Stephanie J. Ridella, a third-year student at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, has won the "National Law Review" winter 2014 student writing contest for her paper "The Madwoman in the Attic: Mental Illness and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008." The paper discusses the limitations of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with regard to mental illness and employment discrimination, and how the 2008 amendments to the law might correct some of those limitations.
Twelve members of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Class of 2014 have been named to the Bar and Gavel Society. The 2014 inductees are Justin Cabuhat, Alexander "Sasha" Kakabadse, Helen Kim, Colette Kopon, David Liberty, Rebecca Lyon, Kathleen Mallon, Esther Mignanelli, Megan Morton, Megan Mulherin, Eun "Sunny" Nam and Megan Sippl.
1993 Chicago-Kent alumnus will speak at May 18 Commencement ceremonies
Kwame Y. Raoul, Illinois State Senator and a 1993 IIT Chicago-Kent graduate, will deliver the keynote address at the law school's 2014 Commencement on Sunday, May 18. Senator Raoul was appointed to the Illinois State Senate in 2004 to fill the vacancy created by Barack Obama's election to the U.S. Senate. He was elected in his own right in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010 and 2012. Senator Raoul is also a partner in the Chicago office of Quarles & Brady LLP's Labor and Employment Law Group.
April 16 Awards Night program also honors alumni and student commitment to public service
The Illinois Attorney General's Office will receive IIT Chicago-Kent's Public Interest Partner Award during the law school's seventh annual Public Interest Awards Night on April 16, 2014. The program will also honor alumni and students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to public service. Dina Nikitaides '08 and Angelic Young '01 will each receive a 2014 Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Award, and Max Stein '01 will receive the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award.
Panelists will discuss political, social and economic issues at April 14 program
A panel of experts will discuss a wide range of political, social, economic and legal issues related to creating a so-called pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants at "A Debate on the Pathway for Legalization for the Undocumented" April 14 at IIT Chicago-Kent. The event is free and open to the public.
The law firm of Jackson Lewis PC and the Institute for Law and the Workplace at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law have announced the winners of the 2013–14 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law. Christopher J. Bryant, a third-year student at Duke University School of Law, won top honors. M. Caroline Hyatt of the University of Cincinnati Law School and Amy Berenbaum of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law won second and third place, respectively.
Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute to discuss issues involving the campaign finance system on April 10
Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review, will discuss issues involving America's campaign finance system at noon on April 10, 2014, at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Shapiro, who has called the current system "unbalanced, unstable, and unworkable," will address the topic "Stephen Colbert Is Right to Lampoon Our Campaign Finance System (And So Can You!)" The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the IIT Chicago-Kent chapter of the Federalist Society.
Author Amity Shlaes will deliver a lecture April 22, 2014, at IIT Chicago-Kent titled "The Great Chicken Flap: How the Schechter Poultry Case Changed America and Showed Its Possibilities," the first in the Liberty Lecture Series sponsored by the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History. Shlaes' topic, A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, is a landmark 1935 U.S. Supreme Court case that declared unconstitutional a central piece of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal legislation. The lecture is free and open to the public.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to release new study on diabetes apps at its April 4 "Health on the Go" conference
Researchers at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will release the findings of a new study on medical apps related to diabetes on April 4 during a free, one-day conference at the law school. "Health on the Go: Medical Apps, Privacy and Liability" will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in IIT Chicago-Kent's Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium, 565 West Adams St. (between Clinton and Jefferson streets) in Chicago. The study was conducted by Sarah Blenner and Melanie Koellmer of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology (ISLAT) and the Center for Diabetes Research and Policy (CDRP), both at IIT Chicago-Kent. The researchers analyzed 275 diabetes-specific apps available in the Google Play Store to determine their functions, privacy policies, and whether the apps claimed to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Chicago-Kent researchers also reviewed the law and policies that govern the design and use of health and fitness apps.
The James J. Morici, Jr., Advocacy Corridor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will be dedicated at a reception on April 8, 2014. The corridor, named for alumnus James J. Morici, Jr., a founding partner of Morici, Figlioli & Associates in Chicago, serves as the gateway to the state-of-the-art Bruce M. Kohen Courtroom and walled showcases displaying more than three decades of awards won by the law school's trial and appellate advocacy teams.
"Can Government Fix What’s Wrong with the Economy?" is the topic of the April 16 lecture
William A. Galston of the Brookings Institution will deliver IIT Chicago-Kent's 2014 Centennial Lecture, "Can Government Fix What's Wrong with the Economy?," on April 16 in the Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. A reception will follow the lecture.
Former economic adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden to discuss "The Post-Recession Economy: A Return to ... What?" at April 8 lecture
Jared Bernstein, former chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden, will deliver IIT Chicago-Kent's 36th annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture. Dr. Bernstein will address the topic "The Post-Recession Economy: A Return to ... What?" The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held April 8 at the law school and will be webcast live starting at 11:30 a.m.
Michael Glink '14, Laura Henneman '15, Lucas Peters '15 and Valerie Raedy '14 defeated law school teams from DePaul, John Marshall, Valparaiso, Marquette and Loyola University Chicago to win the regional championship of the American Association for Justice's 2014 Student Trial Advocacy Competition March 20 to 23 in Chicago. IIT Chicago-Kent will join first-place teams from 13 other regions in the national finals April 10 to 13 in Santa Monica, California.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will discuss issues at the April 4 conference
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will present an overview of issues related to medical applications at "Health on the Go: Medical Apps, Privacy and Liability," a one-day conference April 4, 2014, in IIT Chicago-Kent. The conference is sponsored by the law school's Center for Information, Society and Policy (CISP) in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Attendance is free, but reservations are required. This program is eligible for Illinois MCLE credit.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to defend its Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition title
Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent will go against teams from many of the country's top moot court programs in the 2014 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition March 28 to 30 at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. IIT Chicago-Kent will be represented on one team by second-year students Michael Albert and Vincenzo Chimera. Second-year students John Chambers and David Repking will comprise the other team.
IIT Chicago-Kent students Grace Akinlemibola '15, Kendra L. Lee '15 and Sharon Uti '16 were elected to the National Black Law School Association Midwest regional board of directors during the organization's 2014 regional conference in Minneapolis. The region includes law schools in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin and the Dakotas.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 2014 August A. Rendigs Jr. National Products Liability Moot Court Competition
Second-year IIT Chicago-Kent students Amany Awad, Ryan Hanneken and Elangie Lozada will participate in the 27th annual August A. Rendigs Jr. National Products Liability Moot Court Competition March 28 to 30, 2014, in Cincinnati. Hosted by the University of Cincinnati College of Law, the competition is the only national tournament exclusively devoted to products liability law. Nineteen teams from ABA-accredited law schools will compete.
Judge Ruben Castillo and Stephen Patton to discuss the "State of the Court and the State of the City"
The Honorable Ruben Castillo, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and Stephen Patton, corporation counsel for the city of Chicago, will each deliver their thoughts on the current state of their respective institutions March 25 at IIT Chicago-Kent. The program, "State of the Court and the State of the City," is co-sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) and the newly formed IIT Chicago-Kent FBA student chapter. The program is free and open to the public, but spaces are limited and registration is required.
IIT Chicago-Kent will send two teams to compete in the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition's 2014 regional tournament
Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent will compete in the American Association for Justice's 2014 Student Trial Advocacy Competition regional tournament March 20 to 23 in Chicago. Fariz Burhanuddin '14, Molly Condon '15, Rob Kohen '14 and Laurel Martinez '15 will compete on one team. The second team will comprise Michael Glink '14, Laura Henneman '15, Lucas Peters '15 and Valerie Raedy '14. The winning team will join the first-place teams from 13 other regions at the national finals April 10 to 13 in Santa Monica, California.
Emiliano Baidenbaum '14, Paulina López Caballero '14 and Esther Mignanelli '14 will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the 19th annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition in Orlando. Sponsored by the Hispanic National Bar Association, the tournament will be held during the organization's Annual Corporate Counsel Conference March 19 to 22, 2014.
Second-year students Matthew McCarter, Joshua Rehak, Alison Schaffer and Michael Zhang will represent IIT Chicago-Kent at the 2014 National Ethics Trial Competition championship March 20 to 22 at the Robert T. Matsui Federal Courthouse in Sacramento, Calif. The students will argue Peters v. Denver, a professional responsibility case.
IIT Chicago-Kent professors take to the stage in post-show discussions of "Arguendo" at the Museum of Contemporary Art
IIT Chicago-Kent professors Jerry Goldman, Sheldon H. Nahmod, and Nancy S. Marder will speak in post-show conversations after performances of "Arguendo," an innovative staging of oral arguments in Barnes v. Glen Theatre, a 1991 U.S. Supreme Court case in which go-go dancers challenged an Indiana law banning totally nude dancing on First Amendment grounds. The play will be in Chicago for three days only, March 14 to 16, 2014, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
Entries are being accepted for the 2014 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, 2014, 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. The $10,000 prize is designed to encourage and reward public debate among scholars on current issues affecting the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of governments throughout the world.
IIT Chicago-Kent Clinical Professor Richard J. Gonzalez inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Clinical Professor Richard J. Gonzalez has been inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
Paulina Lopez Caballero and Malinda Pileggi win individual oral advocate honors
IIT Chicago-Kent students Paulina Lopez Caballero '14, Kelly O'Neill '15 and Hannah Tuber '15 won the fifth annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition February 21 and 22, 2014, at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago. Lopez Caballero was named the tournament's best oral advocate, and Malinda Pileggi '16, who competed on another IIT Chicago-Kent team that reached the quarterfinals, received the award for second-best oral advocate.
IIT Chicago-Kent wins 2014 championship and best brief award at the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
For the second time in the last three years, a team from IIT Chicago-Kent has won the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition. Second-year students Nicholas Bartzen, Melody Gaal and Eric Shinabarger won the overall competition and the best brief award on February 20 to 22, 2014, at the University of Minnesota Law School.
"U.S. Immigration Law: History, Theory and Political Implications" is the topic of the March 11 lecture
Professor Mark D. Rosen will discuss "U.S. Immigration Law: History, Theory and Political Implications" March 11, 2014, at the sixth Presidential Lecture, hosted by IIT President John Anderson. Drawing on history, political theory and law, Professor Rosen will consider the connections between immigration and citizenship in liberal democracies.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the third annual National Professional Responsibility Moot Court Competition
Second-year students Lyal Fox III, Emily Herbick and Jared Reynolds will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2014 National Professional Responsibility Moot Court Competition. The tournament, sponsored by Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law, will be held March 14 to 15 in Indianapolis.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 2014 National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law
Second-year students Franchesca Mateo, Joaquin Sena and Abrahem Wehbi will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2014 National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law, March 7 to 8 in Columbus, Ohio. The competition is designed to give law students an opportunity to develop oral advocacy and writing skills as they argue current issues related to state child welfare and adoption law. This year's topic is "Balancing Rights Under the Indian Child Welfare Act."
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, president Randi Weingarten to deliver IIT Chicago-Kent's 10th Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture [Webcast]
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, will deliver the tenth IIT Chicago-Kent Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture on March 24. The program is free and open to the public. The Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture Series was inaugurated in 1998 by IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Workplace and the Chicago Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, as a public service to offer forums on critical workplace issues.
The latest issue of the Seventh Circuit Review is now available 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 antitrust, constitutional law, consumer law, criminal law, employment law, immigration and asylum, and privacy law. Each article is available for download in PDF format and has an audio synopsis recorded by the student author.
IIT Chicago-Kent is sending two teams to the 2014 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Regional Competition
Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent will participate in the 2014 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Regional Competition February 27 to March 1 at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse in Las Vegas. Second-year students Iman Boundaoui, John Jefferson and Teri McClerklin will compete on one team. The other team will comprise third-year students Koplan Nwabuoku and Valerie Raedy.
Professor Elizabeth De Armond has been named director of IIT Chicago-Kent's Legal Research and Writing Program, effective July 1. In her new position, she will have primary responsibility for the first year of the law school's multi-year Legal Research and Writing Program.
IIT Chicago-Kent students Lindon Bluth, Stephen Brown, Margaret Livingston and Nicole Wilmet will represent the law school in the Niagara International Moot Court Competition. The tournament, sponsored by the Canada-United States Law Institute, will be held February 20 to 22, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 26th annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent students Alexander Passo '14, Gregory Sussman '14 and Acacia Thornton '14 will represent the law school in the 26th annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. The tournament, sponsored by Pace Law School, will be held February 20 to 22, 2014, in White Plains, New York.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent will send two teams to the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition February 20 to 22, 2014, at the University of Minnesota Law School. Second-year students Nicholas Bartzen, Melody Gaal and Eric Shinabarger will compete on one team. Second-year students Matthew Jarka, Jacob Radecki and Jerome Urbik comprise the other team.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 2014 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Regional Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent will compete in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Regional Competition February 20 to 23, 2014, at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Kathleen Mallon, Jeffrey Martensen, David McKenzie, Nickolas Spencer and McKenna Wigfield will compete against teams from 21 law schools in a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.
IIT Chicago-Kent will send two teams to the 2014 National Trial Competition (NTC) Region 8 tournament February 20 to 23 in Chicago. Lauren Elliott '14, Emily Schroeder '15 and Judy Shammo '15 will compete on one team. The second team will comprise John DiFrancesco '14, Holli Dobler '14 and Lauren Zabrin '14.
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Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent will represent the law school in the fifth annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition February 21 and 22, 2014, at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago. Greg Dierdorf '14, Malinda Pileggi '15 and Arlo Walsman '15 will compete on one team. The other team will comprise Paulina Lopez Caballero '14, Kelly O'Neill '15 and Hannah Tuber '15.
IIT Chicago-Kent announces its 2014 ABA Law Student National Representation in Mediation Regional Competition teams
IIT Chicago-Kent will send two teams to compete in the 2014 ABA Law Student National Representation in Mediation Regional Competition February 15 and 16 at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Michael Barnes '14 and Martha Drouet '14 are the members of one team. Dana Pownall '14 and Maria Zyskind '16 comprise the other team.
The IIT Chicago-Kent team of Steve Bertholomey '15, Jaret Glazer '15 and Steve Gross '16 finished second in the 2014 National Baseball Arbitration Competition January 22 to 24 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.
IIT Chicago-Kent wins championship and best brief award in the 2014 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Regional Competition
Third-year IIT Chicago-Kent students Sarah Aagaard and Benjamin Boroughf have advanced to the national finals of the 2014 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition after winning the Midwest regional tournament February 8 in Chicago. IIT Chicago-Kent, which competed against teams from nine states in the region, also won the award for the best brief.
IIT Chicago-Kent announces its NBLSA's 2014 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Midwest Regional Competition team
Henderson Banks '15, Zachary Jordan '16, Kendra L. Lee '15 and Kendra D. Spearman '15 will represent IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in the 2014 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Midwest Regional Competition in Minneapolis. Sponsored by the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), the tournament will be held during the organization's regional convention January 29 to February 2.
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Professor Christopher W. Schmidt has been named director of IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS), succeeding founding director Carolyn E. Shapiro, who was recently appointed Illinois Solicitor General. Established in 2011, ISCOTUS provides information, educational resources, and scholarship on the nation's highest court.
IIT Chicago-Kent students Steve Bertholomey '15, Jaret Glazer '15 and Steve Gross '16 will compete in the 2014 National Baseball Arbitration Competition January 22 to 24 in New Orleans. Sponsored by Tulane Law School's Sports Law Society, the competition is modeled closely on the salary arbitration procedures used by Major League Baseball.
Third-year students Jake Berger and Colleen Nickel will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2014 Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship, January 22 to 25 at the University of Houston Law Center. Only the sixteen law are invited to compete in this annual "best of the best" tournament that recognizes a school's sustained excellence in the art of written and oral advocacy.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced on January 14, 2014, that she has appointed IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Carolyn Shapiro to serve as Solicitor General in the Office of the Attorney General. In her new role, Professor Shapiro will oversee more than 40 attorneys in the Attorney General's Appellate Division who work on behalf of the state, its officers and agencies.
Professor Martin H. Malin, director of IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Workplace, has been reappointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP). Professor Malin was first appointed to the FSIP in 2009.