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Week of October23, 2017

SPONSOR/TITLE: 2017-2018
Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law (co-sponsored by the Institute for Law and the Workplace and the Jackson Lewis Firm)

Judges will consider papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination. Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration. Entries must be the law student author's own work and must NOT be submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors must have completed or be currently taking course work in employment or labor law, and must be enrolled in an accredited law school during the Fall 2017 semester. Judging will be blind, so the only identification that may appear on the first or subsequent pages of the paper is the paper title.

Entries must be suitable for publication in a law review. Citations must conform to current Bluebook style. Papers must not exceed 35 pages in length, 8½ by 11 inch, including footnotes, set in 12 point Times Roman font, footnotes in 10 points, with double spacing and one inch margins. For questions, contact Professor Martin H. Malin, at or the Program Associate, Sharon Wyatt-Jordan at

One top honors award of $3,000 and two $1,000 awards will be presented to the top three entries. In addition to the cash awards, the top three entries will be published on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website. (Electronic versions of winning papers will be required.)

To submit an entry, please go to:

Entries may also be submitted in hard copy to:
Sharon Wyatt-Jordan
Louis Jackson Writing Competition
c/o Institute for Law and the Workplace
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661-3691

Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.


TOPIC: Why Labor and Employment Law is a Career Option You Should Explore

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Morris Hall - 10th Floor

Come meet with students and alums from Chicago-Kent's Labor & Employment Law Certificate Program and learn about the benefits of enrolling in the program. You will also hear firsthand about the typical day of L&E law practitioners in a variety of roles and industries, and have an opportunity to network with alumni.

Please RSVP to and put in the subject line:
Labor and Employment Panel




The Institute for Law and the Workplace at Illinois Tech Chicago-Kent College of Law is delighted to announce that the Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize for 2017 goes to Naomi Bensdorf Frisch. The Sandra Zemm Prize is generously funded by Ms. Zemm’s family, friends, and colleagues at Seyfarth Shaw, to honor Ms. Zemm, who passed away in 2008.

Naomi’s “legal” resume embodies the “commitment to pursue a career in labor and employment law,” which the Prize was designed to reward.

During her time at Chicago-Kent, in addition to stellar grades, a position on the law review, and a Student Editor for the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal and the Illinois Public Employee Relations Report, volunteer work at the Self-Help Web Center pro-se help desk, Naomi has pursued a range of labor and employment law related activities. She has worked as a legal intern at the Chicago Federation of Musicians, as a law clerk at two Chicago firms, and presently serves as an ADR Intern at the EEOC. This summer Naomi will be working in the Immigration and Workers’ Rights Division at the Legal Assistance Foundation in Chicago as a PILI intern, and she received an Equal Justice America Fellowship to support her work there.

Naomi’s “pioneer spirit and willingness to take the initiative” is exemplified by her “musical” resume, reflecting the career she built over more than ten years as an oboe player, including positions with many local orchestras and chamber groups, teaching music, and serving as an Executive Board Member of the Regional Orchestra Players’ Association, which advocates for and provides bargaining education to union musicians. Last, Naomi embodies the “gracious and generous attitude” toward helping others that exemplified Ms. Zemm. Naomi’s generous and cheerful help to others includes her work with several student organizations, including the Labor and Employment Law Society and the Kent Justice Foundation, plus her community volunteer work described above. And on a less organized note, Naomi is always ready to work with and help fellow students.

Naomi truly does embody the spirit of Sandy Zemm, and we are proud to name her as the 2017 Prize awardee.


LELS Executive Board for 2016-17

President - Nicolas Carrizales Coronado
Vice President Interior - Dylan Kosson
Vice President Exterior - Dion Beatty
Secretary - Jeremiah Shavers
Treasurer - Mark Reel
IT Director - Naomi Firsch



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