Chicago-Kent College of Law: Alumni E-Brief
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From the Dean

Breaking News:
Moot Court Team Wins National Competition
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Accepting Nominations for the Marovitz Public Interest Award

Many of you may remember our esteemed alumnus, the Hon. Abraham Lincoln Marovitz ‘25, who served as a Senior Judge of the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for almost 40 years. In honor of his service, we established The Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Award, given each year to at least two recently graduated Chicago-Kent alumni who demonstrate outstanding public interest leadership and who reflect “the character, life and work of the Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz '25.” The award carries with it a significant stipend.

With the salary discrepancy between public interest attorneys and corporate lawyers, few graduates can afford to pursue a career in public interest law given that the average Chicago-Kent student graduates with almost $90,000 in student loans. The Marovitz Award draws attention to the importance of public interest work, and thereby encourages students to take positions in this area.

I encourage you to nominate a fellow alumnus or alumna who deserves this honor. Nominations are accepted until Friday, February 29, 2008.

The honorees will be honored at our Public Interest Awards and Networking Reception on Tuesday, April 22, 2008.

I hope you are all managing to keep warm during this cold spell. I look forward to my upcoming trips to California and Florida to visit with those of you in warmer climes!


Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

In This Issue

News and Announcements

Moot Court Team Wins National Competition

On Thursday, January 31, a team from the Chicago-Kent Moot Court Honor Society took home top prize in the 58th annual National Moot Court Competition at the New York City Bar Association. The team, consisting of Joanna Brinkman (3L), Lalania Gilkey-Johnson (3L), and Rachel Moran (3L), coached by Professor Kent Streseman, scored a unanimous verdict from the 7-judge panel after a final round performance against the University of Colorado School of Law, which was coached by former Chicago-Kent professor, Gabrielle Marks Stafford. In addition, Rachel Moran won the award for Best Oral Advocate.

The National Moot Court Competition is the oldest and largest American moot court tournament. The law school of the winning team is presented with the Fulton Haight Award - a monetary value of $2,500 - funded by the Fulton Haight Fund of the Foundation of the American College of Trial Lawyers. In addition, the winning team is invited to the annual meeting of the American College of Trial Lawyers at which the Best Oral Advocate—this year, Rachel Moran —will address the College.

This year's competition drew 189 teams, 28 of which advanced through regional qualifying tournaments last fall to the national finals. Joanna, Lalania, and Rachel went undefeated in six arguments, earning uniformly high marks from judging panels and fellow competitors. The winning argument questioned whether the 2nd Amendment protects an individual’s right to “keep and bear” arms for private use and asked whether the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act preempts a State from exercising its own public health and police powers to regulate the delivery of handgun ammunition.

In addition to the national championship, the Moot Court Society performed superbly throughout the year. Last October, the teams of Rachel Adamczyk (3L) & Toni Odette (3L) and Margaret Battersby (3L) & Mike Ko (3L) finished first and second place respectively at the Appellate Lawyers' Association's Midwest Moot Court Competition, and swept the best brief and oral argument awards. In early November, two Moot Court Honor Society students received Best Oral Advocate Awards: Lalania Gilkey-Johnson in the regional round of the National Moot Court Competition and Sara Siegall (3L) in the National Health Law Competition.

The Moot Court Society’s 2007-2008 record combined with last year’s Trial Advocacy championship, undoubtedly puts Chicago-Kent among the top law schools in the country for competitive advocacy. We are grateful to the faculty members and alumni who coached this team, including Sepideh Esmaili ’07, Cherish Keller ’06, Heather Kissling ’07, Brian Koppen ’07, Sonya Rosenberg ’07, Jeff Swatzell ’07, and Sarah Zielinski ‘07.

Chicago-Kent Center Honored by ABA for Expanding Access to Justice
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The American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services has selected Chicago-Kent’s Center for Access to Justice & Technology as the recipient of the 2008 Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access. The award honors “programs and projects dedicated to matching the unmet legal needs of the middle class and those of moderate incomes with lawyers who provide affordable legal information, services and representation.”

The Center for Access to Justice & Technology at Chicago-Kent is dedicated to making justice more accessible to the public through the use of the Internet in teaching, legal practice, and public access to the law. The Center operates three law and technology initiatives, for which they were specifically honored for this award: A2J Author™ Project; Access to Justice Student Editorial Board; and Self-Help Web Center. These three initiatives provide tools, content and personal guidance to help thousands of self-represented litigants obtain access to justice.

M. Catherine Richardson, chair of the ABA committee said that the Center is “an outstanding example of the practical application of technology to legal services in ways that create greater efficiencies and expand access to justice.”

Ron Staudt, Director of the Center, and Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent, will accept the award at a luncheon in Los Angeles on February 8.

Students Spend Winter Break Volunteering at Gulf Coast

Despite the work of thousands of volunteers over the last two years since hurricanes and flooding devasted the Gulf Coast, the recovery process is far from complete. During their winter break, 20 students from Chicago-Kent joined more than 500 law students from around the country in New Orleans to participate in the national Student Hurricane Network volunteer program. Students worked on a variety of projects including:

Click to Enlarge Image - Student Hurricane Network Students worked with ACORN to assist Diana (center) a resident of the lower 9th ward, in clearing her lot so that she could begin the rebuilding process.
  • Legislative Advocacy: A team of five students utilized their skills on legislative advocacy for the Gulf Coast Civic Works Project. Chicago-Kent student Jonathan Rhodes (2L) drafted a federal workforce development and infrastructure rebuilding bill that was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives as the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act of 2007 (HR 4048). The student team met with representatives from the State of Louisiana Recovery Authority, the New Orleans Mayor's Office of Workforce Development,, and the Trust for Public land among others, to discuss revisions to the bill.

  • Surveying Residents: Twelve students worked with the Gentilly Civic Improvement Association to visit residents residing in rebuilt homes or FEMA trailers to conduct a survey and report on the legal needs of Gentilly neighborhood residents.

  • Rebuilding Homes: Fifteen students joined efforts with All Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in the Lower 9th Ward to help various families prepare to rebuild their homes by clearing lots for demolition. Others helped renovate the Lower 9th Community Center for future programs.

To date, Chicago-Kent has sent more than 50 students to the Gulf Coast to participate in the recovery effort and gain real world public interest experience. The next trip is planned for Spring Break.

Kent Justice Foundation Auction: You Can Help!
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The 2007 KJF Auction raised a record setting amount - nearly $30,000 - for their summer fellowship program.

The Kent Justice Foundation (KJF), a Chicago-Kent student organization that promotes public interest law, encourages volunteerism and supports pro-bono work. Each year, a silent auction is held to support KJF and their summer fellowship program for students in public interest positions. This year’s Spring Auction will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at Chicago-Kent.

You can help support KJF through an in-kind donation to the Auction. If you have spare sports tickets, a restaurant gift certificate, or a service you can provide (e.g. allowing a student to shadow you for a day), please contact Katie Rock or Matt Towey, Auction Co-Chairs, at Any donations are greatly appreciated.

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Save the Date

Social Events - Regional

Los Angeles-Area Alumni Gathering
Thursday, February 7, 2008
6:30 p.m.
1201 8th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 [Map]

Hosted by Scott Gautier ’97 and Kelly Frazier.

RSVP by February 5, 2008 to or (312) 906-5240.

San Diego-Area Alumni Gathering
Friday, February 8, 2008
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
140 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101 [Map]

At Currant American Brasserie in the Sofia Hotel

RSVP by February 5, 2008 to or (312) 906-5240.

East Coast Florida Alumni Gathering
Thursday, February 28, 2008
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
1770 Micanopy Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 [Map]

Hosted by Mark Scott ’97

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Roy '62 and Susan Palmer host the West Coast Alumni Gathering for the 5th year.

RSVP by February 25, 2008 to or (312) 906-5240.

Fifth Annual West Coast Florida Alumni Gathering
Saturday, March 1, 2008
12:00 .– 3:00 p.m.
2052 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236 [Map]

Hosted by Roy C. Palmer ‘62 and Susan Palmer

RSVP by February 25, 2008 to or (312) 906-5240. Complimentary valet parking available.

Social Events - Chicago

International Law Student & Alumni Reception
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Panel: 4:00 p.m.
Networking Reception: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

The International Law Student Association (ILSA) invites alumni in International Law to attend the Pathways to Employment in International Law panel and networking reception. The event is a unique forum designed to entice students into International Law while helping them determine employment opportunities and ideas on networking in the field. Alumni are invited to serve as mentors at the event, meeting Chicago-Kent students and sharing experiences as well as answering questions relating to the field and discussing career paths.

Co-hosted by the Office of Career Services, ILSA, the ABA, and the LL.M./ New Lawyer Outreach Committee.

Phi Alpha Delta Judges’ Night
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Lobby, Chicago, IL 60661

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity is pleased to recognize distinguished jurists and persons associated with the legal profession at its annual Judges’ Night. This year the Fraternity honors Collins T. Fitzpatrick, U.S. 7th Circuit Court Executive.

If you received your invitation, please RSVP to (312) 263-1360, Ext 20. Co-hosted by the Chicago Alumni Chapter (President, John Norris ’83), the William Blackstone Chapter, and Chicago-Kent College of Law.



Paul Finkelman Professor Paul Finkelman

Institute for Law and the Humanities: Paul Finkelman, Albany Law School
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., 10th Floor, Chicago, IL 60661

Professor Finkelman will present his paper, "Regulating the African Slave Trade."

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Humanities and the Chicago-Kent Law Review.

Institute for Law and the Humanities: Gary Johnson, President, Chicago History Museum
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., 10th Floor, Chicago, IL 60661

Gary T. Johnson was named the eighth president of the Chicago History Museum in August 2005 after 28 years as a lawyer and partner in the Chicago offices of Mayer Brown and Jones Day. He has a record of leadership in the civic arena, particularly in civil rights and legal services to the low-income individuals. From 2001-2003 he co-chaired the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and continues to serve on its executive committee.

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Humanities.

Peter Lee Professor Peter Lee
Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium: Professor Peter Lee
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
4:00 - 5:45 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Room 305, Chicago, IL 60661

The 2008 Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium presents Professor Peter Lee, UC Davis School of Law. He will discuss his paper, "Flexibility and Rigidity in Definitions of Intellectual Infrastructure."

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Chicago-Kent and Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

CLE Opportunities

Document Management and Retention Policies for Clients and Law Firms
Friday, February 15, 2008
8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

A unique full-day seminar for all attorneys, but especially for those working as business/corporate lawyers, corporate counsel, litigators, or law firm managers. Topics include document management, including record retention and archives, how to avoid e-discovery traps and technology issues, ethical considerations and Cyber Insurance Protection.

Attendees are eligible for 6 hours IL-MCLE Credit, including 2.5 hours of Ethics Credit (pending approval). For more information, including cost and registration, please visit Co-sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association.

Navigating the ILSVP Process
February 29, 2008
8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

This seminar will provide judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys with helpful working knowledge of the Illinois Department of Corrections evaluation criteria for potential SVP respondents. It will also provide an overview of Illinois Department of Human Services evaluation criteria and treatment standards and the Treatment and Detention Facility policies and procedures

Attendees are eligible for 5.0 General Hours of MCLE plus 1.0 Hour of Ethics Credit (pending approval). For more information, including cost and registration, please visit Co-sponsored by the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

Using Technology to Organize and Present Cases
Friday, March 7, 2008
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

This seminar will illustrate how technology is used effectively to present information to juries and mediation panels, to manage complex litigation, to prepare and execute cross examination, and to assess feedback from focus group presentations. Attendees will see demonstrations of innovative technology in opening and closing argument presentations, direct examination of expert witnesses, and mediation presentations.

Attendees are eligible for 7.0 General Hours of MCLE plus 1.0 Hour of Ethics Credit (pending approval). For more information, including cost and registration, please visit

Josef Drexl Professor Josef Drexl

18th annual Henry Morris Lecture in International and Comparative Law: Josef Drexl
March 11, 2008
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

Josef Drexl, Professor of Law, University of Munich, and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich, Germany will speak as the the 18th annual Henry Morris Lecture in International and Comparative Law.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information visit: CLE credit will be available.

Past Event Highlights

Cook County States Attorney's Race Comes to Chicago-Kent

Last month, Chicago-Kent was pleased to host two Cook County State's Attorney Candidates' Forums. On January 15, the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, co-sponsored an event for candidates to discuss their plans to combat violence against women. On January 24, the candidates were back at Kent again to discuss the recently released Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice Report on Chicago’s Felony Courts in an event sponsored by the Chicago Council of Lawyers and the Chicago Appleseed Fund.

Inaugural Palmer Lecture: Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror
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(l-r) Jules L. Lobel, Roy C. Palmer '62, Susan Palmer, and David D. Cole

Constitutional scholars and co-authors David D. Cole and Jules L. Lobel discussed their award-winning book, Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror, at the inaugural Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture.

The Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize was established in 2007 by Chicago-Kent alumnus Roy C. Palmer '62 and his wife, Susan, to honor an exemplary work of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society. Less Safe, Less Free is a critical analysis of the civil liberties and geopolitical implications of the Bush administration's "war on terror."

Georgetown University law professor Cole represents immigrants and U.S. citizens in cases involving claims of national security and terrorism and has litigated several major First Amendment cases. University of Pittsburgh law professor Lobel is an expert in emergency powers and the laws governing wars and has litigated major cases involving the application of international law in American courts, executive abuse of power, and infringement of civil liberties.

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