Dear Alumni:

This past month, I had the privilege of meeting several alumni in Florida at a dinner in Miami, followed by a brunch hosted by alumnus Roy '62 and Susan Palmer at their Sarasota home, Es Ca Bay. With about forty alumni and guests in attendance at both events, I was pleased to see alumni pursuing exciting careers, as well as meet those enjoying life post-career in sunny Florida. To view photos of our Florida events, click here.

Back in Chicago, we hosted two innovative conferences: one focusing on Nanotechnology and Business that we hosted at the behest of the Canadian consulate, and the other on Human Trafficking, at which Attorney General Alberto Gonzales spoke.

The school will host even more events this upcoming month. Thursday, April 6, marks another milestone for Chicago-Kent as we kickoff a campaign to endow a chair in Professor Ralph Brill's name. Chicago-Kent is currently one of the few law schools in the country that does not have a chair to recognize and reward a current professor, or attract a new one. Join us to honor Ralph Brill and kickoff Chicago-Kent's first campaign to fund an endowed chair at the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier. For more information, visit

We are grateful for your continuous support and look forward to your participation in the many activities and initiatives taking place at Chicago-Kent.


Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law


SEATS ARE LIMITED! Order your tickets, today!!!

NEW! The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Brunch
Sunday, June 4
Brunch at McCormick and Schmick's at 12:00 PM
Performance at 2:00 PM
Drury Lane Water Tower Place
$79.50 pp, inclusive of Brunch and Main Floor Seating (face value $69.50)

Join us for the Tony Award-winning new musical comedy THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, where six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.

An alumni event like none other at the new Drury Lane Theater Water Tower Place, in the heart of downtown. Alumni and guests will meet at McCormick and Schmick's on Wabash St., and then we will head over to Water Tower Place for the 2:00 PM Performance.

For more information, or to make your reservation, contact Barbara Matthopoulos at or at (312) 906-5245.

Institute for Law and the Humanities hosts Bruce Lincoln, From Ancient Persia to Abu Ghraib: Comparative Observations on Empire, Religion, and Torture
Friday, April 7
2:00 PM
Chicago-Kent College of Law

The Institute for Law and the Humanities will be hosting its last event of the year on April 7th at 2:00 pm in the Courtroom. In keeping with our theme for this year, Law, Fundamentalism, and Democracy, our last speaker will be Bruce Lincoln from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. The title of his talk is "From Ancient Persia to Abu Ghraib: Comparative Observations on Empire, Religion, and Torture."

Bruce Lincoln is the Caroline E. Haskell Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. His most recent publication is Holy Terrors: Thinking about Religion after September 11. His work on the relationship between religion, politics and culture is masterful and compelling.

For more information, contact Sarah Harding at

Admitted Students Reception
Friday, April 7
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Reception
Chicago-Kent College of Law - 10th Floor Events Room

The Office of Admissions invites you to take part in Admitted Students Weekend by attending this cocktail reception. Show your Chicago-Kent pride and meet some of our future alumni.

To RSVP, contact Nicole Vilches at (312) 906-5021 or at

The Corporate Law Society hosts an Alumni Reception
Wednesday, April 19
4:00 PM - Cocktails
5:00 PM - Program

The Corporate Law Society would like to invite all Chicago-Kent alumni to a speaking engagement and reception held at the law school on Wednesday, April 19. The goal of this year's event is to raise the profile of corporate law at Chicago-Kent. Please join us for this event, as alumni participation is essential to the successful completion of this goal.

Drinks and networking starting at 4:00 pm. Speakers will begin at 5:00 pm. A catered reception will follow the speakers and allow attendees to network and ask any additional questions.

For more information, contact John Finch at


Legal Pluralism in Muslim Contexts

Monday, April 24, 2006
12:00 pm
Chicago-Kent's Ogilvie Auditorium
565 West Adams

The University of Illinois at Chicago and Chicago-Kent College of Law are proud to continue the Jewish/Muslim initiative. Please join us as we welcome Dr. Azim Nanji, inaugural visiting Professor of Jewish/Muslim Relations at UIC and Kent and current Director of the Ismaili Institute, London, for a series of lectures.Reception to follow in the lobby

The lecture is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to
(312) 413-2102.

Upcoming Chicago-Kent CLE Programs to Plan on Attending

25th annual Federal Tax Institute
Thursday & Friday, April 20-21, 2006

Nationally recognized experts present a comprehensive, practical update on this year's newsworthy tax developments and their impact on tax planning, compliance and controversy techniques. Program highlights include:

Prospects for Budget Control and Tax Reform; Federal Tax Law Developments; Corporate Reorganizations, Spin Offs and M&A Acquisition Transactions; Uncertain Tax Positions; Professionalism and Tax Practice; Planning Opportunities and Pitfalls of Flow-Through Entities; International Tax Issues; and Federal Income Tax Planning for Financially Troubled Companies. Keynote speech by George Yin, former Chief of Staff, Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation.

Registration fee: Chicago-Kent Alum rate - $295

For complete program information:, or phone (312) 906-5090.

23rd annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference
Thursday & Friday, April 27-28, 2006
Distinguished Professor of Law Sheldon H. Nahmod, Program Chair

Liability arising out of Section 1983 presents a continuing challenge for all municipal lawyers, private practitioners, and litigators who try cases in this dynamic area. Keeping up with this ever-changing environment is critical. You will learn both the fundamentals and the more advanced aspects of Section 1983 practice and trial skills, and analyze the latest judicial decisions.

Highlights: The Prima Facie Case Against Individuals; Individual Immunities; Litigating Sexual Harassment Claims under Title VII and Section 1983; Public Employees: First Amendment and Procedural Due Process; Ethics and Attorney's Fees; Municipal Liability; Police Misconduct; and The Supreme Court's Term

Registration fee: Chicago-Kent Alum rate - $335

For complete program information:, or phone (312) 906-5090.


The SBA Announces Law Week Events!

You are invited to take part in these Law Week activities! Our students look forward to the presence of alums, therefore if you can attend any of these events, please join us!

State of the Law School Address
Monday, April 3
5:30 PM
First-Floor Ogilvie Auditorium

Enjoy a reception with students and fellow alumni as the SBA presents the Brill Award, Faculty Member of the Year, Adjunct Faculty of the Year, and Administrator of the Year Awards!

The SBA invites you to Roast Brill!
Tuesday, April 4
5:30 PM - Cocktails
6:00 PM - Program
Chicago-Kent's Ogilvie Auditorium

The Student Bar Association invites you to come back to school and roast this year's professor of honor, Ralph Brill. At Chicago-Kent for over 45 years, Ralph has taught torts to generations of students, and this year, students and alums, alike, will have the chance to celebrate their best Brill-isms.

For more information on how you can get involved, email SBA organizer Tressa Pankovits at

15th Annual Kent Justice Foundation (KJF) Auction
Wednesday, April 5
Silent Auction begins at 5:00 PM

KJF presents the 15th annual Spring Auction. At the height of Law Week, KJF promises a night of entertaining and fiercely competitive bidding as students, faculty and staff join together to raise money for public interest fellowships. See the KJF Web site for more details, including donation packages (package details available late March). All proceeds benefit KJF's public interest fellowship fund. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, and include admission, food and drink

Chicago-Kent needs your support.
Watch your mail. Perhaps you’ve recently heard from us through our phonathon efforts or received information by mail about the Chicago-Kent Annual Fund. The Annual Fund supports all aspects of the Law School's operating budget -- scholarships, faculty development, curriculum development, and facility maintenance. This year, help us increase our alumni participation in the Annual Fund. Every gift, of every amount, makes a difference. To make a gift online, click here. All gifts to the Annual Fund are tax deductible.


Congratulations Institute for Law and the Workplace

On March 2, more than 120 alumni, friends, faculty and students celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Institute for Law and the Workplace. The Office of Institutional Advancement hosted a cocktail reception at the law school honoring the institute's decade of excellence. The program included speakers Michael A. Wilder 3L, Lindsey M. Marcus 1L and Stephanie J. Pulcanio '02.

Professor Malin recognized Burton S. Odelson '72, who recently created an endowed externship to support students enrolled in the Certificate in Labor and Employment Law program. Co-Chairs of the ILW 10th Anniversary Committee Gary L. Bailey '86, Ronald J. Kramer '92 and Cathy L. Rath '01 introduced their committee, which is reaching out to alumni and friends to generate additional support for the Alumni Labor Law Scholarship. Congratulations to Professor Malin and his colleagues on this magnificent milestone!


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April 2006

Don't Forget!

Exclusive to Chicago-Kent alumni, we are now presenting
Union League Club's Authors Lunches

Each month, the Union League Club hosts several authors for a lunch and discussion on current, popular books. This special offer to our alumni is $25 per person, and is paid directly to Chicago-Kent, inclusive of lunch, soft drinks, tea and coffee.

Reception begins at 11:30 AM, with lunch followed at Noon. Plan on bringing a colleague or friend and reserve your seats, today!

To review the calendar of recent authors who have spoken, as well as those upcoming, click here.