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Headlines for the Week of September 10, 2012

American Constitution Society

The Death Penalty in America

Panel Discussions & Reception

Wednesday, September 12
2 to 6 p.m.
Ogilvie Auditorium

Register online at

Hosted by ABA Death Penalty Representation Project, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, and the American Constitution Society

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Illinois Senator Kwame Raoul '93
  • Connecticut Senator Terry Gerratana
  • Death row prisoner exoneree Nate Fields
  • Shari Silberstein of Equal Justice USA
  • Robin Maher, Director, ABA Death Penalty Representation Project
  • Marc Kadish, Director of Pro Bono Activities, Mayer Brown LLP


2:00 to 3:15 p.m.
Panel 1: On the Path Toward Abolition of the Death Penalty in the U.S.?
Moderated by Professor Richard S. Kling
Panelists will discuss recent successful efforts to abolish the death penalty in Illinois and Connecticut and the prospects of future abolition efforts in the United States.
Q&A to follow.

3:15 to 3:30 p.m.

3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Panel 2: Ensuring Fairness and Due Process for Death Row Prisoners
Moderated by Michael Siem, BS '96, Special Counsel, Baker Botts LLP
Panelists will discuss the crisis of counsel and other problems with administration of the death penalty and explain how lawyers, including civil law firm lawyers, can help ensure fairness and due process for those on death row.
Q&A to follow.

4:45 to 6 p.m.

To submit a question for the panelists, email Dana Pownall, ACS vice president and treasurer, at Questions will also be welcomed during the panels.

For more information, visit

The Journal of International and Comparative Law

Seeking new staff members

The Journal of International and Comparative Law is seeking new staff members. Selection will be based on performance on a brief editing test to be e-mailed to interested students on September 12.

We are also seeking a tech- or design-savvy student to help redesign our website.

For more information about the journal and to receive the editing test, visit the journal's table at the Student Organization Fair on September 11 or attend our information session on Wednesday, September 12, at 4 p.m. in room C20.  

If you are unable to attend the fair or information session, or are interested in serving as web designer, email

Environmental Law Society

September 18: First ELS general meeting

Noon in room 270. Come learn about ELS and what we have going on this year.

September 22: Beach clean-up

North Avenue Beach between 9 and 11 a.m. Rides provided from Chicago-Kent if needed. Sign up on TWEN. Email Ashley Brody at with questions.

Join the environmental law moot court team

The environmental law moot court team is looking for three students (second- and third-year only) to represent Chicago-Kent at the nation's premier environmental law moot court competition, the Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. To apply for the team, please email a résumé and a brief writing sample to Professor Keith Harley at no later than Friday, September 7.

  1. Application letter, including:
    • Name and email address of your first-year legal writing instructor or, if unavailable, another reference
    • Fall semester class schedule
    • If applicable, work schedule
    • List of environmental law classes you've taken or are currently enrolled in
    • Other relevant environmental experience
    • Other relevant oral or written competition experience
    • Reason for your interest in being on this moot court team
  2. Résumé
  3. Brief-writing sample (10 pages max.)

September 11: Environmental law networking event

Come meet fellow environmental practitioners and other attorneys to kick off the start of the CBA and ISBA year! ELS members are invited to a joint networking event on September 11, 4 to 6 p.m., at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court. This is a great opportunity to meet experienced professionals in the environmental field. The first meeting will be on September 27. You can find more information about their events at

October 25: "Wildlife, Renewable Energy and Climate Change Critical Legal Issues"

From 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Chicago-Kent, the ISBA Animal Law Section Council, ISBA Environmental Law Section Council, and Chicago-Kent will throw a CLE event to discuss critical environmental legal issues.

Federalist Society

September 12: Kick-off meeting

Are you conservative or libertarian? Do you feel that the ideas of liberty and limited government are being ignored today? Do you have a poster of James Madison above your bed? Are you interested in meeting other like-minded folks at Chicago-Kent?

If so, then come out to our first official meeting of the year and meet the executive board of the Federalist Society on Wednesday, September 12! This meeting will be a way for folks interested in the Federalist Society to become official members and plan events.

The meeting will be at 3 p.m. on Wednesday the 12th in room 570. It will be catered, so come hungry!

We are an organization that eats, sleeps and breathes limited government and enumerated powers. We are not avowed Democrats nor are we Republicans, we just want smaller and more limited government.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at

-Alex Knecht, President

International Law Moot Court Honor Society

Recruiting for moot court teams

The International Law Moot Court Honor Society (ILMCHS) is looking for new members to fill two or three teams, including the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the world's largest and most prestigious moot court competition; the Niagara International Moot Court Competition; and the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition.

To qualify, you must have taken or be taking Comparative Law, International Law, International Trade Law, or International Business Transactions.

The try-out prompt will be released at the LMCHS interest meeting on September 12 at 3 p.m. in a room to be determined.

For more details, come see us at the Student Organization Fair on Tuesday, September 11, or contact Monica Uribe at or Tom Reynolds at


September 13: Race Judicata

Race Judicata is a 5k run/walk that supports Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, and basically the entire Chicago legal community participates. Not only is it TONS OF FUN, it is a great way to meet fellow students, as well as alumni and faculty, and to network with attorneys from around the city. If you're new to running, don't worry, all experience levels are welcome!

The Sportfeasors have an official team this year, and we're expecting a huge turnout. We've reserved a tent for those who sign up to run with the Sportfeasors, and we'd love to have as many students run with us as possible! When you register for the race (, please choose Chicago-Kent Sportfeasors from the team drop down menu, and email when you do so that we can make sure to include you. Register by September 7 to receive a reduced rate!

For more info on the rules, go to the Race Judicata website and check out the competition entry form.

Thanks, and we hope to see you all there!

Erin Forbes, President
Matt Dillinger, Vice President

Sportfeasors is a student organization that promotes health and camaraderie through athletics. Let's face it, law school is stressful...staying active helps. Please feel free to email any questions about Sportfeasors or Race Judicata to

Women in Law

September 18: Women in Law's first general meeting!

Welcome back, everyone! Women in Law is having its first general meeting on September 18 at noon in room C25. Come to our meeting for a free lunch and to learn more about what we do. We look forward to seeing our returning members and welcoming new members!

About our organization
Women in Law is an organization that covers a wide range of activities for women at the law school. We offer social events, networking events, informative events and more. Join Chicago-Kent's Women in Law organization to learn more about opportunities available to women joining the legal profession, meet new people, have fun, and volunteer in the community. If you have any questions about us, please feel free to e-mail the secretary, Rebecca Lyon, at


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