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

From the Dean

Thank You for Your
Continued Support
of Chicago-Kent

The end of the school year also signals the close of Chicago-Kent's fiscal year. Your financial support, especially through the Chicago-Kent Annual Fund, remains an important source of unrestricted funds for law school programs and operations as the economy continues its slow recovery. Our goal is to raise $250,000 for the Annual Fund before May 31, the end of the 2011 fiscal year. 

I am grateful to the 900+ alumni and friends who have so far contributed to Chicago-Kent this year, helping us to raise $234,000 toward the 2011 Annual Fund goal. If you are not among this group, I hope you will consider making a gift before May 31. Donations may be made online at or by calling the Office of Institutional Advancement at (312) 906-5243. Thank you for your support.


Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

In This Issue

News and Announcements

arrow Young Alumni Council sponsors team for Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon

The Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Council will be sponsoring a team for the 18th Annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon on Saturday, June 11.

The Serve-a-Thon is the largest day of community service in Chicago, where more than 60,000 volunteers help beautify Chicago schools by painting classrooms, murals, and adding painted activity lines to playgrounds, organizing libraries, and planting flowers. More than 30,000 Chicago students are impacted by the work done during the Serve-a-Thon.

Chicago Cares Serve-a-ThonTo sign up for the Chicago-Kent young alumni team (all ages are welcome!), visit: The time commitment is about 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and there is a $30 registration donation required to join the team. The volunteer registration deadline is Monday, June 6, or whenever capacity is reached (whichever comes first).

Email questions to


Arrow Prof. Ralph Brill: Celebrating 50 Years of Teaching

This year marks Professor Ralph Brill's 50th year of teaching at Chicago-Kent. To celebrate, the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association is collecting memories of Professor Brill from alumni, faculty, and colleagues at We invite you to comment on the site with your favorite story about Professor Brill, a fond memory, or well-wishes as Professor Brill and Chicago-Kent celebrate this significant milestone. Comments and photos can also be emailed to

Save the date for an evening to honor Professor Brill to be held on Thursday, July 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center. More information will be available in June.


Arrow Prof. Ron Staudt Wins Future Ed Contest with Apps for Justice
Chicago-Kent Professor Ron Staudt (left) and Marc Lauritsen, founder and president of Capstone Practice Systems at the 2011 Future Ed competition.
Chicago-Kent Prof. Ron Staudt (left) and Marc Lauritsen, founder and president of Capstone Practice Systems at the 2011 Future Ed competition.

Professor Ronald W. Staudt and a team of educators and entrepreneurs were recently honored at the “Future Ed: New Business Models for U.S. and Global Legal Education” conference held at New York Law School. Their project, titled "Apps for Justice: Learning Law by Creating Software," proposes new clinical courses in law schools that teach students about technology and substantive law by having them create software applications that do everything from helping practitioners "work smarter" to empowering pro se litigants and others to address their own problems and opportunities.

The project was created as part of a year-long "Future Ed" contest co-sponsored by New York Law School and Harvard Law School that sought innovative ideas to expand the scope of legal education, improve quality and reduce costs. Contestants were challenged to develop "operational alternatives to the traditional law school business model and to identify concrete steps for the implementation of new designs."

Receiving the most votes of the contest, Professor Staudt and his team received $10.5 million in "fictional funding" for their idea. The team partners included educators and professionals from Capstone Practice Systems, CALI, Columbia and Brigham Young.

"Now comes the hard work of raising real money to deliver Apps for Justice clinics at law schools other than Chicago-Kent and our few partners in this proposal," said Professor Staudt.

To read the full announcement, click here.

Arrow Latest Issue of Seventh Circuit Review Available

The latest issue of the Seventh Circuit Review, featuring articles analyzing recent decisions dealing with civil procedure, criminal procedure, environmental law, evidence, products liability, and First, Fourth and Second Amendment law, is now available at Student authors have also recorded audio synopses of their articles that are available as downloadable MP3 files.


Arrow LL.M. Reunion Reception

LL.M. Reunion Reception, May 19, 2011Graduates of the LL.M. program at Chicago-Kent are invited to return to the law school for a reunion reception.

Thursday, May 19, 2011
5:30-7:30 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Concourse level

Enjoy an evening of cocktails while you meet fellow LL.M. alumni, reconnect with former professors and enjoy being back on campus.

Register Now!


Arrow Trial Advocacy Season Summary and Trial Ad Alumni Dinner

Trial Advocacy Alumni DinnerChicago-Kent Trial Advocacy teams had an impressive season, capped off by Ryan Nolte '11 and Rachel Remke '12 placing second in the country at the National Trial Competition in Houston. For a list of season highlights, see below.

Trial advocacy alumni are invited to the annual Alumni Dinner, celebrating a culture of excellence in trial advocacy at Chicago-Kent.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Reception & Dinner ~ 5:30 p.m., Awards ~ 6:30 p.m.
Market Bar Chicago ~ Rooftop, 1113 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL 60607

RSVP to or (312) 906-5240 by Monday, June 6.

Season Highlights

April 2011
Contest: National Trial Competition Championship Rounds
Honors: National Best Advocate, Ryan Nolte ‘11;
National Finalists
March 2011
Contest: American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition
Honors: Regional Semi-Finalists
February 2011
Contest: National Trial Competition Regional
Honors: Regional Champions
December 2010
Contest: NBALSA Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition
Honors: Best Advocate, Marcell Taylor ‘12; Regional Champions
November 2010
Contest: Buffalo Niagara Invitational Mock Trial Tournament
Honors: Best Advocate, Ryan Nolte ‘11; Best Opening Statement, Karolina Zielinska ‘11
November 2010
Contest: ABA Labor and Employment Section Regional Competition
Honors: Regional Champions
October 2010
Contest: Stetson National Pre-Trial Competition
Honors: National Finalists
October 2010
Contest: Tournament of Champions
Honors: National Best Advocate, Joe Carlasare ‘12; National Champions

Many thanks to Judge Erickson and the numerous alumni coaches who coached the teams to another successful season!

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Save the Date

Social Events - Chicago

LL.M. Reunion Reception
Thursday, May 19, 2011
5:30-7:30 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Concourse level, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

Graduates of the masters of law (LL.M.) at Chicago-Kent are invited to return to the law school for a reunion reception.

Register Now!

Trial Advocacy Alumni Dinner
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Reception & Dinner ~ 5:30 p.m., Awards ~ 6:30 p.m.
Market Bar Chicago ~ Rooftop
1113 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL 60607

Please join us to celebrate a culture of excellence in trial advocacy at Chicago-Kent. RSVP to or (312) 906-5240 by Monday, June 6.

IIT Chicago Alumni Event: Guest Bartender Reception
Thursday, June 9, 2011
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Mid-America Club, 80th Floor, Aon Center, 200 E. Randolph Dr., Chicago, IL 60601

The Mid-America Club and Illinois Institute of Technology are pleased to invite you to a
reception featuring special IIT guest bartenders. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and 360 degree views of the city while supporting Illinois Institute of Technology. Advance registration is required - no walk-ins! RSVP to Lauren Shelby at or (312) 567-5030. Space is limited -- register now so you are not disappointed!

Young Alumni Council: Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon
Saturday, June 11, 2011
8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Members of the Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Council invite alumni to participate in the annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon by joining the YAC’s volunteer team. For more information, email

Save the Date: IIT Morton Arboretum Spring Family Event
Saturday, June 18, 2011
8:30-11:00 a.m.
Morton Arboretum, 4100 Lincoln Ave., Lisle, IL 60532

The IIT Alumni Association will be hosting a family day at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. More information will be available in June.

Save the Date: South Suburban Networking Event
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Watch for more details.

Chicago-Kent Night with the White SoxChicago-Kent Night with the White Sox: Alumni Pre-Game Gathering
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Pre-game Gathering: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
The Bog @ IIT, Hermann Hall, lower level, 3241 S. Federal St., Chicago, IL 60616
Cost: $10/person
Free parking for the event and the game is included.

Register Now!

The Bog is IIT’s campus pub and recreation center. The space includes a full-service bowling alley, pool and ping pong tables, an arcade with Wii and other gaming favorites, and bar and grill. Families are welcome.

Chicago-Kent Night with the White Sox
Thursday, July 7, 2011
7:10 p.m.
U.S. Cellular Field, 333 W. 35th St., Chicago, IL 60616

The White Sox are offering half-priced tickets to Chicago-Kent alumni and their family & friends to watch the Sox take on the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. To order tickets, visit

Alumni Night @ Wrigley FieldSave the Date - An Evening Celebrating 50 Years: Professor Ralph Brill’s Legacy at Chicago-Kent
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Reception ~ 5:30 p.m., Program ~ 7:00 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL

Submit your favorite Ralph Brill memories and stories at

Save the Date: North Suburban Networking Event
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Watch for more details.

Save the Date: Chicago-Kent Alumni Night @ Wrigley Field
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Pre-Game Gathering ~ 5:00 p.m. (includes dinner and drinks), Game ~ 7:05 p.m.
Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60613

Watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves! Tickets will be available starting July 11.

Save the Date: IIT Golden Reunion
Saturday, September 24, 2011
IIT Main Campus and Chicago-Kent College of Law

Chicago-Kent alumni from 1961 and prior are invited to the Golden Reunion at IIT, along with a special reception for Chicago-Kent graduates. More details available soon.


Social Events - Regional

Washington, DC Alumni DinnerWashington D.C.-area Alumni Dinner
Sunday, May 22, 2011
6:00 p.m. ~ Cocktails, 7:00 p.m. ~ Dinner
The University Club of Washington, D.C., 1135 Sixteenth St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Cost: $50/person

Please join us for a dinner at the University Club of Washington, D.C. for Chicago-Kent Supreme Court Bar applicants, alumni, and guests. Hosted by Dean Harold J. Krent, the dinner will feature special guest speaker Jerry Goldman, director of the Oyez Project. The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive for all audio recorded in the Supreme Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955, and is now headquartered at Chicago-Kent.

Business attire is required (no denim or athletic shoes).

RSVP by Monday, May 16.


CLE Opportunities
All conferences take place at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661.

30th annual Tax Institute30th annual Tax Institute
Thursday & Friday, May 19-20, 2011
Eligible for 9.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.

Designed for attorneys, accountants, corporate tax directors and staff, this Institute features nationally recognized tax advisors providing a comprehensive update on cutting-edge legal, legislative and policy developments and their impact on tax planning, compliance and controversy techniques.

Registration Fees: $455/person; $355/person for government/alumni; $30/luncheon ticket.

Click here to download the complete conference brochure, or visit to register online.

30th annual Conference on Not-For-Profit Organizations
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Eligible for 6.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.

This one-day seminar features a mid-to-advanced level of discussion for experienced attorneys, accountants, and not-for-profit executives, staff, and board members on the most recent developments in taxation, legislation and regulation affecting not-for-profit organizations in Illinois.

Registration Fees: $215/person until May 16; $245/person after May 16; $195/person for Chicago-Kent alumni. A $10/person discount is available to groups that register 3 or more at the same time (no group discount available with Chicago-Kent alumni rate).

Click here to download the complete conference brochure, or visit to register online.

Save the Date: 29th annual Federal Sector Labor Relations & Labor Law Conference
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Watch for more details at

3rd annual Financial Services Law Conference:
What's Going on Around Town in Futures and Derivatives?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Numerous current developments are affecting the regulation, trading and documentation of futures and OTC derivatives. The conference will provide an up-to-date analysis of the most recent legislative and regulatory developments and practical information you can use every day.

Registration Fees: $395/person until October 7; $435/person after October 7; $325/person for government/alumni.

Click here to download a flyer about the conference, or visit to register online.


Past Event Highlights

Arrow 4th Annual Public Interest Awards

Public Interest Awards Recipients

Pictured (L-R): Thomas Prindable ’73, recipient of the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award; Thomas Wendt ’02, recipient of the Hon. Marovitz Public Interest Law Award; Dean Harold J. Krent; Lisa Colpoys for Illinois Legal Aid Online, recipient of the Public Interest Partner Award; and Christopher Williams ’04, recipient of the Hon. Marovitz Public Interest Law Award.

See photos at
Arrow 2011 Bar and Gavel Inductees

Bar and Gavel inductees

Pictured (L-R): Back row - Emil Totonchi, Danielle Tucker, Mark Silverman, Mark Mazzone; Front row - Rohit Paul, William Lopez, Mariana Karampelas, Katie Jahnke, Jackie Hilderbrand, Michael Brandt.

Each year, Chicago-Kent's Student Bar Association inducts graduating students who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to the law school, the community and the legal profession, to the Bar & Gavel Society. Congratulations to this year's inductees!

Not pictured: Julie Levinson, Kathleen Opal.

Arrow 5th Annual Diversity Networking Reception

Diversity Networking Reception. 

Pictured (L-R): Lorenzo Valladolid '07, Hon. Izzy Desierto '80, Brandon Gibson '08, and J. Simone Johnson '08.

Pictured (L-R): Lorenzo Valladolid '07, Hon. Izzy Desierto '80, Brandon Gibson '08, and J. Simone Johnson '08.

Students and alumni gathered for the annual Diversity Networking Reception on April 6. Co-sponsored by APALSA, BLSA, the Chicago-Kent Lambdas, HLLSA, and SALSA, the event gave students a chance to meet alumni and network.

See photos at

Arrow IPLS Alumni Reception and Awards

IPLS Alumni Reception and Awards. Pictured (L-R): Michael Brandt '11, Bart Lazar '87, and Joe Janas '11.

Pictured (L-R): Michael Brandt '11, Bart Lazar '87, and Joe Janas '12.

The Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) presented their 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award to Bart Lazar '87 at their annual Alumni Reception and Awards event on April 26. See photos at


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