Event Recap: 3D-Printed Guns and the 1st & 2nd Amendments

flyer for 3D guns eventOn October 9, 2018, our Federalist Society hosted an event with Professor Josh Blackman of South Texas College of Law and Chicago-Kent’s Professor Mark Rosen to discuss the constitutional merits of using the First and Second Amendments to address 3D-printed guns.

Professor Blackman has represented Defense Distributed, the company that developed and released the files for the Liberator gun design, as they’ve been litigating the case over 5 years.

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Event Recap: What is IP Law?

By Victoria Lozano, JD Candidate

On September 20, 2018, Chicago-Kent’s Intellectual Property Law Society invited Chicago-Kent IP professors Greg Reilly and Graeme Dinwoodie to provide inspirational and important information for those who are interested in practicing intellectual property law.

Introducing What is IP Law event
Introductions at “What is IP Law?” event

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Meet Andrew Willis, Class of 2019

Third-year student Andrew Willis enjoys creating space for in-depth discussion of current legal topics. As a student leader, he has partnered across organizations and worked with faculty to bring in influential speakers for events. He is also active as a legal blogger and has shared his views on legal podcasts and social media.

  • Class year: 2019
  • Division: Full-time day
  • Hometown: Homer Glen, IL
  • Academic Background: B.S. in Paralegal Studies, Liberty University
  • Find him online:

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Bridging Legal History and Current Events

Professor Felice Batlan
Professor Felice Batlan

Professor Felice Batlan began writing her most recent article, Deja Vu and the Gendered Origins of the Practice of Immigration Law: The Immigrants’ Protective League, 1907-1940, the day after President Trump’s “travel ban” went into effect. After spending multiple days protesting at O’Hare airport, she began pondering the question of when the practice of immigration law began and who represented migrants before World War II, when “immigration law” became a recognized legal specialty.

Professor Batlan’s article explores how Chicago’s Immigrants’ Protective League, founded in 1908 and always run by women, provided advice to tens of thousands of migrants and their families facing immigration problems before World War II. This occurred as Congress passed increasingly strict immigration laws in the 1920s and officials engaged in practices that could quickly change, requiring the women of the League to become experts at improvising law.

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Event Recap: Fair Use Avoidance in Music Cases

Professor Edward LeeOn August 29, 2018, the Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property hosted a talk by Professor Edward Lee on his study of fair use as a potential defense to copyright infringement in music cases.

Professor Lee began with a case study of the recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke upholding a district court ruling that their song “Blurred Lines” infringed the copyright of Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.”

Professor Lee explained that instead of arguing only that there was no infringement, the defendants should have asserted a fair use defense, a rare tactic in music cases.

This recap includes the video from this talk along with links to Professor Lee’s recent publications on the topic of fair use in music cases.

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Advice for New Students from Faculty

Professor Johnson: Law School 101On Wednesday, August 22, Professor Kari Johnson shared some of the struggles she faced in her 1L year with the newest entering class of Chicago-Kent students at our 2018 Orientation.

Then Professor Johnson reflected on her story to point to specific study strategies that would have helped her succeed.

Her study plan resource and Q&A with students are also included in this recap.
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Career Advice for New Students

Chicago-Kent Career Services Orientation Panel 2018On Wednesday, August 22nd, during our 2018 Orientation, a panel of current students shared their experiences and career advice with the incoming students.

Afterwards, several faculty shared information about the variety of practice-ready skills programs at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Student Panelists:

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Advice for New Law Students from Alumni

On Tuesday, August 21, a panel of Chicago-Kent alumni shared their experiences as law students and their career advice with the newest entering class of Chicago-Kent students at our 2018 Orientation.

Panelists:

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Event Recap – Supreme Court 2018: A Conversation with Dahlia Lithwick and Geoffrey Stone

ACS Flyer - 2018 SCOTUS PanelOn July 16, the American Constitution Society and Courts Matter Illinois co-hosted an event at Chicago-Kent featuring a discussion with Dahlia Lithwick of Slate.com and Professor Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago on recent Supreme Court rulings.

The event began with opening statements to offer context on the significance of the Supreme Court and the political trends they’ve seen in the current court.

The event continued with discussion of six key cases, followed by an open question and answer section that included discussion of SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the implications of recent cases on other free speech and immigration issues.

You can find the full video of the event below, along with an outline of the cases they discussed and quotes from the live Twitter coverage of the event.

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Meet Logan Bierman, Class of 2019

You’re likely to find Logan Bierman on campus this summer, working with the C-K Law Group. In this interview, he shares how this hands-on experience has shaped his career path. He also discusses how his roles in student leadership have allowed him to create forums for in-depth discussions of current legal issues and to share his Jewish culture both on and off campus.

Student Profile

  • Class year: 2019
  • Division: Full-time Day
  • Hometown: Memphis, TN
  • Academic background: B.S. in public management and law at Indiana University Bloomington
  • Social media:  LinkedIn

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