SBA Newsletter – Week of October 25, 2021


October 25, 2021


Barristers’ Ball Survey! We are very excited to announce that the Barristers’ Ball is a GO this year! For those who do not know, the Barristers’ Ball is an annual event held at most law schools towards the end of the school year. The event is hosted by SBA as a school-wide formal affair- you might have heard it referred to as "Law School Prom." This year is very special, especially to all of the 3Ls, since this event has been canceled for the past two years. That being said, we want to make this year’s Barristers’ the biggest celebration it can be while ensuring it is as safe as possible for every student in attendance. We all deserve a special night to celebrate our accomplishments throughout this crazy covid law school experience we have all had. If you could take a minute and complete this survey so the Barristers’ Committee can plan as carefully as possible, I know we would all greatly appreciate it. Thanks and see you all at Barristers’!

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.

Exciting and Prestigious Law Firm Externship Opportunities for Spring 2022

Legal Externship Program: Applications to 4-credit special legal externship opportunities at Hinshaw & Culbertson and Seyfarth Shaw are due on or before Wednesday, October 27, 2021. See announcement for more detailed information on requirements and how to apply.


Now Accepting Applications to the Spring 2022 Semester Law Firm Associate Program (“SLFAP”): Applications to the 6-credit SLFAP opportunities are due on or before Wednesday, October 27, 2021. See announcement for more detailed information on requirements and how to apply to one or all of the 5 participating firms.


C-K Law Group – Spring Semester: Work under the supervision of an attorney to gain practical legal experience in addition to earning law school credit!! Applications for the spring 2022 semester are now available and can be found here:

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


Writing Competition Winners!

The winner of the inaugural A More Perfect Union: A Racial Justice Writing Competition is Chloe Bell, for her paper entitled The Lasting Impact of Housing Discrimination on Industrial Development, Environmental Justice, and Land Use. Read all about Chloe’s impactful article here.

Congratulations also go to Anthony Hao, who was awarded an honorable mention for his paper entitled Litigating Bivens Actions On Behalf of Asylum Seekers In Family Separation Context. Finally, congratulations to Jaylin McClinton for winning the naming contest for the new competition for his submission, A More Perfect Union.

Establishing the writing competition was a commitment from the faculty in its 2020 Antiracism Statement, and is meant to encourage papers that shine a light on issues of racial injustice. Submissions for the 2022 A More Perfect Union writing competition, with a $1,000 prize for the winning submission, will be solicited in January!

Upcoming Conferences:

Please join the Office of Continuing Legal & Professional Education virtually for these upcoming webinars! They are all free to Chicago-Kent students but registration is required. Click links below to register.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 | 5:00 – 6:00 PM

First Wednesday Series – U.S. Secret Service Statutory Obligations and Investigative Scope

This program is eligible for 1.0 hour of general CLE credit, pending approval.

Thursday, December 2 – Friday, December 3, 2021

37th Annual Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference

This program is eligible for up to 7.5 hours of general CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of Mental Illness Awareness credit, pending approval. This event is free to Chicago-Kent students when you enter the discount code CKCLE1 during checkout.

Student Organizations

American Bar Association (ABA):

If you would like to be more involved in the ABA or make the most out of your free membership, register for an account here and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions! Some benefits of that account include:

  • ABA Discounts

  • Free Membership in up to 5 Sections, Divisions, and Forums

  • Access to ABA Advantage Programs

  • Free content

And if you go for the premium $25/year membership, you also get:

  • ABA Career Forward Powered by Korn Ferry Advance

  • After the Bar digital publication

  • ABA Bar Bundle Prep (discounts to various prep services)

  • ABA Legal Ethics Bundle (MPRE Prep)

  • 90 Day Free Trial of Quimbee Gold Plan with up to 50 case briefs

  • Free JD Advising 1L sheets, discounts on tutoring and law school resources

  • Access to leadership opportunities and national competition

ABA Events

  • 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.

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!


A Haunting on West Adams Costume Contest! The Black Law Students Association is excited to announce our upcoming costume contest fundraiser: A Haunting on West Adams. The contest is open to the entire Chicago-Kent community from October 25th to 27th. The entry fee is only $10 for a chance to win the $100 first-place prize! We look forward to seeing your spookiest costumes. The official rules are attached to this email.


Child & Family Law Society (CFLS): Child and Family Law Society will be hosting our first General Body Meeting on Tuesday, November 2nd from 12:00-1:00 p.m. via Zoom. Please join us to learn more about CFLS! If you have any questions or want to be added to group updates, please reach out at cfls. The zoom link will be sent out closer to the event date. We hope to see you there!


Corporate Law Society: What is Corporate Law?

Please join Corporate Law Society on Tuesday, October 26, from 4pm – 5pm in room 704 to learn from prominent Chicago-Kent professors on the topic of corporate law, what it means to be a business lawyer, and how the Business Law Certificate at CK can help shape your future career. Great information for 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls will be covered. This will be an awesome opportunity to meet with professors you’ll likely take classes with, and meet other students from CLS!

Insomnia cookies & coffee will be provided! 🍪🍪

Keep scrolling to learn about our panelists!

Please RSVP and contribute to the conversation with the professors here.

If you can’t join us in person, join us via Zoom here.

Meeting ID: 874 8371 3606

Passcode: 085928


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!


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!


SBA’s Social Committee:

Halloween Trivia! Take a break from the law and instead test your knowledge of all that goes bump in the night. Join us for virtual halloween trivia Tuesday night at 8 PM….if you dare! The competition will be free, individual, and fully online, hope to see you there!

Join Zoom Meeting:


Paint & Sip Event! The paint n sip event is officially back November 4th 7-9pm with a Hybrid option to participate either in the Pinot’s Palette studio located at 2768 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL or Virtually in the comfort of your own home on Zoom. For only $5 you get everything you need to paint a Van Gogh masterpiece!

Please click this link to sign up by October 31st:


Upcoming Events

OCTOBER 25th-27th: BLSA’s Halloween Costume Contest

OCTOBER 26th: Halloween Trivia

OCTOBER 26th: Diversity Summer Programs Information Session

OCTOBER 26th: “What is Corporate Law?” Panel

OCTOBER 28th: Women in Crim Law Panel Event

OCTOBER 29th: APALSA & BLSA 1L Success Workshop

NOVEMBER 1st & 2nd: ASP “Tackling Exams” Session

NOVEMBER 2nd: Child & Family Law Society General Body Meeting

NOVEMBER 4th: SBA’s Paint n Sip Event

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 – "Tackling Exams": With finals fast approaching, get ahead of the curve and attend ASP’s upcoming workshop on "Tackling Exams." Join Professor Young, Dean Sowle, and Dean Abhijeet as they unpack law school exams and strategies for effective exam prep. Students may attend either session – whatever session is most convenient for their schedules. The material covered will be the same. ASP workshops are always open to LL.M. students.

  • Tackling Exams

    • Evening students: Monday, November 1, 2021, 7:30 – 8:30 pm – via Zoom

    • Day students: Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 pm – in person, Room 590


Career Services:

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:


Event & Description

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

A Haunting on West Adams Contest Rules and Regulations (1).pdf
Special Law Firm Externship Announcement (1).pdf
Announcement Spring 2022 SLFAP (1).pdf

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