SBA Newsletter – Week of January 17


January 17, 2023

Happy first day of spring semester, students! SBA is here to keep you connected; please reach out to sba at any time!


Add/Drop Period: The add/drop period for Spring 2023 ends on Tuesday, January 31, at 5:00pm. You may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of classes. During the second week, however, you may add an open course only with permission of the instructor. You may not add a course after Tuesday, January 31, at 5:00pm.

Applications for Graduation: If you are graduating this semester, please submit an Application for Graduation no later than Tuesday, January 31, 5:00pm.

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Forum: This year’s event will take place on January 19, 2023 from 5:30pm to 7pm and is titled "The Pathway to Equity and Freedom: Dismantling Systems of Oppression through Public Health and Safety Reforms"

RSVP Form:


The annual Chicago-Kent MLK Jr. Forum was established in 2016 to raise awareness about social justice issues impacting various communities in Chicago and beyond, identify potential causes of those issues and solutions and end with a call to action.

The 2023 MLK Forum will raise awareness about the continued injustices impacting Black and Brown communities, as a result of racist systems and institutions that were designed to oppress them. Esteemed panelists will establish the need for health and safety reforms that will not only protect the constitutional rights of all Illinois residents, but will also create safer communities throughout the state.

Through a discussion about current and developing Illinois legislation and policies designed to meet these goals, our guests will present ways in which law students, lawyers and members of the community at large can get involved in the fight for equity and freedom.

Featured Panelists:

Learn more about our featured speakers by reading their professional biographies here: 8th MLK Forum Panelists: The Pathway to Equity and Freedom – January 19, 2023


Spring 2023 Quick Guide: Please take a look at the Spring 2023 Quick Guide for important information as we begin a new semester.

Academic Calendar for 2022-2023: For your reference, the academic calendar for 2022-2023 is available by clicking here.

Quiet Study in Library: As our community returns to in-person study and instruction at the Conviser Law Center, the Law Library, in conjunction with the Student Bar Association, wants to remind students that the Law Library is a quiet study space. Talking is discouraged in open seating areas where, if necessary, conversations should be brief and very quiet. For group study and discussion, the Law Library offers ten study rooms students can reserve at the Service Desk on the 9th floor.

Exit Escort Service: In the evening hours, a Public Safety officer is available to provide a walking escort for those with concerns about their personal safety. This service applies to any location within a two block radius of the Conviser Law Center, including Union Station and many adjacent parking locations. Please see the officer(s) on duty at the front desk, or call the Public Safety number, 312-906-5030. Please also see the below survey!

COVID-19 Policies & Procedure: Please find Chicago-Kent’s current COVID-19 protocols here.

Student Organizations

Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Paint and Sip: BLSA is hosting a back to school mixer and fundraiser on Friday, January 27th from 6-8pm. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Please RSVP via QR code or use this link:


National Lawyers Guild Brown Bag Lunch w/ Joshua G. Herman: NLG’s Brown Bag Lunch series is back in 2023 with this first installment featuring experienced criminal practitioner Joshua G. Herman. Josh Herman defends complex federal cases including drug, gun, and material support for terrorism prosecutions. Josh has worked at the Cook County Public Defender, Durkin & Roberts LLP, and is now in solo practice. He recently presented at the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys about bias against Muslims in the US government’s terrorism investigations and prosecutions.

January 31 – 12pm

Room 545

Upcoming Events

JANUARY 19: Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Forum

JANUARY 27: BLSA Paint & Sip

JANUARY 31: National Lawyers Guild Brown Bag Lunch w/ Joshua G. Herman

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

Birthdays & Special Days – August:


Allison Daze, 3L


Denah Sweis, 1L


Carrie Kumiega, 2L


Darien Ward, 1L


Kaitlyn Kloss, 3L

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

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