SBA Newsletter for the Week of August 31, 2020


Fall 2020 Updates

The Law Library has revised building hours during the two weeks of all remote classes:

Library Hours (Sunday, Aug. 23-Friday, Sept. 4)

Sunday: CLOSED

Monday-Thursday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Friday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: CLOSED

Labor Day Holiday (Sept. 5 – Sept. 7): CLOSED

Illinois October 2020 Bar Exam Contingency Plan & Diploma Privilege Petition: With growing uncertainty surrounding the October bar exam, there is a petition being circulated asking the Illinois Supreme Court to conduct a statewide stress test of ExamSoft to help ease any hiccups during the actual exam. The petition also lays out some additional courses of action should the stress test fail. If you are interested in signing the petition, the link can be found here.


The Chicago-Kent Student Organizations Fair will take place virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 pm, from September 8 -September 17. Click here to view the tentative schedule for the event. Students will receive Zoom information shortly.

DALSA General Meeting: DALSA will have its first general meeting for the year virtually on Friday September 4th, 2020 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. We will provide information on what DALSA is, our officers, our goals for the year, and upcoming events. All are welcome.

DALSA Movie Night – And She Could Be Next: Friday, September 4, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. Join DALSA for part 2 of the documentary And She Could Be Next by By Grace Lee (Director/Producer), Marjan Safinia (Director/Producer), Jyoti Sarda (Producer). And She Could Be Next follows a defiant movement of women of color as they transform politics from the ground up. Filmed during the historic 2018 midterm elections, the series features organizers and candidates (including Rashida Tlaib and Stacey Abrams) as they fight for a truly reflective government, asking whether democracy can be preserved—and made stronger—by those most marginalized. We will be watching in a Kosmi room. The room will remain empty until movie night.

The Chicago Bar Association hosts a range of law student member events this Fall. See the attached flyer for more information or visit Upcoming events include:

  • September 10: a virtual opportunity for students to find out about CBA’s YLS division and various committees.

  • September 21-25: A virtual scavenger hunt in lieu of the annual CBA Back to School Bash

  • October 29: Pro Bono & Community Service Fair

"What I Wish I Knew" Women in Law Panel: SBA Career Committee and Chicago-Kent Career Services are pleased to present an opportunity for women to share industry insights on October 1, 2020, from 5-6:30 p.m.

NALSAP Student Organization Events Calendar: is a resource for law students to locate or publicize events hosted by law students at U.S. and Canadian NALSAP Member Institutions. If your org is interested in submitting your virtual event for the NALSAP calendar, please complete this form at least two weeks prior to the event.

Upcoming Deadlines

Student Health Insurance Waiver: Domestic students who have an insurance plan that meet the waiver requirements set by IIT may elect to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan. The deadline to waive is tomorrow September 1, 2020. If you do not complete the online Waiver Form by the deadline, you will automatically be enrolled in the Student Insurance Plan, and will not be able to submit a late waiver or request a refund.

National Network for Student Events: NALSAP (National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals) recognizes that the pandemic created new opportunities for Student Orgs to network and collaborate nationally. If your student organization is interested in collaborating with other U.S. orgs who share similar purposes, please complete this survey by this Friday, September 4, 2020.

Scholarship Opportunities

Third Annual Chapman and Cutler Maynard H. Jackson Diversity Scholarship is due this Friday, September 4, 2020. Applicants must be from a diverse background to apply. Click here to learn more.

The Diversity Scholarship Foundation offers a range of scholarship opportunities. The deadline to apply is September 14, 2020. Access the online application for complete information, or visit the DSF website at Scholarships include:

  • Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award: This Scholarship will be awarded to a law student who actively advocates for diversity within the Chicago area legal community and works to bring focus to those who do pro-bono work within their community. Students are required to submit an article on their views about “diversity within the legal community” and maintain a 3.8 GPA.

  • Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award: This Scholarship will be awarded to a law student who is interested in pursuing a career in public service or a student who is actively involved with a not-for-profit agency that represents the needy and the underprivileged. Eligible students maintain a 3.5 GPA.

  • Law Student with a Disability Scholarship Award: This Scholarship (an award of at least $500) was established with the support of attorney Stacy J. Campbell, an Associate with Hinshaw and Culbertson, and her fiance Dr. George F. Viamontes. There is no GPA requirement for this scholarship.

  • Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship: This Scholarship is awarded to third-year law students who have demonstrated academic ability and the need for financial assistance. This scholarship is intended to help off-set the cost of an Illinois State Bar Exam preparation course.

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