The Haymarket Affair: The Surprising History of the Fight for the Eight-Hour Workday

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.

Event Recap: Book Talk with Professor Paul Butler

Professor Paul Butler of Georgetown Law with Chicago-Kent's Dean Harold Krent and Professor Graeme Dinwoodie
Professor Paul Butler of Georgetown Law with Chicago-Kent’s Dean Harold Krent and Professor Graeme Dinwoodie

On April 10, 2019 Professor Paul Butler of Georgetown Law discussed his book Chokehold: Policing Black Men in an author’s book talk.

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.

The talk concluded with an open question and answer session with faculty, staff and students and a call to action from Professor Butler. Continue reading “Event Recap: Book Talk with Professor Paul Butler”

Meet Rebecca Quade, Class of 2019

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”

Recap: Design Series with Center for Design, Law, and Technology

This year our CDelta (c∆) Center for Design, Law, & Technology has hosted a series of talks bringing together lawyers and expert guests from other fields, from designers to a celebrated local chef.

Find the social recaps, full videos, photos and more in this recap of their 2018-2019 series on design & law:

  1. October 11: An Evening of Design
  2. February 11: “What is Design?” with Chef Edward Kim
  3. March 11: “What is Design?” with Felicia Ferrone

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Meet Brittany Kaplan, 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”

Event Recap: Can I Ask That?

Can I Ask That? FlyerOn 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.

Panelists:

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Event Recap: Corporate Counsel Night

Corporate Counsel Night 2019 Panelists
Corporate Counsel Night 2019 Panelists

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
  • Krystin Hernandez ’10 – Senior Counsel, McDonald’s Corporation
  • Gavin Daly ’10 – Counsel, Corporate Investigations, Jones, Lang & LaSalle (JLL)
  • Michael Ward ’12 – Associate Attorney, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila

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Event Recap: 4th MLK Forum – Legal Racism: How Inequities Created by the Law Can Be Eliminated by the Law

Assistant Dean Marsha Ross-Jackson
Assistant Dean Marsha Ross-Jackson introducing the 4th MLK Forum at Chicago-Kent College of Law

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.

Erika K. Wilson, Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy & Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, was the featured speaker, presenting a talk titled “Legal Racism:  How Inequities Created by the Law Can Be Eliminated by the Law.”

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. 

You can find the full videos of the event on our YouTube channel, or view individual videos with the slides and the different speakers and questions in a playlist or our recap below: Continue reading “Event Recap: 4th MLK Forum – Legal Racism: How Inequities Created by the Law Can Be Eliminated by the Law”

Meet Elizabeth Orr, Class of 2019

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”

ACLU-IL Civil Liberties Mayoral Forum at Chicago-Kent

Dean Harold J. Krent introducing ACLU-IL Mayoral Forum
Dean Krent welcomes attendees
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.

Amanda Vinicky moderating ACLU-IL Mayoral Forum
Amanda Vinicky, forum moderator
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.

ACLU-IL Chicago Mayoral Forum Video

Watch the entire forum video below, or find the questions and links to individual candidate’s responses in the recap that follows. Continue reading “ACLU-IL Civil Liberties Mayoral Forum at Chicago-Kent”