Office of International Law and Policy Development:
News & announcements for the week of
October 25, 2001

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Student Workers Needed

The Office of International Law and Policy Development is looking for students interested in getting involved in this year's upcoming conferences and projects. Opportunities exist to help on conferences involving water resources, internally displaced persons, and anti-corruption efforts in transition economies. Projects underway include a new marketing brochure and work on the Website. If interested please contact:

Lydia Lazar
Assistant Dean for International Law
and Policy Development
312-906-5012
llazar@kentlaw.edu


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Chicago-Kent Signs Exchange Agreement with Tec de Monterrey

On Monday, October 8th, Dean Henry H. Perritt Jr., Professor Howard Eglit, and 3l Christa Garcia, visited the law school of the Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Ciudad de Mexico, commonly referred to as the Tec de Monterrey, which is located in Mexico City. All three agreed that the campus was very impressive, as were the students and faculty at Tec. Tec is very similar to Chicago-Kent in its attitudes towards globalization and technology. Also, all Tec students are required to speak English and there are courses that are taught in English, so opportunities that evolve will not be limited to Spanish speakers.

After the Chicago-Kent delegation met with various university officials, including Dr. Emilio Rabasa, Director of Political Science and the Law Department, as well as several professors, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by both institutions. This agreement provides for exchange programs both for students and professors on various levels, as well as joint research projects, conferences, and seminars. (Dean Perritt was pleased to get this enterprise going by serving as the key speaker at a multi-law school conference held at Tec, at which he spoke on Internet/legal issues).

Possible opportunities for Chicago-Kent students will include: spending a summer, semester, or a year at Tec for J.D. credit, and/or some sort of combined law degree and/or graduate law degree from both institutions. Insofar as Tec students are concerned, they will have comparable opportunities at Chicago-Kent and their participation in the life of our law school should be both an asset to them and to the students and faculty here. Dean Perritt, Professor Eglit, and 3L Garcia are all very excited about this new agreement and the opportunities it will allow for students to gain a better understanding of the Mexican legal system and issues that affect both Mexico and the United States.

The hope is to start the program this coming summer, 2002 at both campuses. If you are interested or think you might be interested in participating in this opportunity, please contact Professor Eglit at heglit@kentlaw.edu or Christa Garcia at cgarcia@kentlaw.edu for more information.

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NEW! Externship at the Mexican Consulate




This fall Chicago-Kent offered its first externship at the Mexican Consulate. 3L and GLAPI staff member Christa Garcia is the first student to participate in the externship and has so far had good things to say: "The work at the consulate is very interesting. The issues we deal with cover a very broad spectrum, including situations such as divorce, education, criminal convictions, cultural awareness in the legal system, and immigration/deportation issues. The perspective from the Mexican Consualte is unique because we do not "represent" people but instead support the attorneys who do, give advice, communicate with the organizations, and sometimes intervene in the form of an amicus. In the short time I have been there, I have learned a lot and I am confident that the overall experience will be an extraordinary one."

If you are interested in doing an externship at the Mexican Consulate, or have questions about the externship or other opportunities involving Mexico or Latin America, please feel free to contact Christa Garcia at cgarcia@kentlaw.edu.


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