Category: Announcements

To Bake or Not to Bake?

Bake or not to Bake

  • Date: Oct 31, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 pm

A Christian baker who specializes in baking creative, customized wedding cakes declined to create a customized wedding cake for a same-sex wedding because doing so conflicted with his religious beliefs. This case presents two conflicting principles: (1) the baker’s right to speak and refrain from speaking in ways that conflict with his religious beliefs and (2) the same-sex couple’s right to be free from sexual orientation discrimination.

The debate will feature Jordan Lorence, senior counsel of the Alliance Defending Freedom representing the baker’s side. Prof. Steven Heyman, renowned legal scholar on free speech from Chicago-Kent, will represent the side of accomodation for the same-sex couple.

Includes a free lunch! Don’t miss out. Tuesday, October 31st, Noon. Room to be determined.

Sponsored by the Chicago-Kent Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society Chicago-Kent College of Law Student Chapter

Announcing the 2017-2018 1L Committee Members

We are very excited to announce the Chicago-Kent Federalist Society 1L Committee Members for the 2017-2018 school year.

  • Michael Mungovan, Sect. A
  • Mitchell Bild, Sect. A
  • Mary Israel, Sect. B
  • Alec Kraus, Sect. B
  • Hubert Zanczak, Sect. C
  • Dan Zlojutro, Sect. C
  • Mauricio Guevara, Evening Div.

RECAP: Justice Scalia and the Living Constitution

On Monday, Jan. 23rd, the Federalist Society teamed up with the American Constitution Society (ACS) to bring Prof. Rick Duncan from Nebraska Law to give a talk titled, “Justice Scalia and the Living Constitution.” Chicago-Kent’s very own Prof. Kent Streseman provided commentary.

The talk covered Justice Scalia’s legacy as a Supreme Court Justice and his view of Originalism and the living constitution.

Thanks to Prof. Duncan, Prof. Streseman, ACS, the Federalist Society, and all those who made this event possible!



On Oct 27th, 2016, Prof. Bradley Jacob of Regent Law School came to speak on religious liberty. Prof. Steven Heyman of IIT Chicago-Kent provided commentary. The event was sponsored by the Federalist Society, the Christian Legal Society, and the Decalogue.

It was a highly informative event where both professors provided excellent insight on a very complex topic. Both professors took several questions from the audience.

sponsored by the Federalist Society, Christian Legal Society, and Decalogue Society

(from left to right) Joshua Turner, Christopher Kim, Prof. Bradley Jacob, Prof. Steve Heyman, Andrew Fuller, Jesse Roberts

sponsored by the Federalist Society, Christian Legal Society, and Decalogue Society

sponsored by the Federalist Society, Christian Legal Society, and Decalogue Society

Prof. Bradley Jacob, Regent Law

sponsored by the Federalist Society, Christian Legal Society, and Decalogue Society

Prof. Steven Heyman, Chicago-Kent College of Law, provided commentary for the talk.

Edward Snowden: Patriot or Traitor? RECAP

On Feb 23rd, 2016, Logan Beirne gave a talk titled, “Edward Snowden: Patriot or Traitor?” Chicago-Kent’s very own Dean Harold Krent provided commentary. Beirne spoke on how George Washington forged the original understanding of the Commander in Chief Clause during the Revolutionary War. He then applied that history to NSA surveillance and Edward Snowden’s actions in order to evaluate each according to the President’s powers under Article II Section 2 of the Constitution.


Introducing: The 2015-2016 Executive Board

Congratulations to the following members who were elected to the Executive Board for the 2015-2016 school year!

Pursuant to our bylaws, they will take office next Tuesday, April 28th.

Elections for Executive Board Positions 2015-2016

As per our bylaws, we will be having elections for all of our Executive Board positions for the 2015-2016 school year on Tuesday, April 21st, at 12pm, in Room 165.

Being on the Executive Board looks great on your resume and will help you establish yourself as a person willing to take on leadership roles.  The National Office also provides a great deal of assistance and support to help you as a Chapter officer.

Below please find a list of the offices and a description of what they do.

Click here to nominate yourself or someone else for a position.

The President shall coordinate with the Chicago-Kent administration, the national Federalist Society, and other student Federalist Society chapters to plan events. The President shall also coordinate with speakers, maintain the chapter’s calendar and call executive board, advisory board and general membership meetings.

The Vice President for Chapter Affairs shall coordinate with other Chicago-Kent student organizations, the Membership Chair, and first year section representatives to plan events. The Vice President for Chapter Affairs shall also maintain the organization’s membership roster and email list and coordinate event catering and social events.

The Vice President for External Affairs shall coordinate with the Hospitality Chair, Lawyers Chapter Liaison, and Media Relations Chair to plan events. The Vice President for External Affairs shall also be responsible for event announcements and marketing, communications with the Chicago Lawyer’s Chapter and media relations.

The Treasurer shall retain receipts for all expenses and shall manage reimbursement of expenses. The Treasurer shall cooperate with the national Federalist Society and the Chicago-Kent Student Bar Association to promptly reimburse members for any authorized expenditures made for the organization.

The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping minutes of executive board meetings and maintaining order and decorum in all meetings. The Secretary shall take notes at general membership meetings and shall take and record a head count at each meeting and event. The Secretary shall also distribute a draft agenda for general membership meetings to the executive board two days in advance and a final agenda to the membership one day in advance.

Ilya Shapiro Event Recap

Thanks to Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute for making the trip to come talk to us about the War on Drugs and its effects on the Constitution!

Mr. Shapiro went through the entire Constitution and discussed how the War on Drugs affects each provision.  His knowledge of the case law was impressive and his arguments for decriminalization were extremely well-founded.  He also stayed to answer some questions from the group, including suggesting that the political process would be a better avenue for change in this arena than the courts.  We are only the second chapter he has given this talk to so we were honored to hear it.

Thanks to everyone who came out, especially given that it was a non-traditional time slot!

Our next event will be a debate on fracking with John Kunich and Bill Rau.  It will be Nov. 19th at 12pm in room C20.  More details to come.


Ilya and Me


Bitcoin event recap and Ilya Shapiro on the Drug War next week!

We had another great event last week with Paul-Martin Foss of the Carl Menger Center for the Study of Money and Banking, as well as our own Prof. Evelyn Brody.  It was a standing-room only crowd and the discussion was engaging and informative.  Check out some pictures below.

Our next event is next Wednesday, Oct. 29th, at 2:30pm in room C35 with Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute.  We almost ran out of food last time so please RSVP here if you plan on attending:






New website and 2014 call-out meeting

Welcome to the brand-new Chicago-Kent Federalist Society website!  As you can see, this is a big improvement on our last site and we’d like to thank Emily Barney with the school who helped set the page up.

Our call-out meeting is coming up this Tuesday, Sept. 16th, 12pm, in Room 165. We hope to see you there for free food and a great kick-off to the school year!

We have lots of events in the works  so please join our mailing list if you haven’t yet so that you can stay up-to-date.

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