SBA Newsletter – Week of September 27, 2021


September 27, 2021


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.

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 Sizane Blaz (in Room 618 or via email/phone) or Professor Gross via email/phone. Professor Gross will be speaking via Zoom, but Room 580 is reserved for students in person.

Chicago-Kent’s Pro Bono Forum: Attention all students! Join us in-person or via zoom for our first annual Chicago-Kent Pro Bono Forum. Learn about opportunities to engage in pro bono and community service here at the law school and in the Chicago legal community! We will have speakers from Chicago-Kent based projects like the Self-Help Resource Center, Center for Constitutional Democracy, and Chicago Property Tax Appeal Project, as well as many community-based projects such as Ascend Justice – Order of Protection Winter Immersion Project; John Howard Association – Prison Response Unit Volunteer; Chicago Volunteer Legal Services – Juvenile Guardianship Project + so much more!


When: Wednesday, September 29th, 3:00pm – 4:15pm

Where: Room 210 or via zoom here

Sponsored by: Chicago-Kent’s Public Interest Resource Center, the Student Bar Association, and the Career Services Office

Banned Book Week Book Donation Drive: The ACLU, ACPLS, and CLS are having a book donation drive to celebrate Banned Books Week! A box will be placed at the Security Desk on the first floor where students and faculty can drop off any books they would like! The books donated do not have to be "banned". Please note that we cannot accept magazines, journals, moldy books, or books that are falling apart.

Event: Banned Books Week Book Donation Drive

Date and Time: September 27 to October 1

Location: Security Desk

Student Organizations

American Bar Association (ABA):

  • Equity Summit: Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

    • 9/27-9/30

    • Free for law students

    • Workshops, ted talks, and networking opportunities to educate folks on best practices, concepts, and strategies for addressing DEI gaps in the community

  • 2021 National Celebration of Pro Bono Law Student Video Contest

    • The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is sponsoring a video contest for law students to increase participation in pro bono work and raise awareness of pro bono efforts, programs, and providers. Videos are due October 1, 2021.

    • The contest winner will receive one law student registration (approximate value $250, does not include lodging or travel expenses) to the 2022 Equal Justice Conference in Minneapolis, MN, May 10-14, 2022.

  • Pro Bono National Celebration 10/24 – 10/30

    • During the 2021 National Celebration of Pro Bono, October 24-30, 2021, the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service encourages programs to sponsor a book club for your members and volunteers and invites all programs to highlight “A Knock at Midnight.” On October 27, 2021 at 4pmET/3pmCT, join us for a complimentary webinar discussion with Brittany K. Barnett, Author of “A Knock at Midnight”. Register Here!

  • Law student tax challenge

    • An alternative to traditional moot court competitions, this is organized by the Section’s Young Lawyer’s Form

    • Asks 2 person teams of students to solve a complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice

    • Problem Release Date: September 7, 2021, released by 5pm ET

    • Submission Deadline: November 8, 2021, by or before 5pm ET

  • Just The Beginning Scholar Prep Program

    • OUR MISSION is to encourage students of color and from other underrepresented groups to pursue career and leadership opportunities in the law.

    • Scholar Prep is a fun and educational virtual program designed to introduce middle and high students to the legal field.

    • Kids learn about different areas of law during a one-hour session which would involve a 45-minute interactive activity and a 10-minute Q&A session.

American Constitution Society (ACS): ACS will host their first general body meeting of the semester this Friday, October 1st at 12 p.m. (noon) CDT or via Zoom at the link below. They look forward to seeing general body members there as they acquaint you with the organization and promote fellowship amongst their members!


Supreme Court Term Preview on Tuesday, 9/28 at 1 p.m. CDT

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 9/28, at 1 p.m. CDT in Room 704 or via Zoom here, join the American Constitution Society (ACS) in collaboration with the Federalist Society as they host a panel discussion about the upcoming Supreme Court docket and term. Panelists include our very own Professors Carolyn Shapiro and Christopher Schmidt in addition to Misha Tseytlin, a representative for FedSoc, and Professor Darrell Miller, a representative from ACS.


Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA): The deadline has been extended for the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition and applications will be due by September 30th at 5pm. The registration deadline to sign up for our teams is October 1st, so we need to review your applications and choose our teams ASAP! The problems will not be released until AFTER the teams have signed up. We’re trying to sign up as TBD so we can hopefully have the briefs assigned to us prior to choosing the teams, but I would recommend submitting an application anyway if interested.

As a reminder, please email your resume and writing sample (preferably an appellate brief) to Jennifer Lind, President of APALSA, at APALSA, and to Professor Cherish Keller at ckeller.

Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring Association: The Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring Association is excited to announce that our first general body meeting will be on Tuesday, October 19th at 12:00 PM in room 704 and on Zoom. Lunch will be provided! This meeting is open to any and all students interested in bankruptcy law issues. The e-board will provide an overview of bankruptcy and restructuring law and discuss our plans for this semester and opportunities for involvement. Please contact bira to receive the Zoom link or for any other questions.


Black Law Students Association (BLSA):

BLSA at the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, 9/28

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 9/28, at 7:10 p.m. CDT join BLSA for their final night out at a Chicago White Sox baseball game! The Chicago White Sox will play against the Cincinnati Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field, which is located at 333 West 35th Street Chicago, Illinois 60616. Interested law students can sign-up for a ticketblsa.

BLSA Joint Bonfire with the UIC School of Law on Friday, 10/1

This Friday, October 1st, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. CDT join our BLSA for a joint bonfire in partnership with the UIC School of Law’s BLSA at Promontory Point located at 5491 South Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60615 in the Hyde Park neighborhood.


BLSA Out of Darkness Walk on Saturday, 10/2

This Saturday, October 2nd, 2021, join BLSA for the Out of Darkness Chicagoland Walk. BLSA participates each year to promote suicide prevention in honor of the late Nick Johnson, one of our members, from the Class of 2021. This walk will celebrate Nick’s life and bring us all together for the common goal of fighting suicide. You can sign-up to join or make a donation to our teamlanderson3) with any questions.


1L Success Workshop on Friday, 10/29

On Friday, October 29th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) CDT, join BLSA in partnership with APALSA, First-Gen, HLLSA, MLSA, and Women in Law as we welcome Professor Peter T. Wendel to lead a workshop focused on tips, study strategies, and note-taking methods that are catered towards first-year law students. Pizza will be served!


Chicago-Kent Law Review: Join the Chicago-Kent Law Review for an afternoon examining the Administrative Procedures Act. Keynote guest Doug Letter, General Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, will discuss the role of the APA in congressional litigation against the Trump administration. The afternoon will feature presentations discussing the conception of law and policy under the Act, comparing the benefits of evolutionary interpretation against originalism, offering critical examination into ratemaking and rulemaking hearings, and exploring the role of the APA in the advancement of civil rights. Register here.


Corporate Law Society (CLS): *Rescheduled* Please join CLS on Friday, October 1, from 1-2:30pm next door at Taco Lulu (601 W Adams St.) for our General Body Meeting! There will be food and drink deals just for us. 🌮🍹 To join us, please RSVP here! Please note this event is open to any and all CK students, so bring your friends! If your friends are not yet in CLS, but want to be, they can sign up using this form.

Environmental Law Society (ELS): The Environmental Law Society invites you to join us for our first general body meeting on September 28 on Tuesday, September 28th at 12:00 PM. We will still be meeting both in-person (Room 270) and on Zoom (register here). This meeting is open to any and all students at Chicago-Kent interested in environmental law issues, so please tell your friends!! We will get to hear from Prof. Keith Harley on the Environmental and Energy Law Certificate Program, discuss 1L and upper-level involvement opportunities for both ELS and the Journal of Environmental and Energy Law (JEEL), and will discuss our upcoming ELS events.

Additionally, if you’re interested in becoming a 1L Class Representative, please attend the meeting, or follow the link on the flyer for more information. We look forward to meeting everyone!


Health Law Society: Join the Health Law Society general body meeting on Zoom this Wednesday, September 29 at 5:30 PM where we’ll discuss our goals and plans for the fall semester. Email healthlawsociety with any questions. See you there!

Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS): Event: What is IP? Tuesday, September 28th at 12:30pm in Room C50. Join IPLS on Tuesday, September 28th for an introduction to Intellectual Property law with Professor Gregory Reilly. The lecture will focus on the three main categories of IP law: patents, copyrights, and trademarks. This is a great primer for anyone interested in IP!

Labor and Employment Law Society (LELS): Labor and Employment Law Society Logo Contest!

Whether you are super creative or just want a fun non-law-school detour, LELS is looking for a new logo! Designs must be submitted to lels by Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Board members will vote on the designs, with Professor Aleisa stepping in as our tiebreaker. The winning design will be announced on Friday, October 1, 2021, and the winner will receive a $15 gift card to their choice of Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts.

Racial Equity and Advocacy Alliance (REAA): Please join us for the Racial Equity and Advocacy Alliance’s first general body meeting on September 28th at 1 PM in Room 580!

You can also attend the meeting using the below Zoom meeting information:

Meeting ID: 844 7897 9393

Passcode: 373461

See you there!

Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER 27th – 30th: ABA Equity Summit

SEPTEMBER 28th: ELS General Body Meeting

SEPTEMBER 28th: Supreme Court Term Preview

SEPTEMBER 28th: What is IP? Event

SEPTEMBER 28th: REAA General Body Meeting

SEPTEMBER 29th: Health Law Society General Body Meeting

OCTOBER 1st: ACS General Body Meeting

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

OCTOBER 1st: BLSA Joint Bonfire with the UIC School of Law

OCTOBER 1st: CLS General Body Meeting

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

OCTOBER 6th: Spring 2022 Judicial Externship Information Session

OCTOBER 11th & 12th: ASP Outlining Session

OCTOBER 29th: APALSA & BLSA 1L Success Workshop

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


From Admissions: Join the Chicago-Kent Advocates! Would you like to make an impact on recruiting next year’s class? Joining the Chicago-Kent Advocates is a great opportunity! The Office of Admissions is looking for enthusiastic students to join the Chicago-Kent Advocates program. This is a student group created to promote Chicago-Kent to prospective students. Your experience with the law school admissions process and insight as a law student is invaluable.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an Advocate, you can join us on Tuesday, September 21 at 12:30-1:30 p.m. in room 210 or on Tuesday, September 28th at 12:30-1:30 p.m. in room 210.

You can also email us at admissions to learn more about what it entails.

We hope you will be able to join us!

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:

ASP Session – "Outlining Your Courses": What are outlines? Do I really need them? Learn more at the ASP outlining workshop! Professor Young will discuss outlining strategies and techniques. For evening students, the workshop will take place on Monday, 10/11/21 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. For day students, the workshop will take place in person on Tuesday, 10/12/21 at 12 p.m. in Room 510 and for remote day students via Zoom at the same time.


From the Library: Illinois Women’s Bar Foundation (“WBF”) Scholarship Application Solicitation

All nominations, applications, and supporting documents are due by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2021. Each applicant must submit the following: (1) law school transcript; (2) resume; (3) letter of recommendation (from you or another faculty-member or administrator); and (4) a completed 2021 Scholarship Application (attached). Applicants should email their applications and supporting documentation directly to wbfscholarship. Recommenders may submit their letters directly to the Foundation at wbfscholarship or may provide their letters to the scholarship applicant for submission.

Once we receive the applications from each school, the WBF Board will choose at least two applicants to interview from each Illinois law school. Interviews will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 via Zoom. Applicants must be available for an interview to be eligible for a scholarship. We will inform the applicants of whether they have been selected for an interview and of the precise time and location of the interview no later than Monday, October 11, 2021. We anticipate that we will award at least one scholarship to a student from each Illinois law school.

If you have any questions about the application, scholarship criteria, or selection process, please feel free to contact Amy O’Conner at amy.oconner or by phone at 586-242-0968. We look forward to meeting this year’s outstanding applicants from Kent!

Birthdays & Special Days – September :


Shannon Cottrell, 3L


Ricardo Ramirez, 1L


Rebecca Chmielewski, 2L


Megan Hovde, 2L


Sara Rusnak, 1L


Katherine Hanson, 3L


Subhiksha Gopal, LLM


Gabrielle Robles, 3L


Jessica Himes, 2L


Professor Lori Andrews


Emily Shanley–Roberts, 3L


Emily Shapiro, 2L

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

CLS General Body Mtg (Online Version) (1).pdf

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