Chicago-Kent Alumni Association The E-Brief

July 2014

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In This Issue


  • Keep in Touch with Chicago-Kent


  • IIT President John L. Anderson to Resign
  • Chicago-Kent Names New Director of Experiential Learning
  • Nominate a Colleague for the Alumni Awards
  • IIT Global Alumni Gathering
  • ABA Magazine Honors Chicago-Kent
  • Participate in the Attorney Trait Assessment and Profile Study


  • Michael J. Gallagher '78


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


  • Washington D.C. Alumni Gathering
  • 2014 Trial Advocacy Reunion Dinner

From the Dean

Dean Harold J. Krent

Keep In Touch with Chicago-Kent

The Chicago-Kent alumni community is a unique and diverse group of incredibly talented individuals. One of my greatest pleasures as Dean is witnessing the many exciting paths our alumni take throughout their careers, and celebrating their milestones and achievements along with them.

This summer's Chicago-Kent magazine focuses on a number of our alumni who face the daunting task of leading law firms in this challenging financial environment. I am gratified that so many of you have assumed leadership roles in whatever fields you are pursuing, spanning not only law firms, but businesses, government, not-for-profit organizations, and more. The magazine also will feature stories about Chicago-Kent’s successes this past year and you can find updates from your classmates in the Class Notes section.

We will recognize outstanding members of the Chicago-Kent alumni community this fall at the 2014 Alumni Awards Dinner. Please take the time to nominate an alum who has made a significant contribution to the law school or his or her chosen field of endeavor. More information about the 2014 Alumni Awards can be found on the Alumni Association’s website. I encourage you to take a moment to reconnect with the Alumni Association by updating your contact information using the Online Directory, which can be a wonderful tool for finding old classmates and for making and receiving new business referrals.

Enjoy the summer!

Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

News & Announcements

IIT President John L. Anderson to Resign

John L. Anderson announced his intention to resign as President of IIT effective as of August 1, 2015. Anderson joined IIT as president in 2007 after serving as provost and executive vice president of Case Western Reserve University. Anderson will remain at IIT as a professor of Chemical Engineering. For more information, click here.

Chicago-Kent Names Director of Experiential Learning
Maureen R. Aidasani joined the Chicago-Kent faculty as the director of experiential learning on July 1. As the director, Aidasani will coordinate the upper year legal writing curriculum and the Praxis Program, both of which focus on practice experience and developing professional competencies in order to create practice-ready graduates. Aidasani previously served as senior counsel at Grant Thornton and as an adjunct professor of legal writing at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Nominate A Colleague for the 2014 Chicago-Kent Alumni Awards
Do you know a Chicago-Kent alumnus or alumna who has made an outstanding impact this year? Nominate him or her for an Alumni Award! The Alumni Association will be accepting nominations for the Professional Achievement, Distinguished Service, Outstanding Young Alumnus/a and Institutional Partner Awards until Friday, August 15. For more information about the awards, click here. To submit a nomination, click here.

Participate in the IIT Global Alumni Gathering
The IIT Global Alumni Gathering will take place September 19-21 on IIT's campus in Chicago. Join event chairmain Raj Rajaram '91, event speakers David Hansen '84 and Jeremy Noe '00, as well as a host of IIT alumni and faculty to celebrate IIT’s imprint on innovation through topics such as energy, intellectual property, and innovation. The event will include panel discussions, campus tours, a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan, and a luncheon and keynote address with Alan W. "Bud" Wendorf, retired CEO of Sargent & Lundy and chairman of IIT's Board of Trustees. For more information, click here.

ABA Magazine Honors Chicago-Kent's Commitment to Technology & the Law
The ABA magazine recently named Chicago-Kent to its "Ten Points of Light" List, which recognizes law schools who pay significant attention to the technology of practice. The article cites the Center for Access to Justice & Technology, which has flourished under the leadership of Professor Ronald Staudt, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), and the A2J Clinic Project which has spawned similar projects at six other law schools with six more to be added this fall. To read the entire article, click here.

Improve the Future of the Legal Profession By Taking this Simple Survey
The Attorney Trait Assessment and Profile Study gathers data on the personality traits of practicing attorneys in order to determine what makes a lawyer different from the population at large and lawyers within different practice areas from each other. The makers of the assessment welcome Chicago-Kent alumni participation. With your help, future college students will be better able to determine whether to pursue a legal career, what practice area is right for them and even what classes to take during law school. Law firms will be better able to mentor and retain their people, and practicing attorneys will be better able to pursue their own career development by seeing their own results. To take the assessment, click here.

Michael J. Gallagher '78

The Honorable Michael J. Gallagher ’78 retired from the Illinois Appellate Court in April 2011 after more than 23 years of service in the Circuit and Appellate courts where he successfully mediated hundreds of cases to settlement as well as presided over hundreds of bench and jury trials. After leaving the bench, Justice Gallagher founded Michael J. Gallagher Mediation Services, LLC where he brings more than 30 years of experience as a jurist and lawyer to bear upon the private mediation services he offers. He also engages in arbitrations and appellate consultations in all reviewing courts.

Justice Gallagher is an active supporter of Chicago-Kent, where he is a member of the Law Review Alumni Board, as well as the Senior Partner Council. Later this month, Michael will address other members of the Senior Partner Council at its annual Summer Gathering. Thank you for your support Justice Gallagher!

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

Chicago-Kent Senior Partner Council Summer Gathering
Thursday, July 17, 2014 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Chicago History Museum
1601 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
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*Please note: This event is invitation only.

Chicago-Kent Leadership Circle Dinner
Thursday, July 17, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
Chicago History Museum
1601 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
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*Please note: This event is invitation only.

Class of 2014 Post-Bar Party
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Rock Bottom Brewery -- Rooftop Deck
1 W Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610
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Law Review Networking Reception

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
10th Floor Event Room & Balcony
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Save the Date: Young Alumni Social

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Save the Date: CVLS Race Judicata
Wednesday, September 4, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.

2014 Golden Reunion
Friday, September 19, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
10th Floor Event Room & Balcony
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IIT Global Alumni Gathering
September 19-21, 2014
IIT Campus
3300 S Federal St
Chicago, IL 60616
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Save the Date: 2014 Alumni Awards Dinner
Thursday, November 20, 2014

C-K on the Road

IIT New York City Welcome Event
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Atrio Wine Bar at the Conrad Hotel
102 North End Avenue
New York, NY 10282
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IIT Los Angeles Alumni Gathering
Sunday, July 20, 2014 | 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Home of Tom Korzenecki
895 S. Grand Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
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IIT Denver Alumni Gathering
Thursday, July 24, 2014
| 6:00 p.m.
The Walnut Room
3131 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205

For more information

IIT Boston Alumni Gathering
Thursday, August 14, 2014
| 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Suite 144 @ The Innovation and Design Center
23 Drydock Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
For more information

Save the Date: IIT Seattle Alumni Gathering
Saturday, October 25, 2014


Professional Development & CLE

5th annual Supreme Court IP Review
Friday, September 12, 2014
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
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32nd annual Federal Sector Labor Relations & Labor Law Conference
Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium & Front Lobby
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Chicago-Kent Law Review Conference on the Jury
Friday, October 10, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom
10th Floor Event Room & Balcony
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30th annual Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference
Friday, December 5, 2014
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
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More events...

Past Event Highlights

Chicago-Kent June Alumni Events

The long days of summer have finally arrived and with them, some of our favorite annual events here at Chicago-Kent! In June, Washington D.C. area alumni reconnected at the DC Alumni Gathering at the Elephant & Castle Pub. Trial Advocacy team members past and present also gathered to celebrate this year's successes at the 2014 Trial Advocacy Reunion dinner at Athena Restaurant in Greektown. A wonderful time was had by all who attended, and thank you to Judge David Erickson for being such an entertaining host! Thank you to our wonderful alumni community for your support! We look forward to seeing you at more events this summer!

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

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