skills programs have long played a central role in
our curriculum. I have conveyed my belief to many
of you that the innovative programs – legal
writing, trial and appellate advocacy, clinic, and
externships -- prepare students for the practice of
law perhaps better than at any other school in the
nation. We recently received external validation of
our commitment to skills training.
students Joshua Jones (2L) and Keya Rajput
(3L) won the 32nd annual National Trial Competition
after defeating six nationally ranked trial teams
during the final rounds of the contest held March
29 to 31 in Houston. The students benefited greatly
from the dedication of Trial Advocacy coaches Appellate
Court Justice Warren D. Wolfson, Judge David
A. Erickson, Margaret Firnstein ’99
and Nicholas A. Caputo ’01.
Moreover, the Chicago-Kent Moot Court team
of Joanna Brinkman (2L), Brian Koppen (3L),
and Rachel Moran (2L) advanced to the final
four in the ABA's National Appellate Advocacy Competition
out of an original pool of almost 200 teams. In addition,
moot court teams this season earned three Best Brief
awards, no doubt due in part to our justly famed legal
writing program. Congratulations to Professor Kent
Streseman for leading the students in such an
students, and professors gathered on Thursday, April
19 at Chicago-Kent for celebratory cocktails and hors
d’oeuvres to commemorate the recent successes
of both teams.
another example of Chicago-Kent’s fine skills
training, Kevin Case ‘06 was named a
Burton Award Winner. The Burton Awards were
established in 1999 to reward effective legal writing
by partners in law firms and law school students.
Each law school is permitted one nominee, and the
fifteen top student-written articles across the nation
are honored. Chicago-Kent nominated Kevin’s
note “Lewd and Immoral: Nude Dancing, Sexual
Expression, and the First Amendment,” which
appeared in volume 81 of the C-K Law Review. Kevin
is presently clerking for a federal district court
judge. He and other Burton Award winners will be honored
at a ceremony at the Library of Congress in June.
You may read Kevin’s winning article here. Congratulations
to Kevin Case ’06 for being named a 2007 Burton
wish you well and look forward to seeing you at upcoming
Dean and Professor of Law
Class of 2007 Commencement – Sunday, May 20th
year’s Commencement will take place at the Arie
Crown Theatre, McCormick Place on Sunday, May 20th
at 2:00 p.m.
invite all alumni to join us at Commencement to hear
this year’s keynote speaker, Justice Anne
M. Burke '83, as well as to recognize retiring
IIT President Lew Collens and his extraordinary
33 years of leadership at the helm both of IIT and
are invited to attend commencement at no charge. If
you are interested in attending, please email the
office of Alumni Relations at email@example.com
or call (312) 906-5240. Additional information about
parking and location can be found here.
for Law and the Workplace annual Reception
and friends of Chicago-Kent convened on April 18th
for the Institute for Law and the Workplace’s
annual reception. The event celebrated ILW’s
role as a national center for research, training,
dialogue, and reflection on the law that governs the
workplace. Professor Martin H. Malin, Director
for the ILW, spoke, along with Alumnus Phil Strzalka
’98, and current students Tami Lee (3L)
and Bhairav Radia (3L). The institute was created
at Chicago-Kent in 1996 to pool the resources of leading
academic scholars and the practicing professional
community to train students and professionals, monitor
policies and trends, and reflect upon issues confronting
the labor and employment law community in a neutral
here for pictures from the ILW reception.
Office of Alumni Relations teamed with the Black
Law Students, Hispanic-Latino Law Students,
the South Asian Law Students and the Asian-Pacific
Islander Law Students Associations on Friday,
April 13 to create a networking event encouraging
members of these student organizations to meet with
alumni and friends of Chicago-Kent. Students and Alumni
enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in Chicago-Kent’s
elegant 10th floor event room, overlooking the Chicago
skyline at sunset. Students and Alumni made connections
and discussed the many initiatives they are involved
in to promote diversity in the legal profession. The
reception followed a $50,000
gift in January of 2007 from SmithAmundsen LLC
to support diversity initiatives at Chicago-Kent.
Support Chicago-Kent this Year
consider making a tax deductible gift to Chicago-Kent
before May 31, the end of our 2007 fiscal year. Support
the program of your choice by making a gift
online or mailing your donation with the brochure
you recently received in the mail. Our goal is to
increase alumni participation for 2007 to 15% of our
the Ralph Brill Chair
More than 350 alumni, friends and colleagues have
shown their support for Professor Ralph Brill and
our effort to establish Chicago-Kent’s very
first endowed chair. We have raised more than $1 million
toward our $1.5 million goal. Please join the effort
to honor Ralph’s 45 years of devoted service
to Chicago-Kent and his students by making a gift
to the Brill
the Senior Partner Council
By making a gift of $1,000 or more to Chicago-Kent,
you will join the Senior Partner Council. (Alumni
who have graduated in the past 10 years can join the
Council by making a $500 gift.) Members of the Senior
Partner Council are recognized in our Honor Roll of
Donors and receive special event invitations and communications
from the Law School on a preferred basis.
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by visiting the Chicago-Kent
annual Federal Tax Institute
& Friday, May 3rd-4th
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Chicago-Kent College of Law - Governor Richard B.
recognized tax experts present a comprehensive, practical
update on this year's newsworthy tax developments
and their impact on tax planning, compliance and controversy
techniques. For more information and to register,
Owns Your Body? Legal and Social Issues in Michael
Monday, May 21
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Chicago-Kent College of Law - Governor Richard B.
a world in which institutions can patent genes found
naturally in your body, researchers have financial
incentives to undertake certain types of research,
bodies donated to medical schools for research can
end up in the black market for organ donation, and
physicians can claim ownership to tissue taken from
your body, what can we do about it? Patents on human
genes, disputes over the body, the commercialization
of academic science, and conflicts in biomedical research
raise important legal, ethical and social issues.
This conference, sponsored by the Institute for Science,
Law and Technology at the Illinois Institute for Technology,
will discuss current laws, proposed legislation, and
other policy solutions to address these issues.
Michael Crichton to speak at 4:00 p.m. Reception
The conference is open to the public and is free but
registration is requested. For attorneys seeking CLE
credit (4 hours), a $20 fee applies. Visit www.whoownsyourbody.org
for a full agenda and to register.
For more information about the event, please contact
Jill Craig at email@example.com
annual Conference on Not-For-Profit Organizations
Friday, June 8
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Chicago-Kent College of Law - Governor Richard B.
one-day seminar is designed for experienced attorneys,
accountants, not-for-profit executives, and board
members. The conference features a comprehensive program
on the most current developments in taxation, legislation
and regulation on non-profits presented by leading
experts in the area. For more information and to register,
Andrews is Coming to a City Near You
Professor Lori Andrews will be visiting several cities
in the coming weeks as she tours to promote her new
book, The Silent Assassin. Special Alumni Events will
be held in the following cities:
31, 2007 - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Kate’s Mystery Books
2211 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140
12 , 2007 - 7:00 pm
Partners in Crime
44 Greenwich Avenue
New York, New York 10011
. . .
from the Career Center
. . . .
the New Alumni Advisory Network
when you were a law student, wondering what it was
going to be like to actually practice law someday?
Remember trying to figure out what different areas
of law are really like? Or, perhaps you were thinking
of an alternative career? Whether you practice law
or have taken your career in a different direction,
your professional experience can be an invaluable
resource for Chicago-Kent students, as well as alumni
seeking a lateral move or career change. In an effort
to foster the sharing of information among alumni
and students, we have moved our Alumni Advisor Network
to a secure, searchable database on our on-line Symplicity
career management system. This database can be used
to seek the advice of volunteer advisors about practice
areas, networking, and job search strategies.
of the Career Services Office most valuable and utilized
career resources is the Alumni Advisor Network. Many
alumni wonder how they can give back to the Law School.
Becoming an Alumni Advisor is an excellent way to
do so. As an Alumni Advisor, all you have to do is
agree to make your contact information available to
students who may want to ask you career-related questions.
In doing this, you will not only help C-K law students
and recent graduates in their professional development,
you will also stay connected to the Law School, its
students, and alumni.
hope you will consider joining the hundreds of other
alums who previously signed up for the Alumni Advisor
Network. If you previously signed up as an Alumni
Advisor, we ask that you please submit your current
information into the new Symplicity system. Please
visit the career
services office Web site.
questions regarding this service can be emailed to
McQuillen, Director of Career Services.
Attorney Resume Book
you a new grad seeking a temporary position while
you search for a full-time an entry level position?
Are you a more seasoned attorney seeking a temporary
arrangement while in transition between legal jobs?
Are you someone looking to transition to an alternative
career but seeking temporary legal work to produce
income while making this transition? Or are you an
employer seeking temporary help?
the past several years many legal employers have begun
to routinely hire “contract” attorneys
to help with large complex cases and many lawyers
have turned to these types of positions for a variety
of reasons. Through Chicago-Kent’s Symplicity
career management system, Chicago-Kent alumni who
find themselves interested in pursuing contract work
can add their resume to an on-line password protected
Contract Attorney Resume Book which is searchable
by employers looking to fill a short-term or temporary
need. Individuals interested in submitting a resume
will “opt in” to the resume book. They
may remove themselves from the database at any time
by simply deleting their entry in the book. Upon request,
employers will be provided a password which will enable
them to search the Contract Attorney Resume Book by
practice area and other criteria. Employers will have
access to the book beginning June 1, 2007.
interested in submitting their resume to the Contract
Attorney Resume Book should follow the instructions
provided on the CSO
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