In This Issue
News and Announcements
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!
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 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monetary gifts to the public interest summer fellowship program are also greatly appreciated. Donate online at www.kentlaw.edu/give (select “Kent Justice Foundation”).
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 email@example.com.
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 www.kentlaw.edu/academics/ipmm/.
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.
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.
Architecting Change: Mies’ Influence on the Obama Campaign
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.
Wednesday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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 www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/bulls to download a registration form.
Direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 906-5240.
Please join us as we honor the 2010 Marovitz Public Interest Award recipients.
Dallas Alumni Gathering
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.
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 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!
Opening a Law Firm: Presented by the Chicago Bar Association
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.
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.
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.
Past Event Highlights
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.
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
Kevin M. O’Keefe ‘73, Partner, O’Keefe Lyons & Hynes, LLC
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 www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/awards2009.
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.
For more information on the Chicago-Kent/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize, visit www.kentlaw.edu/palmerprize.
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