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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.
Katie DeBoer '16 and Matthew Smart '16 are the recipients of Chicago-Kent's 2016 Marc Grinker Student Commitment Award. The award was created in memory of Professor Marc A. Grinker, a member of the Chicago-Kent faculty from 1990 until his death in 1996, who served as the first director of the law school's Appellate Advocacy Program. The Grinker Award honors students who embody Professor Grinker’s dedication to the program and to the law school.
Lydia Ness, a 2016 graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law, has been selected as a 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow. Starting in September, Ness will work for Equip for Equality, an advocacy organization for people with disabilities in Illinois, where she will provide legal services and outreach to protect people with disabilities from sexual abuse and sex trafficking.
Author proposes low-cost alternative to traditional 401(k) and IRA accounts
In his new book, "Empire of the Fund: The Way We Save Now," Professor William Birdthistle exposes and critiques what he calls the richest and riskiest experiment in our nation's financial history. He illustrates the flaws in the hypothesis of that experiment: that millions of ordinary, untrained, and busy citizens can successfully manage trillions of dollars in a financial system governed by powerful financial institutions. Professor Birdthistle explores the obstacles that individual investors face when using mutual funds to save and offers solutions for how to safeguard their individual financial destinies as well as the nation's fiscal strength.
Chicago-Kent College of Law is one of four institutions to form an alliance with the Organization of American States to promote legal scholarship and education among the 35 independent states of the Americas. Also joining the alliance are the University of Notre Dame, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Guadalajara Campus.