Chicago-Kent Alumni Association The E-Brief

October 2013

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FROM THE DEAN

  • Stay Involved with the Chicago-Kent Alumni Community

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Announcing the 125 Alumni of Distinction
  • Attend the 125 Alumni of Distinction Dinner
  • 2013 Centennial Lecture
  • Memorial Service for Professor Fred Bosselman
  • Chicago-Kent hosts major Fine Art Exhibit
  • Alumni Hosts Needed for ConneKtions @ Dinner Week
  • Volunteer to Coach Chicago-Kent's Moot Court team
  • Society of Women in Law Seeks Alumnae Mentors
  • Chicago-Kent's Fall 2013 Documentary Film Series on Race
  • ABA selects CALI Director as 2013 Legal Rebel

ALUMNI PROFILE

  • Lbujica Popovic '98

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • C-K in the City
  • C-K on the Road
  • Professional Development & CLE

PAST EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • 125th Anniversary Block Party and All-School Reunion

From the Dean

Dean Harold J. Krent

Stay Involved with the Chicago-Kent Alumni Community

This past Saturday, we continued our 125th Anniversary celebration at the Chicago-Kent Block Party.  Hundreds of alumni gathered at the corner of Adams and Jefferson to reminisce with their classmates, meet the latest generation of Chicago-Kent students and, in the case of Tim Culbertson, Ed Harris, Bart Lazar, John Locallo and Carlos Vera, rock out on stage. Thank you to all who attended and helped make the Block Party such a success.

I want to mention some ways in which you can stay involved with Chicago-Kent as a member of the alumni community.  The experience and professional expertise of our Chicago-Kent alumni are a tremendous resource, and both the Society of Women in Law and Solo and Small Practice Incubator are seeking alumni mentors. If you would like to serve as a mentor to current students and/or recent graduates, please email the Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.iit.edu for more information.

Other volunteer roles include hosting a student for dinner during Alumni Student ConneKtions Week, serving as a Moot Court coach, speaking as part of the Young Alumni Council’s CLE and Networking Series, or serving as an Alumni Ambassador with the Chicago-Kent Admissions Office.  Our students would benefit greatly, and you should find the experience rewarding. 

Thank you for your support and I hope to see you at the 125 Alumni of Distinction Dinner on Thursday, November 21st.

Sincerely,

Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law

News & Announcements

Announcing the 125 Alumni of Distinction
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is celebrating 125 years of trailblazing, innovative and successful alumni who have helped shape the legal profession, given back to their communities and to the law school and helped raise the profile of Chicago-Kent on a global level. After almost a year-long process that garnered more than 400 nominations, a committee of alumni, faculty, staff and students narrowed the list to 125 Alumni of Distinction. These 125 Alumni of Distinction represent a cross-section of our community that is as diverse and multi-faceted as the law school itself. Some are lawyers and legislators.  Others are civic leaders, entrepreneurs, journalists and authors. Far more are worthy of honor, but those selected stand in for the countless alumni who have made such a huge impact on the legal community and the greater community at large.

Each week, we will be showcasing a new set of alumni profiles through a special email campaign set to start this week. We hope your are as proud of these alumni as you are of your own successes in the law and elsewhere.

Attend the Chicago-Kent 125 Alumni of Distinction Dinner
On Thursday, November 21, 2013, the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association will honor 125 of its most distinguished alumni at the 125 Alumni of Distinction Dinner. The 125 Alumni of Distinction are a diverse group of men and women who truly embody the spirit of innovation and excellence that is the foundation of Chicago-Kent. Join us as we share the inspiring stories of each of these men and women, and honor them for the tremendous impact they have made on the legal profession as well as their communities at large. For more information.

Erwin Chemerinsky to deliver Chicago-Kent's 2013 Centennial Lecture
Chicago-Kent's 2013 Centennial speaker Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean of the University of California Irvine School of Law, will deliver a lecture entitled "Has the Supreme Court Lost Faith in the Courts?" on Monday, October 7 at 3:00 p.m. in the Ogilvie Auditorium. Dean Chermerinsky is one of the leading constitutional scholars in the nation and has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as many federal courts of appeals. This event is free and open to the public. A wine and cheese reception will follow in the lobby. For more information.

Memorial Service for Professor Fred Bosselman
Chicago-Kent will hold a Memorial Service for Professor Fred Bosselman on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Coutroom. A reception in the front lobby will follow the service. All are welcome. For more information.

Chicago-Kent Premieres Fine Art Exhibit in Support of Human Rights
On October 10, Chicago-Kent will host the premiere of "The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions," a fine art exhibit designed to designed to shed light and promote discussion of the major global human rights issues. The exhibit features 38 pieces from Midwest's most prominent artists, and will be on display on the third floor of Chicago-Kent's main campus until February 2014. For more information.

Chicago-Kent Alumni Association Seeks Alumni Hosts for ConneKtions @ Dinner Week
The Alumni Association is currently seeking alumni hosts for the Fall ConneKtions @ Dinner program, which will take place November 4-8, 2013. ConneKtions @ Dinner connects alumni with current students and faculty, adding a personal touch to the Chicago-Kent experience for today’s students. Alumni are invited to host dinners, at no cost to their guests, for a group of students and a couple of faculty members (if you so choose). Gatherings can be as formal or as casual as you desire, and can take place in your home or at a restaurant.

Full details and a link to the sign up form can be found here. The deadline to sign up is Friday, October 25.

Volunteer to Coach Chicago-Kent's Moot Court Team
Chicago-Kent's Moot Court team is currently seeking alumni to serve as volunteer coaches to help the team prepare for competitions in October and November. Please contact Colette Kopon or Professor Kent Streseman for more information.

Society for Women in Law Seeks Alumnae Mentors
The Chicago-Kent chapter of the Society of Women in Law is seeking alumnae to serve as mentors for the 2013-2014 school year. Mentors are not expected to offer employment, circulate resumes, or set up interviews. The Society only asks that mentors help students develop strategies for professional advancement and growth, and provide guidance and personal insights when appropriate or useful to the student.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor with the Society of Women in Law, please register online at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/womeninlaw no later than Friday, October 18. For questions, please email alums@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Chicago-Kent hosts Documentary Film Series on Race
In an effort to hold meaningful discussions on race and diversity in the Chicago-Kent community, the Chicago-Kent Diversity Committee and the Student Groups of Color are hosting the Fall 2013 Documentary Film Series on Race. Three different films will be screened during the fall months with a discussion and a reception to follow each screening. Alumni are welcome to attend. For more information.

ABA selects CALI's John Mayer as 2013 Legal Rebel
John Mayer, Executive Director of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), was recently selected as one of the ABA's 2013 Legal Rebels, an award given to change leaders within the legal profession. Mayer was selected for his work with CALI producing online interactive tutorials written by law professors, which he hopes will eliminate the need for textbooks in the legal classroom within the next five years. Read the ABA's profile of John.

ALUMNI PROFILE
Ljubica Popovic '98



(Lbujica pictured here with Judge Thomas R. Fitzgerald)


Ljubica Popovic ’98 began her career as an assistant State’s Attorney, and then served as staff attorney to Justice Margaret O’Mara Frossard ‘76, First District Appellate Court, and Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald, Illinois Supreme Court. Currently, Ljubica and fellow Chicago-Kent alumnus, Nick Caputo, have formed Caputo and Popovic P.C., where Ljubica handles a wide variety of cases ranging from real estate and criminal law to employment and contract disputes.

In addition to her firm responsibilities, Ljubica serves as an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent, where she teaches Trial Advocacy, Intensive Trial Advocacy and has taught several semesters of legal writing; Valparaiso Law School, where she teaches Advanced Appellate Advocacy, and Purdue University Calumet, where she teaches undergraduate courses in American Government, Criminal Procedure and Law & Society. Ljubica is currently working towards her Masters in Public Administration at the Illinois Institute ofTechnology, Stuart School of Business.

While a student at Chicago-Kent, Ljubica was the two-year recipient of the Michael J. Angerola Trial Advocacy Scholarship, Regional winner of the National Trial Competition (1997) and Semi-National Tournament of Champions Finalist (1998). Ljubica became very passionate about the trial advocacy program while a student, and has continued to give back to the student’s and school through her work as an adjunct professor, volunteer work as a trial advocacy coach and as a donor to the program.
She currently lives in Indiana with her husband, Drago, and their three young children.

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


Memorial Service for Professor Fred Bosselman
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom
565 W Adams
Chicago, IL
*Reception to follow
For more information

IIT Chicago-Kent Presents "The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions"
Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 5:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 W Adams
Chicago, IL
For more information

IIT Chicago-Kent's Art and Cultural Property Law Society Presents It's Fall West Loop Gallery Crawl
Featuring visits to West Loop Galleries, Kavi Gupta, Western Exhibitions, and Andrew Rafacz
Thursday, October 17, 2013 | 5:30 p.m.
835 W Washington
Chicago, IL
*Reception with Gallerists and Staff to follow at Haymarket Brewery
Email rweber1@kentlaw.iit.edu for more information.

IIT Chicago-Kent 125 Alumni of Distinction Dinner
Thursday, November 21, 2013 | 5:30 p.m.
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
1 W Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL
Registration


C-K on the Road

IIT Chicago-Kent Alumni Gathering at the AIPLA Conference
Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Harry's Pub at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Rd NW
Washington, D.C.
RSVP by Monday, October 21 to alums@kentlaw.iit.edu

IIT Chicago-Kent Washington D.C. Alumni and Student Public Service Reception
Friday, October 25, 2013 | 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Fado Irish Pub
808 7th St. NW
Washington D.C.
RSVP by Tuesday, October 22 to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu

IIT Chicago-Kent Los Angeles Alumni Gathering

Thursday, November 7, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Jonathan Club
850 Palisades Beach Road
Santa Monica, CA
RSVP by Monday, November 4 to alums@kentlaw.iit.edu

IIT Chicago-Kent San Diego Alumni Gathering
Hosted by N. Thane Bauz '91
Friday, November 8, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m
Perkins Coie LLP
11988 El Camino Real, Suite 200
San Diego, CA
RSVP by Monday, November 4 to alums@kentlaw.iit.edu


IIT Houston Alumni Gathering
Monday, November 11, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Villa Rinata
2840 Chimney Rock Road
Houston, TX

For more information

IIT Austin Alumni Gathering
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Whole Foods Market Headquarters
1105 N. Lamar Boulevard, Suite 200
Austin, TX
For more information

Save the Date: IIT Chicago-Kent Miami Alumni Gathering
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
At the Home of Mark Scott '97
1770 Micanopy Avenue
Miami, FL



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Professional Development & CLE


2013 Futures Conference
Hosted by the Chicago-Kent College of Law Practice Management
October 4-5, 2013
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium & Lobby
565 W Adams
Chicago, IL
*This event is eligible for 7.5 hrs of MCLE credit
For more information

2013 Centennial Lecture with Erwin Chemerinsky
Monday, October 7, 2013 | 3:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium & Lobby
565 W Adams
Chicago, IL
*Reception to follow
For more information

“When Did It Become Unconstitutional for States to Ban Same Sex Marriage?: Constitutional Interpretation in the 21st Century”
A lecture featuring Chicago-Kent Professor Christopher Schmidt
Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 W Adams
Chicago, IL
*This event is co-sponsored by the Jack Miller Center and Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States.
For more information

Chicago-Kent Documentary Film Series on Race Presents "A Class Divided"
Thursday, October 17, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 W Adams
Chicago, IL
For more information

The Henry Morris Lecture in International & Comparative Law

Featuring Chaihark Hahm, Professor of Law, Yonsei Law School, Seoul, South Korea
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium & Lobby
565 W Adams
Chicago, IL
For more information

IIT 2013 Darsh Wasan Lecture "Harnessing Knowledge to Meet the Challenge of Climate Change"
Presented by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. R. K. Pachauri, director general of the Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, India.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | 4:00 p.m.
Perlstein Hall, Smith Olson Auditorium and Harris Perlstein Lobby
10 West 33rd Street
Chicago, IL
*Reception to follow
For more information


5th Annual Conference on Futures & Derivatives
Friday, October 25, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 W Adams
Chicago, IL
For more information

Chicago-Kent Law Review Annual Symposium
Friday, November 8, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.-3:40 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
10th Floor Event Room
565 W Adams
Chicago, IL
RSVP by Monday, November 4 to alums@kentlaw.iit.edu

Chicago-Kent Documentary Film Series on Race Presents "Of Civil Rights and Wrongs"
Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 W Adams
Chicago, IL
For more information

IIT University Trustee John W. Rowe Lecture "The Heart of the Matter"
Thursday, November 20, 2013 | 4:00 p.m.
Hermann Hall
3241 South Federal
Chicago, IL
For more information

More events...


Past Event Highlights

IIT Chicago-Kent 125th Anniversary Block Party and All-School Reunion

On Saturday, September 28, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law hosted the 125th Anniversary Block Party and All-School Reunion. Hundreds of alumni and friends of Chicago-Kent enjoyed delicious food, crisp Lagunitas beer and the musical stylings of alumni bands on a beautiful fall day in Chicago. Thank you to all who attended and made the Block Party such a success!


(Professor Dan Coyne with students and alumni)


(Dean Krent with State Senator Kwame Raoul '93 and IIT President John Anderson)


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



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