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

From the Dean

Celebrating Ralph
Brill’s Legacy at

Fifty years is an amazing tenure in any career, and Chicago-Kent is fortunate to have a professor who has dedicated half a century to advancing the mission of this institution. Professor Ralph Brill, who joined the faculty in 1961, has created a rich legacy that is celebrated throughout the law school and the legal writing community.

During his impressive career, Professor Brill served as associate dean (1970-1973) and acting dean (1973-1974), and is widely known for developing and directing Chicago-Kent's landmark three-year legal research and writing program. Each year this program impacts hundreds of law students, whose training in legal writing is consistently praised in the workforce.

Professor Ralph Brill
Professor Ralph Brill

An iconic figure in the academic world of legal writing, Professor Brill is past chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research, and a former director of the Legal Writing Institute and of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD). He has received numerous awards from these organizations including, most recently, an award named in his honor from the ALWD in recognition of his 50 years of service to the profession and contributions to the field of legal writing.

Please join us in celebrating Professor Brill's 50-year Chicago-Kent legacy on Thursday, July 21 at the Chicago Cultural Center. The evening will recognize his many accomplishments in teaching, advancing the field of legal writing, and serving as an inspiration to thousands of law students, his colleagues, and friends.

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To help commemorate this milestone, we are also collecting memories and well-wishes about Professor Brill at Simply leave a comment with your favorite story about Professor Brill to share with other alumni, faculty, and friends.

I hope to see you at the celebration on July 21, as well as at other events this summer!


Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

In This Issue

News and Announcements

arrow Nominate Fellow Alumni for the 2011 Alumni Awards

The Chicago-Kent alumni community is full of successful graduates who have made significant contributions to Chicago-Kent, the legal community and beyond. The Alumni Association honors these individuals at the annual Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon, to be held Friday, November 18, 2011 at the Standard Club in Chicago.

The Alumni Board of Directors awards committee is currently seeking nominations of alumni who have distinguished themselves in their profession or who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the law school. Please consider nominating a deserving alumnus—it’s a wonderful way to recognize accomplishments of your peers and demonstrate the strength of the Chicago-Kent alumni community.

Nominations are accepted until Friday, August 19.

Nomination Form

For information on this year's Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon, visit


Arrow Alumni Night @ Wrigley Field: Aug. 24
Chicago Cubs

Plan to get your tickets for our annual Alumni Night @ Wrigley Field on Wednesday, August 24. Join us for a pre-game gathering at the Cubby Bear (includes dinner and drinks) at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Cubs taking on the Atlanta Braves at 7:05 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Monday, July 18 at 9:00 a.m. CST and will be available for purchase at There is a four-ticket per alumnus limit. This event always sells out so we encourage you to get tickets early!


Arrow 2011 Fleischman Family Award for Excellence in Criminal Law Clinic

Sara Engbretson '11 and Andrew Medeiros '12 are the recipients of the 2011 Fleischman Family Award for Excellence in Criminal Clinic. The awards, which include a cash stipend, are given to students who demonstrate dedication to the criminal defense litigation program and who provide "zealous advocacy" on behalf of the Chicago-Kent Law Offices’ clients.

While studying at Chicago-Kent, Engbretson, who graduated May 15, completed a judicial externship with the Honorable Allen S. Goldberg of the Cook County Circuit Court, and worked as a legal researcher for the Cacciatore Law Group in Chicago.

Medeiros worked as a news desk editor for and NBA Entertainment prior to law school. At Chicago-Kent, he is a member of the Law Review, serves as student manager of the Self-Help Web Center at the Daley Center and is first vice-president of the Military Law Society. He completed an externship with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and will spend the summer at Scott Air Force Base as a JAG intern with the Advocate General Corps.

The Fleischman Family Award for Excellence in Criminal Clinic was established by criminal defense attorneys Jack and Sidney Z. Fleischman, both 1987 graduates. The award pays tribute to the contributions made to Chicago's legal community by their late grandfather, former Cook County Circuit Court Judge Phillip A. Fleischman, and their father, attorney Marshall A. Fleischman. Jack and Sidney Fleischman are currently partners in their own criminal defense law firm, Fleischman & Fleischman, P.A., located in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, FL.

Arrow 2011 National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition
Joseph P. Carlasare '12
Joseph P.
Carlasare '12

Joseph P. Carlasare '12 finished among the top four student advocates in the 2011 National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition at Baylor Law School in Waco, TX. Carlasare, one of only 18 law students nationwide to compete in this unique tournament, is the first 2L ever to reach the semifinal round.

Established in 2010, the National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition is organized by Baylor Law School and sponsored by the Texas law firm of Naman, Howell, Smith and Lee PLLC. The invitational tournament pits individual advocates from law schools with the best record of success in major competitions during the school year to compete for a $10,000 winner-take-all prize and recognition as the nation's best student advocate.

"Joe was outstanding," said retired Illinois Appellate Court Justice David A. Erickson, director of the Chicago-Kent trial advocacy program. "We can all be very proud of him. He represented the school and our program with character and grace."

In 2009, Carlasare became the first 1L in Chicago-Kent's history to compete both semesters on the trial advocacy team. He was a member of the 2009 National Pretrial Advocacy Competition team that advanced to the final round and the 2010 National Ethics Trial team that finished as semifinalists. He was also a member of the Chicago-Kent team that won the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's 2010 Tournament of Champions in October 2010, with Carlasare winning individual honors as the competition's best advocate.

Carlasare also won the 19th annual Ilana Diamond Rovner Appellate Advocacy Competition and was a member of Chicago-Kent's regional finalist teams in the ABA National Moot Court Competition and the National Trial Competition earlier this year. He is currently completing a summer internship with the Chicago law firm SmithAmundsen.

Arrow Peggy Browning Fellowships Awarded
Margot Nikitas '12 and Chris Bowers '12
Margot Nikitas ‘12 and
Chris Bowers ’12

Chris Bowers ’12 and Margot Nikitas ‘12 were awarded ten-week Peggy Browning Fellowships for the upcoming 2011-12 school year.

"Peggy Browning fellows are distinguished students who have not only excelled in law school, but have already demonstrated a commitment to workers' rights through their previous educational, volunteer, personal and work experiences," said Mary Anne Moffa, executive director of the Peggy Browning Fund, which administers the fellowship program.

Bowers will work with the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) in Detroit. At Chicago-Kent, he worked as a labor and employment law clerk in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and completed an externship with the Honorable Robert Cahill of the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District.

Nikitas will spend her fellowship period in Pittsburgh at the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE). She completed a summer internship with UE in Chicago and with Citizen Works, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group in Washington, D.C. Currently, Nikitas is a research and teaching assistant for Chicago-Kent Professor César Rosado Marzán, co-authoring two articles that will be published in forthcoming books on comparative labor law.

The Peggy Browning Fellowship program was established in memory of Margaret A. "Peggy" Browning, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the National Labor Relations Board in 1994. Browning, the first union-side labor attorney appointed to the NLRB, served until her death in 1997.

Upcoming Events
Looking for opportunities to reconnect or network with your fellow alumni, or even earn CLE credits? Watch the Online Community calendar for the latest event information, including links to RSVP for receptions, programs, and special events.

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Save the Date

Social Events - Chicago

Cancelled: Chicago-Kent Night with the White Sox Alumni Pre-Game Gathering
Due to low registration, the pre-game event has been cancelled. Please contact (312) 906-5240 or with any questions or concerns.

An Evening Celebrating 50 Years: Professor Ralph Brill’s Legacy at Chicago-Kent
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Reception ~ 5:30 p.m., Program ~ 7:00 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL 60602

Register Now!

Submit your favorite Ralph Brill memories at

Class of 2011: Post-Bar Party
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Rock Bottom Brewery ~ Rooftop Beer Garden, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60610
Free for 2011 grads (RSVP by July 25); $10 at the door

The Class of 2011 is invited to unwind from the bar exam at the 2011 Post-Bar Party! This event is open to fall 2010 and spring 2011 Chicago-Kent graduates. RSVP by Monday, July 25 at or (312) 906-5240.

North Suburban Networking Event
Thursday, August 4, 2011
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Miramar Bistro, 301 Waukegan Ave, Highwood, IL 60040
RSVP to or (312) 906-5240 by August 1.

Join the Alumni Association and the Career Services Office for a networking reception in the north suburbs. Catch up on the latest news from the law school and meet other Chicago-Kent alumni in your area! Drinks and appetizers will be served.

Alumni Night @ Wrigley FieldChicago-Kent Alumni Night @ Wrigley Field
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Pre-Game Gathering ~ 5:00 p.m. (includes dinner and drinks)
Game ~ 7:05 p.m.
Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60613

Mingle with fellow Chicago-Kent alumni prior to watching the Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves! Tickets will be available at starting July 18.

Young Alumni Social
Thursday, August 25, 2011
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Lizzie McNeill's Irish Pub, 400 N. McClurg Court, Chicago, IL 60611
$10/person; $15 at the door

The Young Alumni Council is hosting a social! Mix and mingle with fellow alumni and help make the Chicago-Kent network stronger.

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A Golden Reunion at Chicago-Kent
Friday, September 23, 2011
11:30 a.m. ~ Luncheon and other activities
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

IIT Golden Reunion
Saturday, September 24, 2011
IIT Main Campus
Click here for details.

Chicago-Kent alumni from 1961 and prior are invited to attend a special luncheon at Chicago-Kent, as well as participate in the Golden Reunion at IIT. More details available soon.


Lectures & Conferences

Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists: Lessons from the War on TerrorismPalmer Prize Lecture: Harvard Law School professors Gabriella Blum & Philip Heymann
Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists: Lessons from the War on Terrorism
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Noon-1:00 p.m. Lecture, Reception follows
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

Harvard Law School professors Gabriella Blum and Philip B. Heymann will discuss their award-winning book, Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists: Lessons from the War on Terrorism, for the 2010 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture. The prize was established in 2007 by alumnus Roy C. Palmer and his wife, Susan, to honor an exemplary work of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.

In their book, professors Blum and Heymann reject the argument that traditional American values embodied in domestic and international law can be ignored in any sustainable effort to keep the United States safe from terrorism. They argue that the costs are great and the benefits slight from separating security and the rule of law.

Chicago-Kent Supreme Court IP Review 
Thursday, September 15, 2011
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661
The Chicago-Kent Supreme Court IP Review (SCIPR) is an annual conference designed to provide intellectual property practitioners, jurists, legal academics, and law students with a review of IP cases from the U.S. Supreme Court’s past term, a preview of IP cases on the docket for the upcoming term, and a discussion of IP cert petitions to watch. Visit for more information. Registration will be available soon.

William E. Kovacic
FTC Commissioner William E. Kovacic

Save the Date: Global Competition Law Conference
Friday, October 28, 2011
9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

Chicago-Kent's Global Competition Law Conference will bring together international scholars and practitioners from China, France, Germany, Israel, Korea and the U.S. William E. Kovacic, former chairman and a current commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), will deliver the keynote address.


CLE Opportunities
All conferences take place at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661.

29th annual Federal Sector Labor Relations & Labor Law Conference
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Eligible for 6.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.

Join us for a day of educative discussion with some of the country’s preeminent federal sector labor relations leaders and practitioners.

Registration Fees: $230/person until August 5; $255/person until September 15; $280/person after September 15. A $5/person discount is available to groups that register three or more individuals at the same time before September 15.

Click here to view more details about the conference, or visit to register online.

CLE Opportunities3rd annual Financial Services Law Conference: What's Going on Around Town in Futures and Derivatives?
Friday, October 21, 2011
Eligible for 6.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.

Numerous current developments are affecting the regulation, trading and documentation of futures and OTC derivatives. The conference will provide an up-to-date analysis of the most recent legislative and regulatory developments and practical information you can use every day.

Registration Fees: $395/person until October 7; $435/person after October 7; $325/person for government/alumni.

Click here to view more details about the conference, or visit to register online.

27th annual Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference
Friday, December 2, 2011
Eligible for 6.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.

Held in cooperation with Illinois Labor Relations Board (ILRB) and Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB), this conference will feature a keynote by Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, dean and professor of the School of Labor & Employment Relations at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, called "The Changing Landscape and the Challenges for the Future of Public Employee Representation."

Registration Fees: $215/person until August 1; $235/person until November 25; $275/person after November 25. A $5 per person discount is available to groups that register three or more individuals at the same time until November 25.

Click here to view more details about the conference, or visit to register online.

Past Event Highlights

Arrow Trial Advocacy Alumni Dinner

Over 90 trial advocacy alumni gathered June 9 to celebrate a successful season and connect with former team members. At the event the Honorable David A. Erickson, director of the trial ad program, kicked off a challenge to raise funds for a renovation of the Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom and add additional courtroom facilities to the law school, which will be hosting the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Tournament of Champions in 2013.

Trial Advocacy

The Honorable Maxwell Griffin receives the Honorable David A. Erickson Award for Excellence in Coaching at the annual Trial Advocacy Alumni Dinner.

Arrow New York Alumni Gathering

Chicago-Kent and IIT alumni networked at an event hosted by Ed Tillinghast '83 at his law firm Sheppard Mullin at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on June 28. Marc J. Bern '75, senior partner at Napoli Bern Ripka LLP, spoke about his involvement in numerous class action trials, including the World Trade Center disaster litigation for 9/11 rescue workers and responders. Many thanks to both Ed and Marc!

New York Alumni Gathering

Pictured (L-R): Hon. Ruth Pickholz '75, Marc Bern '75, and Hon. Arlene Goldberg '75.

Arrow Young Alumni Serve-a-Thon

A group of Chicago-Kent alumni gathered on Saturday, June 11, to participate in the Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon, Chicago's largest day of service where volunteers complete projects to help area schools. The Chicago-Kent team spent the day completing painting projects at Ravenswood Elementary. Thank you to our volunteers!


Arrow South Suburban Networking

Alumni in the south suburbs gathered to network and mingle at the Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park on Thursday, June 30. Staff from the Alumni Association and Career Services Office were on hand to provide updates about the law school and connect with alumni in the area.


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