Chicago-Kent Alumni Association The E-Brief

January 2014

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In This Issue


  • Happy New Year


  • Thank You to Our 2013 Volunteers
  • Volunteer for ASCK Week
  • Problem-Solving Course Needs Alumni Volunteers
  • Become a Chicago-Kent Alumni Ambassador
  • SSPI Needs Alumni Volunteers or Mentors
  • SSPI Application Deadline Extended
  • 2014 Alumni CLE Series Begins January 16
  • New LL.M. Program in Trial Advocacy
  • Chicago-Kent Moot Court Team Advances to Finals
  • 2013 Chicago-Kent Magazine Available Online


  • Mary Nicolau Smith '85


  • C-K in the City
  • C-K on the Road
  • Professional Development & CLE


  • Miami Alumni Gathering

From the Dean

Dean Harold J. Krent

Happy New Year from Chicago-Kent

As we begin this new year, I look forward to sharing with you the good news of what accomplishments and accolades 2014 will bring to Chicago-Kent. From new initiatives to create experiential learning opportunities to fostering a community environment on our campus, the support of the alumni community is critical to our success.

Each year dedicated members of our alumni community give their valuable time to help sustain Chicago-Kent’s unique legacy and propel us forward toward a bright future. These alumni serve on Councils and Advisory Boards, as guest lecturers, event speakers and career mentors. On behalf of the entire Chicago-Kent community, I would like to thank all of our 2013 alumni volunteers.

I encourage you to reconnect with Chicago-Kent in 2014. Attend an event sponsored by a Chicago-Kent student organization. Take advantage of the 2014 Alumni CLE Series beginning on January 16 and earn free MCLE credit. Volunteer for Alumni/Student ConneKtions Week or the Solo and Small Practice Incubator. The opportunities to get involved at Chicago-Kent are as unique and diverse as our alumni themselves. I hope you will become an active part of our success in 2014.

Best wishes in the New Year!


Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

News & Announcements

Thank You to All of Our 2013 Volunteers
Each year, we are proud to recognize the hundreds of alumni and friend volunteers who generously share their time and talent with IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Our volunteers play an essential and significant role at the law school almost every day in activities such as performing mock interviews, sharing career advice on a panel, coaching a winning Trial Ad team or serving on one of our many advisory boards. THANK YOU  to our volunteers for being exceptional members of the Chicago-Kent community and making a lasting impact. To view the 2013 Volunteer Honor Roll, click here.

Volunteer for Alumni/Student ConneKtions Week
ASCK Week: Alumni/Student ConneKtions Week is a week-long extravaganza of opportunities for students to network and connect with Chicago-Kent alumni and gain valuable career-related skills. ASCK Week will be February 17-21, 2014 and we are looking for alumni to assist with a variety of activities such as informational interviews, mock interviews, Coffee ConneKtions and job shadowing. For more information or to volunteer, click here.

Problem-Solving Course Needs Alumni Volunteers
Chicago-Kent's new experiential learning course, Strategic Problem-Solving and the Law, is in need of practicing lawyers to evaluate student presentations on January 16 and 17, 2014. Students will give oral presentations regarding two client problems, and alumni will provide informal feedback. Oral presentations should last no longer than one hour, and will be conducted at your Chicago-based office. To volunteer, click here.

Become an Alumni Ambassador for Chicago-Kent
Help Chicago-Kent recruit the best and brightest law students by serving as an Alumni Ambassador. The Alumni Association is seeking alumni to contact admitted students and answer any questions or concerns they may have about attending Chicago-Kent. Personal outreach can go a long way in attracting top students to our great law school. Contact takes place February through April. To volunteer, click here.

The Solo & Small Practice Incubator (SSPI) Seeks Alumni Volunteers or Mentors
SSPI is currently seeking mentors to provide guidance to newly admitted attorneys who seek to build a solo or small firm practice. If you are interested in mentoring or speaking at one of our workshops or trainings, please complete this short survey. For more information on SSPI, contact Dawn Young at or go to

Applications Still Being Accepted for the 2013-14 Solo & Small Practice Incubator (SSPI)
SSPI offers a select group of entrepreneurial-minded recent IIT Chicago-Kent graduates with valuable experience and ongoing training to help build their professional careers as solo or small firm legal practitioners. The program is intended to accelerate the successful development of newly admitted lawyers in an "incubator" environment. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis for the 2013-14 SSPI Program ending in November 2014. Contact Dawn Young at or go to for more information.

2014 Alumni CLE Series Begins January 16
The third annual Alumni CLE Series begins on January 16 with a presenation entitled Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity. Panelists Matthew Kriezelman '08, Justin Burton '00, and Jonathan Minkus '82 will discuss what criminal activity can lead to immigration consequences. Attendees are eligible for two hours of free IL MCLE credit. To register, click here.

The 2014 Alumni CLE Series is sponsored by the Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Council and takes place the third Thursday of every month. For information on future events in the series, click here.

Chicago-Kent Establishes New LL.M. Program in Trial Advocacy
Chicago-Kent has established a new LL.M. program designed to provide training in the adversarial system for both practicing international attorneys and foreign law students. The program, which is scheduled to begin in 2014, is the first program of its kind developed exclusively for foreign lawyers. Read more about the new program here.

Chicago-Kent Advances to National Moot Court Competition Finals

This February, third year law students Ryan Moore and David Starshak will represent Chicago-Kent at the National Moot Court Competition Finals in New York. This year marks Chicago-Kent's third consecutive trip to the finals. The moot court team earned its bid by placing second in the regional competition at Marquette University this past November. Good luck Ryan and David! To read more about this story, click here.

The 2013 Chicago-Kent Magazine Is Now Available Online
The latest edition of the Chicago-Kent Magazine is now available online. In celebration of Chicago-Kent's 125th Anniversary, read about the school's history, current successes and plans for the future. View the magazine here.

Mary Nicolau Smith '85


Mary Nicolau Smith '85 is a founding partner of Smith Nicolau, P.C., and a former Commissioner for the Court of Claims for the State of Illinois. Mary specializes in the area of real estate taxation, and before entering private practice, she was an Assistant State's attorney where she served Supervisor of the Tax Unit. Mary has participated in depositions and trials in the state and federal courts, and oral arguments before the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts.

Mary is also a dedicated Chicago-Kent alumni volunteer. Truly, there is no role too large or too small for Mary. She participates in the Women in Law Mentorship program, served as a named sponsor for each of the three marquee 125th Anniversary events, and was recently elected Vice-President of the Alumni Board of Directors. Thank you Mary!

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

"The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions"
On Display through February 2014
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
3rd Floor
For more information

Legal Ladies Breakfast
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 | 7:30-9:30 a.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
10th Floor Event Room
For more information

C-K on the Road

IIT Seattle Alumni Gathering
Featuring a Discussion with Chicago-Kent Professor Lori Andrews
Thursday, February 6, 2014 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
McCormick & Schmick's Harborside
1200 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
For more information

IIT Southern California Alumni Gathering

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant
2000 Main Street
Irvine, CA 92614
For more information

IIT Northern California Alumni Gathering
Featuring IIT Provost Alan Cramb
Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Prysm Headquarters
189 Baytech Drive, Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95134
For more information


Professional Development & CLE

2014 Alumni CLE Series: Immigration Consequences of Illegal Activity
Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Room 210
Eligible for 2.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.
For more information

2014 Alumni CLE Series: Where There's A Will, There's A Way
Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 W Adams
Chicago, IL
Eligible for 2.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.
For more information

ASCK Week: Alumni/Students ConneKtions
February 17-21, 2014
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
For more information

13th Annual Environmental Law Conference
March 6-7, 2014
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium & Lobby
For more information

More events...

Past Event Highlights

IIT Chicago-Kent Miami Alumni Gathering
On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Chicago-Kent alumni in the Miami area joined Dean Hal Krent and the Alumni Association for an alumni gathering at the home of Mark Scott '97.

IIT Chicago-Kent 125 Alumni of Distinction Dinner
On Thursday, November 20, 2013, hundreds of Chicago-Kent alumni and friends gathered to honor our 125 Alumni of Distinction. To view all the pictures from the evening's festivities, click here.


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

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