On 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.
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.
Class year: 2019
Division: Full-time Day
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Academic background: B.S. in public management and law at Indiana University Bloomington
Joanna Martin has been one of our most engaged student leaders, always busy organizing events and looking for opportunities to build community at Chicago-Kent. Her work with student organizations and immigration programs has helped build her legal skills and connections. We’re happy to share more of her background and current projects in this profile.
Class year: 2019
Division: Full-time day
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Academic Background: B.A. in political science and prelaw from Mount Saint Mary’s University
At the end of the spring 2018 semester, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the careers of five faculty members who are retiring this year: Professors Gerald Brown, Sheldon Nahmod, Michael Spak and Joan Steinman, and Keith Ann Stiverson, director of the Library.
Dean Krent introduced the event, saying Chicago-Kent “owes such a debt to these individuals, who have together offered over 200 years of teaching to the school.” He noted that “their love of teaching and their love of the school have made such a mark on this institution, and they will be missed.”
After the dean’s introduction, several faculty and staff shared stories of the impact each faculty member present had on the school and some personal favorite memories. The retiring faculty responded with reflections on their time here at Chicago-Kent, which are excerpted below.
Shahina Khan has proven her leadership and legal skills on campus and off, serving as president of two student organizations while participating in four trial advocacy competitions in the last three years.
Since 2016, she has also used her 711 license to serve as a law clerk in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and now in her position at the ARDC: Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois.
Class year: 2018
Division: Full-time day
Hometown: Skokie, Illinois
Academic Background: B.A. in Criminology Law and Justice, with a minor in Psychology, from the University of Illinois at Chicago
Our American Constitution Society hosted Texas Senator Wendy Davis on April 10, 2018. She spoke about her experiences filibustering for reproductive rights in the Texas Senate, the impact of gerrymandering, and other ways she has been fighting for voting rights and increased access to our democracy.
She emphasized the need for empathy in the law and for lawmakers, sharing the story of the impact Earl Warren’s role in the Japanese Internment camps had in his legal career and the Brown vs. Board of Education case. She encouraged students to look for opportunities to share their skills and experiences to increase civic participation and answered student questions after her talk.
Colin Pochie likes to keep busy. In his 3L year alone he competed in a national moot court competition, volunteered at the Louisiana Civil Justice Center in New Orleans, and coordinated two live symposia for the Chicago-Kent Law Review while serving as Managing Editor.
This year the National Lawyers Guild’s 2nd annual event on mass incarceration focused on the intersection of mass incarceration with immigration. The panel discussion looked specifically at the targeting of immigrants for deportation using the Chicago Gang Database, officially known as the “Strategic Subject List.”
NLG Secretary Rosie O’Malley moderated the panel discussion with these speakers:
Irene Romulo from Organized Communities Against Deportation
Sheila Bedi from the MacArthur Justice Center
Claudia Valenzuela from the National Immigrant Justice Center
During Diversity Week 2018, our Muslim Law Students Association featured a panel of members who shared their stories as law students about how their faith has motivated them to join the legal field. They also addressed the types of discussions and questions they encounter about their religious practices and beliefs.
Shahina Khan, MLSA President 2017-2018, moderated the panel.