Dean Harold J. Krent receives Chicago Bar Foundation's Schrager Award

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Harold J. Krent, dean of Chicago-Kent College of Law, is the recipient of the 2018 Leonard Jay Schrager Award for Excellence, conferred July 12 by the Chicago Bar Foundation. The award recognizes attorneys in academia who have made significant contributions to improving access to justice for the less fortunate. 

 Bill Richert for the Chicago Bar Foundation.
Dean Harold Krent accepted the 2018 Leonard Jay Schrager Award for Excellence on July 12 at the Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation's Pro Bono & Public Service Awards Luncheon. | Photo: Bill Richert for the Chicago Bar Foundation

Dean Krent was recognized for his leadership role in a succession of important and far-reaching public interest initiatives, many of them carried out with his students. Together, he and his students have advocated for domestic violence victims, represented criminal defendants pro bono in cases involving significant issues of constitutional law, evaluated the lack of procedural safeguards for tenants facing eviction in Chicago courts, and promoted the use of technology to assist pro se litigants and legal aid attorneys. 

A Chicago-Kent faculty member since 1994 and dean since 2003, Dean Krent has also strengthened the law school’s  J.D. Certificate Program in Public Interest Law, expanded the public interest component of the law school’s extensive externship program, and provided many years of support to the legal aid clinic in his residential community. 

The Schrager Award is named in honor of Professor Leonard Jay Schrager, former dean of The John Marshall Law School and for many years a distinguished professor there. The award is endowed by the law firm of Reed Smith LLP and its partners. Their support allows the recipient of the award to direct a special Chicago Bar Foundation grant to the law school clinic or legal aid program of his or her choice.  

Founded in 1888, Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, a private, technology-focused, research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law.