Chicago-Kent Alumni Association The E-Brief

June 2014

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In This Issue


  • New Facilities Improvements Underway at Chicago-Kent


  • Add Your Name to the Honor Roll
  • Attend the Law Review Publication Party on May 22
  • SSPI Seeks Alumnae Volunteers
  • Watch the 2014 Commencement Ceremonies Live
  • Palmer Prize Nominations


  • Elaine R. Levin '85


  • C-K in the City
  • C-K on the Road
  • Professional Development & CLE


  • Young Alumni Spring Social
  • James L. Morici, Jr. Corridor Dedication
  • Orange County Alumni Luncheon
  • Los Angeles. Alumni Gathering
  • 2014 Public Interest Awards
  • 2014 KJF Auction

From the Dean

Dean Harold J. Krent

New Facilities Improvements Underway at Chicago-Kent

This spring Chicago-Kent began a number of facilities improvement projects designed to improve the student experience and enhance the reputation of the law school.

On April 8, we dedicated the James L. Morici, Jr. Advocacy Corridor, a vibrant new space outside the first floor courtrooms, which, thanks to the generosity of its namesake, will now house trophy cases for our advocacy teams. With the tremendous success of both our Trial Advocacy and Moot Court teams experienced this year, Jim’s gift couldn’t have come at a better time.

This summer’s projects include renovations to open the outdoor patio space outside the 10th floor event room, and opening the Elaine R. Levin Student Lounge on the second floor. Students will now be able to enjoy stunning views of the city of Chicago as well as relax and study in comfort.

Jim and Elaine’s gifts are just two examples of how alumni support is vital to the growth of Chicago-Kent. I want to thank Jim, Elaine and more than # members of the alumni community who donated to Chicago-Kent this past fiscal year. Our robust and dedicated alumni community creates a truly bright and vibrant future for Chicago-Kent. I hope you all will take advantage of the numerous events taking place this summer including Alumni Gatherings in Washington DC and Denver on June 4 and 18th, the Trial Advocacy Reunion on June 11th and the last of our Alumni CLE Series on Ethics on June 19th to meet each other and stay engaged with us as we embark upon the 2014 school year.

Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

News & Announcements

Add Your Name to the Chicago-Kent Honor Roll of Alumni Donors

The Chicago-Kent Honor Roll of Alumni Donors recognizes all alumni who have made a gift to Chicago-Kent between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014. A current draft of the Honor Roll is available online. Add your name by making a gift by May 31, 2014. Thank you to all of our donors for their generous support!

Attend the Law Review Publication Party
on May 22
Attention Law Review alumni! Join us on Thursday, May 22 as we celebrate the publication of the 2013-2014 Chicago-Kent Law Review. Catch up with your fellow law review alumni, hear selected students give short talks about their articles, and congratulate this year's Law Review students for all their hard work! To RSVP, click here.

The Solo & Small Practice Incubator (SSPI) Seeks Alumnae Volunteers or Mentors
SSPI is currently seeking alumnae who are willing to provide guidance to newly admitted attorneys who seek to build a solo or small practice.  If you are interested in mentoring or speaking at one of our many workshops or trainings, please complete this short survey.  For more information on SSPI, contact Dawn Young at or go to

Watch the 2014 Commencement Ceremonies Live
The 2014 Chicago-Kent Commencement Ceremonies will be broadcast live from the UIC Forum on Sunday, May 18 at 2:30 p.m. Watch the event livestream at and welcome the Class of 2014 to the alumni community. For more information about commencement, click here.

Submit a Nomination for the 2014 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

Nominations of scholarly works are now being accepted for the Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize, a scholarly writing competition that honors an outstanding book or article on a topic exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.

To be eligible for nomination, the scholarly work must be in draft form or published within one year prior to the July 1 nomination deadline. Winners will receive a stipend of $10,000 and present their work at Chicago-Kent. For more information about nominations, click here.

John Guzzardo '04

John W. Guzzardo '04 is an associate with Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC in Chicago. John concentrates his practice in corporate reorganization and bankruptcy litigation where he represents debtors, creditors, committees, trustees and lenders. While at Chicago-Kent, John was a member of the Trial Advocacy team, the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

John was also an Honors Scholar at Chicago-Kent, and has enthusiastically supported the Honors Scholars as an alumnus. John is a member of the James Kent Loyalty Society, which recognizes those donors who have consistently given to the law school for five years or more, as well as the Senior Partner Council. Thank you, John!

Upcoming Events

All events take place at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661 unless otherwise noted. Please click on the event titles for more information and/or to register.

C-K in the City

Law Review Publication Party
Thursday, May 22, 2014 | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
10th Floor Event Room
For more information

C-K on the Road

IIT New York Alumni Gathering
Featuring Provost Alan Cramb
Thursday, May 8, 2014
|6:00 p.m.
140 Broadway (49th and 50th Floors)
New York, NY 10005
For more information

IIT DC Alumni Gathering
Saturday, May 10, 2014
|11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Gadsby Tavern

138 N. Royal Street
Alexandria, VA
For more information

IIT Chicago-Kent California Alumni Baseball Game - Oakland A's v. Los Angeles Angels
Saturday, May 31, 2014 |5:05-10:05 p.m. Coliseum
7000 Coliseum Way
Oakland, CA 94621

For more information

IIT Chicago-Kent DC Alumni Gathering
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
|6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Elephant & Castle Pub
900 19th St NW
Washington DC, 20006

For more information

Save the Date: IIT San Diego Alumni Gathering
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Save the Date: IIT Los Angeles Alumni Gathering
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Save the Date: IIT San Diego Alumni Gathering
Thursday, July 24, 2014


Professional Development & CLE

2014 Alumni CLE Series: Technology in the Courtroom
Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Governor Richard B. Ogilivie Auditorium & Front Lobby
Eligible for 2.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.
For more information

33rd annual Conference on Not-For-Profit Organizations
June 5, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium & Front Lobby
For more information

Hot Topics in Contemporary Labor Relations Conference
Friday, June 13, 2014
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
For more information

Save the Date: 5th annual Supreme Court IP Review
Friday, September 12, 2014
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
For more information

More events...

Past Event Highlights

Chicago-Kent April Alumni Events

April was a busy month at Chicago-Kent, both at home and on the road. We honored alumni whose lives and careers had been devoted to serving the public interest, and one alumnus in particular whose philanthropy brightened the halls of Chicago-Kent. We hosted fun social gatherings for our Southern California alumni and graduates within the past ten years. And finally, we came together at the KJF Auction to support the public interest students who gain real world experience in summer internships funded through the KJF Fellowships. Thank you to our wonderful alumni community for your support!

To see photos from all recent Alumni Association events, see our photo gallery

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