SBA Newsletter – Week of February 20


February 20, 2023

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


The Law Lab: Join The Law Lab at Noon on Monday, 2/27, as we welcome Jason Dirkx, Director, Practice Innovation and Technology Solutions at Paul Hastings as part of our Innovation Series. Jason leads a team at the firm to manage and develop its practice technologies to help the firm more effectively deliver legal services to its clients. Jason is also a Chicago-Kent alum.

Innovation Series ft. Jason Dirkx

Monday, February 27, 2023 at Noon

Room 580

Food will be served.

Please register here.

The Innovation Series is a Law Lab program that welcomes professionals in the legal industry for an informal conversation with Chicago-Kent students about legal innovation and technology. Among other things, guests discuss their career trajectories in law and technology as well their formative experiences in the legal industry.


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.

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.

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

BLSA, REAA, and SBA Diversity Committee: In honor of Black History Month, BLSA, REAA and the SBA Diversity Committee are hosting a movie night. Join us on March 2nd from 5-7PM in room C50. Snacks will be provided. All are welcome, and we look forward to seeing you there!


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 tomorrow!

Tuesday February 21st at 12pm in Room 580.

Our guest speaker will be renowned European corporate law scholar Paolo Butturini from the University of Verona in Italy. 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 will be served!


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!


International Law Moot Court Society (ILMCS):


Kent Justice Foundation (KJF): SAVE THE DATE: KJF SPRING EVENT

Do you like parties? Do you like feeling good about supporting good causes? Then mark your calendars for KJF’s Spring Event 🙂 More details to come.


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:


Slavic Law Student Association:

Coin Drive for Ukraine

We will be holding a Coin Drive for Ukraine the week of February 20th! All change collected will be donated to the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Dates: Monday, 02/20 | Tuesday, 02/22 | Thursday, 02/23

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: Table in front of the 3rd Floor Spak


SLSA Executive Board Application

We are looking for applicants for the SLSA 2023-2024 Executive Board! Applicants do not need to be current SLSA members. If you are interested, please submit your application here.

Deadline: Wednesday, 03/01

One Year into the War in Ukraine: A Panel Discussion About Russia’s Ongoing Invasion of Ukraine [RSVP Here!]

The Panelists will discuss what has been happening in Ukraine, how the international community has responded to the conflict, what is happening in Ukraine now, and what might happen in the future.

Date: Tuesday, 03/07

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: Ogilvie Auditorium


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: 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!


The Federalist Society:


Women in Law:


Upcoming Events

FEBRUARY 20: WIL General Body Meeting

FEBRUARY 20: SALSA Hindu + Urdu Practice Session

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: Paolo Butturini on Benefit Corporations (Hosted by CLS and Professor Walters )

FEBRUARY 21: DALSA General Body Meeting

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

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

FEBRUARY 23: CCBA Karaoke Membership Mixer

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

FEBRUARY 27: The Law Lab Innovation Series

MARCH 2: BLSA, REAA, and SBA Diversity Committee Movie Night

MARCH 3: ILMCHS Info Session

MARCH 7: SLSA Panel Discussion About Russia’s Ongoing Invasion of Ukraine

MARCH 8: Legal Externship Informational Session

MARCH 9: Chicago-Kent Alumni Awards Ceremony

MARCH 23: KJF Spring Event

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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