In This Issue
News and Announcements
For the first time, a Chicago-Kent Black Law Student Association (BLSA) team participated in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition at the Midwest regional in Cincinnati in January. Students Mitzi Wilson (3L), Robert Patillo (2L), Melissa Knazze (2L), and Brandon Gibson (3L) were coached by Associate Judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County: Adjunct Professor the Hon. Israel A. Desierto ’90, Adjunct Professor the Hon. Maxwell Griffin, Jr., and the Hon. Donald R. Havis.
The Marshall Competition was instituted in March 2002 by the National Black Law Students Association. A total of eight teams participated in this year’s regional event. The top two teams will compete at the National Competition in Detroit in March.
The Hon. Maxwell Griffin, Jr. noted that “the students made a strong showing despite the fact that none had prior competition experience. Their talent, dedication and sacrifice made them a force to be reckoned with in the competition.” He added that Chicago-Kent plans to compete next year, and, with more experience, hopes to “advance to the National BLSA competition and continue the Chicago-Kent tradition of excellence in trial advocacy.”
The BLSA Mock Trial team was financially supported by SmithAmundsen LLC. Last year, the firm made a five-year commitment to support diversity initiatives at Chicago-Kent, which includes support for the team representing Chicago-Kent at the Thurgood Marshall National Mock Trial Competition. Since its inception in 1997, SmithAmundsen LLC has grown to approximately 120 attorneys, including more than 20 Chicago-Kent alumni, and has earned a reputation as one of Chicago’s premier litigation firms.
Photo at left: (Front, L-R) BLSA Mock Trial Team Members Mitzi Wilson, Melissa Knazze, Brandon Gibson and Robert Patillo. (Back, L-R) Director of the Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Program Judge David Erickson with Coaches Judge Maxwell Griffin Jr., Judge Donald R. Havis, and Judge Israel A. Desierto ’90.
Chicago-Kent professor Henry Perritt's organization, "Operation Kosovo," was profiled in the February 25th Chicago Tribune following the declaration of independence in that country. Operation Kosovo is an initiative started a decade ago to promote the rule of law, democracy, civil society and economic development in Kosovo. The Tribune noted that over the past 10 years, Professor Perrit has sent Chicago-Kent and IIT students to Kosovo “to work on various nation-building projects, from economic development, to helping war-crimes tribunals, to promoting local tourism." Read the full article at ChicagoTribune.com>>
Dean Hal Krent, Jill Roberts, and John Locallo '86
Photo courtesy of John Locallo and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
A third year Chicago-Kent student, Jill Roberts, was recently awarded a $3000 scholarship from the Illinois State Bar Foundation (ISBF). Dean Hal Krent and Alumni Board of Directors President John G. Locallo ‘86 presented Jill with the check last month. Jill’s award was a portion of $39,000 the ISBF awarded to students at 13 law schools in Illinois.
In addition to having a solid academic record, Jill is president of the Kent Justice Foundation and has volunteered with several Public Interest organizations across the city, including the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing and the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic. Following her graduation this spring, she will serve as a judicial law clerk for the Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review.
Students enrolled in the Seventh Circuit Review Honors Seminar during the fall 2007 semester wrote and edited the articles that appear in the latest issue of the Seventh Circuit Review. Visit the journal's Web site at www.kentlaw.edu/7cr to read the students' articles analyzing recent opinions published by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and to learn more about the online journal.
It is that time of year again – time to solicit class notes for the spring 2008 Chicago-Kent magazine. This year we are moving to an electronic submission process. If you have a class note update, please log on to our Online Community at http://alumni.kentlaw.edu to submit your class note or send an email to email@example.com.
Kent Justice Foundation’s Spring Auction
RSVP by March 24 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can help: Support KJF through an in-kind donation to the Auction. If you have spare sports tickets, a restaurant gift certificate, or a service you can provide (e.g. allowing a student to shadow you for a day), please contact email@example.com. Any donations are greatly appreciated.
Annual Intellectual Property Alumni Reception
The Intellectual Property Law Society, Office of Alumni Relations, and Career Services Office cordially invite you to attend the 2008 Chicago-Kent IP Alumni Reception. Come meet the current crop of students and reflect on your days as a student at Chicago-Kent. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 28, 2008.
2008 Public Interest Awards and Networking
RSVP to email@example.com or 312.906.5240.
Professor R. Polk Wagner
Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium:
“The Federal Circuit and the Doctrine of Equivalents."
The 2008 Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium presents Professor R. Polk Wagner, University of Pennsylvania Law School. He will discuss his paper, "The Federal Circuit and the Doctrine of Equivalents."
This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Chicago-Kent and Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Questions? Contact Patricia O’Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using Technology to Organize and Present
This seminar will illustrate how technology is used effectively to present information to juries and mediation panels, to manage complex litigation, to prepare and execute cross examination, and to assess feedback from focus group presentations. Attendees will see demonstrations of innovative technology in opening and closing argument presentations, direct examination of expert witnesses, and mediation presentations.
Attendees are eligible for 7.0 General Hours of MCLE Credit (including 1.0 Hour of Ethics Credit). For more information, including cost and registration, please visit www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cle.
Professor Josef Drexl
18th annual Henry Morris Lecture in International
and Comparative Law: Josef Drexl
Josef Drexl, Professor of Law, University of Munich, and Director
of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and
Tax Law in Munich, Germany will speak as the the 18th annual Henry Morris
Lecture in International and Comparative Law.
30th annual Piper Lecture: Corporate Self-Regulation and the Future of Workplace Governance
Professor Cynthia Estlund
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661
The Institute for Law and the Workplace presents the 30th annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture, "Corporate Self-Regulation and the Future of Workplace Governance."
Lecturer: Cynthia Estlund, Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Attendees are eligible for 1.5 General Hours of MCLE Credit. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cle.
The 2008 Dean’s Roundtable series kicked off on February 20 with Cary S. Glenner ’81. Glenner is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Tucker Development Corporation, one of Chicago’s premier mixed-use and retail real estate developers. He also currently serves as President of the City of Highland Park Zoning Board of Appeals.
The Roundtable program was introduced by Dean Hal Krent to allow for student interaction with alumni in an informal lunch setting. It highlights alumni who utilize their legal education in careers outside the legal profession.
Ron Staudt and M. Catherine Richardson, Chair of the ABA's Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services.
Chicago-Kent's Center for Access to Justice & Technology (CAJT) was selected as the recipient of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 2008 Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access. The award honors those programs matching unmet legal needs of the middle class with lawyers who provide affordable legal services.
Chicago-Kent professor and center director Ron Staudt accepted the award at a luncheon co-sponsored by the National Conference of Bar Presidents and the National Association of Bar Executives on February 8 during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Los Angeles.
"We are delighted to receive this award. It recognizes the creative hard work of Chicago-Kent students who are using technology in new ways to make a great contribution to the delivery of legal services for low and moderate income people," said Professor Staudt.
Dean Hal Krent and Director of Alumni Relations Tara Anderson met with alumni in Los Angeles and San Diego on their recent trip to California. Scott Gautier ’97 and Kelly Frazier generously hosted a gathering for Los Angeles area alumni at their home in Manhattan Beach. In San Diego, alumni enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Currant American Brasserie in the historic Sofia Hotel. Thank you to all the alumni who came out to these events—we enjoyed catching up with you!
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