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

From the Dean

Happy New Year!

As we welcome in another year, I would like to take this time to thank you for your continued support of Chicago-Kent College of Law. There are many ways to participate and benefit your alma mater. Alumni volunteers play a vital role in the success of our academic and extracurricular programs.  Below are just some of the key opportunities:

  • Access2Practice: This summer, we are rolling out an enhanced legal externship program, Access2Practice.  To succeed in this market, our students need to develop the experience and skills that employers are demanding. Moreover, they need to develop a web of contacts as early as possible. To that end, I have guaranteed an externship opportunity to every interested 1L student this summer. You can help.

    Please consider offering an unpaid externship this summer over the 8-week summer session, May 23-July 14, 2011. The experience should be invaluable to the student and enjoyable (let us hope!) for you. Similar to our other externships, the for-credit opportunity will consist of fieldwork, which would be supervised by you or one of your colleagues, and a classroom component. 

    If you are interested in providing an externship opportunity for a student this summer, please complete the Externship Interest Form by February 1

  • Public Interest Award Nominations are open: Each year, the Alumni Association celebrates alumni who devote their careers to the public good and carry  on the tradition of Judge Abe.  Please nominate a fellow alumnus or alumna  for The Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz ‘25 Public Interest Law Award. Alumni working in the public interest sector who have graduated in the last 15 years are eligible. Nominations are accepted until Friday, February 4.

  • 2011 US Supreme Court Group Swearing-In: Join us in Washington, DC on May  23, to be sworn-in as a member of the US Supreme Court Bar. Reserve your spot today!

Also, if you are interested in volunteering time to 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 www.kentlaw.edu/alumni/volunteer

My best wishes to you for a happy and healthy New Year.

Sincerely,

Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

In This Issue

News and Announcements

Arrow U.S. Supreme Court Group Swearing-In:
Reserve your Spot!

If you have not yet been admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, participate in the third Chicago-Kent alumni group swearing-in on Monday, May 23 in Washington, D.C. Up to 50 Chicago-Kent alumni will be presented in open court and heard by the Justices. After the swearing-in, stay for a continental breakfast at which Justices may join us (last year, Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Ginsburg welcomed our group). You will also have the opportunity for a lecture and tour of the Supreme Court.

If you plan on applying, please submit the online information form immediately to reserve a spot. There are only 50 spots available, filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information is available at www.kentlaw.edu/supremecourt. The deadline to reserve a spot is February 28.


Get Involved: Serve as an Alumni Ambassador

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

Beginning in February, Alumni Ambassadors contact admitted students who haven’t confirmed their attendance to Chicago-Kent in the fall. Ambassadors introduce the school through the eyes of an alumnus and answer any questions from potential students. Your experiences and memories can have a profound influence on a potential student! This interaction gives students a one-on-one experience to make informed decisions about law school.

Contact with admitted students occurs during February through April 2011. Become an Ambassador by February 1. Learn more about the program!

Become an Alumni Ambassador

 

Arrow Travel to China with Chicago-Kent

The Chicago-Kent Alumni Association is pleased to offer an extraordinary opportunity to experience China’s rich history, culture and legal system and earn up to 10 eligible general CLE credits.

Travel to China with Chicago-KentFrom March 24-April 2, join Skadden Arps partner and Chicago-Kent alumna Frances Kao ‘92 and John Rogers, an attorney and former president of the Midwest–US China Association, for the journey of a lifetime. The 9-day trip includes stops in the culturally-rich Chinese capital of Beijing (Great Wall of China, Tianmen Square and Olympic venues), Xi’an (Qin Dynasty, Terracotta warriors, and eastern terminus of the traditional Silk Road), Chengdu (capital of food famous Sichuan Province and the Panda Breeding Center), and Shanghai, the commercial center of modern China.

This trip will allow participants to meet and interact with Chicago-Kent alumni who are practicing law in China, and the CLE portion will be presented by top experts with both China and American perspective on relevant topics.

Individuals, couples and families are welcome. For more information, visit www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/chinatrip2011 or click here to download the trip brochure and registration information. The initial deposit is due by January 28 with confirmed participation by February 24. See the reservation page in the brochure for details.

View Trip Brochure

 

Arrow Public Interest Award Nominations
The Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz '25
The Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz '25

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 ’25 Public Interest Law 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 4.

The award will be presented at the 4th annual Public Interest Awards Night on Thursday, April 21.

Nomination Form

 

Submit your Class Note for the 2011 Chicago-Kent Magazine

Chicago-Kent Magazine Have you won an award, gotten married, or joined a new firm? Let us know by submitting your class notes for the 2011 Chicago-Kent Magazine. Log on to the Alumni Online Community to submit an update, send an email to alums@kentlaw.edu or respond to your class correspondent during January. (If you are not yet a member of the online community, sign up here).

Class notes submitted by Monday, January 31 will be included in the upcoming magazine.

Submit a Class Note

The Alumni Association is also seeking Class Correspondents to collect updates from classmates and write an introduction for your class’ notes section. Correspondents are needed for all classes prior to 1966, 1967-1971, 1974, 1975, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2005, and 2009. If you are interested in serving, please contact alums@kentlaw.edu!

 

arrow Attention Class of 2010: Tell Us Where You Work for a chance to win an iPad!

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 Report and the American Bar Association. We are looking to verify your contact information and employment status for our nine-month statistics (February 15 deadline) 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 an email to kentcso@kentlaw.edu or complete the online survey. Respond by January 10 for a chance to win an iPad!

 

arrow Oyez Project comes to Chicago-Kent

Chicago-Kent is the new headquarters of the Oyez Project, a multimedia archive that aims to be a complete, searchable and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Supreme Court of the United States since the installation of a recording system in 1955. The site's archive of digitized arguments is keyword searchable and offers snippets from case transcripts that link to the corresponding full audio.

Founded and directed by political scientist Jerry Goldman, the site also provides written summaries of Supreme Court cases and holdings, detailed biographies and voting records of Supreme Court justices, links to written opinions, and a virtual tour of the Supreme Court building.

The site will soon make its content more widely accessible to mobile users via apps for iPads and handheld devices. iPhone apps for selected content are already available. Chicago-Kent plans to utilize the research of its students and faculty in further content development, capitalizing on its faculty's broad-based scholarship on the U.S. Supreme Court, the justice system and the Constitution.

Read the full announcement.

 

Got News?
Have you won an award, gotten married, or joined a new firm? Tell us about it!

Post a class note on the Alumni Online Community to share your career, family, and community milestones with fellow alumni, or check out the community to discover news about your classmates.

Class notes received by Monday, January 31 will be included in the 2011 issue of the Chicago-Kent Magazine.

To read or post class notes, visit www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/notes.

Not yet a part of the community? Request your login information.

You can also find the Alumni Association online at:

Become a Fan of the Alumni Association on Facebook   Follow the Alumni Association on Twitter   Join the Chicago-Kent LinkedIn Group    Visit the Chicago-Kent You Tube Channel

Save the Date

Social Events - Chicago

Chicago-Kent Night with the Bulls
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
7:00 p.m.
United Center, 1901 W. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60612

Purchase your half-price tickets for the upcoming Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Bobcats game. The offer is good for all Chicago-Kent College of Law alumni, students, faculty, family and friends. Tickets can only be purchased online and due to high demand, we encourage you to order as soon as possible. If you have questions, please contact (312) 455-4183.

Visit www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/bulls2011 for more details.


Young Alumni Social
Hosted by the Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Council
Thursday, February 10, 2011
6:00-8:00 p.m.
EPIC, 112 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60654
$15/person through February 1, $25/person February 2-10. Includes appetizers and drinks.

Young alumni (and alumni who are young-at-heart!) are invited to mix and mingle with fellow alumni and learn more about the Council.

Save the Date: 4th annual Public Interest Awards Night
Thursday, April 21, 2011
5:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

Honoring the 2011 Marovitz Award recipients. Submit a nomination for a deserving alumnus/a now!

International LL.M. Reunion: 10-Year Anniversary
Thursday, May 19-Saturday, May 21, 2011
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

Graduates of the international masters of law (LL.M.) at Chicago-Kent are invited to a 10-Year Anniversary Reunion of the program at Chicago-Kent. Reconnect with former professors and fellow alumni while enjoying activities at the law school and around the city. Families are welcome! Please help us spread the word to fellow alumni around the world.

Welcome Reception
Thursday, May 19, 2011
5:30-7:30 p.m.

LL.M. Reunion Luncheon
Friday, May 20, 2011 
11:30 a.m.

Reunion Party
Friday, May 20, 2011

Send-Off Breakfast
Saturday, May 21, 2011

Registration information will be available in February at www.kentlaw.edu/LLMreunion. Please direct questions to Tara Anderson at tanderson@kentlaw.edu or (312) 906-5245.


Social Events - Regional

IIT Southern California Alumni Reception: "Building an Innovative Energy Economy"
Sunday, January 16, 2011
3:30-6:30 p.m.
Anaheim Hilton, 777 Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802

Please join IITís President John Anderson and alumni from southern California for a reception in conjunction with the IEEE Power and Energy Society Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies. RSVP by January 9 to rsvpevents@iit.edu or (312) 567-5030. Click here to see the full event program.

Alumni gathering in San Diego 2011San Diego Alumni Gathering
Thursday, March 3, 2011
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Island Prime - C Level, Beach Cabana, 880 Harbor Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
Hosted by Mark Cumba '98 and Valerie Garcia Hong '05

Join Dean Harold J. Krent and the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association to meet fellow alumni and to catch up on the latest news from Chicago-Kent.

RSVP by March 1 to alums@kentlaw.edu or (312) 906-5240.

Phoenix Area IIT Alumni Event
Thursday, March 10, 2011
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Desert House, 4812 E. Berneil Drive Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Please join IIT College of Architecture Dean Donna V. Robertson FAIA, John and Jeanne Rowe Endowed Chair, for a reception in the modern, award-winning family residence of Peter (ARCH '86) and Lynn Koliopoulos. Click here for more information and to register. 

Supreme Court Group Swearing-InU.S. Supreme Court Group Swearing-In
Monday, May 23, 2011
10:00 a.m.
United States Supreme Court, One First St, N.E., Washington, DC 20543

Submit the online information form to reserve your spot for the Chicago-Kent alumni group swearing-in of the U.S. Supreme Court. There are 50 spots available, filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

More information is available at www.kentlaw.edu/supremecourt. The deadline to reserve a spot is February 28.

Save the Date: Washington D.C. Alumni Dinner
Sunday, May 22, 2011
6:00 p.m. Cocktails ~ 7:00 p.m. Dinner
The University Club of Washington, D.C., 1135 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-4885

Lectures & Conferences

33rd annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture
Privacy, Loyalty and Free Speech: Pushing the Boundaries of the Modern Employment Relationship
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago, IL 60661
Eligible for up to 1.25 hours of IL MCLE credit.

CLE Opportunities

Hot Topics in Contemporary Labor Relations Law
Friday, March 18, 2011
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661
Registration Fee: $225/person until March 4 (a $10 per person discount is available to groups that register 4 or more at the same time). After March 4, the fee is $255/person and there is no group discount available.

Designed for attorneys, labor relations and human resources managers, union business representatives and other labor relations professionals, this one-day conference focuses on major issues under the National Labor Relations Act. The day will offer a diversity of workshops, some dealing with emerging complex issues under the NLRA and others with the basics of practice before the NLRB. A unique feature of this conference will be the opportunity to discuss particular issues during “table talks” over lunch.

Click here to view the session brochure, or visit www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cle to register online.

CLE Trip to China
Thursday, March 24-Saturday, April 2, 2011
Led by Frances Kao '92 and John Rogers
Individuals, couples and families are welcome!
Deposit due by January 28 with confirmed participation by February 24.

For more information, visit www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/chinatrip2011 or click here to download the trip brochure and registration information.

28th annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference
Thursday & Friday, April 14-15, 2011
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661
Registration Fees: $375/person for Government/Alumni; $425/person until April 1; $450/person after April 1. A $20/person discount is available to groups that register 3 or more individuals at the same time at the early bird or regular rate.

This conference offers a comprehensive update on liability arising out of Section 1983, presented by leading experts and eminent legal scholars and designed for municipal & state attorneys, plaintiffs' attorneys and criminal defense attorneys.

Click here to download a flyer for the event, or visit www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cle to register online.

Save the Date: 30th annual Tax Institute
Thursday & Friday, May 19-20, 2011
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661
Eligible for up to 9.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.

Save the Date: 30th annual Conference on Not-For-Profit Organizations
Thursday, June 2, 2011
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661
Eligible for up to 6.75 hours of IL MCLE credit.

Past Event Highlights

Arrow 2010 Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon

Over 300 alumni and friends of Chicago-Kent gathered at the Standard Club on November 19 to honor the 2010 Alumni Award Recipients.

View photos from the event at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/awards2010. A video excerpt of the award recipients' acceptance speeches is available at the Chicago-Kent College of Law YouTube channel.

Pictured (L-R): Jonah Wolfson '01, Billy Dec '99, Richard Rodriguez '97, Larry Schechtman ‘83 representing SmithAmundsen, Dean Harold J. Krent, Thomas Field '01, MBA '02, Eldon Ham '76, and Distinguished Professor Joan Steinman.

Pictured (L-R): Jonah Wolfson '01, Billy Dec '99, Richard Rodriguez '97, Larry Schechtman ‘83 representing SmithAmundsen, Dean Harold J. Krent, Thomas Field '01, MBA '02, Eldon Ham '76, and Distinguished Professor Joan Steinman.

The Alumni Association also salutes the 450+ alumni and friends who volunteered for the law school in 2010. (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. We thank you for your generous efforts.

                                    
Arrow Order of the Coif inducts new members

The Chicago-Kent chapter of the Order of the Coif inducted 28 new members on November 2 during award ceremonies at the Hotel Allegro in Chicago. The Order of the Coif is a national legal honor society that recognizes superior scholarship and promotes the ethical standards of the legal profession. To read the full list of honorees, click here.

Pictured: Class valedictorian Paul Forster (center) was among those inducted. He is shown (L-R) with Professor Howard C. Eglit, president of Chicago-Kent's Order of the Coif chapter and Dean Harold J. Krent.

Pictured: 2010 class valedictorian Paul Forster (center) was among those inducted. He is shown (L-R) with Professor Howard C. Eglit, president of Chicago-Kent's Order of the Coif chapter and Dean Harold J. Krent.

 

Arrow Development Staff Send-Off: Tanya Pietrkowski

Tanya PietrkowskiAfter serving as Chicago-Kent’s associate director of development for 5 ½ years, Tanya Pietrkowski will be joining CARPLS, a Chicago-area legal services referral system, as its director of development beginning January 5.  As director of development, Tanya will be coordinating fundraising events, managing volunteer boards and helping the organization sustain its high level of services. We thank Tanya for her commitment and dedication to Chicago-Kent and wish her the best (she will, however, maintain her connection to the law school through her husband, Henry Pietrkowski ’95).

 


 

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