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Professor Felice Batlan, August 2015

Professor Felice Batlan"Women and Justice for the Poor"

Felice Batlan was living and working in New Orleans in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck the city. As Batlan made the transition from hurricane victim to hurricane survivor, she refused to sit in her damaged home "passively watching the continuing disaster on CNN."

People needed help with insurance forms and mortgages, with locating relatives, procuring housing, finding documents and dealing with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which had established centers throughout the city. Batlan set up a makeshift booth—consisting of a table and a cell phone—in the St. Charles Street FEMA center and staffed it with a handful of attorney-friends over a two-month period.

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Professor Seth Oranburg, August 2015

Professor Seth OranburgThe shareholder revolution will be tweeted, liked, shared and +1'd

The shareholder revolution will not be televised. It will more likely be "tweeted, liked, shared or +1'd," says an expert at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Shareholders are organizing and mobilizing on a variety of social media platforms, says Professor Seth Oranburg, the author of A Little Birdie Said: How Twitter Is Disrupting Shareholder Activism, a recent article in the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law.

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Professor Edward Lee, October 2014

Professor Edward Lee, director of IIT Chicago-Kent's Program in Intellectual Property LawThe battle for a free and open Internet continues

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.

According to Professor Edward Lee, author of How People Defeated Hollywood and Saved the Internet—For Now, the January 18, 2012, Internet blackout was the shot heard 'round the cyber world.

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The 20th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson case, June 2014

The O.J. Simpson case at 20: What have we learned? 

On June 12, 1994, Ronald Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson were murdered. Former NFL player O.J. Simpson was arrested and tried for the murders of his ex-wife and Goldman. Simpson was acquitted after a high-profile trial that lasted more than a year. Two years later, a civil court found in favor of the victims' families in a wrongful death suit brought against Simpson.

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Professor Nancy Marder, October 2013

Professor Nancy S. Marder, director of the Justice John Paul Stevens Jury Center at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law"A jury of one's peers" may not include the jurors' Facebook friends

Mistrials, appeals, and contempt-of-court citations have resulted from jurors' online activities. Jurors using social media could compromise defendants' Sixth Amendment right to fair trials, says Professor Nancy S. Marder, director of the Justice John Paul Stevens Jury Center at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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Professor Richard Kling, August 2013

Professor Richard KlingRemembering the 1963 March on Washington

Richard Kling was a 17-year-old Roosevelt High School student when he and his sister boarded one of two chartered "Freedom Trains" at the old Grand Central Station on Harrison Street in Chicago. The Kling siblings were among more than 2,000 well-known, lesser-known and unknown Chicagoans bound for the August 28 "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom."

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Professor Lori Andrews, January 2012

Distinguished Professor Lori AndrewsWARNING: What happens on Facebook doesn't always stay on Facebook

If you are what you post online, what does your digital self say about you...and to whom?

According to Lori B. Andrews, a distinguished professor of law and director of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Institute for Law, Science and Technology, "Our digital identities on the Web-e-mails, personal websites, instant messaging and social media pages-are starting to overshadow our physical identities. We are creating digital profiles of ourselves that redefine us-and that could come back to haunt us."

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Professor Christopher Buccafusco, November 2011

Professor Christopher Buccafusco"Happiness-boosting" gifts deliver before, during and after the holidays

Looking for an affordable holiday gift that your loved one will remember and appreciate for many days to come?

Consider the gift of fellowship, says Christopher Buccafusco, a professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law who studies ways to measure happiness and well-being in relation to various legal and public affairs issues.

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