Meet Everardo Tapia Vergara, Class of 2019

Everardo came to Chicago-Kent with a background in engineering, drawn by the strong reputation of our IP and legal writing programs. He took advantage of the flexibility of programs like 1L Your Way and the evening division to find more professional opportunities as a student. Beyond the classroom, his experiences with local bar associations and student organizations helped him build relationships both as a mentor and mentee in the legal field. Continue reading “Meet Everardo Tapia Vergara, Class of 2019”

Meet Michael McGee, Class of 2020

Michael McGee gained an early introduction to Chicago-Kent and Chicago’s legal community through the PLUS program as an undergraduate student. As a law student, he quickly found ways to engage in programs that fit his goals. We’re glad he also finds time to share his skills as a Student Advocate and a leader of our Student Bar Association. Continue reading “Meet Michael McGee, Class of 2020”

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: White Nationalism & Immigration

Gabriel "Jack" ChinOn October 10, Our Immigration Law Society invited Professor Jack Chin of UC Davis School of Law to share research from his book Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965: Legislating a New America.

Looking over the history of immigration, he contrasted narratives of white nationalism with civil rights reforms that reduced racial discrimination in American citizenship. Continue reading “Event Recap: White Nationalism & Immigration”

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
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Miranda Rights Warnings Project

Over the spring and summer of 2018, Illinois Tech contributed to a collaborative project — involving the ABA Center for Innovation, the IIT Institute of Design, IIT’s Computer Science program and a Chicago-Kent student — that created an innovative new solution to convey Miranda warnings consistently and accurately across language divisions.

Since Miranda warnings started being used routinely more than 50 years ago, after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Miranda v. Arizona, no one has formally made uniform translations available to ensure that Miranda rights are being communicated accurately to non-English speakers. The ABA’s Hispanic Commission took on the project of creating a solution for Spanish speakers, and their work led to this project. Continue reading “Miranda Rights Warnings Project”

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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