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

From the Dean

2010 Alumni Awards

Each year, the law school honors 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 Friday, November 19, 2010 at the Standard Club. I am pleased to announce that Daniel G. Martin ’84, Supervising Staff Attorney in the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois, is this year's Master of Ceremonies.

The luncheon will honor our 2010 Alumni Award recipients as well as our alumni and friends who volunteered for the law school over the past year. I congratulate this year's award recipients and thank those of you who have given your time and energy to your alma mater.

For additional information on the 2010 Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon and to RSVP, please visit A special thank you to our 2010 Sponsors who have so generously supported this year’s event, including Diamond Sponsor SmithAmundsen and Reception Sponsor Edelson McGuire. I look forward to seeing you there.



Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

2010 Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon

In This Issue


News and Announcements

Arrow Chicago-Kent wins Tournament of Champions

Congratulations to Chicago-Kent's Trial Advocacy team for taking first place this weekend in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy's Tournament of Champions. The team was the number one seed going into the final four on Saturday, defeating Stetson in the first round and Maryland in the championship round.

Chicago-Kent's 2010 Tournament of Champions Team
Chicago-Kent's 2010 Tournament of Champions team (L-R): Jeremiah Lewellen, Rachel Remke, Julie Levinson and Joseph Carlasare..

Hosted this year by Duquesne University School of Law, the Tournament of Champions is one of the most prestigious law school trial competitions in the country. Each year, 16 schools from the nation's nearly 200 law schools are invited to participate. Invitations are based on a three-year performance record at the National Trial Competition and the National Student Trial Advocacy Competition and in prior Tournament of Champions competitions. This is the fourth consecutive year and the ninth time in the history of the competition that Chicago-Kent has been invited to participate.

Team members include Jeremiah Lewellen (3L), Rachel Remke (2L), Julie Levinson (3L) and Joseph Carlasare (2L), and the team is coached by David A. Erickson, retired Illinois Appellate Court Justice and director of the law school's Trial Advocacy Program, along with adjunct professors Nicholas A. Caputo '01 and David Lavin, and Dee Brown Lee '97 and Sulema Medrano '09.

Chicago-Kent ranks high in Illinois Bar Exam pass rate, law firm partners

Congratulations to our newest alumni! Ninety-five percent of the 2010 Chicago-Kent graduates passed the July 2010 Bar Exam. This places Chicago-Kent well above the statewide averages for both the overall pass rate and the pass rate for first-time test takers, and third in the state amongst law schools. In addition, Chicago-Kent ranked 31st in the nation in a preliminary study tabulating the number of partners at major law firms per school. To learn more about this ongoing study, click here.


Arrow Announcing the 2010 Alumni Award Recipients

The Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2010 Alumni Award recipients to be honored at the Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon on Friday, November 19.

Distinguished Service Award
Eldon L. Ham ’76, President, Eldon L. Ham, PC
Joan E. Steinman, Distinguished Professor, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Professional Achievement Award
William M. Dec ’99, CEO & Founder, Rockit Ranch Productions
Richard L. Rodriguez ’97, President, Chicago Transit Authority

Young Alumni Award
Thomas T. Field ’01, MBA ’02, Partner, Beermann Swerdlove LLP
Jonah M. Wolfson ’01, Partner, Wolfson Law Firm, LLP

Institutional Partner Award
SmithAmundsen LLC

For more information and to RSVP, please visit RSVP by Friday, November 12.



Arrow Changes to the Illinois Professional Responsibility Requirement Rules

The Illinois Supreme Court has issued two orders amending court rules as a part of an ongoing effort to enhance the level of professionalism practiced by Illinois attorneys. The first rule change, announced on October 1, 2010, amends Illinois Supreme Court Rule 794(d)(1) to raise the professional responsibility CLE credit requirement from four to six credit-hours beginning with attorney reporting periods ending on June 30 of 2012 or 2013.

The court also amended Illinois Supreme Court Rule 795 to add “lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring” as an approved activity that may satisfy the professional responsibility CLE credit requirement. To read more about these rule changes, read the full announcement on the Commission on Professionalism Web site, or read the amended rules at the Illinois Supreme Court Web site.

View Chicago-Kent's upcoming Continuing Legal Education classes at


Alexis Crawford receives the 2010 Dolores K. Hanna Trademark Prize

Alexis Crawford receives the 2010 Dolores K. Hanna Trademark PrizeAlexis Crawford, a third-year, has been selected to receive the 2010 Dolores K. Hanna Trademark Prize. The prize was established in 2006 at Chicago-Kent by the law firm of K & L Gates, LLP (formerly Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, LLC) to honor Dolores K. Hanna, a 1952 Chicago-Kent graduate, who served as the firm’s special trademark counsel. Hannah retired from active practice in June 2006.

The Dolores K. Hanna Trademark Prize is awarded at the end of the school year to a student based on outstanding performance in an intellectual property course. Recipients are selected by Chicago-Kent faculty who teach in the law school’s intellectual property law program.

Crawford is president of the Moot Court Honor Society and serves as executive articles editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property. In 2008, she formed Alexis, Inc., a consulting firm that provides writing, editing and publishing services to clients in the health care, business and journalism industries. While a student, she worked as a law clerk in the Saper Law Offices in Chicago, as a judicial extern for the Honorable Morton Denlow of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and as an intellectual property intern with the Fox Entertainment Group in Los Angeles. Crawford graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Northwestern University.

Click here to read the full announcement.


arrow Harvard Law Professors win the 2010 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

"Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists" by Gabriella Blum and Philip B. HeymannLaws, Outlaws, and Terrorists: Lessons from the War on Terrorism, by Harvard University Law professors Gabriella Blum and Philip B. Heymann, has won the 2010 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.

The prize was established in 2007 by Chicago-Kent alumnus Roy C. Palmer '62 and his wife, Susan M. Palmer, to honor an exemplary work of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society. Professors Blum and Heymann, whose book was published in September 2010 by the MIT Press, will present their work at Chicago-Kent in the coming months.

Gabriella Blum has been a member of the Harvard Law School faculty since 2007. Professor Blum's scholarly interests include conflict management, counter-terrorism operations, laws of armed conflict, negotiation and public international law. Philip B. Heymann is currently the James Barr Ames Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. His scholarly interests include political violence and terrorism and comparative criminal law.

Benefactor Roy Palmer, a lawyer and real estate developer, is a 1962 honors graduate and a member of the Chicago-Kent Board of Overseers. He and his wife, Susan, are active in numerous civic, social and philanthropic organizations and were the recipients of the 1997 Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award of the National Society of Fundraising Executives. In 2006, the Palmers pledged a $1 million gift to the law school.

The $10,000 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize is designed to encourage and reward public debate among scholars on current issues affecting the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of governments throughout the world.

To read the full announcement, click here.


arrow Six members of the Chicago-Kent community among "40 Under 40" for 2010

Six members of the Chicago-Kent community among "40 Under 40"The Alumni Association congratulates the Chicago-Kent alumni and faculty who have been named to the 2010 "40 Illinois Attorneys under 40 to Watch" by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

  • Georgia L. Demeros '98, partner at Thompson Coburn LLP
  • Thomas T. Field '01, MBA '02, partner at Beermann Swerdlove LLP
  • Michael J. Goldberg '02, founding partner at Whiteside & Goldberg Ltd.
  • Michael K. Nutter '97, partner at Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Jason M. Rosenthal '97, managing partner at Schopf & Weiss LLP
  • Michael A. Scodro, Chicago-Kent Assistant Professor of Law, Solicitor General of Illinois


arrow National Advocacy Practice Survey

The National Advocacy Practice Survey, a survey of law alumni nationwide, is used to improve how law schools and advocacy program prepare students for the "real world" of law by looking at how lawyers practice. Questions include the types of projects law alumni tackle, in what kind of environments they work, where they focus their time, etc. The anonymous survey is available here. Results of the survey will be made available to Chicago-Kent as a participating school.


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Save the Date

Social Events - Chicago

2010 Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon
Friday, November 19, 2010
11:30 a.m. ~ Reception
12:00 p.m. ~ Luncheon & Awards
The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604

Please join us for the 2010 Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon, hosted by the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors. Daniel G. Martin ‘84, a supervising staff attorney with the Federal Public Defender, will emcee this year’s event, which honors the 2010 Alumni Award Recipients and our alumni and friend volunteers.

For more details, visit

Thanks to our 2010 sponsors, including Diamond Sponsor SmithAmundsen and Reception Sponsor Edelson McGuire. To become a luncheon sponsor, click here.

RSVP by Friday, November 12.



Save the Date for a LL.M. Reunion: 10-Year Anniversary
Thursday, May 19-Saturday, May 21, 2011
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

All graduates of the masters of law (LL.M.) programs at Chicago-Kent are invited to a 10-Year anniversary celebration of the International LLM program at Chicago-Kent. Please save the dates and plan to come back to Chicago-Kent to reconnect and celebrate.

Please direct questions to Tara Anderson at or (312) 906-5245.

Social Events - Regional

IIT Alumni Reception in New York City
Thursday, November 11, 2010
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Hosted by Richard (CHE ’76) and Rebecca Lindsey

Reservations required by November 1, 2010. No walk-ins will be accepted.
Please email Steve George at or Marian Quirk at or call 312.567.5000. For more information, visit


Supreme Court Group Swearing-InU.S. Supreme Court Group Swearing-In
Monday, May 23, 2011
10:00 a.m.
United States Supreme Court, One First St, N.E., Washington, DC 20543

If you have not yet been admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, plan to participate in our third Chicago-Kent alumni group swearing-in in Washington, D.C. Up to 50 Chicago-Kent alumni will be presented in open court and heard by the Justices. After the swearing-in, you are welcome to stay for a continental breakfast at which Justices may join us (last year, Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Ginsburg welcomed our group). You will also have the opportunity for a lecture and tour of the Supreme Court.  

If you plan on applying, please submit the online information form immediately to reserve a spot. There are only 50 spots available, filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

More information is available at The deadline to reserve a spot is February 28, 2011.


Lectures & Conferences

ABA Workshop: "Sustainability: How Values-Driven Law Firms Are Surviving Tough Times
and Prospering over the Long Term" 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
1:00-5:30 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will host an ABA workshop on how values-driven management focused on social, economic and environmental responsibility aspects of sustainability is helping firms prosper over the long term. The program will consist of an overview of sustainability by an expert, a keynote from one of the more advanced firms in this regard, a panel of ABA staffers talking about how their Sections can aid firms who want to pursue values-driven approaches, and a panel of practitioners from law firms who have subscribed to the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources model sustainability framework for law firms.

The conference builds on an article titled "Sustainability: How values-driven law firms are surviving tough times and prospering over the long term" appearing in the ABA publication "Law Practice Today" at

Visit the ABA website for the full agenda, information about registration for the live program at Chicago-Kent, or to participate by teleconference.


Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) Clinic
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Center for Open Government
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law–Law Offices
565 W. Adams St., Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60661

Do you have questions about the Freedom of Information Act? Sign up for a free one-on-one session with an attorney at this clinic, presented in partnership by the Better Government Association, Kirland & Ellis, LLP, and the Center for Open Government. Click here to download a flyer.

A scheduled appointment is necessary. Contact Mary Frances O'Connor at or (312) 821-9026 for scheduling.

CLE Opportunities

Savvy Law Practice Management in the Changing Workplace: Strategies for Success 
Thursday, November 4, 2010: 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 5, 2010: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Auditorium, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

Co-Sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association, this CLE program is designed for law firm and law department leaders and highlights the following topics: alternative fees; information sharing; compensation structuring; billing and collections; project management; the changing workplace; starting a new firm; and leadership.
Eligible for up to 8.75 hours of IL MCLE credit.

For more information or to register for the conference, please visit


26th Annual Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference
Friday, December 3, 2010
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
IIT 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. Ralph M. Martire, Executive Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, will give the keynote address: “The Illinois Budget Crisis: What Are Its Root Causes, What Can Be Done To Fix It, and What Should the Labor-Management Community Be Doing To Address It?” Workshops will include the impact of health care reform on collective bargaining, IPLRA Developments, IELRA developments, pension issues, impact of social networking in the workplace, military leave issues, police and firefighter forum, interest arbitration, FOIA and Open Meetings Act developments, the ethics and economics of settlement, and ethical limits on the lawyer's role in labor relations.

The conference is eligible for 6.0 hours of IL MCLE credit, including 2.0 hours of professional responsibility credit, pending final approval. Download a flyer or visit for details and to register.

Past Event Highlights

Arrow Alumni Day @ C-K

Alumni Day @ C-K

An IPLS student serves wine to Glen Rice '85 during "The War on Terroir" wine and cheese tasting.

Alumni returned to Chicago-Kent on October 15 for the first annual Alumni Day @ C-K. The day featured mini-CLE lectures by Chicago-Kent faculty and alumni, tours of the building, and "Cool Tools: How the Latest Gadgets Can Mobilize Your Practice," a presentation by the Downtown Campus Library staff.

Following the day's programs, the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association and the Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) presented “The War on Terroir: Geographical Indications of Origin and Trademarks Law,” a CLE lecture followed by a wine & cheese tasting designed to demonstrate the terroir that makes certain products unique. See event photos at

Arrow IIT National Academy of Engineering Reception

IIT National Academy of Engineering Reception

(L-R): Terry Campo '83, Francisco Castro '07, Michael Galvin '78, and Joel Roberson '07.

Alumni of IIT attended a reception on October 3 at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the induction of Martin Cooper (EE ’50, MS ’57) into the National Academy of Engineering. Martin Cooper is known as the "Father of the Cellular Phone" for his role in the creation and deployment of the cellular portable handheld telephone and other achievements during his 29 years at Motorola.

Arrow Los Angeles Alumni Gatherings

Los Angeles Alumni Gatherings

(L-R): Scott Gautier '97 and Dean Harold Krent

On October 20, alumni joined Dean Krent and alumni hosts Margaret Rosenthal '79 & Myles L. Berman '79 for a luncheon at Baker Hostetler LLP, and later in the day, alumni gathered for a reception and wine tasting hosted by Scott Gautier '97 & Kelly Frazier at Paul Martin's American Bistro.

Couldn't make it to the event? Visit the California Groups pages on the Alumni Online Community to post class notes, connect with other alumni in your metro area, share pictures and videos, and much more:

Arrow Shanghai and Beijing Alumni Gatherings

Alumni Gatherings in China

Alumni in Beijing and Shanghai met with Dean Krent during his visit to China in September. Alumni enjoyed dinner and learning about the latest law school news. See all the photos at


Arrow Class of 1980 30-Year Reunion

Class of 1980 30-Year Reunion

(L-R): Sherri Wolff, David Heisler, David Sigalow, and Cathy Marquis.

The Class of 1980 returned to Chicago-Kent for their 30-year reunion, and enjoyed seeing the "new" building, reconnecting with classmates, and hearing from "vintage" faculty.

See photos at

Arrow Washington, D.C. Public Interest Event

Career Services Office public interest alumni reception in Washington, DC

(L-R): Michelle Mohr Vodenik, Director of the Chicago-Kent Career Services Office, with alumni Joanna Brinkman '09 and Mike Hallock '08.

Chicago-Kent students attending the annual Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair in Washington, D.C., had the opportunity to network with local alumni working in public interest at Fado Irish Pub on October 22.


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