As I hope you are aware, we recently kicked off an ambitious $1.5 million campaign to fund Chicago-Kent’s very first endowed chair to be named in honor of Professor Ralph Brill. (LINK) To date, we have raised an impressive $701,300 in gifts and pledges from 221 alumni and friends. We have made a very good start toward our goal, but we will need your help to finish.

In recent weeks, we have secured a $75,000 pledge from an alumnus to match any gifts or pledges made to the Brill Chair by alumni who have not supported Chicago-Kent in the past ten years. As the year-end approaches and you consider the various institutions to which you give, I hope Chicago-Kent and the Brill Chair will be among them. If you have not given recently to Chicago-Kent, your gift of $100 will result in a gift of $200 to the Brill Campaign. Please take advantage of this exciting opportunity.

To make a gift online, click here. If you have questions about the Campaign or making a gift, please contact Lisa Turley, or 312-906-5241. Look for our annual gift solicitation in the mail in the coming weeks.

We are also pleased to announce another wonderful launch, that of the new Alumni Online Community. This free Web site is all about networking. Request your username and password today and begin to enjoy the benefits of posting your own class notes, finding fellow alumni through the online directory, and posting comments on our discussion boards. Learn about Chicago-Kent news, catch up on past events in our photo gallery, and RSVP to future events on our new events calendar. Soon, the online community will also feature a Chicago-Kent gift shop, with unique gifts and apparel. To join the online community, send an e-mail with your Name, Address and Class Year to

Finally, this month we are hosting the 29th Annual Alumni Awards Luncheon on Thursday, November 16 at the University Club of Chicago. Read the News and Announcements section below for more details and how you can RSVP.

Thanks again for your continued support of our law school. I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.


Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law


**Upcoming Chicago-Kent Out-of-Town Events**

2006 Los Angeles Area Alumni Starlight Reception
Monday, November 13
7:00 PM

Dean Harold J. Krent and the Chicago-Kent College of Law Office of Institutional Advancement cordially invite you to attend the Alumni Starlight Reception, hosted at the home of Scott Gautier ’97 and Kelly Frazier in Manhattan Beach, California. Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Please RSVP by November 3.

By telephone: 312-906-5240

2006 Phoenix Area Alumni Gathering
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
6:00 PM

The Royal Palms Resort and Spa
5200 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ

$20 per person

Please RSVP by November 3 via e-mail at, or for more information, contact Elizabeth Turley at 312-906-5241.

Eugenics & Emerging Technologies: Bioethics in the Shadow of Auschwitz?

Friday, November 10
National Press Club
Washington, D.C.

Emerging technologies promise to correct all that ails humankind and even boast the possibility of enhancing human abilities. But when do such “corrections” and “enhancements” – even with the best intentions – become eugenic? What roles do lessons from the past and key concerns of bioethics play in this Brave New World? And, even before such interventions become possible, we confront the “passive” issues of our fast-expanding genetic information – from who gets to access it to how it should be used.

To address these issues, the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future (IBHF) at Chicago-Kent is hosting a free conference that brings together some of the key voices in our discussion of the technology of the 21st century:

To RSVP or for more information, contact
Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future
Phone: 312.906.5337

29th Annual Alumni Awards Luncheon
Thursday, November 16
University Club of Chicago

11:30 AM – Reception
12:00 PM – Luncheon

$50 per person
$40 for members of the Classes of 2001 – 2005
$20 for members of the Class of 2006

The Alumni Board of Directors invites you to attend this year’s Alumni Awards Luncheon. The annual event recognizes the accomplishments of our alumni and friends, with proceeds benefiting the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board Scholarship Fund.
To learn more about the luncheon, as well as our sponsorship opportunities, visit us on the Alumni Luncheon Web site.

ILS Speaker: Ms. Carlina Tapia-Ruano, President of AILA

Tuesday, November 28
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL

Room 580

The International Law Society presents Ms. Carlina Tapia-Ruano, President of the American Immigration Law Association. Ms. Tapia-Ruano is an associate with Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. as well as an Adjunct Faculty Member of Chicago-Kent. Food and drinks will be served.

For more information, contact Elena Gottreich,

Continuing Legal & Professional Education presents the 22nd annual Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Program

Friday, December 1
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

This intensive, interactive one-day seminar is designed for lawyers whose practice involves labor law, local government law or school law; for state and local government and public education officials, administrators and labor relations officers; for union officials, business agents and uniserv directors; and for arbitrators and mediators.

For more information, visit:


Chicago-Kent hosts Guantanamo National Teach-In

On October 5, law schools, colleges, and universities around the country participated in a national teach-in examining the legal issues raised by the detentions at Guantanamo Bay. Faculty, students and staff participated in the teach-in, which included several sessions broadcast nationally over the Internet, and included local panels hosted here at Chicago-Kent.

Local speakers included Dean Harold J. Krent and Chicago-Kent Professors Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Sheldon Nahmod, Bartram Brown, and Mark Rosen.

Guantanamo, the Supreme Court and the Rule of Law –
Professor Neal Katyal addressed Chicago-Kent’s students and faculty

Professor Neal Katyal of Georgetown University Law Center visited Chicago-Kent in October to discuss his role as attorney for the plaintiff in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. On June 29, 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that the Bush administration’s military commissions formed to try Guantanamo Bay detainees violated both international and American military law. Over 200 students and faculty attended the program, sponsored by Chicago-Kent’s Institute for Law and the Humanities.


Announcing the inaugural issue of the Seventh Circuit Review

Students enrolled in the Seventh Circuit Review Honors Seminar during the spring 2006 semester wrote and edited the articles that appear in the first issue of Chicago-Kent's new online journal, the SEVENTH CIRCUIT REVIEW. Visit the journal's Web site at to read the students' articles analyzing recent opinions published by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Year-End Giving

The recent passage of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 presents at least one new opportunity (limited to the 2006 and 2007 tax years) for using IRA assets to fund charitable gifts. If you are age 70 ½, under certain circumstances you can direct the administrator of your IRA to distribute gifts of up to $100,000 to charitable organizations without incurring federal income tax on the distributions. These distributions can be applied in satisfaction of your required minimum distribution for the year. If you would like more information about this opportunity, please contact Lisa Turley,, or Mark Boeck, in our Office of Institutional Advancement

 November 2006

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