Chicago-Kent College of Law: Alumni E-Brief
Alumni E-Brief
Dean Harold J. Krent

From the Dean

Public Interest Awards Nominations

Each year, the Alumni Association celebrates alumni who devote their careers to the public good and demonstrate outstanding public service leadership with The Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Award.

The award is given in honor of our esteemed alumnus, 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. It includes a stipend intended to offset the cost of law school loan repayment for alumni who take lower-paid public interest positions.

Please nominate a fellow alumnus or alumna who deserves 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 5, 2010.

Nomination Form >>

The award will be presented at our Public Interest Awards Night on Thursday, April 22, 2010.

In addition to honoring alumni who work in public service, the Alumni Association also salutes the 450+ alumni and friends who volunteered for the law school in 2009. (View the full roster). Over the past year, these alumni have graciously served as mentors, helping students sort through career options and prepare for the practice of law. I thank you, our volunteers, for your generous efforts.

If you are interested in volunteering for Chicago-Kent, consider programs such as the Alumni Ambassadors Program and the Alumni Advisor Network, which take a small amount of time yet can make a significant difference for students and the law school. Explore all our volunteer opportunities at

Finally, my best wishes to you for a happy and healthy New Year.


Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

2010 Public Interest Awards

In This Issue

News and Announcements

Get Involved: Become an Alumni Ambassador

Help us recruit the best and brightest law students to Chicago-Kent by serving as an Alumni Ambassador.

Starting in February, Alumni Ambassadors contact admitted students who haven’t confirmed their attendance to Chicago-Kent in the fall. The purpose is to introduce the school through the eyes of alumni and answer any questions from the potential students. Alumni experiences and memories can have a profound influence on a potential student, so this correspondence is an important tool in giving students a one-on-one experience to make informed decisions about law school.

Contact to admitted students occurs during February and March 2010. Become an Ambassador by February 1, 2010. Learn more about the program!

Governor Appoints David A. Erickson to Review Meritorious Good Time Program

The Honorable David A. Erickson, associate director of the Trial Advocacy Program, director of the program in Criminal Litigation and a senior instructor at Chicago-Kent, has been appointed by Governor Pat Quinn to lead a comprehensive review of the Illinois Department of Corrections’ Meritorious Good Time Program. Under Illinois law, inmates may be released early by earning credit for good behavior from the Department of Corrections. On December 14, 2009, the governor suspended the program pending “a top-to-bottom review” after concerns about the program were reported.

Erickson, who will continue his duties at Chicago-Kent, will serve as an unpaid advisor to the governor and head a team that includes the governor’s chief of staff and general counsel. The team is charged with reviewing every aspect of the program, creating policies and procedures that will ensure public safety and maintain the integrity of the criminal justice system and the courts’ sentencing of offenders, and issuing a report to the governor.

The Kent Justice Foundation Needs Your Help

The Kent Justice Foundation (KJF) is a Chicago-Kent student organization that promotes public interest law, volunteerism, and pro-bono work by providing monetary fellowships to students who hold public interest law jobs over the summer. Each year, KJF holds their spring auction to support a summer fellowship program. This year’s event will take place Thursday, April 8, 2010.

You can help: Support KJF through an in-kind donation to the auction. Donations can include items (e.g. sports tickets, gift certificates) or services (e.g. allowing a student to shadow you for a day or have lunch with you). If you would like to contribute, please contact Kaitin Powell at

Monetary gifts to the public interest summer fellowship program are also greatly appreciated. Donate online at (select “Kent Justice Foundation”).

Moot Court Competition Seeking Judges: CLE Credit Available
The ILSA is seeking judges for the Midwest Regionals of the Jessup competition.

Chicago-Kent is once again host to the Midwest Super Regional Rounds of the 2010 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition on February 12 - 13, 2010. The International Law Students Association is recruiting volunteers to serve as judges for the oral rounds of the Competition. Volunteers earn 8.0 hours of free IL MCLE credit for each oral round judged. (Rounds are approximately two hours long.)

The competition takes place Friday, February 12, 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 13, 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. To volunteer as a judge for one or more two-hour oral round(s), please contact Ashley Walker, Administrator of the Midwest Super Regional Competition, at

Jackie Leimer, Chicago-Kent’s distinguished IP practitioner-in-residence, will coordinate the new M.S. Program
Jackie Leimer, Chicago-Kent’s distinguished IP practitioner-in-residence, will coordinate the new M.S. degree.
Introducing M.S. in Intellectual Property Management and Markets

Chicago-Kent has teamed with four Illinois Institute of Technology colleges—Armour College of Engineering, College of Science and Letters, Institute of Design, and Stuart School of Business—to launch a Masters of Science Degree in Intellectual Property Management and Markets.

This unique M.S. program is designed for a wide range of professionals who deal with intellectual property (IP) matters and is the first in the country that integrates perspectives and skills from business, computer science, design, engineering, and law. Jackie Leimer, Chicago-Kent’s distinguished IP practitioner-in-residence, will coordinate the 30-credit, one-year program, which begins in August 2010. 

“Our goal is to afford professionals a multi-dimensional understanding of intellectual property so that they will be positioned to help companies and organizations in whatever role they play—whether marketing, IP or business portfolio management, mergers and acquisitions, law or research,” said Leimer, who most recently served as vice president and associate general counsel for global intellectual property at the headquarters of Kraft Foods, in Northfield, IL.

Chicago-Kent currently offers a J.D. certificate program in intellectual property law and in 2002 became the first American law school to offer a one-year LL.M degree in International Intellectual Property Law. In 2009, U.S. News and World Reports ranked Chicago-Kent’s program in Intellectual Property Law among the top five in the U.S. and the top-ranked program in the Midwest. For more information on the M.S. in Intellectual Property Management and Markets, visit

Attention Class of 2009: Tell Us Where You Work

It is that time of year when the Career Services Office (CSO) gathers statistics used for law school rankings in publications by U.S. News and World Reports and the American Bar Association. We are looking to verify your contact information and employment status as of February 15, 2010 for nine-month statistics following your graduation.

All information you provide will remain confidential; we never release or publish any information that identifies any individual graduate by name or discloses a particular graduate's home or employer information.

Please respond to emails and calls from the CSO to verify your information, send us an email today at, give us a call at 312-906-5200, or complete the online form. Thank you!
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Build your online personal and professional network! In addition to the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, you can find fellow alumni or follow news and events at Chicago-Kent on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Counsel Students through the Alumni Advisor Network

One of Chicago-Kent’s most valuable resources are alumni who serve as advisors to current students. As an Alumni Advisor, you are searchable in the Online Community by students and fellow alumni who are looking for assistance on issues such as practice trends, legal markets in specific geographic areas, and other related topics.

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Save the Date

Social Events - Chicago

Architecting Change: Mies’ Influence on the Obama Campaign
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
6:00 p.m.
S.R. Crown Hall, 3360 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60616

Scott Thomas, former national design director of new media for the Obama Presidential campaign, will speak about how Chicago’s architecture, and in particular, the work of Mies van der Rohe, influenced the visual design of the Obama campaign. This event is hosted by the Mies van der Rohe Society at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Cost: $5 per person. RSVP to or (312) 567- 5025 by Friday, January 15. Complimentary parking in lot D1; entrance on 33rd St., east of State St. [Map]

Chicago-Kent's Night with the Bulls
Wednesday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 16, 2010
7:00 p.m.
United Center, 1901 W. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60612

The Alumni Association has once again teamed up with the Chicago-Bulls to offer half-price tickets for alumni, students, faculty, staff and their friends and family. On February 10, watch the Bulls take on the Orlando Magic at the United Center, or see them up against the New York Knicks on February 16. Tickets which are regularly priced at $60 and $40 are available for only $30 and $20!

Visit to download a registration form.

Save the Date: Young Alumni Council Kick-Off
Thursday, February 18, 2010
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Midtown Kitchen & Bar, 203 North La Salle St., Chicago, IL 60601

The Hon Abraham Lincoln Marovitz '25
Awards are given in honor of the Hon. Abraham Lincoln Marovitz ‘25.

Direct questions to or (312) 906-5240.

2010 Public Interest Awards Night
Thursday, April 22, 2010
5:00 p.m. Awards, Networking reception to follow
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

Please join us as we honor the 2010 Marovitz Public Interest Award recipients.

Nominations for the Marovitz awards are accepted until Friday, February 5. For more information, visit the Public Interest Awards page.

Social Events - Regional

Alumni in the Dallas, TX area are invited to an IIT Alumni Gathering.
Alumni in the Dallas, TX area are invited to an IIT Alumni Gathering.

Dallas Alumni Gathering
Friday, February 12, 2010
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sambuca Uptown, 2120 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75201

Don't miss your chance to catch up with old friends or meet new ones at the Illinois Institute of Technology's alumni gathering in Dallas. With more then 1300 IIT alumni, including Chicago-Kent alumni, living in Texas, it's time to get together for food, drinks, and fun!

Cost:  $25 per person, includes appetizers and two drinks.
For details and to RSVP by Monday, February 8, visit

Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel
Next month's Indian Alumni events will be hosted in Mumbai at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower.

Indian Alumni Events in Mumbai
Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27, 2010
The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai 400 001, India

Alumni in Southeast Asia: Please join Dean Harold J. Krent and IIT President John Anderson during their visit to Mumbai and meet with fellow alumni in the region at either or both of these events:

Friday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.
The IIT Indian Alumni Association will host an alumni welcome dinner.

Saturday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.
Alumni are invited to a reception and banquet.

For more information, visit RSVP to Monday, February 22.

Tour South Africa with the IIT Alumni Association
Wednesday, April 21 – Monday, May 3, 2010

The Illinois Institute of Technology Alumni Association invites you to join them on their Treasures of South Africa tour in April 2010. Especially for IIT alumni, their families and friends, the trip offers luxurious accommodation, tours by knowledgeable local guides and preferred access to popular attractions, all at an exceptionable value. Destinations include Cape Town, Robbin Island, Johannesburg and a three-night safari in the private Thornybush Game Reserve.

Treasures of South Africa is operated by AHI travel, a nearly 50-year old company with a history of innovative travel programs and exceptional service.

Please click here to view the full trip brochure. Spaces are extremely limited!

CLE Opportunities
Opening a Law Firm: Presented by the Chicago Bar Association

Opening a Law Firm: Presented by the Chicago Bar Association
Thursday, January 14 and Friday, January 15, 2010: 8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Saturday, January 16, 2010: 8:15 a.m. – 1:05 p.m.
The Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL 60604

Are you a young attorney in need of a road map to guide your initial planning, implementation, and on-going management of your new practice? Or maybe you’re an attorney at an existing practice who is thinking about going solo or setting up a new firm? If so, you should attend this Chicago Bar Association seminar to get practical, organized guidelines for management and operational issues that impact the success or failure of a new office.

Attendees are eligible for 15.0 hours of IL MCLE credit, including 4.0 hours of IL Professional Responsibility credit. Click here to register or download a brochure and printable registration form.

The New Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct: Alumni Discount!
The New Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct: Alumni Discount!
Friday, February 5, 2010
8:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

The new Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct became effective on January 1, 2010. Do you know how your obligations have changed? What do you do when there is no clear answer?  Chicago-Kent Professors Carolyn Shapiro and Vivien Gross will lead a spirited discussion of the new rules and their practical application, focusing on real world scenarios.

Attendees are eligible for 2.0 hours of IL MCLE Professionalism credit.
Cost: $25 for Chicago-Kent Alumni (a 50% discount!) Click here to register or download a brochure and printable registration form.

Telling the Story: Using Technology to Organize and Present Cases
Friday, February 26, 2010
8:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

This seminar for trial attorneys will demonstrate how to use technology to capture and dynamically present information; analyze several software programs matching specific software to specific problem solving; discuss rules for handling the information in settlement demands, focus group and mediation presentations; and motions in limine. Attendees will learn how to conceptualize the story by connecting with the "reptilian brain," develop "rules of the road" for different types of cases, use concepts from "polarizing the case," and hear plaintiff's attorney and defense attorney real life experiences. Attendees will also see demonstrations of how visuals and technology are integrated into presentations with expert witnesses.

Attendees are eligible for 4.0 hours of IL MCLE credit. Click here to register or download a brochure and printable registration form.

Past Event Highlights

2009 Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon

Over 300 alumni and friends of the law school attended the 2009 Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon on December 10, 2009 at the Standard Club. The event, emceed by Chicago-Kent Professor, Richard S. Kling, and hosted by the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors, honored the 2009 Alumni Award Recipients and recognized those individuals who volunteered for the law school last year.

2009 Alumni Award Recipients
(L-R) Dean Harold J. Krent with the 2009 Alumni Award Recipients:
Ryan B. Jacobson ‘99, Robert A. Surrette '97 representing McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd., Robert J. Washlow '70, Sean G. Wieber ‘07, and Kevin M. O’Keefe ‘73.
Not Pictured
: The Honorable Dorothy A. Brown ‘96

We thank all the generous sponsors of this event, including Platinum Sponsor, O'Keefe Lyons & Hynes, LLC, and Diamond Sponsor, McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd.

Photos from this event are available on the Alumni Online Community at
Professor Scott M. Matheson, Jr.
Professor Scott M. Matheson, Jr.

Video Webcast: Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times

Professor Scott M. Matheson, Jr., of S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, won the 2009 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for his book, Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times. He presented his work at a lecture at Chicago-Kent on Friday, November 20, 2009. Video of the lecture is now available online.

View Video >>

For more information on the Chicago-Kent/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize, visit

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