of our law school’s continued success is rooted
in the work and commitment of the faculty. Many of
you have commented to me how much you owe to the dedication
of our professors. Our professors are not only great
teachers: their reputation has fueled our continued
rise in the US News and World Report rankings, and
our IP program this year was ranked tops in the Midwest.
am pleased to introduce to you three professors new
to Chicago-Kent who should carry on the tradition
of faculty greatness. William Birdthistle received
his JD from Harvard, clerked for the Honorable Diarmuid
O’Scannlain of the Ninth Circuit, and practiced
law at a corporate firm in Boston for several years.
William’s scholarship and teaching interests
focus on regulation of the financial services industry.
Felice Batlan graduated magna cum laude from
Harvard and served as the Associate General Counsel
and Head of Global Compliance for a major investment
firm before earning a PhD in History from New York
University. Felice’s research and teaching interests
focus on securities, legal history, and feminism –
a unique combination, to say the least! Jeff Thomas
practices and teaches at the Chicago-Kent Law Offices,
where he focuses on legal matters common to start-up
companies. Professor Thomas gained experience representing
entrepreneurs and start-ups while working as an attorney
at law firms in Chicago and Silicon Valley. Professor
Thomas received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard
past month, many alumni and friends helped kickoff
the law school’s campaign to raise $1.5 million
to fund our first endowed chair. This chair will reflect
the increasing national prominence of our faculty,
and will be named in honor of Professor Ralph Brill
in recognition of his invaluable contributions to
Chicago-Kent over the past forty-five years. To view
photos from the event at Navy Pier’s Crystal
Gardens, visit The Ralph
Brill Chair online photo gallery.
as the end of the fiscal year approaches, please consider
making your gift to the Annual Fund. Gifts made before
May 31 will count for this year, and members of the
Senior Partner Council -- those who have given $1,000
or more in the last year to Chicago-Kent (or those
who have graduated since 1996 and have given $500
or more) -- will celebrate at a dinner and private
viewing of King Tut at The Field Museum on August
you for your continued involvement and connection
to this outstanding community.
Dean and Professor of Law
**Special Event this June**
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Brunch
Sunday, June 4
Brunch at McCormick and Schmick's
at 12:00 PM
Performance at 2:00 PM
Drury Lane Water Tower Place
$79.50 pp, inclusive of Brunch and Main Floor Seating
(face value $69.50)
Join us for the Tony Award-winning new musical comedy
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, where
six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen
by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood
themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and
that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.
Alumni and guests will meet at McCormick and Schmick's
on Wabash St., and then we will head over to Water
Tower Place for the 2:00 PM Performance.
For more information, or to make your reservation,
contact Barbara Matthopoulos at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at (312) 906-5245.
the Date to enjoy the King Tut exhibit at the Field
of the Senior Partner Council -- those who have given
$1,000 or more in the last year to Chicago-Kent (or
those who have graduated since 1996 who have given
$500 or more) -- will celebrate at a dinner and private
showing at the Field Museum on August 3, 2006. To
join the Senior Partner Council, click
you support Chicago-Kent this year?
is running out. Annual giving is very important to
the people and programs of Chicago-Kent. Alumni participation
really makes a difference. Please send your check
today to Institutional Advancement,
565 W. Adams, Suite 310, Chicago, IL 60610 or make
a gift on line at /depts/dev/give.php
. All gifts received on or before May 31 will count
for fiscal year 2006. Thank you in advance! Questions?
Contact Tanya Pietrkowski at email@example.com.
Ralph Brill Chair
than 150 alumni, friends and colleagues celebrated
with Professor Ralph Brill and his family at Navy
Pier on April 6. The event kicked off the law school’s
effort to fund its very first endowed chair which
will honor Ralph and his 45 years of teaching. Please
consider joining the Ralph Brill Gift Committee and
help us reach out to classmates and friends. Our goal
is $1.5 million. If each of Ralph’s 8,000 students
could make a gift, we could reach our goal in no time.
To join the Committee, contact Elizabeth Turley, firstname.lastname@example.org
or 312-906-5241. Make your online
June 22 – Trial Advocacy Alumni
Thursday, August 3
– Senior Partner Council event at The Field
Museum with a private viewing of King Tut
Wednesday, August 16
– Chicago White Sox vs.
Kansas City Royals– Annual Chicago-Kent Alumni
Baseball Outing at The Stadium Club, US Cellular Field
Thursday, November 16
– Annual Alumni Luncheon at University Club
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to Chicago-Kent alumni, we are now presenting
Union League Club's Authors Lunches.
Each month, the Union League Club hosts several
authors for a lunch and discussion on current,
popular books. This special offer to our alumni
is $25 per person, and is paid directly to Chicago-Kent,
inclusive of lunch, soft drinks, tea and coffee.
Reception begins at 11:30 AM, with lunch followed
at Noon. Plan on bringing a colleague or friend
and reserve your seats, today!
To review the calendar of recent authors who
have spoken, as well as those upcoming, click