SBA Newsletter – Week of August 2nd


AUGUST 2, 2021

Welcome back, Students!

In anticipation of the upcoming academic year, SBA will be releasing a Newsletter bi-weekly, with weekly Newsletters starting on August 23rd.


Good Luck First-Year Summer Start Students: Best of luck to all first-year summer start students as they take their final exam today.

1L Orientation: The preliminary Orientation Schedule for Day Division students is available here, and the preliminary Orientation Schedule for Evening Division Schedule students is available here. Upper-level students: If you are interested in volunteering during Orientation Week, sign up here.

1L First Day of Class Reading Assignments: Important reading assignments for Orientation week and the first day of classes are available here.

Books for 1Ls: All required first-year books and materials for entering students may be purchased at the Chicago-Kent bookstore. You may order your books online at Chicago-Kent Bookstore or in person. The bookstore is located on the 3rd level of the law school and can be reached at (312) 906-5605. Please note, the Chicago-Kent Bookstore currently requires anyone who enters the bookstore to wear a mask.

COVID-19 Vaccine & Mask Protocol: Per Dean Krug’s July 22nd Announcement:

• If you are not yet vaccinated, please take steps as soon as possible to ensure that you have received your first shot no later than August 15 (or, if one of the limited exceptions applies to you, that you have submitted the required documentation and are prepared for regular COVID-19 testing, as specified by the university). Regardless of vaccination status, you must continue to wear a mask in the building.

• If you are already fully vaccinated, or at such time as you become fully vaccinated, please submit your proof of vaccination here (faculty and staff) or here (students).

Student Organizations

“More” Moot Court Opportunities: Are you interested in moot court opportunities beyond Moot Court Honor Society, or ones that require the shorter time commitment of only one season? You’re in luck! Several Chicago-Kent student organizations sponsor teams to attend moot court competitions, and several professors coordinate sending teams to subject-specific competitions. Please find more about these competitions in this document.

The Journal of Intellectual Property: The Journal of Intellectual Property is currently accepting applications from 2Ls and 3Ls for this year’s Submissions Editor (SE), Executive Articles Editor (EAE), and Articles Editor (AE) positions! If you are interested in Intellectual Property and/or gaining Bluebook editing experience, this is an incredible opportunity for you to get hands-on experience and training. To apply, please email a resume and statement of interest to the Journal by Friday, August 13th, at 5:00pm. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Volunteer Opportunities

Orientation Leaders Needed: As we plan to be back on campus in the Fall, Dean Jenna Abhijeet is looking for upper-level students to assist with the New Student Orientation. The schedule will take place from Monday, August 16-August 19. There is a specific need for Orientation leaders to attend the lunches and dinner. This would be a great way to get to know the students prior to the start of classes. Follow the link below to indicate what you would like to assist with.

Orientation Leader Schedule

Future Events

AUGUST 14th – AUGUST 21st: Intensive Trial Advocacy Intersession

AUGUST 16th: Orientation Begins

AUGUST 23rd: First Day of Classes

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

Future Deadlines

SEPTEMBER 1st: If you carry your own personal health insurance and would like to opt out of the school’s required health insurance, you must complete this waiver before September 1st.


Writing Competitions: 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.

From ASP: Welcome back students! As you gear up for the fall semester, we encourage you to take advantage of the Academic Skills Program. ASP provides extra academic support for all students–helping them develop the skills necessary to succeed in law school. The following Teaching Assistants are available to help you learn how to read cases, take notes, outline courses, and prepare for exams. Please feel free to reach out to them. They have been in your shoes and are here to help!



FALL 2021 TA



Giovanni Garcia

Criminal Law


Stephanie Raga



Benjamin Levine



Suzanna Lewis

Criminal Law


Siri Arends Graham



Nicole Jansma



Emily Shapiro

Criminal Law


Hani Salameh



Rachel Grudzinski

Constitutional Law


Annika Morin

Constitutional Law


Berel Lakovitsky

Constitutional Law


Andrea Jakubas

Business Organizations


Taylor Shuman



Zoe Appler



Evan Turcotte

Civil Procedure


Alana Hirsch

From the Library: Welcome from the Law Library – Your Allies for Success!

The Library staff is looking forward to working with you as you begin your fall 2021 semester as a 1L, 2L, 3L, or 4L. Are you working on a seminar paper, looking for a form, or writing a journal article?

The librarians can train you to develop research strategies using the over 100 databases available to you as a Chicago-Kent student. The library staff at our service desk can help you reserve a study room or assist you in checking out resources.

For tips on succeeding in law school and electronic study aids for your classes, check out West Academic Study Aids (WASA). Use the Create An Account link and register with your Chicago-Kent Law email. You can access these at any time – and add your own notes and highlights. For our new 1L students, look for messages in the next few weeks for steps to set up your Westlaw and Lexis accounts.

We look forward to seeing you in many classes helping you develop legal research skills and technical competence to prepare you for the legal marketplace.

Visit us in the library or contact refreq with your questions. Have a great year!

From Career Services: Welcome back, students! A number of employers have elected to conduct their formal recruiting efforts later in the fall. Their opportunities will be posted in the OCI section of Symplicity and each employer will have a recruiting session labeled by the employer’s name. Currently, there are several new recruiting opportunities that have been posted this week. Some additional opportunities will be added moving forward over the next several months.

Lewis Kappes – 2L, 3L Eve Resume Collect (application due Aug. 8)

Allstate Insurance – 2L, 3L Eve OCI Sept. 14 (application due Sept. 1)

Scopelitis – 2L Eve, 2L, 3L Eve OCI Sept. 16 (application due August 30)

Cook County State’s Attorney – 3L, 4L Eve OCI Sept. 27 (application due Sept. 1)

Birthdays & Special Days – August:


Mariami Tkeshelashvili, 3L


Hannah Saed, 2L


Alexa Hancasky, 3L


Hani Salameh, 2L


Ashley Rice, 2L


Kaleb Smith, 3L


David Guerra, 2L


Romteen Bahramirad, 2L

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

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