Chicago-Kent Alumni Association The E-Brief

MARCH 2013

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125th Anniversary Gala
In This Issue

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • From the Dean: A landmark event...
  • 125th Anniversary Gala is Largest Alumni Event in IIT History
  • Gov. Quinn Designates Feb. 23, 2013 as Chicago-Kent Day in Illinois
  • Nominations Open for 125 Alumni of Distinction
  • Share Your Memories with the 125th Anniversary Blog
  • Host a group of students for ConneKtions @ Dinner
  • SBA Creates Model for Social Media Initiatives
  • Become an Alumni Ambassador
  • Donate to the Kent Justice Foundaiton Auction
  • Mentor an Intellectual Property Student
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • C-K in the City
  • C-K on the Road
  • Professional Development & CLE
PAST EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Natashia Holmes

ALUMNI PROFILE
Natashia L. Holmes '11


Natashia L. Holmes was recently named alderman for the Seventh Ward of Chicago. A 2011 Chicago-Kent graduate, Holmes is a career expert in policy development, data analysis and project management and logistics. She began her professional career with the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference and later served as a senior official at the Illinois Department of Transportation working to foster coordination between transit and rail programs.

As a student, Natashia was active in the Environmental Law Society and the Black Law Students Association.

From the Dean

Dean Harold J. Krent
 
A landmark event...

I am still catching my breath after the 125th Anniversary Gala last Saturday, February 23 at Union Station. More than 850 alumni, faculty, students and friends of Chicago-Kent came together for this landmark event - the largest in the school's storied history. Led by IIT President Emeritus Lewis M. Collens and the Honorable Anne M. Burke '83, the evening provided the perfect opportunity to reflect on our past, celebrate the present and look ahead to a promising future. Thank you to everyone who was part of this very special evening.

Saturday's gala was just the beginning of our year-long celebration of 125 years of distinctive legal education at Chicago-Kent. We have launched a 125th Anniversary Blog to allow you to share favorite stories and memories from your law school days. We will also be honoring 125 Alumni of Distinction throughout the year and at a special dinner next fall.

If you are in the Chicago area, I encourage you to stop by and see how the law school has changed over the years. And if you can't make it back to Chicago, I hope to see you at one of several alumni events we will be holding around the country. Indeed, I am looking forward to dinner this Sunday with a group of you in Washington, D.C.

Sincerely,

Harold J. Krent 
Dean and Professor of Law


News & Announcements

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125th Anniversary Gala is Largest Alumni Event in IIT History
With more than 850 Chicago-Kent alumni, faculty, students and friends in attendance, the 125th Anniversary Gala last Saturday, February 23 was the largest alumni event in the history of IIT. IIT President Emeritus Lewis M. Collens and the Honorable Anne M. Burke '83 kicked off the festivities, which included videos highlighting Chicago-Kent's past, present and future, a custom performance from Second City and a special 3D mapping presentation that brought the south end of the Great Hall to life.

Gov. Quinn Designates Feb. 23, 2013 as Chicago-Kent Day in Illinois
In a special proclamation, Governor Pat Quinn designated February 23, 2013 as IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Day in the State of Illinois and, in doing so, recognized the important role that the school has played in legal education across the state and nation. Read more...

Nominations Open for 125 Alumni of Distinction
Throughout 2013, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will celebrate 125 Years of Distinctive Legal Education. In recognition of our vibrant alumni community, we are collecting nominations for 125 Alumni of Distinction, alumni who are trailblazers, innovators, or outstanding examples of what graduates from Chicago-Kent can achieve. Nominate a classmate, colleague or alumni mentor today: www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/125nomination.

Share Your Memories with the 125th Anniversary Blog
The 125th Anniversary Blog is a great way to share your favorite stories and memories from your law school days with the Chicago-Kent community. Submit alumni memories and stories to be featured online at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/125stories.

Host a group of students for ConneKtions @ Dinner
ConneKtions @ Dinner is an opportunity for alumni in Chicago to host a small group of students at local restaurants or in their homes to build a stronger Chicago-Kent community. We are looking for alumni hosts for April 1-5. More details are available online. Sign up to be a host by March 11.

Student Bar Association Creates a 'Model for Social Media Initiative'
Chicago-Kent's Student Bar Association has been recognized by LexBlog's Kevin O'Keefe as having created a 'model for social media initiative' that other law schools should follow. The SBA has created a Social Media group that runs the organization's Twitter and Facebook accounts, which advertise student events, provide current information about job postings, share legal news, highlight student and alumni achievements, and highlight important speakers or conferences at Chicago-Kent. Read more...

Become an Alumni Ambassador
Help Chicago-Kent recruit the best and brightest law students by serving as an Alumni Ambassador. Alumni Ambassadors contact admitted students who haven’t confirmed their attendance to Chicago-Kent in the fall. Sign up by March 8. Read more...

Donate to the Kent Justice Foundation Auction
The Kent Justice Foundation's (KJF) annual spring auction raises money to support its fellowship program for public interest law students. Alumni are encouraged to make in-kind donations, including sports tickets, gift certificates, or services (allowing a student to shadow you for a day or taking a student out to lunch to discuss your career). Contact kjf@kentlaw.iit.edu for more information, and save the date for KJF's auction on Thursday, April 11.

Mentor an Intellectual Property Student
The Program in Intellectual Property Law invites interested alumni working in IP law to participate in IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's new mentor program for students interested in practicing in intellectual property. We started a pilot program in the Bay Area last year and hope to build on its successes this year. Under the program, we pair our students with alumni-mentors who provide general advice about how to do well in the job market for the summer and after law school. We will try to match students with mentors in the target practice and geographical area, if possible. If you are interested, please contact Erin Bauer at (312) 906-5241 or ebauer1@kentlaw.iit.edu, with your employer, area of practice and contact information.

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

IIT Young Alumni Social
Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 6:00-8:00 p.m. Headquarters Beercade, 950 W. Wolfram Street, Chicago, IL
More information

Legal Ladies Alumni-Student Networking Breakfast
Thursday, March 28 | 7:30-9:00 a.m.
565 W. Adams Street, 10th Floor
More information

State of the Black Chicago Voter Symposium and Banquet
Friday, March 29 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
565 W. Adams Street
Sponsored by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

Intellectual Property Law Society Alumni Reception
Thursday, April 4, 2013 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
565 W. Adams Street, 10th Floor
RSVP to alums@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture: Susan Herman
Thursday, April 11, 2013 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
565 W. Adams Street, Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom
More information

Save the Date: Kent Justice Foundation Auction
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Save the Date: Public Interest Awards Night
Thursday, April 25, 2013 | 5:00 p.m.

C-K on the Road

Washington DC Alumni Dinner
Sunday, March 3, 2013 | 6:00 pm
Sequoia, 300 K Street NW, Washington DC 20007
Cost: $50/person

IIT Arizona Alumni Gathering
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Taliesin West
12621 North Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ
More information

IIT New York City Young Alumni Social
Friday, March 22, 2013 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street
New York City, NY
More information

IIT Southern California Alumni Gathering
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
The Jonathan Club
545 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA
More information

IIT Washington, D.C. Alumni Gathering
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.
More information

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Professional Development & CLE


Adjudicating Luxury: Defining Mahogany Through the Courts
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Presented by the Institute for Law and the Humanities

12th annual Environmental Law Conference
March 7-8, 2013
Co-sponsored with the ISBA.
Eligible for up to 10.5 hours of IL MCLE credit, including 2.0 hours of ethics.

35th Annual Piper Lecture: Redistributing Health and Retirement Risks
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | 10:30-1:00 p.m.
Eligible for 1.0 hour of IL MCLE credit. 

E-Discovery Institute
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Eligible for 6.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.
Click here to register online.

Forum on Same-Sex Marriage & The Supreme Court
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States

CLE & Networking Series: Illinois Legislative Process
Thursday, March 28, 2013 | 3:30-5:35 p.m.
Eligible for 2.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.
Click here to register online.

Wine and Social Media: Prohibition, Power Politics & Consumer Choice
Tracy Genesen '88, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Monday, April 8, 2013 | 12:00-1:30 p.m.
More information

PatCon3: The 3rd annual Patent Conference
April 12-13, 2013
More information

CLE & Networking Series: Real Estate Law
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | 3:30-5:35 p.m.
Eligible for 2.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.
Registration available March 22.

30th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference
April 18-19, 2013
Eligible for 11 hours of IL MCLE credit.
Click here to register online.


Save the Date: 32nd annual Federal Tax Institute
May 2-3, 2013

Save the Date: 32nd annual Not-For-Profit Organizations Conference
June 6, 2013

Save the Date: Giving Ground, a CLE play by Prof. Hank Perritt
June 27-28, 2013

More events...


Past Event Highlights

Below are a few highlights from the 125th Anniversary Gala on February 23. Please visit the 125th Anniversary Gala website beginning March 11 for videos and additional photos of the evening.

3D Mapping


 
 
 

Peter Birnbaum

125th Gala Group
125th Gala Table


To see photos from all recent Alumni Association events, see our photo gallery



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