Institute for Law and the Workplace:
Chicago-Kent student Patrick Milott awarded the 2012
Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize
It gives us great pleasure to announce that Patrick Milott
has been awarded the 2012 Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize.
The Prize was established in 2009 at Chicago-Kent by the
law firm of Seyfarth Shaw to honor the memory of Sandra
P. Zemm, who died in September 2008 after a lengthy battle
The Zemm Prize is awarded each year to a graduating senior
in the 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 wherever possible,
and a gracious and generous attitude toward helping those
in need." Recipients are selected by the Chicago-Kent
faculty who teach in the law school's program in labor
and employment law.
Patrick has amply demonstrated a commitment to a career
in labor and employment law, a pioneer spirit, and concern
for those in need. Patrick earned a bachelor of science
degree in Philosophy from Illinois State University, where
he was an Academic All-American and recipient of a summer
research grant. At Chicago-Kent, Patrick's achievements
have been significant and of astonishing variety. In addition
to numerous appearances on the Dean's list, he managed
to study abroad in China, earn the Certificate in Labor
and Employment Law, and earn the Dean's Distinguished
Public Service Award. His service to the school includes
activities ranging from serving as Vice-President of Lambdas
to serving as a teaching assistant for Civil Procedure.
His community service covers an even broader range, from
volunteering at Legal Aid through interning for the United
States Navy, for the Illinois Department of Labor, and
for the Governor's Office of General Counsel. Patrick
was also a member of the Labor and Employment Trial Team,
representing Chicago-Kent in the ABA Labor and Employment
Law regional competition, and authored an article for
Professor Henry Perritt's 2011 Employment Update "Avoiding
Corporate Liability Under International Law in Labor Disputes."
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.
Daniel Zapata - President
Ryan Thoma - Vice President - Internal Affairs
Andrew Schmidt - Secretary
Marc Minarich - Technology Director
The position of Vice President - External Affairs will
be set for an election among the following interested
The position of Treasurer - will be for an election among
the following interested students: