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Headlines for the Week of March 3, 2008

March 4: UNA-USA discussion with Professor Perritt about Kosovo

Please join Professor Perritt and UNA-USA's Chicago-Kent chapter on March 4th at noon in room C35 to discuss the recent events in Kosovo and the issues surrounding Kosovo's independence. Non UNA-USA members are welcome to attend. Snacks will be served. For more information, please contact Neha Aggarwal.

March 5: Study abroad information session at 3pm

Interested in studying abroad?  Want more information about Chicago-Kent’s many options for study abroad during both the summer and the semester?  Come to an information session on March 5th at 3pm in room 155 to learn more about the many programs available for study abroad.

Nominate a Student for the Deak Writing Award

The International Law Students Association, in conjunction with ASIL, is currently soliciting nominations for the Deak Award for the 2006 and 2007 calendar years. The Deak Award is a prize provided by Oceana Publications for the best international-law student article in a student-edited law journal. The award honors Francis Deak, a WWII veteran who wrote extensively on international law. The award is the student equivalent of the prize for the best article in the American Journal of International Law.

Students, professors, practitioners or other persons in the legal community  may nominate students for the Deak Award. A student may even nominate his own article. Per award rules, the nominee must have been a student at the time the  article was written, and the article must have been published in a student-edited journal during the 2006 or 2007 calendar year.  All nominations satisfying these criterion will be considered by the awards committee, who will read each article and choose the winning submission. The winner of the 2006 and the 2007 awards will be announced at the 2008 ASIL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in April.

All nominations ( include students name, school, graduation year, article, and article citation)  must be sent to Jill Schmieder Hereau at by March 15, 2008. Any questions about the award may also be directed to this address.

Wanted: Part-time student file clerk for OILP (sorry-- not for current LLM students)

The OILP needs a student file clerk (no current LL.M. students) for approximately 10 to 15 hours a week. Please contact Hilary Waldron at or 312-906-5237 if you are interested.

Important U.S. Income Tax Information for International Students

All international students who were present in the U.S. in Spring and/or Fall 2007, are required to file the U.S. income tax return for the year 2007. For those that worked on OR off-campus, you will be receiving W-2 forms from your employer in order to complete your 2007 tax return.

If you are on F-1 or J-1 and have been in the US for less than 5 years, then you are eligible to use CINTAX, a tax software to assist nonresidents in filing their tax forms.  This software is free of charge for current international students and their dependents. For more information on this service, please click here. After you submit your information, CINTAX will send you a password and more detailed information within the next 2 business days.

Please read through the tax information on our website to guide you based on the forms you may have received and what forms you need to file.  The tax software listed above only assists with filing your Federal tax forms, not your State forms.
If you are currently on H-1B or have been in the US for more than 5 years (and are F-1), then you will be filing as a resident and are therefore not eligible to use the above nonresident software.
Tax filing deadline is April 15, 2008.

“International” Clerkship Opportunity for JD students

From The American Lawyer: "For the hyperambitious, the only federal court clerkships worth striving for are in the chambers of elite judges, acting as way stations on the road to a clerkship on the U.S. Supreme Court. Some choose a different path to clerkship paradise, however, one that leads through courts in the South Pacific. These former U.N. trust territories have legal systems similar to those of the United States. And many invite American law graduates to spend a year or two working in their courts as clerks and counsel" For more information, please click here.

International Bar Association Conference Scholarship Opportunity

This year the Dispute Resolution Section will again award a scholarship to a young lawyer who wishes to participate in the IBA Annual Conference, but is unable to do so owing to financial constraints. The scholarship award for 2008 includes the following:

  • Free registration for the IBA 2008 Annual Conference, 12-17 October 2008, Buenos Aires Argentina.
  • A contribution towards travel costs to the conference.
  • Cover of accommodation costs while attending the conference.
  • Two year's free IBA membership including membership of one LPD Committee and one PPID Constituent.
  • A waiver of either the next IBA Annual Conference registration fee or the registration fee of one of the chosen committees' specialist conferences in 2009.
  • Free membership of the Scholarship Alumni Group.

For further information and criteria for applying for the scholarship please download the Scholarship Application Form here

The deadline for submissions is Monday April 7.

Study abroad program of the month:  Study at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China!

Founded in 1911, Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, offers an LL.M. in Chinese Law.  The program is 25 credits and is a great way to gain invaluable insight into one of the “fastest growing market economies”.  If you would like more information, please contact the Career Services Office.

Rotary International: International peace and conflict resolution seminars

The Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program, a three-month curriculum taught at Chulalongkorn University, is aimed at mid- to upper-level professionals who work in government, non-governmental organizations, private corporations, academia, media agencies and other settings where a working knowledge of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and mediation is important. For more information, please click here.

Serve as a Mentor to an International Student

If you are an upper-level student, consider serving as a Chicago Mentor to help orient one of our international LL.M. students to life in Chicago and the U.S. This pilot program matches 2L, 3L, and 4L J.D. students with new LL.M. students. As a Chicago Mentor, you would be available to answer questions about life in Chicago, public transportation, social events, etc. You could even get together with your mentee for lunch, invite him or her to a party at your apartment or home, or take them to a Chicago neighborhood festival.

If you are interested in being a Chicago Mentor, sent an email to Hilary Waldron ( no later than Friday, February 1, with the following information:

- Your name and email address
- Your year at Kent
- If there is a language that you speak/read/write
- If there is a particular country or area of the world that interests you
- Your age and if you are male or female
- What type of law interests you
- What neighborhood in Chicago (or suburbs) you live in
- Anything else that you think would be helpful in matching you with an international student.



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