SBA Newsletter – Week of November 16, 2020



As Chicago-Kent transitions to fully online, administration will work to create accessible quiet space for those who need it. Please complete this form if you would like to request space either for studying or for your exams, or refer to Dean Krug’s email response to “Current University Work from Home Guidance” for more information.

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.

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.

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. 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. Join us as Attorney General Raoul discusses his journey through the law, his time at Kent, and provides an overview of the AG’s office. Student and faculty attendees will be encouraged to ask questions. If you wish to attend, please RSVP by completing this form.

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.

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.

Chicago-Kent Law Review Symposium: Please join the Chicago-Kent Law Review and Professor Barbara Pfeffer Billauer for our virtual Symposium, Embryonic Injuries and Nascent Remedies in the Age of CRISPR-Cas and Advanced IVF, scheduled for November 18, 2020 –November 19, 2020 at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. The Symposium will focus on the legal, medical, and bioethical impacts surrounding novel and cutting-edge techniques in human genetic manipulation, including gene-editing, IVF, and preimplantation testing. The Symposium features panelists from both the legal and medical communities who are some of the leading experts in the field. Use this link to register (you can also register the day of the event), as well as find more information about the various panels. The C-K Law Review hopes to see you there!

C-K Equity Talks: The Multifaceted Racial Inequities Impacting Education: Racial Inequities Impacting Education are multifaceted. Panelists will discuss 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.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM CST. This event is free; 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.

Birthdays & Special Days – 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

Ascend Justice Winter Immersion 2020-2021.pdf
Illinois Attorney General (1) (1).pdf
Meditation and Stretching Flyer.pdf
Blue and White Illustrative Schools and Education Flyer.pdf

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