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    Shapiro in CNN on “How Scalia played with fire”

    by  • February 17, 2016 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    The following opinion piece by Professor Shapiro, “How Scalia played with fire,” was posted February 16, 2016, on cnn.com.

    By Carolyn Shapiro

    The late Justice Antonin Scalia has been justly praised for his tremendous intellect, his resounding influence on the law and his supremely accessible opinions. And since his death Saturday, many commentators have noted his sincere, long friendship with liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and others with whom he often disagreed.

    Indeed, some have suggested that we use the legendary Scalia-Ginsburg friendship — so well-known that it inspired an opera — as a model for how we should all relate to those whose political views we disagree with.

    But Scalia’s personal warmth should not preclude considering to what extent his jurisprudence and his famously acerbic tone may have contributed to the polarized national conversation about the court.

    Read more on CNN.

    Kling Comments on Dennis Hastert Indictment

    by  • June 10, 2015 • Faculty Commentary, Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    Professor Richard Kling has spoken with numerous news sources about the recent federal indictment and arraignment of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. According to Prof. Kling, the former speaker will likely accept a plea deal to avoid the public spotlight of an extended trial. See below for a roundup of Prof. Kling’s media appearances:



    Hastert pleads not guilty in hush money case,” WBEZ/NPR

    Lee IP Article Makes “Best Of” List

    by  • May 13, 2015 • Faculty in the News, Scholarship • 0 Comments

    Professor Edward Lee’s article The Global Trade Mark (35 U. Pa. J. Int’l L. 917 (2014)) has been selected by the Intellectual Property Law Review as one of the best intellectual property articles of 2014. The article will appear in the 2015 edition of the Intellectual Property Law Review’s annual anthology, published by Thomson Reuters (West).

    Read an abstract of the article below, or download at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1804985.

    This Article offers a proposal for World Trade Organization (WTO) countries to adopt global intellectual property rights for a special class of trademarks: famous or well-known marks. Well-known marks are well-suited for greater departure from the territoriality principle, given the transnational protections for well-known marks that already exist under the Paris Convention and TRIPS Agreement. This Article proposes creating a Global Trademark (GTM) for well-known marks, to be governed by one, uniform international law. The GTM will span all countries in the WTO. The GTM is inspired, in part, by the Community Trade Mark (CTM) in the European Union, the first truly transnational intellectual property form. While the CTM is regional in scope, the GTM will be international.

    This Article proceeds in five Parts. Part I discusses the theory behind the Global Trade Mark (GTM) and why it is worth adopting today. Part II discusses the outlines of the proposed Global Trade Mark Treaty, whose signal feature will be to establish a uniform body of international law to govern the GTM and an International Court of the GTM to resolve conflicts over its interpretation. Part III discusses the two Pathways by which a trademark can be registered as a GTM: (1) international registration of an existing famous mark that is famous in a certain threshold number of countries (here under a proposed Rule of 7 countries, the formula of which is discussed below), or (2) an “intent-to-develop” registration of a mark an owner intends to make famous under the Rule of 7 countries within a prescribed time of 10 years. Part IV discusses enforcement of GTMs in national courts and post-registration issues, including abandonment and genericide. Part V addresses objections.

    Walters and Ross-Jackson Win 2015 SBA Faculty Awards

    by  • May 1, 2015 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    Two Chicago-Kent faculty members were honored at the Student Bar Association awards ceremony on April 27: Prof. Adrian Walters was named SBA Professor of the Year, and Marsha Ross-Jackson, Assistant Dean for Student Professional Development, was named SBA Adjunct Professor of the Year. Read the nomination text for both awards below.

    Walters SBA award

    Nomination text: Prof. Adrian Walters is a brilliant man who cares deeply about not only the success of his students but also actually getting to know them. He had made an effort to memorize all of our names before our very first class with him. Professor Walters also regularly updates his blog about any type of Contracts or legal issue he is interested in at the moment and encouraged his students to read it when it pertained to their learning. He facilitated the learning process inside and outside of the classroom and kept Contracts as fun and interesting as it could possibly get.

    ross-jackson SBA award

    Nomination text: Dean Ross-Jackson has been instrumental in increasing diversity and inclusion at Chicago-Kent. Dean Ross-Jackson is the frontrunner for Chicago-Kent’s diversity week and other diverse events on campus. In addition, she serves as Director of the Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program and has been active in promoting Chicago-Kent to underrepresented high school students through DiscoverLaw, a program designed to give high school students a taste of the law school experience. Dean Ross-Jackson has been a tremendous role model, leader, and mentor at Chicago-Kent.

    Staudt’s Justice & Technology Practicum Celebrates Its Fifth Year

    by  • April 22, 2015 • Faculty in the News, Scholarship • 0 Comments

    By Alexander Rabanal, Access to Justice Fellow at Chicago-Kent’s Center for Access to Justice & Technology

    justice and tech practicum


    This fall marks the fifth year of Professor Ronald Staudt’s Justice & Technology Practicum, a groundbreaking course at IIT Chicago-Kent that teaches students how to create A2J Guided Interviews® and document assembly templates for use by self-represented litigants. A2J Guided Interviews are graphical interfaces that walk a person through a legal process and can also be used to generate a completed legal form. Since 2005, over 2.6 million A2J Guided Interviews have been run, producing over 1.5 million documents. With legal aid organizations typically burdened by limited resources and funding, Professor Staudt’s students make a critical contribution to closing the justice gap by creating powerful online self-help tools that scale up the delivery of legal assistance to those who cannot afford a private attorney or who are ineligible for legal aid.

    The Practicum is a hybrid classroom and clinical course. Students receive classroom instruction on the uses of technology to meet the legal needs of the poor and engage in lively discussions about the increasing role technology plays in both legal services delivery and private practice. Students are then paired with a legal aid attorney to address a justice problem and conduct critical legal research and fieldwork as the foundation for developing an interactive A2J Guided Interview and document assembly template for a legal aid organization. Over the past five years, Professor Staudt’s students have created interactive tools for legal aid organizations across the country, from California to North Carolina. Among other fieldwork activities, students may volunteer at the Self-Help Web Center at the Daley Center, where they help pro se litigants use A2J Guided Interviews and online legal self-help resources, such as those found on Illinois Legal Aid Online.


    Harding Receives 2015 John W. Rowe Excellence in Teaching Award

    by  • April 15, 2015 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    Prof Sarah HardingIIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Professor Sarah Harding received the John W. Rowe Excellence in Teaching Award at IIT’s annual Faculty Recognition and Awards Reception on April 9. The award was given in recognition of Professor Harding’s noteworthy teaching efforts and dedication to IIT. University deans Christine Himes (Lewis College of Human Sciences), Harold Krent (Chicago-Kent), and Wiel Arets (College of Architecture) served on the review committee for the award, which was announced by IIT Provost Alan Cramb. The award is named for John W. Rowe, past chairman of the IIT Board of Trustees and chairman emeritus of Exelon Corporation.

    Professor Harding joined the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty in 1995. Her research focuses primarily on property-related issues—in particular the social and cultural significance of property. She teaches a range of courses, including property law, cultural heritage law, comparative law, and comparative Constitutional law. From 2008 to 2014 she was associate dean for faculty research and development. Professor Harding has a B.A. from McGill University and holds law degrees from Dalhousie, Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), and Yale.

    Find Professor Harding’s full biography, including links to her scholarship, at: http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/faculty/full-time-faculty/sarah-k-harding.

    American Academy of Appellate Lawyers Names Steinman Honorary Fellow

    by  • March 5, 2015 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    [Reposted from IIT Chicago-Kent News]

    IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Distinguished Professor Joan E. Steinman has been named an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Members are elected by the Academy’s board of directors. Professor Steinman will be inducted during the organization’s spring meeting April 16 to 18, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Distinguished Professor Joan E. Steinman.

    Founded in 1990, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers is “committed to advancing the administration of justice and promoting the highest standards of professionalism and advocacy in appellate courts.” Membership in the Academy is by invitation only, following nomination by current Fellows.

    A member of the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty since 1977, Professor Steinman teaches courses in civil procedure, complex litigation, and appellate courts. She was named a Distinguished Professor in 1999.

    Professor Steinman is a prolific legal scholar who has written articles on the associational privacy privilege in civil litigation, class actions, suits for money damages to vindicate First Amendment rights, pseudonymous litigation, law of the case doctrine, removal, supplemental jurisdiction, the effects of case consolidation on litigants’ procedural rights, several aspects of appellate jurisdiction and procedure, and other procedural issues. She is responsible for two volumes of the Wright, et al., Federal Practice and Procedure treatise, and co-authored a casebook on appellate courts.

    Professor Steinman is the first and only scholar to win two Eisenberg prizes from the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. The award recognizes and encourages “publication of high-quality articles in the field of appellate practice and procedure.” In 2005, Professor Steinman received the award for her Georgia Law Review article “Irregulars: The Appellate Rights of Persons Who Are Not Full-Fledged Parties.” She was similarly honored in 2012 for “Appellate Courts as First Responders: The Constitutionality and Propriety of Appellate Courts’ Resolving Issues in the First Instance,” published in the Notre Dame Law Review. (more…)

    The Battle for a Free and Open Internet Continues

    by  • October 30, 2014 • Faculty in the News, Scholarship • 0 Comments

    [Reposted IIT Chicago-Kent NewsBrief]

    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the controversial copyright bill that would have authorized the U.S. attorney general to obtain a court order to block Internet access to foreign websites accused of criminal piracy or counterfeiting, sparked the largest online protest ever.

    Prof. Edward Lee

    According to IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Edward Lee, author of The Fight for the Future: How People Defeated Hollywood and Saved the Internet—For Now, the January 18, 2012, Internet blackout was the shot heard ’round the cyber world. “On that date, more than 115,000 websites, including Wikipedia, Google and Twitter, went ‘black’ in a day of self-censorship,” says Professor Lee, director of IIT Chicago-Kent’s Program in Intellectual Property Law. “It is an incredible example of democracy in action, of civic engagement. The people—not the lawyers, lobbyists, government officials or courts—were at the forefront of the fight to save the Internet.”

    In addition to the blackout, 8 million Americans looked up contact information for their representatives in Congress, 10 million signed petitions sent to Congress, 3 million emails were sent, and 100,000 phone calls were received.

    Professor Lee likens the organization of the anti-SOPA protests, which was conducted primarily on the Internet, to the decentralized network established by Paul Revere and early American patriots to sound the alarm about the British more than 200 years ago. “Now, as then, ‘we, the people’ can make a difference,” he says.

    “The grassroots efforts by millions of people in the name of a ‘free and open Internet’ prevailed over the special interests and copyright industries that supported SOPA, but the battle is ongoing,” cautions Professor Lee. “Why do you think the FCC just received over 3 million comments on its controversial net neutrality proposal? That’s the most in FCC history.”

    Professor Lee has founded The Free Internet Project (TFIP), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide the public with information about the latest legal and technological efforts to protect Internet freedoms around the world. TFIP is the first nonprofit based in Chicago that is devoted to protecting Internet freedoms.

    The Free Internet Project is based on the belief that the Internet is an amazing tool for sharing knowledge, and that people around the world can learn from and share in the efforts to protect Internet freedoms in other countries. TFIP provides a user-friendly resource for the public to follow, and through which they can comment on, the latest bills, decisions, constitutional amendments, and technologies to protect the “free and open Internet.”

    “Protecting Internet freedom is the next civil rights movement of the 21st century,” says Professor Lee. “It’s happening in countries around the world, not just the United States. It’s our generation’s moment in history, how we will be later judged by future generations.

    “Every day, there are challenges and threats. The Free Internet Project hopes to make a small contribution to this movement to protect Internet freedoms by providing a common resource for people to track the legal and technological efforts people are undertaking to protect their freedoms.”

    Weekly Faculty in the News, 10/24/14

    by  • October 24, 2014 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    A roundup of faculty appearances in news sources and media from the last week, 10/17/14 to 10/24/14.

    10/19Mary Rose Strubbe was quoted in a Chicago Daily Herald article about flight attendants’ role in battling sex discrimination (“Flight attendants helped to ground sex discrimination”). The article also mentioned the Chicago-Kent conference on the same subject, which was held at the school this past Thursday.

    10/21Richard Warner and colleague Robert Sloan (UIC) authored an article in Crain’s Chicago Business on the problem of corporate data breaches (“Why those corporate data breaches are happening,” limited access).

    10/23Edward Lee and his new nonprofit—The Free Internet Project—were highlighted in a Chicago-Kent NewsBrief. Prof. Lee’s organization is dedicated to providing the public with information about the latest legal and technological efforts to protect Internet freedoms around the world.


    10/22 – At his blog Nahmod Law, Sheldon Nahmod highlighted the Fourth Amendment Deep Dive that Oyez has put together.