SBA Newsletter – Week of February 27


February 27, 2023

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


Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar: On WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, Suzanne Schmitz, President of the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will do a short presentation on the Illinois bar exam, as well as answer questions you may have. The presentation is scheduled for 10:30-11AM in the auditorium.

We encourage 3L’s and/or Dec 2023 graduates to attend. Please let us know if you can attend here. You can also ask any questions on this form too.


The Law Library: The Law Library is asking for students’ help in creating Prepare to Practice workshops! We want these workshops, which will be held in the library later in the semester, to be fully customized to students’ needs.

To get started, librarians will be at the Spak third floor table on Tuesday, February 28 from 11-1. We’ll have a suggestion box where you can write a topic (or topics!) that you might need extra help with, or that you haven’t taken a class on yet but want to know the basics. Topics can be pretty much anything, from the foundations of admin law to a contracts refresher to tech help.

Don’t have a topic suggestion but do have a question about the library? Ask away! We’ll have resources on hand that can help you access our guides and databases, our study aids, old exams, and pretty much anything else that the library has to offer.

If you don’t have a topic suggestion or a question, we will also have candy available! Stop by, say hi, and learn about the library while enjoying a snack.

If you’re unable to stop by but have a suggestion or a question, email us at refreq.

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.


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!


Christian Legal Society: Are you a Christian looking for a community on campus? Are you curious about Christianity and want to learn more about it? Join Christian Legal Society every other week for a short devo and time of prayer. Our next meeting is February 28th at noon in room 660. See you there!


Federalist Society:


International Law Moot Court Society (ILMCS):


Jewish Law Students’ Association Purim Party: Come join JLSA to celebrate the holiday of Purim! Mingle with our members, try some delicious hamantaschen, and learn a bit about the holiday. March 8th from 11-1pm in the 5th Floor Student Lounge.


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.




National Lawyers Guild (NLG): Join the National Lawyers Guild for a panel discussion on policy’s role in building alternatives to incarceration, prisons, and policing. Panelists are Emmanuel Andre, deputy of policy and strategic litigation in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, Ise Figueroa of the 33rd Ward Working Families and one of the architects of the "Treatment not Trauma" initiative, and John "Oppress" Preston from the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. Food will be provided. Co-sponsored by the Public Policy Law Society and Public Interest Center.


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: Deadline to audition for the Kent 2023 Talent Show extended! All you need to do is send in a video of your talent by March 12th to the email(s) listed. The winners will receive a cash prize – winners will be determined by an audience vote. Drinks and snacks will be provided by SBA and guests are welcome to come watch!


Slavic Law Student Association:

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.


Women in Law: This year, the Chicago-Kent Society of Women in Law is selling merchandise school-wide to fundraise for two important charities, Sarah’s Circle and Family Rescue! We encourage C-K community members to support these fundraising efforts while also empowering Chicago-Kent’s future female attorneys. We have tote bags, sweatshirts, and t-shirts available for purchase through the following link:

The merch sale runs through Sunday, March 12th and you can either pick up your merch at C-K or have it shipped to your home for a small fee. We look forward to seeing WIL merch all over campus and Chicago!


Upcoming Events

FEBRUARY 27: The Law Lab Innovation Series

FEBRUARY 28: A Conversation w/ Judge Curry (hosted by Fed Soc)

FEBRUARY 28: Christian Legal Society Bi-Weekly Devotional

FEBRUARY 28: Lambdas General Body Meeting

MARCH 1: Presentation on the Illinois Bar Exam

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: JLSA Purim Celebration

MARCH 8: Legal Externship Informational Session

MARCH 8: Exploring Alternatives to Police and Prisons

MARCH 9: Chicago-Kent Alumni Awards Ceremony

MARCH 12: Last Day to Buy WIL Merch

MARCH 12: Audition Tapes Due for ‘Kent’s Got Talent’

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:


Anastasia Redmond, 3L


Shannon Yap, 3L


Marely Guzmán, 1L


Ben Abrams, 1L


Junyi Xie, 1L


Sumayya Hameed, 1L


Andrea Teran, 2L


Mel Williams, 1L

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

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