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Headlines for the Week of March 30, 2015

Student Bar Association

April 10: Bar & Gavel Society nominations

The Student Bar Association is seeking nominations for the Bar & Gavel Society!  

The Bar & Gavel Society is a prestigious society composed of graduating students (3Ls/4Ls) who have demonstrated leadership and service to the law school.  Up to 12 of the nominees will be admitted.  Past recipients have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to the law school, the community, and the legal profession.

Know someone who satisfies these criteria? (You can nominate yourself!) Please submit your nomination to Lindsay Hicks at lhicks2@kentlaw.iit.edu with the subject line “Nomination for Bar & Gavel Society Awards.”

Nominations (1) must state the reasons for the nomination and specifically refer to the candidate’s law school activities, outside legal activities, and service; (2) should not exceed 250 words; (3) may include a résumé; and (4) are due Friday, April 10, at 5 p.m.

April 10: SBA Awards nominations

The Student Bar Association is seeking nominations for the SBA Awards

The SBA Awards includes the following awards:

  • Staff Member of the Year
  • Adjunct Professor of the Year
  • Professor of the Year
  • Alumna/Alumnus of the Year
  • Ralph Brill Award
    • This award may ONLY be given to a staff member, faculty member, or alumnus/alumna who has either:
      1. Been employed by Chicago-Kent for at least 10 years; OR
      2. Graduated at least 10 years before the award is given and has shown exemplary service and accomplishment
  • Student Organization of the Year

Know someone who satisfies these criteria? Please submit your nominations to Lindsay Hicks at lhicks2@kentlaw.iit.edu with the subject line “Nomination for SBA Awards.”

Nominations (1) must state the reasons for the nomination; (2) should not exceed 250 words; (3) may include a résumé; and (4) are due Friday, April 10, at 5 p.m..


Chicago-Kent Diverse Student Groups

April 8: Spring 2015 Film Series on Race

In the wake of recent events sparking national dialogue, American Denial explores the power of unconscious biases around race and class. Come one, come all to a screening on race with a powerful discussion with colleagues and friends.

When: April 8

Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Where: Auditorium

Film: American Denial

Sponsored by: BLSA, APALSA, HLLSA, and SALSA


Art and Cultural Property Law Society

April 2: ACPLS will be hosting the Student Art Fair

The ACPLS will be hosting the Student Art Fair on Thursday, April 2. Set-up will begin at 3 p.m. in the lobby and students are welcome to stop by and view anytime thereafter. Reception will begin at 5 p.m. in the lobby. 

If you intend to participate in the Art Fair, please submit (to acpls@kentlaw.iit.edu) the following information at your earliest convenience, but no later than Friday, March 27: 

  • The format of the piece(s) you will be submitting (ie,. photography, paint, sculpture, etc.)
  • The name of your piece(s) - if you have one
  • The approximate size of your piece(s), so that we are able to provide an appropriate viewing platform for your work and are able to accommodate space for everyone

Chicago-Kent Federalist Society

March 31: Federalist Society presents: "Should the US Enforce International Law?"

The Chicago-Kent Federalist Society presents "Should the U.S. Enforce International Law?" with Professor David Moore of Brigham Young University in room C50 at 12 p.m. Professor Mark Rosen will provide commentary. Lunch will be served.


Kent Justice Foundation

April 10: Kent Justice Foundation Spring Auction

The Kent Justice Foundation Spring Auction is scheduled for Friday, April 10, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p.m.! Come bid on dinners with professors, attorneys and judges; restaurant and retail gift cards; gym memberships; and more! There will be plenty of food and drinks to enjoy, and all funds raised help support students pursuing unpaid legal public interest internships this summer. And you can watch Judge Erickson in his auctioneer debut during the live auction!  

Tickets will be on sale Monday, April 6, to Friday, April 10 for $10, or you can get them for $15 at the door. Times to follow. Please join us -- all are welcome! 


Public Interest Resource Center

April 23: Public Interest Awards Night deadline approaching soon

This year the Public Interest Awards Night will take place on April 23 at 5 p.m. The two awards available are the Chicago-Kent Certificate of Service and the Dean's Distinguished Public Service Award. The first award is for students who have volunteered at least 50 hours, whereas the second award is for students who have totaled at least 250 hours. The deadline to submit volunteer hours for a certificate is April 7, 2015, at 5 p.m. To register with PIRC and/or to submit volunteer hours, please visit the Public Interest Resource Center's webpage at PIRC. Also, if you have any questions, please email the Public Interest Resource Center at pirc@kentlaw.iit.edu.


Sports and Entertainment Law Society and the Labor and Employment Law Society

March 31: Rumble to Recognition

The Sports and Entertainment Law Society and the Labor and Employment Law Society will be hosting the "Rumble to Recognition: A Debate on the Unionization of Northwestern’s Football Players" between Professor César Rosado Marzán and Professor Martin Malin.  The debate will be held on Tuesday, March 31, from noon to 1 p.m. in room C20.  Food will be served.  For more information, contact sdudzins@kentlaw.iit.edu.


Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

April 4: Animal Law Symposium

Registration for the 2015 SALDF Chicago Animal Law Symposium is now open. Register here!

Please join us for the first regional symposium of the Chicago-area Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters. Law professionals and students can expect an informative daylong CLE focused on hot topics and emerging issues in animal law. 

When: Saturday, April 4, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Chicago-Kent College of Law

Programs include:

Fighting Ag-Gag and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act – presented by Odette Wilkens, executive director of the Equal Justice Alliance, and Chris Green, Animal Legal Defense Fund’s director of legislative affairs

Dog Shootings by Police: Companion Animals & Law Enforcement – presented by Cherie Travis, assistant general counsel, Cook County Sheriff’s Office, and Diane Balkin, contract attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund Criminal Justice Program

Animal Law in Illinois: Hot Topics and Emerging Issues – presented by Anna Morrison-Riccordati, animal law attorney, AMR Law Group, and Carney Anne Nasser, legislative counsel, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Confronting Factory Farming Through Food Saftey and Consumer Protection Litigation – presented by Chris Berry, staff attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund Litigation Program, and Kelsey Eberly, litigation fellow, Animal Legal Defense Fund Litigation Program

Screenings of the documentary film The Ghosts in Our Machine


Trial Advocacy Team

April 8: Trial team tryouts

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! Tryouts are open to 1Ls and 2Ls and will be held Wednesday, April 8, beginning at 5 p.m. in Marovitz Courtroom. Informational packets with everything you need to know will be available starting Wednesday, March 24, on the third floor outside the Spak, in the Marovitz Courtroom, and outside Judge Erickson's office (room 705). Email Ana Montelongo (amontelo@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions. 


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