• Faculty Workshops/ Conferences

    Hobby Lobby Debate at C-K

    by  • April 2, 2014 • Faculty Workshops/ Conferences • 0 Comments

    [Via Chicago-Kent Events]

    Don’t miss the opportunity to see Dean Harold Krent go up against Professor Kent Streseman in this Heavyweight oral argument competition—gloves off! The participants will debate the Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate and the Hobby Lobby case, which the Supreme Court heard last week. In a unique turning of the tables, you’ll get to see the Moot Court team student champions judge the faculty’s performance in the competition.

    When and Where:
    Wednesday, April 9, at 3:30 pm
    IIT Downtown Campus – Chicago-Kent College of Law, Room 510

    Contact Information:
    Kayla Higgins

    Heyman to Speak at WVU

    by  • March 31, 2014 • Faculty Workshops/ Conferences • 0 Comments

    Professor Steven Heyman, an expert on the First Amendment, will deliver the third annual C. Edwin Baker lecture at noon on Thursday, April 3, at the West Virginia University College of Law. His topic is “The Conservative-Libertarian Turn in First Amendment Jurisprudence.” According to the WVU business newspaper, the Baker Lecture “is presented in honor of C. Edwin Baker, a leading constitutional law scholar who died in 2009. He was the Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.” Click here for more information.

    Professor Heyman has written extensively on the First Amendment. For more of his scholarship on the topic, visit his Selected Works page, which includes the following recent publications:

    – To Drink the Cup of Fury: Funeral Picketing, Public Discourse and the First Amendment, 45 Connecticut Law Review 101 (2012).
    – The Dark Side of the Force: The Legacy of Justice Holmes for First Amendment Jurisprudence, 19 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 661 (2011).
    – Ideological Conflict and the First Amendment, 78 Chicago-Kent Law Review 531 (2003).

    31st Annual Conference on Section 1983

    by  • March 26, 2014 • Faculty Workshops/ Conferences • 0 Comments

    This spring (April 24-25), Chicago-Kent will host the 31st Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference, a comprehensive update on liability arising out of Section 1983. Professor Sheldon Nahmod, a well-known expert on civil rights and the law of Section 1983, has organized the conference and will act as program chair. Here are a few words about the conference from Professor Nahmod’s blog:

    This national two-day conference, heading into its fourth decade, features expert academic speakers including Erwin Chemerinsky on immunities as well as his Supreme Court review, Karen Blum on local government liability, Rosalie Levinson on equal protection and Sheldon Nahmod on the section 1983 claim as well as the Second Amendment.

    It also features outstanding practitioners from around the country, including Gerry Birnberg (Texas) on fees and ethical issues, John Murphey (Illinois) on practical considerations in section 1983 litigation and Brendan Egan (New Mexico) on immigration related issues.

    For further information, please contact Chicago-Kent’s CLE department via email at cle@kentlaw.iit.edu or via phone at 312-906-5090.

    The conference brochure also provides the following information:

    Who should attend:
    Municipal and state attorneys, plaintiffs’ attorneys and criminal defense attorneys.

    Liability arising out of Section 1983 presents a continuing challenge for all municipal lawyers, private practitioners, and litigators who try cases in this dynamic area. Keeping up with this ever-changing environment is critical. You will learn both the fundamentals and more advanced aspects of Section1983 practice and trial skills, and analyze the latest judicial decisions.

    The brochure also provides information on schedules and speakers.

    Documentary Film Series on Race: “The House We Live In”

    by  • March 25, 2014 • Faculty Workshops/ Conferences • 0 Comments

    Race: The Power of Illusion

    Still from Race: The Power of Illusion, via itvs.org.

    Chicago-Kent’s Documentary Film Series on Race shows important films throughout the semester in an effort to create meaningful discussions about race. Join faculty, students, and alumni on Wednesday, March 26, at 6:00 pm for the next event in the series—a screening of “The House We Live In,” the final episode of the PBS series Race: The Power of an Illusion (2003). The episode focuses on the ways institutions and policies advantage some groups at the expense of others. See a short summary from the episode’s website below:

    If race doesn’t exist biologically, what is it? And why should it matter? Our final episode, “The House We Live In,” is the first film about race to focus not on individual attitudes and behavior but on the ways our institutions and policies advantage some groups at the expense of others. Its subject is the “unmarked” race: white people. We see how benefits quietly and often invisibly accrue to white people, not necessarily because of merit or hard work, but because of the racialized nature of our laws, courts, customs, and perhaps most pertinently, housing.

    Read more →

    The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Jill Roberts—a Chicago-Kent alumna, housing expert, and staff attorney at the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic—along with current student Orion Swann.


    Wednesday, March 26, at 6:00 pm
    IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium
    Contact Grace Akinlemibola for more information

    Rosen to Deliver Sixth IIT Presidential Lecture

    by  • March 10, 2014 • Faculty Workshops/ Conferences, Scholarship • 0 Comments

    [Via IIT Chicago-Kent News]

    rosen-mark-2014IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Mark D. Rosen will deliver the sixth Presidential Lecture, hosted by IIT President John Anderson. Professor Rosen will address the topic “U.S. Immigration Law: History, Theory and Political Implications” at 3:30 p.m. on March 11 in the Hermann Hall Ballroom, 3241 South Federal Street on IIT’s Main Campus in Chicago.

    Established in 2012, the Presidential Lecture Series is intended to present leading experts to discuss societal challenges. The lecture series is moderated by John W. Rowe, IIT Regent and former chairman of the IIT Board of Trustees, and chairman emeritus of Exelon Corporation.

    Drawing on history, political theory and law, Professor Rosen will consider the connections between immigration and citizenship in liberal democracies. His talk will identify the broad array of immigration criteria plausibly used, and in fact used, by today’s liberal democracies—and over time by the United States. Professor Rosen then will examine what is (and isn’t) entailed in “being a citizen.” He will provide an overview of immigration’s intimate connection to other issues not typically thought of as related to immigration, including education policy and the appropriate scope of religious liberty. Finally, Professor Rosen will discuss what factors should influence immigration policy, and who should decide that policy.

    A member of the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty since 1999, Professor Rosen teaches courses in constitutional law, conflicts of law, election law, local government law, Federal Indian Law, and civil procedure. A prolific writer, Professor Rosen has addressed matters of international and domestic justice, as well as many issues of constitutional law, in his research. He has served as a consultant to Congress, to many state legislatures and attorneys general, and to Native American tribes.

    Prior to joining the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty, Professor Rosen was a Bigelow Fellow and lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School. He has worked as an attorney in private practice in Boston, where he focused on complex federal court litigation. Professor Rosen completed his undergraduate education in economics and political science at Yale College. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as articles editor of the Harvard Law Review. Professor Rosen has also studied Talmudic and comparative law at Shapell’s University in Israel.

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

    Gastro-Intellectual Property Law Symposium 2013

    by  • November 19, 2013 • Faculty Workshops/ Conferences, Multimedia • 0 Comments

    [Via Chicago-Kent IPLS YouTube channel]

    On November 7, 2013, the IIT Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) hosted its Third Annual Gastro-Intellectual Property Law Symposium. This year’s conference focused on “Taste Embargo: What Will Happen When the Cuban Embargo Is Lifted?” The Gastro-IP conference is a signature event of IPLS that analyzes pressing issues at the intersection of IP and food.

    Intellectual property experts analyzed a range of issues related to intellectual property and the U.S. embargo of Cuban goods, including cigars, rum, and coffee. The WTO decision involving Havana Club Rum—and the U.S.’s failure to correct its violations of the TRIPS Agreement for over a decade—were discussed at length, as well as how 5,000 U.S. companies have managed to register trademarks in Cuba.

    Professor Christopher Buccafusco moderated the discussion before a packed audience. Panelists Judith Grubner of Arnstein & Lehr LLP, Joseph Schmidt of Shefsky & Froelich, and Mariano Municoy of Moeller IP Advisors in Argentina discussed the history of the embargo, some of the litigation that has occurred since the embargo went into effect, and what might happen when the embargo ends. A reception followed the lively talk as attendees enjoyed catering provided by 90 Miles Cuban Cafe as well as Cuba Libres and other drinks.

    Documentary Film Series on Race: “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights”

    by  • November 11, 2013 • Faculty Workshops/ Conferences • 0 Comments

    fred korematsuIn an effort to have meaningful discussions about race, join faculty, students and alumni on Wednesday, November 13, at 6:00 pm for the final event in this fall’s Documentary Film Series on Race—a screening of Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story (2001, directed by Eric Paul Fournier). The film will be followed by a discussion led by Professor Vinay Harpalani.

    Editorial Review:

    In 1942, Fred Korematsu was an average 23-year-old California native working as a shipyard welder. But when he refused to obey Executive Order 9006, which sent 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry into internment camps, he became something extraordinary—a civil rights champion. Award-winning director Eric Paul Fournier follows Korematsu’s story from the moment he first resisted confinement to the hard-won victory he finally achieved 39 years later, with the help of a new generation of Japanese-American activists seeking vindication and the assurance that such a terrible injustice would never occur again.


    Wednesday, November 13, at 6:00 pm
    IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium

    Watch Ed Lee’s Book Talk

    by  • November 7, 2013 • Faculty Workshops/ Conferences, Multimedia, Scholarship • 0 Comments

    Watch Professor Edward Lee give a talk on his new book, The Fight for the Future: How People Defeated Hollywood and Saved the Internet—For Now, at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The talk explains how a grassroots movement involving millions of people was able to defeat money, politicians, Hollywood, and the copyright lobby, all in the name of a “free and open Internet.” In particular, Prof. Lee describes the ways in which people used Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to organize and launch protests against SOPA and ACTA, two controversial copyright proposals in the United States and European Union that many feared would lead to Internet censorship.

    Click here for more details about the event, which took place on Nov. 5, or for downloadable audio and video files of the talk.


    Constitution Day 2013 Video

    by  • October 30, 2013 • Faculty Workshops/ Conferences, Multimedia • 0 Comments

    The video of Chicago-Kent’s Constitution Day panel discussion on same-sex marriage is now live. The panel—“When Did It Become Unconstitutional for States to Ban Same-Sex Marriage?: Constitutional Interpretation in the 21st Century”—was held at Chicago-Kent on October 10, 2013. Professor Steven Heyman moderated the discussion of Hollingsworth v. Perry (the Proposition 8 case) and US v. Windsor (the DOMA case). Panelists included Chicago-Kent professors Carolyn Shapiro and Katharine Baker, and George Mason Law Professor Ilya Somin. For more, read Professor Chris Schmidt’s preview of the panel and his review of Ilya Somin’s latest book.

    Recap: Roundtable on Empirical Methods in IP

    by  • October 23, 2013 • Faculty Workshops/ Conferences • 0 Comments

    [Reposted from IIT Chicago-Kent IP News]

    The Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property (CESIP) at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is proud to report the recent success of its roundtable conference on empirical IP scholarship, featuring discussions of more than a dozen early stage research projects currently being developed by the participants.

    The roundtable was co-hosted with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. CESIP co-directors Christopher Buccafusco and David Schwartz organized the event with the USPTO’s acting chief economist, Alan Marco, and the USPTO’s expert advisor, Saurabh Vishnubhakat. The roundtable took place at Chicago-Kent on October 11-12, 2013.

    The projects represented an interdisciplinary range of empirical methods, including econometric data analyses, experiments, surveys and qualitative studies. The research questions involved a wide variety of legal issues in patent, copyright and trademark law. (more…)