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Stephanie Wolf '17 has been awarded a Medal of Excellence from the American Bankruptcy Institute for outstanding performance in her bankruptcy coursework and for her membership in the Chicago-Kent team that submitted the highest-ranked U.S. brief at the 2017 Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot. The Medal of Excellence program was developed by Christopher F. Graham of the New York law firm of Thatcher Proffitt & Wood and inaugurated by the ABI in 1997.
In a paper in the peer-reviewed science journal PLOS ONE, Chicago-Kent professor Daniel Martin Katz, Chicago-Kent researcher Michael J. Bommarito II, and Professor Josh Blackman of South Texas College of Law Houston construct a model that predicts with more than 70 percent accuracy the votes and case outcomes of the United States Supreme Court. The article, titled "A General Approach for Predicting the Behavior of the Supreme Court of the United States," was published April 12, 2017.
Twelve members of Chicago-Kent's Class of 2017 were inducted for membership at the Student Bar Association award ceremonies April 3 at the law school. Chicago-Kent's new Bar & Gavel members include Caitlin Ajax, Rebecca Charles, Maxwell Eichenberger, Matt Hamielec, Bryce Hensley, Logan Meyer, Jeffrey Michalik, Aisha Shotande, Tracey Starck, Ryan Suniga, Kelsey Weyhing and Margaret "Peggy" Wojkowski.
In a paper appearing in the March 31, 2017, issue of "Science," Vanderbilt law professor J.B. Ruhl, Chicago-Kent professor Daniel Martin Katz, and Chicago-Kent researcher Michael J. Bommarito II propose that the legal profession apply the tools of complexity science to help improve legal systems. The authors outline a research agenda to map complex adaptive systems (CAS) concepts onto the legal system, applying the tools of complexity science to measure, monitor and manage elements of the system from the U.S. Code and Code of Federal Regulations to day-to-day legal tasks.
Chicago-Kent Professor Elizabeth De Armond is a winner of the 2017 Annual Writing Competition of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. The annual competition seeks to recognize written contributions to the field of consumer financial services law. Professor De Armond won first place in the competition's professional category for a paper published in the Brigham Young University Law Review that analyzes how recent Supreme Court decisions on federal preemption of state law could help states craft legislation to protect consumers' financial privacy.
A recent paper by Chicago-Kent Professor Martin Malin reviews and evaluates the current state of negotiations between American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the State of Illinois. "The AFSCME–State of Illinois Negotiations: Traveling in Uncharted Waters," published in the current issue of Illinois Public Employee Relations Report, examines the unsettled issues the parties face and recaps the litigation before the Illinois Labor Relations Board (ILRB) and the ILRB's decision that the parties are at impasse in their negotiations.
Chicago-Kent alumna Militza Pagán is the recipient of a 2017 Skadden Fellowship. Established in 1988 by the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the prestigious two-year fellowship supports graduating law students and judicial clerks who are pursuing careers in public interest law. During her fellowship period, Pagán will work at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, where she'll focus on enforcing new legal rights for domestic workers under the Illinois Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights.