Henry H. Perritt, Jr., an expert in information technology law, is named Chicago-Kent's ninth dean. Dean Perritt increased the law school's international reach though numerous interprofessional student projects, often based on using technology to foster the rule of law in emerging democracies.
Chicago-Kent receives the E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association for its professionalism program--an annual symposium designed to provide second-year law students with an opportunity to learn about the professional demands of the workplace from practicing lawyers and judges.
Chicago-Kent launches the Global Law and Policy Initiative, which spearheads programs designed to promote a better understanding of the evolving global environment and to strengthen democratic institutions worldwide.
Chicago-Kent and other academic units of IIT create the Institute for Science, Law & Technology (ISLAT) to evaluate emerging technologies and their impact on society. Central to ISLAT's mission: providing a forum for academics, practitioners,and policymakers at the intersection of science and law.