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Week of November 30, 2016


SPONSOR/TITLE: 2016-2017 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law (co-sponsored by the Institute for Law and the Workplace and the Jackson Lewis Firm)

TOPIC
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 2016 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.

FORMAT
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, 8 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 mmalin@kentlaw.iit.edu or the Program Associate, Sharon Wyatt-Jordan at swyattj@kentlaw.iit.edu.

AWARDS
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.)

SUBMISSION
To submit an entry, please go to:
http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/louis-jackson-writing-competition

Entries may also be submitted in hard copy to:
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

DEADLINE DATE: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017


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WINNER - 2016 SANDRA P. ZEMM LABOR LAW PRIZE

Sandra P. Zemm was a partner in the Labor and Employment Department at Seyfarth Shaw's Chicago office. Ms. Zemm passed away in 2008 after a long battle with cancer. Her family, friends, and colleagues created the Sandra Zemm Prize to honor her.

The Sandra P. Zemm Prize in Labor and Employment Law is awarded annually to a graduating student in Chicago-Kent's Labor/Employment Law program who embodies Ms. Zemm's "commitment to a career in labor and employment law, pioneer spirit and willingness to take the initiative, and gracious and generous attitude toward helping those in need."

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Institute for Law and the Workplace is pleased to announce that the Sandra Zemm Prize in Labor and Employment Law is awarded for 2016 to Holly Pope.

Ms. Pope aptly embodies the qualities that led Ms. Zemm's family, friends, and colleagues at Seyfarth Shaw to establish the annual prize in her honor - "a commitment to pursue a career in labor and employment law, a pioneer spirit and willingness to take the initiative, and a gracious and generous attitude toward helping those in need."

Ms. Pope has made the most of her time at Chicago-Kent - she has externed at both the Illinois Human Rights Commission and the EEOC's Alternative Dispute Resolution Unit, and has worked in Chicago-Kent's Employment Law Clinic and with the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In addition, she has given generously of her time to help her fellow students at Chicago-Kent, including serving as a co-chair of the 2015 Kent Justice Foundation Auction, which raises thousands of dollars each year to provide stipends to students who accept otherwise unpaid public interest positions in the summer. Holly has maintained an impressive academic record in addition to all the other things she does, and will receive both a Public Interest Certificate and a Labor and Employment Law Certificate upon her graduation in May. And as her nominator said "[Holly] seeks out people from all walks of life and shows them genuine kindness and compassion."

Prior to coming to Chicago-Kent, Ms. Pope earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Washington, and also worked in restaurant management.

As in past years, the faculty of the Institute for Law and the Workplace are impressed with the achievements and generosity of so many of our graduating students. It has been a privilege to work with you all

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