SBA Newsletter – Week of November 1, 2021

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November 1, 2021

Announcements

A haunting on West Adams Halloween Costume Contest Winners! Thank you for voting in the Black Law Students Association’s Halloween costume contest: A Haunting On West Adams! Voting has officially concluded.

This year’s contest winners are:

  1. Best costume overall: Elizabeth Cannon as Maize the Candy Corn Monster

  2. Second best costume overall: Aleathea Williams as Poison Ivy

  3. Third best costume: Trial Team and Trash Pandas.

We hope you enjoyed this year’s A Haunting On West Adams. Stay tuned for future events hosted by BLSA! ~C-K BLSA Executive Board

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’!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSctf0z0q_Vgh001ozBgmJIXV_Z2E9hwi_3FYJMiQ3oogogb9g/viewform?usp=sf_link

Class of 2022 Composite Photo Sessions: THIS WEEK: November 3-4, 2021

You may have seen the dozens of past class composite photos hanging on the walls on the 3rd floor – now is your chance to be part of your class photo! Composite photo sittings for the Class of 2022 composite photo will take place next week. These sessions are free and take only a few minutes. In addition to being part of the composite photo, this is a great opportunity to have your professional headshots taken prior to graduation! Digital images of both your individual portrait and the composite photo will be provided free of charge, courtesy of the Alumni Association.

All photos will be taken in the Auditorium in the lobby level of the law school, with social distancing and safety protocols in place. Graduating students from the Class of 2022 may sign up for any available slot though this fall session is primarily reserved for Fall graduates; additional sessions will take place in the Spring semester. More information is available on the Composite Photo page.

Bar Exam Information Session: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15 from 5:00-6:00 PM in room 210

If you plan to take the July 2022 or Feb 2023 bar exam, I encourage you to attend this session. We will review the bar application and admission process as well as discuss your Character & Fitness application, the subjects tested on the bar exam, and what you need to do now to prepare for next year’s exam.

Sign up to attend here. (Signing up does not commit you to attending- it just allows me to get an idea of where you plan to sit for the bar and if you have questions.)

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact Erin Crist if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you on November 15th.

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: https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/practical-skills-training/legal-clinics/legal-clinic-application

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:

TWTC

c/o Design Museum of Chicago

72 E. Randolph St.

Chicago, IL 60601

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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

  • 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

American Constitution Society (ACS): ACS x Demand Justice Event on Supreme Court Reform Friday, 11/5! Join Chicago-Kent’s chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) in partnership with Demand Justice on Friday, 11/5 at 12 p.m. (noon) CDT via Zoom here or in-person in Room 345 for a conversation with their Co-Founder and Chief Counsel Christopher Kang. Representatives from Demand Justice will discuss their efforts to build a progressive movement to restore ideological balance and legitimacy to our nation’s courts!

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Black Law Students Association (BLSA): A Haunting on West Adams Costume Contest! See who won in the “Announcements” section above.

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!

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Land Use & Real Estate Society (LURE): Please join Land Use and Real Estate society (LURE) this Wednesday, November 3rd at 2:00 pm in CK Room 165 as we host Nicholas Pratten, an attorney at JMC Law Group. Nicholas primarily works on transactional real estate projects – both commercial and residential – and is also a Kent alum. If you cannot make the meeting in person or would prefer to join online, please use this link: https://kentlaw.zoom.us/j/88209026414?pwd=MGVRcHc1UDZZM2dVemIvVEpFVmUwdz09. We hope to see you there!

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Students for Sensible Drug Policy: Students for Sensible Drug Policy is a newly formed student organization at Chicago-Kent that focuses on drug policy and harm reduction. For our first event, we will be holding a workshop on how to respond to and reverse an opioid overdose. The presentation will also include some basic information on harm reduction practices and concepts. The event will be held over zoom and in person at room 704 on November 5, at 12:30 PM. There will be pizza for our in person attendees. In order for us to purchase an appropriate amount of food and disseminate the zoom link to attendees, we ask that you please RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkFcvJrstVvlKMna0a1e3g7if_nbwfcDT_KiH6RnJE-Sy2jQ/viewform?usp=sf_link . The event is also on the SBA calendar. Thank you, Alex White!

Upcoming Events

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

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

NOVEMBER 3rd: LURE Presentation by Real Estate Attorney Nicholas Pratten

NOVEMBER 3rd & 4th: Class of 2022 Photo Session

NOVEMBER 4th: SBA’s Paint n Sip Event (Registration Closed)

NOVEMBER 5th: Students for Sensible Drug Policy Workshop

NOVEMBER 5th: ACS Reform the Supreme Court

NOVEMBER 15th: July 2022/February 2023 Bar Exam Information Session

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

Resources

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: https://youtu.be/wQquU7OyoTI

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

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Career Services:

Events to Remember:

Date

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 – November/December:

November 1

Hailey LaMay, 2L

November 2

Tayrn Trusty, 3L

November 3

Erin Monforti, 3L

November 3

Stephen Cruz, 2L

November 6

Professor Mary Nagel

November 11

Aleathea Williams, 2L

November 13

Erin Granger, 2L

November 17

Ian Murray, 2L

November 18

Claudia Wojslaw, 2L

November 20

Chelsea Smith, 2L

November 22

Julian Verdream, 2L

November 22

Zelpha Williams, 3L

November 23

Jonah Brandhandler, 2L

November 24

Professor Kari Johnson

November 24

Monika Nasiadka, 2L

November 28

Valeria Lopez-Fernandez, 2L

December 1

Mairead DeWitt, 2L

December 2

Shiny S. Patel, 2L

December 4

Donna Elias, 3L

December 6

Greg Kelley, 3L

December 10

Alyssa Lanier, 2L

December 12

Madeline Moore, 2L

December 13

Alisha Panthier, 1L

December 13

Devin Ross, 2L

December 16

Eleni Galanopulos, 3L

December 17

Carmen Otubsin, 2L

December 18

Teona Pipia, 2L

December 19

Vanessa Makris, 2L

December 24

Julia Veeser, 2L

December 29

Haley Zobel, 2L

December 30

Hayley Loufek, 2L

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

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