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

From the Dean

2009 Alumni Awards

I am thrilled to relay that 96% of our graduates passed the July 2009 Illinois Bar Exam, ranking Chicago-Kent second in the city in the passage rate for first-time test takers. I send my congratulations to our alumni test-takers and my thanks to our outstanding faculty (including, of course Professor Richard Conviser!) for preparing them so well.

Each year, we honor distinguished alumni and individuals who serve Chicago-Kent and the legal community. Hosted by the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors, this year’s Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon will take place Thursday, December 10, 2009 at the Standard Club. I am pleased to announce Professor Richard S. Kling as this year’s emcee.

The luncheon will honor our 2009 Alumni Award recipients as well as all of our alumni and friends who volunteered for the law school over the past year. I congratulate this year's Alumni Award recipients and thank those of you who have given your time and energy to your alma mater.

For additional information on the 2009 Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon and to RSVP, please visit A special thank you to our 2009 Sponsors who have so generously supported this year’s event, including Platinum Sponsor, O'Keefe Lyons & Hynes, LLC, and Diamond Sponsor, McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd. I look forward to seeing you there.


Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

2009 Alumni Awards And Recognition Luncheon

In This Issue

News and Announcements

Announcing the 2009 Alumni Award Recipients

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.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit 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.
The law school building at 565 W. Adams now has a more prominent sign bearing the name of the law and business schools.
The Law School Gets a Facelift

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.

Four Alumni Named to “40 under 40” List

2009 40 under 40 Honorees
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.

  • William T. Gibbs ‘04, associate with Corboy & Demetrio, focuses on automobile collisions, medical negligence, railroad negligence, and premises liability cases. He recently was co-counsel in a case with a record-breaking $29.6 million verdict for an individual injured in the derailment of a Metra train. 

  • Mitchell B. Gordon ’01 is a family law attorney at Pasulka & White, LLC. Committed to educating the public about legal issues, he is host of the popular public access television show “Let’s Talk Justice!” on Chicago’s CAN-TV Network.

  • Gail M. O'Connor ‘96 is a solo family law practitioner focusing on custody litigation. In addition to representing parents, O’Connor is often appointed by the Judges in the Domestic Relations Division to represent children who are the subject of custody disputes.

  • Peter M. Spingola ’97 is a partner with Chapman & Spingola, LLP concentrating on complex commercial and intellectual property matters. Among his courtroom successes is a $22 million judgment for Swift Engineering from two Fortune 500 defense contractors for technology that launched the next generation of unmanned air vehicles.
All four of these honorees have already made great contributions to the legal profession and, no doubt, have many successes to come. We are privileged to count them among our alumni.

Public Interest Attorneys: Loan Repayment Assistance Program

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

Please help us continue assisting alumni in public interest by making a gift to the LRAP at (select “Loan Repayment Assistance Program”).

Scott M. Matheson, Jr. Wins 2009 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

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.

Scott M. Matheson, Jr. previously served as the dean of S.J. Quinney College of Law, as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and associate professor as the Frank Stanton Chair on the First Amendment at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Introducing the Chicago-Kent Faculty Blog

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

ABA Resources
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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. 

  • ABA Job Board - Allows individuals to search and apply for jobs, track the status of their applications, be notified when jobs matching their search criteria become available and more.  

  • Economic Recovery Resources - Provides recession-specific resources and tips on a variety of topics from job searching and practice management to professional development.

  • Financial Hardship Program - Offers reduced ABA dues and Section membership for those who have been laid off or are experiencing financial hardship.
Women in Law Mentor Program

Society of Women in Law Mentorship Program

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 Mentor sign-up ends Wednesday, November 4.

Alumni Guide: Your Window to the Chicago-Kent Community

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

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.

Got News?

Have you won an award, gotten married, or joined a new firm?

Brag about it!

Post a class note on the Alumni Online Community to share your career, family, and community milestones with fellow alumni, or check out the community to discover news about your classmates.

To read or post class notes, visit

Not yet a part of the community?
Request your login information.

Save the Date

Social Events - Chicago

20th Annual Conviser Bash
Thursday, November 5, 2009
9:00 p.m. – Midnight
Le Passage, 937 N. Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611

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

Corporate Law Society Happy Hour
Monday, November 9, 2009
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
District Bar, 170 W. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60654

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

Kent Justice Foundation’s Fall Fest Fundraiser
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

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 for more information.

2009 Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon
2009 Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon
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

Social Events - Regional
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.
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
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Tour: Noon ~ Lunch: 2:00 p.m.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

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 Space is limited.

Tour South Africa with the Alumni Association
Wednesday, April 21 – Monday, May 3, 2010

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!

Lisa Madigan will speak at the 8th annual First Amendment Forum
Lisa Madigan will speak at the 8th annual First Amendment Forum.
Lectures & Conferences

Eighth Annual First Amendment Forum: Keynote, Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Marovitz Courtroom, Chicago, IL 60661

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
Professor Harry Reicher

Institute for Law and the Humanities Lecture: The Nazi Obsession with Legalizing the Holocaust
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Lecture: 3:00 p.m. ~ Reception: 4:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., 10th Floor, Chicago, IL 60661

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 by Tuesday, November 3.

Professor Scott M. Matheson, Jr.
Professor Scott M. Matheson, Jr.

2009 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture: Scott M. Matheson, Jr.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Lecture: 11:30 a.m. ~ Reception: 12:30 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Marovitz Courtroom, Chicago, IL 60661

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 or (312) 906-5006 by Tuesday, November 17.

CLE Opportunities

Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference
Friday, November 13, 2009
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago, IL 60661

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

Past Event Highlights

Alumni-Student ConneKtions Week

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.

Aakruti Shah ‘07, Joanna Brinkman ‘09, Karen Hill, and Walter Tersch ’09 attended the Public Service Reception in Washington D.C. last month.
Aakruti Shah ‘07, Joanna Brinkman ‘09, Karen Hill, and Walter Tersch ’09 attended the Public Service Reception in Washington D.C. last month.

Want to give back? The Alumni Association is currently recruiting volunteers for the Alumni Ambassador program. For more information and to sign up, visit

Washington D.C. Alumni Events

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

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

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