SBA Newsletter – Week of March 13


March 13, 2023

Hope everyone is enjoying their Spring Break!


Seminar Research Session: ASP and the Law Library are collaborating to host a research session! This session will be particularly helpful for seminar students, and any student looking to learn more about Bluebook Citations.

Our plan is to first go over the basics of Bluebook citation. We will then move to going over the research process itself, which will include highlighting some secondary resources and databases that students might not be familiar with. Finally, we’re going to go over some Word tricks that will make writing your papers a bit easier (i.e. § symbol shortcut!).

The session will be on March 27 at 1:30 PM in Room 165, and is scheduled for an hour, but it may run shorter.

To RSVP, please fill out this short Google Form. This will allow us to easily send out our slides and a recording of the presentation afterwards, as well as giving us an idea of what kinds of topics everyone is working on! A sign-up sheet will also be available during the session.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at sconder or slayman2 if you have any questions!


JD Actors/Volunteers Needed for LLM Client Interviews (small time commitment, via Zoom, service hour credit!): Professor Contento is looking for volunteers to play a client for LLM students to interview. The Zoom interviews will take place Friday, March 31 beginning at 12:00 noon. The total time commitment for JD students is between 1 and 1.5 hours. She’ll send a short "client fact sheet" for the students to read, and then on March 31, the students will role play a client for approximately 20 minutes. There’s an optional feedback session afterwards, that the JD students can attend if they wish. This is a great way for our JD students to interact with our international students, and a great way for the JDs to have some creative fun. And, JD students will receive a service credit for participating!

Interested volunteers email Professor Contento directly at LContento

Law Firm Externship Opportunities: Exciting and Prestigious 4-Credit Law Firm Externship Opportunities with Hinshaw & Culbertson and Seyfarth Shaw available for Fall 2023. 2Ls and 3Ls with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.2 may apply. Please submit your resume and unofficial transcript to Suzanne Blaz (sblaz) by Tuesday, March 28, 2023, by 12:00 p.m. Please indicate to which firm(s) you are applying.


Got Accommodations? Share your experience with the process! A group of students is evaluating the current accommodations process to look for ways to make it more clear and efficient. We have created a survey, which will be used for academic purposes in Legal Project Management & Legal Process Improvement (LAW-494-81), and your feedback would be very helpful. We appreciate your participation!



Study Abroad Program: Associate Dean of International Programs, Adam Weber will be hosting an info session to JD students who are interested in participating in the program. It will be held on March 23 , at 12pm. Room 520.


Fall 2023 Judicial Externships: Applications for Fall 2023 Judicial Externships are now available electronically on the sblaz) by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2023.

An informational meeting was held about judicial externships on February 8, 2023, which is available to watch on Panopto, and externship documents are also available in 12Twenty’s resource folders.

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:


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 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!


Mental Health Tip of the Week: The Mental Health Committee of SBA wants to do our part to promote a culture of wellness at Chicago-Kent. To that end, we will be sharing tips for better mental health every week for the rest of the semester.

For our first tip, we want to encourage Chicago-Kent students to take advantage of the mental health resources the law school has to offer. You can find these resources at the links below. Please note that you do not need to participate in the student health insurance program to take advantage of these resources.

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

Community Education Presentation: Domestic Violence & Legal Protections for Survivors

Join Chicago-Kent’s Public Interest Center, the Child and Family Law Society, and Women in Law, on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at 3:00 PM in Room 520 for a Community Education Presentation covering:

  • an explanation of the nature and dynamics of domestic violence (“DV”);

  • focusing on the counter-intuitive or less-known aspects of DV, including the substantial barriers to safely leaving an abusive intimate partner;

  • a discussion of the kinds of services and resources that DV service organizations provide, including risk assessment and safety planning;

  • a description and explanation of the key laws in Illinois that DV survivors can use to address the various harms they have suffered and help them overcome the barriers to becoming safe—including the many forms of protection under an Illinois Order of Protection, housing protections under the Safe Homes Act and Eviction Act, employment protections under VESSA, the possibility of compensation for certain damages under the Crime Victims Compensation Act, and finally the protections in divorce and parentage cases relating to the allocation of parenting time and decision making, and restrictions on parenting time, to protect DV survivors and their children from further abuse.

A 2L student, Sylvie Durlacher, will give the Presentation. Sylvie is enrolled in Domestic Violence Law, Policy, & Community Engagement at UIC Law. She will be giving this presentation on Domestic Violence and legal protections for survivors in Illinois as her culminating project for the course. RSVP here!


Kent Justice Foundation (KJF): We at KJF would like to formally invite you to attend our Spring Event! This will be a fun evening of food, drinks, and prizes and – as always – all money raised goes directly back to Kent students who are doing unpaid public interest work this summer.

Tickets are only $10 and include food and an open bar.

There will also be raffle prizes and auction items up for grabs! What kinds of prizes, you ask?…

Raffle Prizes include:

Barrister’s Ball tickets

Barbri and Themis gift certificates

Tickets to comedy clubs, museums, and theaters

Gym/yoga class packs

VIP experience for 6 at Hue

And more!

Auction Items include:

Dinner for 7 students at Prof. Baker’s house

Bulls game with Prof. Donelson (3 students)

Dinner & a movie at Dean Sowle’s house (4 students)

Dinner & drinks with Prof. Walters (4 students)

Lunch and Cubs game with Judge Erickson (3 students)

And more!

You can pre-purchase your tickets at the link below til March 21. All pre-purchases will include 3 complimentary raffle tickets!


Lambdas LGBTQ+ Judges Night: Join CK Lambdas for LGBTQ+ Judges Night! [Facebook: Register here:

This event will feature a panel of five LGBTQ+ judges. The panelists will answer questions about their experience of being a queer judge. We hope to solicit questions from the audience as well. All queer law students and our allies from across Cook County are welcome. After the panel discussion, we hope to offer light refreshments and an opportunity to network with the panelists and other AIJ members in attendance.

When: 3/20 6:00pm-8:00pm, registration beginning at 5:30pm.

Where: Chicago-Kent College of Law Ogilvie Auditorium

Register here:

My Body My Data: Privacy in a Post-Dobbs Landscape: Please join us on Thursday, March 30th at 5:30 pm for a panel discussion exploring how the recent Dobbs decision may affect body and data privacy in areas across health services, employment, and technology. A networking event with passed hors d'oeuvres and drinks will follow!

Registration: through the QR code on the flyer or at this link.

Navigating Diversity Job Fairs: On Tuesday, March 21 at 12pm in room C35, join the Career Services Office, current students, and alumni to learn more about the Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Minority Job Fair and other regional diversity job fairs. We will discuss how to prepare for and successfully navigate these fairs, including application, resume, and interview tips. Co-sponsored by WIL, Lambdas, APALSA, HLLSA, MLSA, First Gen, and BLSA.

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: The deadline to audition for the Kent 2023 Talent Show has been extended through the end of Spring Break!  All you need to do is send in a video of your talent to kjankovich or swindbery

The winners will receive a cash prize of $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third!  Drinks and snacks will be provided by SBA and guests are welcome to come watch!

Slavic Law Student Association: 

Haymarket Happy Hour 

Come hang out with us at Haymarket Pub & Brewery on Friday, March 24th, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM! Hope to see you there! [RSVP HERE]

Co-Sponsored by the Slavic Law Student Association, Sports & Entertainment Law Society, Hispanic-Latinx Law Student Association, Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property, Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, American Civil Liberties Union, and Themis Bar Review.


Women in Law & Racial Equity and Advocacy Alliance:


Upcoming Events

MARCH 20: Women in Domestic Violence Careers Panel

MARCH 20: Lambdas LGBTQ+ Judges Night

MARCH 21: Navigating Diversity Job Fairs

MARCH 21: Judicial Externship Applications Due

MARCH 23: Study Abroad Info Session

MARCH 23: KJF Spring Event

MARCH 24: Haymarket Happy Hour

MARCH 27: Seminar Research Session

MARCH 28: Law Firm Externship Applications Due

MARCH 29: Community Education Presentation: Domestic Violence & Legal Protections for Survivors

MARCH 30: My Body My Data: Privacy in a Post-Dobbs Landscape

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

Birthdays & Special Days – March:


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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