Chicago-Kent Society of Women in Law

Chicago-Kent Society of Women in Law Women-in-law is an organization that covers a wide range of activities for women at the law school. Like our page to find out about our upcoming events!
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WIL offers mentorship programs, speaker panels, and social and philanthropic opportunities for students at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Although we focus primarily on issues affecting female law students, our organization and the programs that we offer are open to all students, regardless of sex or gender.

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The Professors Perspective Panel was such a great event and we’re so glad so many students were able to attend! We are s...
11/15/2020

The Professors Perspective Panel was such a great event and we’re so glad so many students were able to attend! We are so grateful to have such an amazing group of educators that were willing to share their experiences and wisdom as women in law with everyone

Mr. President and MADAM Vice President ❤️🤍💙
11/08/2020

Mr. President and MADAM Vice President ❤️🤍💙

It has been a difficult time for all of us but even more so for those who are parents and caregivers for children and lo...
11/05/2020

It has been a difficult time for all of us but even more so for those who are parents and caregivers for children and loved ones. WIL has partnered up with Parents and Caregivers of Chicago Kent (PACCK) for a panel event where professors and other faculty with little ones at home will discuss how they have been managing all their responsibilities during this time. This event takes place tomorrow Nov 6 at 4pm.

We are so excited to share our first ever Professor Perspectives Panel, where we will get a chance to hear from 8 of Chi...
10/26/2020

We are so excited to share our first ever Professor Perspectives Panel, where we will get a chance to hear from 8 of Chicago Kent’s incredible female professors as they share their experience as women in law and offer advice for law students. See the link below to RSVP for the event, and don’t forget to submit your questions for the panel!
https://linktr.ee/ckwomeninlaw

Finally, say hello to our Section C 1L Reps, Kim Bernhard & Mairead DeWitt!
10/14/2020

Finally, say hello to our Section C 1L Reps, Kim Bernhard & Mairead DeWitt!

Say hello to our Section B 1L Reps, Renee Kumon & Siri Arends Graham
10/13/2020

Say hello to our Section B 1L Reps, Renee Kumon & Siri Arends Graham

We would like to welcome the newest members to the WIL team, our 1L Representatives!-Kaitlyn Grueter and Haley Zobel are...
10/12/2020

We would like to welcome the newest members to the WIL team, our 1L Representatives!
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Kaitlyn Grueter and Haley Zobel are the Section A Reps

Don't forget to stop by our panel event tomorrow at 5 where you can learn from legal professionals about landing a job d...
10/01/2020

Don't forget to stop by our panel event tomorrow at 5 where you can learn from legal professionals about landing a job during this pandemic. Link to the event here! https://linktr.ee/ckwomeninlaw

Has the coronavirus pandemic left you uncertain about the job market? Join us on Thursday, October 1 for the opportunity to connect with and hear from a panel of legal professionals discussing how to navigate your job hunt during a pandemic. The virtual panel will feature Emily Fess, Avanti Bakane, Malaika Tyson, and Maria Maras with a 45-minute discussion followed by a 45-minute breakout session. We hope to see you there!

It is with great sadness and profound gratitude that the Chicago-Kent College of Law community remembers Supreme Court J...
09/19/2020

It is with great sadness and profound gratitude that the Chicago-Kent College of Law community remembers Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her legacy. While Justice Ginsburg has gained popular recognition for her poignant dissenting opinions as the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, her long legal career was rife with notable accomplishments stemming from her work to secure gender-based equality in the United States.

Justice Ginsburg graduated from Columbia Law School in 1959, and worked for several years as a law clerk and as an academic before co-founding the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union in 1972. Between 1973 and 1976, Justice Ginsburg was successful in five of six oral arguments she presented to the Supreme Court. Her strategy was notably thoughtful—she sought the gradual but holistic destruction of gender-based inequality, accepting cases in which both men and women had been negatively impacted by discriminatory laws and practices.This approach and its profound impact, in hindsight, is emblematic of her lifelong commitment to fighting for liberty and justice in their purest, most inclusive form.

After thirteen years of service as a federal judge for the DC Circuit, Justice Ginsburg was nominated to be the second woman on the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. Her measured approach to building consensus on the Court transformed over time along with the composition of Justices—as the number of liberal and moderate Justices diminished, and the voice of the Court shifted, Justice Ginsburg became a more vocal advocate of adapting Constitutional theory to fit contemporary circumstances.

Some of Justice Ginsburg’s most impactful opinions are below:

In United States v. Virginia, 518 U.S. 515 (1996), Justice Ginsburg led a majority of Justices to strike down the Virginia Military Academy’s long-standing male-only admissions policy, finding that the categorical exclusion of women violated their equal protection under the law.

In Olmsted v. LC, 527 U.S. 581 (1999), Justice Ginsburg again led the majority to conclude that the “unjustified isolation” of people with disabilities constitutes unlawful discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 550 U.S. 618 (2007), Justice Ginsburg issued a dissenting opinion in which she challenged what she saw as an unreasonable expectation that workers facing pay discrimination be able to file a charge within 180 days, as its adverse impact is too insidious and often not easily discovered.

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 573 U.S. 682 (2014), Justice Ginsburg again dissented, finding that a corporation could not justifiably decline to participate in a mandatory insurance scheme covering contraceptive care because of their religious objections.

In 2019, Justice Ginsburg reflected on the following: “I think the genius of our Constitution is what Justice Thurgood Marshall said. He said he doesn’t celebrate the original Constitution but he does celebrate what the Constitution has become, now well over two centuries. That is the concept of ‘We the people’ has become ever more inclusive.” Her dedication to that inclusive notion was steadfast, honorable, and ultimately based in an incredible love for the law.

In the wake of Justice Ginsburg’s death, we wish to continue to honor her legacy as a brilliant jurist, ardent advocate for the historically marginalized, and one of the most powerful liberal voices on the Supreme Court in recent history.

– Chicago-Kent Society of Women in Law

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” We lost the u...
09/19/2020

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” We lost the ultimate woman in law and a powerhouse that paved the way for so many today. A revolutionary icon whose legacy will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ❤️ We will always remember you.

Happy Friday everyone! We will be holding our first general body meeting on Wednesday, Sept 23 at 3pm. We hope to see yo...
09/18/2020

Happy Friday everyone! We will be holding our first general body meeting on Wednesday, Sept 23 at 3pm. We hope to see you there! Link below for the virtual meeting.
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https://linktr.ee/ckwomeninlaw

Has the coronavirus pandemic left you uncertain about the job market? Join us on Thursday, October 1 for the opportunity...
09/14/2020

Has the coronavirus pandemic left you uncertain about the job market? Join us on Thursday, October 1 for the opportunity to connect with and hear from a panel of legal professionals discussing how to navigate your job hunt during a pandemic. The virtual panel will feature Emily Fess, Avanti Bakane, Malaika Tyson, and Maria Maras with a 45-minute discussion followed by a 45-minute breakout session. We hope to see you there!

Meet Chicago-Kent’s Women in Law Executive Board of 2020:Stephanie Hiquiana - PresidentAmy Cmiel - Vice PresidentDonna E...
09/04/2020

Meet Chicago-Kent’s Women in Law Executive Board of 2020:

Stephanie Hiquiana - President
Amy Cmiel - Vice President
Donna Elias - Secretary
Kelby Roth - Treasurer
Morgan Puckett - Mentorship Chair
Erin Monforti & Taylor Shuman - Philanthropy Chairs
Harleen Saroya - Social Media Coordinator
Chloe Bell - Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Liason
Hailee McKie & Madison Wheeler - 2L Reps

Come learn about all the awesome events we will be having this semester! Monday (2/3) at NOON! Room 345.
01/28/2020

Come learn about all the awesome events we will be having this semester! Monday (2/3) at NOON! Room 345.

Reminder: Tonight is Karaoke Night in Morris Hall. Hope to see you all there!
10/14/2019

Reminder: Tonight is Karaoke Night in Morris Hall. Hope to see you all there!

Meet us in room C50!
09/24/2019

Meet us in room C50!

We are so excited for our first meeting of the semester. Bring a friend and tell that friend to bring a friend. We look ...
09/20/2019

We are so excited for our first meeting of the semester. Bring a friend and tell that friend to bring a friend. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Please come out to our first general body meeting of the semester! We will be discussing volunteer opportunities, networ...
09/17/2019

Please come out to our first general body meeting of the semester! We will be discussing volunteer opportunities, networking events, academic support and many more exciting ventures for the semester. Tell a friend to tell a friend! We look forward to seeing you all! 😊

10/10/2018

Bake sale tomorrow (Thursday) from 12-5pm. Bring a donation to support Women in Law and enjoy a variety of cookies, cakes, and pastries!

09/27/2018

First general body meeting today, 1230pm room 520! Learn more about upcoming events, eat baked goods, and get the password to our outline bank!

09/18/2018

Women in Law will have our first General Body Meeting on Thursday, September 27th at 12:30 PM in Room 520. We will be talking about our upcoming events for the year and how you can get involved. There will be baked goods and we will distribute the outline bank password. So stop by, grab a treat, and meet the exec board.

Hey y'all - our combined WIL/Family Rescue Halloween Trivia Night has been moved to accommodate the Cubs playoff games t...
10/17/2017

Hey y'all - our combined WIL/Family Rescue Halloween Trivia Night has been moved to accommodate the Cubs playoff games this week. We'll see you at Derby on Monday, October 23. Since this gives everyone more time to brush up on Halloween trivia, we expect a competition for the ages.

GET PUMPED, FOLKS!

Who doesn’t love trivia?! Exactly. You love it. Everyone loves it.  Come out and support survivors of domestic violence ...
10/10/2017

Who doesn’t love trivia?! Exactly. You love it. Everyone loves it.

Come out and support survivors of domestic violence with Family Rescue and WIL. Only $5 to play AND get in the Halloween spirit!!

04/05/2017

Reminder: Tonight WIL and WBAI are hosting:

Keys to Success: Tips on Advancing your Career in a Healthy Way!

The panel will feature: McDermott Will & Emery partner Andie Kramer, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP partner Karie Valentino, and Jones Day associate Elizabeth Winiarski. Panelists will discuss wealth management, work-life balance, and career development.

The panel starts at 6:00 p.m. in room 370 with a reception to follow in the fifth floor lounge.

Please join WIL and WBAI this Wednesday (4/5) evening for Keys to Success: Tips on Advancing your Career in a Healthy Wa...
04/03/2017
WBAI Panel on Wed. 4/5 at 6 pm, Reception Follows

Please join WIL and WBAI this Wednesday (4/5) evening for Keys to Success: Tips on Advancing your Career in a Healthy Way!

The panel will feature: McDermott Will & Emery partner Andie Kramer, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP partner Karie Valentino, and Jones Day associate Elizabeth Winiarski. Panelists will discuss wealth management, work-life balance, and career development.

The panel starts at 6:00 p.m. in room 370 with a reception to follow in the fifth floor lounge.

Please RSVP for the event here: https://goo.gl/forms/qDs9ZrAMetxcWQS63

Event Address: 565 W Adams St, Room 370, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL 60661 If you have any questions, please contact Jun Qiu ( [email protected]) or Stephanie Gerstetter ([email protected])

11/02/2016

Please join us tomorrow for our Mentorship Reception at 6:00 p.m. in Morris Hall! Even if you didn't sign up for a Women in Law mentor this event is a great networking opportunity! All are welcome!

Drinks and appetizers will be served, and the dress code is business casual.

And don't worry about missing Conviser! The reception is before Conviser, and wristbands go on sale outside the 3rd floor Spak from 5-6 p.m. so you don't have to rush to get a wristband!

We hope to see you there!

10/27/2016

Please join us tonight to watch "No Way Out But One." The Society of Women in Law has partnered with SHALVA and CFLS to screen this documentary which addresses domestic violence issues. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

There will be FREE pizza and FREE soda! Also this event ends right around the time Costumes and Kegs is set to begin tonight so you have extra incentive to stick around!

The screening is tonight (10/27) at 6:00 pm in room 510 -- we hope to see you there!!

10/20/2016

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and for Diversity Thursday Women in Law is offering donuts and coffee in exchange for donations towards breast cancer research!

Please join us this for coffee donuts on the concourse from 9am-11am -- all donations go to a great cause, and you get coffee and donuts out of the deal! Please stop by!

10/18/2016

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Please join us this Thursday (10/20) for coffee donuts on the concourse in exchange for donations going to breast cancer research!

All donations go to a great cause, and you get coffee and donuts out of the deal! Please stop by!

Chicago-Kent Society of Women in Law
09/15/2016

Chicago-Kent Society of Women in Law

09/06/2016

Reminder: our first annual meeting is today at 1pm in room C25!! Free Potbelly! Hope to see you there!

09/02/2016

Welcome to the 2016-2017 year! The Chicago-Kent Society of Women in Law is holding its first annual meeting on September 6 at 1 p.m. in room C25. We're having potbelly for lunch!

Come learn more about WIL and opportunities to get involved in the organization!

07/12/2016

ATTENTION: All 2015-2016 WBAI memberships expired June 30th. To renew your membership, visit the WBAI homepage, login, and select "Join Now" in the top right corner of any website page.

If you're not already a WBAI member, join now! Membership for law students is *FREE*

04/05/2016
Chicago-Kent Student Bar Association

Chicago-Kent Student Bar Association

Wanna get a Job? Want a Barbri Discount Course Certificate?

Attend the WIL and WBAI panel "Networking Boot Camp: Advice to Ignite Your Job Search" TONIGHT at 5:30 in the auditorium!!!

The panel will focus on networking to find a job (hint hint those looking for a summer position or after graduation position). The panel will feature partners, associates, and compliance counsel.

There will be Two (2) $500 Barbri Course Certificates raffled off to attending students who arrive before the start of the panel discussion!!!!

04/05/2016

Hope to see everyone at the WBAI Panel tonight! Barbri is raffling off TWO $500 BARBRI COURSE CERTIFICATES to students who attend!

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565 W Adams St
Chicago, IL
60661

General information

Some of our most popular programs last year included: the mentorship program, which pairs 1L students with practicing C-K alumni and the Spring Ladies' Brunch. Check back often to see what 2017-2018 has in store!

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