In This Issue
News and Announcements
The Center for Open Government (COG) has filed two lawsuits on behalf of public officials against the governing bodies on which they serve.
In DuPage County Circuit Court, COG represents Hinsdale Township School District 86 school board member Dianne Barrett who has sued district superintendent Nicholas Wahl and school board president Dennis Brennan in a dispute over access to documents related to the district's Special Education Department that began more than a year ago.
In Cook County Circuit Court, COG filed a lawsuit against the Village of Thornton on behalf of village trustee Paul Tomasik that alleges the village violated the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) earlier this year when it failed to disclose specific information related to emergency medical service billings in the village Tomasik requested in accordance with the law.
“These cases focus on two important problem areas we want to eliminate in Illinois,” said attorney Clint Krislov, founder of the Center for Open Government. “First, for 'public access' to be meaningful, the extraordinary time it takes to get access to public documents must be drastically shortened. Second, we want to establish that all members of Illinois governing bodies, boards or boards of education are, by their offices, entitled to full access to the public records of the bodies on which they serve.”
Chicago-Kent established the Center for Open Government, headed by executive director Terrance A. Norton, in August 2009 to help ensure transparency, accountability and responsibility in local and state government. For more information on their work, please click here.
Each year Chicago-Kent honors distinguished alumni and individuals who serve Chicago-Kent and the legal community at our annual Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon. This year's event will be held Friday, November 19, 2010 at the Standard Club in Chicago.
The Alumni Board of Directors Awards Committee is seeking nominations of alumni who have distinguished themselves in their profession or who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the law school. Nominate deserving alumni colleagues and friends by Friday, August 20.
Become a Luncheon Sponsor: Each year, we invite individuals and firms to sponsor the luncheon to benefit the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board Scholarship, awarded annually to students who display financial need and academic merit. Sponsors at the $500+ level who commit their sponsorship on or before Monday, September 20 receive recognition in the invitation that goes to all alumni.
For details on the 2010 Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon, visit: www.kentlaw.edu/allalumlunch.
Maris Mapolski '10 (l) and Jocelyn Floyd '10 (r) received a second-place award in the 2010 Scribes National Brief-Writing Competition.
An appellate brief written by Jocelyn Floyd '10 and Maris Mapolski '10 received a second-place award in the 2010 Scribes National Brief-Writing Competition. Sponsored by the American Society of Legal Writers, the competition honors the best briefs from winning briefs at approximately 40 national or regional student moot court tournaments during the 2009-10 academic year.
Floyd and Mapolski's brief, which also won the best brief award in the 2009 Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA) Moot Court Competition, dealt with issues resulting from allegedly wrongful communications posted on social networking sites. In addition, Floyd and Mapolski won the best and third-best oral advocate awards, respectively, at the ALA competition.
Floyd and Mapolski were both Honors Scholars at Chicago-Kent and members of the Moot Court Honor Society. Floyd graduated undefeated in interscholastic moot court competition and was part of the team who won the 2008 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. She was also a member of the Chicago-Kent Law Review and will be joining the New Lawyers Group at Jones Day.
Mapolski is an Oregon native. During law school, she completed an externship with the Honorable Susan E. Cox, magistrate judge for the Northern District of Illinois and clerkships with Portland law firms. Mapolski has returned the Portland where she plans to sit for the Oregon Bar.
The Chicago-Kent Alumni Association is offering a terrific opportunity to tour China with alumni and friends of Chicago-Kent, October 28 - November 6, 2010. This extraordinary trip will take you through historical and modern-day China, with the opportunity to earn up to 10 eligible general CLE credits while participating in lectures, court watching sessions, and mingling with Chicago-Kent alumni who live in China.
What's different about this tour is that the leaders—Frances Kao '92, partner at Skadden Arps, and John Rogers, attorney and former president of the Midwest–US China Association—are part of the Chicago-Kent community and have a long history of organizing similar tours in China. They are ready to take you through this remarkable country and help you experience an once-in-a-lifetime, unique journey. The tour is set up to be flexible in that activities can be changed or altered according to the group's interests to make the trip more meaningful.
View the trip brochure online at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/chinatrip2010.
Please contact Tara Anderson at email@example.com as soon as possible if you are interested.
Emily Steere '10 and Jessica Bolack '11 are this year's recipients of the Fleischman Family Award for Excellence in Criminal Clinic. The awards were established in 2008 by Chicago-Kent alumni, brothers, and criminal defense attorneys Jack '87 and Sidney Z. Fleischman '87 to recognize outstanding students in the criminal defense section of the Chicago-Kent Law Offices.
The award, which includes a cash stipend, is given to students who have demonstrated dedication to the criminal defense litigation program and who have provided “zealous advocacy” on behalf of the program's clients. Jack and Sidney Fleischman are identical twins who participated in Chicago-Kent's criminal law clinic. The Fleischman brothers currently are partners in their own criminal defense law firm, Fleischman & Fleischman PA, located in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, Florida.
Steere earned her J.D. and a certificate in Criminal Litigation from Chicago-Kent in January 2010. She currently works as an assistant state's attorney in Sangamon County and was previously a legal intern in the Criminal Defense Clinic of the Chicago-Kent Law Offices. Bolack is a rising third-year student at Chicago-Kent. She is a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and serves as a legal intern in Chicago-Kent's Criminal Defense Clinic, as well as a student law clerk for the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
5:00 p.m. Pre-Game Gathering ~ 7:05 p.m. Game
Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60613
Purchase your tickets for our annual Alumni Night @ Wrigley Field. Enjoy a pre-game gathering at the Cubby Bear, which includes dinner and drinks beginning at 5:00 pm. Then, watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field at 7:05 pm.
For details and to register, visit www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/cubs. Each alumnus is limited to two tickets. This event always sells out so we encourage you to get tickets early!
Class of 1990: Celebrate your 20-Year Reunion! Hosted by Reunion co-chairs, Leo Dombrowski '90 and Vanessa Weathersby '90, events include a golf outing and a reunion dinner at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort and the Willowcrest Golf Club. A block of hotel rooms is available for a special rate.
For details and to register online, visit www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/1990reunion. Tee times must be reserved by Wednesday, August 25. RSVP for the dinner by Wednesday, September 8.
Chicago-Kent is ASCK'ing for your help to build a stronger community and better connections between alumni and students the week of September 20 - 24. Please consider volunteering to review resumes, speak with a student about your career, or conduct a mock interview. Please also save the date for Alumni Day @ C-K on Friday, September 24. Volunteer sign up ends August 30.
For more information on ASCK Week: Alumni/Student ConneKtions, please visit www.kentlaw.edu/alumni/asck.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661
Details are forthcoming. In the meantime, you can help plan your reunion on the Class of 1980 Page on the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/1980. Not a member of the Community? Sign up.
Please direct questions to Lisa Turley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 906-5241.
All graduates of the masters of law (LL.M.) programs at Chicago-Kent are invited to a 10-year anniversary celebration of the International LLM program at Chicago-Kent. Please save the dates and plan to come back to Chicago-Kent to reconnect and celebrate.
Please direct questions to Tara Anderson at email@example.com or (312) 906-5245.
Tour China with Chicago-Kent in October: Deadline Extended!
The Alumni Association is pleased to announce an extraordinary opportunity to travel with other alumni and earn up to 10 eligible general CLE credits while you immerse yourself in China's rich history, culture and legal system. The group will depart Chicago Thursday, October 28 and return on Saturday, November 6.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the United States Supreme Court, save the date for a group swearing-in with fellow Chicago-Kent alumni. The event also includes a breakfast in the Supreme Court building, a tour, and a chance to meet some of the Justices.
Applications will be accepted in early 2011. Additional details will be available at www.kentlaw.edu/alumni/supremecourt in October.
Professor Julius G. Getman – Restoring the Power of Unions: It Takes a Movement
Professor Julius G. Getman will discuss his recently published labor law book, Restoring the Power of Unions: It Takes a Movement. Getman is the Earl E. Sheffield Regents Chair at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He is a preeminent scholar in the field of labor law.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Please join us for this inaugural conference which will analyze the Intellectual Property (IP) cases from the Supreme Court's past Term and will preview the upcoming IP cases and notable cert petitions to watch. Featured speakers from the Supreme Court bar and academia include: Roy Englert (Robbins Russell and counsel in Costco v. Omega), Tom Goldstein (SCOTUSblog and Akin Gump), Prof. Deborah Merritt (Moritz College of Law, Court-appointed amicus in Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick), Prof. Randal Picker (Univ. of Chicago Law School), and Paul Smith (Jenner & Block, counsel in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association).
This conference is free and open to the public, however registration is required. RSVP to Patricia O'Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, September 27.
28th Annual Federal Sector Labor Relations & Labor Law Conference
Join us for a day of interactive discussion with some of the country's foremost federal sector labor relations leaders and practitioners. Chicago-Kent College of Law presents the 28th annual gathering of the longest running conference on federal sector and postal labor relations and labor law held outside of Washington, D.C.
Join us for the second annual Financial Services Law Conference. Topics will include current developments in Forex, Disaster Recovery, Social Networking Sites, AML, CPO Reporting, Electronic Trading & Risk Management, EFRP's & Block Trades, OTC (ClearPort), and Exchange Enforcement Practices; Negotiating Customer, IB and Give-up Agreements; Operating Off-shore in Canada, India and Asia; and New Illinois Rules of Professional Responsibility and Potential Ethical Traps.
The conference is eligible for 6.0 hours of IL MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour of professional responsibility credit, pending final approval. Download a flyer and printable registration form or click here to register online.
Join us for a day of informative discussion with some of the foremost public sector labor relations practitioners. Ralph M. Martire, Executive Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, will give the keynote address: “The Illinois Budget Crisis: What Are Its Root Causes, What Can Be Done To Fix It, and What Should the Labor-Management Community Be Doing To Address It?” Workshops will include the impact of health care reform on collective bargaining, IPLRA Developments, IELRA developments, pension issues, impact of social networking in the workplace, military leave issues, police and firefighter forum, interest arbitration, FOIA and Open Meetings Act developments, the ethics and economics of settlement, and ethical limits on the lawyer's role in labor relations.
The conference is eligible for 6.0 hours of IL MCLE credit, including 2.0 hours of professional responsibility credit, pending final approval. Download a flyer or visit www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cle for details and to register.
Past Event Highlights
Dave Peck '82, LLM '88 and Lucy Lu '04 hosted a barbeque for Georgia alumni and their families at Dave's home in Alpharetta, GA on Sunday, July 18. Despite the torrential rains on Sunday morning, the sun eventually came out, and alumni ranging in graduation years from 1977 to 2007 had an opportunity to mingle, eat homemade food and enjoy the dog-days of a Georgia summer. Thank you to Dave and Lucy for organizing this event. Georgia alumni hope to plan another outing in the future.
Photos from the event are available at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/georgia10. To connect online, please visit the Atlanta metro area group page at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/atlanta. Not a member of the Community? Sign up.
The Chicago-Kent Career Services Office, in partnership with the Alumni Association, recently held two networking events for alumni in the Chicago suburbs. On Wednesday, June 30, alumni in the western suburbs gathered for cocktails at the IIT Rice Campus in Wheaton. Our northwest suburbs event took place on Tuesday, July 27 at Emmett's Ale House in Palatine. Over 40 alumni attended the two events. Please stay tuned for other networking events around the Chicago metro area in the coming months!
Photos from the suburban networking events are available at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/suburbs10.
Our newest Chicago-Kent alumni celebrated the completion of the Illinois State Bar Exam at a party on July 28. Over 170 graduates and friends attended the event on the rooftop of Rock Bottom Brewery in Chicago's River North Neighborhood.
Class of 2010: We welcome you into the Alumni Association and congratulate you on making it through the Bar exam! Photos from the event at available at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/postbar10.
On Thursday, July 22, Senior Partner Council donors, alumni, faculty, friends, and partners of the law school celebrated the Chicago-Kent Community at our annual appreciation dinner. The event was held on the Illinois Institute of Technology's main campus in Mies van der Rohe's architectural masterpiece, S. R. Crown Hall.
Guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner amid Andy Warhol's iconic Silver Clouds installation. The exhibit features helium-filled balloons, which move with the air currents to create an ethereal, joyful atmosphere. Intellectual property professor Christopher Buccafusco provided a faculty perspective, discussing his current research on the valuation of artwork. (For details on professor Buccafusco's scholarship, please read his latest paper, The Creativity Effect.) Hazel Gumbs '13, an Abraham Lincoln Marovitz scholar, gave a student perspective on how a scholarship has allowed her to attend law school.
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