Event Recap: 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Forum with Professor Erika Wilson

Assistant Dean Marsha Ross-Jackson
Assistant Dean Marsha Ross-Jackson introducing the 4th MLK Forum at Chicago-Kent College of Law

On  January 24, 2019, Chicago-Kent hosted the 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Forum sponsored by the law school’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Multiculturalism & Professional Development as well as several faculty committees, departments, and student organizations.

Erika K. Wilson, Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy & Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, was the featured speaker, presenting a talk titled “Legal Racism:  How Inequities Created by the Law Can Be Eliminated by the Law.”

After Professor Wilson’s discussion, other panelists gave their perspectives on the impact of legal racism in finance, education reform, and housing policy. An open question and answer session followed that addressed specific examples, terms, and trends from the presentation and the speaker discussion. 

You can find the full videos of the event on our YouTube channel, or view individual videos with the slides and the different speakers and questions in a playlist or our recap below: Continue reading “Event Recap: 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Forum with Professor Erika Wilson”

ACLU-IL Civil Liberties Mayoral Forum at Chicago-Kent

Dean Harold J. Krent introducing ACLU-IL Mayoral Forum
Dean Krent welcomes attendees
On January 18, the ACLU of Illinois invited candidates for the 2019 Chicago mayoral election to attend a forum to discuss the impact they would have as mayor on civil liberties and basic freedoms in Chicago.

Dean Krent thanked the ACLU-IL for hosting the event and commended everyone in the packed auditorium for attending on a cold night.

Amanda Vinicky moderating ACLU-IL Mayoral Forum
Amanda Vinicky, forum moderator
Six candidates participated in the live forum: Amara Enyia, La Shawn Ford, John Kozlar, Lori Lightfoot, Toni Preckwinkle, and Paul Vallas. Other candidates sent their responses to the ACLU-IL questionnaire but did not attend the forum. WTTW  correspondent Amanda Vinicky moderated the forum.

ACLU-IL Chicago Mayoral Forum Video

Watch the entire forum video below, or find the questions and links to individual candidate’s responses in the recap that follows. Continue reading “ACLU-IL Civil Liberties Mayoral Forum at Chicago-Kent”

Event Recap: Family Separation

By Victoria Lozano, JD Candidate

On October 16, Chicago-Kent’s ACLU student chapter and the Immigration Law Society partnered to bring together Professor Carolyn Shapiro and Ed Yohnka, the director of communications for the ACLU of Illinois, to discuss misinformation surrounding immigration at our border and the use of family separation as a scare tactic to inhibit immigrants and asylum seekers from entering our country.

Student Leaders & Panelists
Student Leaders & Panelists

Over 40 students and faculty attended the event to hear how the ACLU is challenging the Trump administration and to gather more insight into how the administration plans to handle future immigration issues. Continue reading “Event Recap: Family Separation”

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.

The full video of this event is embedded below, following the discussion section. Continue reading “Event Recap: 3D-Printed Guns and the 1st & 2nd Amendments”

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”

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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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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