SBA Newsletter – Week of April 11, 2022


April 11, 2022


Tech Guide: Attached to this email is SBA’s Tech Guide. Please reference it for any technology-related problems you might encounter this semester.

Legal Externship Program: All Summer Legal Externship Program applications are due on or before Monday, May 2, 2022, and Summer Judicial Externship Program (if you secured your own) by Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Information on the programs and the application forms themselves can be found on Symplicity and the externship website.

Palmer Lecture: The 2021 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize has been awarded to Jens David Ohlin who is the Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and a specialist in international law for his book Election Interference: International Law and the Future of Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2020). The annual prize honors exemplary works of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.

Dean Ohlin will visit Chicago-Kent on Wednesday, April 13th. The public lecture will be at 3 pm. Please register here.

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

Civil Rights Litigation Conference: Please join us for the 38th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference on April 20-21, 2022. This two-day virtual conference will provide up-to-date information on the latest cases, trends, and strategies affecting §1983 litigation.

As a student of Chicago-Kent you are entitled to complimentary registration for the conference. To receive this discount, click here to register and enter the discount code: CKCLE1 at checkout.

We hope that you are able to join us this year!

Active Aggressor Response and Preparedness Training: In conjunction with the IIT Public Safety Department, we are hosting an Active Aggressor Response and Preparedness training via Zoom for students on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 (information below).

The information that will be shared is critical to protect you and our community in the event of an Active Aggressor situation in our building.

Active Aggressor Response and Preparedness

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2022 1pm – 2pm

Zoom Link

Book Drive: REAA and SBA are extending their book drive through Tuesday, April 12th for Midwest Books to Prisoners, an organization that supports inmates by providing reading materials free of charge. They accept a wide range of books, including magazines, textbooks, novels, scientific journals, nonfiction, poetry and essay collections. Find donation boxes on level C (by the printer) and level 1 (by security).

Bar Exam Panel with recent CK grads and bar takers: Join us for an all things bar exam discussion, featuring recent CK graduates on Wednesday, April 20th at 3PM in room C50. The graduate panelists will discuss their experiences, provide their thoughts on how best to prepare for and take a bar exam, and will be available for questions. This is a great opportunity to learn more about bar prep from those that have recently experienced it. Please sign up here to attend (signing up does not commit you, it’s to help us get an idea for numbers). Contact Erin Crist, Director of Bar Success, with questions.

LLM Students: LLM Bar Exam Info Session! Join us for a discussion about the New York, California, and Illinois Bar Exams and for answers to questions you may have about other states bar exams. We will meet in room 520 on Wednesday, April 27th at 3PM. You are encouraged to attend in person, but a zoom option will be available. Please register here to attend. Contact Erin Crist, Director of Bar Success, with questions.

Student Organizations

ACPLS: ACPLS is excited to announce our Spring Art Show! It will be held from 5-8pm in the main lobby on April 28.

All students and faculty are welcome to submit art they want shown by using this form.


ACLU and ACPLS Creative Writing Contest: On behalf of the ACLU of Chicago-Kent and the ACPLS, we invite you to participate in our annual creative writing contest. This year’s theme is justice. This could be in any sense of the word and does not have to be remotely law school-related. There are two categories for submissions, long and short pieces. First and second place winners will be chosen from each category and will receive $100 or $50, respectively. Please see our flyer for more information!!


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

Don’t want to miss out on ABA news or events? Make sure to get your copy of the ABA Journal! It’s totally free for ABA Members. And if you want to get it straight to your phone, you can download the free ABA Journal app from iTunes, Google Play or Amazon.

ABA Writing Competition: The goal of the Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law student writing contest is to encourage and reward law student writing on the subjects of real property or trust and estate law. It is designed to attract students to these law specialties, and to encourage scholarship and interest in these areas. Articles submitted for judging are encouraged to be of timely topics and have not been previously published. This contest is open to all J.D. and LL.M students currently attending an ABA-accredited law school.

See the official contest rules and entry form for details. Entries must be received by the Section no later than May 31, 2022.

Prizes include:

  • Award money of $1,000 – $2,500

  • A full-tuition scholarship to the University of Miami School of Law’s Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning OR Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig Graduate Program in Real Property Development for the 2022–2023 or 2023-2024 academic year. *

  • Free round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations to the next in person RPTE meeting. This is an excellent meeting to network with RPTE leadership!

  • 1 year of free RPTE membership

  • Consideration for publication in The Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, the Section’s law review journal, which is mailed to 18,000 RPTE members.

  • Name and essay title will be published in the eReport, the Section’s electronic newsletter

FREE Hybrid Careers in Tax Law Event


The ABA Tax Section is excited to host their first free hybrid meeting on April 11 in Washington, DC, and virtually.

Please join them for the launch of a new Tax Section series: Pathways to Careers in Tax Law! Seasoned practitioners and active members of the Tax Section will provide a substantive overview of different areas of tax through unique presentations colored by engaging tales from their careers. You will not only gain an understanding of the area of tax law but will be entertained inspired and challenged to envision how your own career path can lead you to fulfilling work.

Register here.

Virtual Law Day Event for Young Adults: Toward a More Perfect Union, Perspectives on Practice and the Constitution

4/27 @ 11 AM

Register Here

What is the role of the Constitution, especially in turbulent times? Should the Constitution be subject to more frequent change or be an unwavering source of guidance regardless of issues of the day? Join us as we explore these questions and discuss the role and impact of lawyers in society.


Chicago Bar Association (CBA): Are you looking to expand your professional network? Maybe you’re searching for a mentor or just want to be more involved and get your name out there. Through the Chicago Bar Association, you can establish yourself and develop professional relationships throughout the Chicago legal community. Law students can become members for just $12/year. Memberships include entry to networking events (galas, holiday parties, outings, and more), access to fascinating educational events and materials developed by top attorneys, and the opportunity to make new friends with other law students and professionals. rsalem).

Immigration Law Society (ILS): The time has come for ILS to elect a new executive board. We strongly encourage anyone interested to apply for a position! This is an excellent resume builder and is an integral part of promoting diversity at Chicago-Kent. The board positions available are:

· President

· Vice President

· Secretary

· Treasurer

· Community Liaison

If you are interested in a position and would like to know more about their respective duties, please do not hesitate to reach out to our current board members! Please send your statements of candidacy to ils by April 13, 2022 by 5pm. Statements should be no more than 250 words and detail why you should be elected to that particular position.

Muslim Law Student Association (MLSA): MLSA would like to invite all students and faculty at Chicago-Kent to share the joy of Ramadan with their Muslim peers as we break our fast (iftar) on Tuesday, April 19! After a short program about Ramadan and Eid and words of thanks from the MLSA board, we will break fast at Maghrib (sunset), followed by prayer. The event will be held in the 2nd floor Spak from 7pm-8pm. Please RSVP here by April 14 (5pm) with your dinner order. We look forward to seeing everyone!


Parents and Caregivers at Chicago-Kent (PACCK): Parents and Caregivers at Chicago-Kent (PACCK) seeks to assist our first year students by distributing our financial reserves to those who need additional financial assistance to effectively participate in oral arguments. As we reflected upon our own experiences during oral arguments, we recalled the pandemic challenges we faced in accessing child care support, quiet space to present our arguments, or affordable transit to a quiet space to present. We seek to reduce student burden by offering funding to support any student who needs financial support to effectively advocate in their oral argument. Because of our mission to support equity for parent and caregiver students, we plan to prioritize students who have additional expenses due to their family responsibilities. However, we encourage any student with financial need to apply.

If you are a student in need of funding to offset childcare costs, travel to campus, or some other expense related to supporting your oral advocacy in the Charles Evans Hughes Competition, please complete this form by Wednesday, April 13, 2022. We will then respond to each student by Saturday, April 16, 2022, about whether and how much requested funding is available for their situation, and how we may distribute it.

Slavic Law Student Association (SLSA): The Slavic Law Student Association (SLSA) is a brand new student organization looking to finish building its executive board! SLSA is looking for a Director of Marketing, 3L Representative, 2L Representative, and LLM Representative. Please submit a brief statement of interest by no later than Friday, April 15, 2022 to slsa. Thank you!

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund: SALDF Presents: Illinois Courtroom Animal Advocate Program. Join us on Monday, April 11th at 3pm CT via Zoom as we discuss Courtroom Animal Advocate Program (CAAP) laws. CAAP laws allow advocates – supervised law students or volunteer lawyers – to advocate for animal victims in criminal cruelty cases. Join us and speaker Alicia Prygoski, an attorney from the Animal Legal Defense Fund, to learn more about CAAPs and Illinois specific legislation! Attendees are automatically entered into a raffle for three $20 gift cards. Please registeregalanopulos with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

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:

ASP Session – "Writing Law School Exams": Please note the Exam Writing Workshop sponsored by ASP has a NEW date/time!

With finals fast approaching, join Prof. Young and Prof. Crist for a law school exam writing workshop on Wed., April 13, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Room 590. Focusing on traditional essay exams and short answer questions, learn how to apply specific strategies for dissecting exam hypotheticals. Bonus: Learn about professors’ pet peeves and get insight from upper-class peers! This workshop is open to all students and will be conducted hybrid (in-person and remote). Access Zoom link in the SBA Calendar. This session will be recorded. For more info, contact Prof. Young at dyoung or Prof. Crist at ecrist.


From Career Services:

Important Events:

April – Ramadan

On behalf of the Muslim Law Student Association, we would like to extend a warm Ramadan Mubarak to the Chicago-Kent community. Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, marks the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. This year, Ramadan will run for the full month of April. Every day for 30 days, Muslims around the world will abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset. This is a time of year dedicated to worship, spiritual reflection, and community.

To our non-Muslim brothers and sisters: after just closing out a Diversity Month focused on solidarity on campus, we’re excited to carry that mission into the final month of the semester, and we’re grateful for and humbled from the showing of support from our peers thus far.

Below we’ve answered some common questions Muslims frequently get during Ramadan, as well as heads-up for the coming month:

  1. Yes, not even water! For Muslims, fasting means no food or drink from sunrise to sunset.

  2. Yes, you can eat and drink in front of us. Although your Muslim peers will be fasting these next 30 days, please don’t feel obligated to let this affect your daily life. (We do, however, ask that you please ignore our growling stomachs.)

  3. Yes, you can absolutely fast with us! Many non-Muslims participate in Ramadan alongside their Muslim friends and family, and those days of fasting are by far the most fun. Fasting is a physically and mentally challenging experience, and if you are curious about it, please feel free to join us. But always remember to listen to your body and to only fast if you are physically able!

  4. Yes, you can say “Happy Ramadan.” Ramadan Mubarak translates directly to Happy Ramadan, and Muslims are glad to hear either one.

  5. We will likely be night owls for the next month. Muslims tend to stay up later in the night and wake up later in the morning due to prayer during Ramadan (if possible). So if you receive an email or text at 3:00am, just pretend it’s regular business hours!

  6. There are times Muslims cannot fast. Any Muslim who is very young, elderly, sick, pregnant, menstruating, actively in need of medication, or not able-bodied, does not fast for Ramadan. This exclusion extends to those who are traveling, and many others. Essentially, whenever physical or mental health presents any concern, Muslims do not fast.

We wish you a fruitful month full of blessings and happiness and a successful rest of the school year.

Birthdays & Special Days – March

April 1st

Isabelle Abbott, 2L

April 6th

Joe Popely, 3L

April 8th

Marrell Williams, 2L

April 11th

Shana Dandinashira, 1L

April 15th

Joshua Kibert, 2L

April 20th

Daniel Abraham, 2L

April 21st

Megan Warshawsky, 2L

April 25th

Taylor Shuman, 3L

April 26th

Joey Zawacki, 3L

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

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