"Strategies for Excellence: Law as a Profession 1999"
Law is a profession. One of the responsibilities of a law school - a responsibility that Chicago-Kent takes seriously - is to educate and socialize you to assume your professional responsibilities. To supplement other aspects of its educational curriculum and to reinforce its emphasis on professionalism, Chicago-Kent organized the first Law as a Profession program in 1995. Each year since then, all law school classes have been canceled one day a year to permit all Chicago-Kent students to attend this one-day program on law as a profession. The program is mandatory for second year students. In 1997, the program won the E. Smythe Gambrell Award from the American Bar Association, recognizing it as a model for other law schools around the country.
The relationship between legal education and professionalism is an important
one. At a recent meeting of the Association of American Law Schools,
the President of the American Bar Association, speaking for practicing
lawyers, and the President of the Association of American
Strategies for Excellence: Law as a Profession 1999 is not something that was dreamed up in an ivory tower; it is an important advance glimpse of the real world. If you engage in it enthusiastically, you will get a sense, not only of the challenges that will confront you after law school, but also of the fun you can have, the power you will have as a change agent and champion of justice, and of the personal fulfillment you can realize.
Workshop on the International Criminal Court and U.S. National Security
Kosovo and Albania Trips
Kosovo, from 14 to 18 December, 1998, as a part of its "Operation Kosovo." The team, building on relationships established during an initial visit to Pristina in October, 1998, assisted the Pristina office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees organize a comprehensive database of conditions and humanitarian needs in the 1400 villages of the region for use by the International Community in Kosovo.
The Kosovo team, comprising Chicago-Kent Dean Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Assistant Dean Charles S. Rudnick, and IIT computer engineering sophomore Patrick A. Wagstrom, assisted the Kosovo office of UNHCR implement the first stages of a comprehensive computerized database which contains detailed information gathered from the most seriously affected of Kosovo's 1400 villages. The database system was designed after team meetings with the UN World Food Program representative, the International Rescue Committee, the United States Information Service ("USIS"), the United States Agency for International Development ("USAID"), the International Committee of the Red Cross and other NGOs.
The team brought hardware for a database/Internet server, and installed it at UNHCR headquarters. The database has information on shelter and destruction of houses, food deliveries, regular and displaced-person population, and is designed to accept security information such as identification of areas with land mines, and places where security incidents have occurred. It is expected that the database will eventually be accessible through the Internet's World Wide Web, both at a mirror site at IIT and locally in Pristina. The International Committee of the Red Cross is expected to have a separate, but compatible, system also visible on the Internet's World Wide Web, which the team will help design over the coming months.
A delegation representing Operation Kosovo from Chicago-Kent College
of Law, Illinois
The team's initial goal was to establish the Operation Kosovo computer network in the Tirana office of the Soros Foundationís Open Society Institute (OSI). Before leaving the team designed and developed the network in Chicago, then transported and installed it in Tirana. At the core of the computer network is a high-end Internet server and an Ethernet hub, which creates an information Intranet in Tirana through six external modems.
The team also connected the Internet server to the World Wide Web through the OSI offices in Tirana. This was accomplished by suing a VSAT 64 Kbms satellite connection.
Finally, the Albania team created and installed a database with the
purpose of tracking critical information about Kosovar refugees in Albania,
including relief services that are provided to the refugees by various
international organizations. This database was designed in cooperation
with the Albanian Office of Refugees, the agency responsible for registering
and providing assistance to refugees in Albania.
Week of January 18, 1999