SBA Newsletter – Week of October 4th


October 4, 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.

Spring 2022 Legal Externship Program Informational Meeting: Professor Gross will conduct an informational meeting on Spring 2022 Legal Externships at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 via Zoom and in a room for those who prefer to attend in-person TBA (check the Record for a future update on the room). Please email Suzanne if you have any questions.

2021 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture:

  • Tuesday, October 5, 2021

  • 3:00pm to 4:00pm

  • Hybrid – Lecture will be in the auditorium. A zoom link will be sent to registered attendees.

Join Chicago-Kent faculty, students, and alumni for the 2020 Palmer Prize Lecture. In this lecture, Thomas Crocker, winner of the 2020 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize, will present the ideas in his award-winning book Overcoming Necessity: Emergency, Constraint, and the Meanings of American Constitutionalism (Yale University Press 2020).

The annual $10,000 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize was established in 2007 by Roy C. Palmer ’62 and Susan Palmer to encourage and reward public debate among scholars on current issues affecting the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of governments throughout the world.

Two autographed copies of Professor Crocker’s prize winning book will be raffled to students that register for the event.

Fall Clothing Drive, now through 12/4/2021: Parents and Caregivers at Chicago-Kent (PACCK), The Chicago-Kent Racial Equity and Advocacy Alliance (REAA), and Women in Law (WIL)—in partnership with the Design Museum of Chicago—are pleased to sponsor a Fall Clothing and Toy Drive to benefit The Women’s Treatment Center (TWTC) in Chicago. TWTC served as the sole substance abuse treatment center in Illinois focused solely on women and specializing in treatment framed and informed by women’s issues. However, the pandemic forced TWTC to shutter its physical space, and many women were displaced. While TWTC has found new arrangements for many of the women and children it serves, these women and their children remain in need of clothing in general—and toys (!) for this upcoming holiday season. PACCK, REAA, and WIL ask you to open your hearts (and your closets!) and donate this fall to support these women and their families as they transition through recovery. The Design Museum will accept donations now through December 4, 2021. You may donate via drop-off, delivery, or mail, directly to:


c/o Design Museum of Chicago

72 E. Randolph St.

Chicago, IL 60601


Student Organizations

American Bar Association (ABA):

  • 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.

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):

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 Bar Association:

The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association invites you to attend our Back to School Bash on October 7!

Sponsored by LexisNexis and Themis Bar Review

Join us at Hubbard Inn, 2nd Floor, 110 W. Hubbard Street, from 4-6pm to meet fellow law students from the Chicagoland area, mingle with the Young Lawyers Section officers to find out how CBA membership can help your future career!

Visit to sign up. The event is FREE for CBA law student members, $20 for non-members. If you are not a member yet, click here to join the CBA for $12!

Pre-registration and proof of COVID-19 vaccination required to attend. Click here to upload a photo of your COVID-19 vaccination card.

Questions? Ask Rana Salem (rsalem), or reach out to Young Lawyers Section Director Lindsay Wunrow at lwunrow. We look forward to seeing you there!

Federalist Society: “Free speech Online, Section 230 and the First Amendment” On Tuesday, October 5th at 1:00pm in Room C35, and online via Zoom (here), join the Federalist Society as we host Ashkhen Kazaryan in a discussion on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which generally provides immunity for website platforms with respect to third-party content. Ms. Kazaryan is a tech policy expert and works at Facebook* as Content Policy Manager, Regulation. She will speak on the history of Section 230, its common misconceptions, and proposals to amend it, as well as content moderation, free speech online, and the global aspects of the Internet. Come to learn about this oft-cited provision and have your questions answered by an expert in the field. All are welcome, and none will be censored! * Ms. Kazaryan will speak in her capacity as an expert: none of her views will represent her employer’s.


Labor & Employment Law Society (LELS):

THE GIG IS UP Film Screening and Q&A Panel

The Institute for Law and the Workplace and the Labor & Employment Law Society are co-hosting a free advance virtual screening of the film THE GIG IS UP, a new documentary releasing in theaters and on-demand on October 8. THE GIG IS UP uncovers the real costs of the platform economy through the lives of people working for companies around the world, including Uber, Amazon, and Deliveroo.

On Thursday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. Central Time, we will be joining the Labor Law Student Association at George Washington University for a Zoom Q&A with the film’s director and cast.

We will be sharing a link with attendees a few days in advance of the panel to screen the film on their own time and on their own devices. To register to screen the film and attend the Q&A Panel, please sign up here!

You can watch the trailer here:


Join us for the Labor & Employment Certificate Program Welcome Back Event!

On Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 4:00 p.m., the Institute for Law and the Workplace will be hosting its Labor & Employment Law Certificate Program Welcome Event! The event will include a discussion about the certificate program as well as a moderated panel featuring Chicago-Kent alumni and practicing attorneys.

On-campus students can attend the Zoom meeting in Room 345, where it will be projected on the big screen for group viewing.

The Zoom link can be found on the SBA calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!


Parents and Caregivers at Chicago-Kent (PACCK): Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence, Tuesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m.: Join Parents and Caregivers at Chicago-Kent (PACCK), First-Generation Law Student Association (First-Gen), and the Labor and Employment Law Society (LELS) for an evening with Ronda Muir, author of Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence. Statistics show that individuals with higher emotional intelligence are happier at work and in their personal lives, experience better success in collaborative settings, and have higher self-regulation, empathy, self-awareness, motivation, and social skills. Ms. Muir will share where lawyers typically stand in these areas and provide ways to assess, develop, and market your emotional intelligence in your lives and careers. Ms. Muir is an attorney with both Big Law and inside counsel experience in the U.S. and overseas, and is one of the country’s leading authorities on the personal attributes of lawyers and the application of behavioral science to the legal workplace. She counsels firms, academics, and global organizations on ways to maximize individual and organizational law practice performance. Assess your emotional intelligence here, and please RSVP here for a link. We will share the Zoom link on Tuesday 10/12 at 5 p.m.

Student Humanitarian Network: General Body Meeting is Wednesday, October 6th @12:15pm in Room 704.

Upcoming Events

OCTOBER 5th: 2021 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture

OCTOBER 5th: Labor & Employment Law Certificate Program Welcome Event

OCTOBER 5th: Free speech Online, Section 230 and the First Amendment

OCTOBER 6th: Spring 2022 Judicial Externship Information Session

OCTOBER 6th: Student Humanitarian Network General Body Meeting

OCTOBER 7th: THE GIG IS UP Film Screening and Q&A Panel

OCTOBER 7th: U.S. Air Force JAG Information Session

OCTOBER 12th: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence

OCTOBER 11th & 12th: ASP Outlining Session

OCTOBER 19th: BIRA General Body Meeting

OCTOBER 20th: Spring 2022 Legal Externship Program Informational Meeting

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.


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.


Career Services:

Labor & Employment Law Certificate Program Welcome Back Event

Learn more about Chicago-Kent’s well-known Labor and Employment Law Certificate Program. This event will feature a panel of attorneys working in labor & employment law.

Zoom link:

Air Force JAG Information Session

Meet with Major Jonathon Hoover to learn more about legal experiences with Air Force JAG, including opportunities for post-grad commission and a spring 2022 externship.

This event will be located in the Career Services Office


Birthdays & Special Days – October :


Allison Rymek, 2L


Jaylin D. McClinton, 3L


Amy Cmiel, 3L


Dean Sowle


Alex O’Connor, 3L


Sydney Weiss, 2L


Nancy Whaley, 1L


Shelby Wilson, 1L


Catherine Arnpriester, 2L


Alan Gallivan, 3L


Jerry Altemar, 2L


Eveline, 1L


Zoe Allen, 2L

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

Student humanitarian Network’s[17].pdf
Ronda Muir Event.pdf

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