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
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.
On 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.
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