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January 30, 2023
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Career Services Office: Attention 2Ls and 3Ls!
Would you like to help the Career Services Office improve the OCI process? CSO is creating a student OCI committee to provide valuable student insight for planning the OCI process. We are seeking interested candidates that are current 2Ls and 3Ls who participated in the OCI process during 2021 and 2022. The minimum time commitment for students will be a one-hour meeting once a month from February to May. If you would like to nominate yourself for consideration, please answer the prompt in this Google Form by Wednesday, February 8 at 5:00 pm.
Reach out to Jackie Russell at jrussell5 if you have any questions.
Chicago-Kent Alumni Awards Ceremony: Now in its 43rd year, the Chicago-Kent Alumni Awards Celebration honors alumni who have made significant contributions to the law school. This year’s ceremony will be hosted at the Conviser Law Center on March 9th. We are looking for student volunteers to help the day of the ceremony as well as some office support prior to. If interested in volunteering, please contact Maurice Willis, Director of Alumni Relations at MWIllis2. Please click here to register to attend the ceremony and reception.
Judicial Externship Program: On Wednesday, February 8, at 3 p.m., via Zoom, Professor Gross will conduct an informational meeting for students interested in participating in the Summer and/or Fall 2023 Judicial Externship Program. Please see the announcement for more information or go to the externship site for updates and more information.
Judicial Clerkships Panel: Clerking for a judge after graduation is an excellent way to build your legal skills and position yourself for a great career. This panel features Chicago-Kent graduates who are clerking for judges in both state and federal courts. The application processes for state and federal courts will be discussed.
Any student –1L, 2L, 3L or graduate–who is interested in a post-grad clerkship is strongly encouraged to attend.
Public Interest Center:
IMCHS Guest Judge Opportunity: IMCHS is in need of guest judges for its oral argument practices before the competition coming up in mid February. If you are available to help, please sign up using the following link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xbCdbZiECjRGgZWuzVMUxTKWWnx40CulQQjoteRNA5E/edit#gid=1383669330
Office of Continuing Legal and Professional Education: Please join us for the following upcoming conference(s). As faculty and staff of Chicago-Kent, you will receive complimentary registration. Enter the discount code: CKCLE1 at checkout.
The Effect of Dobbs on Work Law Symposium l March 3, 2023
The Malin Institute at Chicago-Kent will present a one-day in-person symposium exploring how the Supreme Court’s monumental abortion decision (Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization) will affect the workplace and the law of the workplace. Please join us to hear talks by prominent scholars and advocates from around the country. Register Today!
The Danger Inside the House: Addressing the Threat of Domestic Violent Extremism l March 23, 2023
For the last few years, the threat of violent extremism primarily has originated from domestic actors, rather than from abroad. Although the U.S. government has developed highly successful investigatory and prosecutorial strategies to combat internationally-based violent extremism, the domestic threat poses additional challenges because of the constitutional protections aﬀorded to U.S. citizens. This all-day, in-person, seminar explores the evolving domestic violent extremism (DVE) threat and identifies ways in which federal, state, and local governments can work with non-government organizations and the private sector to mitigate the threat. Register Today!
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.
Self-Help Resource Center: After being closed for three years because of the pandemic, the Self-Help Resource Center is re-opening this semester! Attend the January 31st training session at 1pm in Room C35 to get trained to assist pro se litigants at the Daley Center. You’ll learn how to fill out common court documents, give legal information, and how to find different resources in the Daley Center. Let us know your interest in volunteering by filling out this optional RSVP: https://forms.gle/FkTHvVYfti6AjCBJ6.
Spring 20223 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.
International Law Student Association (ILSA): The International Law Student Association (ILSA) is a club that focuses on international law, bridging connections between JD and LLM students, hosting globally-centered events, and promoting a higher awareness of the world and its legal theater. Sign up using the QR code or the link to the Google form. Executive Board positions are available and elections will be in a couple weeks!
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
Flyer to come
Time and room subject to change.
Parents and Caregivers of Chicago-Kent (PACCK): Every 4th Monday, PACCK will be hosting a student lunch support hour from 12-2pm in the game room on the fifth floor. Food will be served. All are welcome; however, we highly encourage the attendance of parents and caregivers. Come eat and chat with parents and caregivers as we uplift and support one another. Please know this is meant to be a safe space where you are supported. Spread the word. PACCK specializes in supporting law students who have an extra responsibility of providing care to others. We’d love to see you there.
SBA Social Committee: Please use this link to purchase tickets: https://secure.touchnet.com/
South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA): SALAAM NAMASTE! Whether you are South Asian or simply a fan of South Asian culture (and food!), S.A.L.S.A. is the group for you! Join us for philanthropy, socials, and networking events. Email: salsa.
JANUARY 30: S.A.L.S.A. Hindu + Urdu Practice Sessions
JANUARY 31: International Law Student Association General Body Meeting
JANUARY 31: National Lawyers Guild Brown Bag Lunch w/ Joshua G. Herman
JANUARY 31: Public Interest Interviews Event
FEBRUARY 8: Summer/Fall 2023 Judicial Externship Program Info Session
FEBRUARY 14: Judicial Clerkships Panel
More events may be found on the SBA calendar. Please make sure you are accessing via your Kent email address.
Birthdays & Special Days – August:
Zariya Jeffers, 2L
Kaitlyn Kloss, 3L
Maeghann Hoal, 3L
Leslie Hernandez, 1L
Shannon Yap, 3L
Marely Guzmán, 1L
Ben Abrams, 1L
*if you wish to share your special date with the student body, clickhere