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In This Issue

  • From the Dean: On the Docket for October
  • Chicago-Kent Group Swearing in to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar
  • Chicago-Kent Hosts and Competes in Tournament of Champions
  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program
  • “Watchful Eyes” Internet Privacy Conference
  • 2012 Alumni Awards Sponsorship Information
  • C-K in the City
  • C-K on the Road
  • Professional Development & CLE

Jean Ortega-Piron '81ALUMNI PROFILE:
Jean Ortega-Piron '81

Since 1996, Jean Ortega-Piron ’81 has served as Guardian/Deputy Director for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

An active Chicago-Kent volunteer, Jeanie has been a mentor for the Society of Women in Law for several years, and received the Chicago-Kent Professional Achievement Award in 2007. Her practice areas include juvenile, probate, mental health and special education.

From the Dean
Dean Harold J. Krent

A Supreme Visit

This Wednesday, October 3, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will visit the law school for a lecture titled The Ninth Vote in the "Stop the Beach" Case. A live webcast of the lecture will be available at beginning at 1:30 p.m. I hope you will tune in for this tremendous occasion.

Trial Advocacy News 
Later this month, Chicago-Kent will welcome 16 of the nation’s best trial advocacy teams (including our own) to Chicago for the 2012 Tournament of Champions. As the 2010 champions, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy selected Chicago-Kent to host this prestigious competition.

Competition rounds will take place October 25-28 at the Richard J. Daley Center, with the final rounds here at Chicago-Kent in the Marovitz Courtroom, as well as in a second courtroom that we are currently building on the first floor, which will include the latest in courtroom technology. We simply ran out of space for our trial and appellate advocacy teams to practice and compete. For more information and naming opportunities, see

The Tournament of Champions is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our outstanding appellate advocacy programs and the students who make them so successful. Overall, Chicago-Kent has been invited to compete in the tournament for the past six consecutive years and eleven times overall.

There are several opportunities for alumni to be involved as evaluators throughout the tournament. For more information, visit Many thanks to our competition sponsors, including so far: SmithAmundsen, Anesi Ozmon Rodin Novak & Kohen, Ltd., and McDermott Will & Emery.

Alumni Giving Back
Many thanks to all of our alumni who have volunteered for Alumni/Student ConneKtions (ASCK) Week and our Society of Women in Law mentor program. We appreciate all of our alumni volunteers and their efforts to create a strong and active Chicago-Kent community.


Harold J. Krent 
Dean and Professor of Law

News & Announcements

Chicago-Kent alumni and their guests at the Chicago-Kent U.S. Supreme Court Group Swearing-In in May 2011.
Alumni and their guests at the Chicago-Kent
U.S. Supreme Court Group Swearing-In in May 2011.

Chicago-Kent U.S. Supreme Court Group Swearing-In: March 4, 2013
The Chicago-Kent Alumni Association will host a group swearing-in at the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, March 4, 2013. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the Information Form by Monday, December 3, 2012 to reserve your spot. Our group is limited to 50 participants. Please see for additional information.

Chicago-Kent Hosts and Competes in Tournament of Champions
Bernadett Guy ’13, Tara Korthals ’13, Erin Mayer ’13 and Valerie Raedy ’14 will represent Chicago-Kent in the 2012 NITA Tournament of Champions, hosted by Chicago-Kent October 25-28. Alumni coaches for the team include Nicholas Caputo '01, Nikitas Fudukos '09, Joshua Jones ’08, Jeremiah Lewellen ’11, Anthony Lucafo '07, and Alexandra Molesky '07. Alumni volunteers are needed to serve as evaluators;for more information, please visit

Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)
The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) at Chicago-Kent assists alumni in low-paying public interest jobs in managing student loan debt so they can remain in those jobs, and to encourage current students to consider a public interest career. Applications will be accepted until  December 1 from eligible alumni, with awards granted in February 2013. For more information on the LRAP, visit

Internet Privacy Conference: “Under Watchful Eyes: The Technologies That Track”
Chicago-Kent’s Center for Information, Society and Policy presents “Under Watchful Eyes: The Technologies That Track,” a free, one-day conference on Friday, October 5, bringing together a wide range of experts in technology, legal, computer science, and information privacy fields to discuss privacy issues created by the ever-increasing use of geo-location data. To register or for more information, please visit The conference is eligible for 5.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.

2012 Alumni Awards Sponsorship Opportunities
Each year, the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association and the Alumni Board of Directors invite individuals and firms to sponsor the Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon taking place Thursday, November 15. The luncheon benefits the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board Scholarship, awarded annually to students who display school involvement, financial need and academic merit. For more information on the Luncheon, visit
Upcoming Events

All events take place at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661 unless otherwise noted. Please click on the event titles for more information and/or to register.

C-K in the City

An Afternoon with Justice John Paul Stevens
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 | 1:30 p.m.
Watch live at

ASCK Week 2012: Alumni/Student ConneKtions
October 8-12, 2012
See for more information.

Alumni/Student Networking Reception
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
RSVP by October 5.

Women in Law Mentor Program Kick-Off Reception
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
RSVP by October 12.

Class of 1992 20-Year Reunion
Thursday, October 18, 2012 | 5:30-10:00 p.m.
Cost: $50/person
Register online at

Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon
Thursday, November 15, 2012 | 11:30 a.m.
The Standard Club, 320 S Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL
Register online at
For more information on sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Save the Date: 125th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Union Station Great Hall
Contact if you are interested in serving on the Gala Host Committee or sponsoring the event.

C-K on the Road

IIT Asian Alumni Meeting in Beijing
Friday, October 12-Sunday, October 14, 2012
Grand Hyatt Beijing
Beijing Oriental Plaza, 1 East Chang An Avenue
Featuring remarks by IIT President John Anderson and Dean Harold J. Krent.

Alumni Gathering @ the AIPLA Annual Meeting

Thursday, October 25, 2012
5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Harry’s Pub, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Rd. NW, Washington, DC
Hosted by Roger Hahn ’00 and Prof. Mickie Piatt
RSVP to or (312) 906-5240 by Tuesday, October 16.

Alumni and Student Public Service Reception

Friday, October 26, 2012
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Fado Irish Pub, 808 7th St. NW, Washington, DC
RSVP to by Tuesday, October 16.

Professional Development & CLE

"Under Watchful Eyes: Privacy and the Technologies That Track"
Friday, October 5, 2012 | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Eligible for 5.0 hours of IL MCLE Credit.
Visit the program website for more information.

"How It Broke, How to Fix It: The Crisis of Israeli Democracy and What To Do About It"
Lecture by author Gershom Gorenberg
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | 4:00 p.m.

Patent Wars Strike Back! Apple v. Samsung
A Discussion by Christopher V. Carani, Shareholder, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, presented by the Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Law Society(IPLS)
Thursday, October 18, 2012 | 5:30 p.m., reception to follow
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

4th annual Conference on Futures & Derivatives: What's Going on Around Town?
Friday, October 19, 2012 | 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Eligible for 6.0 hours of IL MCLE credit.
Register online at

Wildlife, Renewable Energy and Climate Change: Critical Issues
Thursday, October 25, 2012 | 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Co-Sponsored with the Illinois State Bar Association.
Register online at

The Henry Morris Lecture in International & Comparative Law
“The Achievements and Paradoxes of Constitutional Democracy in Turkey” by Prof. Dr. Bertil Emrah Oder, Koç University Law School
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 | Noon-1:00 p.m.

Bi-annual Midwest Arbitrators' Symposium 
Friday, November 9, 2012 | 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Eligible for 5.0 hours of IL MCLE Credit.
Register online at

Save the Date: Supreme Court and the Public Symposium
November 15-16, 2012
Co-hosted by the Chicago-Kent Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS) and the Chicago-Kent Law Review.

28th annual Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference
Friday, November 30, 2012
Eligible for 5.75 hours of IL MCLE Credit.
Register online at

More events...

Past Event Highlights

Race Judicata
Nearly 50 students, alumni, and faculty participated in the Chicago-Kent Sportfeasors team for Race Judicata on September 13, sponsored by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. Congrats to all who raced!
A Golden Reunion
Alumni from the classes of 1962 and prior gathered at the law school fo a luncheon to celebrate 50+ years since their graduation. Click here to view a slideshow on Flickr.
Race Judicata 2012
A Golden Reunion at Chicago-Kent 
Race Judicata
Runners pose for a quick photo in front of the Chicago-Kent Sportfeasors tent at Race Judicata.
A Golden Reunion
Representatives from the classes of 1950, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, and 1962 attended their Golden Reunion Luncheon.

To see photos from all recent Alumni Association events, see our photo gallery

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