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

From the Dean

Welcome,
Class of 2009

Join me in welcoming the class of 2009 into the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association. This diverse group of almost 400 JD and LL.M. candidates graduated on May 17, 2009 at the Arie Crown Theater, McCormick Place. Federal Trade Commissioner, William E. Kovacic, gave the keynote address, touching on many of the current financial and professional issues facing young lawyers today. (For those interested in viewing the commencement ceremony, please visit our video archive).

Our newest alumni will doubtless make a great impact whether they are in law, government, business, or the nonprofit world. Like your own predecessors, I encourage you to assist these and all our new alumni in furthering their legal careers, and to welcome them into the alumni community.

In other news, I look forward to meeting some West Coast alumni in my visits to San Francisco and  Los Angeles, and invite you to meet other alumni at events in San Diego and Denver over the next two months.

For local alumni, I encourage you to check out some of our great Chicago summer events including the annual Alumni Night @ Wrigley Field and our Young Alumni Social in August.

Sincerely,

Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

Click here to view more Commencement photos >>
(l-r) Betsy L. Gates, J.D., the 2009 Class Valedictorian, and Laurie-Anne Grelier, the 2009 LL.M. Class Speaker, delivered the graduate addresses at this year’s Commencement ceremony. View more photos at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/commencement09.

In This Issue

News and Announcements

Chicago-Kent Establishes Criminal Law Program with Mexican University

Chicago-Kent and Technològico de Monterrey (Tec), one of Mexico's leading private universities, have established a special program to provide training in criminal law and trial advocacy to Mexican attorneys, law professors and students. The program is designed to help Mexico’s legal community practice more effectively amid dramatic changes to the country’s criminal justice system.

Overseen by Hon. David A. Erickson, associate director of Chicago-Kent’s nationally ranked Trial Advocacy Program and director of the law school’s Program in Criminal Litigation, the program will help craft an advanced trial advocacy curriculum at the Mexico City campus that incorporates courses in reformed criminal procedure. In addition, the program will establish a criminal law clinic to give law students a comprehensive and balanced professional education as well as hands-on training

Lawyers in Baja California, Morelos, and Chihuahua will have the opportunity to receive a legal education certificate for attending a series of courses spanning six months that feature training in oral advocacy skills and criminal procedure. A “train-the-trainers” program in substantive and procedural law and in pedagogical techniques will enable approximately 20 Mexican law professors to teach the advocacy curriculum and legal education certificate program.

Funding for the three-year program is provided by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development. A scholarship program will be established to provide 15 Mexican attorneys with scholarships to earn the legal education certificate. Scholarships to attend a one-year Master of Laws degree program in criminal litigation at Chicago-Kent will also be awarded to four Tec law school graduates. 


Faculty Named to American Constitution Society Board of Advisors

Chicago-Kent Professors Steven J. Heyman and Carolyn Shapiro have been named to the board of advisors of the Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS). Professors Heyman and Shapiro will serve two-year terms ending in 2011.

Professor Steven J. Heyman is a leading First Amendment scholar who has been a member of the Chicago-Kent faculty since 1989. He is the author of Free Speech and Human Dignity and numerous law review articles. He is also the editor of Hate Speech and the Constitution.

Chicago-Kent received a bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln from the ISBA to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth.
Professors Steven J. Heyman and Carolyn Shapiro have been named to the board of advisors.
Professor Carolyn Shapiro, whose scholarly interests include federal courts and labor and employment law, is the author of several law review articles focusing on the U.S. Supreme Court. She teaches professional responsibility, employment law, and legislative process. Earlier in her career, Shapiro clerked for Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is “one of the nation’s leading progressive legal organizations, comprising lawyers, judges, students and policy makers committed to promoting the vitality of the Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses.”


Course Offering: Opening and Managing a Law Office

During the fall 2009 semester, we are offering a stand-alone course entitled Opening and Managing a Law Office, taught by Hon. Bob Moss ’73.

Description: If you are considering hanging up your own shingle in the next few years, this course will provide you with a systematic overview of the preparation necessary to get your practice off to a good start. Opening and Managing a Law Office provides a road map, including checklists and worksheets, to guide you through the initial planning, implementation, and ongoing management of your practice. Students will be provided with practical, organized guidelines for management and operational issues that impact the success or failure of a new office. Rules of professional conduct, ethics opinions and ARDC decisions governing practice management issues will be discussed. You will develop a master blueprint and learn what you will need in your office in order to service clients. Click here to view the course syllabus.

The course will meet from 4:00-5:50 pm on Thursdays, August 27 – December 3, 2009. It will count for 2 credits, and there is no final exam. The alumni cost for this course is $952 (alumni receive a 60% discount on all JD courses). If you are interested in registering, please contact Dean of Students, Steve Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.edu.


New on Your Alumni Online Community: Groups!

Introducing: Online Community Groups
There’s a new way to connect and communicate with your Chicago-Kent friends. Groups have arrived on your Alumni Online Community: www.alumni.kentlaw.edu!

Connect with alumni in your Class Year, who work in your Practice Area, live in your Region, or were involved in the same Student Organizations as you.

In addition to joining existing groups, you can create your own groups and invite your friends to join. It’s quick and easy to share video, photos, links, comments, and event invitations with each other, and it’s simple to receive updates on everyone in your group. Real-time chat lets you connect with group members even faster, and the White Board lets you post your thoughts instantly.

To get started, login to www.alumni.kentlaw.edu and you'll see tabs for "My Groups" and "Suggested Groups" on your home page.

Not yet a part of the community? Request your login information.

Introducing Groups!

There’s a new way to connect and communicate with your Chicago-Kent friends. Groups have arrived on your Alumni Online Community.

Connect with alumni in your Class Year, who work in your Practice Area, live in your Region, or were involved in the same Student Organizations as you.

In addition to joining existing groups, you can create your own groups and invite your friends to join. It’s quick and easy to share video, photos, links, comments, and event invitations with each other, and it’s simple to receive updates on everyone in your group.

To get started, visit www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/groups.

Not yet a part of the community?
Request your login information.

Save the Date

Social Events - Chicago

Film Screening: "The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court"
Friday, July 17, 2009
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., 10th floor, Chicago, IL 60661

In honor of International Justice Day and in commemoration of the treaty that established the International Criminal Court, the Chicago-Kent Office of International Law and Policy will screen The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court. A panel discussion will follow the film featuring Bartram Brown, Chicago-Kent Professor and Daniel Rothenberg, DePaul University International Human Rights Law Institute. Attorney Dan Thomann will serve as moderator.

RSVP to Violeta Jimenez at vjimenez@kentlaw.edu by Wednesday, July 15.


Senior Partner Council Appreciation Dinner
Thursday, July 23, 2009
6:00 p.m.
Harold Washington Library, Winter Garden, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605

Members of the Chicago-Kent Senior Partner Council are invited to enjoy an evening in the beautiful Winter Garden of the Harold Washington Library. Tour the exhibit Tall Man of Destiny: Images of Abraham Lincoln, and hear remarks on Lincoln’s impact on the history of law.

The Senior Partner Council is comprised of the law school’s most loyal donors and friends. Membership in the Senior Partner Council is extended to all donors who give annually at the $1,000 level. Alumni who graduated from the law school in the last five years or who work in public interest are extended membership when annual giving reaches the $500 level.

For more information, contact Lisa Turley at eturley@kentlaw.edu.


2009 Post Bar Party
2009 Grads: Post-Bar Party
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Rock Bottom Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60610

Unwind from the Bar exam at our Post-Bar Party on Rock Bottom Brewery's Rooftop Deck. Enjoy appetizers, an open bar, prizes and more! All members of the 2009 graduating class are welcome, regardless of when you take the Bar exam.

2009 Graduates: FREE. Guests (1 per graduate): $10 at the door.
RSVP at www.kentlaw.edu/postbar by Friday, July 24.


Young Alumni Social
Thursday, August 13, 2009
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
English Bar and Restaurant, 444 N. La Salle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60654

Alumni Night @ Wrigley Field

Alumni are invited to join us for a Young Alumni Social hosted by Matt Jenkins ’07, associate with Corboy & Demetrio. Socialize and network with fellow young alumni and learn how you can get involved with the newly formed Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Council.

RSVP by Monday, August 10 to alums@kentlaw.edu or (312) 906-5240.


Alumni Night @ Wrigley Field: Tickets on Sale July 13
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Pre-Game Gathering: 5:00 p.m. ~ Game: 7:05 p.m.
Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60613

Save the date for our annual Alumni Night @ Wrigley Field. Enjoy a pre-game gathering at the Cubby Bear, which includes dinner and drinks beginning at 5:00 pm. Then, watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field at 7:05 pm.

Tickets go on sale Monday, July 13 at 9:00 a.m. CST. Last year this event sold out in less than a week, so please get your tickets early! For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.kentlaw.edu/cubs.


Social Events - Regional

Georgia O’Keeffe, Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico/Out Back of Marie’s II, 1930; Collection of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, gift of The Burnett Foundation; 2009 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
San Francisco Alumni Gathering
Thursday, July 9, 2009
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Join other Northern CA IIT and Chicago-Kent alumni at the SFMOMA for a private tour of the exhibition, Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities. Guests are welcome.
  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Reception at Caffe Museo
  • 6:30 p.m.: Docent-led tour (optional) begins in SFMOMA lobby. Cost is $20 per person. Space is limited for the tour.

RSVP by Monday, July 6 at http://alumni.iit.edu/events or by contacting Marian Quirk at quirk@iit.edu or 1.800.IIT.ALUM.

Can’t make it to the event? Visit your virtual gathering place for the San Francisco Bay Area at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/sanfrancisco.


Los Angeles
Join Dean Hal Krent for two events in the Los Angeles Metro Area this month.
Manhattan Beach Alumni Gathering
Sunday, July 12, 2009
5:00 p.m.
Shade Hotel, 1221 N Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Join Dean Hal Krent and fellow alumni and friends to relax on a Sunday evening in Manhattan Beach at the exquisite Shade Hotel. Hosted by Chris Amantea ’89.

RSVP by Monday, July 6 to alums@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5240. 

Can’t make it to the event? Visit your virtual gathering place for the Los Angeles Metro Area at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/la.


Los Angeles Alumni Gathering
Monday, July 13, 2009
12:00 p.m.
Baker Hostetler LLP,12100 Wilshire Blvd, 15th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Join Dean Krent and fellow alumni at a lunch hosted by Margaret Rosenthal '79 and Myles L. Berman '79. Stop by to hear what’s going on at the law school and learn how you can get more involved. Free parking, with validation, is available in the Baker Hostetler building.

RSVP by Monday, July 6 to alums@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5240. 

Can’t make it to the event? Visit your virtual gathering place for the Los Angeles Metro Area at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/la.


San Diego Alumni “Day at the Races”
San Diego Alumni “Day at the Races”
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Gates open: 11:30 a.m. ~ Lunch: 12:30 p.m. ~ First post: 2:00 p.m.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Betty Grable Celebrity Suite, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014

Join the IIT San Diego Alumni Chapter at the Del Mar Racetrack to celebrate 70 seasons of glamour, growth, and racing glory! The $55/person ticket includes superb trackside viewing in a private air-conditioned celebrity suite, program, lunch, and beverages.

RSVP by Monday, July 27 online at http://alumni.iit.edu/delmar or contact Marian Quirk at 1.800.IIT.ALUM or quirk@iit.edu. Please be advised that space is limited.

Can’t make it to the event? Visit your virtual gathering place for the San Diego Metro Area at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/sandiego.

Denver Alumni Gathering
Save the date for the Denver Alumni Gathering on September 3.


Save the Date: Denver Alumni Gathering
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Greenberg Traurig, 1200 17th Street, Suite 2400, Denver, CO 80202

Please join us for a Denver, CO alumni gathering, hosted by David Goldberg ‘83 and Sarah Hensley Ware ‘08.

RSVP by Monday, August 31 to alums@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5240. 

Can’t make it to the event? Visit your virtual gathering place for the Denver Metro Area at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/denver.


Lectures & Conferences

Peter Fox-Penner
Peter Fox-Penner
Moving the Midwest Forward: The Benefits of Building a Low-Carbon Economy
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Conference: 12:30 p.m. ~ Networking Reception: 5:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

Please join us for this sustainability conference featuring keynote speaker Peter Fox-Penner from the Brattle Group. Panel topics include The Impact of the Economy on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plans, New Paradigms for the Midwestern Economy, and New Infrastructure and the Investment Landscape. A networking reception will follow the conference.

This program is sponsored at the Partner level by Foley & Lardner LLP and at the Associate level by the Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center and the Wanger Institute for Sustainability Research (WISER), both part of the Illinois Institute of Technology.

For more information and to register, visit www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/carbon.

CLE Opportunities

27th annual Federal Sector Labor Relations and Labor Law Conference
Thursday, September 17, 2009
8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

Chicago-Kent presents 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 “The Evolution of Collaboration – Where Do We Go From Here?”. Other topics will include: MSPB, EEO, FLRA, USERRA, the effective use of mediation, and diversity and intercultural Issues.

Attendees are eligible for 5.75 hours of MCLE credit including 1.25 hours of IL Professionalism credit. For more information and to register, visit www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cle.



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(l-r) Liz (Lienau) Staruck, Alex Harris and Jen Coleman had a class of 1995 mini-reunion at the Trial Advocacy Alumni Reception.

Past Event Highlights

Trial Advocacy Alumni Reception

On Thursday, June 18, alumni, students, coaches, and friends of the Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy team gathered for their annual dinner on the terrace of Pegasus restaurant in Greektown. The group celebrated Chicago-Kent’s third consecutive Midwest regional Championship. Photos from the event are available on the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/trialad09.

If you are a Trial Advocacy alumnus/a and were not able to attend the event, we invite you to visit your new virtual gathering place, the Trial Advocacy Group Page, part of your Alumni Online Community. Visit your page at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/trialadvocacy and click "join" to post comments, photos, links, videos, articles and more.

Please note: You must be logged in to the Alumni Online Community in order to access your group page. Not a member of the Community yet? Please click here to sign up.


Preventing Genocide: A Blueprint for U.S. Policymakers

On Monday, June 15, the law school hosted a panel discussion of the recently released report: Preventing Genocide: A Blueprint for U.S. Policymakers. This report, published by the Genocide Prevention Task Force, outlined concrete recommendations to enhance the U.S. government’s capacity to prevent and respond to emerging threats of genocide and mass atrocities.

Task Force members John Heffernan, Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Genocide Prevention Initiative, and Lawrence Woocher, Senior Program Officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace, discussed the report’s recommendations. Bartram S. Brown, Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law introduced the issue and speakers, while the discussion was moderated by former Ambassador David Scheffer, now a professor at Northwestern University School of Law.

The Genocide Prevention Task Force was jointly convened by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the United States Institute of Peace and The American Academy of Diplomacy and co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. This event was one of a series of public briefings being held around the country to educate the public about the Task Force and its recommendations. A copy of the report can be found at http:///www.usip.org.


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