Chicago-Kent's 2018 Commencement ceremony, held May 13 at the UIC Forum in Chicago, recognized J.D. and LL.M. degree recipients of the Class of 2018. Speakers included New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice Anna Barbara Hantz Marconi '92, J.D. valedictorian Alison Heydorn, and LL.M. class speaker Betsy Carolina Acosta. Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean Katharine Baker presided, and President Alan Cramb of Illinois Tech conferred degrees on the graduates.
"Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection" - Christopher Carani
Chicago IP attorney Christopher Carani of the law firm McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd. spoke about the recently published book he edited, Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection (Wolters Kluwer N.V. 2017), at a BookIT IP Series talk at Chicago-Kent on April 11, 2018. The book addresses the issue of functionality in the context of design rights, which has become an important aspect of intellectual property law with respect to the protection of industrial and other designs, and provides detailed country-by-country analysis and guidance on the legal issues and practical implications of functionality in 27 key jurisdictions worldwide. Learn...
"You Don't Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie’s Dark Side" - Prof. Orly Lobel
Professor Orly Lobel of the University of San Diego School of Law discussed her new book You Don’t Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie’s Dark Side (W.W. Norton 2017) at a BookIT IP Series talk on March 22, 2018, at Chicago-Kent. Professor Lobel discussed the epic legal battle between Mattel and MGA Entertainment involving their famous Barbie and Bratz dolls. In 1959, the Barbie doll was created and became an instant sensation. Mattel quickly monopolized the doll market and Barbie emerged as an international icon. Fast-forward to 1998 where a clothing designer, on leave from Mattel, created...
"Intelligent Design" - Profs. Christopher Buccafusco & Jonathan Masur
Professor Christopher Buccafusco of Cardozo School of Law and Professor Jonathan Masur of the University of Chicago Law School gave a intellectual property talk about their forthcoming article "Intelligent Design" on March 19, 2018, at Chicago-Kent. They discussed how the current ways of channeling designs into the appropriate IP protection regime -- copyright law, design patent law, or utility patent law -- no longer work, and they propose a variety of solutions that would improve design protection, balancing the law’s needs for incentives and competition. This talk was co-sponsored by Chicago-Kent’s Intellectual Property Program and Center for Design, Law &...
Centennial Lecture 2018: "Train Wreck: U.S. Immigration and Border Policy, 1965-2010"
Professor Douglas Massey of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs delivered Chicago-Kent's 2018 Centennial Lecture, "Train Wreck: U.S. Immigration and Border Policy, 1965-2010," on March 8, 2018.
The Center for Design, Law and Technology Launch Celebration
Chicago-Kent celebrated the launch of its new Center for Design, Law & Technology (cDELTA or c∆) on February 21, 2018, with a public lecture by Professor Graeme Dinwoodie on “The Future of Design Copyright after Star Athletica?,” followed by a reply from Notre Dame law professor Mark McKenna, a research affiliate of the new center. Founded by Professors Graeme Dinwoodie and Edward Lee , director of Chicago-Kent’s Program in Intellectual Property Law , the new center will promote research, scholarship and instruction at the intersection of design, creativity, technology and the law. Visit the Center for Design, Law & Technology website .
Inside the Honors Scholars Program
Learn about the Honors Scholars Program at Chicago-Kent from current students as they discuss their unique experiences in the program with Dean Harold Krent. The Honors Scholars Program provides full-tuition scholarships for extraordinarily talented and motivated students with the potential to influence the direction of the legal profession.
What Is the Honors Scholars Program?
Dean Harold Krent explains the Honors Scholars Program at Chicago-Kent, which provides full-tuition scholarships for extraordinarily talented and motivated students with the potential to influence the direction of the legal profession. Learn More
"Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America" - Prof. James Forman Jr.
Professor James Forman Jr. of Yale Law School discussed the topics in his book "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America" (Farrar Straus and Giroux 2017), named one of the 10 best books of 2017 by the New York Times, at Chicago-Kent on January 17, 2018. Critics of America's criminal justice system have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. In this book, Professor Forman points out the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African-American leaders in the nation’s urban centers, and he seeks to understand why.
What's Up with the Law and ... Baseball?
Professor Christopher Schmidt, a legal historian, talks about how litigation between a player (St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder Curt Flood) and Major League Baseball over a trade ultimately resulted in players organizing to form a very strong union that led eventually to a better bargaining position with the league. Learn more about Professor Schmidt and his work.
What's Up with the Law and ... the Gig Economy?
Professor Henry H. Perritt, Jr., explains that labor and employment laws need to change to accommodate the modern gig economy because U.S. employment laws were designed around the factory model, which doesn't apply well to gig economy jobs where the workers are entrepreneurs. Learn more about Professor Perritt and his work.
What's Up with the Law and . . . Twins?
Distinguished Professor Lori Andrews, director of Illinois Tech's Institute for Science, Law and Technology , discusses some intriguing legal issues that can arise with twins in criminal law. Learn more about Professor Andrews and her work .