SBA Newsletter – Week of April 17


April 17, 2023

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


Ask a law librarian–or three! On Tuesdays in April from 1-3, all three law librarians – Shannon, Jean, and Mandy – will be available to help you in the Library’s 9th floor Reference Suite. This is a great time to get research assistance, tech help, or any other support the library provides.

If you aren’t able to make it during these times, please feel free to stop in during our usual reference hours, Mondays – Fridays, 9:30-5, when one of your five librarians – Shannon, Jean, Mandy, Emily, or Eric – will be able to help you. Just ask at the Service Desk. We are, as always, also available via email at refreq.

Barbri: Chicago-Kent 3Ls – BARBRI is here to help as graduation and the bar exam approach! Each of BARBRI’s three course options (gabriella.viola or by phone/text at (773) 896-3464.


Victoria Percifield, Esq.

Attorney Regional Director for Helix Bar Review – the only not-for-profit bar review in the nation – asks that if you have any questions about our At-Cost UBE or CA Course, the MBE supplement, and free MPRE course to please email her at vpercifield.

Last Day to Register for Helix Bar Review for the July 2023 UBE or CA Course: May 15, 2023. We recommend you register before this date so that you can get your physical books in the mail by the time you begin studying!

Important Bar Exam Dates: Helix UBE or CA July 2023

  • Monday, May 1 is the start of our 12-week program – ideal for the student who wants a little extra padding when it comes to his/her/their study schedule!

  • Monday, May 15 is the start of our 10-week program – the traditional 10-week program is for students who will be able to study full-time after graduation!

Important PASS Class Dates: Using Helix to study for the July 2023 UBE or CA bar? We have LIVE webinars to help you PASS the bar! Get an in-depth look at the three portions of the bar exam, work on practice questions before bar prep, and get live feedback from your trusted Helix Directors!

  • Saturday, May 6 – MPT or CA PT Class

  • Saturday, May 13 – MBE Class

Kaplan: Kaplan Bar Review offers both live and on demand course options for bar seekers all in one package. With Kaplan Bar Review you receive a full-service bar course that contains over 4,500 MBE questions including NCBE released questions, unlimited essay grading + an essay bank, a pass guarantee or your money back if you do 75% of the course and so many other great features. You can do 100% of Kaplan Bar Review On Demand; or you can attend live streaming lectures at no charge. The lectures are recorded and available on-demand as well. For more information about course options for Chicago Kent students please reach out to sabrina.johnson

Themis: Themis Bar Review is designed to help you pass the bar exam. Using the most current research on memory retention and comprehension, we have built an online, on-demand lecture-based program. Our course offers innovative tools, including an Adaptive Calendar and Study Pacer that, together, help keep your study schedule on track. Pair those with a dedicated Personal Success Team, unlimited essay grading, and dynamic illustrations to reinforce rules and rationales, and you have resources that work for every type of student and every learning style. However you plan to study, you can trust that our transparent, expertly developed methods will help you walk into the bar exam with confidence.

C-K Law Group: Work on real client cases under the supervision of an attorney and get law school credit! C-K Law group is now accepting applications for the Summer 2023 semester. Summer C-K Law Group in-house clinics have a due date of Monday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. Applications can be found here:

Coffee ConneKtions: Coffee ConneKtions is an opportunity for alumni and students to get together and learn more about one another. Additionally, it is a chance for students to learn about the day-to-day life of a lawyer and discuss other pressing questions about the law in an informal setting. Students who wish to participate should sign up here for ONE event with an alum you are most interested in meeting with. Please do not sign up for multiple events or your registration will be deleted. The registrations are first come first serve, but you are welcome to sign up for an alums waitlist. Register here for Coffee ConneKtions

How to Succeed in a Public Interest Summer Internship: Have an internship this summer at a legal aid, government agency, or in the judiciary? Join the Career Services Office on Wednesday, April 26 at 3pm in Room C20 to hear from Chicago-Kent alumni who have supervised students and get tips on how to make the most of this summer as you build your legal career. Co-sponsored by the Career Services Office and the Public Interest Center.


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.

39th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference l April 27-28, 2023

Liability arising out of §1983 claims continues to present challenges for courts across the country, and the Supreme Court has a large impact in this dynamic area of law. Join us for this two-day in-person conference to get up-to-date on the latest cases, trends, and strategies affecting §1983 litigation. You have the opportunity to examine both the law of §1983 as well as the litigation strategies that underlie successful cases. Experts in the field address the most important issues and provide wisdom for you as you tackle this year’s cases, whether you represent plaintiffs or defendants. As always, the conference provides an analytical approach to problems and offers practical advice about how to solve them.

Register Today!

2023 Public Interest Awards: Join us for an inspirational evening on Wednesday, April 19th, at our annual Public Interest Awards! We will honor students and a public interest partner that have devoted their time over the past year to engaging in public interest and pro bono.

Pre-Reception: 5:00pm – 5:30pm (lobby)

Awards: 5:30pm – 6:30pm (auditorium)

Reception: 6:30pm – 8:00pm (lobby)

It’s free to attend, please RSVP:


What’s Next for 2L’s? Current 2L’s are invited to join CSO for a presentation centered in career planning and moving into year 3. Learn about strategies on how to best position yourself for post-grad employment and success!

Date: Tuesday, April 18

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Room CK20



Mental Health Tip of the Week: Treat Yourself

With finals coming up it is important to take time to do something you enjoy: spend time with friends, buy yourself the coffee you’ve been craving, take time to see a movie, or whatever sounds fun to you. It’s important to stay grounded and remember there is life outside of school that can help you recharge before school gets really busy.


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!

Student Organizations

Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Restructuring Association:

Bankruptcy & Restructuring Happy Hour (joined by our distinguished bankruptcy alums at Kirkland & Ellis, Skadden, Dentons, and more…!)

Network with our amazing restructuring alums from various big-mid size firms at our Happy Hour on Wednesday, Apr 19th 6-8PM. Drinks and delicious Greek appetizers will be served! Please RSVP using this link or the provided QR code.


BLSA and APALSA Networking Reception: Join us for a networking reception on April 20, 2023 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm in Morris Hall. BLSA and APALSA have joined together to host a networking reception sponsored by McGuireWoods. Students will have the chance to network with one another as well as legal professionals. Please RSVP here.


BLSA Community Service: Middle School Legal Summit

On Friday, April 21, 2023 from 8:30AM – 1:00PM BLSA will be hosting a legal summit for students at McNair Elementary. These students experience various difficult circumstances in their personal life. The goal of bringing them to campus is to encourage them and provide examples of success to inspire their trajectory. Volunteers would be responsible for leading group discussions to handle a legal or constitutional issue. You can sign up here to volunteer.


Chicago-Kent Law Review Write-On Information: The Chicago-Kent Law Review’s Summer Write-On Program will be from May 14th, 2023, to May 28th, 2023. Detailed information and sign on instructions will be distributed by the end of the week.

Final Informational Session:

Wednesday, April 19th at 8:00 PM via Zoom (Zoom Meeting Link)

This session will cover the Write-On, general information about Law Review, and some Bluebook basics.

Meet Law Review Members:

Thursday, April 20th – 11:30 – 3:30

Come meet our Editors! CKLR staff will be outside of the Spak to answer any and all questions about Write-On and Law Review.

Chicago-Kent Law Review: Publication Party & Panel – April 25th! Join Chicago-Kent Law Review for a luncheon celebrating our student publishers. If you’re interested in Law Review, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the publication process and the work you’ll do as a junior associate! Our student publishers have researched and written about various salient legal issues. They are excited to share their work with the CK Community! The event is from 12 pm – 1 pm in Morris Hall. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP here by April 18th, 2023.


Chicago-Kent Trial Team Tryouts: Are you interested in receiving individual instruction on trial skills, making invaluable career connections with practicing attorneys, and having tons of FUN? Join Chicago-Kent’s nationally ranked Trial Team!

Who: Tryouts are open to any student not graduating this year.
When: Tryouts will be April 26th and April 27th from 4pm-9pm. Callbacks will be held April 28th, starting at 4pm.
Where: Marovitz and Kohen Courtroom
How: Sign up for a time slot by clicking here. You must sign up by April 24th.
What: Just prepare (for either side of the case — see below for detailed instructions): a 3-5 minute Opening Statement, a 10-15 question direct, a 10-15 question cross, and a 3-5 minute Closing Argument. If you would like to meet with a trial team member for some help before tryouts, please sign up here.

Informational packets with everything you need to know and the problem Ricki Rhodes v. Los Diablos Correctional Center and Pat Mercer are available by clicking here (information handout) and here (Los Diablos case).

Contact: cktrialtryouts with questions!

Criminal Law Society: Criminal Law Society is hosting a panel discussion with four criminal law attorneys in various areas of practice! This will be a great opportunity to hear from people with different experiences in criminal law. It will be held today, Monday, April 17th at 5pm in room 580. Jimmy Johns will be provided! Please see the flyer for more information.


ELS Earth Day Fundraiser: The Chicago-Kent Environmental Law Society (ELS) would love for you to join us for our Earth Day Fundraiser Lunch on Friday, April 21. A lunch reception will be held in Morris Hall on the 10th Floor of the library along with a raffle for environmentally related prizes!

The event will be an opportunity to mingle with current Kent environmental law students, alumni, and other professionals in environmental law. ELS will also be thanking Prof. Keith Harley for his integral role in the Chicago-Kent’s Environmental Law Certificate Program!

All proceeds from the event go directly to ELS’s Public Interest Scholarship which is awarded to a student who dedicates their summers to unpaid, public interest work in environmental and energy law. Thanks to our generous donors last year, we were able to raise $1000 to support one student, but our goal is to be able to support even more students this year!

Please RSVP and purchase your event ticket using the following link: Student tickets for lunch and raffle tickets are only $25!

If you are unable to attend, please consider making a tax deductible donation to help us support more students this year using the event link above. Donations directly towards our scholarship are always greatly appreciated. Your contribution, no matter the size, is vital to helping our students succeed.

We can’t wait to see you at the fundraiser!

International Moot Court Honor Society (IMCHS):


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.

Sack Supper Stuffing with SBA: Come join the SBA Philanthropy Committee as we make 150 sack suppers for two Night Ministry stops the evening of April 25th. There are two opportunities to volunteer: April 24 from 5-6 pm or April 25 from 11 am to 1 pm. Both sessions will be in the Spak. If you have any questions, please reach out to Janie Sanford at jsanford1.


Student Humanitarian Network Executive Board Elections: The SHN Board will be hosting elections to determine next year’s executive board. In order to run for these positions, please send in a short statement outlining why you would be a good fit for the position. Please submit these statements to shn with the subject line "2023 SHN Elections.”

Members can run for multiple positions. However, we ask that you list your preference for one over the other.

Please submit your statements by April 21, 2023, at 11:59 pm.

Elections will be held online between April 24 and April 27, 2023.

Results will be announced no later than April 28, 2021.

Women in Law (WIL):


Upcoming Events

APRIL 17: CLS Panel Discussion w/ Criminal Attorneys

APRIL 18: What’s Next for 2L’s? Presentation

APRIL 19: Bankruptcy & Restructuring Happy Hour

APRIL 19: 2023 Public Interest Awards

APRIL 19: Law Review Informational Session (ZOOM)

APRIL 20: Meet Law Review Members Outside SPAK

APRIL 20: BLSA and APALSA Networking Reception

APRIL 21: ELS Earth Day Fundraiser Lunch

APRIL 21: BLSA Community Service Opportunity

APRIL 21: ELS Earth Day Fundraiser

APRIL 24-28: Collecting Prom Dress Donations

APRIL 24-25: IMCHS Tryouts for Jessup Team

APRIL 24-25: Sack Supper Stuffing w/ SBA Philanthropy Committee

APRIL 25: Chicago-Kent Law Review Publication Party & Panel

APRIL 26: How to Succeed in a Public Interest Summer Internship

APRIL 26-27: CK Trial Team Tryouts

MAY 14: Commencement

MAY 14-28: Chicago-Kent Law Review Write-On

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

Birthdays & Special Days – April:


Isabelle Abbott, 3L


Brianna DeFrank, 1L

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

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