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Headlines for the Week of September 15, 2014

American Constitution Society

September 17: Constitution Day Lecture and Discussion: "Conservative Libertarianism and the Transformation of First Amendment Jurisprudence"

In celebration of Constitution Day, join us on Wednesday, September 17, at 3 p.m. in room 520 for food, drinks and a discussion on the impact of conservative libertarian ideology on the First Amendment. The discussion will begin with a lecture by Chicago-Kent professor and leading First Amendment scholar Steven J. Heyman, followed by a brief response by Professor Christopher Schmidt and open audience discussion. Contact if you have any questions.


Chicago-Kent Lambdas

September 23: First general meeting

Come toast the start of the year with Chicago-Kent Lambdas at our first general meeting on September 23 at noon in room 580! Meet new and current members, find out more about what we do, and learn about upcoming events. A brunch menu will be served.


Child and Family Law Society

September 24: Bake sale

CFLS will hold a bake sale in the front lobby on Wednesday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Federalist Society

September 16: Federalist Society call-out meeting

Attention conservatives, libertarians and all those interested in the Constitution and public policy!

The Chicago-Kent Federalist Society will have their annual call-out meeting Tuesday, September 16, at noon in room 165.

Come learn more about the group, meet like-minded students, and eat free food!

If you have any questions, email


Intellectual Property Law Society

September 16: Fall general meeting

IPLS will be having its fall 2014 general meeting on September 16 in room C40. Food and drink will be served. Come meet the executive board and other members of IPLS as we discuss events we have planned for the upcoming semester.


Journal of Environmental and Energy Law (JEEL)

JEEL is seeking applicants for its executive board and for staff editing positions

JEEL is looking for a managing editor, a submissions editor, a research editor/webmaster, an executive articles editor, and associate editors. Please send a résumé, unofficial transcript, and brief statement of interest to the editor-in-chief at

Position descriptions are as follows:

Managing Editor (ME)

The ME's primary responsibilities are managing the schedule for the exec board to ensure the issue publishes on time, working with the EAEs to make sure the editing gets finished, and approving final edits of material and formatting material to be published. The ME is responsible for maintaining and improving JEEL's editing style guide. The ME also plays a large role in selecting and managing staff members. The ME will work with the EIC to format final articles and ensure final publication of JEEL.

Submissions Editor (SE)

The SE is the first actor in the article editing process and gets the entire process rolling by extending offers of publication to prospective authors. The SE maintains communication with accepted and prospective authors, including those who contact JEEL directly through email at or through our account with ExpressO. The SE completes an initial review for each submission, including running the article through a Lexis program to assess any plagiarism risk posed by the article, and consults the exec board as necessary. The SE then sends an acceptance or rejection email as necessary. If accepted, the SE emails the author to confirm acceptance and cc's the ME and the EIC, who will send a publication agreement to the author to finalize article acceptance.

Executive Articles Editors (EAE)

The EAEs manage the editing process on an individual article basis. Once the article is accepted and the ME assigns the article to one of the EAEs, the EAE contacts his/her AE team, who edit for comprehension, grammar and citations. After each AE returns his/her edits, the EAE compiles all of the edits into one document and sends it to the ME. The ME then reviews the article to do a final edit and sends the edited article to the EIC, who will contact the author about reviewing and correcting the piece as necessary. If there are any questions or problems discovered during the editing process, the EAE will contact the ME, who will consult with the SE and the EIC about addressing those with the author or potentially withdrawing from the publication agreement in certain situations such as plagiarism discoveries.

Research Editor (RE)

The RE is in charge of managing the "In the News" section of the website. The RE prepares short news items for publication on the website and works with a webmaster to ensure the website is working properly. The idea of the "In the News" section is to encourage students to get involved, and continue to promote JEEL's online journal even when the journal is months away from publishing.

Webmaster (WM)

The WM manages the website and works with the EIC to ensure JEEL maintains optimal online presentation and makes upgrades and design changes as necessary in consultation with the rest of the exec board. The WM handles publication of issues and also works with the RE to make the "In the News" section as visually and technologically appealing as possible.

Associate Editors (AE)

AEs work in editing teams under the supervision of an EAE to edit a portion of an article for comprehension, grammar and citations.


Land Use & Real Estate Law Society

September 17: Panel on "Real Estate 101: Back to Basics"

The Land Use & Real Estate Law Society will be hosting its first networking and informational panel "Real Estate 101: Back to Basics" on Wednesday, September 17, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in room 165. Lunch will be served!

During the hour-long session, speakers will discuss their career progression as well as the basics of a legal career in residential and commercial real estate. Please see below for bios of our panel members.

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend, so we can get a headcount for ordering lunch. We hope that you can join us for our first event of the fall semester!


Michael J. Delrahim, Managing Partner at Brown, Udell, Pomerantz & Delrahim

Mr. Delrahim represents publicly traded and privately held corporations and partnerships in real estate development matters. His practice includes real estate, loan documentation, troubled asset workouts, and litigation experience, including the representation of clients in the acquisition, disposition and construction of residential condominium projects, mixed-use developments, and office buildings and industrial properties. Michael represents borrowers and lenders and utilizes the unique skills garnered from this comprehensive representation. Moreover, he is the founder of the Chicago Real Estate Professionals, a monthly networking group bringing together Chicago’s top real estate professionals. He is an adjunct professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, teaching Real Estate Fundamentals and Syndication and lectures extensively before business and legal forums on real estate and related topics.

Brian Davis, Partner at Mayer Brown

Mr. Davis focuses his real estate practice on providing counsel to equity investors and corporate users of real estate in all facets of real estate investment, including joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions and financing. Mr. Davis' diverse practice carries into some of the most complex areas of real estate investment. He has assisted clients in developing programmatic joint ventures and other platform-style investments. He has developed and employed innovative structures for build-to-suit industrial developments that capitalize on the respective strengths of each stakeholder in the transaction. Brian also has extensive experience in distressed debt and equity transactions, including restructuring CMBS loans, acquiring distressed debt, and navigating complex capital stacks with the objective of maximizing value in distressed real estate. In addition, he has structured and restructured complex sale-leaseback, leverage lease and synthetic lease arrangements and has lectured and written in the areas of distressed real estate.

Christos Komissopolous, Principal at Aspire Capital

Mr. Komissopoulos has more than 20 years of investment, finance, taxation and legal experience. He was a principal at First National Development LTD for more than twenty years, where he negotiated and closed hundreds of transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Since 2003, Mr. Komissopoulos has been an adjunct professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he teaches classes on legal writing, negotiations, real estate and comparative property law between the United States and the European Union. He is admitted to the New York State Bar and to the Athens (Greece) Bar. Mr. Komissopoulos earned a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degree from Northwestern University School of Law (doctoral dissertation on comparative indirect tax systems in the United States and the European Union). He also earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Northwestern University School of Law, an LL.M. in Taxation from DePaul University College of Law, and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Economics from University of Illinois at Chicago. He also holds a Law Diploma from the University of Athens Law School in Athens, Greece.


Phi Alpha Delta

Bridge to Success business clothing drive

PAD is holding a business clothing drive from September 10 to 30. All donations go to Bridge to Success, a Chicago organization that provides interview- and workplace-appropriate clothing to individuals in need. There is a donation box in the lobby, near the security desk.

We are looking for donations of the following items of used clothing: suits, blazers, skirts, dresses, slacks, dress shirts, sweaters, ties, tie clips, dress shoes, belts, watches, backpacks, purses and wallets.


South Asian Law Student Association

September 16: General meeting

It is our pleasure to announce that SALSA will be having its general meeting on Tuesday, September 16, in room C35 at noon.

Of course, there will be free food. Free Indian food, that is!

This year, we have a lot of good stuff planned! Our calendar will include social events, career-related events, diversity promotion, and some philanthropy.

We hope to see you Tuesday!


Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

September 17: SALDF's first bake sale of the year

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) will be holding its first bake sale of the year on Wednesday, September 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the front lobby. There will be lots of goodies for people (and pets!), so come out and support SALDF and animal rights!


Student Humanitarian Network

September 18: SHN Social

SHN Social at Trinity Bar, 2721 N. Halsted St.
Thursday, September 18, from 8 p.m. to midnight



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