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Professor Sheldon Nahmod recently filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the City of Joliet in the case Manuel v. City of Joliet, arguing that "the common law elements of malicious prosecution should play no independent role in determining the scope of claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983."
At the invitation of Chancellor Gerónimo Laviosa González of the National University of the East in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Dean Harold Krent visited the university and gave a speech to university students, faculty and administrators about the importance of an independent judiciary. After the speech, Dean Krent, the first U.S. law dean to visit the university, was presented with a special resolution declaring him an honorary guest of the university.
Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech has graduated its first class in its seven-month, online certificate program in Financial Markets Compliance (FMC) — a program among the first in the country to provide prospective and entry-level compliance professionals with a deep understanding of the field as it applies across different types of financial institutions.
Chicago-Kent student Karen Vaysman '17, in collaboration with Distinguished Professor Richard Wright, presented a scholarly paper to leading private law scholars from around the world at a major international conference held July 19 to 22, 2016, at Downing College at the University of Cambridge in England.
Center for Open Government succeeds in taxpayer action to enforce school district anti-nepotism policies
In Veazey v. Rich Township School District 227, decided July 20, 2016, the Illinois Appellate Court upheld Frederick Veazey's taxpayer standing to enforce the school district's anti-nepotism policy and paved the way to invalidate the Rich Township High School District's vote to approve reinstatement of a teacher, with back pay and fees, where the teacher's spouse cast the deciding favorable vote, defying the district's anti-nepotism policy.
Dalia Labrador and Lydia Ness receive 2016 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic
Dalia Labrador '17 and Lydia Ness '16 are the recipients of Chicago-Kent's 2016 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic. The awards, which include a cash stipend, are made at the end of the academic year to 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. Recipients are selected by Chicago-Kent faculty who teach in the law school's Certificate Program in Criminal Litigation.
Stephanie Crigler and Kenneth Matuszewski, both 2016 graduates of Chicago-Kent College of Law, have won the law school's 2016 Dolores K. Hanna Trademark Prize. The prize was established at Chicago-Kent in 2006 by the law firm of K & L Gates LLP (formerly Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLC) to honor Dolores K. Hanna, a 1952 Chicago-Kent graduate who served as the firm's special trademark counsel. The prize is awarded at the end of the school year to one or more Chicago-Kent students based on outstanding performance in an intellectual property course.