SBA Newsletter – Week of November 15, 2021


November 15, 2021


Fall 2021 Exams: For more information about exams this semester, please visit the following links:

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: TODAY, 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

The 2022-2023 Law Student Elections application period is now open!

  • Our student leaders are the voice of law students in the American Bar Association. Council members can learn leadership skills, advocate on behalf of their peers, and make connections with attorneys across the nation.

  • As a member of the council, you’ll be representing law students from coast to coast. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend the next two ABA Annual Meetings, the ABA Midyear Meeting, and other events such as attending the Young Lawyers Division spring conference.

  • Applications to run for these positions on the council are now open! The deadline to apply is January 14, 2022, at 12noon.

  • Division Chair

Join us and submit your Law Student Division election application today!

JD Advising Virtual Event

The ABA and JD Advising will be hosting a virtual event for students at Illinois, Michigan, and New York law schools on Tuesday, November 16th from 11a-12p Central Time.

Link to the event registration can be found here:

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.


BLSA: The Black Women Lawyers Association (BWLA) will be hosting a Law Student Exam Writing & Research Workshop on Saturday, November 20th, 2021 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon) CST.

Current law professors will share tips and best practices to help law students sharpen their exam writing and legal research skills in this virtual event.

You can find more information in the flyer (attached and below) as well as RSVP for the virtual session here.


Immigration Law Society (ILS): Immigration Law Moot Court Competition:

ILS is looking for 2Ls and 3Ls who are interested in participating in the NYU Immigration Law Moot Court Competition. The Immigration Law Competition focuses on issues in the field of immigration law and is judged by panels of distinguished NYU alumni and legal practitioners from throughout New York. The final round is judged by federal appellate and district court judges. The competition will take place Friday, February 11 through Sunday, February 13, 2022. At this moment, the competition will be held in-person, but the competition may change to a remote format depending on public health guidance and NYU policies.

Chicago-Kent’s Immigration Law Society will be having two 3-person teams, depending on interest. If you are interested, please email ils by 11/19/2021 at 5pm

Labor & Employment Law Society (LELS): Join LELS and the First-Generation Law Student Association on November 23 at 5 p.m. to chat about your plans for next semester and beyond! We will be discussing registration for the Spring 2022 semester, general course planning, and tips for outlining and exam prep, so bring your questions or concerns. The Zoom link can be found on the SBA calendar.


Muslim Law Student Association (MLSA): MLSA General Body Meeting: Join the Muslim Law Student Association for our last General Body Meeting of the semester on Tuesday November 16th at 12:00pm in room 590! We will be discussing finals & study tips as we near the end of the semester. We will be ordering from Aroma Desi Grill for lunch. Please fill out this form to let us know what your order is. You can also join us online via zoom (please be sure to fill out the form as well). Email MLSA with any questions & we hope to see you there!

Parents & Caregivers of Chicago-Kent: Parents and Caregivers of Chicago-Kent invites you to a general meeting on Friday, November 19th from 6-7 pm. We will be discussing upcoming events and open positions. The meeting will take place on zoom. Zoom Link:

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF): SALDF will be having its first general body meeting of the year tomorrow, November 16th, at 6:30 pm! Join us as we discuss our organization, the end of the semester, and events for the spring. This meeting will be on Zoom only. The link is on the SBA calendar and the password is on the flyer. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sports & Entertainment Law Society (SELS):

Entertainment Law in Chicago Event: Interested in Entertainment Law? Curious about what it is like to practice it in Chicago? Come to a talk on November 16, 2021 from 6-7PM via Zoom to learn more. Michelle Wahl, is the Vice Chair of Swanson, Martin, and Bell’s Entertainment and Media Practice Group will be sharing information and answering questions about this exciting practice area. Kenneth Matuszewski, an associate at Goldberg Segalla will share information about the Lawyers for Creative Arts and how to get involved with this organization. Zoom Link: cmcintyre

This event is brought to you by the Sports & Entertainment Law Society in association with the Intellectual Property Law Society, Arts & Cultural Property Law Society, and the Labor & Employment Law Society


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

NOVEMBER 16th: ABA JD Advising Virtual Event

NOVEMBER 16th: Entertainment Law in Chicago Event

NOVEMBER 16th: MLSA General Body Meeting

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

NOVEMBER 20th: BWLA Exam Writing Workshop

NOVEMBER 23rd: Next Semester Chat with LELS

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.

Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) Writing Contest. Find out more information here.

From ASP: 1Ls: Listen from students and faculty on what strategies they used for academic success:

Career Services:

How to Fund Your Public Interest Internship:

Federal Work Study at CK + other sources of funding

Date: Friday, November 19, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm – 12:45pm

Via Zoom

Interested in being paid for your internship at government and public interest organizations? Attend this information session held by Senior Director of Career Services and administrator of the FWS program, Michelle Vodenik, to learn more about Federal Work Study at Chicago-Kent, as well as additional sources of funding available to students, and how to maximize the chance of being funded.

Events to Remember:

Date & Event


Month of November, Native American Heritage Month/Indigenous People’s Month

Native American Heritage Month was originally celebrated as a week-long celebration in 1986. Since then, every US President has issued annual proclamations designating November as a time to celebrate the culture, accomplishments, and contributions of people who were the first inhabitants of North America.

The Chicago area is located on ancestral lands of indigenous tribes such as the Council of the Three Fires, comprised of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi nations; the Miami; Ho-Chunk; Menominee; Sac; Fox; Kickapoo; and Illinois Nations. To learn more, see the resources linked below:

Native American Heritage Month Events

Native American Heritage Month Documentaries


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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