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Headlines for the Week of April 13, 2015

Student Bar Association

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 p.m. 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 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Time and Place of the Election:

  • Elections will be held by electronic ballot from 5 p.m., April 22, until 5 p.m., 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 p.m. 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 a.m. 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 is 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 and/or Daniel McGinnis at

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


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.


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.


Federalist Society

April 14: "Rise of the Warrior Cop: Police Militarization in America"

Noon in room 345

"Rise of the Warrior Cop: Police Militarization in America" with Radley Balko of the Washington Post. Free lunch.


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:


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. Also, if you have any questions, please email the Public Interest Resource Center at



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