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April 2013

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In This Issue

  • From the Dean: Serving the Underserved...
  • IIT Alumni Awards
  • 2013 Public Interest Awards
  • IPLS Announces its 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Share Your Best Law School Memories
  • Honoring 125 Alumni of Distinction
  • Alumni Board of Directors Applications Due April 15
  • Seeking Class Correspondents
  • New Assistant Director of Alumni Communications
  • C-K in the City
  • C-K on the Road
  • Professional Development & CLE

Tracy Genesen '88

Tracy Genesen '88 is a partner in Reed Smith's San Francisco office, focusing primarily on constitutional law matters, with particular focus on challenges to state alcohol regulatory statutes. She served as the American Wine Industry's litigation strategist for the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of Granholm v. Heald and recently won the Family Winemakers v. Jenkins case in the First Circuit Court of Appeals. The Daily Journal selected her as a "Top Women Litigator," calling her the "primary go-to litigator for American wine industry trade associations on constitutional issues."

Tracy will be speaking at IIT Chicago-Kent on Monday, April 8 at 12:00 on "Wine and Social Media: Prohibition, Politics and Consumer Choice."

From the Dean

Dean Harold J. Krent
Serving the Underserved...

As winter turns into spring, we continue to celebrate 125 years of distinctive legal education at Chicago-Kent. This month, our attention turns to our commitment to public service and our history of producing attorneys who dedicate their careers to serving underserved communities. On Thursday, April 11, the Kent Justice Foundation will hold its 22nd annual auction to raise money for fellowships that will allow students to pursue summer jobs in public interest law. Past fellowship recipients have worked to help children who are wards of the state, to prevent evictions from public housing and to obtain justice for victims of violent crimes.

On Thursday, April 25, I invite you to join us for our Sixth Annual Public Interest Awards Night, when we will honor four outstanding young alumni who have devoted much of their careers to public interest work and recognize the Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS) as our 2013 Public Interest Partner. We will also celebrate the students who have completed more than 250 hours of community service during the 2012-2013 school year. The awards ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. You can read more about our honorees and register to attend here.

Thank you to all of our alumni who gave back through public interest or pro bono work. We are proud of the difference you are making in your communities and the example you are setting for future generations of Chicago-Kent graduates.


Harold J. Krent 
Dean and Professor of Law

News & Announcements

Mary Mechor

Chicago-Kent Alumna Receives IIT Professional Achievement Award
Mary A. Melchor is a 2013 recipient of the IIT Professional Achievement Award. A 1992 Chicago-Kent graduate, Melchor also has a master's degree in special education and spent 12 years teaching for the Chicago Public Schools before attending law school. She currently serves as Inspector General for the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Mary will receive her honor at the IIT Alumni Awards on Friday, April 19, 2013.

2013 Public Interest Awards

Congratulations to our 2013 Public Interest Awards recipients! Jonathan Rhodes ’09 and Jill Roberts ’08 are the 2013 recipients of the Hon. Abraham Lincoln Marovitz ’25 Public Interest Law Award; Salvador Lopez ’09 and Kathleen Robson ’10 are the recipients of the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award; and CARPLS has been named the 2013 Public Interest Partner. Please join us to honor all of the awardees at the 2013 Public Interest Awards Night on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Click here to read more about the honorees and to RSVP.

IPLS Announces its 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award
The Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) has named Dr. David W. Clough ’93 the recipient of its 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Clough is a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP in the litigation and intellectual property practice. He holds a Ph.D in microbiology and has been ranked among the top biotechnology lawyers in the country by US News and Best Lawyers. Please join IPLS to honor Dr. Clough at a reception this Thursday, April 4, 6:00-9:00 p.m.  RSVP to

Share Your Best Law School Memories
Join fellow alumni in reminiscing about the best of your time at Chicago-Kent! Submit your favorite law school memories to the 125th Anniversary Blog today and then read what others have shared.

Honoring 125 Alumni of Distinction
This fall, we will conclude our year-long 125th anniversary celebration by recognizing 125 Alumni of Distinction. We are currently accepting nominations for alumni who have been trailblazers, innovators or otherwise outstanding examples of what graduates of Chicago-Kent can achieve. We invite you to nominate a classmate, colleague or alumni mentor today:
Nominations will be accepted until May 31, 2013.

Alumni Board of Directors Applications Due April 15
The Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors represents the Chicago-Kent alumni community by overseeing and supporting various programs and events. Governed by a group of alumni volunteers, the Alumni Board of Directors is dedicated to the goal of strengthening bonds between the law school and its students and graduates and serves as a voice for the Chicago-Kent alumni community.
Applications/Nominations to join the Alumni Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 term are due April 15, 2013. For more information about board member responsibilities and how to apply, visit

Seeking Class Correspondents
We are currently seeking class correspondents for the following classes: 1970, 1974, 1975, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1992 and 2012.
Class correspondents are responsible for reaching out to classmates once a year to collect class notes for the publication in the alumni magazine. If your class is listed above and you would like to serve as the class correspondent, please email or call (312) 906-5240.

New Assistant Director of Alumni Communications
We are pleased to welcome Jayne Kenney as our new Assistant Director of Alumni Communications. Jayne joins us from Northwestern University where she was a program assistant for the Reunion and Annual Giving programs.

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

Intellectual Property Law Society Alumni Reception
Honoring Dr. David W. Clough '93
Thursday, April 4, 2013 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
10th floor Event Room

Wine and Cheese Reception for Admitted Students
Friday, April 5, 2013 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
10th floor Event Room
Please RSVP by April 3 to Karla Davis,

22nd Annual Kent Justice Foundation Auction
Thursday, April 11, 2013 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Front Lobby & Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium
More information

IIT Alumni Awards
Friday, April 19, 2013 | 11:00-1:30 p.m.
Hermann Hall Ballroom
3241 South Federal
Chicago, IL
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Film Screening & Discussion: "Sifuna Okwethu" (We Want What's Ours): A Conversation about Land Dispossession in South Africa
Friday, April 19, 2013 | 6:00-6:30 p.m.
Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium
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Art & Cultural Property Law Society Presents Gallery Night II
Wednesday, April 24, 2014 | 4:00-8:00 p.m.
10th floor Event Room
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Public Interest Awards Night
Thursday, April 25, 2013 | 5:00 p.m.
Front Lobby & Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium
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C-K on the Road

IIT Southern California Alumni Gathering
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
The Jonathan Club
545 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA
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IIT Washington, D.C. Alumni Gathering
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.
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IIT Northern California Alumni Gathering
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
LinkedIn Headquarters
2029 Stierlin Court
Mountain View, CA
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IIT Chicago-Kent Palo Alto Alumni Reception
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Zibibbo Restaurant
430 Kipling Street
Palo Alto, CA
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IIT Chicago-Kent San Francisco Alumni Reception
Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Hosted by Christy Bonner '98
145 Del Vale Avenue
San Francisco, CA
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Save the Date: Young Alumni Summer Social
June 6, 2013

Save the Date: Trial Advocacy Alumni Reunion
June 11, 2013


Professional Development & CLE

"Perfect Hedge," a Lecture by FBI Agent David Chaves
Sponsored by the Institute for Compliance
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 | 5:00-6:00 p.m.
10th floor Event Room
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Wine and Social Media: Prohibition, Power Politics & Consumer Choice
Tracy Genesen '88, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Monday, April 8, 2013 | 12:00-1:30 p.m.
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Federal Job Application Process
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Siggy Letheby speaks on getting legal or law-related jobs with the federal government.
Alumni & Students RSVP by April 8, to

Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture: Susan N. Herman
President of the American Civil Liberties Union and Professor at Brooklyn Law School
Thursday, April 11, 2013 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom
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PatCon3: The 3rd annual Patent Conference
April 12-13, 2013
Eligible for 5 hours of IL MCLE credit
Click here to register online

IIT Chicago-Kent Presents "Shari'a and Halakha in America"
A Two-Day Conference exploring Islamic and Jewish law in America today
April 15-16, 2013
10th floor Event Room
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CLE & Networking Series: Real Estate Law
Real Estate transactions, Title & Taxes: The Basics and Beyond
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | 3:30-5:35 p.m.
Eligible for 2.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.
Reception to follow.
Register Now.

30th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference
April 18-19, 2013
Eligible for 11 hours of IL MCLE credit.
Click here to register online.

32nd annual Federal Tax Institute
May 2-3, 2013
Eligible for 11 hours of IL MCLE credit.
Click here to register online.

CLE & Networking Series: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Thursday, May 23, 2013| 3:30 - 5:35 p.m.
Eligible for 2.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.
Reception to follow.

Registration available April 18.

Save the Date: 32nd annual Not-For-Profit Organizations Conference
June 6, 2013

Save the Date: CLE & Networking Series: Ethics
June 20, 2013

Save the Date: Giving Ground, a CLE play by Prof. Hank Perritt
June 27-28, 2013

More events...

Past Event Highlights

Twenty-nine IIT Chicago-Kent alumni were admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 4. Chief Justice John G. Roberts administered the oath to the group, which included alumni who graduated between 1978 and 2008 and come from California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiania, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Texas, and the District of Columbia.

At the 2nd Annual "State of Black Chicago" forum, historian Dr. Elizabeth Todd-Breland and civil rights attorney Anne Shaw '95 pose with Chicago-Kent students. This year, the Black Law Student Association event focused on voting rights and the state of relationships between Chicago's minority communities.

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

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