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Headlines for the Week of April 4, 2016

American Constitution Society

April 5: KENT vs. KRENT III

Lunch served at 12:30 p.m. in the lobby. Oral argument begins at 1 p.m. in the Ogilvie Auditorium.

Join the American Constitution Society for an oral argument, featuring Professor Kent Streseman and Dean Harold Krent, on the immigration case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, United States v. Texas. Texas and 25 other states are challenging the Obama Administration's proposed Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program, which would provide temporary relief from deportation and work authorization to U.S. citizens' parents currently living in the United States without lawful status.

Our Supreme Court will be led by Michael Scodro, the former Illinois solicitor general and current partner at Jenner & Block LLP, who has argued several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Scodro will be joined on the bench by five current Chicago-Kent students.

This program should be particularly useful for 1Ls as they prepare for their Hughes arguments. Watch two experts tackle this thorny but important legal issue.


Environmental Law Society

April 4: Trivia Night

Think you know pop culture? Show off your stuff and come to the Environmental Law Society's Trivia Night on Monday, April 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the 10th floor.  Prizes will be given, drinks will be served, and food will be eaten! Come one, come all! 

See our flier for this event.


Federal Bar Association, Immigration Law Society and Hispanic Latino Law Student Association

April 6: Human Rights Prosecution: An Overview

Interested in learning about the statutes that govern human rights violations, including genocide, human trafficking and female genital mutilation (FGM)? Do you want to learn how human rights offenses against immigrants are prosecuted?

Join the FBA, ILS and HLLSA for a panel discussion featuring federal prosecutors and law enforcement agents discussing how they work with victims, witnesses and community groups to build cases against human rights violators.

When: Wednesday, April 6
Where: Room 580
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.

See our flier for this event.


Intellectual Property Law Society

April 7: "Patent Wars: Nautilus Awakens" panel discussion

The Intellectual Property Law Society presents a panel discussion on claim definiteness since the Supreme Court's decision in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc. Practitioners of both patent prosecution and litigation will be given guidance on how this case, and cases since, have and will continue to affect their practice. Discussion will focus on the varying standards for both procuring a patent and post-grant review; claim construction issues; functional claiming; as well as whether the Supreme Court has substantively changed the standard. We will discuss a variety of recent cases and whether they would have come out differently under the old versus new standards. You can find more information here. And, you can register here.


  • Jordan Pringle from McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP (Moderator)
  • Jeffrey Burgan from Leydig, Voit and Mayer
  • Dr. Krista Vink Venegas from McDermott, Will & Emery
  • Margaux Nair from K&L Gates LLP
  • Grantland Drutchas from McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

This event is approved for 1.5 general CLE hours in Illinois and 1.5 general CLE hours in Pennsylvania.

Checkin Begins: 5:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: 6:05 to 7:35 p.m.
Reception Following Panel: 7:35 to 9:30 p.m.


Justinian Society of Law Students

April 6: The first annual Justinian Celebration

Mark your calendars!

The Chicago-Kent Justinian Society of Law Students and the Alumni Association invite you to attend our first annual Justinian Celebration Wednesday, April 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Morris Hall, 10th floor.

Come celebrate the presence of Italian-American attorneys in the Chicago-land area. Students are encouraged to attend this free event. Meet, get to know and network with alumni, Chicago Justinian past presidents, and the current Cook County Justinian chapter president and Chicago-Kent alumna, Jessica DePinto '96! Drinks and appetizers will be provided.


Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

April 6: Puppy Day: "Puppy Potter and the Philosopher's Bone" edition

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the front lobby

This is a special puppy day to celebrate the 1Ls and their completion of their appellate briefs. Just a friendly reminder, all pets must be up-to-date on their shots. Please leave any sneezing, coughing pups at home to keep all the dogs safe and healthy.

Sign up online to puppysit or to bring your own pup.

Download our flier for this event.




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