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Headlines for the Week of November 06, 2006

Use Your Legal Skills to Fight the Genocide in Sudan

Immediate Opportunity to put your legal research skills to work to help fight the genocide in Sudan: Professor Atuahene is looking for 2-4 students to do some research as part of an intense 3 week project that will be over before final exams.

Background: The people of Illinois got involved in the struggle against genocide in Sudan by unanimously passing the nation's first state divestment legislation-the Illinois Act to End Atrocities and Terrorism in Sudan. Due to the leadership of State Senator Jacqueline Collins, the legislation passed with a wide margin and was signed into law June 27, 2005. However, there is a recent lawsuit challenging a state's ability to prohibit pension funds from investing its dollars in companies that do business with Sudan. The lawsuit was filed by the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC)-a non-profit that represents over 200 multinationals-along with the Board of Trustees for eight down state pension funds and nine pensioners. These people are determined to preserve their ability to invest in Sudan's profitable oil-related businesses although these dollars will be used to continue the massacre. A copy of the Illinois divestment legislation can be found at:

Professor Atuahene is advising State Senator Collins in the lawsuit and needs to the assistance of 2-4 students to do some fact gathering for the case on a volunteer basis. This will be an intense 3 week project that will be over before finals. If interested please email with your resume by Wednesday, Nov. 8th.


Metz program for Spring 2007- spaces still available

There are still spaces available for students who are interested in studying this spring 2007 in France as part of the Chicago-Kent/University of Metz exchange program. The Metz semester starts February 5th, 2007 and concludes with exams in late May. All students who participate will be placed in a summer internship in a European law firm.

There will be 3 courses offered in Metz this spring for our students: European Union Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, and Contracts, Competition and E-Commerce law and Economics, each for 3 credits. To make up a full semester of 12 credits, students will be enrolled in a 3 credit Independent Research Course and will write a paper under the supervision of Dean Lazar or a faculty member chosen by the student. Another option to sustain a sufficient credit load is to take the Intensive Trial Ad program in January, worth 3 credits. Students who select this option will have the Trial Ad credits added to their Fall semester credit load - even if they are already at the maximum of 16, the administration will permit students to register for 19 credits for Fall to accommodate Trial Ad. There is an administrative fee of $2500 to be paid to the University of Metz for this program.

For more information please contact Dean Lazar at

Council on Foreign Relations Academic Conference Call Series

This fall Dean Lydia Lazar will host Chicago-Kent students in a series of hour long conference calls with scholars and experts in pressing foreign policy issues. After speaking briefly about the selected topic, the foreign affairs expert will answer student questions. Students interested in participating in these conference calls should RSVP to Sarah Gillooly at

Council on Foreign Relations Academic Conference Call Series Schedule:

Muslims in Europe
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Speaker: Stéphanie Giry, Senior Editor, Foreign Affairs
Dean Krent’s Conference Room
11:00 a.m.

The Shia Revival
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Speaker: Vali Nasr, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, CFR
Dean Krent’s Conference Room
11:00 a.m.

U.S. Trade Policy: Challenges and Choices
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Speaker: Daniel W. Drezner, Associate Professor of International Politics, Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Room 325
11:00 a.m.

Asia Update
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Speaker: Evans Revere, Cyrus R. Vance Fellow in Diplomatic Studies, CFR
Room 325
11:00 a.m.

Foreign Affairs Author

Thursday, November 9, 2006
Room 325
11:00 a.m.

War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Speaker: Max Boot, Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, CFR
Room 325
11:00 a.m.

Donate Your Used Legal Textbooks

The Circle of Legal Studies, Jatinangor City, Indonesia is seeking donations of law books. As the nation is in transition to democracy, the group would like to participate in promoting equality before the law in their country. The Circle for Legal Studies meets to discuss and explore various issues in Law; however, there is a shortage of Law books in Indonesia.

If interested or for further information, e-mail the Circle for Legal Studies Jatinangor at or write Cricle for Legal Studies, PMII Jalan Jatinangor, Warung Kalda, Jatinangor- Sumedang, Indonesia 45363.

Donated text books can be brought to the Office of International Law and Policy, Suite 320B. A $5 donation is requested to help cover the cost of shipping.

International Internship Program

The ABA Section of International Law offers an International Internship Website. Moeller & Co. is an Argentine law firm specialized and dedicated to provide legal advise for intellectual and industrial property matters throughout Latin America, which includes Mexico and Central America. Moeller & Co. would be delighted to have 2L and recent graduates from Chicago-Kent. This internship provides placements in law firms oversears for the summer. See the link for application information.



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