Chicago-Kent student Katherine Jahnke receives 2010 Lowell Jacobson Scholarship Award

Scholarship is named for former American Counsel Association president and Cook County magistrate

Friday, September 10, 2010

Katherine Jahnke, a 2011 J.D. candidate at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, has received the 2010 Lowell Jacobson Scholarship Award. The scholarship was established by the American Counsel Association in memory of Lowell H. Jacobson, a past president of the organization. Mr. Jacobson was a Cook County Circuit Court magistrate from 1963 to 1967. At the time of his death in 1988, he was a senior partner in the Chicago law firm Jacobson, Brandvik & Anderson specializing in corporate law.

 Dean Harold J. Krent, Katherine Jahnke '11 and Pamela Bresnahan of the American Counsel Association
From left: Dean Harold J. Krent, Katherine Jahnke '11 and Pamela Bresnahan of the American Counsel Association

The Lowell Jacobson Scholarship Award is given annually to a third-year student from a law school in Illinois, Indiana or Wisconsin—the three states within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Katherine Jahnke, a 2011 candidate for a J.D. degree with a certificate in litigation and alternative dispute resolution, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas with a double major in political science and English. At Chicago-Kent, she currently serves as executive articles editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review and as managing editor of the Chicago-Kent Journal of International and Comparative Law. Jahnke is also president of the Chicago-Kent division of UNA-USA and secretary of Women in Law.

Jahnke has worked as a summer associate at the Chicago law firm of DLA Piper US LLP. She also served as a legal intern in the law school's Employment Discrimination and Civil Rights Clinic and as a law clerk at Smith, Hemmesch, Burke, Brannigan & Guerin in Chicago. Jahnke completed a judicial externship with U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan of the Northern District of Illinois. In the summer of 2009 she served as an intern with the Women's Legal Centre Trust in South Africa, where she researched a variety of legal issues related to "clients' individual circumstances and advocacy issues."

Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, a private, Ph.D.-granting institution with programs in engineering, psychology, architecture, business, design and law.