SBA Newsletter – September 18


September 18, 2023

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Upcoming Events/Deadlines

September 18: SBA Election Forms for 1Ls and LLMs become available

September 19: REAA general body meeting

  • First-Gen general body meeting

  • Women in Law general body meeting

  • Self-Help Resource Center training session

September 21: Bar Review – Monk’s Pub

September 22: APALSA moot court competition briefs due

September 25: NO CLASS

September 26: ILSA Coffee Corner

  • ILS general body meeting

  • Lambdas general body meeting

September 27: Workshop – beat the forgetting curve

  • TTGS Game night

September 28: Study Abroad Information Session

September 29: CLE – Supreme Court IP Review conference

September 30: SBA General Assembly Meeting


SBA wants to encourage everyone to be aware of COVID as the winter months and holiday travel approaches. Washing your hands, masking when appropriate, and avoiding sharing food are easy ways to prevent spread. Check with healthcare professionals about further recommendations. Resources: How to Protect Yourself and Others | CDC

Academic and Bar Success:


Advancement Association:

The Advancement Department is looking for a few students to help out during our annual event "Today For CK!" on Thursday, October 5. Today for CK is a giving day that helps spread awareness and raise money for various programs around the school. We ask that you participate in at least a 2-hour shift, and you can choose the time you want to participate. We will be in the lobby from 9am-6pm. Here are a few ways students will be helping the advancement team on giving day:

  • Craft thank-you notes to donors in appreciation of their generosity.

  • Call alumni and remind them of giving day and the importance of their support.

  • Record a video message sharing the importance of giving to scholarships, student orgs, and faculty support that will be shared via social media.

Please sign up here if you would like to help!


ConneKtions @ Dinner is Back! ConneKtions @ Dinner 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. From October 13-23, Chicago-Kent alumni will host a student or group of students for dinner at a day, time, and location predetermined. Students will select alumni based on their availability. You can register here

C-K Law Group:


Illinois State Bar Association:

Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) has free student memberships for up to 4 years.

A free membership has at least two significant benefits for students: first the ISBA emails daily or sometimes twice a day blurbs on every new case that has been decided in Illinois and significant cases decided nationally. Second, students can purchase ISBA materials at member prices which are significantly less than if they were not a member. Use the link above if you are interested in becoming a member!

Kaplan Institute:

Apply Your Knowledge in Law by Launching a Business!

Applications opened on August 23 for Kaplan Institute’s Startup Accelerator program! Every spring semester Kaplan Institute’s Startup Studio hosts ten teams, five of which are selected to pitch their business idea to a panel of experts and compete for a $50,000 prize pool during the Kaplan Pitch Tank. Interested in applying? They’ve designed a series of workshops to help prepare students for the application process. Click into each workshop below to learn more and register in advance:

Library Resources:


The library has put together research guides for all 1L and many upper level courses! The guides include links to West Academic Study aids, CALI lessons, past exams, secondary sources, and more.

Upper level courses:

1L courses:

Office of Continuing Legal & Professional Education:

As students of Chicago-Kent, you will receive complimentary registration. Enter the discount code: CKCLE1 at checkout.

Join us in-person for the Supreme Court IP Review (SCIPR)! A conference designed to provide intellectual property practitioners, jurists, legal academics and law students with a review of IP cases from the U.S. Supreme Court’s previous Term, a preview of cases on the docket for the upcoming Term, and a discussion of cert. petitions to watch.

Prominent lawyers and professors will share their analysis of the Supreme Court’s decisions in IP cases from the past term, including the high-profile cases Jack Daniel’s Properties, Inc. v. VIP Products LLC, and Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith.

Chicago-Kent Professor Graeme Dinwoodie will deliver the Keynote Address, “Reading Trademark Tea-Leaves at the Supreme Court.”

SCIPR will be held in the Ogilvie Auditorium on Friday, September 29, 2023.

Register Today!

Self-Help Resource Center:


Volunteer Opportunity with Chicago-Kent’s Self-Help Resource Center!

The SHRC is a student-operated help desk at the Daley Center Courthouse in Chicago, and we are looking for more volunteers! No experience needed, we create the schedule around your availability, and this is a great opportunity to gain practical experience in a real courthouse and speak to real litigants who need our help. It’s also a great way to increase your service hours if you have taken the pro bono pledge with the Public Interest Center!

We will be holding our first training session for new and returning volunteers on September 19th at 12pm. This session will go over the different forms that we are able to help litigants complete, and discuss everything you’ll need to know about volunteering with us! The session will be recorded if you cannot attend. Please reach out to apoggioli if you have any questions. Thanks all!

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 Sept 28, at 12pm. Room 345.

Workplace Law Program:


Workplace law is one of the most dynamic fields in the legal profession right now, and there’s no better place to study it than Chicago-Kent. Learn more about the certificate program in Labor & Employment Law and hear from alumni working in a variety of labor and employment law jobs.



2L Workshop next week…



Mental Health Resources at Kent:


IIT has partnered with a new student-assistance program to provide 24/7access to counseling for all IIT students, including Chicago-Kent students. This new partner program is called the Academic Student Assistance Program (ASAP). Although academic is in ASAP’s name, this service offers you more than academic counseling; ASAP provides all-encompassing mental health counseling. Please note that IIT has ended its partnership with Aetna Student Assistance. ASAP will now be the resource for students in need of in the moment support.

The ASAP service is currently active. To reach out to an ASAP counselor immediately, call 1.866.349.5575. For less emergent needs, you can text “Hello” to 61295.

If you have any questions about the ASAP program or need assistance, please contact the Student Health and Wellness Center at 312.567.7550 or


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


  • Election petitions for 1L representatives and LLM representatives are due September 22nd and elections will take place from September 25 – 29th.

  • All general assembly meeting dates can be found on the SBA Website under the ‘about us’ tab.

  • Find a complete list of organizations here:Student Organizations

If you attended bar review please rate Jefferson Tap! We will rank all the bars we visit and compile a list at the end of the semester! The form can be found here. If you would like to suggest a bar or happy hour for us to visit, please use the SBA suggestion box.

This week, bar review will be at Monk’s Pub!




APALSA is sending a team to the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition, a moot court competition that specifically addresses legal issues facing the AAPI community. The due date for briefs is September 22, at 11:59p PST. Oral arguments are scheduled for October 6 and will take place over Zoom. All students who have completed LWII are welcome to try out for the team.

In order to register for try-outs, email your appellate brief to APALSA and mnagel1 (Professor Nagel). The brief may be from LWII, or it can be any appellate brief that you’ve written. After that, APALSA will reach out to schedule a 5-10 minute oral argument (from the same brief).

For more information, you can contact APALSA. Competition details can also be found here:



Please join the First-Gen Fall General Body Meeting on Tuesday, September 19th at 12:00 pm in Room 580. We will provide First-Gen resources, give a short presentation with helpful information (especially for 1Ls), and will answer any of your questions

Immigration Law Society:


The Immigration Law Society is having a General Body Meeting on Tuesday, September 26, at noon. We will meet at Taco Lulu

International Law Society:


Interested in international law? Studying here from abroad, or want to study abroad? Come meet other students who share your interests and offer new perspectives! Join the International Law Student Association in the game room for coffee and games on Tuesday, 9/26 at noon. We hope to see you there!





The Chicago-Kent National Security Law Society (NSLS) is a student-run affiliate of the Chicago-Kent Center for National Security and Human Rights Law (CNS). NSLS strives to create an effective, non-partisan forum for informed discourse on U.S. national security policy and foreign affairs. If you are interested in learning more about NSLS or attending NSLS events, please visit our natseclaw to join our mailing list and receive updates for our upcoming events. NSLS would also like to invite applications for Blog Editor and Class Representative positions. If you are interested, please email us a brief interest statement at natseclaw.



Tabletop Gaming Society:


On Wednesday, September 27th, Tabletop Gaming Society will be hosting a game night. Starting at 3pm, join us for an evening of fun and games, away from the stress of classes. We have a wide variety of games, from old favorites to new bestsellers!


Tabletop Gaming Society is starting up a no commitment DnD game! Join us for an introduction to the most popular roleplaying game on October 6th, starting at 3pm. Learn how to play and why the game is so popular. This event is also open to long time players! This session will be focused on character building and playing some one shots, so this will be fun for all experience levels.

This event will be followed by our first official game on October 13th!



Please join us for our Fall General Body Meeting on Tuesday, September 19th at 12:30pm in Room C40. We will introduce our Executive Board, give an overview of our Fall events, and discuss 1L Class Rep applications. Snacks will be provided! If you can make it, please RSVP here. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Meme of the week:

Bonus meme

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

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