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News and Announcements
The Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2009 Alumni Award recipients to be honored at the Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, December 10, 2009.
Distinguished Service Award
For more information and to RSVP, please visit www.kentlaw.edu/allalumlunch. RSVP by Monday, November 30.
The law school building at 565 W. Adams now has a more prominent sign bearing the name of the law and business schools.
Chicago-Kent College of Law and IIT-Stuart School of Business are proud to debut new signage on the edifice of the building at 565 W. Adams.
The signage was the brainchild of Chris Beck ’08, former Student Bar Association president, who took a cell phone picture and had an architect create a sketch. Beck’s idea was ultimately realized, in part, by donations from the Class of 2008 and Ward D. Parkinson ’97, member of the Chicago-Kent Board of Overseers.As Chicago-Kent works to promote its visual presence in the West Loop and continues to build its national reputation, the building signage is a wonderful testament to the pride students and alumni feel for the law school.
We congratulate the 2009 40 under 40 honorees!
The Alumni Association congratulates the Chicago-Kent alumni who have been named to the 2009 "40 Illinois Attorneys under Forty to Watch" by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.
Chicago-Kent is committed to helping alumni who pursue a career in public interest law through the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). The mission of the LRAP is 1) to help alumni in low-paying public interest jobs manage student loan debt so they can remain in those jobs and 2) to encourage current students to consider a public interest career.
The application period runs until December 1, 2009, with awards granted in February 2010. For more information on the LRAP and to apply, please visit www.kentlaw.edu/publicinterest/lrap/.Please help us continue assisting alumni in public interest by making a gift to the LRAP at www.kentlaw.edu/give (select “Loan Repayment Assistance Program”).
Professor Scott M. Matheson, Jr., of S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, has won the 2009 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for his book, Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times.
The Palmer Prize was established in 2007 by Chicago-Kent alumnus Roy C. Palmer '62 and his wife, Susan M. Palmer. The $10,000 prize is designed to encourage and reward public debate among scholars on current issues affecting the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of governments. Professor Matheson will present his work at Chicago-Kent on November 20 in a lecture open to the public. (View event details).
Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times analyzes executive branch actions in times of crisis that have raised constitutional concerns about individual liberties and separation of powers. Topics include Abraham Lincoln's suspension of the writ of habeas corpus during the Civil War, Franklin D. Roosevelt's evacuation and internment of West Coast Japanese during World War II, and George W. Bush's implementation of torture, surveillance, and detention programs in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The recently launched C-K Faculty Blog is a forum to bring together the rich intellectual contributions of the Chicago-Kent faculty and to encourage respectful and scholarly dialogue within the extended Chicago-Kent community, including faculty, students, alumni and colleagues at other law schools and universities.
We welcome and encourage readers to follow conversations, post comments and explore Chicago-Kent faculty scholarship. Read it at http://blogs.kentlaw.edu/faculty/.
Have you been affected by the economic downturn? The American Bar Association is offering resources and discounts for attorneys who are out of work or experiencing financial hardship.
The Chicago-Kent Society of Women in Law is seeking alumnae to serve as mentors to female Chicago-Kent students for the 2009-2010 school year. Mentors in the fields of intellectual property, international and environmental law are particularly needed, but mentors in other legal areas and the business and non-profit sectors are also welcome.For details and to become a mentor, visit www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/wil. Mentor sign-up ends Wednesday, November 4.
The Alumni Association is pleased to announce the publication of the Chicago-Kent Alumni Guide. The guide was created to help you connect with your alma mater and fellow alumni, as well as to acquaint you with the many opportunities and ways to get involved with Chicago-Kent.
Many of you have already received a copy of the red booklet in your mailboxes, however for easy reference, our alumni guide is online at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/guide.
We encourage you to use this guide to get connected and get involved to strengthen the bonds, and promote the successes, of your Chicago-Kent community.
20th Annual Conviser Bash
Please join us for the 20th annual student and alumni bash, hosted by Professor Richard Conviser and the Chicago-Kent Student Bar Association. Cost: $20, includes an open bar from 9:00 p.m. - Midnight.
For details, contact Shenita Johnson-Garrard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chicago-Kent Corporate Law Society will host a happy hour for alumni corporate law practitioners and student members. Please join us to socialize, network, and wind down from your workday at District Bar in the River North neighborhood. Drink specials and complimentary appetizers will be available.
For more information, contact Maren Pedersen at email@example.com.
The Kent Justice Foundation (KJF) presents its 6th annual fundraiser, Fall Fest, featuring wine tasting, beer, hors d'oeuvres and raffle prizes! All proceeds go toward the KJF Summer Fellowship Program, which provides fellowships for Chicago-Kent students pursuing low-paying and non-paying public interest summer work.
Tickets: $10 at the door. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Reception: 11:30 a.m. ~ Luncheon: 12:00 p.m.
The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604
Please join us for the 2009 Alumni Awards & Recognition Reception and Luncheon, hosted by the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors. Richard S. Kling, Chicago-Kent Clinical Professor of Law, will emcee this year’s event, which honors the 2009 Alumni Award Recipients and our alumni and friend volunteers.
RSVP by Monday, November 30 at www.kentlaw.edu/allalumlunch.
New York City area alumni are invited for a private tour of the MoMA's new exhibit, Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops in Modernity, on Dec 5.
NYC Area Alumni: Afternoon at the MoMA
New York City area alumni are invited for a private tour of the exhibit, Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops in Modernity, at the Museum of Modern Art. This retrospective brings together material from Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin and discusses the Bauhaus school’s influence on modern architecture, photography, graphic design, and painting. The event will culminate with a lunch at the French bistro, Maison, 1700 Broadway, at 53rd St. and 7th Avenue.
Cost: $50 per person includes private tour, admission and lunch. Registration opens Tuesday, November 3 at http://alumni.iit.edu. Space is limited.
The Illinois Institute of Technology Alumni Association invites you to join them on their Treasures of South Africa tour in April 2010. Especially for IIT alumni, their families and friends, the trip offers luxurious accommodation, tours by knowledgeable local guides and preferred access to popular attractions, all at an exceptionable value. Destinations include Cape Town, Robbin Island, Johannesburg and a three-night safari in the private Thornybush Game Reserve.
Treasures of South Africa is operated by AHI travel, a nearly 50 year old company with a history of innovative travel programs and exceptional service.
Please click here to view the full trip brochure. (Adobe Reader required). Book by December 1, 2009 and receive a savings of $500 per couple!
Eighth Annual First Amendment Forum: Keynote, Attorney General Lisa Madigan
On January 1, 2010 a revised Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Laws will take effect in Illinois. Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who led the drive to open more government records, will discuss these changes at Chicago-Kent’s eighth annual First Amendment Forum. Freedom of Information Act specialists will also be on hand to present the details of these laws and their effects
This event is free and open to the public. Sponsors: Chicago-Kent Center for Open Government, Chicago Headline Club, Chicago Journalists Association, and International Press Club of Chicago. For more information contact Susan S. Stevens, Chicago Headline Club FOI vice president at 312-733-1936.
Professor Harry Reicher, University of Pennsylvania Law School, will deliver a lecture discussing the Nazi philosophy of law and how it was used to pervert Germany’s legal system. The talk will further explore the role of international law in rectifying the damage by bringing perpetrators to justice and constructing a system of international human rights aimed at preventing a repetition. A reception will follow.
RSVP to professor Felice Batlan at email@example.com by Tuesday, November 3.
Professor Scott M. Matheson, Jr., of S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah and winner of the 2009 Chicago-Kent Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize, will discuss his book, Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times.
RSVP to Tasha Kincade at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 906-5006 by Tuesday, November 17.
Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference
Join us for a day of informative discussion with some of the foremost public sector labor relations practitioners. The keynote topic will be Preserving the Public Sector and Public Services in a Depressed Economy. Panel topics will include IELRA, bargaining in hard times, charter schools, and consequences of the recession: RIF’s, furloughs, restructuring benefits.
Attendees are eligible for 5.75 hours of MCLE credit, including 2.5 hours of IL Ethics credit. For more information and to register, visit www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cle.
Past Event Highlights
Nearly 80 alumni volunteered for the first annual Alumni-Student ConneKtions Week (ASCK) during the week of October 5 – 9. Alumni sat down with students for mock interviews, resume reviews, and informational interviews. The week also included an informative etiquette dinner, hosted by certified image consultant, Jill Bremer.
ASCK week was created to build a stronger community and better connections between alumni and students at Chicago-Kent as well as to provide an opportunity for students to learn from leaders in the legal profession. We are grateful to all the alumni who made ASCK week such a success and look forward to making it an annual event.
Want to give back? The Alumni Association is currently recruiting volunteers for the Alumni Ambassador program. For more information and to sign up, visit www.kentlaw.edu/alumni/ambassadors.
Alumni gathered in Washington D.C. last month for two great events. On October 15, Roger Hahn ’00 hosted a cocktail hour for nearly 20 alumni who were in town attending the annual American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) meeting. View photos of the event on the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/aipla09.
Later in the month, the Chicago-Kent Career Services Office hosted their annual Washington D.C. Alumni and Student Public Service Reception at Fado Irish Pub on October 23. The event brought together D.C. area alumni working in the public interest sector and Chicago-Kent students who were in town for the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair.
Missed the D.C. Events? Catch up on the Washington D.C. Group Page on the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/dc.
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