SBA Newsletter – Week of October 11, 2021


October 11, 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.

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.

APALSA: Join APALSA as we acknowledge World Mental Health Day on October 10th through a panel we are hosting on October 19th via Zoom at 4:30pm. Mental health is already heavily stigmatized, but every culture treats it differently; APALSA would like to address the stress put on the Asian American community to suppress their mental health concerns, thereby invalidating their mental well-being.

The panel will feature DJ Ida, Executive Director of National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association; Ailin Chang, Program Coordinator of Midwest Asian Health Association, Jonas Ginsburg, Clinical Supervisor of Midwest Asian Health Association, and attorneys from McGuireWoods. Each member will speak about how they advocate for mental health, followed by a Q&A with the panelists, so please feel free to submit questions to APALSA regarding anything


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!


Criminal Law Society: Women in Crim Law Panel Event! Join the Criminal Law Society and Women in Law Society on Thursday, October 28th at 5 pm for a panel discussion with panelists ranging from a Judge, State’s Attorney, and Public defender. The event will be hybrid — be on the lookout for more information!

First Generation Law Student Association: Building Success: A First-Gen and Women in Law Panel, Friday, Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m.: Join the First-Generation Law Student Association and Women in Law for an evening with a panel of successful female attorneys in a broad spectrum of fields. Marlén Cortez Morris is a Labor & Employment litigator and shareholder at Ogletree Deakins; Maria Martinez is Legislative Counsel at the City of Chicago; Amy Peña is in house General Counsel at the Chicago Community Trust; and Laurie Silvestri is the Director of the C-K Upper-Level Legal Writing Program. The panel will focus on career exploration as well as strategies for building firs-gen and female success. Please register for the event here. Join us on zoom by using this link. This is a virtual event, and the flyer is attached.

ILS Immigration Law Career Panel: ILS will be hosting an Immigration Law Career Panel on October 27 from 6-8pm. The career panel is open to any law students interested in learning about the different areas of immigration law. We encourage anyone to drop by even if you are unsure about whether you want to practice immigration law, this is the perfect opportunity to find out if it’s the right area of law for you!The panel will answer questions from the E-Board and our members. We will have attorneys from employment-based immigration to non-profit work (detailed in the attached flyer). Hope to see you there! The event will be entirely remote to allow all attorneys and students for an engaging experience. Zoom link is provided in the flyer attached!


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.

Upcoming Events

OCTOBER 12th: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence

OCTOBER 11th & 12th: ASP Outlining Session

OCTOBER 16th: PILI Program

OCTOBER 19th: BIRA General Body Meeting

OCTOBER 19th: APALSA Mental Health Advocacy Panel

OCTOBER 20th: Spring 2022 Legal Externship Program Informational Meeting

OCTOBER 22nd: Building Success: A First-Gen and Women in Law Panel

OCTOBER 26th: Diversity Summer Programs Information Session

OCTOBER 28th: Women in Crim Law Panel Event

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:

Explore the Possibilities: Public Interest Law – Saturday, October 16 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm


Save the Date! Diversity Summer Programs Information Session – Tuesday, October 26 at 12:00 pm: Join CSO on October 26 for a run down of diversity summer program opportunities. We will discuss programs such as the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Diversity Summer Internship Program, The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP), the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program, and others. We will also have a panel of students who have participated in or interviewed for these programs in the past to give tips on preparing applications. This is a can’t miss program if you are planning to apply for any of these opportunities.

Events to Remember:

Date & Event


9/15-10/15: Hispanic Heritage Month

We are halfway through Hispanic Heritage Month, which comes to a close on October 15th. This month of celebration is one that acknowledges the contributions the Hispanic community has made throughout the country and those contributions that are yet to come. It is meant to celebrate not only the culture of the Hispanic people, but the influence this culture has on creating the United States we live and thrive in today.

With the time left to honor Hispanic heritage, HLLSA would like to take this opportunity to highlight the wide range of experiences and journeys that encompass Latinidad and the Hispanic identity. Since the recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month in 1968, this month has served as a platform to showcase the success of those who identify as Hispanic, Afro-Latino, Latiné,Latino/a/x. HLLSA not only invites you to celebrate the success of those like Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea, Environmental, Labor, and Civil Rights Activist Dolores Huerta; but invites you to reflect on how you as a future lawyer can honor and authentically support the experiences of those around you. Let us consider how we can celebrate, support, and appreciate the diverse community that makes up Chicago-Kent. ¡Juntos somos mejores!

11/1 – 11/2:

Day of the Dead

The practice and tradition of Day of the Dead pre-dates pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. The Aztecs and several indigenous communities, in what is now known as modern day Mexico, take this period to honor the lives of those who have passed away. Traditionally, Day of the Dead begins on November 1st and ends on November 2nd. This practice is not a form of grieving but instead a celebration of the memories and stories of ancestors and our loved ones. In order to spark those memories, individuals either decorate the grave site or create an altar, called an ofrenda. Both options provide a space to showcase the personalities and values of those who have passed. Some altars have candles, marigolds or cempasuchiles; photos; a person’s favorite drink or food; and cherished items. Within the practice of Day of the Dead, it is believed that during this time the spirit world and earthly world come together to celebrate.

With that said, please join HLLSA, ILS, and ACPLS as we come together to create an ofrenda to celebrate our loved ones. All are welcome to participate. Navigating law school is in itself a challenging journey and surviving a pandemic is an added layer. So, be kind to yourselves and celebrate each other by joining us as we share stories and create a communal altar on October 25th in the concourse.

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

FG WIL Event.pdf

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