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

From the Dean

Moot Court Team Wins Nationals!

For the second consecutive year, a Chicago-Kent team has won the National Moot Court Competition, the largest appellate advocacy tournament in the U.S. Andrew Booth '09, Brody Dawson '09 and Betsy Gates '09 claimed the 2009 title after defeating the University of Pennsylvania Law School in the final round of the contest held February 2-5 in New York.

What’s more, we are the first law school to win back-to-back championships in the tournament, a testament to our outstanding competitors and our extraordinary moot court program. The team was coached by Professor Kent D. Streseman, Director of the law school’s Ilana Diamond Rovner Program in Appellate Advocacy.

Congratulations as well to our trial advocacy team for winning the Region 8 championship of the National Trial Competition for the third consecutive year. The winning team of Matthew Casey '09, Sulema Medrano '09 and Brian Wojcicki '09 defeated teams from Northwestern, University of Illinois, Notre Dame and Loyola University Chicago to prevail in the regional contest held February 6 - 8 in Chicago. Brian Wojcicki also received the regional competition’s best oral advocate award.

The trial team is coached by retired Illinois Appellate Court Justice David A. Erickson, attorney Margaret C. Firnstein '99 of Smith Amundsen, and David M. Lavin of the law firm of Field and Goldberg. The team will go on to defend Chicago-Kent’s national title March 26 to March 29 in Austin, TX, in an effort to become the first law school ever to win three straight national championships. 

In other news, I continue to enjoy meeting our extraordinary Chicago-Kent alumni around the country and throughout the world. I recently visited alumni in Houston, TX and look forward to upcoming trips to see alumni in Florida and Washington D.C. For those of you in the Chicago area, I encourage you to check out some of the great social events, lectures, and CLE opportunities at the law school this spring.

Sincerely,

Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

Chicago-Kent students Brody Dawson '09, Andrew Booth '09 and Betsy Gates '09 are the winners of the 59th annual National Moot Court Competition.

Students Brody Dawson '09, Andrew Booth '09 and Betsy Gates '09 are the winners of the 59th annual National Moot Court Competition.


In This Issue

News and Announcements

Apply to Serve on the 2009-2010 Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors: Deadline Extended!

Applications are available to volunteer for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors. The Alumni Board of Directors represents the Chicago-Kent alumni community by overseeing and supporting various programs and events. The Board is dedicated to the goal of strengthening bonds between the law school and its students and graduates, and serves as a voice for the Chicago-Kent alumni community.

lumni Board of Directors Application >>

If you are interested in applying or nominating a fellow alumnus/a, please return the application by Friday, March 6, 2009.  If you have questions, please contact Tara Anderson, Director of Alumni Relations at 312.906.5245 or tanderson@kentlaw.edu.


Support the Annual Fund

As a successful alumnus/a, now is a great opportunity to advance the value of your degree and Chicago-Kent’s standing in the legal community through supporting the annual fund by May 31, 2009. A gift at any level provides scholarship assistance, faculty research and program development.
Give online at: www.kentlaw.edu/give.


William N. Eskridge, Jr. is Chicago-Kent's 2009 Centennial Visitor

Yale Law School professor William N. Eskridge, Jr. has been named Chicago-Kent College of Law's Centennial Visitor for 2009. Professor Eskridge will deliver the 2009 Centennial Lecture, "Administrative Constitutionalism," on Wednesday, March 4. Later this week on Friday, March 6, Professor Eskridge will participate in a forum on same-sex marriage at the law school.

William Eskridge, Jr. is the John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School where he has taught courses in constitutional law; legislation; sexuality, gender and the law; and theories of statutory interpretation. Prior to joining the Yale Law School faculty in 1998, he taught at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Professor Eskridge has defined the field of legislation—his many articles and casebook dominate the landscape. Almost all Chicago-Kent students learn from his casebook during their 1L year. Moreover, he has been active in gay rights issues, publishing a casebook, three monographs, and dozens of law review articles articulating a legal and political framework for proper state treatment of sexual and gender minorities. The historical materials in Professor Eskridge's book, Gaylaw: Challenging the Apartheid of the Closet, formed the basis for an amicus brief he drafted for the Cato Institute and for much of the U.S. Supreme Court's (and the dissenting opinion's) analysis in Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which invalidated consensual sodomy laws. His most recent book is Gay Marriage: For Better or For Worse (co-authored with Darren Spedale). Please click here for more information on the events featuring Professor Eskridge.


Kent Justice Foundation Auction: You Can Help

Each year, the Kent Justice Foundation (KJF), a Chicago-Kent student organization that promotes public interest law, encourages volunteerism and supports pro-bono work, holds a silent auction to support its summer fellowship program for students in public interest positions. This year’s Spring Auction will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2009.

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, taking a student out to lunch to discuss your career, networking opportunities), please contact kjf@kentlaw.edu. Any donations are greatly appreciated.


William E. Kovacic William E. Kovacic, FTC Chairman, will deliver the 2009 Commencement address.
Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission to Give 2009 Commencement Keynote Address

The 2009 Chicago-Kent College of Law Commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2009 at the Arie Crown Theater, McCormick Place. Federal Trade Commission Chairman, William E. Kovacic, will deliver the commencement address to the graduating class.

Kovacic was designated to serve as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on March 30, 2008. He also served as one of the FTC’s Commissioners from January 2006 until his appointment as Chairman.   

Prior to his time at the FTC, Kovacic was the E.K. Gubin Professor of Government Contracts Law at George Washington University Law School, where he began teaching in 1999. Since 1992, Kovacic has also served as an adviser on antitrust and consumer protection issues to the governments of Armenia, Benin, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Guyana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Panama, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1974 and received his J.D. from Columbia University in 1978. 

More than 340 students will receive JD and LLM degrees on May 17, 2009. If you would like to attend, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at commencement@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5240 by Monday, May 4, 2009 to request a ticket. 


Update your Contact Information Online

Want to update your new firm information, change your mailing address, or receive Alumni Association emails at a new address? The Alumni Online Community allows you to update your profile information easily and quickly at any hour of the day!

Keeping your information up to date allows your fellow alumni to find you more easily and is a great way to publicize your firm or business venture!

To make a profile update, log on to www.alumni.kentlaw.edu and click “My Account” in the right side navigation bar under “Member Tools.”

Not yet a part of the community?
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Save the Date

Social Events - Chicago

Environmental Law Society Alumni Speaker Panel and Reception
Thursday, March 5, 2009
5:00 p.m. Panel ~ 6:00 Reception
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Room C50, Chicago, IL 60661

The Chicago-Kent Environmental Law Society will host a panel on environmental and energy law opportunities and career paths. The event is geared toward students and young alumni, however all alumni are welcome. Panelist include Kavita Chopra '01, Attorney, Citizens Utility Board, Leo Dombrowski ‘90, Partner, Wildman, Harrold, Allen and Dixon, Catherine Garypie ‘91, Associate General Counsel, USEPA Region 5, and Steven Murawski ‘97, Partner, Baker and McKenzie.

RSVP to blamble@kentlaw.edu by Wednesday, March 4.


Intellectual Property Law Society Alumni Reception and Awards
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
5:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., 10th floor, Chicago, IL 60661

The Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) and the Alumni Association cordially invite you to join us for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the annual IPLS Alumni Reception and Awards. Chicago-Kent Professor, Graeme B. Dinwoodie, will be honored with the Distinguished Professor Award while Patrick Burns ’78, Partner at Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd., will receive this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

RSVP to ipls@kentlaw.edu by Friday, March 20.


East Asian Culture Night
Thursday, March 26, 2009
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., 10th Floor, Chicago, IL 60661

Join the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and the Chinese and American Society for Cultural and Legal Exchange for an evening of food and music from six East Asian countries. Alumni are invited to meet students and enjoy cultural performances and activities.

This event is free and open to the public.


Kent Justice Foundation Spring Auction
Thursday, April 2, 2009
4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

The Kent Justice Foundation (KJF) is a Chicago-Kent student organization that promotes public interest law, encourages volunteerism and supports pro-bono work. Each year, a silent auction is held to support KJF and their summer fellowship program for students in public interest positions. Please join us to support this worthy cause.

RSVP to kjf@kentlaw.edu by Tuesday, March 24.

Lincoln Trio
The ILH presents a concert by the Lincoln Trio in celebration of the 200th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln.


The Institute for Law & the Humanities Presents a Concert by the Lincoln Trio
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Reception: 5:30 p.m. ~ Concert: 6:30 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Auditorium, Chicago, IL 60661

The Chicago-Kent Institute for Law and the Humanities and the Alumni Association present the renowned Lincoln Trio, under the auspices of the Ravinia Festival, to perform an historic chamber music program in celebration of the Lincoln bicentennial. The program includes original music as well as works by Mendelssohn and Brahms. Guests are also invited to attend a pre-concert cocktail reception in the Chicago-Kent lobby beginning at 5:30.

RSVP to alums@kentlaw.edu or (312) 906-5240 by Friday, April 3.


Third Annual Diversity Networking Event
Monday, April 20, 2009
Panel: 5:00 p.m., Marovitz Courtroom
Networking Reception: 6:00 p.m., 10th Floor
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

The Alumni Association, along with the Asian-Pacific Islander Law Students, the Black Law Students, the Chicago-Kent Lambdas, the Hispanic-Latino Law Students, and the South Asian Law Students Associations, cordially invite you to attend a panel on diversity initiatives in the legal community. Following the panel, network with fellow alumni, friends and current students at a cocktail reception.

Click here to RSVP or call (312) 906-5240 by Thursday, April 16. 


2009 Public Interest Awards and Networking Reception
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
5:00 p.m. Awards, Networking Reception to Follow
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago, IL 60661

Please join us as we honor the 2009 Marovitz Public Interest Award recipients.

Click Here to RSVP by Friday, April 17.  For more information, visit www.kentlaw.edu/alumni/publicinterest.

Dean Krent will host an alumni gathering in Houston, Texas this month.
Dean Krent will host an alumni gathering in West Palm Beach, FL this month.


Social Events - Regional

East Coast Florida Alumni Gathering
Thursday, March 19, 2009
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Clematis Social, 223 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Join us for an alumni gathering in West Palm Beach with Dean Harold J. Krent.

RSVP by Monday, March 16 to alums@kentlaw.edu or (312) 906-5240.


Sixth Annual West Coast Florida Alumni Gathering
Saturday, March 21, 2009
12:00 p.m. Lunch
Polo Grill & Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

Michael Scodro
IL Solicitor General, Michael Scodro, will speak at the D.C. Alumni Dinner in April.

Hosted by Roy C. Palmer ‘62 and Susan Palmer.

RSVP by Monday, March 16 to alums@kentlaw.edu or (312) 906-5240.


Washington D.C. Alumni Dinner
Sunday, April 5, 2009
6:00 p.m. Cocktails ~ 7:00 p.m. Dinner
The University Club of Washington, D.C., 1135 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-4885

Please join Dean Harold J. Krent for an Alumni Dinner in Washington D.C. at the University Club, featuring special guest, Michael Scodro, Illinois Solicitor General and Chicago-Kent Professor.

Tickets are $50/person. Click here to RSVP online by Monday, March 30. Please note: business attire is required (no denim or athletic shoes please).

Lectures & Conferences
William N. Eskridge, Jr.
Centennial Visitor: Professor William N. Eskridge, Jr.

2009 Centennial Lecture: Administrative Constitutionalism, William Eskridge, Jr.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
3:00 p.m. Lecture, Reception to Follow
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Marovitz Courtroom, Chicago, IL 60661

William Eskridge, Jr. John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School, will speak on "Administrative Constitutionalism." 

RSVP to Insa Blanke at (312) 906-5003 or iblanke@kentlaw.edu.


Forum on Gay Marriage with Centennial Visitor, William Eskridge, Jr.
Friday, March 6, 2009
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Marovitz Courtroom, Chicago, IL 60661

William Eskridge, Jr. and Chicago-Kent Professor Katharine Baker will chair a panel on the legal issues surrounding gay marriage.

RSVP to Insa Blanke at (312) 906-5003 or iblanke@kentlaw.edu.


Why the Downturn May Be the Right Time to Start Your Own Law Firm
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

The Office of Career Services presents Carolyn Elefant, author of Solo By Choice, in a webcast on how to evaluate, prepare for, and launch a solo practice. This webcast tackles such topics as how you can prepare for solo practice and hit the ground running; how you can earn money even while your practice is getting underway; and how you can take advantage of online technology and Web 2.0 applications to start and run a law firm for virtually nothing.

To RSVP, please go to your Symplicity Career Management System account and click on the “Events” tab. If you do not have a Symplicity username and password, please e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu to obtain access.


Stand Out in Today’s Stagnant Economy: Career Services Workshop
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

The Office of Career Services will host Ari Kaplan, a lawyer and the author of The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career through Creative Networking and Business Development. Kaplan will discuss how lawyers can stand out in today's stagnant economy, including advice on how to build organic relationships, become involved in the community, and generate opportunities. Attendees will learn how to identify proven techniques for establishing a strong reputation, engaging in dynamic networking and honing their potential for business/career development. Click here for more program information.  

To RSVP, please go to your Symplicity Career Management System account and click on the “Events” tab.  If you do not have a Symplicity username and password, please e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu to obtain access.

John Rowe
John Rowe, IIT Trustee, will particpate in a panel discussion on America's energy sector.


The New Climate for Confronting Climate: The Energy Sector and an Agenda for Change
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago, IL 60661

Join us for a panel discussion on the government's involvement in modernizing America's energy resources in an era of climate change. Panelists include Carrie Hightman, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, NiSource, Inc. and John Rowe, Chairman and CEO, Exelon and Trustee of the Illinois Institute of Technology.

This event is free and open to the public.


Chicago IP Colloquium Speaker: Professor Lisa Ramsey
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
4:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St. Room 305, Chicago, IL 60661

Professor Lisa Ramsey, University of San Diego School of Law, will speak on her paper, “Free Speech and International Obligations to Protect Trademarks.”

This event is free and open to the public. The Chicago IP Colloquium is cosponsored by Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Please visit the Colloquium’s website for more information on the speaker series.

CLE Opportunities
Piper Lecturer: 
Richard B. Freeman
Piper Lecturer:
Richard B. Freeman

31st Annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture: Why Market Fundamentalism Failed
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago, IL 60661

Richard B. Freeman, Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics, Harvard University, will speak on “Return of the Public: Why Market Fundamentalism Failed and What Labor Can Do about It to Save the World.”

Attendees are eligible for 1.25 hours of IL MCLE credit. For more information, visit www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cle. This event is free and open to the public.


How to Open a Law Office, Presented by the Chicago Bar Association
Friday, March 27, 2009: 8:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 28, 2009: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604

The Chicago Bar Association will sponsor a systematic overview of the preparation necessary to launch a new practice. Get practical, organized guidelines for management and operational issues that impact the success or failure of a new office.

Attendees are eligible for 10.25 hours of IL MCLE credit including 5.0 hours of ethics credit (pending approval).For more information and to register, visit http://tinyurl.com/OpenLawFirm.This event is not sponsored by or affiliated with Chicago-Kent.

Morris Lecturer: Catherine Kessedjian
Morris Lecturer: Catherine Kessedjian


19th Annual Henry Morris Lecture: Uniformity v. Diversity in Law in a Global World
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago, IL 60661

Catherine Kessedjian, Professor, University of Paris II, France, will speak on “Uniformity v. Diversity in Law in a Global World: Examples in Commercial & Procedural Law."

Attendees are eligible for 1.0 hour of IL MCLE credit. For more information, visit www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cle. This event is free and open to the public.


26th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference
Thursday, April 23, 2009
8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

Liability arising out of §1983 presents a continuing challenge for all municipal lawyers, private practitioners, and litigators who try cases in this dynamic area. Keeping up with this ever-changing environment is critical. Presented by eminent legal scholars and leading practitioners for municipal and state attorneys, plaintiffs' attorneys and criminal defense attorneys, you will learn both the fundamentals and more advanced aspects of §1983 practice and trial skills, and analyze the latest judicial decisions.

Attendees are eligible for 11.0 hours of MCLE Credit, including 1.0 hour of ethics credit. For more information and to register, visit www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cle.


28th Annual Federal Tax Institute
Thursday, April 30, 2009: 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Friday, May 1, 2009: 8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

Nationally recognized tax advisors provide a comprehensive update at an advanced level of discussion on recent developments and their impact on tax planning, compliance and controversy techniques.

Attendees are eligible for 10.0 hours of MCLE Credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics credit. For more information and to register, visit www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cle.

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Houston Alumni: Christy Brown ‘03, Lawrence Hanson ’86, and Yvonne Hilst ‘94.

Past Event Highlights

Houston Alumni Gathering

Dean Harold J. Krent hosted a dinner for Chicago-Kent alumni in Houston, TX on Thursday, February 26, 2009. Nearly 20 Chicago-Kent alumni and friends gathered at Piatto Ristorante Galleria to discuss all the changes taking place at the law school and to meet fellow alumni in the area.

More photos from the event are available on the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/houston.

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