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APRIL 2012

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2012 Public Interest Awards
In This Issue

  • From the Dean: A Toast to Student Advocacy Success
  • 2012 Public Interest Awards
  • Two Students receive Peggy Browning Fellowships
  • Jeffery M. Leving '79 to receive IIT Professional Achievement Award
  • IPLS announces its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Prof. Perritt develops Play for MCLE Credit
  • C-K in the City
  • C-K on the Road
  • Professional Development & CLE

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From the Dean
Dean Harold J. Krent

A Toast to Student Advocacy Success
As the semester winds down, we can look back to an amazing run for both our trial and appellate advocacy teams. We should all feel pride in their success.

In addition to earning the 3rd spot in the nation in the recent US News & World Report rankings, the trial advocacy program won the 2012 National Ethics Trial Competition, the regional tournament of the AAJ 2012 Student Trial Advocacy Competition, and advanced to the national finals of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition. For its part, our moot court teams triumphed at the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, at the National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition, and reached the final four at the National Moot Court Competition.

On Tuesday, April 17, we invite alumni to join us for "Toasting a Stellar Season: Student Advocacy at Chicago-Kent," an informal reception honoring the achievements of all teams participating in the advocacy programs, along with their faculty, alumni and student coaches. The reception begins at 5:15 p.m., with a celebratory toast at 5:45 p.m., and will be held on the 10th floor of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. RSVP to or (312) 906-5240 by April 16.

If you’d like to support these programs, consider giving to the Marovitz Courtroom renovation efforts. To learn more about this project, click here, and thanks again to our student advocacy programs for the positive recognition they bring to Chicago-Kent.

Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

News & Announcements

2012 Public Interest Awards
Jeffery Leving '79
Jeffery M. Leving '79,
recipient of IIT's Professional
Achievement Award
Thomas J. Donovan '87
Thomas J. Donovan '87,
recipient of the IPLS
Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Congratulations to our 2012 Public Interest Awards recipients! Paul Haidle '07 and Victor Perez '01 are the 2012 recipients of the Hon. Abraham Lincoln Marovitz '25 Public Interest Law Award; Equip for Equality is the 2012 Public Interest Partner; and James Reichardt '77 is recognized with the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. Please join us to honor our awardees at the 2012 Public Interest Awards Night on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Click here to learn more about the awardees and to RSVP.

Two Students receive Peggy Browning Fellowships
Ben Coate '13 and Julio Costa '13 have been awarded Peggy Browning Fellowships. The Peggy Browning Fellowship Program is a national fellowship that provides stipends to law students who dedicate their summer to advancing the cause of workers' rights. Ben will work at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, PA, and Julio will work at the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh, PA. This is the second year in a row that Chicago-Kent has had two students receive this highly competitive and prestigious national fellowship.
Jeffery M. Leving '79 to receive IIT Professional Achievement Award
Jeffery Leving '79 will receive the IIT Professional Achievement Award at the 2012 IIT Alumni Awards luncheon on Friday, April 13. Jeffery has worked over the past 30 years to secure fathers' rights, strengthen families, and achieve societal change. For more information on the IIT Alumni Awards luncheon, click here.

IPLS announces its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award
Join the Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) for their annual alumni reception, honoring Thomas J. Donovan '87, partner at Barnes & Thornburg, as their 2012 Distinguished Alumnus. The reception will be held on Thursday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Prof. Perritt Develops Play for MCLE Credit

Chicago-Kent professor Hank Perritt has written a play titled "Giving Ground" in cooperation with the Chicago Bar Association and The Artistic Home Theater. Eligible for 4.0 hours of IL MCLE credit (including 2.0 hours of PR/ethics credit), the play will be performed Thursday, May 3 from 3:00-7:15 p.m. at the James R. Thompson Center. Follow four young legal associates as they navigate a network of high-stakes power brokers, shady corporate entities, and corrupt politicians in a murder-mystery plot. Click here for details and to register.

2012 Public Interest Awards
Upcoming Events

All events take place at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661 unless otherwise noted. Please click on the event titles for more information and/or to register.

C-K in the City

IPLS Annual Alumni Awards Night
Thursday, April 5, 2012 |  6:00 p.m.
Honoring Thomas J. Donovan '87, Barnes & Thornburg
RSVP by April 2.

Kent Justice Foundation Spring Auction
Thursday, April 5, 2012 | 5:30-10:30 p.m.

6th Annual Diversity Networking Reception
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
RSVP by April 9.

IIT Alumni Awards
Friday, April 13, 2012 | 11:00 a.m.
Hermann Hall, 3241 South Federal St., Chicago, IL
Honoring Jeffery M. Leving '79
RSVP by April 9.

Toasting a Stellar Season: Student Advocacy at Chicago-Kent
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 | 5:15 p.m., toast at 5:45 p.m.
RSVP by April 16.
Click here for season highlights.

ILW 15th Anniversary Reception
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.
RSVP by April 13.

Public Interest Awards Night
Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 5:00 p.m., reception follows
RSVP by April 23.

Chicago-Kent Night with the White Sox
Friday, June 08, 2012 | 7:10 p.m.
U.S. Cellular Field

Save the Date: Trial Advocacy Alumni Reunion
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 | 5:30 p.m.

C-K on the Road

Western New York IIT Alumni Gathering
Monday, April 30, 2012
Tour of Louis Sullivan’s Guaranty Building | 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at Della Terra Restaurant | 7:00 p.m.
RSVP by April 20.

Save the Date: Palo Alto Alumni Gathering

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

San Francisco Alumni Gathering
Thursday, May 24, 2012 | 6:00 p.m.
The Press Club, 20 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA
RSVP by May 21.


Professional Development & CLE

Chicago IP Colloquium: Professor Diane Zimmerman, NYU School of Law
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 | 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Chicago IP Colloquium: Professor Daniel Gervais, Vanderbilt Law School
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 | 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 E. Pearson, Room 1401, Chicago, IL

29th annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference
Thursday, April 19-Friday, April 20, 2012 | 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

CLE & Networking Series: ASA v. PDA, with Judge Presiding: Trends & Issues before the Court
Thursday, April 19, 2012 | 3:30 p.m.-5:35 p.m., reception follows

"Outsourcing War and Peace": 2011 Palmer Prize in Civil Liberties Lecture
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | Noon-1:00 p.m.

"Giving Ground: The Play"
Thursday, May 3, 2012 | 3:00-7:15 p.m.
James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Lower Level, Chicago, IL

CLE & Networking Series: Topics on Litigation
Thursday, May 17, 2012 | 3:30 p.m.-5:35 p.m., reception follows

CLE & Networking Series: Ethics
Thursday, June 21, 2012 | 3:30 p.m.-5:35 p.m., reception follows

More events...

Past Event Highlights

ConneKtions @ Dinner
During the week of March 5, alumni hosted groups of Chicago-Kent students for dinners in their homes or at local restaurants, giving students a chance to connect with alumni in a friendly, informal setting. Many thanks to all of our alumni hosts!
Alumni Gatherings in Florida
The Chicago-Kent Alumni Association, along with hosts Roy C. '62 and Susan M. Palmer and Jeffrey S. Weiner '74, met with alumni on the west coast of Florida and Miami.

See photos from the events on Flickr.
ConneKtions at Dinner with host Hon. Carolyn Thomas '96.
Alumni Gathering in Miami, FL 
ConneKtions @ Dinner
Back row (L-R): David Liberty '14, Emma Telling '13, Carolyn Thomas '96, Dana Pownall '15, Megan Morton '14. Front row (L-R): Kathleen Litz '12, Rita Greggio '13, Duka Baatarchulun '13.

Miami Alumni Gathering
(L-R): Greg Vallejos '13, Dean Hal Krent, Jeff Wiener '74, Honit Simon '05, and Ed Maldonado '97.

To see photos from all recent Alumni Association events, see our photo gallery

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