SBA Newsletter – Week of September 13, 2021


September 13, 2021

Please be reminded that there are no classes after 4 PM on Wednesday, September 15th and all day on Thursday, September 16th due to the Yom Kippur holiday.


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

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

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.

Judicial Externship Program – Spring 2022: Professor Gross will be holding an informational session on the Spring 2022 Judicial Externship Program on October 6th at 3 p.m. Application packets will be posted in Symplicity and on the externship home page by September 23rd. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (in Room 618 or via email/phone) or Professor Gross via email/phone.

Student Organizations

American Bar Association (ABA):

BLSA: Join BLSA for the AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Suicide Awareness Walk Saturday, October 2nd. This walk and message have always been important, but BLSA participates in the Out of Darkness Walk each year to promote suicide prevention in honor of the late Nick Johnson from the Class of 2021. This walk will celebrate his life and bring us all together to fight suicide.

You can sign up to join or donate to our team via the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website. Please note that donations can only be made to individual team members, but the donations go towards our overall team goal. Online registration closes on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

In addition to the in-person walk, there is a virtual option. If you want to participate virtually, there will be an app with an hour-long program so you can walk in your community. Feel free to share your walk on social media, then tag #TogetherToFightSuicide and #CKBLSA.

If you choose to participate in person, the walk will take place on Saturday, October 2nd from 9am-1pm. We will all meet at Montrose Harbor. Everyone must abide by the COVID-19 guidelines, so please bring a mask and social distance as much as you can.

If you have any questions, please email Lorianna Anderson at landerson3. Thank you!


Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA): Learn more about APALSA at our first General Body Meeting of the year. Meet in Room 520 on September 14th at 12:30 PM. We will be providing food from Chiu Quon Bakery.


Chicago-Kent Law Review: The Law Review and Professor Harold Krent would like to invite all students to join us during our virtual symposium on October 1, 2021 beginning at 12:15 PM CST. This year’s topic is the 75th Anniversary of the Administrative Procedure Act and will contain exciting panels from various legal scholars and professionals. Please keep an eye out for a sign up form and corresponding Zoom link!

Corporate Law Society (CLS): If you’re interested in being a 1L Representative for CLS, please fill out this form by noon on Friday, September 17. 1L Representatives will join the CLS Executive Board and are responsible for relaying important org information to their respective sections as well as assisting the executive board in content and event creation. We are looking for two reps per section! In addition, please keep an eye out for more information regarding Corporate Law Society’s Meet the Board event which is scheduled for Friday, September 24, from 1pm-2:30pm. We are planning on meeting at a local restaurant for some great food and drinks, and are so excited to meet you (tell your friends + mark your calendars)! This year, we want to provide CLS members with a variety of events. From panels with professors and current corporate firm-bound students, to fundraising events and resume review sessions, we’ve got some great ideas. Stay tuned!

First-Generation Law Student Association: First-Gen will hold this year’s first General Body Meeting on Tuesday September 14th at 1:30 PM in room 700. Anyone who prefers to be online can join us via zoom with this link. We will be providing numerous First-Gen resources and giving a short presentation of very helpful information (especially for the 1Ls). We also will give time to answer any questions you may have. Please email us ( with any questions or concerns. We are excited to see you there!

Immigration Law Society (ILS): 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!

Muslim Law Student Association (MLSA): Salaam! MLSA will hold its first General Body Meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 21st at 12pm in room 590. Please RSVP via this google form. For anyone who would prefer to join us online, please let us know and we will provide you with a zoom link. Join us to meet our exec board, hear about some events we have planned for the semester, and to get any general law school questions answered. We hope to see you there!

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.

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.

Society of Women in Law: Please join the Society of Women in Law for its first General Body Meeting of the 2021–2022 academic year TODAY, September 13, at 12:00 PM! We will be hosting this meeting via Zoom only, and we invite you to join us by clicking this link. If you are unable to attend, don’t worry! We will send an email to provide a recap to everyone on the Women in Law listserv, and will put the meeting recording in the shared folder for the Society of Women in Law. Have a wonderful week!

Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER 13th:Society of Women in Law General Body Meeting

SEPTEMBER 14th:APALSA General Body Meeting

SEPTEMBER 14th: First-Generation Law Student General Body Meeting

SEPTEMBER 21st: ILS General Body Meeting

SEPTEMBER 21st: MLSA General Body Meeting

SEPTEMBER 23rd: ABA Outlining Webinar

SEPTEMBER 27th – 30th: ABA Equity Summit

OCTOBER 1st: Law Review Virtual Symposium: 75th Anniversary of the Administrative Procedure Act

OCTOBER 2nd: BLSA AFSP Out of the Darkness Suicide Awareness Walk

OCTOBER 6th: Spring 2022 Judicial Externship Information Session

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

Future Deadlines

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

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