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Headlines for the Week of April 6, 2015

Student Bar Association

Election season is here! The Student Bar Association is holding elections.

Election season is here! The Student Bar Association is holding elections for the following positions:

Executive Board Positions:

  • President
  • Vice President (Day Division)
  • Vice President (Evening Division)
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

The duties and requirements of each officer position are listed in the SBA Bylaws, Article VII, Sections 1-5.

General Assembly Positions:

  • Four (4) 2L Day Class Representatives
  • Four (4) 3L Day Class Representatives
  • Two (2) 2L Evening Class Representatives
  • Two (2) 3L Evening Class Representatives
  • Two (2) 4L Evening Class Representatives
  • Two (2) LLM Representatives
  • One (1) American Bar Association Representative
  • One (1) Illinois State Bar Association Representative
  • One (1) Chicago Bar Association Representative

Please, note that you must be enrolled in the corresponding division to run for a Class Representative position.

To run for a position candidates must:

  1. Submit a Candidate Statement to Elections Chairs, Brendan Crowley ( and Daniel McGinnis ( You must email an electronic copy of your Candidate Statement by no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, April 17, 2015 or you may face disqualification.
  2. Submit the election petition to the SBA Mailbox, located on the second floor, or scanned and emailed to the Election Chairs for certification no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Time and Place of the Election:

  • Elections will be held by electronic ballot from 5:00pm, April 22, until 5:00pm, April 24.
  • Results will be issued Saturday April 25.
  • All Candidates should keep Sunday April 26 open, as the newly elected Student Bar Association members will be required to attend the General Assembly meeting scheduled for 5:00 pm on that date.


General Information:

  • In order to be considered for a position in the Student Bar Association your name must appear on the official Election Ballot. Write-in votes will not be counted.
  • If you are running for a year specific position (e.g. 2L day representative) all 10 of your signatures must be from the corresponding year and section. You must also attach a copy of your Candidate Statement by 5:00pm on Friday, April 17, 2015.
  • The SBA will publish the Candidate Statements prior to the election.
  • The SBA Election Committee will conduct a lottery to determine each Candidate’s position on the Election Ballot.
  • Students may run on a ticket, but the ticket must be specified on the Candidate’s petition.


  • Campaigning starts 8:00am Monday April 20.
  • Campaigning before this time and date may disqualify a candidate.
  • Posters and fliers are the only campaign items allowed to be posted at Chicago-Kent.
  • Candidates may ONLY post printed posters and/or fliers on bulletin boards located on the third floor, second floor, student lounge, and in the concourse.
  • Candidates may post printed material on a student organization’s board, but only after receiving written authorization from that organization’s executive board.
  • No candidate  may spend more than $100 on a campaign (tickets are limited to $100 per candidate, not to exceed $250).
  • The Election Committee will determine the fair market value of gratuitous items and items unsupported by documentation.
  • Campaigning utilizing a listserve or a specific student-organization email list to deliver a message to the e-mail accounts with the domain name kentlaw.iit.eduis prohibited. Students may, however, contact specific students via email in the hopes of obtaining votes.
  • Any student who has knowledge of any candidate or ticket violating any of the election rules should report the violation(s) to the Election Chair immediately.
  • Any candidate or ticket found to have violated any of these rules, may be removed from the ballot by a unanimous vote of the Election Committee.

New Rules:

  • At the request of an Elections Chair, the Student Bar Association recently voted on an amendment to the Election bylaws.
  • As a result of the unanimously approved amendment, class year or division representatives will no longer be elected from the Student Body at large. Rather, year and division representatives will be elected ONLY by the vote of their respective years and divisions. (e.g. In an election for 3L day representatives, ONLY rising 3L day students may cast a vote). For executive board and bar representatives position, all students, including current 3Ls, may cast a vote.

All candidates are expected to abide by all election rules, even if they are not specifically mentioned in this anouncement. Failure to abide by them will result in disqualification from elections.

The SBA takes elections very seriously.  Any suspected elections violations should be reported to Elections Chairs, Brendan Crowley at bcrowle2@kentlaw.iit.eduand/or Daniel McGinnis at

Likewise, questions or concerns regarding these policies should be directed to the Elections Chairs.

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 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 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.

American Constitution Society

April 8: Second annual ACS Oral Argument: "Kent v. Krent"

Join ACS for a heavyweight extravaganza as Professor Kent Streseman (director of Chicago-Kent's Appellate Advocacy Program) and Dean Harold Krent square off for their second annual oral argument.  This year, our distinguished advocates will argue Rodriguez v. United States, a Fourth Amendment case regarding the proper use of dog sniffs during a traffic stop.  Come learn about the Court's competing visions for how to interpret "seizure" under the Fourth Amendment and what that could mean for all us.  Food will be served!

Date: Wednesday, April 8

Time: Oral argument at 11:45 a.m.; food available starting at 11:30 a.m.

Location: Auditorium

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

Decalogue Society

April 15: A speaking event with Alyza Lewin, Supreme Court litigator

Chicago-Kent's student chapter of Decalogue has invited an attorney named Alyza Lewin to come and speak on Wednesday, April 15, at 3 p.m. in room C50. Ms. Lewin recently argued the case of Zivotofsky v. Kerry before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case involved issues of separation of powers between Congress and the executive branch. There will be free food and coffee for those who attend.

Entrepreneurial Law Society

April 8: Entrepreneurial Law Society presents "Entrepreneurship in Chicago"

The April 8 panel event hosted by the Entrepreneurial Law Society will discuss "Entrepreneurship in Chicago." Mark Ryerson, a partner at Howard & Howard; Joshua Klein, a partner at Neal Gerber Eisenberg; Nicholas Zito, head of the Rev3 Incubator; and Bill Fienup, head of the Catalyze Chicago Incubator, will be participating. The event will take place in room C50 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Food will be served. Students will be able to ask questions and network afterwards. 

Environmental Law Society and Kent Justice Foundation

April 21: Environmental Law Society and Kent Justice Foundation present Trivia Night

Hosted by world-class trivia masters Pat and Derek! 

Tuesday, April 21, from 8 to 10:30 p.m.

10th floor Morris Hall

Food! Open bar! 

Prizes are awarded to the top three winners.

The more the merrier! Bring your friends and create a team. 

All proceeds benefit the Environmental Law Society's Summer Fellowship.

Tickets are $10 presale, $15 at the door.

Health Law Society

April 7: Vaccine Law Discussion with Professor Edward Kraus

Are you interested in learning more about the legal and policy issues that have come up regarding vaccine usage? Come join the Chicago-Kent Health Law Society next week by learning about vaccine law with Professor Edward Kraus and his assistant, Tara O'Mahoney! The event will be taking place in room C40, and lunch will be served as well. If you have ay questions about the event, feel free to contact the president, Kenny Matuszewski, at

Intellectual Property Law Society

April 13: Copyright and the Music Industry panel discussion

Join IPLS in learning more about the state of copyright law as it pertains to the music industry. The event is on Monday, April 13, at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium. For more information and to register, please visit the IPLS website at:

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

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 ( with any questions. 


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