More than 2 dozen undergraduate students participated in this year's Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program, directed by Assistant Dean Francine Soliunas (front).
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News and Announcements
More than two dozen undergraduate students interested in legal careers are participating in a special four-week summer session at Chicago-Kent. The 7th annual Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program is designed to provide college students exposure to the rigors of law school and contact with legal professionals.
The 2008-2009 Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors is seeking nominations for the following awards (for full descriptions of the awards, please see the nomination form):
Make your nominations online for deserving alumni or outstanding members of the legal community no later than August 29, 2008, or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 312-906-5240 for a paper nomination form. The 31st Annual Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon is scheduled for December 11, 2008 at the Standard Club in Chicago. Invitations to follow in the fall.
Professor Graeme B. Dinwoodie, Director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law, has been honored by the International Trademark Association (INTA).
Professor Dinwoodie was named the recipient of the 2008 Pattishall Medal for Teaching Excellence. In addition, he and Professor Mark D. Janis of the University of Iowa College of Law received the 2008 Ladas Memorial Award for their law review article, Confusion Over Use: Contextualism in Trademark Law, published last year in the Iowa Law Review. The awards were presented May 17 at a black-tie gala held during INTA’s 130th Annual Meeting in Berlin.
The Pattishall Medal for Teaching Excellence recognizes educators in the business and legal fields for outstanding instruction in the trademark and trade identity field. The annual Ladas Memorial Award is presented to the paper judged best on the subject of trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks.
A member of the Chicago-Kent faculty since 2000, Professor Dinwoodie teaches courses in Copyright Law, Trademark Law, International Intellectual Property Law, Conflict of Laws and Civil Procedure.
The Federal Bar Association recognized Professor Richard J. Gonzalez with an Award for Excellence in Public Interest at the 9th Annual Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service ceremony at the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse.
Gonzalez was cited for his successful representation of a former employee of a suburban Chicago school district who allegedly was fired from his job because he was serving on a grand jury. "Jury service, like voting, is an obligation of citizenship," said Professor Gonzalez. "I have often heard stories about employers who try to prevent their employees from serving on juries. This rarely-used federal law prohibits employers from firing, threatening, intimidating or coercing employees to evade grand jury service. It is believed to be the first time it has been applied in the Chicago area."
As a clinical professor in Chicago-Kent’s Law Offices, Professor Gonzalez represents employees and employers in a wide variety of discrimination, wrongful discharge, and defamation cases in federal and state court and in anti-discrimination agencies.
In May 2008, the Office of Institutional Advancement welcomed David Thompson as Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives. In this new position, David will be working with Dean Harold J. Krent and faculty members on planning new research projects and programs, as well as coordinating input by alumni and others into the strategic planning process that Chicago-Kent is initiating in tandem with IIT. In addition, David will also help Chicago-Kent achieve its fundraising goals.
Prior to joining the staff, David was Associate Dean for Planning & Programs in the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago, where his responsibilities included co-chairing the Universityís Sustainability Council. Previously, David worked as Associate Director of Gift Planning in the University of Chicagoís Office of Development and Alumni Relations, and as an associate attorney with the firm of Sachnoff & Weaver. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, David earned his J.D. at Northwestern University. To share your ideas for Chicago-Kentís future, feel free to contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks to alumni and friends who supported Chicago-Kent financially during fiscal 2008 which ended on May 31. In addition to more than 950 gifts to the Chicago-Kent Annual Fund, donors supported more than 50 other scholarship, program and faculty funds. The 2008 Honor Roll will be published in August and, for the first time, will be available on our website. If you missed the May 31 deadline, you can make a gift in fiscal 2009 by visiting http://www.kentlaw.edu/give.
Volume 3, issue 2, of the Seventh Circuit Review is now available online at www.kentlaw.edu/7cr. Articles include analysis of recent decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in the areas of civil procedure, civil rights, criminal law, environmental law, Fourth Amendment law, privacy law, and trade secrets.
Post Bar Party
Unwind from the Bar exam at our a Post Bar Party on Rock Bottom Brewery's Rooftop Deck. Enjoy appetizers, an open bar, prizes and more! All members of the 2008 graduating class are welcome, regardless of when you take the Bar exam.
2008 Graduates: FREE ~ All others: $10 at the door
RSVP at www.kentlaw.edu/postbar by July 25, 2008.
Alumni Night @ Wrigley Field
Save the date for our annual Alumni Night @ Wrigley Field. Enjoy a Pre-Game Gathering at the Cubby Bear, which includes Dinner & Drinks beginning at 5:00 pm. Then, watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field at 7:05 pm.
More information forthcoming. Invtations will be mailed in July.
Board of Overseers Meeting
Save the Date: Lewis Collens Atrium Unveiling
Please save the date to join us for the unveiling of the newly named atrium honoring Dean Emeritus of Chicago-Kent and President Emeritus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, Lewis Collens.
Save the Date for the Class of 1983 25-Year Reunion
Class of 1983: Catch up with your classmates at your 25-Year Reunion and enjoy watching the Chicago Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Invitations will be mailed in late July. More information forthcoming.
Visit your Reunion Page at www.kentlaw.edu/reunion.
The Last Chance CLE: A Survey of Professional Conduct & Commercial Law
Lawyers with last names A-M need to complete 20 IL-MCLE hours by June 30, 2008—Here's your last chance! Professor Michael Spak, one of America's favorite Bar Review lecturers will keep you interested (at least laughing) all day through his survey of Professional Conduct and Commercial Law. He'll even (try to) answer all your questions. Sit through it all, or any part that you need.
Federal Sector Labor Relations & Labor Law Conference
Chicago-Kent College of Law presents the 26th annual gathering of the longest running conference on federal sector and postal labor relations and labor law held outside of Washington, D.C. The keynote panel topic will be “ Speaking Truth to Power: Messages for the Next Administration.” Session topics will include MSPB, EEO, FLRA, USERRA, The Hatch Act in the Computer Age, and Labor Relations and Generational Differences.
Alumni, students, and friends of Chicago-Kent enjoyed a celebratory reception on June 11, 2008 to honor our 2008 National Champion Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Teams as well as the individual champions.
Mike Stout, President of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), the organization that hosts both competitions, presented trophies to the winning teams and individuals. Chicago-Kent holds the honor of being the first law school in the history of the ACTL to win both the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Championships in the same year.
Hawaii Alumni (Back, L-R) Rep. Alex Sonson '93, Robert Martin '03, Ryan Wilson '06, Dean Harold J. Krent, (Front, L-R) Jennifer Correa Sonson '92, Allison Kirk Griffiths '03, and incoming student, Adela Deacon.
Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, delivered the commencement address at Chicago-Kent's 2008 ceremony on Sunday, May 18, 2008. Commencement was held in the Arie Crown Theater at the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place with a champagne reception following. This year, Chicago-Kent awarded 318 Juris Doctor degrees and 79 Master of Laws degrees. We are pleased to welcome the Class of 2008 into the Chicago-Kent Alumni Community.
Alumni in Hawaii joined Dean Harold J. Krent at the Hula Grill on Waikiki Beach, in Honolulu for an Alumni Reception on June 22, 2008.
Alumni also welcomed incoming 1L student from Hawaii, Adela Deacon.
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