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    Weekly Faculty in the News, 10/17/14

    by  • October 17, 2014 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    A roundup of faculty appearances in news sources and media from the last week, 10/9/14 to 10/17/14.

    10/9The Volokh Conspiracy blog at the Washington Post highlighted Ed Lee’s new nonprofit, The Free Internet Project, which aims “to provide the public with information about the latest legal and technological efforts to protect Internet freedoms around the world.”

    10/14 – The government tech news site FedScoop quoted Ed Lee in an article about a new service that allows the USPTO and its equivalent office in China to electronically exchange certain patent application documents (“Patent Office, China establish electronic exchange for application priority docs”).

    10/14Patently-O profiled a new empirical study of recent patent litigation co-authored by professors John Allison, Mark Lemley, and Chicago-Kent’s Dave Schwartz. The study, titled Understanding the Realities of Modern Patent Litigation, is an extensive update of a 1998 article by Allison and Lemley, and has just been published by the Texas Law Review.

    New Schwartz Article Featured at Patently-O

    by  • October 16, 2014 • Faculty in the News, Scholarship • 0 Comments

    A new article co-authored by John Allison (Texas), Mark Lemley (Stanford), and David Schwartz (Chicago-Kent) was featured on the Patently-O blog this week in a post by Jason Rantanen. The article, titled Understanding the Realities of Modern Patent Litigation (recently published by the Texas Law Review), is an extensive update of a groundbreaking empirical study that Allison and Lemley published in 1998. For the new article, the pair brought on Professor Schwartz to help create and analyze a new hand-coded data set on recent patent litigation. Read an excerpt of the profile at Patently-O below:

    In 1998, John Allison and Mark Lemley published a groundbreaking empirical study of patent litigation, Empirical Evidence on the Validity of Litigated Patents.  Allison and Lemley’s focus in that article was on written, final validity decisions by either district courts or the Federal Circuit from 1989 through 1996.  The basic study design philosophy was to look at patent case outcomes; that is, what was the final outcome for patents that were litigated.  That study is still widely cited.

    Working with Dave Schwartz, Allison and Lemley recently completed an updated (and much expanded) version of their 1998 study.  The results of that study are being published in several articles, but the one that links most closely with the earlier study is Understanding the Realities of Modern Patent Litigation.

    Their undertaking in this project is truly quite impressive.  The authors expanded their scope to all available decisions (not just those that were published in the U.S.P.Q., as in the earlier study) for utility patent infringement suits filed in 2008 and 2009, and personally coded the relevant case information from the docket sheets, district court opinions, briefs, and Federal Circuit decisions for hundreds of cases.  As in the earlier study, the record unit they used were patent cases, with only final decisions for a given patent being counted; in other words, where there was more than one decision in a case, they reported the last final decision on the validity of the patent.  Thus, if there was a final Federal Circuit decision, it superceded a previous district court decision; if there was a remand and subsequent final decision by the district court, it superceded the Federal Circuit ruling, and so on.  Within this set of cases, Schwartz and Lemley coded information about the cases while Allison coded patent-specific information.

    Continue reading at Patently-O for more detailed findings from the study.

    Seyfarth Shaw Joins Staudt’s Practice and Professionalism Course

    by  • October 13, 2014 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

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

    Seyfarth Shaw, one the nation’s top law firms, joined Professor Ronald W. Staudt’s Practice & Professionalism course last Thursday as Lisa Damon and Andrew Baker led an opening class of a three session section taught by the firm. Ms. Damon is a partner and the National Chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s Labor & Employment Department. Mr. Baker, a Chicago-Kent alumnus, is the Global Director of Seyfarth Shaw’s Legal Technology Innovations Office.

    Last Thursday’s class featured a discussion on the Voice of the Client—the firm’s approach to client relationships that focuses on the client’s needs in a way that goes beyond merely understanding the client’s discrete legal issue. Rather, it is an in-depth process that seeks to determine what works and does not work for the client as well as how they define success—i.e., the client’s value story. Ms. Damon and Mr. Baker also spoke about service design at Seyfarth Shaw, in which interdisciplinary teams comprised of professionals such as attorneys, legal solutions architects, and legal solutions managers leverage their diverse backgrounds and experiences to craft a tailored solution to the client’s needs. In the last part of the class, students met in groups and engaged in thought-provoking hypotheticals.

    Professionals from Seyfarth Shaw will be teaching two more classes in Practice & Professionalism. Mr. Baker and Andrew Medeiros, Associate Legal Solutions Architect and Chicago-Kent alumnus, will teach a class on project management and process improvement on Tuesday, October 14. Additionally, Byong Kim, Manager of Legal Solutions, and Amani Smathers, Associate Legal Solutions Architect, will teach a class on technology tools used to improve firm processes and serve client needs on Tuesday, October 21.

    Weekly Faculty in the News, 9/26/14

    by  • September 26, 2014 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    A roundup of faculty appearances in news sources and media from the last week, 9/18/14 to 9/26/14.

    9/18Steven Heyman and Christopher Schmidt were highlighted in a Chicago Daily Law Bulletin story on Heyman’s Constitution Day lecture at Chicago-Kent (“Law professor finds libertarian bent in some high court rulings, behind paywall”). A more in-depth version of the lecture is forthcoming in a West Virginia Law Review article titled “The Conservative-Libertarian Turn in First Amendment Jurisprudence.” Click here for photos and video of the event.

    9/18Richard Kling was mentioned in Chicago TribuneChicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Reader articles on drug dealer Jason Austin, whom U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow recently held responsible for the slayings of a Chicago police detective and his companion in 2008. Kling, who defended Austin, stated that an appeal is likely.

    9/19Nancy Marder was quoted in a New Orleans Times-Picayune article on proposed rules that would limit lawyer-juror contact in future trials in Louisiana’s Eastern District (“Tainted BP engineer’s trial could muzzle jurors in future cases”).

    9/23Kathy Baker authored an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune on the Ray Rice controversy and the NFL’s responsibility to victims of domestic abuse (behind paywall).

    9/23Christopher Buccafusco, along with colleague Chris Sprigman (NYU School of Law), authored an article for Slate magazine’s science section on the “economics of airplane seat reclining” (“Who Deserves Those 4 Inches of Airplane Seat Space?”). Buccafusco and Sprigman presented original experimental data in the article.

    9/23Richard Warner appeared in an ABC7 Eyewitness News segment to comment on privacy issues surrounding a list accusing several University of Chicago students of sex crimes. Watch the video and read the article here.

    9/24Ryan Vogel was a guest on Politics Tonight to discuss developments in the U.S. airstrike campaign against ISIS targets. Watch the video here.

    9/24 – In an Atlantic article, Valerie Gutmann Koch, an expert in bioethics and human subjects research, disagreed with the claim that Facebook’s mood manipulation experiment might have been illegal.

    9/25Doug Godfrey and Richard Kling were quoted in a Chicago Sun-Times piece about Chicago lawyer Patrick Fitzgerald’s chances at replacing Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General (“Does Fitzgerald’s record make him AG front-runner or long shot?”).


    9/22 – At his blog The Walters Way, Adrian Walters mused about songs that exemplify particular contract cases (“Music for contracts”).

    Staudt Teaches Practice and Professionalism Course

    by  • September 10, 2014 • Faculty in the News, Scholarship • 0 Comments

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


    Take a look around; the practice of law is changing. This change has been driven by emerging technological innovations and the demand for cost-maximizing legal solutions. E-discovery, electronic communications, and document assembly and recognition software are changing the way large law firms are doing business and how much those firms are charging for services. Clients are increasingly unwilling to pay for the services of inexperienced attorneys or for work that could be done by a computer or paralegal. Additionally, the demand for routine legal documents has led to commodification and has opened the door for non-lawyers to perform services that lawyers traditionally perform.

    What ethical challenges emerge out of this new space? How can lawyers traverse this changing landscape that may soon represent the new orthodoxy of legal practice? This fall, Professor Ronald W. Staudt is offering a new course, Practice & Professionalism, that grounds students in the rules of legal professionalism, focusing on how lawyers can meet their ethical obligations when using emerging technology and interacting with clients who are demanding more for less.

    Not only will students learn those rules, but they will do so in a setting that simulates the collaborative work environment the students will experience as lawyers. This structure also facilitates the students’ ability to gain valuable experience by working on real-life projects. On the first day of class, students were placed into “law firm” teams, in which they will produce and present a business plan for a new legal practice. The students will again work in teams later in the semester as they prepare and present a grant proposal to obtain funding for a legal aid organization.


    From left: guest segment leader Nancy Roberts Linder, Adjunct Professor Will Hornsby, and Professor Staudt.

    Students will also benefit from the esteemed group of national and regional experts whom Professor Staudt has assembled for both course development and classroom instruction. These experts enrich the course through their diverse experience, spanning large law firms to legal aid organizations. Adjunct Professor Will Hornsby, Staff Counsel for the ABA Division of Legal Services, will co-teach the class and is an expert on legal professionalism. Segment leaders include Nancy Roberts Linder from Chapman Cutler, Andrew Baker from Seyfarth Shaw, and Dave Bonebrake of the Legal Services Corporation. Valuable contributions have also been made by IIT Chicago-Kent faculty and staff, including Professors Kathy Baker and Sarah Harding; Maureen Aidasani, Director of Expriential Learning; and Dean Susan Lewers.

    The course fulfills IIT Chicago-Kent students’ general graduation requirement of taking a course in professional responsibility. It is also a required class for the Praxis Certificate.

    Weekly Faculty in the News, 9/4/14

    by  • September 4, 2014 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    A roundup of faculty appearances in news sources and media from the last week, 8/27/14 to 9/4/14.

    8/27Mary Rose Strubbe, 1981 alumna, professor of Legal Research and Writing, and assistant director of the Institute for Law and Workplace at Chicago-Kent, was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

    8/27Maureen Aidasani joined the Chicago-Kent faculty earlier this summer as director of experiential learning. Read the full press release here.

    8/29 – The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin published an extensive profile of Chicago-Kent, highlighting its superb research and writing program, its emphasis on practical skills and experiential learning (found, for example, in the Praxis Program and clinics), and its prestigious intellectual property program (“Doing the write thing at IIT Chicago-Kent”).


    8/27 – At his blog, Nahmod Law, Sheldon Nahmod added another post to his series on how the DeShaney v. Winnebago County Supreme Court decision has fared in circuit courts.

    9/1Richard Wright’s article Moore on Causation and Responsibility: Metaphysics or Intuition? was highlighted on Lawrence Solum’s Legal Theory Blog.

    For more information, contact Gwendolyn Osborne, Director of Public Affairs, (312) 906-5251.

    Strubbe Named as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

    by  • September 2, 2014 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    [Reposted from IIT Chicago-Kent News]

    Mary Rose Strubbe ’81, professor of Legal Research and Writing and assistant director of the Institute for Law and the Workplace at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, has been elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Professor Strubbe will be inducted in ceremonies held by the College in November.

    Each year, the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers honors leading lawyers in the practice of labor and employment law. Induction as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one’s colleagues of “sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying dedication and excellence.” Professor Strubbe graduated with honors from IIT Chicago-Kent in 1981, and spent most of the next dozen years in private practice, with a focus on plaintiff’s-side employment law matters. She joined the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty in 1994.

    From 2001 to 2014, Professor Strubbe served as director of the law school’s five-semester Legal Research and Writing Program. Since 2003, she has also been involved in the development of IIT Chicago-Kent’s International LL.M. programs, and has taught in those programs both at home and abroad.

    Professor Stubbe currently teaches introductory courses on the United States’ legal system, legal research and writing courses, and employment law courses. She has presented regularly at national and regional conferences on skills teaching.

    Professor Strubbe writes and presents on both employment law and on legal research and writing issues. She was the principal author and editor-in-chief of BNA’s 1999 Cumulative Supplement to Sexual Harassment in Employment Law. She was an author of several iterations of the “Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment” chapter in the ABA’s periodic updates of Employment Discrimination Law, and drafted portions of numerous chapters of Lindemann & Kadue’s Workplace Harassment Law (BNA 2012).

    For more information, contact Gwendolyn Osborne, Director of Public Affairs, (312) 906-5251.

    August 2014 Issue of Faculty News

    by  • August 29, 2014 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    The new school year is already underway, and as the fall semester kicks off, our faculty return with stories of their accomplishments and activities from the summer months. Read about them in the August 2014 issue of Faculty News, which recounts this summer’s presentation and travel highlights, published scholarship, and in-progress research projects. This season saw the publication of at least 15 articles and 2 treatise and book updates. Click here for more.

    Maureen Aidasani Joins Faculty as Director of Experiential Learning

    by  • August 28, 2014 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    [Reposted from IIT Chicago-Kent News]

    Maureen R. Aidasani has been named director of experiential learning at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Professor Aidasani, who joined the law school faculty on July 1, will coordinate the upper-year legal writing curriculum and the Praxis Program. In her new position, Professor Aidasani will also work closely with Professor Elizabeth De Armond, who oversees the law school’s Legal Research and Writing Program. In addition, she will coordinate with IIT Chicago-Kent’s skills initiatives such as its clinical and advocacy programs.

    Aidasani_Maureen_225pxProfessor Aidasani graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to law school, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in policy studies. She also earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.During law school, Professor Aidasani served as a law fellow in the first-year legal writing program and a senior writing fellow in the law school’s writing center. She has had additional education experience as a high school classroom teacher and in the nonprofit sector.

    Prior to joining the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty, Professor Aidasani served as a senior counsel in the Chicago office of the national public accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP. She has also worked as a litigation associate at Winston & Strawn LLP. Between 2011 and 2014, Professor Aidasani also served as an adjunct professor of legal writing at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

    IIT Chicago-Kent’s new Praxis Program is designed for students who are interested in fully embracing a practice- or experience-based course of study. In addition to completing a required number of credits in experiential or skills-based course work, students in the program will learn to think and talk about their education in new ways, explore issues of law practice management, and learn how to build and market their own portfolios. With the Praxis Program, the law school responds to calls from the legal community for new graduates who are thoroughly trained in both the skills and the art of legal practice.

    IIT Chicago-Kent was the first law school in the United States with a three-year legal writing requirement. Its curriculum has served as a model for numerous other institutions. The law school’s emphasis on legal research and writing reflects its commitment to training its graduates to be leaders in the profession by giving them the skills they will need to analyze and solve complex problems.

    For more information, contact Gwendolyn Osborne, Director of Public Affairs, (312) 906-5251.

    Weekly Faculty in the News, 8/1/14

    by  • August 1, 2014 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    A roundup of faculty appearances in news sources and media from the last week, 7/24/14 to 8/1/14.

    7/28 – Sheldon Nahmod was quoted in Detroit Free Press and USA Today articles on a judicial immunity case involving a Michigan judge (“Immunity lets bad judges off hook for bad behavior”).

    7/30 – Martin Malin was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article on a recent National Labor Relations Board ruling that could increase McDonald’s responsibility in labor cases (“McDonald’s may face beefs in labor cases,” behind paywall).


    7/29 – Adrian Walters authored a post on contract interpretation on his blog, The Walters Way.

    7/29 – On his blog Nahmod Law, Sheldon Nahmod linked to a new YouTube page which houses all of his videos on constitutional law, section 1983, and U.S. Supreme Court cases.