SBA Newsletter – Week of November 9, 2020



The Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) is happy to announce the NEW Pro Bono Tracking System. Please see the attached PIRC flier for details. For a full presentation on PIRC, hour tracking, pro bono opportunities, and more, you can view this PIRC presentation: Celebrate Pro Bono: Chicago-Kent’s Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC): NEW Pro Bono Tracking System (must be logged in through Panopto to view).

Ascend Justice Winter Immersion Program 2020-2021: Experience an immersive introduction to domestic violence litigation by spending one or more weeks helping self-represented litigants petition the court for order of protection through Ascend Justice’s Emergency Protection Project. Three one-week sessions are available over the Winter Break. This experience is currently Remote. Please see attached for more information on this program. *This opportunity is normally held in-person at the Domestic Violence Courthouse on Harrison, only 3 blocks from Chicago-Kent. Once you are trained to volunteer, this can be an on-going volunteer opportunity for you.

The Black Law Students Association Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition has opened up its registration! The Regional CBMMTC consists of a maximum of 18 teams. Rounds simulate a civil trial proceeding where each team, consisting of four members each, offers opening statements, direct and cross examination of witnesses, and closing arguments. The top three placing teams from the regional convention will be invited to compete at the National Convention Advocacy Competition. Witnesses are not scored in the competition. Advocates are evaluated on their overall courtroom presence, command of the Federal Rules of Evidence and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, teamwork, and accuracy of objections. Each trial lasts approximately two and one-half hours.

  • The Regional Competition will take place virtually on February 3-6, 2021.The top three placing teams from each of the six regional conventions will be invited to compete at the National Convention on March 3-7, 2021.

  • If anyone is interested in participating or has any questions about this competition, please email Micah McClendon as soon as possible.

Seeking Applications for the HNBA Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition:

HLLSA is looking for 2L, 3L, and 4L students interested in participating in the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 26th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition. The competition brings together 32 teams of law students from the nation’s top law schools to argue a case currently before the United States Supreme Court. The 2021 competition will take place virtually on March 9-12, 2021 (note: this will occur during dates scheduled for regular class sessions).

  • Each school may send one team of up to three students. The application process is open to any student in their second year of law school and above, regardless of their involvement in HLLSA. The moot court team is selected by a committee of HLLSA board members and Moot Court Honor Society board members. If you are interested please submit the following materials directly to hllsa:

    • A legal writing sample (PDF format, full appellate brief from Legal Writing II preferred, but all submissions welcome)

    • Your resume (not necessary to list GPA)

    • A brief statement on why you are interested in competing in a moot court competition, which includes whether you are able to work on the brief over winter break

  • The selection committee intends on following this timeline:

    • Applications open: November 2nd

    • Deadline to submit application materials: Monday November 30th at 11:59pm

    • Selected applicants will be notified by December 7th

    • Register the selected team for through the HNBA website (week of December 7th)

    • The competition is March 9-12th. The competition will take place virtually.

  • For questions about the application or the expectations of participating, please contact the HLLSA President, Roberto Martinez.

Events for This Week

Events may be found on the SBA calendar. Please make sure you are accessing via your Kent email address.

Yoga on IG Live every Tuesday at 8:00 AM and available throughout the day.

Join HLLSA members Mariah and Stephanie every Tuesday morning at 8:00 AM for a completely virtual yoga class to jumpstart your day! Just go to our HLLSA Instagram Page instagram icon where one of our all-star instructors will share the class on IG Live. The class will also be posted to our page for 24 hours. There is a suggested $5 donation (Venmo: @Mariah-Mata) which will go towards the HLLSA Moot Court Competition and Judge’s Night.

Real Estate Law Webinars: This fall, the Land Use & Real Estate (LURE) club is hosting a number of webinars with real estate professionals from throughout the industry. Students will get the opportunity to ask questions to all of our guests. It’s a great chance to learn about a career in real estate law and to connect with like-minded folks! You can check out our most recent webinar here. OUR FINAL WEBINAR OF THE SEMESTER IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK:

  • Thursday, November 12, 12 PM to 1 PM: Residential real estate attorney Sarah Donnellan with Praedium Law Group.

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

The Election of 2020 – A Look Back and a Look Ahead: The ACLU and ACS will be hosting an election panel on Thursday, November 12th, at 12:00PM to discuss the current election and the potential consequences. Please join us for a discussion by an exceptional panel of professors from our university, including:

This event is a great opportunity to have wonderful speakers from our university address topics relating to the election, no matter the outcome. We highly encourage you all to attend and to invite your various networks — including classmates and friends — to join us for this conversation. We are happy to have a wonderful panel of speakers and look forward to their message! Register Here!

The First-Generation Law Student Association is proud to invite you to our transactional/corporate law legal panel. Join us via Zoom on Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 6pm – 8pm and hear from current transactional and corporate law attorneys from Reed Smith, LLP speak about their profession. The goal of the event is to paint a picture of a transactional attorney’s day to day activities to help students discern if they may wish to pursue a career in transactional law! Followed by Q&A! Zoom to it.

SBA Social Committee Virtual Paint & Sip: November 12, 2020: Join us as we unleash our inner artists! The cost will be $5 per student with all printing supplies included. Painting supplies can also be shipped to out of state students for an additional shipping charge. All students need to sign up by Wednesday, November 4th at midnight. To sign up please click this link:

Women in Law Professor Perspectives Panel: Please join the Society of Women in Law for a panel event featuring several wonderful women on the Chicago-Kent faculty on Friday, November 13, from 3:00 PM–4:30 PM. Professors Batlan, Baker, Carmona, Andrews, Aleisa, Johnson, Keller, Robbins, Shapiro, and Silvestri will share their experience as women in the legal profession, as well as their insight and advice for law students. Please RSVP using this Google Form to indicate your interests and submit questions. We look forward to seeing you (via Zoom!)

Future Events

A Fireside Chat with Attorney General Kwame Raoul: The SBA Career Committee is pleased and excited to host Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul for a fireside chat on Monday, November 16 at 5:30 pm via Zoom. For those who are unaware, Attorney General Raoul is a member of Kent’s 125 Alumni of Distinction; prior to his election as Attorney General, he served in the Illinois State Senate and was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. More details on this event are yet to come. If you wish to attend, please RSVP by completing this form.

C-K Mental Health Coffee Talks: Coffee Talks offer a forum for students to discuss mental health and stress management. 3L students will talk about their experiences in law school and take questions from any students in attendance. The goal of the event is to provide 1L students with an opportunity to discuss the stresses of law school and hear about study strategies, personal organization tips, and mental health practices that helped older students succeed in law school. The next Coffee Talks will take place on:

  • Tuesday, November 17 from 12 – 1 pm.

  • Wednesday, December 2 from 3 – 4 pm.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund: General Body Meeting: Please join SALDF at their first general body meeting on Tuesday, November 17th at 5pm! We will introduce our officers, talk about our future events, and talk about vegan nutrition and FAQs. The zoom link is here, and it will also be in the SBA calendar. See the attached flyer for the meeting ID and password. Please contact Eleni Galanopulos with any questions.

C-K Equity Talks: The Impact of Racial Inequalities in Education on Communities of Color will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 4-6 p.m. Racial inequalities facing education are multifaceted. Panelists will discuss both systemic barriers that exist both inside and outside of the education system that contribute to the achievement gap between white students and students of color. Some of the barriers include economic and school funding disparities, court decisions, social and emotional factors, disparate discipline, voting rights, mass incarceration, and implicit bias. Interested? View the list of panelists and register Here.

Future Deadlines

HNBA Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition applications due Monday, November 30th at 11:59pm. HLLSA is looking for 2L, 3L, and 4L students interested in participating in the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 26th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition. Details are in Announcements above. For questions about the application or the expectations of participating, please contact the HLLSA President, Roberto Martinez.

Applications for Spring 2021 Legal Externships should be submitted to Suzanne Blaz by January 4, 2020.


From the Library: Improving your Internet Connection at Home

American Bar Association: Did you know that you get a free ABA membership as a law school student? Sign up using this link for all the perks of membership, including networking opportunities and awesome discounts to study resources! If you have any questions, email your ABA Rep Daniel Kfoury.

Special Days and Birthdays – November:

November Dates

11/1 – Hailey LaMay, 1L, & Talia Plofsky, 1L

11/2 – Bridget Naughton, 3L, & Taryn Trusty, 2L

11/3 – Stephen Cruz, 1L, & Erin Monforti, 2L

11/6 – Mary Nagel, Visiting Assistant Professor

11/11 – Alathea Williams, 1L

11/17 – Ian Murray, 1L

11/20 – Chelsea Smith, 1L

11/22 – Julian Verdream, 1L, & Zelpha Williams, 2L

11/24 – Kari Johnson, Professor, & Monika Nasiadka

11/28 – Valeria Lopez-Fernandez, 1L

*if you wish to share your special date with the student body, click here

Meditation and Stretching Flyer.pdf
SALDF General Body Meeting.pdf
Transactional Law Flyer.pdf
Panel Flyer.pdf

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