Second-year student Benjamin Boroughf has been selected to receive the 2013 Dolores K. Hanna Trademark Prize. 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. Recipients are selected annually by faculty who teach in the law school's program in intellectual property law.
Emily Bock and Elizabeth Zink receive 2013 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic
Emily Bock and Elizabeth Zink are the recipients of the 2013 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic at IIT Chicago-Kent. The awards, which include a cash stipend, are made at the end of the academic year to IIT 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.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's 2013 Commencement will be webcast live Sunday, May 19, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Share your messages, comments, pictures and video of the ceremonies and other graduation weekend activities on Twitter with the hashtag #CKgrad.
Third-year student Ramsin Canon is the recipient of IIT Chicago-Kent's 2013 Marc Grinker Student Commitment Award. Each year, members of the law school's Moot Court Honor Society nominate their peers who have shown dedication to the program. The award was created in memory of Professor Marc A. Grinker, a member of the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty from 1990 until his death in 1996.
Luke Harriman and Jingjing Huang to deliver student addresses at 2013 IIT Chicago-Kent Commencement ceremony May 19
Valedictorian Luke Harriman will deliver the J.D. Commencement address and Jingjing Huang will deliver the graduate address at IIT Chicago-Kent's 2013 Commencement ceremony May 19 at the UIC Forum. The law school will award 281 J.D. degrees and 106 LL.M. degrees.
Attorney and author Scott Turow will deliver the keynote address at IIT Chicago-Kent's 2013 Commencement on Sunday, May 19. Turow is a partner in the Chicago office of the international law firm SNR Denton and a best-selling author whose work has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Since 2010, he has served as president of the Author's Guild, the nation's largest membership organization of professional writers.
Graduating seniors are chosen for service to the law school, community and legal profession
Twelve members of IIT Chicago-Kent's Class of 2013 have been named to the Bar and Gavel Society. Each year, IIT Chicago-Kent's Student Bar Association inducts into the society graduating seniors who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to the law school, the community and the legal profession.
IIT Chicago-Kent will hold its 6th annual Public Interest Awards Night on April 25. Jonathan Rhodes '09 and Jill Roberts '08 will receive the 2013 Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Award, and Salvador Lopez '09 and Kathleen Robson '10, founding partners of Robson & Lopez LLC, will receive the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. The Public Interest Partner Award will go to the Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS).
Class Cancellations and Delays
"Sifuana Okwethu," a documentary by Professor Bernadette Atuhene, will be shown at April 19 program
IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Humanities and Documentaries to Inspire Social Change (DISC) will co-sponsor "A Conversation About Land Dispossession in South Africa" April 19 at the law school. "Sifuna Okwethu" ("We Want What's Ours"), a short documentary film about land dispossession in South Africa directed by Professor Bernadette Atuahene, will be screened at the beginning of the program.
IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Steven J. Heyman to discuss the First Amendment and funeral protests at American Constitution Society event
Do religious groups have a First Amendment right to picket funerals? Does the First Amendment protect protesters at a funeral from liability for intentionally inflicting emotional distress on the family of the deceased? Should the law ever restrict speech because it causes injury to others? Professor Steven J. Heyman will address these issues April 25 in "To Drink the Cup of Fury: Funeral Picketing, Public Discourse, and the First Amendment," a lecture co-sponsored by IIT Chicago-Kent and the Chicago Lawyer chapters of the American Constitution Society.
IIT Chicago-Kent and CRFC provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about the role of the Supreme Court in American Democracy
Area high school students to spend "A Day at the U.S. Supreme Court" April 12
IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS) and the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC) will host "A Day at the U.S. Supreme Court" on April 12. The program will bring students from eight area high schools together with law professors, former U.S. Supreme Court clerks, legal experts, and law students to learn about the significance of the Court and its decisions to our democratic society.
Patent law conference will draw jurists, practitioners and academics
The Honorable Richard Linn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will deliver the keynote address at the third Patent Conference (PatCon3), April 12 and 13 at IIT Chicago-Kent. Judge Linn will address the topic "The Changing Landscape of Patent Law: At the USPTO, the Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit." PatCon3 is a cooperative effort among IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, the University of Kansas School of Law, University of San Diego School of Law, and Boston College Law School to hold an annual conference where patent scholars in law, economics, management science, and other disciplines can share their research.
California attorney Tracy K. Genesen '88 will address the topic "Wine and Social Media: Prohibition, Power Politics and Consumer Choice," on April 8 at a lecture co-sponsored by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Program in Intellectual Property Law and Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS). A partner in Reed Smith LLP's San Francisco office, she is nationally recognized in the area of constitutional law relating to the interstate sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages, particularly with respect to wineries.
National ACLU president Susan N. Herman will deliver the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture April 11
Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy
Brooklyn Law School professor and ACLU president Susan N. Herman will discuss her award-winning book "Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy" April 11, 2013, at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture. The program is free and open to the public.
IIT Chicago-Kent and UIC's "Shari'a and Halakha in America" conference to address the challenges faced by both Jewish and Muslim legal systems
Michael J. Broyde to deliver April 15 keynote address
Michael J. Broyde, professor of law and a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, will deliver the keynote address on the first day of "Shari'a and Halakha in America," a free two-day conference co-hosted by IIT Chicago-Kent and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Broyde will address the topic "Suggestions for Shari'a Courts Based on the Precedent of the Beth Din of America."
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., administers the oath
Twenty-nine IIT Chicago-Kent alumni were admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 4, 2013. The induction ceremony was conducted by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., who administered the oath to the group. Associate Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan were also present.
March 27 program will focus on two cases currently before the justices
IIT Chicago-Kent will host a free public forum at 3 p.m. on March 27, 2013, focusing on issues related to same-sex marriages. The forum, "Same-Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court," is being held to coincide with the final day of oral arguments in two cases currently pending before the court: Hollingsworth v. Perry, a challenge to California's Proposition 8, and United States v. Windsor, a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States releases materials on upcoming same-sex marriage cases
Multimedia guide and open forum will aid public understanding of the March 26 and 27 arguments
IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS) and its Oyez Project have produced materials related to two same-sex marriage cases to coincide with the U.S. Supreme Court's hearings March 26 and 27 of Hollingsworth v. Perry, a challenge to California's Proposition 8, and United States v. Windsor, a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The materials are designed to increase public information and understanding of the Supreme Court and the issues involved in these cases.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 2013 Herbert J. Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent second-year students Claudia Cortes and David McKenzie will compete in the 2013 Herbert J. Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition on March 23 at the Erie County Courthouse in downtown Buffalo. The tournament is sponsored by SUNY Buffalo Law School's Criminal Law Society.
The IIT Chicago-Kent team of Zeke Katz '14 and Jack Marshall '13 won the 2013 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition held March 15 to 17 in Madison, Wisconsin. Katz and Marshall also won the award for the second-best respondent's brief. Jake Berger '14, a member of the other IIT Chicago-Kent team, was honored as the tournament's third-best oral advocate from among 52 eligible competitors.
March 21 program focuses on "What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About E-Discovery"
IIT Chicago-Kent will hold a one-day E-Discovery Institute: "What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About E-Discovery" on March 21, 2013, at the law school. Designed to introduce participants to the potential complexities and pitfalls of e-discovery, the program will address current trends and emerging technologies, using real-life examples and illustrations. Among the issues addressed are predictive coding, cloud storage, social media, and the strategies litigants can use to successfully manage ESI preservation and collection.
Matt Carter, Lisa DeLeon and Seth Helm, second-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent, will represent the law school in the second annual National Professional Responsibility Competition March 15 and 16 at Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. The competition is designed to give law students an opportunity to use their oral advocacy and appellate brief writing skills as they consider two specific professional responsibility questions.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 40th annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition
Samuel Cook and Sarah Riess, third-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent, will represent the law school in the 40th annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition's Midwest regional tournament March 15 to 17 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 17 to 19 in Washington, D.C.
"Appellate Courts as First Responders" by IIT Chicago-Kent Distinguished Professor Joan E. Steinman wins the AAAL Eisenberg Prize
"Appellate Courts as First Responders: The Constitutionality and Propriety of Appellate Courts' Resolving Issues in the First Instance," a law review article by IIT Chicago-Kent Distinguished Professor Joan E. Steinman, has won the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers' (AAAL) 2011–12 Eisenberg Prize. Professor Steinman, whose Georgia Law Review article "Irregulars: The Appellate Rights of Persons Who Are Not Full-Fledged Parties" was similarly honored in 2005, becomes the first scholar to win two Eisenberg prizes.
Entries are being accepted for the 2013 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, 2013, for the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. Established in 2007 at IIT Chicago-Kent 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.
Two teams will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent will be represented by two teams in the 2013 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition March 15 to 17 at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. Jake Berger '14 and Colleen Nickel '14 are on one team, and the second team comprises Jack Marshall '13 and Zeke Katz '14.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 2013 National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law
Emily Anderson, Lindsay Friedman and Katy Martinez, second-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent, will represent the law school in the National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law, March 15 and 16 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.
IIT Chicago-Kent to compete in the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition's 2013 regional tournament
Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent will compete in the American Association for Justice's 2013 Student Trial Advocacy Competition's regional tournament March 7 to 10 in Chicago. Students Tara Korthals '13, Kate Kosartes '14, Koplan Nwabuoku '14 and Betsy Schulzetenberg '13 will compete on one team, and Lauren Elliott '14, Michael Glink '14, Bernadett Guy '13 and Erin Mayer '13 will compete on the other. The winning team at the regional competition will join the first-place teams from 13 other regions at the national finals April 4 to 7 in New Orleans.
The team of second-year students Amanda Bell, Fariz Burhanuddin, John DiFrancesco and Holli Dobler will defend IIT Chicago-Kent's National Ethics Trial Competition championship March 14 to 16 at the Robert T. Matsui Federal Courthouse in Sacramento, Calif. The National Ethics Trial 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.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will compete in the 2013 South Texas Mock Trial Challenge, March 20 to 24, in Houston. The competition, sponsored by South Texas College of Law, "is designed to showcase the best advocates from the nation's best advocacy programs." Third-year students Amanda Bielinski and Patrick Ferrell and second-year students Robby Fakhouri and Gintare Radvila will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the tournament.
Governor Pat Quinn designates February 23, 2013, as IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Day in Illinois
Governor Pat Quinn designates February 23, 2013, as IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Day in Illinois
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to participate in the 2013 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent will participate in the 2013 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Regional Competition February 21 to 23 in St. Louis. Students Dunstan Barnes '13, Colette Kopon '14 and David Starshak '14 will compete on one team, and students Esther Minell '14 and Ryan Moore '14 will compete on the other team. Sponsored by the American Bar Association's Law Student Division, the competition emphasizes students' written and oral advocacy skills.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to defend its championship in the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent will send two teams to defend its 2012 championship in the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition February 21 to 23, 2013, at the University of Minnesota Law School. Third-year students Anne Marfisi, Sarah Marfisi and Laurence Tooth will compete on one team, and second-year students Roman Kashuba, Scott Lechowicz and Stephen Pauwels comprise the other team. The competition is designed to give law students an opportunity to develop the oral advocacy and writing skills essential to be successful appellate lawyers, and to promote interest in civil rights law.
Historian Jasmine Alinder to present lecture on "The Right to Representation: Photography, War and Censorship in the Wake of 9/11"
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee history professor Jasmine Alinder will discuss "The Right to Representation: Photography, War and Censorship in the Wake of 9/11" on February 20, 2013, at IIT Chicago-Kent. The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Humanities.
IIT Chicago-Kent to seek its third consecutive National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition championship
Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent will represent the law school in defense of its 2011 and 2012 championships in the fourth annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition, February 22 and 23, 2013, at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago. Third-year students Maggie Chappo, George Lepeniotis and Sylvia St. Clair will compete on one team. The other team will comprise second-year students Daisy Ayllon, Dustin Karrison and Alex Stephens.
IIT Chicago-Kent to participate in the 25th annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law students Martha Drouet, Brandon Holub and Philip Micha will represent the law school in the 25th annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. The tournament, sponsored by Pace Law School, will be held February 21 to 23, 2013, in White Plains, New York. Established in 1989, the tournament is recognized as the preeminent environmental law competition in the United States.
The IIT Chicago-Kent team of Brian Crump '14, Lee Oliff '14 and Alex Reich '13 finished among the top four teams in the country in the sixth annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition held January 23 to 25, 2013, 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's Young Alumni Council will host an after party following the law school's 125th Anniversary Gala on February 23, a black-tie event that will be held from 5:30 to 11 p.m. in the Great Hall of Chicago Union Station. The after party, sponsored by the Chicago law firm of Peck Bloom LLC, will be held from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. at South Branch Tavern & Grille.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to participate in the Lefkowitz Moot Court Midwest regional competition
Amy Harvey and Mary Katherine Schweihs, third-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent, will represent the law school in the 22nd annual Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Midwest regional competition on February 9, 2013, in Chicago. IIT Chicago-Kent will compete against teams from 13 states in the region. The top two teams in the Midwest tournament will join the top two teams from three other regions in the national finals to be held March 16 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to host Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Civil Rights Symposium on February 22
"We Are Not Alone" is the theme of an LGBT Civil Rights Symposium hosted by IIT Chicago-Kent. Symposium participants will look at legal issues related to marriage equality and LGBT persons in the workplace. Attendees may be eligible for 3 hours of Illinois MCLE credit. A reception sponsored by the IIT Chicago-Kent Lambdas, an organization of gay and straight law students, will immediately follow the event.
The IIT Chicago-Kent team of Emily Aleisa, Justin Haber, Jordan Lebovitz and Valerie Raedy will represent the law school in the National Trial Competition's Region 8 tournament February 7 to 9 in Valparaiso, Indiana. The National Trial Competition, established in 1975 by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, is the one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions in the United States. The competition is co-sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Association.
IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Compliance lecture series continues with "The Global Regulation of Financial Markets"
International securities and regulation expert Michael Mann to speak on February 28
"The Global Regulation of Financial Markets" is the topic of a lecture by Michael Mann, a partner at the law firm of Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP, on February 28 at IIT Chicago-Kent. The program is eligible for one hour of IL MCLE credit and is sponsored by the IIT Chicago-Kent Institute for Compliance. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
IIT Chicago-Kent to compete in NBLSA's 2013 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Midwest Regional Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent will compete against teams from 12 states during the National Black Law Students Association's Midwest regional convention February 6 to 9 in St. Louis. The top two teams in the Midwest tournament will compete at the national finals March 6 to 10 in Atlanta. Third-year students Keenan Daniels and Sivonnia Hunt and second-year students Samantha Buckley and Grant Miller will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the tournament.
The IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Library is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, which has been incorporated into the law school's web presence. Faculty and students are now able to access information more quickly by using a single search box on the library's main page. The new catalog interface provides instant access to the library's materials as well as to materials in other libraries worldwide.
The Honorable Anne M. Burke '83 and IIT President Emeritus Lewis M. Collens named honorary co-chairs of IIT Chicago-Kent's 125th Anniversary Gala
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke '83 and Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) President Emeritus Lewis M. Collens will serve as honorary co-chairs of IIT Chicago-Kent's 125th Anniversary Gala. The black-tie event will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. in the Great Hall of Chicago Union Station, 210 South Canal Street in Chicago. Music will be provided by the Robin Simone Band.
The Bruce M. Kohen Courtroom will be dedicated at a public reception on January 24, 2013, in the law school's Lewis Collens Atrium. Named for Bruce M. Kohen '79, the courtroom will primarily be used for classes and competition practice by students on IIT Chicago-Kent's trial advocacy and moot court teams. Mr. Kohen is a retired partner of Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen Ltd. in Chicago and previously served as president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.
January 28, 2013, is the application deadline for the Honors Scholars Program, a full-tuition law school scholarship and stipend program at IIT Chicago-Kent. Established in 1998, the program provides full-tuition law school scholarships and annual living stipends for extraordinarily talented and motivated students with the potential to influence the direction of the legal profession.
Emily Chase-Sosnoff, Irena Kin and Sam Mustain, third-year students at IIT Chicago-Kent, have advanced to the National Moot Court Competition as finalists in the regional tournament held November 10-11 at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. As the region's top two teams, IIT Chicago-Kent and Loyola University Chicago School of Law will join 28 teams from 14 other regions for the national finals in New York January 28-31, 2013.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Institute for Compliance will present a half-day "Compliance Boot Camp" for practitioners, in-house counsel and prospective compliance professionals. The program will be held from 1-4:45 p.m. on January 17 in the law school's Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium, 565 West Adams Street (between Clinton and Jefferson streets) in Chicago. A reception will immediately follow the program. For more information or to register, please call (312) 906-5240 or e-mail email@example.com.
"Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy" wins 2012 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize
"Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy," by Brooklyn Law School professor and national ACLU president Susan N. Herman, has won the 2012 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. The prize honors an exemplary work of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society. Professor Herman will present her work at the law school on April 11.