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    ConneKtions @ Dinner Week: Fall 2022


    Do not select a date/time that conflicts with your class schedule. Also, we ask that you please do not contact alumni directly to add more spaces. Additional dinners may be added after the initial schedule is released, so please check back. You may need to scroll across at the bottom to see all of the dinners.


    If you are signing up for a dinner at someone's home, please email Maurice Willis at mwillis2@kentlaw.iit.edu with any dietary restrictions.

    IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL, please email Maurice Willis at mwillis2@kentlaw.iit.edu so he can contact the next individual on the waiting list. DO NOT remove yourself from the list. Cancellations are not permitted within 24 hours of dinner unless in case of an emergency.

    Additionally, please pay attention to the date of the dinner as dinners span into multiple weeks. If you are interested in one of the unconfirmed dinners do not sign up for the already scheduled dates. You are only able to attend 1 dinner and you may not cancel without contacting Maurice Willis at mwillis2@kentlaw.iit.edu.

    Available Opportunities:
    Sunday, October 16th

    Host: Deborah Nall (2006) & Kristen Prinz (2007)
    Employer: Legal Council for Health / The Prinz Law Firm
    Practice area: Civil Legal Aid Justice / Family Law, Employment Law
    # of participants: 5
    Date: Sunday, October 16th Time: 6:30 pm
    Location: Ciccio Mio Chicago IL

    Host: Hubert Zanczak (2020) & Alec Kraus (2020)
    Employer: Reed Smith / Greenberg Traurig
    Practice area: Data privacy / Real Estate
    # of participants: 4
    Date: October 16th Time: 6:45 pm
    Location: Siena Tavern

    Monday, October 17th

    Host: James Heracklis (2021) & Christopher Tuinenga (2021)
    Employer: Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
    Practice area: Intellectual Property
    # of participants: 3
    Date: Monday, October 17th Time:6:00 PM
    Location: Ema 74 W Illinois Street Chicago, IL

    Host: Sam Castree (2013)
    Employer: Crawford Intellectual Property Law
    Practice area: Intellectual property & entertainment law
    # of participants: 3
    Date: Monday, October 17th Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: Home in McHenry IL
    Notes: It’s a bit of a trek from Chicago, but for those who don’t want to (or can’t) drive, there is a Union Pacific Northwest Metra train that leaves Ogilvie at 4:48 and gets into McHenry at 6:15. I can provide transportation to and from local train stations to those who need it.
    Notes: There will be 4 kids and a dog, ages 1 to 11.

    Tuesday, October 18th

    Host: Adam Bossov (1993)
    Employer: Self-employed
    Practice area: Property taxes and assessments (government relations)
    # of participants: 5
    Date: Tuesday, October 18th Time: 6PM
    Location: Home near UIC/Little Italy

    Host: Kenny Matuszewski (2016)
    Employer: Goldberg Segalla LLP
    Practice area: Patent Litigation
    # of participants: 4
    Date: Tuesday, October 18th Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: Berghoff 17 W. Adams St., Chicago IL

    Host: Anna Ceragioli (2018)
    Employer: Stephan Zouras, LLP
    Practice area: Plaintiff-Side Employment, Class Action
    # of participants: 4
    Date: Tuesday, October 18th Time: 6:30 PM
    Location: Home near Logan Square

    Host: Josie Norton (2017) & Melissa Caballero (2010)
    Employer: The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.
    Practice area: family
    # of participants: 4
    Date: Tuesday, October 18th Time: 5:30 PM
    Location: Parlor Pizza 108 N. Green Street Chicago, IL

    Host: Matt Smart (2016) & Jeff Michalik (2017)
    Employer: Duggan Bertsch LLC / Kirkland and Ellis
    Practice area: Corporate, Bankruptcy
    # of participants: 4
    Date: Tuesday, October 18th Time: 6:30
    Location: Sushi San 63 West Grand Ave

    Host: Johnathan Walton (2012)
    Practice Area: primary and excess general liability, professional liability, and first-party property claims
    # of participants: 2
    Employer: BatesCarey LLP
    Date: October 18th
    Location: Time Out Market Chicago, 916 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

    Wednesday, October 19th

    Host: Ross Greenspan (2021) & Charlie Gandelman (2021)
    Employer: Kirkland & Ellis LLP
    Practice area: Corporate - Investment Fund Formation
    # of participants: 2
    Date: Wednesday, October 19th Time: 6:30
    Location: The Smith, 400 N. Clark Chicago, IL 60654

    Host: Dennis Kellogg (1974) & Ginger Odum (1990)
    Employer: Kellogg & Jovanovic, PC/Defender's Office
    Practice area: Primarily Plaintiff Personal Injury, some litigation
    # of participants: 6
    Date: Wednesday, October 19th Time: 7:00 PM
    Location: Greek Islands Restaurant 200 S. Halsted Chicago, IL

    Host: Katie Jahnke Dale (2011)
    Employer: DLA Piper
    Practice area: Commercial real estate/land use
    # of participants: 3
    Date: Wednesday, October 19th
    Time: 6:30 PM
    Location: Home near Bucktown

    Host: Michael Delrahim (2002)
    Employer: Brown Udell, Pomerantz & Delrahim, LTD.
    Practice area: Real Estate
    # of participants: 6
    Date: Wednesday, October 19th Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: Chicago Cut 300 N La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60654

    Thursday, October 20th

    Host: Tyler Forni (2015) & Evelyn Brody
    Employer: IRS Office of Chief Counsel/Professor of Law Emeritus
    Practice Area: Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
    # of Participants: 4
    Date: Thursday, October 20th Time: 7pm
    Location: Sai Cafe at 2010 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

    Friday, October 21st

    Host: Matthew Stone (2008)
    Employer: Schneider & Stone
    Practice area: Business Transactions, Litigation, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Probate, Divorce
    # of participants: 4
    Date: Friday, October 21st Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: Home near Rogers Park
    Notes: Students can enjoy a lavish Shabbat dinner at the home of Kent alumn Motty Stone. Come for gefilte fish, matzo balls, good wine, and better conversation. Motty Stone can talk to you about succeeding in law school, starting your own firm, and what opportunities exist in Chicago's Jewish legal community.

    Saturday, October 22nd

    Host: Stu Weg (1998)
    Employer: Stu Weg Law Offices LLC
    Practice area: Litigation, criminal defense, alternative dispute resolution, criminal records relief
    # of participants: 3
    Date: Saturday, October 22nd Time:1:00 pm
    Location: Home in Berwyn, IL
    Notes: 15 walk from the Metra and other mass transit options, if necessary.

    Host: Thomas Pikarski (1997) & John Pikarski (1969)
    Employer: Gordon and PIkarski
    Practice Area: Real estate taxation and land use
    # of Participants: 8
    Day: Wednesday, October 26 Time: 5:30
    Location: Union League Club 65 W. Jackson St. Chicago Illinois 60604

    Host: Matt Walsh
    Employer: Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
    Practice Area: complex litigation with particular emphasis in the areas of construction, commercial, employment, municipal, medical malpractice, and religious institutions liability.
    # of Participants: 3
    Day: TBD Time: TBD
    Location: TBD


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    Ross Greenspan & Charlie Gandelman (2 students) Kenny Matuszewski (4 students) Anna Ceragioli (4 students) James Heracklis & Christopher Tuinenga (3 students) Matthew Stone (4 students) Stu Weg (2 students) Dennis Kellogg (6 students) Sam Castree (3 students) Adam Bossov (5 students) Katie Jahnke Dale (3 students) Josie Norton (4 students) Deborah Nall (5 students) Hubert Zanczak (4 students) Michael Delrahim ( 6 students) Matt Smart (4 students) Tyler Forni (2015) & Evelyn Brody (4 students) Thomas Pikarski & John Pikarski (8) Johnathan Walton (2)
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