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October 2014

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FROM THE DEAN

  • 2014 Alumni Awards Celebration

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Chicago-Kent to Host Event Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Congratulations to Chicago-Kent Alumni Named "Forty Under Forty"
  • US District Court Judge to Give Law Review Symposium Keynote Address
  • Chicago-Kent Solo and Small Practice Incubator Applications Due This Friday, October 10
  • Attend the 2014 Alumni Awards Celebration
  • Applications to 2015 LRAP Now Available

ALUMNI PROFILE

  • Kerry Peck '78

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

PAST EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2014 Golden Reunion
  • St. Louis Alumni Gathering


From the Dean

Dean Harold J. Krent

2014 Alumni Awards Celebration


Next month, we will honor five outstanding alumni at the 36th annual Alumni Awards Celebration. Nancy Paridy '83 and Stephen B. Ruben '73 will be honored with the Professional Achievement Awards in recognition of their lifetime contributions to the practice of law and to their communities. Michael J. Gallagher '78 will receive the Distinguished Service Award for his service as a member of Chicago-Kent’s Law Review Alumni Board and Senior Partner Council. Lindsay K.H. Anderson and Tim Ritchey, both members of the Class of 2005, will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Awards for their significant contributions to Chicago-Kent and to the profession. Finally, we will also honor McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP with the Institutional Partner Award in recognition of extensive and enduring relationship between the firm and Chicago-Kent.

You can read more about the Alumni Awards and this year’s honorees on the Alumni Association’s website. I hope you will join me in congratulating Nancy, Stephen, Michael, Lindsay and Tim, as well as those at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff. And I invite you to join me in celebrating their achievements at the 2014 Alumni Awards Celebration on Thursday, November 20 at the Renaissance Downtown Chicago Hotel.

Sincerely,

Harold J. Krent
Dean and Professor of Law


Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
On Thursday, October 23, IIT Chicago-Kent will host a program entitled The Civil Rights Act at 50: The Pioneering Role of Flight Attendants in Fighting Sex Discrimination. This program is a collaboration between Chicago-Kent and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lupic will moderate the panel discussion, which will feature two of the original plaintiffs in the case as well as Chicago-Kent Professor Mary Rose Strubbe, who was a member of the litigation team that represented the plaintiffs class in the United Airlines case.



The program is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. For more information, email Sharon Jordan.

Congratulations to Chicago-Kent Alumni Named "Forty under Forty" List
Seth A. Darmstadter '04, Richard Egan '02, Timothy J. Ritchey '05 and James Wideikis '02 were recently recognized by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as part of its annual "Forty under Forty" list. Congratulations to Seth, Richard, Tim and James on receiving this tremendous honor!

U.S. District Court Judge to Give Keynote Address at Law Review Symposium
The Honorable James F. Holderman, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, will deliver the keynote address at this Friday's Law Review Symposium Juries and Lay Participation: American Perspectives and Global Trends. The day-long symposium will consist of four panels of legal experts presenting on topics such as Contemporary Challenges to Juror Impartiality, The Jury as a Political Institution, Practices and Innovations: A Cross-Country Exchange and Lawyers, Judges & Jurors: Practitioners’ Perspectives as well as Holderman's address Maximizing Jurors' Understanding.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Register here.

Chicago-Kent Solo and Small Practice Incubator Applications Due This Friday, October 10
The Solo & Small Practice Incubator (SSPI) is a one-year program starting November 2014 designed to offer a select group of entrepreneurial-minded recent IIT Chicago-Kent graduates with valuable experience and ongoing training to help build their professional careers as solo or small firm legal practitioners. The program is intended to accelerate the successful development of newly admitted lawyers in an "incubator" environment. Participation is limited to recent graduates of Chicago-Kent, with preference given to members of the Class of 2014. Download an application here.

The SSPI also needs alumni to serve as mentors to SSPI participants. For more information, email Dawn Young at dyoung@kentlaw.iit.edu .

Attend the 2014 Alumni Awards Celebration
The 36th annual Alumni Awards Celebration will be held on Thursday, November 20 at the Renaissance Downtown Chicago Hotel. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and will honor five members of the alumni community as well as an institutional partner with long-standing ties to Chicago-Kent. Read more about the alumni awards and purchase tickets here.

Applications to the 2015 Loan Repayment Assistance Program Now Available
The Loan Repayment Assistance Program, better known as LRAP, is now taking applications for its 2015 awards. Alumni who graduated within the past ten years and are pursuing careers in the public interest may be eligible for financial assistance in repaying their education debt. For more information about the LRAP program, including how to download the 2015 LRAP application, visit the Loan Repayment Assistance Program website.

ALUMNI PROFILE
Kerry Peck '78


 

Kerry Peck '78 is the Managing Partner of the law firm Peck Bloom LLC in Chicago and recently co-authored a book, Alzheimer’s and the Law: Counseling Clients with Dementia and Their Families. Kerry, who is a member of Chicago-Kent's Alumni Board of Directors, was named one of the law school's 125 Alumni of Distinction last fall. Kerry is also the 2014 receipient of the Chicago Bar Association's Justice John Paul Stevens Award, the Association's highest honor, which celebrates Illinois attorneys who have demonstrated extraordinary integrity and service to the community throughout their careers. Congratulations Kerry!

 

 

 

Upcoming Events



C-K in the City


Intellectual Property Law Society Young Alumni Reception
Thursday, October 9, 2014 | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium & Front Lobby
For more information

Society of Women in Law Mentorship Program Kick-Off Reception
Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
10th Floor Morris Hall
RSVP to alums@kentlaw.iit.edu by Tuesday, October 14.

Ferguson and Police Militarization
*Sponsored by the Chicago-Kent chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Room 580

IIT Chicago City Limits Alumni Chapter's Meet and Greet Membership Drive
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Bub City
435 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 6065
For more information

Environmental Law Society Networking Reception
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
10th Floor Morris Hall
For more information

Save the Date: Alternative Legal Career Panel and Networking Reception
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law


An Evening with Anita Alvarez: An Up-Close Look at the Criminal Law Profession
*Sponsored by the Chicago-Kent Criminal Law Society
Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
10th Floor Morris Hall
For more information

2014 Alumni Awards Dinner

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 5:30 p.m.
Renaissance Downtown Chicago Hotel
1 W Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
For more information

C-K on the Road


Chicago-Kent IP Reception in D.C.
October 23, 2014 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Lebanese Taverna
2641 Conneticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
For more information

Alumni and Student Public Service Reception in D.C.

October 24, 2014 | 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Fado Irish Pub
808 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
For more information



IIT Seattle Alumni Gathering
Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.
Future of Flight Museum—Forward Cabin Room
8415 Paine Field Boulevard
Mukilteo, WA 98275
For more information



Save the Date: IIT DC Alumni Gathering
Thursday, November 20, 2014



Save the Date: IIT Bay Area Alumni Gathering
Tuesday, December 2, 2014



Save the Date: IIT Arizona Alumni Gathering
Thursday, December 4, 2014



U.S. Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony
Monday, December 1, 2014
Washington, DC
For more information






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Professional Development & CLE


Chicago-Kent Law Review Symposium
Juries and Lay Participation: American Perspectives and Global Trends

Friday, October 10, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom
10th Floor Morris Hall
For more information

6th annual Conference on Futures & Derivatives
Friday, October 17, 2014 | 8:55 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium & Front Lobby
Eligible for 6.0 hrs of IL CLE credit including 1.0 hrs of professionalism/ethics credit.
For more information

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 @ 50: The Pioneering Role of Flight Attendants in Fighting Sex Discrimination
*The event will feature two of the original plaintiffs in the United Airlines case.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium & Front Lobby
For more information, email Sharon Jordan

The Henry Morris Lecture in International & Comparative Law
Regulating the End of Life

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium & Front Lobby
Eligible for 1 hr IL CLE credit
For more information

BookIt IP Book Talk Series: The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators and Everyday Intellectual Property
Featuring a lecture by author Jessica Silbey, Professor at the Suffolk University Law School
Monday, November 10, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Room 345
For more information, email Patricia O'Neal at poneal@kentlaw.iit.edu

30th annual Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference
Friday, December 5, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium & Front Lobby
CLE credit pending
For more information



More events...

 

Chicago-Kent Fall Alumni Events

It's been a busy fall for the Alumni Association. On September 19, we welcomed the Class of 1964 back to campus to celebrate their Golden Reunion with a luncheon in the newly christened Arthur and Stephanie Morris Hall. And on September 30, the Alumni Association traveled south to St. Louis where Randy Gerber, '79, hosted Dean Hal Krent and several St. Louis area Chicago-Kent graduates for an alumni gathering at his firm, Polsinelli P.C. And finally, six teams of alumni and students took to the diamond this weekend in the 2014 Student-Alumni Softball Tournament. Congratulations to this year's winners, the Peck Bloom Bombers!

Thank you to Randy for hosting us and to all the alumni who attended these events. We look forward to seeing you again soon!




2014 Golden Reunion
September 19, 2014
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St. Louis Alumni Gathering
September 30, 2014
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Student-Alumni Softball Tournament
October 5, 2014
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