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News and Announcements
Chicago-Kent is one of 10 "most innovative law schools" featured in the Winter 2009 issue of preLaw magazine. In the article, Dean Harold Krent describes how Chicago-Kent explores the intersection of law and technology through a variety of groundbreaking programs, including the Center for Access to Justice and Technology, the courthouse-based Self-Help Web Center, and a hands-on course focusing on litigation technology.
In early January, the Chicago-Kent College of Law chapter of the Student Hurricane Network (SHN) took their biannual trip to the Gulf Coast region to help with the revitalization of the area post-Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Students split up in the New Orleans area and worked on projects ranging from rebuilding a church to policy research with the Alliance for Affordable Energy.
A unique opportunity arose under the past experience of SHN leader and 3L Jonathan Rhodes to gain momentum with the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act (HR 4048). This bill is currently in the House of Representatives and focuses directly on stimulating the economy, infrastructure, and environment of the Gulf Coast region. Pairing up with SHN and Chicago-Kent alumna, Prashanthi Rao ‘07 as a supervising attorney, the students researched projects for immediate implementation in the next 90 days.
Students met with various community organizers from the New Orleans area, coastal Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to compile information on funding needed for community projects. The compilation of information was provided to the Equity and Inclusion Campaign of the Louisiana Recovery Foundation (founded by Governor Blanco’s office) in a final report to be discussed with President Obama in the coming weeks. The bill is being endorsed by John Podesta and the Center for American Progress.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where Rao is an associate, partly sponsored Chicago-Kent’s trip as recognition of their support and encouragement for the efforts of the students and community affected by the storms. Rao has been to New Orleans numerous times over the course of the last two years to help with revitalization efforts, so the decision to serve as supervising attorney was a simple one. “Alumni should keep abreast of developments within their particular area of interest and to stay involved with the Kent community for similar opportunities and life-changing experiences,” she notes. “It’s an incredible way to give back—with skills and abilities learned at Kent and fostered and refined thereafter.”
For more information regarding Student Hurricane Network, please contact Jonathan Rhodes at email@example.com. If you would like make a donation towards the group’s next trip, please visit www.kentlaw.edu/give and choose “Student Hurricane Network.”
Article contributed by Prashanthi Rao ’07.
The Institute for Science, Law and Technology (ISLAT) at Chicago-Kent College of Law has launched a new blog, On the Edges of Science and Law, to address timely issues of ethics and legality in rapidly expanding technological fields such as genetics, alternative reproduction, human research and nanotechnology. Initial items from ISLAT bloggers include posts on the question of DNA testing to determine Native American tribal identity and on the ethical concerns raised by the prescription of placebo treatments by physicians.
Each year, the law school honors alumni who demonstrate outstanding public service leadership with The Hon. Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Award. The award includes a stipend intended to help offset the cost of law school loan repayment for alumni who take lower-paid public interest positions.
We encourage you to nominate a fellow alumnus or alumna for this honor. Alumni working in the public interest sector who have graduated in the last 15 years are eligible. Nominations are accepted until Friday, February 20, 2009.
This year’s recipients will be honored at the Public Interest Awards and Networking Reception on Tuesday, April 21, 2009.
Applications are available to volunteer for Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors. The Alumni Board of Directors represents the Chicago-Kent alumni community by overseeing and supporting various programs and events. The Board 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.
If you are interested in applying or nominating a fellow alumnus/a to be a Board of Director, please return the application by March 2, 2009. If you have questions, please contact Tara Anderson, Director of Alumni Relations at 312.906.5245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago-Kent is host to the Midwest Super Regional Competition of the 2009 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition on February 12 - 14, 2009 at the law school. The International Law Students Association is currently recruiting volunteers to serve as judges for the oral rounds of the Competition, which will take place Friday, February 13 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 14 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Each oral round is approximately two hours long. Judges are asked to arrive 30 minutes early.
Volunteers can earn 8.0 hours of IL MCLE credit for each oral round judged. If you would like to volunteer to serve as a judge, please contact Ashley Walker, the Administrator of the Midwest Super Regional Competition, at email@example.com.
Chicago-Kent's Night with the Bulls
This game will feature, among others, special guests Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen who will honor Johnny Kerr, a longtime Bulls broadcaster.
To order tickets, click here to complete the payment form and submit to the Chicago Bulls by Friday, February 6th. Please note that tickets are subject to availability and due to high demand, we encourage you to register as soon as possible.
Atty Gen. Lisa Madigan will be honored by Phi Alpha Delta.
Phi Alpha Delta Judges’ Night Honoring Lisa Madigan
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity is pleased to recognize Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan at its annual Judges’ Night.
If you received your invitation or are affiliated with PAD, RSVP to (312) 263-1360, Ext 20. Co-hosted by the Chicago Alumni Chapter (Board of Director, John Norris ’83), the William Blackstone Chapter, and Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Please join us as we honor the 2009 Marovitz Public Interest Award recipients.
Dean Krent will host an alumni gathering in Houston, Texas this month.
Houston Alumni Gathering
Dean Harold J. Krent will host a dinner for Chicago-Kent alumni in the Houston, Texas area.
RSVP by Monday, February 23, 2009 to firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 906-5241.
RSVP by March 16, 2009 to email@example.com or (312) 906-5240.
Hosted by Roy C. Palmer ‘62 and Susan Palmer.
RSVP by March 16, 2009 to firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 906-5240.
Please join Dean Harold J. Krent for an Alumni Dinner in Washington D.C. at the University Club, featuring special guest, Michael Scodro, Illinois Solicitor General and Chicago-Kent Professor.
Tickets are $50/person. Click here to RSVP online by Monday, March 30. Please note: business attire is required (no denim or athletic shoes please).
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Marovitz Courtroom, Chicago, IL 60661
Justice Zakeria Mohammed Yacoob has served on the Constitutional Court of South Africa since 1998, during which time it has ruled on many issues fundamental to building the rule of law in post-apartheid South Africa. For many decades before joining the court, he was an activist lawyer promoting social justice and democracy under Apartheid. He was also intimately involved in the negotiations which ultimately shaped the new constitutional order in South Africa. Judge Yacoob has been blind since childhood and is presently Chairperson of the South African National Council for the Blind.
This event is free and open the public.
A panel of experts will discuss the impeachment trial of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Panelists include Dean Harold J. Krent, Chicago-Kent Professor and Freehling Scholar, Mark D. Rosen, and Michael J. Kasper, Partner with Fletcher, Topol, O'Brien & Kasper, who is a member of the litigation team on behalf of the Illinois General Assembly in the impeachment, General Counsel and Treasurer of the Democratic Party of Illinois, as well as former General Counsel to Illinois House Speaker, Michael J. Madigan. A cocktail reception will follow.
This event is free and open the public. Sponsored by the American Constitution Society, Chicago-Kent chapter. Contact email@example.com with questions.
Distinguished Professor Sheldon Nahmod gives his third annual Supreme Court Review, sponsored by the Chicago-Kent chapter of the American Constitution Society. Professor Nahmod will discuss key cases and holdings from the Supreme Court’s 2007-08 term.
This event is free and open to the public. ACS will provide lunch and refreshments for all attendees. RSVP to Julia Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, February 16, 2009.
Anupam Chander, Professor at UC Davis School of Law, will speak on his paper, “Youthful Indiscretion & Digital Memory.”
This event is free and open to the public. The Chicago IP Colloquium is cosponsored by Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Please visit the Colloquium’s website for more information on the speaker series.
This event is free and open to the public.
Using Technology to Organize and Present Cases
This seminar will illustrate how technology is effectively used 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 Hours of IL MCLE credit. For more information and to register, visit www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cle.
Richard B. Freeman, Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics, Harvard University, will speak on “Return of the Public: Why Market Fundamentalism Failed and What Labor Can Do about It to Save the World.”
Attendees are eligible for 1.25 hours of IL MCLE credit. For more information, visit www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cle. This event is free and open to the public.
Catherine Kessedjian, Professor, University of Paris II, France, will speak on “Uniformity v. Diversity in Law in a Global World: Examples in Commercial & Procedural Law."
Dean Harold J. Krent hosted a cocktail reception for Chicago-Kent and Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) alumni in Arizona on Sunday, January 25, 2009.
Twenty-five IIT and Chicago-Kent alumni and friends gathered at the Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale to discuss changes taking place at the University and to meet fellow alumni in the area.
Photo at right: (l-r,standing) Ellyn Goldwin and David Goldwin '88, (l-r, seated) Michael Sawyer '01 and Lori Sawyer.
More photos from the event are available on the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/arizona.
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