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  • From the Dean: Connecting with C-K
  • Host a group of students for ConneKtions @ Dinner
  • Nominate a fellow alumnus/a for a Public Interest Award by February 3
  • Host a Chicago-Kent Extern this summer
  • Donate to the Kent Justice Foundation Auction
  • Entries accepted for the 2012 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize
  • Nominations open for the Burton Awards
  • Professor selected as member of Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement Arbitration Panel Roster
  • C-K in the City
  • C-K on the Road
  • Professional Development & CLE
Prof. Ralph Brill Bobblehead

Want a piece of Chicago-Kent history? The Alumni Association has bobbleheads of Professor Ralph Brill available. Email for details.

From the Dean

Connecting with C-K
Dean Harold J. Krent
I am gratified by our alumni's increasing level of engagement with the law school. Whether it's attending the new, highly successful CLE & Networking Series (hundreds of alumni have already registered!), hosting Chicago-Kent students as externs, or serving as Alumni Ambassadors to help recruit the best students to Chicago-Kent, the support of our alumni community is a significant factor in our success.

The Alumni Association is announcing a new opportunity for alumni to connect with students: ConneKtions @ Dinner. Alumni are invited to host small groups of students for dinner during the week of March 5 in their homes or at local restaurants, offering students the chance to network with alumni in a more intimate setting and gain valuable career insights. If you'd like to host a group (co-hosting is encouraged), sign up at by February 13.

In addition, we have extended the deadlines to sign up to be an Alumni Ambassador or host a Chicago-Kent extern to February 2. As many of you know, applications to law schools have fallen 16% nationally this year, so the competition for promising students will be even more intense. Your help in persuading an admitted student to attend Chicago-Kent can be critical. For rising 2L students in particular, externships provide a vital step to learn about career pathways and to start networking at an early stage in their law school years.

Sign up today, and help us continue to grow an active alumni community!

Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

News & Announcements

Host a group of students for ConneKtions @ Dinner
ConneKtions @ Dinner is an opportunity for alumni in Chicago to host a small group of students at local restaurants or in their homes to build a stronger Chicago-Kent community. We are looking for alumni hosts for March 6-8. More details are available online. Sign up to be a host by February 13

2012 Public Interest Awards Night
Nominate a fellow alumnus/a for a Public Interest Award by February 3
Help us celebrate alumni who devote their careers to the public good by nominating a fellow alumnus/a for The Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz '25 Public Interest Award or the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, or an organization for the Public Interest Partner Award. Submit your nomination by Friday, February 3, and save the date for the 5th annual Public Interest Awards Night on Thursday, April 26.
Host a Chicago-Kent Extern this summer
Consider hosting a Chicago-Kent student as part of the Access2Practice Externship Program for the 8-week summer session, May 21-July 12, 2012. Please complete an Externship Interest Form by February 2. 

Donate to the Kent Justice Foundation Auction
The Kent Justice Foundation's (KJF) annual spring auction raises money to support its fellowship program for public interest law students. Alumni are encouraged to make in-kind donations, including sports tickets, gift certificates, or services (allowing a student to shadow you for a day or taking a student out to lunch to discuss your career). Contact for more information, and save the date for KJF's auction on Thursday, April 5.

Entries accepted for the 2012 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize
Entries for the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize will be accepted through July 1, 2012. Eligible books and articles should focus on the tension between civil liberties and national security. Read more…

Prof. Sungjoon Cho
Prof. Sungjoon Cho
Nominations open for the Burton Awards
Nominations are now open for the Burton Awards in Legal Achievement. Started in 1999, this unique national awards program helps reward great achievements in law, particular in legal writing. To see all of the nomination categories and due dates, visit

Professor selected as member of Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement Arbitration Panel Roster
Professor Sungjoon Cho has been selected by the Korea-EU Trade Commission to become a member of the Arbitration Panel Roster. Professor Cho is an authority on international economic law, and teaches courses in international trade law, international law, international business transactions, and comparative law. Read more…

2012 Public Interest Awards
Upcoming Events

All events take place at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661 unless otherwise noted. Please click on the event titles for more information and/or to register.

C-K in the City

Young Alumni Winter Social

Thursday, February 9, 2012 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Public House, 400 N. State St., Chicago, IL
$15 by February 1, $25 after February 1

IIT Alumni Gathering in Naperville
Thursday, February 23, 2012 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Calamos Investments, 2020 Calamos Court, Naperville, IL
RSVP by February 20.

Save the Date: ILW 15th Anniversary Reception
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | 4:30 p.m.

Save the Date: Public Interest Awards Night
Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 5:00 p.m., reception follows

C-K on the Road

IIT Alumni Gathering in Southern California
Thursday, February 2, 2012 | 6:00-8:30 p.m.
gkkworks, 2355 Main Street, Suite 220, Irvine, CA

IIT Alumni Gathering in Naples, FL

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 | 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Aria Condominium, 4501 Gulf Shore Blvd North, Naples, FL
RSVP by January 31.

San Diego Alumni Gathering

Thursday, February 16, 2012 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Duane Morris LLP, 101 West Broadway, San Diego, CA
RSVP by February 13.
Hosted by Ed Cramp ‘96

8th Annual West Coast Florida Alumni Gathering
Sunday, March 11, 2012 | Noon
Polo Grill & Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL
RSVP by March 8.
Hosted by Roy C. ‘62 and Susan M. Palmer

East Coast Florida Alumni Lunch

Monday, March 12, 2012 | Noon
Rack’s Downtown Eatery & Tavern
402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL
RSVP by March 8.

Miami Alumni Gathering
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Home of Jeffrey S. Weiner ‘74, Miami, FL
RSVP by March 8.

IIT Alumni Gathering in Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
RSVP by March 13.

Alumni Lunch in Los Angeles
March 26, 2012 | Noon
DLA Piper (Century City), Los Angeles, CA
RSVP by March 23.
Hosted by Robert Weber ‘92

Alumni Gathering in Beverly Hills
March 26, 2012 | 7:00 p.m.
Home of the Myles '79 & Mitra Berman, Beverly Hills, CA
RSVP by March 23.
Hosted by the Berman's & Margaret Rosenthal ‘79
Space is limited.


Professional Development & CLE

Social Networks & the Death of Privacy:
A Book Discussion with Prof. Lori Andrews

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 | 6:00 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL
Read a recent profile of Prof. Andrews in Chicago Reader

2012 Chicago IP Colloquium: "Juror Responses to Music Copyright's Lay Listener Test"
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 | 4:00 p.m.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Regents Hall, 111 E. Pearson, Chicago, IL

CLE & Networking Series: How Social Media is affecting Companies, Courts & Counsel
Thursday, February 16, 2012 | 3:30-5:35 p.m., reception follows

2012 Chicago IP Colloquium:
"Improving the Value of Patent Challenges"

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | 4:00 p.m.

34th annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Struck by Lightning:
When the Supreme Court Takes Your Case

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | 3:00 p.m.
Speakers: James Koch '79 & Fay Clayton '78
Sponsored by ISCOTUS

CLE & Networking Series:
Marriage and Divorce: Planning for the Future
Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 3:30-5:35 p.m., reception follows

2012 Chicago IP Colloquium: "Trademarks vs Free Speech: ICANN and the New gTLD Process"
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | 4:00 p.m.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Regents Hall, 111 E. Pearson, Chicago, IL

Save the Date: Conference on Internet Privacy
Friday, March 23, 2012

Save the Date: 2nd Annual Great Lakes
Environmental Law Symposium

Friday, March 30, 2012 | 12:00-5:00 p.m.

More events...

Past Event Highlights

CLE & Networking Series
More than 160 alumni attended the first program of the CLE & Networking Series: Ethical Issues of Bad Lawyer Behavior and the networking reception afterward. Thank you to the Hon. Lauretta Higgins Wolfson ‘88 for serving on the panel!

See photos from the reception on Flickr.
Team competes in National Moot Court finals
Chicago-Kent competing in the finals of the National Moot Court Competition in New York City, after winning the regional tournament held in November at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. As of this publication, the team has advanced through two rounds and continues in the competition. For updates, follow @CKMoot on Twitter.
CLE & Networking Reception: Paul Miller, Angela Zeman, and Michael Aschenbrener. 
Moot Court Finals team: Jack Kennedy, Helena Gonzalez, and David Jorgensen.
CLE & Networking Series
(L-R): Paul Miller '00, vice president of the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors, and Angela Zeman '03 & Michael Aschenbrener '07, executive board members of the Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Council.
National Finals Moot Court Team
(L-R): Jack Kennedy '12, Helena Gonzalez '12 and David Jorgensen '12.

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