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

From the Dean

Faculty Promotions
& Congratulations
Class of 2011

As we finish another academic year, I am pleased to announce promotions for several Chicago-Kent faculty members. Our faculty members are the envy of many a school, and Chicago-Kent is proud to recognize them for their commitment to teaching and research.

Prof. Sungjoon Cho
Sungjoon Cho
Prof. Bernadette Atuahene
Bernadette Atuahene
Prof. William A. Birdthistle
William A. Birdthistle
Prof. Kari L. Johnson
Kari L. Johnson

Sungjoon Cho will begin the next year as a full professor of law. An incredibly productive scholar (he has produced nine law review articles over the past three years), Professor Cho has carved out a name for himself as an international trade expert, and is in high demand nationally at conferences. His most recent work centers on anti-dumping measures.   

Bernadette Atuahene and William A. Birdthistle were both promoted to associate professor with tenure. Atuahene’s scholarship has explored, from a variety of angles, the role of land ownership in developing countries, citing examples in which land titling has been used as a method of creating more entrepreneurial activity among the urban poor. Birdthistle has trained his scholarly gaze on investment instruments, illuminating new areas such as exchange traded funds and the internal workings of mutual funds. Currently, he is commencing a project on the role of scandals in altering our approach to corporate regulation.

Kari L. Johnson has been promoted to professor of legal research and writing. Johnson is a mainstay of our stellar legal writing program and brings boundless energy to innovative teaching. In addition, she spearheads the family law LL.M. program and the first-year Charles Evans Hughes Oral Advocacy competition.

Please join me in congratulating these faculty members on their professional achievements. You can read more about what Chicago-Kent faculty are working on in the April issue of the Faculty News and the Faculty Blog.

A big congratulations to the class of 2011!  This diverse group of more than 400 J.D. and LL.M. candidates graduated on May 15 at the UIC Forum. Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez '86 delivered the keynote speech, touching on the transition from being a student of the law into the practice of law. (For those interested in viewing the commencement ceremony, please visit our video archive).

I look forward to seeing the contributions our newest alumni will make in the fields of law, government, business, and the nonprofit world, and hope you will help show them the strength of the Chicago-Kent alumni community by guiding them in their careers as your predecessors did for you.

I hope to see you at an upcoming Chicago-Kent alumni event here and around the nation.


Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

In This Issue

News and Announcements

arrow Chicago-Kent Alumni Sworn-in to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar

Thirty-one Chicago-Kent alumni were admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court on May 23. The induction ceremony was conducted by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., who administered the oath to the group. Associate Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan were also present.

Chicago-Kent Alumni Sworn in to US Supreme Court Bar
Chicago-Kent alumni and their guests pose outside the U.S. Supreme Court following the swearing-in ceremony.

Inductees, who graduated from Chicago-Kent between 1973 and 2007, came from Alaska, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Virginia and were moved in admission by alumnus George Zelcs ‘79.

Organized by the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association, the swearing-in was the culmination of three days of activities in Washington, D.C. On the day before the ceremony, Dean Krent hosted a reception at the University Club for inductees, their guests, and Chicago-Kent alumni from the Washington, D.C. area. Jerry Goldman, director of the Oyez Project, spoke about the multimedia archive of Supreme Court cases since the installation of a recording system in October 1955 and demonstrated the Oyez Today apps on his iPhone and iPad.

Immediately following the swearing-in ceremony on Monday, Chief Justice Roberts and Associate Justice Ginsburg spoke with Chicago-Kent inductees and their guests at a breakfast reception. Later that day, some of the applicants and guests were treated to a special tour of the Senate chambers, took an official U.S. Capitol tour and watched a vote from the Senate gallery. On Tuesday morning, some were able to spend a few minutes with alumni serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Peter Roskam ’89 and Randy Hultgren ’93.

Photos from the event are available on the Alumni Online Community at


Arrow Kendra L. Kutko awarded the 2011 Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize
Kendra L. Kutko
Kendra L. Kutko '11

Kendra L. Kutko '11 received the 2011 Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize, established in 2009 by Seyfarth Shaw LLP to honor the memory of Sandra P. Zemm. The prize is awarded annually to a 3L student in the labor and employment law certificate program who exemplifies the qualities that Zemm possessed: "a commitment to pursue a career in labor and employment law, a pioneer spirit and willingness to take the initiative whenever possible, and a gracious and generous attitude toward helping those in need."

Kutko earned a B.S. in legal studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently serves as a law clerk with Case Law Firm LLC, a woman-owned, woman-run civil rights employment law firm in Chicago. Previously, Kutko interned in Chicago-Kent's employment discrimination clinic and at Addis Greenberg & Schultz LLC, and was a clerk in the Law Offices of Laurie J. Wasserman.

Sandra Zemm joined Seyfarth Shaw in 1975 as the first female associate in its labor and employment practice. In 1982, she became the firm's first female equity partner in labor and employment.

"Sandy was beloved by her colleagues and clients and respected by her opponents. She was a no-nonsense labor lawyer and an elegant, sophisticated woman at the same time. Her ability to stand up to the toughest adversaries while always carrying herself with style and grace inspired many of us who came to the firm after her," said Allegra Rich, pro bono and philanthropy partner at Seyfarth Shaw. "This award is our way of keeping her in our thoughts and honoring her legacy."


Arrow Two Students Awarded Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowships
Rachel Brady '13, Richard Guitierrez '12, and Prof. Nancy Marder
(L-R): Rachel Brady '13, professor and faculty adviser Nancy Marder, and Richard Gutierrez '12.

Rachel Brady '13 and Richard Gutierrez '12 were awarded the law school's first Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowships. Brady and Gutierrez will each receive $5,000 to support their work in summer public interest law positions.

Brady will spend the summer at the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. Prior to law school, she worked for Teach for America and spent six months in New Zealand with Help Exchange. At Chicago-Kent, Brady is a member of the Kent Justice Foundation and was a finalist in the 2011 Charles Evans Hughes Moot Court Competition.

Over the summer, Gutierrez will work in the appellate division of the Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender. He is a member of the Kent Justice Foundation, National Lawyers Guild and the Chicago-Kent Law Review. He completed a judicial externship with the Honorable Marvin Aspen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and served as a legal intern with the People's Law Office in Chicago.

The Justice John Paul Stevens Fellowship is awarded to first- and second-year law students who have secured summer legal public interest positions in either not-for-profit organizations or governmental entities. Fellows are selected based on their commitment to public service and their potential for excellence throughout their legal careers.

Arrow Call for Entries: 2011 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

Entries are accepted through July 1, 2011 for the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.

Established in 2007 by Roy C. Palmer '62 and his wife, Susan M. Palmer, the prize honors a work of scholarship that explores the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society. The $10,000 prize is designed to encourage and reward public debate among scholars on current issues affecting the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of governments throughout the world.

For submission details, please click here.

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Save the Date

Social Events - Chicago

Trial Advocacy Alumni Dinner
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Reception & Dinner ~ 5:30 p.m., Awards ~ 6:30 p.m.
Market Bar Chicago ~ Rooftop
1113 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL 60607

Please join us to celebrate a culture of excellence in trial advocacy at Chicago-Kent. RSVP to or (312) 906-5240 by Monday, June 6.

Chicago Cares Serve-a-ThonYoung Alumni Council: Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon
Saturday, June 11, 2011
8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Soldier Field

Members of the Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Council and other young alumni are invited to participate in the annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon by joining the YAC’s volunteer team.

To sign up for the Chicago-Kent young alumni team (all ages are welcome!), visit: The time commitment is about 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and there is a $30 registration donation required to join the team. The volunteer registration deadline is Monday, June 6, or whenever capacity is reached (whichever comes first). For more information, email

IIT Morton Arboretum Spring Family Event
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Check-in: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Morton Arboretum, 4100 Lincoln Ave., Lisle, IL 60532

The IIT Alumni Association will be hosting a family day at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Arrive between 9:00-11:00 a.m. to check-in. Breakfast will be provided and tram tours are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. After the alumni breakfast is over, you're free to enjoy the Arboretum for the rest of the day.

Registration is $10 per family or group and includes parking, admission to the park, breakfast and tram tours.

Register Now!

South Suburban Networking Reception
Thursday, June 30, 2011
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Crystal Tree Country Club
10700 West 153rd Street, Orland Park, IL 60462
RSVP to or (312) 906-5240 by Monday, June 27.

Chicago-Kent Night with the White SoxChicago-Kent Night with the White Sox: Alumni Pre-Game Gathering
Thursday, July 7, 2011
5:00-7:00 p.m.
The Bog @ IIT, Hermann Hall, lower level, 3241 S. Federal St., Chicago, IL 60616
Free parking for the event and the game is included.

Register Now!

The Bog is IIT’s campus pub and recreation center. The space includes a full-service bowling alley, pool and ping pong tables, an arcade with Wii and other gaming favorites, and bar and grill. Families are welcome.

Chicago-Kent Night with the White Sox
Thursday, July 7, 2011
7:10 p.m.
U.S. Cellular Field, 333 W. 35th St., Chicago, IL 60616

The White Sox are offering half-priced tickets to Chicago-Kent alumni and their family & friends to watch the Sox take on the Minnesota Twins. To order tickets, visit

Alumni Night @ Wrigley FieldAn 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

Save the Date: North Suburban Networking Event
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Watch for more details.

Save the Date: Chicago-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

Watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves! Tickets will be available starting July 18.

Save the Date: IIT Golden Reunion
Saturday, September 24, 2011
IIT Main Campus and Chicago-Kent College of Law

Chicago-Kent alumni from 1961 and prior are invited to the Golden Reunion at IIT, along with a special reception for Chicago-Kent graduates. More details available soon.


Social Events - Regional

Sheppard Mullin in New YorkAlumni Gathering in New York City
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
5:30 p.m.
Law Firm of Sheppard Mullin
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112-0015
Hosted by Edward H. Tillinghast, J.D. ‘83.

Featuring special guest speaker Marc J. Bern '75, senior partner at Napoli Bern Ripka LLP. RSVP to (312) 567-5030 or

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

30th annual Conference on Not-For-Profit Organizations30th annual Conference on Not-For-Profit Organizations
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Eligible for 6.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.

This one-day seminar features a mid-to-advanced level of discussion for experienced attorneys, accountants, and not-for-profit executives, staff, and board members on the most recent developments in taxation, legislation and regulation affecting not-for-profit organizations in Illinois.

Registration Fees: $245/person; $195/person for Chicago-Kent alumni. A $10/person discount is available to groups that register 3 or more at the same time (no group discount available with Chicago-Kent alumni rate).

Click here to download the complete conference brochure, or visit to register online.

Save the Date: 29th annual Federal Sector Labor Relations & Labor Law Conference
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Watch for more details at

3rd annual Financial Services Law Conference: What's Going on Around Town in Futures and Derivatives?
Friday, October 21, 2011

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 download a flyer about the conference, or visit to register online.

27th annual Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference
Friday, December 2, 2011

Held in cooperation with ILRB and IELRB, the conference will feature a keynote by Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Dean and Professor, School of Labor & Employment Relations, 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 3 or more individuals at the same time until November 25.

Click here to download a flyer about the conference, or visit to register online.


Past Event Highlights

Arrow 2011 Commencement

Please join the Alumni Association in welcoming nearly 430 new members to your ranks! The Class of 2011 graduated in a Commencement ceremony at the UIC Forum on Sunday, May 15.

Anita Alvarez ’86, Cook County State’s Attorney provided the keynote address while valedictorian David Franklin ’11 addressed the J.D. class and Jialou Zhou ’11 spoke to fellow LL.M. graduates.

The afternoon was capped off by an outdoor champagne reception.

Congratulations Class of 2011! We welcome you to the Chicago-Kent Alumni Community.

View a video of the ceremony in the Commencement video archives, or visit Facebook for photos from during the ceremony.

2011 Commencement

(L-R): Dean Harold J. Krent, valedictorian David Franklin '11, keynote speaker and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez '86, and LL.M. class speaker Jiaolu Zhou '11.

Arrow LL.M. Reunion Reception

Graduates of Chicago-Kent's LL.M. programs gathered at a reception on Thursday, May 19 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the International LL.M. program.

Shasha Song '11 and Professor Mickie Piatt

(L-R): Shasha Song '11 and Professor Mickie Piatt.

Arrow Washington, D.C. Alumni Dinner

Alumni gathered for a dinner at the University Club of Washington, D.C. to hear special guest speaker Jerry Goldman, director of the Oyez Project, speak about the multimedia archive of all audio recorded in the Supreme Court.

Washington, DC Dinner

(L-R): Lisa Kleinberg '91, Varinia Van Ness, Paul K. Hanna '98, Kiley Davis '07.


Lisa Turley
Arrow Congratulations to Lisa Turley on her Retirement!

Elizabeth "Lisa" Turley is retiring effective June 1 after seven years serving as Assistant Dean for Institutional Advancement at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. During her time at Chicago-Kent, she worked on many successful fundraising programs, including the establishment of Chicago-Kent's first chair, the Ralph Brill Chair, endowed in 2008 with more than $1.5 million in donations.

She looks forward to spending this summer at Oak Street beach in Chicago with a few good books. We wish her all the best in her upcoming retirement!

Dean Krent has appointed Susan Lewers, Major Gift Officer, to serve as interim Assistant Dean for Institutional Advancement.

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