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

From the Dean

Introducing ASCK Week: Alumni-Student ConneKtions

This month the law school will introduce a new way to connect alumni and students. ASCK Week: Alumni/Student ConneKtions is an opportunity for alumni to volunteer a small portion of time to connect with, give advice to, and train current students to become leaders in the legal profession.

With as little of 20 minutes of your time, you can help us build a stronger community, give back to your law school alma mater, and strengthen connections between alumni and students.

I encourage you to volunteer for one or more of the activities happening during the week. Volunteer sign-up closes Friday, October 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Sign up to Volunteer

I look forward to seeing you during ASCK week or at one of our many great events throughout the fall season.


Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

Professor Malin with Carol Waller Pope, Federal Labor Relations Authority chair.
Professor Malin met with Carol Waller Pope, Federal Labor Relations Authority chair, to confirm his Presidential appointment to the Federal Service Impasses Panel.

In This Issue

News and Announcements

Obama Appoints Professor to the Federal Services Impasses Panel

Professor Martin H. Malin, director of Chicago-Kent’s Institute for Law and the Workplace, has been appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the Federal Services Impasses Panel (FSIP).

The Federal Service Impasses Panel intervenes when an agency of the federal government and a union are unable to reach an agreement. The FSIP has the authority to recommend procedures and to take actions necessary to resolve the impasse.

Professor Malin is one of seven FSIP members, all Presidential appointees, who serve on a part-time basis. He will continue to serve on the Chicago-Kent faculty, of which he has been a member since 1980.
Professor Malin teaches courses in labor law, collective bargaining, arbitration, public sector labor law, employment law, contracts and jurisprudence. In 1996, he established the Institute for Law and the Workplace, a national center for research, training, dialogue, and reflection on the law that governs the workplace.

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 from October 1 until December 1, 2009, with awards granted in February 2010. For more information on the LRAP, please visit

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

Sponsor the 2009 Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon

We encourage individuals and firms to sponsor the 2009 Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon. Sponsorships of $500+ received by Wednesday, October 7 will be recognized in the event invitation.

Sponsorship Details

Your New Alumni Board President

Dan Kirschner '98 Dan Kirschner '98,
Alumni Board president
Last month, Daniel S. Kirschner ‘98 was sworn-in as the president of the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors. He will serve until August 2011.

Dan has been a personal injury and wrongful death attorney at the Chicago firm of Corboy & Demetrio since 1998. In addition to the time he devotes to Chicago-Kent, Dan is involved with numerous professional and charitable organizations, including the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee and the American Cancer Society.

We are pleased to have Dan at the helm of the Alumni Board of Directors and thank outgoing president, John Locallo ’86, for his leadership over the past two years.

In similar news, the Chicago-Kent Board of Overseers welcomed three new members: Vincent L. DiTommaso '82, DiTommaso & Lubin, Steven T. Naumann '88, Exelon Corporation, and George A. Zelcs '79, Korein Tillery.

Student Wins 2009 SmithAmundsen Writing Award
(l-r) Dean Krent, Elizabeth Tempel '11, and Larry Schechtman '83, Managing Partner at SmithAmundsen. (l-r) Dean Harold J. Krent, Elizabeth Tempel '11, and Larry Schechtman '83, managing partner at SmithAmundsen.

Elizabeth E. Tempel, a 2L student at Chicago-Kent, is the recipient of the 2009 SmithAmundsen Excellence in Legal Writing Award. The award is given annually to a student, selected by Chicago-Kent’s legal writing faculty and law firm representatives from SmithAmundsen, who has written the best brief and who “adds to the diversity of the legal community.”

Tempel won the award for her appellate brief in a federal case dealing with the validity of a testamentary provision that disinherits any of the testator’s grandchildren who marry outside the Jewish faith, unless the spouse has converted or will convert within one year of the marriage.  

Tempel is a native of Alaska and graduated cum laude from the University of Alaska in 2004.

This award is financially supported by a gift from SmithAmundsen LLC, a Chicago-based firm with over 100 attorneys in five offices in Illinois and Wisconsin. In 2007, the firm made a five-year commitment to support diversity initiatives at Chicago-Kent. This commitment includes the Excellence in Legal Writing Award, as well as support for the team representing Chicago-Kent at the Thurgood Marshall National Mock Trial Competition.

Women in Law Mentor Program
Society of Women in Law Mentorship Program

The Chicago-Kent chapter of the Society of Women in Law is seeking alumnae to serve as mentors for the 2009-2010 school year. The program was created to facilitate and build connections between female students and alumnae within the legal field, as well as provide opportunities for alumnae involvement in the professional development of future lawyers.

Mentors are asked to meet with mentees at least three times during the school year, starting with the kick-off event on Thursday, November 5 and culminating with an end-of-the-year reception in the spring. Mentors are not expected to offer employment, circulate resumes, set up interviews, or the like. If you are interested in serving as a mentor with the Society of Women in Law, please click the button below to sign up by Wednesday, October 14, 2009:

Become a Mentor

Chicago-Kent Honor Roll of Donors Goes Virtual

Each year we recognize and thank our alumni and friends who have given to Chicago-Kent in a printed format, mailed to Chicago-Kent's 12,000 living alumni. This year, with budgeting challenges and sustainability in mind, the Chicago-Kent Honor Roll has gone virtual. Acknowledgements for gifts received from June 1, 2008 through May 31, 2009 are now published only on our Web site. The format of the Honor Roll may have changed, but our sincere appreciation of these generous gifts remains constant.

View the full list of donors >>

If you have not yet made your gift this year, we encourage you to join the ranks of our Honor Roll. Gifts may be made online at Now, more than ever, your gift will provide much-needed resources for scholarship aid, faculty research, academic programs and student activities.

Save the Date

Social Events - Chicago

ASCK Week: Alumni/Student ConneKtions
Week of October 5 - 9, 2009
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

Calling alumni volunteers! Chicago-Kent is ASCK’ing for your help to build a stronger community and better connections between alumni and students at Chicago-Kent. ASCK Week is an opportunity for alumni to volunteer a small portion of time to help connect with, give advice to and train current students to become leaders in the legal profession. 

Please consider volunteering for one or more of the many activities happening during the week. Activities include conducting mock interviews and reviewing resumes, as well as participating in a service project.

For more information and to volunteer, visit Volunteer sign-up closes Friday, Oct 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Hon Ruben Castillo
Hon. Ruben Castillo

Hispanic-Latino Law Students' Associationís 5th Annual Judgeís Night
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
5:30 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., 10th Fl., Chicago, IL 60661

You are invited to the 5th Annual Judge's Night sponsored by the Chicago-Kent Hispanic-Latino Law Students' Association (HLLSA). This event will recognize Hon. Ruben Castillo, District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, for his dedication to public service and to the Hispanic-Latino community.

RSVP to Crystal Correa, HLLSA President, at by Friday, October 2.

Architectural History Tour of IITís Main Campus
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tour: 2:00 p.m. ~ Reception: 3:00 p.m.
IIT School of Architecture, 3360 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60616

Learn about IIT’s architectural marvels including buildings by some of the most renowned architects of modernism. The tour will be lead by architectural historian, professor Sean Keller. A reception will follow the tour in Crown Hall, IIT's National Historic Landmark.

RSVP to professor Felice Batlan at by Friday, September 25.
Sponsored by the Institute for Law and Humanities, the Faculty-Student Engagement Committee, and the IIT School of Architecture.

Etiquette Dinner: Serving Up Success (Part of ASCK Week)
Thursday, October 8, 2009
5:30 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., 10th Floor, Chicago, IL 60661

Have you always wanted to learn the finer points of etiquette? Join us for a 4-course meal and tips and techniques from Jill Bremer, AICI, CIP, a certified image consultant. You’ll learn what all those forks are really for, as well as many other etiquette tips.

Price: $15/person, includes dinner. RSVP at The Etiquette Dinner is part of ASCK Week. Details are available online at

Labor & Employment Law Society Bowling Night
Labor & Employment Law Society Bowling Night
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Lucky Strike Lanes, 322 E. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60611

The Chicago-Kent Labor & Employment Society (LELS) invites faculty and alumni labor law practitioners to join them for a night of socializing and bowling. LELS is a Chicago-Kent student organization that plans events of interest for the labor and employment law community of the law school.
Price: $20 at the door if you would like to bowl. Refreshments not included. RSVP to Sara Schumann at by Friday October 23.

Want to get involved? LELS is looking for alumni advisors to assist in programming for the ‘09-‘10 school year. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact

Social Events - Regional

IP Alumni Gathering @ the AIPLA Annual Meeting: Washington DC
Thursday, October 15, 2009
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Harry’s Pub, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Chicago-Kent will host two alumni events in Washington D.C. this month.
Chicago-Kent will host two alumni events in Washington D.C. this month.

If you are attending the AIPLA Annual Meeting, meet up with other Chicago-Kent alumni in attendance for drinks and networking. Hosted by Roger Hahn ’00, Hahn & Voight PLLC.

RSVP to or (312) 906-5240 by Tuesday, October 13.

Washington DC Alumni and Student Public Service Reception
Friday, October 23, 2009
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Fado Irish Pub, 808 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Each year Chicago-Kent students interested in government and public interest law careers travel to DC for the annual Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair. Join us to meet these students and socialize with fellow alumni working in the public sector at Fado Irish Pub.

RSVP to by Tuesday, October 20, 2009.

Lectures & Conferences

Tax Law: Careers beyond the Numbers
Monday, October 12, 2009
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Room 580, Chicago, IL 60661

Have you ruled out tax law because you think it’s boring? Then it’s time to open your eyes to all the exciting opportunities that a career in tax law can offer. Please join us for a brown bag lunch as three tax specialists discuss the wide possibility of career choices in tax law and their individual career paths. Panelists include Cynthia B. Lafuente ‘88, an expert in international tax law with the U.S. Congress Joint Committee & Taxation, David J. Kupiec ’94, a lobbyist and partner with Kupiec & Martin, LLC, and Megan Beseth ’08, an associate at American Tax Solutions, Inc. who advocates on behalf of taxpayers.

RSVP to or (312) 906-5200 by Thursday, October 8. Please feel free to bring your lunch. Dessert will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Alumni Association, the Office of Career Services, the Corporate Law Society, and the International Law Society.

Money Matters: Financial Workshop
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Room 590, Chicago, IL 60661

Young Alumni: Are you worried about your student loans and debt? Do you have all the skills you need to achieve your financial goals? If you need a financial refresher, please join the Chicago-Kent Office of Financial Aid for this useful workshop. Topics include budget planning and money management strategies, developing and maintaining good credit, and wise borrowing habits.

RSVP to or 312-906-5180. Spots are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Networking Naturally Program
Tuesday, October 27, Tuesday, November 2, and Tuesday November 9, 2009
This event takes place over the phone or internet.

When was the last time you heard someone say, “I love networking and I’m good at it!”? If you need to brush up on your networking skills, please sign up for this series of three teleseminars, offered by the Alumni Association in conjunction with Carol Ross and Associates, LLC. The program takes place on three successive Tuesdays beginning October 27, and you may attend by internet or telephone.

For more information and to register, visit

Professor Harry Reicher
Professor Harry Reicher
Institute for Law and the Humanities Lecture: Nazi Philosophy of Law
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
4:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., 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.

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.

Build Your Network

Are you a sole practitioner looking to find referrals? Or maybe you're thinking of switching firms?
One of the best ways to increase your career and social network is through the Alumni Online Community.

You can search the Directory by practice area, firm, or location. Click on the "Alumni Directory" link and choose "Advanced Search."

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

Need to brush up on your networking skills? Check out our Networking Naturally Program.

You can also find the Alumni Association on popular online networking sites:

Become a Fan of the Alumni Association on Facebook      Follow the Alumni Association on Twitter     Join the Chicago-Kent LinkedIn Group
RSVP to Tasha Kincade at or (312) 906-5006 by Tuesday, November 17. For more information on the Palmer Civil Liberties Prize, please click here.
CLE Opportunities

Current Issues in Financial Services Law
Friday, October 2, 2009
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago, IL 60661

The challenging complexities of revolutionary market forces, technology, and globalization have created an environment in which attorneys must broaden their knowledge and sharpen their skills to handle the widening range of legal and related issues in the evolving financial services industry. Join us for a day of provocative discussion with some of the area’s foremost practitioners and regulators on a number of current developments in this rapidly changing environment.

Attendees are eligible for 6.0 hours of MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour of IL Ethics credit. For more information and to register, visit

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 1.25 hours of IL Ethics credit. For more information and to register, visit

Past Event Highlights

Beijing and Shanghai Alumni Events

Visit the China Group Page on the Alumni Online Community >>
Dean Krent hosted an alumni dinner in Shanghai during his recent trip to China.
Dean Harold J. Krent visited China in early September, hosting alumni dinners in both Beijing and Shanghai. Each event was very well attended, with over 20 alumni at each.

In addition, Dean Krent spoke at the Beijing Lawyers Association and the Shanghai Bar Association, giving an overview of the U.S. legal system, including mechanics, goals of the system, and ways to implement bureaucratic controls over administrative judges without compromising judicial independence.

If you are an alumnus/a living in China and you missed these events, we encourage you to connect on the China Group Page on the Alumni Online Community at

Denver Alumni Gathering

Approximately 15 alumni from the Denver and Boulder, CO areas gathered at Marlowe’s on the Mall in Denver on September 3, 2009. Hosted by David Goldberg ‘83 and Sarah Hensley Ware ’08, alumni spanned class years from 1967 to 2009.  

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Dolores Hanna '52, Prof. Mickie Piatt, and Bernadette Freeman Ď01 attended the IP Reception.

Missed the event? Catch up on the Denver Group Page on the Alumni Online Community at

Intellectual Property New Faculty Reception

Nearly 50 alumni, faculty, and students attended a reception in honor of the new Intellectual Property Faculty members, Christopher J. Buccafusco, Edward Lee, and David L. Schwartz.

The Intellectual Property program also welcomes a Distinguished IP Practitioner-in-Residence, Jacqueline A. Leimer, and Visiting Assistant Professor, Christopher Seaman.

Additional pictures from this event are on the Alumni Online Community at

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