The Illinois Attorney General's Office is IIT Chicago-Kent's 2014 Public Interest Partner

April 16 Awards Night program also honors alumni and student commitment to public service

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Office of the Illinois Attorney General will receive IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Public Interest Partner Award during IIT Chicago-Kent's seventh annual Public Interest Awards Night on April 16 in the law school's Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium, 565 West Adams Street (between Clinton and Jefferson streets) in Chicago. The program will begin at 5 p.m.

Public Interest Awards Night program coverThe Public Interest Partner Award recognizes organizations that make outstanding contributions to public interest law and provide opportunities for IIT Chicago-Kent students to gain meaningful experience in public interest practice. The Attorney General's Office is being cited for its active recruitment and hiring of IIT Chicago-Kent students and alumni.

The Awards Night program, co-sponsored by IIT Chicago-Kent's Alumni Association, Career Services Office and Public Interest Law Program, also honors graduates who demonstrate outstanding public service leadership as well as current IIT Chicago-Kent students involved in public service activities and graduating students receiving J.D. certificates in Public Interest Law.

Dina Nikitaides '08, interactive content manager at Illinois Legal Aid Online, and Angelic Young '01, senior coordinator of the Institute for Inclusive Security's Resolution to Act Initiative, will receive the 2014 Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Award. The award recognizes IIT Chicago-Kent alumni who have demonstrated outstanding public interest leadership and who most reflect "the character, life and work" of Judge Marovitz '25. These endowed awards include monetary stipends to assist recipients with their educational debt as they work to benefit the public good.

Max Stein '01 will receive the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, which honors IIT Chicago-Kent alumni who have demonstrated a strong commitment to pro bono work throughout their careers. A member of Boodell & Domanskis LLC, where he concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, Stein began his pro bono legal work as a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow at the Sargent Shriver National Center for Poverty Law. He has continued to work with the Shriver Center on a pro bono basis, taking on fair-housing cases, including a pioneering case to preserve low-income senior housing that had national implications.

Founded in 1888, IIT 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. Students at IIT Chicago-Kent who have a special interest in human rights, civil rights, civil liberties, social justice, increasing access to justice, and battling discrimination can carve their own professional niche by pursuing a J.D. certificate in Public Interest Law.