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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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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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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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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Meet Joanna Martin, Class of 2019

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.

Student 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
  • Social media:  LinkedIn

Over her spring break this year, Joanna was part of the Immigration Law Society team that traveled to Dilley, Texas, to help women and children prepare for asylum interviews.

This summer, she is one of three Chicago-Kent students who received a Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship. She is working for the Esperanza Project, which provides direct representation to detained women and children in removal proceedings who are unable to afford legal representation.

Joanna recently co-wrote an article for the Take Care blog with Professor Carolyn Shapiro, addressing the history of immigration law for families:

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Event Recap: 2018 Faculty Retirement Gathering

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 introduces the 2018 Chicago-Kent Retirement Party

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.

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Meet Shahina Khan, Class of 2018

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
  • Find her online:  LinkedIn
AAJ Regional Champs 2018
Shahina’s team with their award after winning the Chicago regional championship of the 2018 American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition.

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