An important anniversary in law and labor history is coming up! On May 4, 1886, workers gathered at the intersection of Desplaines and Randolph streets (a nine-minute walk from the present location of Chicago-Kent), known as Haymarket Square.
It was the fourth day of strikes in favor of an eight-hour workday. The police arrived at Haymarket late in the evening, when the demonstrators were already heading home on account of the rainy weather. A bomb was thrown at the ranks of police, killing an officer and touching off a panic that left another six officers and at least four workers dead. The state of Illinois put eight anarchists – mostly German immigrants – on trial for conspiracy.
Professor César Rosado Marzán, co-director of the Institute for Law and the Workplace at Chicago-Kent, says: “The trial wouldn’t meet most people’s definition of ‘fair’: suspicion of immigrants and working-class people was widespread, and both the judge and press were fervently pro-prosecution.”
(Note: The contemporary print reproduced above, with its heroic depiction of the police captain, was typical.)
The eight defendants were convicted; four were hanged, one (also sentenced to death) committed suicide in prison, and three served prison terms. What they were fighting for – the eight-hour workday – became a reality for many, and May 1 is now International Workers Day.
He offered an overview of the ways the criminal justice system affects African Americans, starting by contrasting different definitions of the problems and moving on to describe a range of historical responses and current abolitionist strategies.
Rebecca Quade chose Chicago-Kent for the practical and immersive education that would help her build the skills she needs for her legal career. She found professors who support her goals and opportunities to push herself and discover new passions as a student leader. Continue reading “Meet Rebecca Quade, Class of 2019”
Brittany Kaplan came to Chicago-Kent after a career in publishing, looking forward to building on that expertise with her training in our Intellectual Property program. Learn more about her favorite professors and the ways she challenged herself and proved her skills in advocacy and her leadership in our IP journal. Continue reading “Meet Brittany Kaplan, Class of 2019”
On February 27, our students hosted an event to kick-start our annual diversity week with a panel of judges, attorneys, professors, and students.
Each speaker shared their professional journey and how they address diversity and cultural competence in the legal field. Students submitted questions in advance for the event and Joanna Martin, president of HLLSA, moderated the panel discussion.
Kim Bailey – Associate Professor of Law, Norman and Edna Freehling Scholar
Victoria Ryan, Associate Director of Career Services, provided this recap of the panel discussion:
On January 29, a great group of students turned out on a very cold night in Chicago with sub-zero temperatures to hear a panel of six distinguished attorneys discuss their roles as in-house corporate counsel:
David Susler – Associate General Counsel, National Material L.P.
Matthew Hamielic ’17 – Associate Attorney, Innovation Law Department, Allstate
Angela Frye ’97 – General Counsel, Great Lakes Market, Verizon Wireless
On January 24, 2019, Chicago-Kent hosted the 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Forum sponsored by the law school’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Multiculturalism & Professional Development as well as several faculty committees, departments, and student organizations.
After Professor Wilson’s discussion, other panelists gave their perspectives on the impact of legal racism in finance, education reform, and housing policy. An open question and answer session followed that addressed specific examples, terms, and trends from the presentation and the speaker discussion.
Elizabeth Orr has always known how she wants to use her skills as a lawyer. In this profile, she shares the opportunities at Chicago-Kent that have given her the perspective she needs to find the best area of law for her. She also shares the opportunities she’s had as a leader in our student organizations to invest in other students. Continue reading “Meet Elizabeth Orr, Class of 2019”
On January 18, the ACLU of Illinois invited candidates for the 2019 Chicago mayoral election to attend a forum to discuss the impact they would have as mayor on civil liberties and basic freedoms in Chicago.
Dean Krent thanked the ACLU-IL for hosting the event and commended everyone in the packed auditorium for attending on a cold night.
Six candidates participated in the live forum: Amara Enyia, La Shawn Ford, John Kozlar, Lori Lightfoot, Toni Preckwinkle, and Paul Vallas. Other candidates sent their responses to the ACLU-IL questionnaire but did not attend the forum. WTTW correspondent Amanda Vinicky moderated the forum.