Chicago-Kent Alumni Association The E-Brief

FEBRUARY 2013

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In This Issue

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • From the Dean: A time to reconnect...
  • Bruce M. Kohen '79 Courtroom Opens
  • Celebrate 125 Years of Distinctive Legal Education
  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Awarded
  • Welcome the new Director of Alumni Engagement
  • Nominate a fellow alumnus/a for the 2013 Public Interest Awards
  • Deadline to Become an Alumni Ambassador February 1
  • Nominations open for 125 Alumni of Distinction
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • C-K in the City
  • C-K on the Road
  • Professional Development & CLE
PAST EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

ALUMNI PROFILE
Jim Morici '79


James J. Morici Jr.  graduated from Chicago-Kent with high honors with the class 1979. After working at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as an Assistant State’s Attorney, he has been successfully practicing personal injury law at Morici, Figlioli & Associates, which he co-founded in 1998.

Jim has also been part of the adjunct faculty of John Marshall Law School, Loyola University School of Law, and Triton College. He is also currently serving on the Chicago-Kent 125th Anniversary Gala Host Committee.
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From the Dean

Dean Harold J. Krent
 
A time to reconnect...
As students return from their Winter Break, I look forward to welcoming Chicago-Kent’s alumni back during our celebrations to mark our 125 years of accomplishments.

Our biggest event of the year, the 125th Anniversary Gala, takes place this month.  On Saturday February 23, we will gather at nearby Union Station to mark our storied history.  Please reach out to former classmates to encourage them to attend and alert Alumni Relations so that you may all be seated together. This should prove a wonderful occasion to rekindle old friendships and reconnect with Chicago-Kent during an evening of Second City, music, dancing, fine food and excellent company.

Other opportunities for involvement await.  One important avenue is to help us recognize the accomplishments of your fellow former classmates. To further Chicago-Kent's commitment to serving the public interest, please consider nominating a fellow alumnus/a or organization that demonstrates outstanding public service leadership for one of our 2013 Public Interest Awards.  Nominations are due February first.

Another critical way to help is by becoming an Alumni Ambassador. You would assist the school by contacting admitted students to answer their questions about the law school as they consider, and we hope accept, our offer of admission.


See you on February 23rd!

Sincerely,

Harold J. Krent 
Dean and Professor of Law


News & Announcements

Bruce M. Kohen ’79 Courtroom Opens
On Thursday, January 24th, Chicago-Kent proudly opened the Bruce M. Kohen Courtroom followed by a reception attended by more than 200 faculty, alumni, and current students.  Bruce M. Kohen (’79), class of 1979, is a retired managing partner at Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd, and a vocal supporter of advocacy skills training at Chicago-Kent. The courtroom is a 738-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility designed by award-winning architect Thomas Rosak, a 1989 graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture. The courtroom will be used for classes, as well as competition practice by Chicago-Kent's trial advocacy and moot court teams. 

Celebrate 125 Years of Distinctive Legal Education in 2013
2013 marks the 125th anniversary of Chicago-Kent. Here are some ways to help us celebrate!

Learn more about our 125th Anniversary Celebrations at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/125.

Send Us Your Old Chicago-Kent Photos!

The Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Association is looking for old photos from your time in the law school. If you have any photos you would like to share, please send them to alums@kentlaw.iit.edu. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch by email, or by calling (312) 906-5240.

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Awarded
The 2012 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize has been awarded to Brooklyn Law School professor and national ACLU president Susan N. Herman. In her book, Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy,  Professor Herman explores both the general social costs as well as the human costs of the War on Terror a decade after it started. The prize was established in 2007 by Chicago-Kent alum Roy C. Palmer and his wife, Susan M. Palmer, to recognize scholarship exploring the contemporary tension between civil liberties and national security in America.

Welcome the new Director of Alumni Engagement
Chicago-Kent is pleased to welcome Katie Aune as the new Director of Alumni Engagement, a position formerly known as Director of Alumni Relations. Katie comes to us from the DePaul University College of Law, where she was Director of Alumni Relations and then Associate Director of Development. Immediately prior to coming to Chicago-Kent, Katie spent a year traveling and volunteering her way through the former Soviet Union. Katie is excited to be settling down after her year of travel, and looks forward to connecting with alumni. Plans are in progress for a social media Q&A with Katie in the future, and she hopes alums will get in touch with any questions or thoughts they might have.

Nominate a fellow alumnus/a for the 2013 Public Interest Awards
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 1, and save the date for the 6th annual Public Interest Awards Night on Thursday, April 25.

Become an Alumni Ambassador

Help Chicago-Kent recruit the best and brightest law students by serving as an Alumni Ambassador. Alumni Ambassadors contact admitted students who haven’t confirmed their attendance to Chicago-Kent in the fall. Sign up by February 1. Read more...

Nominations open for 125 Alumni of Distinction
Throughout 2013, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will celebrate 125 Years of Distinctive Legal Education. In recognition of our vibrant alumni community, we are collecting nominations for 125 Alumni of Distinction, alumni who are trailblazers, innovators, or outstanding examples of what graduates from Chicago-Kent can achieve. Nominate a classmate, colleague or alumni mentor today: www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/125nomination.

Chicago-Kent to Host LGBT Civil Rights Symposium
On Friday, February 22, Chicago-Kent will host LGBT Civil Rights Symposium: We Are Not Alone.  From 3 to 6 p.m., the community will gather to discuss a number of topics, including LGBT in the workplace and the legal landscape of marriage equality. Additionally, "Repentance," a short, original playette by Professor Hank Perritt, will be a topic of discussion. Illinois MCLE credit hours are available at this event, and a cocktail reception sponsored by the Chicago-Kent LAMBDAs will immediately follow the symposium. Please be sure to register online.

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

State of Black Chicago Voter Rights Symposium
Friday, February 8, 2013 | 6:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

Gastro-Intellectual Property Symposium
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Law Society
For details and to RSVP, please visit the Chicago-Kent IPLS website.

Women in Law Society presents The Vagina Monologues
Thursday, February 21, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. Reception, 7:00 p.m. Performance

125th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, February 23, 2013 | 5:30-11:00 p.m.
Union Station Great Hall, Chicago, IL
Tickets available now! Click here to purchase tickets online.
Contact alums@kentlaw.iit.edu if you are interested in sponsoring the event.

125th Gala After Party @ South Branch

Saturday, February 23, 2013 |11:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m.
South Branch, 100 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL
For details and to RSVP, visit www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/125afterparty.

Child & Family Law Society Networking Reception
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.
RSVP to alums@kentlaw.iit.edu or (312) 906 5240 by Feb. 22.

C-K on the Road

New York IIT Alumni Chapter Gathering
Chicago-Kent alumni have been invited to this event, hosted by the IIT New York City Alumni Chapter.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Legends New York City, 6 West 33rd Street #1, New York NY 10001
Register by Thursday, February 7

Washington DC Alumni Dinner
Sunday, March 3, 2013 | 6:00 pm
Sequoia, 300 K Street NW, Washington DC 20007
Cost: $50/person
RSVP now!

Chicago-Kent Supreme Court Group Swearing-In
Monday, March 4, 2013
Spots are full for this year's Swearing-In. Visit www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/supremecourt for more information.

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Professional Development & CLE


LGBT Civil Rights Symposium: We Are Not Alone

Friday, February 22, 2013 | 3:00-6:00 p.m. 
A reception will immediately follow the symposium.
Click here to register online.

CLE & Networking Series: Health Care Law
Thursday, February 28, 2013 | 3:30-5:35 p.m.
Eligible for 2.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.
Registration available January 18.

12th annual Environmental Law Conference
March 7-8, 2013
Co-sponsored with the ISBA.
Eligible for up to 10.5 hours of IL MCLE credit, including 2.0 hours of ethics.

35th Annual Piper Lecture: Redistributing Health and Retirement Risks
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | 10:30-1:00 p.m.
Eligible for 1.0 hour of IL MCLE credit. 
To attend the luncheon following the lecture, RSVP to cle@kentlaw.iit.edu by March 5

CLE & Networking Series: Illinois Legislative Process
Thursday, March 28, 2013 | 3:30-5:35 p.m.
Eligible for 2.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.
Registration available March 1.

E-Discovery Institute
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Eligible for 6.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.
Click here to register online.

30th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference
April 18-19, 2013
Eligible for 11 hours of IL MCLE credit.
Click here to register online.

CLE & Networking Series: Real Estate Law
Thursday, April 18, 2013 | 3:30-5:35 p.m.
Eligible for 2.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.
Registration available March 22.

Save the Date: 32nd annual Federal Tax Institute
May 2-3, 2013

Save the Date: 32nd annual Not-For-Profit Organizations Conference
June 6, 2013

Save the Date: Giving Ground, a CLE play by Prof. Hank Perritt
June 27-28, 2013

More events...


Past Event Highlights

Bruce M. Kohen ’79 Courtroom Opens
On Thursday, January 24th, Chicago-Kent welcomed Bruce M. Kohen, family, and friends to celebrate the opening of the Bruce M. Kohen courtroom. Over 200 faculty, alumni, and current students came to celebrate at a reception held after the formal dedication ceremony. The courtroom, located on the first floor of the school, will be used not only for classes, but for competition practices practice by Chicago-Kent's trial advocacy and moot court teams as well. Please keep an eye out for more photos to come.

Law Review Networking Event
On Wednesday, January 30, the Chicago-Kent Law Review Alumni Board held a Law Review alumni and student networking event. The event, held on the 10th floor, was attended by over 40 former or current members of the Law Review. Over drinks and hors d’oeuvres, students and alumni were able to network and get to know each other. Thank you to all who attended!  

Bruce M. Kohen Courtroom Opening | January 24
(L-R): Hon.David Erikson, ,Sheri G. Kohen, Bruce M. Kohen, & Dean Harold J. Krent.


To see photos from all recent Alumni Association events, see our photo gallery

Have a fun evening with fellow alums and celebrate 125 Years of Distinctive Legal Education at the 125th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, February 23 in Union Station’s Great Hall. Attendees are encouraged to request seating at tables with friends and former classmates.

To purchase tickets, visit www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/125gala.





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