Presents its First Writing Award
M. Williams, a first-year student at Chicago-Kent
College of Law, will receive the first SmithAmundsen
Excellence in Legal Writing Award. The writing award
is part of a $50,000 gift from Smith Amundsen LLC
to Chicago-Kent to support the law school’s
diversity initiatives over the next five years. The
award will be given annually to a first-year student,
selected by Chicago-Kent’s legal writing faculty
and law firm representatives, who has written the
best brief and who “adds to the diversity of
the legal community.” Theresa Williams’
winning appellate brief, Ellen Becker v. United
States of America, addressed Fourth Amendment
search and seizure issues.
Dean Hal Krent, Theresa Williams, 1L, and Larry Schechtman
gift to Chicago-Kent that funds this award evolved
from SmithAmundsen’s Diversity Task Force, a
group of representatives from all areas of the firm
charged with upholding and advancing firm-wide diversity
initiatives. In addition to funding the writing award,
the firm’s gift will support the team that represents
Chicago-Kent at the Thurgood Marshall National Mock
Trial Competition, sponsored by the National Black
Law Students Association.
looked closely at factors that would result in a more
diverse pool of talented lawyers to consider when
hiring,” says Larry Schechtman '83,
SmithAmundsen’s managing partner. “And
we decided that providing support to students who
are excellent writers or are involved in trial advocacy
is the best way to do this.”
LLC is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
For more information on the firm, please visit www.salawus.com.
the Formation of the Intellectual Property Law Alumni
College of Law invites alumni specializing in Intellectual
Property Law to join the IP Alumni Network. This network
was designed to facilitate interactions among IP alumni,
Chicago-Kent faculty, and students. As a part of the
network, you will have the opportunity to participate
in lectures, social gatherings, and networking events,
such as ourannual IP Alumni Reception.
join the network, please click
here and fill out the form provided. The information
on this form will be used by the Office of Alumni
Relations and the Intellectual Property Program. You
may choose whether or not you would like your information
to be visible to other alumni in the network.
as some of the first alumni involved, you will have
the opportunity to shape this network. If you are
interested in taking a leadership position within
the network, please check appropriate box.
the IP Alumni Network today at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/alums/niche/ipnetwork.html
Small Business Program to Offer Legal Services to
Small Business Program is a new clinical program that
offers a comprehensive range of services to small
business owners and emerging entrepreneurs in metropolitan
Chicago. Law students, working under the direction
of business attorney and Professor, Jeff Thomas,
will represent small and emerging businesses and entrepreneurs
in transactional matters.
program assists small business owners in not only
identifying their law-related opportunities and risks,
but also provides entity formation assistance and
live “mini-sessions” designed to teach
small business owners about key legal information.
For more information about the Small Business Program,
please visit www.jdeas.com.
Alumni Night at Wrigley Field
220 Alumni, along with their friends and family, joined
us for our annual baseball outing. Guests dined at
a pre-game reception at Goose Island Brewery in Wrigleyville.
Later, Chicago-Kent Alumni cheered as the Cubs beat
the Phillies to climb into first place of the National
League Central division.
more photos from the event, please visit the Alumni
Justice Foundation 2007 Summer Fellowship Recipients
Justice Foundation (KJF) is the public interest
student organization at the Chicago-Kent College of
Law. KJF is dedicated to promoting public interest
law, supporting volunteerism, and emphasizing pro
bono work. KJF’s main program is its Summer
Fellowship Program, which awards fellowships to aid
students who are committed to taking unpaid/low-paying
summer public interest jobs.
year KJF was pleased to award thirteen fellowships
for the summer of 2007. Students are working in government
and non-profit organizations including the Illinois
Pollution Control Board, the Illinois Human Rights
Commission, the Illinois State's Attorney’s
Office, Juvenile Division, and the US Equal Employment