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Continuing Legal and Professional Education

The 8th annual Charles Green Lecture in Law and Technology

On Monday, October 25 from 4:00-5:30pm in the auditorium, please plan on attending the 8th annual Charles Green Lecture in Law and Technology. This year's lecture, "The Role of En Banc Review at the Federal Circuit" will be given by the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The Federal Circuit is unique among the federal circuit courts of appeal because its decisions set nation-wide legal standards. Its national jurisdiction also results in few splits in authority between it and the regional circuits, which is often a reason the Supreme Court agrees to hear a given case. Consequently, when the court decides an en banc case, its impact is of considerable importance. It has immediate national impact and can send a signal to the Supreme Court for possible review. Notwithstanding the importance of these cases, much ambiguity surrounds how the court decides to take a case en banc. Judge Gajarsa will address the en banc process at the Federal Circuit, the reasons why the court would take the extraordinary step of granting en banc review, and whether the court, given its unique role, should take more or fewer cases en banc in order to promote uniformity in U.S. patent law.

The Green lecture will be preceded in the day by the inaugural Federal Circuit Roundtable from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The Roundtable is an annual event in which a panel of prominent Chicago-area practitioners who are former Federal Circuit Clerks will address current issues in patent law. There will also be a reception following the lecture from 5:30-6:30 p.m.


On Friday, November 12, 2003, the law school will present the 20th annual Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Program. This conference is designed for lawyers whose practice involves labor law, local government law or school law; for state and local government and public education officials, administrators and labor relations officers; for union officials, business agents and uniserv directors; and for arbitrators and mediators. The opening plenary session features Hon. Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, US District Court Judge, Northern District of Illinois, who will address the topic "Trends in Employment Law and the Public Sector Workplace." Her speech will be followed by concurrent hands-on, interactive workshops on several hot button topics of current interest: IPLRA Developments, Card Check Recognition, EEO Update, First Amendment Issues, The Conundrum of Leave: FMLA, Military Leave, Victims of Domestic Violence Act and Workers Compensation, IELRA Developments, Interest Arbitration, Effective Arbitration Advocacy, Trends in Public Sector Bargaining, FLSA Developments, No Child Left Behind Act, Higher Education Forum, Police & Firefighter Forum, Mental Health Issues: Dealing with Employees Mental Dissabilities, and Employee Benefits Update.

Law students (JD only) enrolled at Chicago-Kent are welcome to attend any or all of the program sessions free of charge. Course materials are not included, however, copies of the materials will be available in the library after the program.

If you are interested in volunteering to work at the conference, in exchange for complementary course materials and an opportunity to network at the conference luncheon and reception, please let us know when you stop by the office (Suite 673) to register, or by e-mailing rvicario. Pre-registration is required no later than Tuesday, November 4, 2003.


Student volunteer opportunities for law students (JD only) are available for some of the Continuing Legal and Professional Education programs listed below.  If you are interested in providing some of your time to volunteer at any of these programs, in exchange for complementary course materials and the opportunity to network at conference luncheons and receptions, please stop by the Office of Continuing Legal and Professional Education (Suite 673) or e-mail rvicario for more information. 


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Friday, December 3, 2004

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Kenneth M. Piper Lecture
April 5, 2005

22nd annual
Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference
April 14-15, 2005

24th annual
Conference on Not-For-Profit Organizations
June 3, 2005



For additional information contact:
Office of Continuing Legal and Professional Education
Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 West Adams Street, Room 673
Chicago, IL  60661-3691
Phone:  312/906-5090
Fax: 312/906-5093



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