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Aisha Shotande '17 wins "National Law Review" student writing contest

May 11, 2017

Aisha Shotande, a third-year student at Chicago-Kent College of Law, is a winner of the National Law Review Student Writing Competition for her paper Delivering New Parental Leave in the Trump Era: Can It Be Born?

Aisha Shotande '17 is a winner of the <span class="smallcaps">National Law Review</span> Student Writing Competition for her paper <em>Delivering New Parental Leave in the Trump Era: Can It Be Born?</em>Shotande's winning paper discusses the Trump administration's proposal for six weeks of paid maternity leave for new mothers, compares the proposal to existing paid parental leave programs in U.S. states and abroad, and concludes that New York's recently enacted parental leave policy is the best model for a bill that can pass the Republican-controlled Congress. Her paper has been posted to the National Law Review website at http://bit.ly/2psMGpt.

Shotande is a May 2017 candidate for a J.D. degree with a Certificate in Labor and Employment Law. At Chicago-Kent, she is an associate editor of the Employee Rights & Employment Policy Journal and volunteers at the Self-Help Web Center at the Daley Center. She completed a judicial externship through the law school's Judicial Externship Program with the Honorable Pamela Loza of the Cook County Circuit Court in fall 2015 and was a legal extern at Equip for Equality's abuse investigation unit in spring 2015. She has clerked for the firms of Heitner Legal in Ft. Lauderdale, Gordon & Pikarski in Chicago, and Jones Lang LaSalle in Chicago. She currently works at Elaine Siegel and Associates in Chicago.

Before law school, she spent two years with City Year, an AmeriCorps program, working with low-income communities in Miami. Shotande graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. degree in criminology and anthropology.

Founded in 1888, Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, a private, technology-focused, research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law.

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