January was an extraordinary
month for Chicago-Kent. Alumnus Roy Palmer and his
wife, Susan, have made a generous pledge of $1 million
to the law school. A brief article in this issue,
as well as a feature on our Web site, tells more about
this milestone for Chicago-Kent. The Palmers’
foresight and commitment to the law school should
help pave the way for development of a residence hall
near our Adams Street home in the near future.
We are also proud of another outstanding highlight:
Chicago Lawyer in its January 2006 issue named Professor
Richard J. Conviser among the 10 Best Law Professors
in Illinois. With Chicago-Kent since 1973, Richard
is known not only as the head of Bar/Bri, but as a
fantastic practitioner of the Socratic craft.
I hope to see you at one of the many events organized
by the Office of Alumni Relations in conjunction with
the Alumni Board of Directors. Please peruse the list
below and decide which events best fit your schedule
and interests. Finally, please keep us advised of
your wonderful accomplishments – following your
careers is one of the most gratifying aspects of being
Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law
Roy and Susan Palmer
and Susan Palmer Pledge $1 Million to Chicago-Kent
We are proud to announce that attorney Roy C. Palmer
'62 and his wife, Susan M. Palmer, have pledged
a $1 million gift to Chicago-Kent College of Law.
A Chicago-Kent alumnus and a member of the board of
overseers, Mr. Palmer and his wife have earmarked
their gift to support the expansion of the law school’s
campus. Roy and Susan’s pledge will make this
the largest gift ever given by a living alumnus to
To learn more about the Palmers’ gift to Chicago-Kent,
Part in the Next Take a Break!
50 students, thanks to the SBA, listened attentively
to volunteer alumni who took part in Take a Break.
January Take a Break was a hit among both students
and alumni, as future lawyers listened to Chicago-Kent
alumni discuss their personal reminisces on the early
days of their careers. Board members Tarek A. Fadel
’03 and Paul A. Miller ’00,
with the Office of Alumni Relations and the SBA, organized
the informal luncheon, which brought in over 50 eager
students ready to ask questions and learn from the
Special thanks to the following panelists, who shared
their insights on the January topic, Transactional
vs. Trial, Corporate and Commercial Litigation:
P. Bleiman ’98,
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP
Craig E. Donnelly ’04, Connelly, Roberts
Tarek A. Fadel ’03, AdaptiGroup LLC
John Fogarty ’99, Burke, Warren, MacKay
& Serritella, PC
Ronette Leal-McCarthy ’03, Ancel Glink
& et al
Jeffrey A. Schulkin ’95, Munday &
a Break needs you!
following is the Take a Break schedule for
the remainder of the semester:
February 21 at Noon -- General public sector
government and municipal work
Tuesday, March 7 at Noon -- Alternative legal
If you can speak on either of the above topics, please
consider volunteering an hour of your time by contacting
Barbara Matthopoulos at email@example.com,
or phone (312) 906-5245, so that we may plan on your
Authors’ Lunches at Union League Club
to our 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 up-and-coming, visit http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/alums/unionleague.html.
New Alumni Relations Web Site
we prepare for the launch of our new online community
and web-based directory of alumni, we have begun changing
the Chicago-Kent Alumni web site. Be sure to visit
for the latest alumni news, as well as
details on all our events!
Intellectual Property Colloquium
Tuesday, February 7
4:10 PM - 5:50 PM
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Room 140
Professor Christopher Cotropia from Tulane University
Law School will speak at the next event in the Spring
2006 Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium. To
view Professor Cotropia's paper, "The 'Suggestion
Test' as a Rule of Evidence in Patent Law," visit
the Colloquium's web site at http://www.chicagoip.com.
year, during the Spring academic semester, Chicago-Kent
and Loyola invite six nationally renowned intellectual
property scholars to Chicago to present and discuss
their current research projects before intellectual
property faculty from Chicago-area law schools, prominent
intellectual property practitioners, and selected
students from Chicago-Kent and Loyola ("Chicago
IP Colloquium Fellows").
Federation of Labor AFL-CIO and Institute for Law
and the Workplace present the 7th annual Distinguished
Labor Leader Lecture
Tuesday, February 28
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Terence M. O’Sullivan has been
General President of the Laborers’ International
Union of North America since January 1, 2000. He is
known as an innovator among the newest generation
of labor leaders dedicated to aggressive and sometimes
radical approaches designed to increase the power
of working people in the 21st century.
This year’s lecture begins at noon and will
be followed by a reception at 1:00 p.m. The lecture
is free and no registration is required. For further
information visit www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cle
or call (312) 906-5090.
Institute for Law and the Workplace Celebrates its
5:30PM – 7:30 PM
Chicago-Kent 10th Floor Events Room
Professor Martin H. Malin, director, and anniversary
committee chairs Gary L. Bailey ’86,
Ronald J. Kramer ’92, and Cathy L.
Rath ’01 to honor the ILW 10th anniversary
at a cocktail reception.
The anniversary committee has set a goal of $25,000
to benefit the Alumni Labor Law Scholarship Fund.
For more information on how you can honor the ILW,
contact Mark Boeck at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or (312) 906-5236.
Will you be in any of these cities during our out-of-town
alumni events? If so, plan on joining us as Dean Krent
meets and greets alumni in Florida, Arizona and California
on these dates:
Miami area – Thursday, March 9, 6:00 PM at Maroosh
Sarasota - Saturday, March 11, 11:00 AM at Es Ca Bay,
the home of Roy and Susan Palmer
Phoenix area – Sunday, March 26 ( location and
Los Angeles area – Monday, March 27 (location
and time TBA)
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