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Headlines for the Week of September 29, 2014

ABA National Negotiation Competition Team

Call for team members

Last year, four 3Ls from Chicago-Kent founded the Chicago-Kent Competitive ADR Team to take part in ABA-sponsored competitions. Their first tournament was the ABA Negotiation Competition, where Chicago-Kent won the regional competition hosted in Ohio, and went on to place fifth at nationals in Chicago. In February the team went to the Representation in Mediation Competition, taking second place in the region. It was a great start, and now we're forming teams to continue building Chicago-Kent's winning tradition at this year's competitions.

The competitions focus on communication skills, quick thinking and effective problem solving -- skills that every lawyer needs. If those are things you're good at, or want to get better at, the Competitive ADR Team is a great opportunity for you.

Come try out for a chance to hone skills that will benefit you for years to come, to build your résumé ... and maybe to bring home a trophy or two.

Informational Meeting: Monday, September 29, at 4 p.m. in the Concourse.
Tryouts: Tuesday, September 30, and Wednesday, October 1, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in room 660.

The informational meeting is informal and optional, but it will be a great opportunity to get a sense of how the competition works and to ask any questions. If you can't make it, let us know and we will send you the necessary information and tryout materials.

Interested? Just e-mail your preferred tryout date to to schedule a tryout and receive the materials.


American Constitution Society

September 30: "The Religion Clauses: Understanding Town of Greece and Hobby Lobby"

Join us on Tuesday, September 30, at noon in room C50 for food, drinks and a discussion on the state of the Supreme Court's jurisprudence on the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses, with a focus on Town of Greece v. Galloway and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The discussion will begin with a lecture by Professor Sheldon Nahmod, and will conclude with an open audience discussion.

Co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society, the Federalist Society, the Muslim Law Students Association, the Jewish Law Students Association (Decalogue), and the Christian Legal Society.


Corporate Law Society

October 2: All-student social at the Hubbard Inn

The Corporate Law Society is hosting an all-student social at Hubbard Inn on October 2. This is an excellent chance to relax after midterms while getting to know your classmates. The second floor of Hubbard Inn has been reserved, and we've coordinated an optional deal for unlimited drinks with a $30 wristband.

Regardless of your direct interest in corporate law, we hope to see you all there. Please contact with any questions. Full details below:

Hubbard Inn Chicago
110 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654
October 2, 9 p.m. to midnight. Feel free to stay later.
Buy a $30 optional wristband for unlimited beer, well drinks and wine.


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 and the Environmental Law Society

October 15: "Opportunities in Land Use & Environmental Law"

The Land Use & Real Estate Law Society and the Environmental Law Society are excited to announce an upcoming panel discussion event: "Opportunities in Land Use & Environmental Law" on Wednesday October 15, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in room 700. Lunch will be served.

During the hour-long session, speakers will discuss their own interesting careers as well as opportunities at Chicago-Kent and in the Chicagoland region for students interested in environmental or land use law. 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 this great event!


Keith Harley, Director of the Chicago Environmental Law Clinic and Chicago-Kent Adjunct Professor

Keith Harley is director of the Chicago Legal Clinic's Environmental Law Program, a collaboration between the Chicago Legal Clinic and Chicago-Kent College of Law. He received his B.A. degree from Moravian College in 1982, his M.Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1985, and his J.D. degree from Chicago-Kent in 1988. Mr. Harley initiated the Chicago Legal Clinic's Environmental Law Program in 1989, shortly after graduating from Chicago-Kent. Mr. Harley has represented clients in local, state and federal environmental actions for more than 20 years. He recently completed his fourth year as chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Environmental Law Committee.

William Kling, Attorney, Public Policy Expert and Chicago-Kent Adjunct Professor

William C. Kling is an attorney and public policy expert with more than 20 years' experience in the public and nonprofit sectors. He currently has an appointment with the UIC School of Public Health, Health Policy and Administration division, where he teaches policy and leadership courses. Mr. Kling also serves as a senior research scientist for UIC, University of Illinois Extension, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Office of Sustainability. He received his B.A. degree in economics from the University of Colorado and his J.D. degree from Chicago Kent College of Law with a Certificate in Environmental and Energy Law and Policy.

Jacob Karaca, Partner at Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins Ltd.

Jacob Karaca graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. degree in Romance Languages and Literature, with honors. He then graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law, with honors. Mr. Karaca also received a Litigation and Alternate Dispute Resolution certificate from Chicago-Kent. While at Chicago-Kent, Mr. Karaca served as a board member for the Moot Court Honor Society and received CALI Awards for the highest grades in Trial Advocacy and Antitrust. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.

Mr. Karaca concentrates his practice on all aspects of litigation for municipalities, school districts, family law clients, and other private entities in a wide range of litigation. His public sector experience includes Section 1983 federal claims (First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues) and other federal statutory cases (ADA, Title VII, RLUIPA, FOIA, CERCLA, etc.), historic building preservation (federal, state and local issues), religious land-use cases, zoning appeals, writs of mandamus, Rule 137 sanctions, establishment clause cases, state constitutional issues, employment discrimination, state sunshine law claims, workers' compensation claims, administrative review actions involving pension code and slip-and-fall cases, and breach of contract construction claims.

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.




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