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

From the Dean

Alumni Day @ C-K: October 15

On Friday, October 15, we are welcoming alumni back to the law school for our first ever Alumni Day @ C-K.  If you haven’t been back to 565 W Adams in a while (or never!), we encourage you to stop by and take the opportunity to reconnect. Return to the classroom and earn a free hour of CLE credit in lectures taught by Chicago-Kent professors. Library staff will host a workshop on utilizing the latest technology tools in your practice, and student ambassadors will conduct a tour of the building. 

That evening, the Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) and the Alumni Association are hosting a wine and cheese tasting after a lecture taught by Professors Christopher Buccafusco and Sarah Harding. Join us for “The War on Terroir: Geographical Indications of Origin,” which will look at the implications of trademark law on a Geographic Indication (GI), a mark used on certain goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities, reputation, or characteristics that are attributable to that place of origin. (Think cognac or swiss cheese.) The wine and cheese tasting will be designed to portray the terroir that makes each product unique and meaningful. Register early, as attendance is limited, and IPLS is asking for a suggested donation of $25.00 at the door. 

As we continue to grow and strengthen the Chicago-Kent Community, we want you to know how vital you are to our success and future. I hope to see you at Alumni Day @ C-K or at one of our fall events.


Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

Alumni Day @ C-K

In This Issue

News and Announcements

Chicago-Kent Faculty Impact

Chicago-Kent placed fortieth in the country–tied with ten other schools–in the most recent ranking of faculty impact based on citations to scholarly work. 

The study, “Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties: Extending the Leiter Rankings to the Top 70,” was published by the University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota) Scholarly Impact Study Group. The study uses the “Scholarly Impact Score” to rank the top 70 law faculties from all law schools accredited by the American Bar Association.

The authors note in the abstract: “Representing about one-third of accredited American law schools, the 70 law faculties ranked in this study have demonstrated concretely a strong collective commitment to legal scholarship. […] Extending the ranking to the Top 70, […] George Mason, Hofstra, the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), Hawaii, Brooklyn, Nevada, San Diego, Chicago-Kent, and Missouri-Columbia achieve strong rankings well above that assigned by U.S. News.”

For more information, visit

New Issue of Seventh Circuit Review Available

The latest issue of Seventh Circuit Review is now available at Student authors have recorded audio synopses of their articles that are available as downloadable MP3 files.

The articles in this issue analyze recent decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dealing with bankruptcy law, employment discrimination, environmental law, First and Fourth Amendment law, immigration law and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.


Arrow Sponsor the 2010 Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon
2010 Alumni Awards Luncheon

On Friday, November 19, the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association will honor distinguished alumni and individuals who serve the law school and legal community at our annual Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon.

Each year, generous individuals and firms sponsor the Luncheon to benefit the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board Scholarship, awarded annually to students who display financial need and academic merit. We invite you to join us at the Luncheon by becoming a 2010 sponsor. Sponsors who commit before Monday, November 8 receive recognition at the Luncheon.

Sponsorship Details

Thank you to our 2010 sponsors. For information on this year's Alumni Awards and Recognition Luncheon, visit:

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 to help alumni in low-paying public interest jobs manage student loan debt so they can remain in those jobs, and to encourage current students to consider a public interest career.

The application period runs from October 1 until December 1, 2010 with awards granted in February 2011. 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”).

C-K Student Receives Writing Award
Elizabeth K. Camille receives 2010 SmithAmundsen Excellence in Legal Writing Award.
L-R: Dean Harold J. Krent, Elizabeth Camille, 2L, and Larry Schechtman '83, managing partner of SmithAmundsen LLC.

2L Elizabeth K. Camille is the 2010 recipient of the SmithAmundsen Excellence in Legal Writing Award. The award is given annually to a first-year student, selected by Chicago-Kent's legal writing faculty and law firm representatives, who has written the best first-year brief and who "adds to the diversity of the legal community."

Camille won for her appellate brief, Diane J. Schroer v. James H. Billington, a federal case dealing with a Title VII sex discrimination issue.

Read more.


arrow Institute for Law and the Humanities 2010 Paper Prize Competition

The Institute for Law and the Humanities (ILH) is pleased to announce the two winners of the 2010 ILH paper prize competition. Keith Syverson, 3L, received first prize for his paper entitled “Freedom to Express a Biological Construct: The Case for First Amendment protection of BioArt,” looking at issues at the intersection of art, science and the First Amendment. Jerry Thomas, also a 3L, received second prize for his paper entitled “Queer Poetry and Sex-Neutrality: Toward a More Comprehensive Legal Theory of Sexual Citizenship,” which offered legal analysis and humanistic interpretations of “queer poetry” and their implications.

The selection committee included Professors Felice Batlan, Sheldon Nahmod, and Christopher Schmidt.


Upcoming Events

Looking for opportunities to reconnect or network with your fellow alumni, or even earn CLE credits? Watch the Online Community calendar for the latest event information, including links to register or RSVP for receptions, programs, and special events.

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Save the Date

Social Events - Chicago

Chicago-Kent Night with the Chicago Fire
Friday, October 8, 2010
8:00 p.m. Game
Toyota Park, 7000 S Harlem, Bridgeview, IL 60455

The Chicago Fire is offering the Chicago-Kent community special-priced tickets for its October 8 game vs. the Columbus Crew. Firehouse tickets are available for only $15 and a Miller Lite Party Deck ticket (includes 4 Miller Lites and food; must be 21) is available for only $35. 

Ticket orders must be placed through the Chicago Fire ticket office by October 5. Tickets are based upon availability and will sell out.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Haiti: Past, Present & Future Prospects
Thursday, October 14, 2010
5:00 p.m. ~ Reception
6:00–8:00 p.m. ~ Program
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago, IL 60661

Make plans now to join us for an evening of provocative thought from preeminent experts on Haiti’s history, its current status and its hope for the future. This panel discussion will take a look at the history of the nation and the current obstacles to rebuilding and discuss some solutions.

The event is hosted by the Illinois Judicial Council.

RSVP by Friday, October 8, 2010 to or call (312) 726-8775.

Alumni Day @ C-K
Friday, October 15, 2010
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

Alumni are invited and encouraged to visit (or re-visit) the law school for a day to see what’s new, or perhaps what hasn’t changed! Take advantage of FREE “Mini-CLE” lectures taught by Chicago-Kent professors and alumni or learn from current Library staff on how to use the latest technology tools in your practice. Come back and visit with former professors and staff or just take a student-led tour of the building. End the day by tasting wine and cheese from around the world as part of an event looking at Geographical Indications of Origin and trademark law.  

To see a full schedule, visit Alumni Day 2010.

Register now

“The War on Terroir”:  Geographical Indications of Origin and Trademark Law
Friday, October 15, 2010
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

As part of Alumni Day @ C-K, please join the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association for a mini-CLE lecture on the Geographic Origins of Indication as it pertains to artisanal cheese and wine taught by Chicago-Kent Professors Chris Buccafusco and Sarah Harding. The lecture is followed by a wine and cheese tasting, hosted by the Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Law Society, designed to portray the terroir that makes each product unique and meaningful.

5:00–5:30 p.m.: Welcome and registration
5:30–6:30 p.m.: Lecture on Geographical Indications of Origin and Trademark Law
6:30–8:00 p.m.: Wine and cheese tasting

Click here to RSVP by October 13, 2010. Sign up early, as attendance is limited. Suggested donation at the door is $25.

Honorable Jesse Reyes
Honorable Jesse Reyes
Hispanic-Latino Law Students' Association’s 6th Annual Judge’s Night
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
5:30 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., 10th Fl., Chicago, IL 60661

You are invited to the 6th Annual Judge's Night sponsored by the Chicago-Kent Hispanic-Latino Law Students' Association (HLLSA). This event will recognize Hon. Jesse Reyes of the Circuit Court of Cook County for his dedication to public service and to the Hispanic-Latino community.

RSVP to by October 13, 2010.

1980 invitation

Class of 1980 30-Year Reunion

Saturday, October 23, 2010
6:00–10:00 p.m.  Cocktails, Dinner and Entertainment
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661
$75/person; Guests are welcome

Join classmates and “vintage faculty” to celebrate your 30-Year Reunion!  The evening includes dinner, open bar and a special performance by cast members of the Chicago Bar Association’s Christmas Spirits revue. 

Thank you to the 30-Year Reunion planning committee!

Register online at or call 312.906.5240 by October 20.

See who’s attending your reunion on the Class of 1980 page on the Alumni Online Community at Not a member of the Community? Sign up.

Women in Law Mentor Program Kick-Off
Thursday, October 28, 2010
5:30–7:30 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1st floor lobby, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661

The Women in Law mentor program was created to facilitate connections between female students and alumnae, as well as to provide opportunities for alumnae involvement in the professional development of future lawyers and business leaders. Join us for the 2010-2011 kick-off event, where mentors and mentees get acquainted and celebrate the beginning of this year's program.

RSVP to or call (312) 906-5240 by Monday, October 25, 2010.

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

Save the Date for an 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 LL.M. 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


Alumni Gatherings in Los Angeles
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Join Dean Harold J. Krent and the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at these upcoming alumni events to meet fellow alumni, catch up on the latest news from Chicago-Kent and learn how to get more involved.

Alumni Lunch ~ Noon
Hosted by Margaret Rosenthal ’79 & Myles L. Berman ’79
Baker Hostetler LLP
12100 Wilshire Blvd, 15th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Alumni Reception & Wine Tasting ~ 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Hosted by Scott Gautier ’97 & Kelly Frazier
Paul Martin’s American Bistro
2361 Rosecrans Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245

RSVP by Monday, October 18 indicating which event to or 312.906.5240.

IP Alumni Gathering @ the AIPLA Annual Meeting: Washington DC
Thursday, October 21, 2010
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Harry’s Pub, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20008

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 and Professor Mickie Piatt.

RSVP to or (312) 906-5240 by Tuesday, October 19.

Washington DC Alumni and Student Public Service Reception
Friday, October 22, 2010
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 19, 2010.

Save the Date: U.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 are interested in becoming a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar, save the date for a group swearing-in with fellow Chicago-Kent alumni. The event also includes a breakfast in the Supreme Court building, a tour, and a chance to meet some of the justices.

Applications will be accepted in early 2011. Additional details will be available at in late-October.

Lectures & Conferences

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
Wednesday, October 6
3:00–4:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St. Room 510, Chicago, IL 60661

If you are managing high student debt and work for the government or a non-profit employer, attend this educational program explaining the latest legislation offering debt relief. This program details the College Cost Reduction and Access Act—the most significant law affecting public service in a generation. Whether you are interested in lowering your monthly student loan payments or learning how you can afford a career in public service, this presentation will show you how to do it. National loan forgiveness expert, Heather Jarvis from Equal Justice Works, will present.

To RSVP and for more information, contact by Monday, October 4.

FOIA IN 2010: Chicago Headline Club’s Ninth Annual First Amendment Forum
Thursday, October 14, 2010
5:00–7:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Marovitz Courtroom, Chicago, IL 60661

On January 1, 2010, the revised Freedom of Information and Open Meetings laws took effect in Illinois. Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Illinois Public Access Counselor Cara Smith of her office will discuss the new law, its challenges and impact. This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsors: IIT Chicago-Kent Center for Open Government, Chicago Headline Club/Society of Professional Journalists, Chicago Journalists Association, and International Press Club of Chicago.

For more information, contact Susan S. Stevens, Chicago Headline Club president, or (312) 733-1936.

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

Chicago-Kent and the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources will present "Sustainability: How values-driven law firms are surviving tough times and prospering over the long term," a live conference and webinar. Attendance for the conference is free, but registration is required. To register for the on-site conference or arrange to host the webinar off-site, please contact Cindy Wyckoff at or (248) 901-4056. There is an $80 fee per off-site location.

CLE Opportunities
Current Issues around Town in Futures and Derivatives CLE

Current Issues Around Town in Futures and Derivatives
Friday, October 22, 2010
9:00 a.m.–5:45 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago, IL 60661

Join us for the second annual Financial Services Law Conference. Topics will include current developments in Forex, Disaster Recovery, Social Networking Sites, AML, CPO Reporting, Electronic Trading & Risk Management, EFRP's & Block Trades, OTC (ClearPort), and Exchange Enforcement Practices; Negotiating Customer, IB and Give-up Agreements; Operating Off-shore in Canada, India and Asia; and New Illinois Rules of Professional Responsibility and Potential Ethical Traps.

The conference is eligible for 6.0 hours of IL MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour of professional responsibility credit, pending final approval. Download a flyer and printable registration form or click here to register online.

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.

Alumni Night at Wrigley Field
L-R: John Floss ’06, Hon. Glen Bower ’74, Dean Harold J. Krent, and Professor Ralph Brill at the 2010 Alumni Night @ Wrigley Field pre-game at Sports Corner.

Past Event Highlights

Arrow Alumni Night at Wrigley Field

This year’s annual Alumni Night @ Wrigley Field welcomed alumni and friends on Tuesday, September 7. Guests enjoyed a pre-game dinner at Sports Corner, followed by a game at Wrigley Field. Despite an early tie in the second inning, the Cubs lost to the Houston Astros 7 - 3. Photos from Alumni Night are available on the Alumni Online Community at

Arrow Class of 1990 Reunion

The Class of 1990 celebrated their 20-Year Reunion with a dinner at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort in Oak Brook, IL. Thank you to the Reunion co-chairs, Leo Dombrowski & Vanessa Weathersby.

Photos from the Class of 1990 20-Year Reunion are available on the Alumni Online Community at

ASCK Week Networking Reception
Student Tara Stringfellow and alumnus Michael White ’75 chat during the Alumni & Student Networking Reception, part of ASCK Week 2010.
Arrow Young Alumni Architecture Cruise

Young alumni set sail on Chicago’s Little Lady on Thursday, September 16 for a sunset architecture cruise. Despite the chilly weather, attendees learned about Chicago’s notable downtown architecture from IIT Architecture Professor Kevin Harrington and enjoyed food, drinks, and connecting with other young alumni.

Arrow ASCK Week 2010: Alumni-Student ConneKtions

The second annual Alumni-Student ConneKtions (ASCK) Week was held September 20-24, and included numerous opportunities for current students to connect with alumni through job shadowing, one-on-one resume reviews and mock interviews, a panel presentation by young alumni, and a networking reception.  Thank you to all of this year’s ASCK Week volunteers!


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