Chicago-Kent Alumni Association The E-Brief

JUNE 2012

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Law and Entrepreneurship Program
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In This Issue

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • From the Dean: Law and Entrepreneurship Program
  • Patrick Milott '12 awarded Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize
  • Dolores K. Hanna Trademark Prize awarded to Mary Katherine Schweihs '13
  • 2012 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic
  • 2012 Marc Grinker Student Commitment Award
  • Access to Justice on a smartphone: Work begins on A2J Author® 5.0
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • C-K in the City
  • C-K on the Road
  • Professional Development & CLE
PAST EVENT HIGHLIGHTS


ALUMNI NIGHT @ WRIGLEY FIELD
The Chicago-Kent Alumni Association will not be hosting the annual Alumni Night @ Wrigley Field this year. We apologize for any inconvenience!
From the Dean
Heather Harper, Clinical Professor of Law
Heather Harper
 

Law and Entrepreneurship Program
This spring, we launched the Law and Entrepreneurship Program, which provides law students with the tools and expertise needed to advise, guide, and counsel emerging companies. Under the direction of Clinical Professor of Law Heather Harper, students participate in a 2-credit course in the fall semester, coupled with the option of participating in a legal clinic in the spring semester. As part of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, students advise startups and small businesses at IIT and in the community.

The program is off to a strong start, with students advising 16 clients in this first year. Students gain real-world experience representing entrepreneurs in transactional matters common to growth companies — including choice of entity and entity formation, contract review and drafting, corporate governance issues, review of leases, researching legal issues as appropriate, and trademark searches and filing, among other legal issues.

The Law and Entrepreneurship Program is one of several ways the law school is working to prepare our students for the changing legal landscape, while maintaining a focus on hands-on experience and instruction.

This summer, I hope to see many of you at our annual Trial Advocacy Alumni Reunion on June 12, or the last program in our CLE & Networking Series on ethics on June 21. Best wishes for an enjoyable and productive summer!

Sincerely,
Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

News & Announcements

Patrick Milott '12
Patrick Milott '12
 
Patrick Milott '12 awarded Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize
Patrick Milott '12 has been awarded the 2012 Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize. The prize is awarded annually to a graduating senior in the Institute for Law and the Workplace certificate program who exemplifies the qualities that Ms. Zemm possessed: “a commitment to pursue a career in labor and employment law, a pioneer spirit and willingness to take the initiative wherever possible, and a gracious and generous attitude toward helping those in need.”  Read more…

Dolores K. Hanna Trademark Prize awarded to Mary Katherine Schweihs '13
Mary Katherine Schweihs '13 is the 2012 recipient of the Dolores K. Hanna Trademark Prize, awarded annually based on outstanding performance in an intellectual property course. The prize was established in 2006 by K&L Gates LLP to honor retiree Dolores K. Hanna '52, who served as the firm's special trademark counsel. Read more…

2012 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic
Aaron Davis '12 and Michael Johnson '12 received the 2012 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic. The awards are given annually to students who have demonstrated dedication to the criminal defense litigation program and who have provided “zealous advocacy” on behalf of the program’s clients. Established by Jack and Sidney Z. Fleischman in 2008, 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. Read more…

Meganne Britton-Trela '12
Helena Gonzalez '12
Meganne
Britton-Trela '12
 
Helena Gonzalez '12
 
2012 Marc Grinker Student Commitment Award
Meganne Britton-Trela '12 and Helena Gonzalez '12 were named the recipients of the 2012 Marc Grinker Student Commitment Award. The award was created in memory of Professor Marc A. Grinker, who served as the first director of the law school's appellate advocacy program. Members of the Moot Court Honor Society nominate their peers who have shown dedication to the program each year for the award. Read more…

Access to Justice on a smartphone: Work begins on A2J Author® 5.0
The Center for Access to Justice and Technology and the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction are working to make their A2J Author® Software available across all web browsers, including those on mobile devices. This development will allow anybody with access to a computer or a smartphone to create a fileable legal document by answering a series of simple questions about their legal issue. Read more…
2012 Public Interest Awards
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 Night with the White Sox
Friday, June 08, 2012 | 7:10 p.m.
U.S. Cellular Field

IIT Morton Arboretum Spring Family Event
Saturday, June 9, 2012 | 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Morton Arboretum, 4100 Lincoln Avenue, Lisle, IL
$10 per family. Register online by June 4.

Trial Advocacy Alumni Reunion
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 | 5:30 p.m.
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL
RSVP by June 8.

Senior Partner Council Appreciation Reception
Thursday, July 19, 2012 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
RSVP by July 13.

Class of 2012 Post Bar Party
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Rock Bottom Brewery - Rooftop Deck
1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL
RSVP by July 23.

Save the Date: A Golden Reunion at Chicago-Kent
Thursday, September 20, 2012 | 11:30 a.m.

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C-K on the Road


IIT Denver Networking Reception
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Rooftop deck of the Museum Residences, adjacent to
the Denver Art Museum.
RSVP by June 5.

Professional Development & CLE

31st annual Conference on Not-For-Profit Organizations
Thursday, June 7, 2012 | 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Eligible for 7.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.
Register online at http://cle.kentlaw.edu/.

CLE & Networking Series: Ethics
Thursday, June 21, 2012 | 3:30 p.m.-5:35 p.m., reception follows
Eligible for 2.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.


More events...

Past Event Highlights

2012 Commencement
The Class of 2012 joined the Chicago-Kent alumni community on Sunday, May 13, 2012. Congratulations to all of our graduates! View highlight photos on Flickr or see video of the complete ceremony on YouTube.
CLE & Networking: Topics on Litigation
Three alumni panelists presented the fifth program in Chicago-Kent's new CLE & Networking Series: "Topics on Litigation: The Anatomy of a Civil Case." Click here to listen to audio of the session.
(L-R): Commencement speakers Laurel Bellows, president-elect of the American Bar Association; Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand, and Dean Harold J. Krent.
CLE panelists (L-R): Greg Ginex ’04, Hon. Liz Budzinski '88, and Bill Gibbs ’04.  
2012 Commencement
(L-R): Commencement speakers Laurel Bellows, president-elect of the American Bar Association; Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand; and Dean Harold J. Krent.

Topics on Litigation
CLE panelists (L-R): Greg Ginex ’04, Hon. Liz Budzinski '88, and Bill Gibbs ’04.

Alumni Gathering in Palo Alto
Intellectual property law professors Edward Lee and David Schwartz joined the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association and area alumni in Palo Alto, CA.

See photos from the Bay area alumni gatherings on Flickr.
Alumni Gathering in San Francisco
The Chicago-Kent Alumni Association met with Bay area alumni in San Francisco.

See photos from the Bay area alumni gatherings on Flickr.
(Back row, L-R): Stoytcho Draganoff '04, Richard Nessary '95, Leslie Robbins '95, Lt. Blake Jackson '09, Jason Novak '06, Dennis Chang '11. (Front row, L-R): Prof. Ed Lee, Jonathan Feuchtwang '96, Christy Bonner '98, Prof. David Schwartz.
(L-R): Lina Guo '10, Dennis Chang '11, and David Retz '87.  
Alumni Gathering in Palo Alto
(Back row L-R): Stoytcho Draganoff '04, Richard Nessary '95, Leslie Robbins '95, Blake Jackson '09, Jason Novak '06 and Dennis Chang '11. (Front row L-R): Prof. Ed Lee, Jonathan Feuchtwang '96, Christy Bonner '98 and Prof. David Schwartz.

Alumni Gathering in San Francisco
(L-R): Lina Guo '10, Dennis Chang '11 and David Retz '87.


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