"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.
Webinar: Personal Statements | Law School Application Process Essentials
This webinar features an in-depth discussion of how to create a strong personal statement for law school, presented by Karen Buttenbaum, Partner at Spivey Consulting. Karen is a respected law school admissions professional with over 16 years of experience working in legal education. From 2001 to 2013, she was a voting member of the admissions committee at Harvard Law School, reading and making decisions on over 16,000 applications and interviewing over 1,000 applicants during that time. The webinar wraps up with a Q&A moderated by Assistant Dean for Admissions Nicole Vilches. (Recorded in October 2017.) Visit the J.D. Admission section of our website.
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 .
"Judging the Political and Political Judging: Justice Scalia as Case Study" - Prof. Richard L. Hasen
Professor Richard L. Hasen of the University of California, Irvine School of Law delivered the keynote address, "Judging the Political and Political Judging: Justice Scalia as Case Study," at the Chicago-Kent Law Review' s live symposium The Supreme Court and American Politics on October 17, 2017. The symposium was presented in partnership with Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS). Find out more about the symposium .
A Conversation with Justice Elena Kagan, Oct. 16, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan spoke before a packed audience of Chicago-Kent students, faculty and alumni, and other members of Chicago's legal community, on October 16, 2017. Professor Carolyn Shapiro , director of Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States , interviewed Justice Kagan about her experiences on the court, how she and the other justices select cases, and what it was like to be the junior justice for seven years. Find out more about Justice Kagan's visit .
Student Perspectives on International Advocacy Competition
The Chicago-Kent appellate advocacy team of Maxwell Eichenberger '17 (right) and Jeffrey Michalik '17 talk about their experiences preparing for and competing in the final rounds of the inaugural Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot in Sydney, Australia. Chicago-Kent was one of only eight teams--and the only team from a U.S. law school--selected to compete in the international finals March 15 to 17, 2017, at the University of Sydney Law School. The team made it to the semifinals, placing them among the top four worldwide. Find out more...
Legal Writing at Chicago-Kent
Chicago-Kent's pioneering, three-year Legal Research and Writing Program, founded in 1978, has been emulated at law schools across the country. At Chicago-Kent, first-year legal writing classes are taught by full-time faculty members who offer one-on-one feedback, and students get practical experience writing legal documents and using the technological tools that lawyers rely on in their careers. Watch Professor Kari Aamot Johnson and Professor Douglas Godfrey discuss how the first-year legal writing curriculum at Chicago-Kent prepares students to become successful attorneys. Visit www.kentlaw.iit.edu/legal-writing for more information about Chicago-Kent's Legal Research and Writing Program.
Perspectives on Trial Advocacy
Chicago-Kent's Trial Advocacy Program is consistently ranked as one of the best in the country. Not only do our students excel in local and national trial advocacy competitions, but they also learn how to be effective and principled advocates for their clients. Classes are taught by experienced full-time and adjunct faculty, including many alumni who return to mentor and coach current students. Listen to program director and longtime coach Judge David Erickson, associate director Ana Montelongo '16, and competitor Bryce Hensley '17 share their thoughts on what makes trial advocacy at Chicago-Kent such a valuable experience. To learn more about...
Student Perspectives on Clinic
Chicago-Kent has one of the largest clinical programs of any law school in the country and serves more than a 1,000 clients a year. Students work on fee-for-service cases in a wide variety of clinical practice areas -- criminal law, employment law, entrepreneurial law, environmental law, family law, intellectual property law, mediation, open government/government watchdog law (Center for Open Government), vaccine injury litigation, and tax law -- under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty. Listen to law students Catherine Larson '17 (Entrepreneurial Law Clinic), Dalia Labrador '17 (Criminal Defense Litigation Clinic), and Stephanie Langley '17 (Plaintiff's Employment Law Clinic) discuss...
Solo & Small Practice Incubator
Listen to some current and past participants in Chicago-Kent College of Law's Solo & Small Practice Incubator (SSPI) relate their experiences in the program. SSPI is a one-year post-graduate program designed to offer a select group of entrepreneurial-minded, recent Chicago-Kent graduates with valuable experience and ongoing training to help build their professional careers as solo or small-firm legal practitioners. The program is intended to accelerate the successful development of newly admitted lawyers in an "incubator" environment. For more information, visit www.kentlaw.iit.edu/sspi .