SBA Newsletter – Week of November 8, 2021


November 8, 2021


Fall Bash: SBA will be hosting a Fall Bash on Friday, November 12 from 6-9 PM at The Atrium, a private event space above Tree House in River North (149 W Kinzie St)! The evening will include an open bar for 3 hours including bar service and table service, and food will be available for purchase.

In order to ensure covid safety, a few additional precautions are in place. Weather permitting, the retractable roof will be kept open for air flow, so dress warmly! We will be capping the event at 65% capacity, there are two different bar spaces, and servers will also come around to take orders, all to allow for social distancing and avoid bunching at the bar. In addition, IDs and vaccine cards/photos will be checked at the door, so please bring in addition to your student ID. Masks will be required for entry and when ordering at the bar, and strongly encouraged when not actively eating or drinking. Finally, we are limiting attendance to one guest per student.

Please sign up and pay here by November 10: $25 for students with Chicago-Kent ID and $45 for guests. Only the first 300 students will get the SBA-subsidized rate, and space is very limited beyond that, so sign up quickly!


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’!

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:

10 Great Law Student Strategies You May Not Know: NOVEMBER 17 from 3-4pm via Zoom: In this workshop presented by the Praxis Certificate program, C-K Alum Monica Pechous of Tucker Ellis LLP and Professor Robbins will discuss 10 underappreciated strategies law students can use to further their success in law school (and beyond!) With a focus on “double dipping” by working on projects that pay off in multiple arenas, this Zoom session will give practical tips on a wide range of topics including: exam preparation, scholarships, alternative coursework, writing competitions and more! Plus, attendees will receive an exam tips handout! For questions, please contact Professor Robbins at: jrobbin1.

The Zoom link for the event is:


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


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.

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 Announcements

  • ABA Law Student Division Council Applications Are Now Open – Want to lead, advocate, and shape policy on a national scale? Network with prominent attorneys and law students from around the country? Run for an ABA Law Student Division Council position. Application deadline is January 14, 2022. Apply today.

APALSA: APALSA and HLLSA Meditation and Social. Wednesday, November 17 from 4:30-5:30 PM. Take a break from studying and join APALSA and HLLSA for 30 minutes of guided meditation followed by a 30 minute social. Feel free to join either or both sessions. Our social will provide a safe space for attendees to meet (virtually), chat, and de-stress before heading into finals. This event is open to everyone.


Art & Cultural Property Law Society (ACPLS): Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are one of the most intriguing examples of how human experiences with art—or anything else—can be reshaped virtually in the so-called metaverse.Hear Professor Lee explain the complex web of code and content licenses that underlie NFTs, and how they are changing art and ownership on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 12pm in Room 270, or find the Zoom link on the SBA Calendar.


Black Law Students Association (BLSA): On Friday, 11/12 at 12 p.m. (noon) CST via Zoom here, join BLSA for our final general body meeting of this semester! We expect to check-in with our 1L law students to see how you are doing as we get close to the end of the semester and to discuss more about what’s to come in the spring (e.g. 1L Your Way, Black History Month, NBLSA/MWBLSA Conventions, etc.)


Federalist Society: Next Tuesday, November 9th, at 12:00pm in Room 590 (and via Zoom, see below), The Federalist Society will be hosting our last event of the semester. It will be a presentation by Professor George Mocsary of the University of Wyoming College of Law, with commentary by our very own Professor Shapiro. The event is titled "Constitutional Rights & Liberties: What’s Left After COVID-19." The presentation will be a kind survey of how pandemic regulations have impacted our individual rights and liberties.

Lunch will be served: Lou Malnati’s pizza.


HLLSA Churro Sale: Help HLLSA to raise funds while enjoying a sweet treat. The churros will need to be pre-ordered, and they will be distributed at C-K on Monday, November 15th. Please see the flyer below for more details, and email HLLSA if you have any questions.

Click HERE to access the order form!"


Labor & Employment Law Society (LELS): The National Institute for Workers’ Rights is hosting a virtual symposium on anti-discrimination laws in education and employment on November 12th. The event starts at 9:00 a.m. CST, and features discussions about Title IX, ending workplace discrimination, and the future of employment law. Additional details can be found on the website. You can register for the Symposium here.


Land Use & Real Estate Society (LURE): LURE’s next event is this upcoming Tuesday, November 9th, at 5pm on Zoom. We are hosting an incredible panel of attorneys who are focused on social impact real estate investing and development and represent firms such as Elrod Friedman, JP Morgan, DL3, and Reyes Kurson. Please see the below flyer for more information and follow the below Zoom link to join. Next week’s event will be our last official event of the semester, so we hope to "see" you all there!

Zoom link for 11/9 panel:


Moot Court Honor Society (MCHS): The Thirtieth Annual Ilana Diamond Rovner Appellate Advocacy Competition is currently under way. The advocates had their preliminary arguments last week, and advocates who qualify to advance throughout the tournament will argue in the Octofinals on Monday evening, Quarterfinals on Tuesday evening, and Semifinals on Wednesday evening. The two finalists will then argue on Thursday, November 11 at 3pm. Join MCHS in the Ogilvie Auditorium for a livestream viewing party of the final round! Please check our Facebook/Instagram page next week for a link to live stream the final round.


Self-Help Resource Center- ILAO Training 11/9/21: The SHWC Team is thrilled to invite you to our first training of the semester, taking place on Tuesday, November 9 at 1pm. This training will be provided by Amy Clark of Illinois Legal Aid Online. For those who do not know, the Self-Help Web Center is a desk at the Daley Center (Circuit Court of Cook County) where Chicago-Kent students help pro se litigants. Due to Covid, the desk has been unable to operate, but you can still attend our training and be prepared for when the desk opens again (hopefully in the spring). The training will be conducted over zoom.


Sports & Entertainment Law Society (SELS):

Join the Sports and Entertainment Law Society for a happy hour meet and greet on Thursday, November 11 from 5pm-7:30pm right next to school at Taco Lulu (601 W. Adams St.). In addition to half off margaritas from 5pm-6pm, this is a great way for anyone interested in learning more about the exciting areas of sports and entertainment law and getting to know other students in SELS over a few beverages. Fun way to spend a study break. Hope to see you there!


SELS is organizing teams to compete in three sports competitions held at Tulane Law School next semester. These competitions are a nice mixture of moot court/trial team meets the world of sports statistics. For anyone interested in sports negotiations and sharpening your oral and written advocacy skills, these competitions may interest you! There is the International Baseball Arbitration Competition (January 19-21), the Football Negotiation Competition (February 3-5), and the Basketball Negotiation Competition. Each of these are anticipated to be held in person at Tulane in New Orleans. Space is very limited, so those interested should email SELS by Wednesday 11/17 and indicate which competition(s) you are applying for. Also include a short blurb of what qualifications, skills, and attributes you have that would make you a great addition to one of these teams. See below for specific information for each competition. Good luck!


Upcoming Events

NOVEMBER 9th: Land Use & Real Estate Presentation

NOVEMBER 9th: Constitutional Rights & Liberties: What’s Left After COVID-19

NOVEMBER 9th: What are NFTs Event

NOVEMBER 9th: Rovner Moot Court Competition Final Round

NOVEMBER 9th: Self-Help Resource Center Volunteer Training

NOVEMBER 10th: Hellenic Bar Association Judges Panel

NOVEMBER10th: Meet the Public Service Organizations Reception

NOVEMBER 11th: Peggy Browning Fund Information Session

NOVEMBER 11th: Sports & Entertainment Law Society Happy Hour

NOVEMBER 12th: The National Institute for Workers’ Rights Symposium

NOVEMBER 12th: BLSA General Body Meeting

NOVEMBER 12th: SBA’s Fall Bash

NOVEMBER 15th: HLLSA Churro Sale

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

NOVEMBER 17th: Deadline to apply for sports law competitions

NOVEMBER 17th: APALSA and HLLSA Meditation and Social

NOVEMBER 17th: Praxis Certificate Program, 10 Great Law Student Strategies You May Not Know

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:

Career Services:

Meet the Public Service Organizations Reception

Wednesday, November 10 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Registration Link


Hellenic Bar Association Judges Panel

Wednesday, November 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm


Peggy Browning Fund Information Session

Thursday, November 11 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


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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