SBA Newsletter – Week of February 8, 2021


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Student Speak Survey: IIT Center for Research and Service, in partnership with Chicago-Kent SBA and IIT students, developed the 2020 Student Speak survey to assess student challenges in the pandemic. The Center for Research and Service shared this email with students in late January. Please check your email for the link to the survey, and complete before February 14, 2020. This survey will inform university leadership about how you were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and what you think of Illinois Tech’s response to it. By completing this survey you will get a chance to win one of many $20 electronic gift cards.

Interested in submitting a paper to a competition? The law library has created a guide to student legal writing competitions. For more information, please see the library blog post about the guide.

This year BLSA and SBA are presenting the Nickolas Johnson Writing Competition. In 2018, we lost a fellow classmate and BLSA member. This writing prize in Nickolas Johnson’s memory is to encourage students to tackle issues of mental health on campus and propose an idea to be implemented by BLSA and SBA for the upcoming school year. The competition funding is donation based, and if you would like to donate please donate here, arogers11.

The Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property is currently accepting applications for next year’s Associate Editor positions! If you are interested in Intellectual Property or are interested in gaining Bluebook editing experience, this would be a great opportunity. As an Associate Editor, you would assist Executive Article Editors in reviewing Journal articles for quality and accuracy. The Journal is a student-run publication, which publishes two issues per year. These publications offer in-depth analyses of fundamental issues affecting intellectual property rights and timely, succinct reviews of current issues in the field. The Journal is the official publication of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Bar Association. To apply, please email a resume and a statement of interest to journal or apply via our website.

Events for This Week

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

Judicial Externship Informational Session: On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 12p.m. via Zoom, Professor Gross will conduct an informational meeting for students interested in participating in the Summer and/or Fall 2021 Judicial Externship Programs. For additional information about JEP, you may also refer to the Law School Website externship page. If you have any questions about the Program or the application itself, please contact Professor Vivien Gross.

The Chicago-Kent Racial Equity and Advocacy Alliance (REAA) will host a General Body Meeting on Tuesday, February 9th, at 12:00 p.m. Email reaa to join the mailing list.

Kent Justice Foundation will be having its first General Body Meeting of the Spring semester on Tuesday, February 9th, at 12:00pm. We will be discussing our annual Spring Auction and ways to get involved in planning, including volunteer hours to log toward your Summer Fellowship application. An email will go out to the KJF general body with a Zoom link. Please email kjf if you would like to be added to our mailing list.

Future Events

Illinois Tech’s Office of Community Affairs and Outreach has planned events this February that will provide our community with more opportunities to explore Black history and better understand the challenges that prevent equity. These include a film screening and discussion of The Color Tax: Origins of the Modern Day Racial Wealth Gap, which will be held on February 18, as well as a February 26 screening of 40th: The Story of Bishop Robert Williams and Roberts Temple, which documents Bishop William Roberts and the Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ, located just south of the university’s Mies Campus.

Future Deadlines

Judicial Externship – Summer Application Process: Applications for Summer 2021 Judicial Externships will be available online by Friday, February 5, 2021. They will also be available in the Symplicity Document Library which can be accessed by clicking on “Resources” on the left side of the student Symplicity homepage. Completed Summer applications should be submitted to Suzanne Blaz by Friday, February 19, 2021, no later than 12 p.m.

Judicial Externship – Fall Application Process: Applications for Fall 2021 Judicial Externships will be available online by Thursday, February 25, 2021. They will also be available in the Symplicity Document Library which can be accessed by clicking on “Resources” on the left side of the student Symplicity homepage. Completed Fall applications should be submitted to Suzanne Blaz by Monday, March 15, 2021, no later than 12 p.m.


From ASP: How to improve second semester grades: Leveraging your first semester to fuel success.

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 – February:

02/01 – Patrick Owens, 1L

02/02 – Maeghann Hoal, 1L

02/04 – Sofia Lischewski, 1L

02/06 – Sofia Valdivia, 3L

02/11 – Ryan Martin, 1L

02/16 – Patrycia Piaskowski, 1L

02/25 – Professor Laurie Silvestri

02/27 – Christian Sanchez, 2L

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