Stephanie Crigler and Kenneth Matuszewski receive the 2016 Dolores K. Hanna Trademark Prize
Stephanie Crigler and Kenneth Matuszewski, both 2016 graduates of Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech, have won the law school's 2016 Dolores K. Hanna Trademark Prize. The prize was established at the law school 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. Recipients are selected by faculty who teach in the law school's Program in Intellectual Property Law.
Recipient Stephanie Crigler earned a bachelor's degree in government from Georgetown University. Kenneth Matuszewski studied biological sciences and Spanish at the University of Notre Dame. Both Crigler and Matuszewski competed on the Chicago-Kent intellectual property moot court team that won the Midwest regional championship of the 2016 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition and placed second in the national competition. This spring, Matuszewski won the International Trademark Association's 2016 Ladas Memorial Award for his paper titled Casting Out Confusion: How Exclusive Appellate Jurisdiction in the Federal Circuit Would Clarify Trademark Law.
Dolores Hanna practiced intellectual property law with distinction for more than 50 years before retiring from active practice in 2006. Prior to joining Bell, Boyd & Lloyd in 2000, Hanna practiced at the law firm of Hill & Simpson and also served as trademark counsel for Kraft Inc. From 1985 to 1987, she chaired the federal Trademark Review Commission, and recommended changes that were enacted into the Trademark Law Revision Act of 1988, the first comprehensive update of trademark law since passage of the Lanham Act in 1946. Hanna has served as president of the International Trademark Association, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, the Women's Bar Association of Illinois, the Women's Bar Foundation, and the Cook County Court Watchers.
Chicago-Kent currently offers a J.D. certificate program in intellectual property law and in 2002 became the first American law school to offer a one-year LL.M. degree in international intellectual property law. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks Chicago Kent's Program in Intellectual Property Law 13th in the nation.