SBA Newsletter – Week of February 13


February 13, 2023

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DTC – Office of Financial Aid: Cost of Living Budget Survey

Chicago-Kent Students –


YOU have significant impact on determining the living expenses of your Cost of Attendance Budget (COA) which includes: Transportation, Food and Housing, and Personal/ Miscellaneous Expenses, etc. for the upcoming 2023-2024 academic year; but ONLY if you take approximately 10 minutes to provide us with information specific to your program and individual cost of living expenses.

Remember: We cannot award financial aid that exceeds your total COA. We need your data so we can provide you with the most reasonable COA, as we use this data in conjunction with other sources to determine the average total of each COA budget item.

Please fill out this survey by FEBRUARY 10th, 2023

Thank you in advance for playing a crucial role in helping us better assist you.

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn with Brigadier General Ronald Sullivan, Chief Judge US Army Court of Criminal Appeals – Wednesday, February 22

Chicago-Kent is honored to welcome United States Army Brigadier General Ronald Sullivan to campus. During this lunch and learn event Brigadier General Sullivan will speak about his legal career with United States Army. He will also speak to students about opportunities to practice law as Judge Advocates in the Army JAG Corps. Please join CSO for this exciting program at 12:00 pm (noon) on Wednesday, February 22 in room 580.

Chicago Bar Association YLS Transactional Negotiation Competition – Call for teams:

The Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section is excited to announce its first annual Transactional Negotiation Competition! Sponsored by the YLS Business Transactional Law Committee, this competition will aim to provide law students with an opportunity to hone their legal skills outside of the classroom and courtroom and learn more about transactional law. For more information and the competition rules, feel free to check out our page here.

Registration is open now for A Teams! Click this link to register your school’s team. Space is limited and first come first serve, so be sure to sign up today!

For schools interested in registering more than one team, B Team registration will go live on February 10, pending availability from the first round of registration.

Date(s): April 1 and 2, 2023

Location: Virtual Platform

Cost: $300/team

Questions? Reach out to yls.

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:


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 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:


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!

44th Annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture l March 28, 2023

Join us to hear Charlotte Garden, Julius E. Davis Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School, deliver this year’s Kenneth M. Piper Lecture. In this lecture, Professor Garden will address what strikes and other collective action might look like in a fissured or virtual workplace. As to both fissured and virtual workplaces, Professor Garden will consider what an “equal and opposite” reaction might look like – for example, a strike of an employer that mainly transacts business online might call for the deployment of a digital picket-line. Professor Garden will also discuss how the law might impede or support new forms of collection action that result from these changing business practices. This free lecture will be held in the Chicago-Kent College of Law Ogilvie Auditorium and is in-person only and will not be live-streamed.

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

Black Law Student Association: Please join BLSA for My Black is Beautiful 3! This event is an art exhibition hosted by Chicago-Kent’s Black Law Students Association intended to highlight Black artists in the Chicagoland area during Black History Month. This event is held in Chicago-Kent’s auditorium with refreshments, vending, and art pieces displayed in the lobby. If you’re interested in participating as an artist or a vendor: please fill out this form.


Cook County Bar Association: Please come out for CCBA’s Karaoke Membership Mixer. Law students are highly encouraged to attend. There are many beneficial opportunities CCBA has to offer law students. If you have any questions contact Shay at scolemanepps


Corporate Law Society: Please join Corporate Law Society and Professor Adrian Walters for a discussion on benefit corporations – Tuesday February 21st at 12 Noon in Room 580.

Our guest speaker will be renowned European corporate law scholar Paolo Butturini from the University of Verona in Italy. Benefit corporations are the new kid on the corporate law block – a dual purpose ‘for profit’ entity oriented towards social enterprise. Professor Butturini’s talk will focus in particular on the conversion of existing corporations to benefit corporations and the rights of dissenting stockholders in the conversion process.


Free pizza and drinks will be served!


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.


Disability Advocacy Law Student Association: DALSA General Body Meeting: DALSA’s first general body meeting of the Spring 2023 semester will take place on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 12:00pm CDT in the 5th floor student lounge. Stop by to see what DALSA has in store for the semester and grab a slice of pizza!


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.


National Lawyers Guild: Join us for NLG’s Spring general meeting this Tuesday, 2/14 at 12pm in Room C35! You’ll hear updates on planning for this year’s nlg.

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: VERY EXCITING NEWS! On Monday, February 20th we will have our first general body meeting at 3pm in room C25. The executive board looks forward to meeting you all and hearing what you would like to get from this new organization. We welcome any and all ideas! At the meeting, we hope to set an agenda for the semester and plan an event with guest speakers who currently work in the public policy field and attended Chicago-Kent Law! We are also still looking for someone to serve as treasurer, so if you have interest in filling that position please reach out!


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


Slavic Law Student Association: The Slavic Law Student Association is holding a Coin Drive for Ukraine the week of February 20th! A SLSA Board Member will be sitting outside the third floor Spak from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on the following days with a small basket where you can drop off any spare change weighing down your pockets: Monday, 02/20, Wednesday, 02/22, and Thursday, 02/23. All coins collected will be donated to an organization supporting displaced Ukrainian people.


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.


Tabletop Gaming Society: Tabletop Gaming Society is hosting two events in upcoming weeks! We have a general body meeting on Tuesday, February 14th in Room 581 starting at 12:30. We’ll be introducing the board, our by laws, and deciding what games we’ll want to play at upcoming game nights!


As well, at 4pm on Monday, February 20th, in the 6th floor lounge, we are hosting an event for students to make their own custom dice! We’ll have a wide variety of molds, colors, and add-ins to choose from, so people can make dice for any game they want. It’s $5 to join, so make sure to reserve a spot ASAP!


Women in Law:


Upcoming Events

FEBRUARY 13: First-Gen Spring General Body Meeting

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

FEBRUARY 14: Tabletop Gaming Society General Body Meeting

FEBRUARY 14: NLG Spring General Meeting

FEBRUARY 14: Judicial Clerkships Panel

FEBRUARY 15: Public Interest Fellowships Information Session

FEBRUARY 20: WIL General Body Meeting

FEBRUARY 20: Tabletop Gaming Society – Make Your Own Custom Dice

FEBRUARY 20: Public Policy Law Society General Body Meeting

FEBRUARY 20, 22, 23: Coin Drive for Ukraine hosted by SLSA

FEBRUARY 21: DALSA General Body Meeting

FEBRUARY 21: CLS Discussion on Benefit Corporations w/ Paolo Butturini

FEBRUARY 23: CCBA Karaoke Membership Mixer

FEBRUARY 24: My Black is Beautiful 3 – A Celebration of Black Expression

MARCH 8: Legal Externship Informational Session

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


Anastasia Redmond, 3L


Julia Cormier, 2L


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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