SBA Newsletter for the Week of September 14, 2020



**Reminder: All events can be found on the SBA calendar. Please make sure you are accessing via your Kent email address.

The Chicago-Kent Student Organizations Fair continues this week! It will take place virtually on Tuesday, September 15 and Thursday, September 17 from 5-6 pm. As a reminder, all student organization introductions at the beginning of the fair will be recorded and shared with the student body next week.

The Chicago-Kent SBA Proudly Presents: In Memo-riam. The SBA invites the 1L class to a Zoom Happy Hour to celebrate the first legal writing assignment of law school being done! Save the date: Monday, September 14 from 7-9pm and check the SBA Calendar for more details.

Equity Talks Series: Systemic Racism and the Disproportionate Impact of Environmental Risks and Harms on Communities of Color: The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Office of Continuing Legal Education and the Chicago-Kent Environmental Law Society invite you to attend the third event in their Equity Talks Series that will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 15th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Register today through Eventbrite to receive a Zoom link. **For those wishing you attend the Student Organization Fair, you are welcome to leave this event early. Or, if you would like to stay for the whole event a recording of the Student Organization Fair will be shared with the student body in next week’s newsletter.

ACS Panel “Voter Suppression: The Other Pandemic” will occur on Wednesday, September 16 at 3 pm. Professor Christopher Schmidt will moderate his panel, which includes guests Jay Young (Director, Common Cause IL) and Stevie Valles (Executive Director, Chicago Votes). Zoom link here or view the attached PDF.

LURE Webinars: This fall, the Land Use & Real Estate club will host a number of webinars with real estate professionals from throughout the industry. Students will get the opportunity to ask questions to all guests. For September, we have the following webinars scheduled:

  • Wednesday, September 16, 5 PM to 6 PM: Commercial real estate attorneys Mike Brancheau & Bob Higgins of Higgins & Brancheau LLC

  • Thursday, September 24, 12 PM to 1 PM: City of Chicago Buildings Commissioner Matt Beaudet

  • Wednesday, September 30, 12 PM to 1 PM: Land use attorneys Donna Pugh and Michael Noonan of Foley & Lardner LLP

All LURE webinar links will be posted on the SBA calendar. For more information or to be added to their contact list, please reach out to lure! Or check out the LURE website here.

“What Does the Constitution Say About Voting?” hosted by Chicago-Kent’s Constitutional Democracy Project and Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States will take place on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 4 pm CT. This panel will focus on the history of the right to vote in this country and the role of federalism in defining the scope and operation of the right. Register here for the event.

HLLSA presents Academic Success Workshop for 1L Students and Happy Hour, Friday September 18, 2020 from 3-5 PM, followed by happy hour 5PM+. Prof. Peter Wendel’s workshop addresses topics relevant for any first-year law student, including effective note-taking, how to brief cases, and preparing for the exam. Afterwards, join 2L and 3L Students at a virtual happy hour (BYOD – Bring Your Own Drinks/Devices) for discussions on their study habits and tips for success in law school. Zoom link on the SBA Calendar event.

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

  • October 29: Pro Bono & Community Service Fair

ILS General Body Meeting will take place September 22 at 12PM. Visit the SBA Calendar for the Google Meets link.

Women in Law "How to Land a Job in Law During a Global Pandemic": Women in Law, SBA Career Committee, Chicago-Kent Career Services, and Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law are pleased to present a panel event focused on finding a job during these unprecedented times with advice from successful female attorneys. The event will take place over Zoom on October 1, 2020, from 5-6:30 p.m.

Spring 2021 Judicial Externship Program Informational Meeting: Professor Gross will conduct an informational meeting on Spring 2021 Judicial Externships at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 via Zoom. Please check your inbox for the SBA email titled “Spring 2021 Judicial Externship Information” for the Zoom link and relevant password.

Spring 2021 Legal Externship Program Informational Meeting: Professor Gross will conduct an informational meeting on Spring 2021 Legal Externships at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 via Zoom. Please check your inbox for the SBA email titled “Spring 2021 Legal Externship Information” for the Zoom link and relevant password.

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.

Student Organizations

HLLSA Mentorship Program and 1L Representatives: Hispanic Latinx Law Student Association is accepting submissions for (1) 1L and 2L students interested in being partnered with a Hispanic/Latinx student mentor (hllsa stating why you want to become more involved in HLLSA and your goals in law school.

Parents and Caregivers of Chicago-Kent (PACCK) invites all students to join in supporting our peers who bear responsibility in caring for loved ones while enrolled in law school through advocacy, awareness, and networking. Please view the attached pacck.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Revival: The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at Chicago-Kent College of Law has been inactive for a couple of years, but we are looking to reactivate it this year! SALDF is an organization of students who are interested in animal law, advocating for animal rights, or simply just have a passion for animals. SALDF is dedicated to protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. Our mission is to powerfully advocate for changing laws to better protect animals and to raise awareness regarding various legislation and policies detrimental to animals throughout our country. In order to reactivate this organization, we are looking to see if there are any students interested in joining. If you are interested, please fill out this form egalanopulos).

Upcoming Deadlines

Applications for Spring 2021 Judicial Externships will be available electronically as of Tuesday, September 22. Completed applications should be submitted to Suzanne Blaz by Thursday, October 15, 2020. For additional information about JEP, you may also refer to the Law School Website, “Law Offices/Clinical Programs.” If you have any questions about the Program or the application itself, please contact

Applications for Spring 2021 Legal Externships will be available shortly. Completed applications should be submitted to Suzanne Blaz by January 4, 2020.

ACS Constitution Day Event.pdf
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