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

From the Dean

Scholarships Matter

Why do we ask for your financial support? The short answer is, in light of our students’ need, we cannot do without it. We now provide almost $8 million in scholarships each year to ease debt load, yet the median Chicago-Kent student still graduates with nearly $100,000 in educational debt.  Pressure to provide more scholarships will only increase with time, and bluntly put, without scholarships, our law school cannot remain competitive.

We hope that, as your career blossoms, you can invest in the next generation of students at Chicago-Kent.  If you have not made a gift this fiscal year, I hope you will consider giving to one of our scholarship programs or our annual fund by May 31, 2008. Every gift, regardless of amount, will make a difference. To give online, visit

Thank you in advance for your generosity.


Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

Click to view more photos from the 2008 Public Interest Awards
Carolyn Thomas '96 (left) and Dean Harold J. Krent (right) present the Marovitz Public Interest awards to Jane McBride '95 (middle left) and Julie Sollinger '96 (middle right).

In This Issue

News and Announcements

Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to Deliver 2008 Commencement Address

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will deliver the keynote address at Chicago-Kent's 2008 commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18, at 2:00 p.m. Commencement will be held in the Arie Crown Theater at the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place.

In November 2002, Attorney General Madigan became the first woman elected to serve as the Illinois Attorney General, and one of only a handful of female state attorneys general in the country. Madigan was elected to a second term in November 2006. Before her election as attorney general, she served in the Illinois Senate from 1998 to 2002, and has also worked as a litigator for a Chicago law firm.

More than 300 students are expected to receive Juris Doctor degrees at this year’s Commencement ceremony, and approximately 75 Master of Laws degrees will be conferred. For more information about the commencement ceremony, please visit If you wish to attend, please RSVP to by May 9, 2008.

First Annual Public Interest Law Awards

On Tuesday, April 22, Chicago-Kent honored alumni and students who better our communities through their work and commitment to public interest law. Two outstanding alumni, Jane McBride ’95 and Julie G. Sollinger ’96, received the 2008 Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Award, presented by Carolyn L. Thomas ’96, member of the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors. Students in the Public Interest Law Program were also honored for their work and commitment to public interest law.

In addition, the law school announced its commitment to public interest law by launching a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), providing school loan repayment financial aid for alumni who take lower-paying public interest positions. Applications for the program will be available this fall, and more information can be found at

Photos from the event are available on the Alumni Online Community at

What Defines a Great Law School?

Center for Access to Justice & Technology Launches A2J Author 2.0

Chicago-Kent's Center for Access to Justice & Technology has announced the release of A2J Author™ 2.0, a unique software tool that empowers courts, legal services organizations, and educational institutions to provide low-income individuals who are not represented by attorneys with the tools to defend themselves in court.

The A2J Guided Interviews™ created with A2J Author™ remove many of the barriers faced by self-represented litigants, allowing them to easily complete court documents that are ready to be filed with the court. A2J is used in 22 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Ontario, Canada. A2J Author™ 2.0 is available at no charge on the A2J Author website to anyone using the software for non-commercial purposes.

Student Receives 2008 Mark Grinker Student Commitment Award

Joanna K. Brinkman, a third-year evening student, has been named the recipient of the 2008 Marc Grinker Student Commitment Award.

The award was created in memory of Professor Marc A. Grinker, a member of the Chicago-Kent faculty from 1990 until his death in 1996. Professor Grinker taught courses in legal writing, corporations, and securities law and served as the first director of the law school’s Appellate Advocacy Program. Under his leadership, the program won local, regional and national individual and interscholastic honors.

Each year members of Chicago-Kent’s Moot Court Honor Society nominate their peers who have shown dedication to the program. Brinkman, who serves as a senior associate of the Moot Court Honor Society, will receive $1,500 from the Grinker Scholarship Fund. She is expected to receive her Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent in 2009.

Brinkman is a member of the Chicago-Kent team that won the 58th annual National Moot Court Competition, the nation’s largest appellate advocacy competition, earlier this year. She also was a national semifinalist in the 2007 American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition, and her team received the Best Brief Award during the regional phase of that tournament.  In 2006, she was a finalist in the Charles Evans Hughes Oral Argument Competition and a semifinalist in the Ilana Diamond Rovner Appellate Advocacy Competition both intramural tournaments at Chicago-Kent.

Join the Career Advisor Network!

One of the Chicago-Kent’s most valuable resources is the Career Advisor Network. As a Career Advisor you are searchable in the Online Community by students and recent graduates who are looking for assistance on such on issues such as practice trends, legal markets in specific geographic areas, and other career related topics.

To become a Career Advisor, visit Click on “My Account,” choose the “Career Advising” tab, and check the indicated box.

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Save the Date

Social Events - Chicago

2008 Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 18, 2008
2:00 p.m. (Doors open at 1:00 p.m.)
Arie Crown Theatre, McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60616

Please join us for the 2008 commencement ceremony, featuring keynote speaker, Attorney General Lisa Madigan. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

RSVP to by May 9, 2008. (A ticket is required for entry.) For more information and directions visit

Celebrate the 2008 National Champions: Chicago-Kent’s Winning Moot Court and Trial Ad Teams
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Reception: 5:30 p.m. ~ Program: 6:30 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., 10th Floor, Chicago, IL 60661

Join us to celebrate being the first law school to win both the National Trial Competition and the National Moot Court Competition in the same year. Mike Stout, Executive Director of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), will be in attendance to present the monetary awards to the winning teams. For more information on the recent wins, visit

RSVP to by Monday, June 9, 2008.

Trial Advocacy Alumni Reunion Dinner
Thursday, June 26, 2008
5:30 p.m.
Rosebud Cafe, 1500 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607

Please join us for the annual Trial Advocacy Alumni reunion dinner and awards ceremony at Rosebud on Taylor Street.

RSVP to by Monday, June 23, 2008.


New Public Interest Loan Repayment Opportunities for Alumni
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
6:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Room C20 (lower level), Chicago, IL 60661

Michelle Vodenik, Public Interest Career Advisor and member of the LRAP Advisory Committee, will discuss the new Chicago-Kent Loan Repayment Assistance Program, the new federal College Cost Reduction Access Act, as well as other loan repayment opportunities offered by states, legal aid organizations and federal government employers that alumni with high debt and low salaries may benefit from learning about.

RSVP to by Monday, May 19 2008. If you are unable to attend, the program will be videotaped and available for viewing online through the Career Services Office video page.

CLE Opportunities

National Association of Women Lawyers Presents "Ready to On-Ramp?"
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Jenner & Block, 330 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60661

The National Association of Women Lawyers are sponsoring this event to assist attorneys who have taken time off to develop their personal strategy for re-entering the legal workplace. Panels will be led by Deborah Epstein Henry, Founder and President of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, and Carol Cohen, author of Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work

CLE Professionalism Credits have been applied for. For more information and to register, visit or call 312-988-6186.
This event is not affiliated with nor sponsored by Chicago-Kent.

Identifying Professional Responsibility Issues in Business Transactions
Friday, May 30, 2008
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

Attorneys representing new ventures and other organizational clients face several unique professional responsibility challenges. This program offers guidance to attorneys who must continually navigate gray areas of the Rules of Professional Conduct. Topics will include:

  • Identifying your client
  • Limiting the scope of your engagement
  • Providing non-legal advice
  • Spotting and managing potential conflicts
  • Assisting with suspect transactions
  • Acquiring an interest in your client  
  • Attendees are eligible for 2.0 hours of MCLE Credit. For more information and to register, visit

    27th Annual Conference on Not-for-Profit Organizations
    Friday, June 6, 2008
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

    This one-day seminar is designed for experienced attorneys, accountants, not-for-profit executives and staff, and board members. The conference features a comprehensive program at a mid-to-advanced level of discussion on the most current developments in taxation, legislation and regulation of non-profits.

    Attendees are eligible for 6.25 hours of MCLE Credit. For more information and to register, visit

    Hot Topics in Contemporary Labor Relations Law
    Thursday, June 19, 2008
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

    Chicago-Kent and the National Labor Relations Board will present an all day Continuing Legal Education seminar for practitioners working in Labor Law. Topics include rats, banners, cards, email and more! A unique feature of this conference will be the opportunity to discuss particular issues during "table talks" over lunch.

    Attendees are eligible for 7.0 hours of MCLE Credit, including 2.0 hours of ethics credit. For more information and to register, visit

    The Last Chance CLE: A Survey of Profession Conduct & Commercial Law
    Saturday, June 28, 2008
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

    Lawyers with last names A-M need to complete 20 IL-MCLE hours by June 30, 2008—Here's your last chance! Professor Michael Spak, one of America's favorite Bar Review lecturers will keep you interested (at least laughing) all day through his survey of Professional Conduct and Commercial Law. He'll even (try to) answer all your questions. Sit through it all, or any part that you need.

    Attendees are eligible for up to 12.0 hours of MCLE Credit, including 4.0 hours of professionalism credit. For more information and to register, visit

    Past Event Highlights

    Click here to view more photos from the Manic Monday event
    Sanjay Agrawala 03, Dean Harold J. Krent, Billy Dec 99, and Jason Gordon 06 enjoy a beer tasting and cocktail event at Billy's restaurant, Rockit Bar & Grill.
    Evening Law Student Society Hosts Alumni Speakers

    On April 21, 2008, the Chicago-Kent Evening Law Student Society hosted an alumni panel featuring Brian Barov ‘88, Dr. Kate Berezutskaya ’07, Dawn Rose ’07, and Angela Zeman ’03. Alumni discussed their experience as evening law students and the transition to a legal career. Thank you to the alumni who participated in this event.

    Manic Monday @ Rockit Bar & Grill

    More than 50 Chicago-Kent and IIT alumni mingled at “Manic Monday” on April 28, hosted by Billy Dec ’99, Tarek Fadel ’03, and Paul Miller ’02.  

    Alumni enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and a beer tasting at Billy’s River North restaurant, Rockit Bar & Grill.

    Photos from the event are available on the on the Alumni Online Community at

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