Sandra P. Zemm Labor
Sandra Zemm was a partner in the Labor and Employment
Department at Seyfarth Shaw's Chicago office; she passed
away in September 2008 after a long battle with cancer.
Seyfarth Shaw and Ms. Zemm's family, friends, and colleagues
have raised money to fund an annual prize in her honor.
The Sandra P. Zemm Prize in Labor and Employment Law will
be awarded annually to a third or fourth year student
in the Labor/Employment Law Certificate Program at Chicago-Kent
who has demonstrated the qualities that made Sandy so
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. The Prize this year is $1,000. If you know someone
in the Certificate Program whom you think embodies the
characteristics for which Ms. Zemm is remembered, please
consider nominating that person for the Zemm Prize.
To nominate a student, please send an e-mail naming the
student, with a paragraph or so describing the reasons
you think the student deserves the Zemm Prize. Please
feel free to nominate yourself also.
Deadline for nominations
by students: Friday, April 27, 2012
Send nominations to Ms. Sharon Wyatt-Jordan by email
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the following interested students:
student Kendra L. Kutko awarded the 2011
Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize
Kendra Kutko, a third-year student at IIT Chicago-Kent
College of Law, has been awarded the 2011 Sandra P. Zemm
Labor Law Prize. The prize was established in 2009 at
Chicago-Kent by the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP to honor
the memory of Sandra P. Zemm, who died in September 2008
after a lengthy battle with cancer.
The Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize is awarded annually
to a third-year Chicago-Kent student in the Labor and
Employment Law Certificate Program who exemplifies the
qualities that Ms. Zemm possessed: "a commitment
to pursue a career in labor and employment law, a pioneer
spirit and willingness to take the initiative whenever
possible, and a gracious and generous attitude toward
helping those in need." Recipients are selected by
Chicago-Kent faculty who teach the law school's program
in labor and employment law.
"Kendra is a poised young lady who will do great
things in the labor and employment field," said Francine
Soliunas, assistant dean for strategy and student professional
development and executive director of the Institute for
Law and the Workplace at Chicago-Kent College of Law.
"She truly epitomizes the spirit and legacy of Ms.
Zemm, not only in what she has done but in the graciousness
with which she has done it! She is a remarkable young
woman and will truly be an asset to our profession."
Kendra Kutko earned a bachelor of science in legal studies
from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kutko currently
serves as a law clerk with the Case Law Firm LLC, a woman-owned,
woman-run civil rights employment law firm in Chicago.
In the fall of 2010, she received an Institute for Law
and the Workplace scholarship. Kutko has worked on labor
and employment law matters as an intern in Chicago-Kent's
Employment Discrimination Clinic and as a clerk in the
Law Offices of Laurie J. Wasserman. She has also served
as an intern with Addis Greenberg & Schultz LLC. Kutko
is a member of Chicago-Kent's Labor and Employment Law
Society, the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and
the National Employment Lawyers Association - Illinois.
A Chicago native, Sandra P. Zemm earned her undergraduate
degree from the University of Illinois. She received her
J.D. from Florida State University, where she served as
managing editor of the law review.
Sandra Zemm joined Seyfarth Shaw in 1975 as the first
female associate in the Labor and Employment practice.
In 1982, Ms. Zemm became the firm's first female equity
partner in Labor and Employment. Her practice concentrated
on traditional labor matters, and on matters involving
employment discrimination, wage-hour, and employment litigation.
She negotiated collective bargaining and/or shutdown agreements
with major labor unions, and represented management in
more than 200 hearings before arbitrators, the National
Labor Relations Board and various state labor agencies.
In 2002, Ms. Zemm was elected to the American College
of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
"Sandy was beloved by her colleagues and clients
and respected by her opponents. She was a no-nonsense
labor lawyer and an elegant, sophisticated woman at the
same time. Her ability to stand up to the toughest adversaries
while always carrying herself with style and grace inspired
many of us who came to the firm after her," said
Allegra Rich, Pro Bono and Philanthropy Partner at Seyfarth
Shaw. "This award is our way of keeping her in our
thoughts and honoring her legacy."
Seyfarth Shaw has over 750 attorneys located in 10 offices
throughout the United States, including: Atlanta, Boston,
Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San
Francisco, and Washington, D.C., as well as internationally
in London. Seyfarth Shaw provides a broad range of legal
services in the areas of labor and employment, employee
benefits, litigation, corporate, and real estate. The
firm's practice reflects virtually every industry and
segment of the country's business and social fabric. Clients
include over 300 of the Fortune 500 companies, financial
institutions, newspapers and other media, hotels, health
care organizations, airlines and railroads. The firm also
represents a number of federal, state and local governmental
and educational entities.
Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois
Institute of Technology, a private, Ph.D.-granting university
with more than 7,700 students in engineering, sciences,
architecture, psychology, design, humanities, business
and law. With more than 1,100 students, Chicago-Kent offers
full-time and part-time J.D. and LL.M. degree programs
as well as joint-degree programs with other IIT units.
Chicago-Kentís Program in Labor and Employment Law allows
students to specialize in the law governing the workplace.