In This Issue
News and Announcements
Thirty-five Chicago-Kent alumni were admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 6. The induction ceremony was conducted by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., who administered the oath to the group. Associate Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, David Souter, Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were also present.
Inductees, who graduated from Chicago-Kent between 1976 and 2003, came from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Organized by the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association, the swearing-in was the culmination of two days of activities in Washington, D.C. On the day before the ceremony, Dean Harold J. Krent, who served as movant for the inductees and has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, hosted a reception at the University Club for inductees, their families and guests, and Chicago-Kent alumni from the Washington, D.C., area. Chicago-Kent professor and Illinois Solicitor General Michael Scodro, who clerked for now-retired Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, shared his Supreme Court experiences with the group.
Immediately following the swearing-in ceremony on Monday, Chief Justice Roberts and Associate Justice Ginsburg joined the Chicago-Kent inductees and their guests at a breakfast reception.
Photos from the event at available on the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/supremecourt.For more information on this event and a full list of alumni newly inducted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, please click here.
Volume 4, issue 1, of the Seventh Circuit Review is now available online at www.kentlaw.edu/7cr. Articles include analysis of recent decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in the areas of antitrust law, appellate procedure, bankruptcy law, civil rights law, criminal law and First Amendment law.
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Chicago-Kent received a replica of a bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. The bust, “Prairie Lawyer, Master of Us All,” rendered by internationally recognized Lincoln sculptor John McClarey, depicts Abraham Lincoln during his years as a practicing member of the Illinois bar.
The bust is a fourteen-inch replica of the original bronze sculpture presented to the Illinois Supreme Court on January 12 of this year during a special session in Springfield. The ISBA commissioned McClarey’s work as a gift to the citizens of Illinois on behalf of its lawyers. The presentation was made April 7 at Chicago-Kent during an evening performance by the Lincoln Trio of classical works and composers who were prominent during Lincoln’s lifetime and new compositions inspired by the sixteenth president’s life and times.
Dean Harold J. Krent accepted the bust and certificate of authenticity on behalf of the law school from ISBA president Jack C. Carey and John G. Locallo ‘86, ISBA third-vice president and president of the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors. “Prairie Lawyer,” which portrays a thoughtful Lincoln with his chin resting in his hand, will be displayed in Chicago-Kent’s library.
The law school also has items of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia from the extensive collection of the late U.S. District Court Senior Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz ‘25. The artifacts are in the foyer of the Chicago-Kent’s state-of-the-art courtroom that bears his name. “Judge Abe,” as he was affectionately called, died in 2001 at the age of 95.
Chicago-Area Hilton Hotels, including the Drake Hotel and the Palmer House are offering 20% discounts on rooms for all Chicago-Kent Alumni from now through the end of 2009. Whether you're coming into town for a Chicago-Kent event or business meeting, or just want to spend a romantic evening downtown, we hope you find a way to enjoy this benefit. For more information, visit www.hiltonfamilychicago.com/school/.
2009 Commencement Ceremony
Please join us for the 2009 commencement ceremony, featuring keynote speaker, FTC Commissioner, William E. Kovacic. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.
Watch the White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. On this special night, the White Sox are offering specially priced tickets to all Chicago-Kent alumni, students, faculty, staff, and their family and friends. Tickets regularly priced at $38 and $19 are available for $19 and $9.50.
To order tickets, click here to complete the payment form and submit to the Chicago White Sox by Friday, May 15. Please note that tickets are subject to availability and due to high demand, we encourage you to register as soon as possible.
Please join us for the annual Trial Advocacy Alumni reunion dinner and awards ceremony. Details forthcoming.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, June 15, 2009.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Harold Washington Library, Winter Garden, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Make a Senior Partner Council gift and secure your invitation for this year’s annual celebration. The Senior Partner Council includes supporters of leadership gifts of $1,000 or more annually ($500 for alumni from 2003 and later, public interest and/or government employees). This year invitees will enjoy an evening in the beautiful Winter Garden of the Harold Washington Library. Tour the exhibit Tall Man of Destiny: Images of Abraham Lincoln, and learn the inside scoop on Lincoln’s impact on American Law.
Benefits of Senior Partner Council membership include invitations to special events, special reports from the Dean, and recognition in the annual Dean's Report. For more information, contact David Thompson at email@example.com.
28th annual Conference on Not-For-Profit Organizations
This one-day seminar is designed for experienced attorneys, accountants, and not-for-profit executives, staff and board members. The conference features a comprehensive program at a mid-to-advanced level of discussion on most current developments in taxation, legislation and regulation of non-profits.
Past Event Highlights
On Tuesday, April 21, Chicago-Kent honored alumni and students who better our communities through their work and commitment to public interest law. Three outstanding alumni, Laura Kay Jelinek ’95, Cynthia Goldberg Leos ’02, and M. Katherine Roller ‘97, received the 2009 Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Award.
The event also featured a spotlight on the work of the Chicago-Kent Chapter of the Student Hurricane Network, and students in the Public Interest Law Program were honored for their work and commitment to public interest law.
Following the Awards ceremony, alumni and students socialized at a networking reception.
Photos from the event are available on the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/piawards09.
Chicago-Kent alumnus, Matt Lash ‘07, passed away in April 2008 after a long battle with cancer. Despite living with his disease throughout law school, he completed his JD, held an internship with the Detroit Tigers, volunteered in the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, was a class representative to the Student Bar Association, wrote for the Commentator, and volunteered with the American Cancer Society and other cancer organizations.
In honor of Matt’s extraordinary optimism and tenacity, as well as his love for Chicago-Kent, a memorial scholarship has been established in his name. The Matt Lash Scholarship Fund will provide financial assistance to Chicago-Kent students facing health challenges. Matt’s family, friends and classmates, including Laura Potter ‘07 and Ben Panter ‘06, organized a “Lash Bash” event last month to raise funds for the scholarship. Over 150 people attended the event, which included a silent auction, and generated over $8000 in the ongoing effort to fully fund the Matt Lash Scholarship.
If you would like to donate to the scholarship in Matt’s honor, please visit www.kentlaw.edu/give and select the “Matt Lash ‘07 Memorial Fund” from the drop down list.
On Monday, April 20, Chicago-Kent hosted the third annual Diversity Networking Event, which connected students, alumni, and friends for networking and discussion of diversity issues in the legal world.
The event was preceded by a panel entitled, The Importance of a Diverse Workforce in a Challenging Economy: The Impact on Law Students in 2009, moderated by David Mendelsohn ‘91, DLA Piper LLP (US). Panelists included Jason Brown, PepsiAmericas, Inc., Paul Chadha, Accenture LLP, and Christina L. Martini, DLA Piper LLP (US).Photos from the event are available on the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/diversity.
On April 9, the Chicago-Kent Chinese and American Society for Legal & Cultural Exchange hosted a panel of American attorneys who have practiced in China and Chinese attorneys who have practiced law in the U.S. for a comparative discussion.
Panelists included Ruth Guo ’06, Mayer Brown, LLP, Amber Liu ’08 and Thomas R. Stiebel, Jr., both with Quarles & Brady LLP, and Annie Wu, Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
A video of the panel is available online. Please click here to view this event.
The Chicago-Kent Alumni Association and the Society of Women in Law co-hosted a reception at the law school on April 15, bringing together current female Chicago-Kent students and Chicago-Kent alumnae.
Earlier this year, current law students were matched with alumnae mentors in the legal community. This event celebrated the culmination of that program while allowing current students and Chicago-Kent alumnae network and socialize.
Thank you to the alumnae who served as mentors this year! Next year’s Society of Women in Law Mentor Program will kick off in October 2009. If you are an alumna who is interested in participating, please keep your eyes open for an email in the early fall, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Photos from the event are available on the alumni online community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/wil.
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