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THE ILANA DIAMOND ROVNER PROGRAM IN APPELLATE ADVOCACY

Students selected for membership in Chicago-Kent's Moot Court Honor Society are eligible to participate in the Ilana Diamond Rovner Program in Appellate Advocacy in their second and third years. The Rovner Program, named for United States Court of Appeals Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner '66, consists of intensive course work in appellate litigation, participation in intramural moot court competitions, and representation of Chicago-Kent in national, regional, and local interscholastic competitions. In their first semester in the program, students enroll in Appellate Advocacy, a course providing advanced individualized instruction in brief writing, oral argument, appellate procedure, and sophisticated legal research topics. Each student is assigned two personal mentors from a group including Chicago-Kent faculty, members of the Society's Alumnae/i Advisory Council, and third-year students in the Rovner Program. Students who display excellence in Appellate Advocacy are selected to represent Chicago-Kent in interscholastic competition, and the winners of the Fall intramural competition receive partial scholarship awards funded by the law school's Fay Clayton Endowment, named for this 1978 Chicago-Kent graduate and successful appeals lawyer. All Chicago-Kent upper-class students may seek advocacy training through the law school's clinical and externship programs, including the law school's Program in Dispute Resolution: Litigation and its Alternatives.

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