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News and Announcements
The Alumni Board of Directors Awards Committee is currently seeking nominations of alumni who have distinguished themselves in their profession or who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the law school. We encourage you to nominate deserving alumni colleagues and friends. It’s a wonderful way to recognize accomplishments of your peers.
Nominations should be submitted by Friday, September 11.
Become a Luncheon Sponsor: Each year, we invite individuals and firms to sponsor the Luncheon to benefit the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board Scholarship, awarded annually to students who display financial need and academic merit. Sponsors at the $500+ level who commit their sponsorship on or before September 28, 2009 receive recognition in the invitation that goes to all Chicago-Kent alumni.
For general information on this year's Alumni Awards & Recognition Luncheon, visit: www.kentlaw.edu/allalumlunch.
The Chicago-Kent Alumni Association introduces Virtual Reunions for classes ending in 4 and 9 between 1959 and 2004. Connect with your law school classmates now through the end of 2009 via the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community.
Get connected at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/reunion!
Before accessing your Virtual Reunion, you will be prompted to login to the Alumni Online Community. Login instructions are available on the reunion homepage.
Classes began on August 24 and we were happy to welcome approximately 300 J.D. students as the Class of 2012, as well as over 100 international LL.M. and exchange students.
Chicago-Kent’s incoming J.D. class is comprised of individuals from 29 different states and several foreign countries. Collectively, they speak at least 19 different languages and have studied in 17 different countries. More than two dozen hold advanced degrees in a variety of disciplines, while a handful have foreign law degrees, including one student who served as a prosecutor in Saudi Arabia.
The Class of 2012 participated in a host of activities during Orientation week, including a service project cleaning up the grounds at the High Ridge YMCA.
An extremely competitive lot, the new class includes several marathoners, a member of the USA paralympic bocci team, a member of the Canadian national rowing team, a member of national and international gold-medal figure skating teams and a five-time national baton twirling champion. Former Eagle Scouts, military servicemembers, and Peace Corps and Americorps volunteers are part of the Class of 2012. There are also entrepreneurs, a former animal keeper with a major U.S. zoo and an engineer who was part of an Indy race car team. One student holds 16 U.S. patents and has another nine pending. This class has varied musical interests from playing tuba with the National Symphony of Paraguay, to performing as a singer/keyboardist in more than 700 concerts in the past seven years, to serving as a member of the 2006 National Hip Hop Political Convention.
The international LL.M. and exchange students are no less of an impressive set. Hailing from 18 different countries on five continents, among their ranks are recipients of Fulbright and Muskie grants. We hope you will enjoy meeting these diverse students at various alumni and student networking receptions throughout the year.
Jeremy Kerman ‘09 and Ausra Norusis ’09 are the recipients of the 2009 Marc Grinker Student Commitment Award. The award was created in memory of Professor Marc A. Grinker, who served as the first director of the law school’s Appellate Advocacy Program.
Jeremy Kerman was a member of the Chicago-Kent Law Review and the Moot Court Honor Society. He also served as an extern to the Hon. Wayne Andersen of the Northern District of Illinois and as a teaching assistant for first-year legal writing students. Kerman has accepted a position with Katten Muchin Rosenman beginning next February.
Ausra Norusis was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and was on the Dean’s List for three years. She served as an extern to the Hon. Martin C. Ashman in the chambers of the U.S. Magistrate and as a law clerk with Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. Norusis was also a teaching assistant in the legal writing program.
In similar news, Andrew Fernandez ‘09 and Jonathan Rhodes ’09 are this year’s recipients of the Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic. The awards were established by Chicago-Kent alumni, brothers, and criminal defense attorneys Jack ‘87 and Sidney Z. Fleischman ‘87 to recognize outstanding students in the criminal defense section of the Chicago-Kent Law Offices.
Andrew Fernandez spent 16 months as a legal extern in Chicago-Kent’s Criminal Defense Clinic. He worked as a summer associate and law clerk at Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. and also served as a legal extern in the law school’s Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic.Jonathan Rhodes spent two years as a law clerk in Chicago-Kent’s Criminal Defense Clinic. Working under the supervision of a licensed Illinois attorney, Rhodes defended both indigent and fee-paying clients charged with felonies and misdemeanors. He worked in trial and appellate courts in both the state and federal legal systems.
Authors' Groups at the Union League Club
The Union League Club offers two of their September Authors' Groups to Chicago-Kent alumni.
Tickets are $30 and include lunch. For additional details and to RSVP, visit www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/unionleague.
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 Chicago-Kent service day.
Have you always wanted to learn the finer points of etiquette? Join us for a 3-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, including dinner. To RSVP, call (312) 906-5240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Etiquette Dinner is part of ASCK Week. More information on the week is available online at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/asck.
The Mies van der Rohe Society will host a performance of the musical The White City: Daniel Burnham’s Dream in the newly restored Carr Memorial Chapel on the Illinois Institute of Technology main campus. The musical tells the story of Daniel Burnham, who planned and constructed the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, as well as the Burnham Plan, one of the largest city planning efforts for Chicago in 1909.
Tickets are $40 for Mies Society Members and $50 for Non-Members. RSVP to Kelly Hyman at email@example.com or 312.567.5025.
Please join us for a Denver, CO alumni gathering, hosted by David Goldberg ‘83 and Sarah Hensley Ware ‘08.
Dean Krent will host alumni Gatherings in Shanghai and Beijing, China this month.
Alumni in China are invited to join Dean Harold J. Krent for an alumni dinner in Shanghai at Pine City Hotel Restaurant.
Please RSVP to Arthur Wah at Artwah@aol.com by Monday, September 7.
Earlier in the day, Dean Krent will be speaking at the Shanghai Bar Association at 2:00 p.m. (14:00). Alumni and guests are welcome to attend.
Alumni currently living in China are invited to join Dean Harold J. Krent for an alumni dinner in Beijing at NewKaiYuan Restaurant (Beijing Wan Quanhe Bridge Branch).
Please RSVP to Liu Yan at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, September 7.
The next day, Friday, September 11, Dean Krent will be speaking at the Beijing Lawyers Association at 2:00 p.m. (14:00). Alumni and guests are welcome to attend.
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. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet these students and fellow alumni working in the public sector and join us for a great evening. The location will be announced next month.
RSVP to email@example.com by Tuesday, October 20, 2009.
Tax Law: Careers beyond the Numbers
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 on Taxation, David J. Kupiec ’94, a lobbyist and partner with Kupiec & Martin, LLC, and Alexander Harris ’95, a shareholder with American Tax Solutions, Inc., who advocates on behalf of tax payers.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org 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, and the Corporate Law Society.
27th annual Federal Sector Labor Relations and Labor Law Conference
Chicago-Kent presents the longest running conference on federal sector and postal labor relations and labor law held outside of Washington, D.C. The keynote panel topic will be “The Evolution of Collaboration – Where Do We Go From Here?”. Other topics will include MSPB, EEO, FLRA, USERRA, the effective use of mediation, and diversity and intercultural Issues.
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.
(l-r) Maria Cafcas, Thomas Cafcas '73, John Pikarski '69, and Suellen Kelley-Bergerson '78 enjoyed a pre-game reception at the 2009 Alumni Night @ Wrigley Field.
Past Event Highlights
This year’s annual Alumni Night @ Wrigley Field welcomed nearly 200 alumni and friends on Wednesday, August 26.
Guests enjoyed a pre-game dinner at the Cubby Bear, followed by a game at Wrigley Field. Despite threatening clouds, the rain held off throughout the game to see the Cubs beat the Washington Nationals, 9 - 4.
Photos from Alumni Night at available on the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/cubs09.
Young Alumni Council: If you are a 1999 or later graduate who wants to get involved with Chicago-Kent in a leadership role, interact with the Alumni Board of Directors, and strengthen the bond of young alumni with the law school we invite you to be a founding member of the Young Alumni Council. For more information, contact Tara Anderson, Director of Alumni Relations at email@example.com or (312) 906-5245.
For more pictures from the Young Alumni Social, please visit www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/social09.
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