On February 27, our students hosted an event to kick-start our annual diversity week with a panel of judges, attorneys, professors, and students.
Each speaker shared their professional journey and how they address diversity and cultural competence in the legal field. Students submitted questions in advance for the event and Joanna Martin, president of HLLSA, moderated the panel discussion.
Kim Bailey – Associate Professor of Law, Norman and Edna Freehling Scholar
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.