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: Wendy Davis at Chicago-Kent

Texas State Senator Wendy DavisOur 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.

Video:

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Event Recap – Freedom of Choice and Freedom of Speech: NIFLA v. Becerra

On March 6, 2018, three student organizations hosted a panel to discuss the Supreme Court case National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra.

This event was sponsored by the Federalist Society at Chicago-Kent College of Law, The Round Table, and the Chicago-Kent Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

The event featured three panelists:

The panelists shared their perspectives in a discussion on abortion, free speech, Roe v. Wade, and more. Their discussion was followed by an open Q&A with students in attendance.  Missed the event? Find the livestream video, tweets from the speakers, and photos from the event below: Continue reading “Event Recap – Freedom of Choice and Freedom of Speech: NIFLA v. Becerra”

The Constitution and the Trump Presidency

This week Chicago-Kent faculty, students and staff observed Constitution Day 2017 with a panel discussion featuring Dean Harold Krent and Professors Sheldon Nahmod, Mark Rosen and Carolyn Shapiro. Professor Christopher Schmidt moderated the panel discussion and open Q&A following their presentations.

Constitution Day 2017 AudienceThis panel represented the range of constitutional experts at Chicago-Kent. Each faculty member was asked by the moderator to emphasize issues they saw as the most relevant, important, or pressing issues related to the Constitution and the Trump presidency so far.

The full event was video recorded – you can watch it in our YouTube playlist or find the individual videos with summaries and questions below. Continue reading “The Constitution and the Trump Presidency”

Recap: ACS Congressional Forum

The American Constitution Society hosted “Congressional Forum: Holding the President Accountable” at Chicago-Kent on May 31, 2017.  The event featured a fast-paced discussion from a distinguished panel, including Congresswoman Schakowsky, constitutional legal scholars and leaders from the American Constitution Society.

If you weren’t able to attend in person, we’ve gathered the social media coverage and videos from the event here so you can explore the many topics they discussed, from checks and balances to congressional investigations and pushback on executive orders for immigration.

ACSLP Congressional Forum: Holding the President Accountable
Panelists for ACSLP Congressional Forum

Videos

Video of the program has been excerpted by speaker and organized into a playlist, but you can also find the full length video here(You can access the playlist using the three-bar “hamburger” menu in the upper left corner of the video frame below.)

Social Recap

A number of the attendees at this event shared their reactions and photos via Twitter and other social media – you can browse through this Storify list to read their personal recaps:
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May 31 Event: “Congressional Forum: Holding the President Accountable”

The American Constitution Society hosted this program with a distinguished panel to discuss a wide range of topics germane to the Trump administration. These included immigration, separation-of-powers issues with the Russia investigations, the judicial vacancy crisis, and how lawyers can use their law degrees to help address these issues.

Panelists:

  • The Honorable Jan Schakowsky, U.S. Representative for Illinois’ 9th Congressional District – @janschakowsky
  • Caroline Fredrickson, President, The American Constitution Society for Law & Policy – @crfredrickson
  • Aziz Huq, Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law at the University of Chicago
  • Steven Schwinn, Associate Professor & Director, Clinical Programs Professor, John Marshall Law School and Member of the ACS Chicago Lawyer Chapter Board of Advisors – @sschwinn
  • Geoffrey R. Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, Co-Chair of the Chicago Lawyer Chapter Board of Advisors and Member of ACS’s National Board of Advisors – @stone_geoffrey
Moderated by:
  • Amy M. Gardner, Director of Lawyer Chapters, The American Constitution Society for Law & Policy

 

 

Progressive Advocacy in the Age of Trump

The ACS Chicago Lawyer Chapter and the Chicago-Kent College of Law and Northwestern University School of Law Student Chapters hosted a panel discussion on progressive advocacy and activism under the Trump administration.

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