SBA Newsletter – Week of February 6


February 6, 2023

SBA is here to keep you connected; please reach out to sba at any time!


Public Interest Fellowship: On Wednesday, February 15 at 3pm in room 520, join us to learn about public interest fellowships! This program will feature Chicago-Kent alumni who are current and former Equal Justice Works and Skadden Fellows at: Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Legal Aid Chicago, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, and the Shriver Center on Poverty Law.

Current 2L law students who are planning to put together fellowship proposals should definitely attend, as we have a fellowship committee that can help you with your proposals this coming summer. If you are a 2L planning to draft a proposal and you cannot make this session, please email Michelle Vodenik (mvodenik).

First-year law students who are interested in public interest work should also attend to learn more about the process of creating a fellowship project.

Sponsored by the Public Interest Center and the Kent Justice Foundation.


Office of Admissions:


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.


*There has been a late addition of Judge Bartkowicz to the judicial externship program. If anyone is interested they can also send an application to Suzanne Blaz for his chambers. The packet online will be updated to reflect this addition.

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.


Legal Externship Informational Session: Do you have questions about doing a legal externship for credit this Summer/Fall 2023? Come to an informational session on March 8, 2023, at 3p.m. via Zoom:


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:

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!


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.

Student Organizations

Criminal Law Society and Lambdas: Bake and Flower Sale – February 13-14, 10:30a-1:30p

Come find CLS and Lambdas on 3rd floor Spak for some baked goods and flowers! Baked goods will be sold by CLS February 13-14 and Lambdas will offer cards and flowers on February 14th.


First-Generation Law Student Association: Join us for our Spring General Body Meeting, which will be held on Monday February 13th from 3-4pm in room 704. We will be discussing Fall grades with Professor Walters: what they mean, how to improve, and where to go from here. We also will be dedicating some time to discuss Spring Semester activities/opportunities. Namely: Law Review, Journals, Moot Court, Mock Trial, Externships, and Independent Research. Pizza will be provided. Please RSVP by February 11th at 5:00pm.


Justinian Society of Lawyers:


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.

Public Policy Law Society:


SBA Social Committee: Please use this link to purchase tickets:


Send a Smile for Valentine’s Day: Come join the SBA Philanthropy Committee as we make Valentine’s Day cards for those who would love a little extra boost this Valentine’s Day. We will be outside the Spak Thursday, February 9 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday, February 10 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with plenty of supplies to make cards for the patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital. If you’d like to flex your creativity and get crafty, we’d love to see you! If you are not able to join us in person, Send a Smile virtually by crafting an eCard for Lurie Children’s patients here: Handfuls of Love – Lurie Children’s


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.


Upcoming Events

FEBRUARY 6: S.A.L.S.A. Hindu + Urdu Practice Sessions

FEBRUARY 8: OCI Student Committee Nominations Due

FEBRUARY 8: Summer/Fall 2023 Judicial Externship Program Info Session

FEBRUARY 9: Justinian Society of Lawyers General Body Meeting

FEBRUARY 9-10: Send a Smile for Valentine’s Day

FEBRUARY 13: First-Gen Spring General Body Meeting

FEBRUARY 13-14: Valentine’s Bake and Flower Sale

FEBRUARY 14: Judicial Clerkships Panel

FEBRUARY 15: Public Interest Fellowships Information Session

FEBRUARY 20: Public Policy Law Society General Body Meeting

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

Birthdays & Special Days – August:


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

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