiverson, director of the IIT Chicago-Kent law library, is president of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). Stiverson's one-year term as president began July 22, 2015, at the organization's 108th annual meeting in Philadelphia.
Ana Montelongo and Lydia Ness receive 2015 Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowships
Ana Montelongo and Lydia Ness, second-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, have been awarded 2015 Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowships. Montelongo and Ness each received $5,000 to support their work in summer public interest law positions.
Samantha Dudzinski '15 is the recipient of the 2015 Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize. The prize was established in 2009 at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law 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.
IIT Chicago-Kent alumna Meron Kebede has received a one-year fellowship from the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Kebede, a May 2015 J.D. graduate with a certificate in labor and employment law, will begin her fellowship in September in the office of the union's general counsel in Washington, D.C.
IIT Chicago-Kent receives Illinois State Bar Association’s first Excellence in Legal Education Award for its Praxis Program
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law has received the Illinois State Bar Association's (ISBA) first Excellence in Legal Education Award for its innovative Praxis program. IIT Chicago-Kent Dean Harold J. Krent accepted the award on behalf of the law school at the ISBA's annual meeting June 19.
A diverse group of 19 undergraduate students from 13 states will participate in a special three-week summer session at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 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. The PLUS program is also aimed at promoting diversity in the legal profession. This is the fourteenth consecutive summer IIT Chicago-Kent has offered the program, which will run from May 31 through June 20, 2015.
Chicago-Kent Professor Sarah K. Harding receives IIT's 2015 John W. Rowe University Excellence in Teaching Award
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Professor Sarah K. Harding is the recipient of the Illinois Institute of Technology's (IIT) 2015 John W. Rowe University Excellence in Teaching Award. The award was announced by Provost Alan Cramb at a faculty recognition and awards reception in April and was presented May 21 during the IIT Board of Directors' dinner.
Chicago City Council appoints IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Daniel T. Coyne to assess Burge Reparations claims
Daniel T. Coyne, clinical professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, has been appointed by the Chicago City Council to serve as the Independent Third Party for the Burge Reparations Ordinance. Professor Coyne will work under the terms of the new city ordinance that provides reparations for people allegedly tortured by former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his subordinates between 1972 and 1991.
David A. Erickson to receive Stetson University's Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching Advocacy
Retired Illinois Appellate Justice David A. Erickson, director of IIT Chicago-Kent's Trial Advocacy Program, will receive Stetson University College of Law's Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching Advocacy. Erickson will receive the award, which recognizes individuals "who have fundamentally changed the way in which the world approaches the teaching of advocacy," May 19, 2015, during Stetson's Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills conference in Gulfport, Florida.
The latest issue of the Seventh Circuit Review is available online. Student authors in the 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, constitutional law, criminal procedure, and intellectual property law. Read the full articles or listen to the synopses in the students' own voices.
1997 alumnus will speak at May 17 commencement ceremonies
Jorge Ramirez '97, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, will deliver the keynote address at the law school’s 2015 Commencement on Sunday, May 17. The son of Mexican immigrants, Ramirez was elected the Chicago Federation of Labor's first Latino president in July 2010. He was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council as a vice president in February of this year.
Twelve members of IIT Chicago-Kent's Class of 2015 were inducted into the Bar and Gavel Society at the Student Bar Association award ceremonies on April 27. The 2015 inductees are Iman Boundaoui, Casey Brown, Hanna Kaufman, Laurel Martinez, Meghan McDonald, Odell Mitchell III, Dana Pownall, Jacob Radecki, Emily Schroeder, Kyle Swanson, Rebecca Sundin and Kurt Wakefield.
IIT Chicago-Kent student Hanna Kaufman addressed the White House Forum on Increasing Access to Justice on April 14, 2015, in Washington, D.C. In her presentation, "Law Students + Technology = Closing the Justice Gap," Kaufman discussed ways in which law students are moving beyond traditional curriculum paradigms, learning "lawyering skills of the future," and how those skills can help the next generation of lawyers and legal organizations provide access to justice for underserved groups and individuals. The forum was attended by senior officials of the Obama administration, federal agency representatives, members of the federal and state judiciary, policymakers, lawmakers, LSC board members and LSC-grantee legal aid organizations. Kaufman was the only law student invited to address the forum.
For the third time in seven years, a team from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law has won the National Ethics Trial Competition. Second-year students Tracey Harkins, Ann Motto and Gabrielle Romano and third-year student Kendra Spearman won the tournament held March 19 to 21, 2015, at the Robert T. Matsui Federal Courthouse in Sacramento, Calif.
The IIT Chicago-Kent team of Molly Condon '15, Lucas Peters '15, Matthew McCarter '15 and Michael Zhang '15 has won the regional tournament of the American Association for Justice's 2015 Student Trial Advocacy Competition held March 19 to 22, 2015, in Chicago. IIT Chicago-Kent will join the first-place teams from 13 other regions in the national finals April 16 to 19 in Pittsburgh.
IIT Chicago-Kent's Giles Sutherland Rich team wins the Midwest regional tournament and advances to the national finals
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law students Daniel Allard '15 and Patrick Grimaldi '16 are the winners of the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition's Midwest regional tournament held March 13 to 15, 2015, in Chicago. Allard and Grimaldi will face off against the winners from four regional competitions in the national tournament April 15 to 17 in Washington, D.C.
IIT Chicago-Kent students Evelyn Hernandez '16, Lindsay Hicks '16, Bobbie Irvin '15 and Michael Sherer '16 will participate in the National Criminal Justice Trial Competition March 19 to 21, 2015, in Chicago. Twenty law school teams from the United States and Puerto Rico will compete in this tournament co-sponsored by the ABA Criminal Justice Section and the John Marshall Law School.
Law school wins national honors for the third time in nine years
The IIT Chicago-Kent team of Emily Schroeder '15 and Nicolette Ward '16 has won the 40th annual National Trial Competition, the premier trial advocacy tournament in the United States, after defeating six nationally ranked trial teams March 11 to 15, 2015, in Houston. Schroeder, a third-year student at IIT Chicago-Kent, also received the competition's Best Advocate Award.
Two teams will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition's regional tournament
Two IIT Chicago-Kent teams will compete in the regional tournament of the American Association for Justice's 2015 Student Trial Advocacy Competition March 19 to 22 in Chicago. Molly Condon '15, Lucas Peters '15, Matthew McCarter '15 and Michael Zhang '15 will compete on one team. The other IIT Chicago-Kent team will comprise Laurel Martinez '15, Laura Henneman '15, Joshua Rehak '15 and Elizabeth Romano '16.
Miranda Crowell, Samantha Gaul and David Welch, second-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, will participate in the 30th annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition March 26 to 28 at Brooklyn Law School.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to participate in the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent team of Dion Beatty '16 and Militza Pagán '17 will represent the law school in the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition March 19 to 22 at New York University Law School.
The IIT Chicago-Kent team of Kendra Spearman '15, Ann Motto '16, Gabrielle Romano '16, and Tracey Harkins '16 will represent the law school at the National Ethics Trial Competition championship March 19 to 21 at the Robert T. Matsui Federal Courthouse in Sacramento, Calif.
In his new position as director of clinical education, Professor Richard Gonzalez will oversee one of the nation's largest law school clinical program. He will supervise nine clinical professors, six associates and a staff of support personnel in the only fee-generating in-house law office within an American law school. He will continue his teaching responsibilities and his work with the law school's Labor and Employment Law, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Praxis certificate programs.
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.
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 Seattle.
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.
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.
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.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law students Daniel Allard '15 and Patrick Grimaldi '16 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.
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.
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
IIT Chicago-Kent successfully defended its championship—winning both first- and second-place—in the 2015 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to defend its championship in the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.