SBA Newsletter – Week of September 6, 2021


September 6, 2021

Please be reminded that there are no classes today, September 6th or tomorrow, September 7th due to the Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah holidays.


COVID-19 Policies & Procedure: Please find Chicago-Kent’s current COVID-19 protocols here.

Add/Drop Period: The add/drop period for Fall 2021 ends on Wednesday, September 8, at 9:00pm. You may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of classes. During the second week, however, you may add an open course only with permission of the instructor. You may not add a course after Wednesday, September 8, at 9:00pm.

Academic Calendar for 2021-2022: For your reference, the academic calendar for 2021-2022 is available by clicking here.

Lockers: Returning students, if you forgot your locker number and combination, please email jabhijeet for that information. Thank you!

How to stay connected at Chicago-Kent: Here are a few things we recommend you do NOW to stay connected throughout the year:

  1. Add the SBA Calendar to your Google Calendar by following these instructions.

  2. Attend the student organization fair tomorrow, Tuesday, August 31st.

  3. Read the SBA Newsletter, which will be sent to your email every Monday morning.

  4. Follow the SBA Instagram account: @sbachicagokentlaw.

  5. Subscribe to receive notifications from the SBA Event Calendar. Instructions are here.

  6. Reach out to SBA at any time with any questions.

Student Organizations

American Bar Association (ABA):

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA): APALSA Day Out! Join APALSA for our first event of the semester! Get to know the APALSA community in an off-campus setting at Joy Yee (1335 S Halsted St). We are meeting at Joy Yee at 12:30 PM on September 7th.


Immigration Law Society (ILS):

  • ILS General Body Meeting: Immigration Law Society will be having their first general body meeting Tuesday, September 21st at 12:00pm. You can attend in person or via zoom! Details about room number and zoom information will be sent out soon, so be on the lookout for that email. Lunch will be provided for those attending in-person, as well!

  • 1L Representatives: ILS will start accepting submissions for 1L Representatives for the 2021-2022 academic school year. The primary role of our 1L Representatives is to serve as a bridge between your respective section and the ILS executive board. If you are a 1L (Day or Evening) and are interested in being a representative for Immigration Law Society, please email ils with the following:

  • Name and Kent email

  • A short (1 paragraph) candidacy statement

  • Section (A, B, or C)

  • Division (Day or Evening)

Please submit these by Friday, September 10, 2021

Roman Law Society: The Roman Law Society’s focus is to develop a deeper understanding on the origins of our legal system, founded in Ancient Rome. Roman Law, along with the Roman system of government, was essential to the foundation of the United States Congress and the justice system used to this day. The Society’s purpose is to explore and share this knowledge about the ancient legal system outside of a classroom setting; to use the organization as a platform to learn from the past and understand what it can tell us about the present state of our legal system and where it may be heading. Overall, this society’s intent is to promote the principles of democratic society, a Republic governed by the will of the people.Those who are interested in joining the club or have question should reach out to either Daniel Gomez (dgomez11) or Jon Walz (jwalz). Alternatively, our faculty-sponsored advisor, Alexandra Franco (afranco2) can also answer any questions that you may have.

National Security Law Society: The National Security Law Society (“NSLS”) is inviting all students with an interest—or even curiosity—in the most consequential issues facing America today. This is a wonderful opportunity to join a non-partisan group that explores and raises awareness about the legal issues in vital sectors like data privacy, the international community, the military, space exploration, and the intelligence community, to name a few. The NSLS works closely with the Center for National Security and Human Rights, which puts on conferences that regularly attract some of the world’s preeminent national security practitioners and scholars. Additionally, we are a relatively new group on campus, so this is your chance to get in, make an impact, make connections, and set yourself apart from others.

The NSLS seeks to foster its members’ professional careers and leadership capabilities. We give our members intellectual and creative freedom, by encouraging members to research, and then write about a diverse range of national security issues. Students’ writings will be published on our blog, which demonstrates your abilities, interest, and knowledge to prospective employers. You will get to network with our counterparts in other law schools in the Chicago community. Additionally, you will have access to speakers, current, and retired members of the broader national security community, who are eager to assist our members’ personal and career growth.

Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER 7th: APALSA Day Out. 12:30 PM at Joy Yee (1335 S Halsted St).

SEPTEMBER 8th: ABA Section of Intellectual Property virtual networking event.

SEPTEMBER 10th: Back to School Bash! 7-10 PM at FatpourTap Works, 2005 W Division St. Chicago, IL 60622. Sign-up here, and see the attached flyer for more information.


SEPTEMBER 21st: ILS General Body Meeting, 12:00 PM.

SEPTEMBER 23rd: ABA Outlining Webinar

SEPTEMBER 27th – 30th: ABA Equity Summit

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

Future Deadlines

SEPTEMBER 8th: Add/drop period ends.

OCTOBER 1st: Deadline to apply for The 14th Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition.

  • Cash Prizes

  • Free to Apply


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: 1Ls: Listen from students and faculty on what strategies they used for academic success:

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, 4L, LLM, or JSD student. 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 1L and LLM students: If you haven’t already set up your Westlaw and Lexis accounts, please check your email for a message from Mandy Lee. It was sent on August 16, 2021, and contains information on setting up your Westlaw, Lexis, West Academic Study Aids, and more library database 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.

Birthdays & Special Days – September :


Shannon Cottrell, 3L


Ricardo Ramirez, 1L


Rebecca Chmielewski, 2L


Megan Hovde, 2L


Katherine Hanson, 3L


Subhiksha Gopal, LLM


Gabrielle Robles, 3L


Professor Lori Andrews


Emily Shapiro, 2L

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

Back to School Bash Flyer.pdf

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