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Headlines for the Week of February 16, 2015

Student Bar Association and Chicago-Kent Diverse Student Groups

Diversity Thursday Series

The SBA, along with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Affairs and Professional Development and various student organizations, is introducing a "Diversity Thursday" series in an effort to celebrate the different cultures here at Chicago-Kent. Look out for our fliers!

February 19: Celebrate Lunar New Year

This week on Diversity Thursday, stop by the lobby on February 19 from noon to 1 p.m. to celebrate Lunar New Year, at an event sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.

March 2 to 7: Diversity Week

Diversity Week 2015 will be from Monday, March 2, to Saturday, March 7. Download the flier for the full schedule.


Art and Cultural Property Law Society

Seeking submissions for Student Art Gallery

The Art and Cultural Property Law Society is seeking artists of all genres to showcase their talent in the annual Student Art Gallery on April 2. For inquiries, email


Chicago-Kent Lambdas

February 24: Third annual Chili Cook-Off

The Chicago-Kent Lambdas are proud to host our third annual Chili Cook-Off Benefit on Tuesday, February 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. Please join us in the lobby as we enjoy some warm chili and cool drinks. For a donation of $8 pre-sale and $10 at the door, all guests can sample the variety of chili presented by the Chicago-Kent community. All proceeds will benefit Project Fierce Chicago, which provides housing to homeless LGBT youth in Chicago. If you are interested in competing in the event or volunteering to help at the event, please email


Health Law Society

February 17: Personal Injury Panel Discussion

Are you interested in learning more about personal injury law? The Health Law Society will be hosting a panel discussion and Q&A session with alumni who practice personal injury law. Come learn about what it's like to work in a law firm and tips to succeed in personal injury law! The event will be taking place from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17, in room 370. Lunch will be served as well.


Land Use and Real Estate Law Society

February 18: "Real Estate Careers in Litigation vs. Transactional: What Law Students Need to Know"

The Land Use & Real Estate Law Society (LURE) will be hosting a panel event on "Real Estate Careers in Litigation vs. Transactional: What Law Students Need to Know" on February 18 from 3 to 4 p.m. in room 370. Delicious food will be served.

Come join us and learn the essential differences between litigation and transactional career paths and get your questions answered. 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 real estate and land use law. Please see below for bios of our panel members.

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend (so that we can get a head count for ordering lunch). We hope that you can join us for this great event!

Our Speakers

Katie Jahnke Dale of DLA Piper

Ms. Dale concentrates her practice in the areas of land use and zoning, public-private financing, public incentives, and community and economic development, as well as general real estate. Her practice involves representing developers, purchasers, sellers and owners of institutional, residential and commercial property in securing development and zoning approvals, negotiating and implementing public-private development and financing arrangements and public incentives, performing general and zoning due diligence and negotiating and closing real estate acquisitions and dispositions.

Matt Goldberg of Bancroft, Richman, & Goldberg

Mr. Goldberg concentrates his practice in the areas of condominium, real estate, litigation and collections. Mr. Goldberg is an experienced association attorney representing condominium associations and common-interest communities and rendering advice on assessment collections, foreclosures, declaration and rule enforcement. Mr. Goldberg has successfully handled thousands of collection and foreclosure matters and instituted an aggressive post-foreclosure collections approach which has successfully recovered 100 percent of pre-foreclosure, delinquent assessments in many cases. Mr. Goldberg has lectured on issues related to collections, foreclosures, bankruptcy, rule enforcement and fiduciary duties. Mr. Goldberg is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Community Associations Institute - Illinois Chapter.

Pam Visvardis of Lattas, Felton & Minkus LLC

Ms. Visvardis began practicing real estate law with Lattas, Felton and Minkus in March 2013. She graduated with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in political science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2008. She then went on to attend DePaul University College of Law, where she received her J.D. in 2011. Throughout law school, she clerked for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of the Chief Counsel. She also clerked for Lattas and Lattas Law, where she received extensive experience in loan modifications and bankruptcies. After law school she was an associate at two boutique firms that practiced general civil litigation, including the areas of employment, family law, commercial, landlord tenant, condominium association, bankruptcy, and foreclosure defense, until she joined Lattas, Felton and Minkus. At Lattas, Felton, and Minkus, she has been able to focus on real estate transactions and litigation.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Join SALDF for National Justice for Animals Week!

February 24: Chicago Area SALDF Vegan Pizza Party

7 to 8:30 p.m. in room 580 (game room)

Join Chicago-area SALDF members for vegan pizza. Please RSVP online so that we can be sure to order enough pizza for everybody.

February 25: Dollars, Donuts & Dog (Cat) Toys

2 to 4 p.m. in room 305

SALDF will pay you $1 to view a brief informational video. Donuts will be provided. You can also make toys for dogs and cats at Chicago-area animal shelters. If you cannot stay but would like to help, we will be collecting materials for the toys: wine corks, empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls, dry cleaning hanger tubes, and empty dog/cat treat pouches. Contact Elizabeth Hernandez at for drop-off or drop by on the day of the event.

February 26: Wild, Wild Horses: Equine Law and Welfare Panel

Noon to 1 p.m. in room 580

Join the Chicago-Kent Chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and Brittany Olson and Jenna Letzler of the Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) for an insightful discussion on hot topics in the law of wild and domestic horses and the important work done by HAHS. Free lunch will be provided! Please RSVP online.

For inquiries, please contact SALDF president Amber Hunt at



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