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MARCH 2012

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  • From the Dean: Contribute to the Success
    of Chicago-Kent
  • Apply to Serve on the Alumni Board of Directors
  • 2012 Commencement Speakers
  • Latest Issue of Seventh Circuit Review Available
  • Trial Advocacy and Moot Court Competition Updates
  • Submit your Class Notes
  • C-K in the City
  • C-K on the Road
  • Professional Development & CLE

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From the Dean
Dean Harold J. Krent

Contribute to the Success of Chicago-Kent

Our alumni community is full of dynamic leaders who help shape the future of the law school and the practice of law. We are continually grateful for alumni support — it is the cornerstone of our past achievements and future success.

Alumni are critical to two initiatives this spring. Over the years, more than 1,000 Chicago-Kent alumni have participated in trial advocacy or moot court teams. Chicago-Kent is well-known in these competition circles for having outstanding programs, excellent coaches and, most of all, talented students who bring accolades to our law school. Within the last ten days, we have won two moot court championships and our trial team triumphed at the regionals, qualifying the sixth straight year for the national championship.  

We invite you to be a part of that success by making a gift to support a major courtroom renovation project underway this year, including technology updates to the Abraham Lincoln Marovitz '25 Courtroom and the conversion of an existing classroom into a new practice courtroom space. This renovation is crucial to support the needs of our increasingly successful moot court and trial advocacy teams. To learn more about this project, click here, and read on for more tales of our students' successes in recent competitions.

The second opportunity is for alumni interested in serving on the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity to be involved with the law school and volunteer your time, expertise and guidance to support the Board's programs and events. For more information, visit

Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

News & Announcements

Apply to Serve on the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors
The Alumni Board of Directors is now accepting applications for three-year terms beginning in September 2012. The Board represents the Chicago-Kent alumni community by overseeing and supporting various programs and events. If you are interested in applying or nominating a fellow alumnus/a, please return the application by Monday, April 2, 2012.

National Trial Team Finalists
(L-R): Lindsay Gephardt '12, Erik Wilson '12 and Heather
Widell '12 prevailed in the 2012 National Trial Competition
Region 8 tournament in Chicago.
2012 Commencement Keynote Speakers
Laurel G. Bellows, president-elect at the American Bar Association and managing principal at The Bellows Law Group, P.C., and Her Royal Highness, Princess Bajrakityabha of Thailand will deliver keynote remarks at the 2012 Chicago-Kent Commencement. More information on the speakers will be available soon at
Latest Issue of Seventh Circuit Review Available
The latest issue of the Seventh Circuit Review is now available online at The articles in this issue analyze recent decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dealing with Bivens, international law, and legislative immunity.

Trial Advocacy and Moot Court Competition Updates
Chicago-Kent's trial advocacy and moot court teams have had a busy and successful competition season. Click on the links below for more information about recent competitions.
Submit your Class Notes for the Chicago-Kent Magazine
Have you changed jobs, welcomed a new baby, or volunteered in your community? The Chicago-Kent Alumni Association — and your classmates — want to know! Watch for an email from your class correspondent, and submit your class notes for the summer 2012 issue of Chicago-Kent Magazine at

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

State of Black Chicago: A panel presentation by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | 7:00 p.m.

Immigration & International Law Networking Soiree

Thursday, March 22, 2012 | 5:30 p.m.
RSVP by March 19.

Chicago-Kent Team for the Shamrock Shuffle 8K

Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 8:30 a.m.

Art & Cultural Law Society Gallery Night
Thursday, March 29, 2012 | 4:00-7:00 p.m.

IPLS Alumni Awards and Reception
Thursday, April 5, 2012 |  6:00 p.m.
Honoring Thomas J. Donovan '87, Barnes & Thornburg
RSVP by April 2.

Save the Date: Kent Justice Foundation Spring Auction
Thursday, April 5, 2012

6th Annual Diversity Networking Reception

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
RSVP by April 9.

ILW 15th Anniversary Reception
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.
RSVP by April 13.

Public Interest Awards Night
Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 5:00 p.m., reception follows
RSVP by April 23.

C-K on the Road

8th Annual West Coast Florida Alumni Gathering
Sunday, March 11, 2012 | Noon
Polo Grill & Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL
RSVP by March 8.
Hosted by Roy C. '62 and Susan M. Palmer

East Coast Florida Alumni Lunch

Monday, March 12, 2012 | Noon
Rack’s Downtown Eatery, 402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL
RSVP by March 8.

Miami Alumni Gathering
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Home of Jeffrey S. Weiner '74, Miami, FL
RSVP by March 8.

IIT Alumni Gathering in Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Featuring remarks by Dean Harold J. Krent
RSVP by March 13.

Alumni Lunch in Los Angeles
March 26, 2012 | Noon
DLA Piper (Century City), Los Angeles, CA
RSVP by March 23.
Hosted by Robert Weber '92

Alumni Gathering in Beverly Hills
March 26, 2012 | 7:00 p.m.
Home of the Myles '79 & Mitra Berman, Beverly Hills, CA
RSVP by March 23.
Hosted by the Berman's & Margaret Rosenthal '79
Space is limited.


Professional Development & CLE

34th annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Struck by Lightning:
When the Supreme Court Takes Your Case

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | 3:00 p.m.
Speakers: Fay Clayton '78 & James Koch '79
Sponsored by ISCOTUS

Benjamin Franklin Project Inaugural Lecture
Featuring Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Gordon Wood
Thursday, March 15, 2012 |  4:00 p.m.
The McCormick Tribune Campus Center Auditorium, IIT Main Campus, Chicago

CLE & Networking Series:
Marriage and Divorce: Planning for the Future
Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 3:30-5:35 p.m., reception follows

2012 Chicago IP Colloquium: "Trademarks vs Free Speech: ICANN and the New gTLD Process"
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | 4:00 p.m.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Regents Hall, 111 E. Pearson, Chicago

Conference on Internet Privacy
Friday, March 23, 2012 | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

2nd Annual Great Lakes Environmental Law Symposium
Friday, March 30, 2012 | 12:00-5:00 p.m.

29th annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference
Thursday, April 19-Friday, April 20, 2012 | 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

CLE & Networking Series: Practical Lawyering Skills

Thursday, April 19, 2012 | 3:30 p.m.-5:35 p.m., reception follows

"Outsourcing War and Peace": 2011 Palmer Prize in Civil Liberties Lecture
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | Noon-1:00 p.m.

More events...

Past Event Highlights

Young Alumni Social
More than 130 young alumni gathered at Public House for a young alumni winter social on February 9. Many thanks to the Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Council for hosting the event!

See photos from the reception on Flickr.
Alumni Judges Reception
In celebration of new additions to Iustitiam Servaverunt, aka the "Judges Wall," alumni judges gathered for a special reception on February 27. Thanks to Hon. Brian Barrett '99 and Hon. Stuart Nudelman '72 for speaking at the program.

See photos from the reception on Flickr.
Young Alumni Social: (L-R): Patrick Kelly '07, Bill Cotter '07, and Michael LaMonica '07. 
Alumni Judges Reception: (L-R): Hon. Deborah Dooling '78, Hon. Bill Pileggi '76, and Hon. Thomas Allen '77.
Young Alumni Social
(L-R): Patrick Kelly '07, Bill Cotter '07, and Michael LaMonica '07.
Alumni Judges Reception
(L-R): Hon. Deborah Dooling '78, Hon. Bill Pileggi '76, and Hon. Thomas Allen '77.

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