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Headlines for the Week of March 23, 2009

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Tuesdays: CASCLE Language Exchange Table 12:00 to 1:00 in room 355

Students can bring a lunch and enjoy a 20 to 30 minute Mandarin lesson, followed
by English language conversation.

March 25: "Milosevic on Trial" film showing at 3pm in room 590

On Wednesday March 25 at 3pm in room 590 the Chicago-Kent Chapter of the UNA USA and the Office of International Law and Policy Development will show MILOSEVIC ON TRIAL, a prize winning documentary film by Michael Chrisoffersen. The film is 69 minutes long and includes highlights from courtroom sessions and interviews with lead prosecutor Geoffrey Nice, Milosevic’s legal advisor Dragoslav Ogjanovic, the court-appointed British barristers rejected by Milosevic and other key players. There is dramatic testimony given during the trial by survivors and eyewitnesses of Serbian Army and paramilitary atrocities, former US and UN officials, and Serbian military and government officials who testify both for the prosecution and the defense.

There will be no charge to view the film.

March 26: CASCLE and APALSA host "Asian Culture Night."

Come mingle, savor foods from across the Pacific Rim.  Learn calligraphy. Observe traditional dance and martial arts performances. Traditional costume will also be on display. Please joing CASCLE and APALSA from 6:00 - 9:00 pm in the 10th Floor Event Room.

April 2: Building Peace in the Pursuit of Justice in Darfur – FREE event at Chicago Cultural Center

On Thursday April 2 from 6:30 pm – 9pm, Ameerah Haq, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan will share her inspiring story of involvement with the United Nations Development Programme. Brief presentations on the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions and Amnesty International’s Darfur
Campaign will also highlight the evening.

The Chicago Cultural Center is located at 78 E Washington St.
Please click here for more information.

April 1: CASCLE panel discussion, "Developing Business as an IP Attorney."

The panel will host three local IP attorneys who will discuss their experience developing business and cultivating client relations. The panel will be from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in room C40. Refreshments will be served.

April 9: CASCLE panel discussion, 'Practicing Law in China vs. Practicing Law in the U.S." 

The panel will begin at 5:30pm and run for approximately an hour, with a thirty minute question and answer period. Altogether there will be a panel of four guest lecturers; two American legal practitioners who have practiced law in China, and two Chinese legal practitioners who have practiced law in the U.S. The panel discussion will focus on the following topics:

1. The public perception of attorneys; namely, what is the purpose of attorneys in the U.S. compared to in China?
2. How does culture influence the legal practice in the U.S. and in China?
3. The differences between practicing a specific field of law in China and the U.S.
4. Aside from a potential language barrier, where does the most difficulty lie in practicing law in China or in the U.S.?

Thomas Stiebel, Jr., Partner, Quarles & Brady, LLP Douglas Tucker, Partner, Quarles & Brady, LLP Ruth Guo, Associate, Mayer Brown, LLP (LLM '06, JD '08) and Danielle Tian, Law Clerk, Foley & Lardner, LLP (LLM '03) will be speaking at the discussion.

There will be light refreshments following the panel discussion.

April 9: “Bird’s Nest--Herzog & De Meuron in China” free film showing at Chicago Cultural Center

0n Thursday, April 9 at 6pm, at the Claudia Cassidy Theatre at the Chicago Cultural Center, the documentary film Bird’s Nest - Herzog & De Meuron in China is  the story of an enthralling architectural journey will be screened. It describes the coming into being of the grand stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games. Bird’s Nest shows the complex and multilayered international engagement required to complete such a large-scale project. It also gives testimony to the influences Chinese culture had on the development of this project. Bird’s Nest shows Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron in action, building this stadium and exploring other projects in China. 

Rolf Achilles, art historian, The School of the Art Institute, will introduce Herzog & De Meuron and their work around the globe. Following the screening, Rolf Achilles and Nancy Hamilton, Principal of ARUP Chicago and collaborating engineer at the Bird’s Nest, will be available for a discussion and Q & A, along with members of the organizing Sister Cities Committees. There is a reception before the fim, at 5:30pm.

Clinton Global Initiative University Outstanding Commitment Awards

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), provides potential source of funding for innovative student service and activism projects through the CGI U Outstanding Commitment Awards. The 2009 Awards are generously supported by the Pat Tillman Foundation and the Wal-Mart Foundation. Together, $400,000 will be distributed to various students and student groups who have made commitments to addressing the world’s most pressing global challenges. Applications will be accepted through April 3, 2009.

The Clinton Global Initiative is an action-oriented platform that seeks to catalyze new partnerships, practices, and initiatives by and among its members that address social and environmental problems. CGI U is a project of the Clinton Global Initiative that seeks to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.

Commitments to Action are the primary mechanisms by which CGI U engages its members to take action. Each CGI U member must make a commitment that is a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on campus, in a local community, or in different parts of the world. Commitments can be made in any of the five CGI U focus areas: Education, Energy & Climate Change, Global Health, Peace & Human Rights, and Poverty Alleviation.

The CGI U Outstanding Commitment Awards will provide recognition and financial support for a select number of CGI U commitments. To apply for the awards, please fill out an Outstanding Commitment Award application here. Applications are due April 3, 2009.

Any questions about the application can be directed to

Feel free to browse the CGI U website for ideas and examples of CGI U Commitments to Action.

For additional information, please visit our website at

April 11: 2nd Annual Chicago Conference on Human Rights

This year's conference, Tools to Bring Global Advocacy Home, will feature Jan Schakowsky as the keynote speaker. Hosted at DePaul University on April 11 from 11am to 4pm, this conference will bring together scholars and
practitioners to discuss the skills and resources employed in effective human rights advocacy.

Please click here for more information.

Council for American Students in International Negotiations (CASIN) official newsletter

To check out VOICES OF THE FUTURE: The Official Newsletter of the Council for American Students in International Negotiations (CASIN), please click here.

Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution (JLCR) call for papers

The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence, and will publish:

·       Original articles in basic and applied research

·       Case studies

·       Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays

We invite you to submit your manuscript(s) to for publication in the Maiden Issue (April 2009). Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript(s) within four weeks of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue. Instruction for authors and other details are available on our website;

Tuition-free summer programs at CK Partner in Mexico 

Chicago-Kent students can participate in tuition-free programs on a variety of subjects at ITESM (Tec de Monterrey) in Mexico. One exciting program which requires fluent Spanish is the Immersion program in Social and Civil Responsibility in Oaxaca, Mexico. Students can combine summer study at Tec with the Fall semester as an student in law. For more information, see their website: and check with Dean Lazar.


Bucerius Summer Program in International Business Law 2009, July 19 to August 15, 2009

This intensive four week program will offer a choice of seven courses and will be complemented by interesting extracurricular activities for the participants to take part in. The courses are worth 1 credit each and students must take a minimum of 3 courses. There are two deadlines for the application to the Bucerius Summer Program 2009. To qualify for the reduced tuition fee, of ˆ1,200, students must submit their application by December 31, 2008. All other applications must be received by April 30, 2009. These successful applicants will be required to pay the full tuition fee of ˆ1,500.

Further information about the Bucerius Summer Program and the application form is available online at

European Commission Launches New Guide to Studying in Europe is a new resource for students interested in studying at any one of the 4,000 higher education institutions in Europe. The website features comprehensive information on universities and available programs in 32 European countries, including Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses, which are innovative cross-border graduate programs offered by consortiums of universities located in at least three different European countries. also offers an overview of the European higher education system, a guide to applying to European universities, and information about living in Europe.

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