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Asst. Dean Lydia Lazar

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Headlines for the Week of April 6, 2009

Reminder: Graduate survey and cap and gown order forms due!

Any LL.M.'s that plan to participate in the May 2009 Commencement ceremonies must complete the following:

1. Cap and gown order form (due April 6) found here:
https://www.traditionsusa.com/forms/ChicagoKentCollegeOfLawcapgown.asp

2. Graduate survey (due April 17) found here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=tNgLRzAE7mQZQGBVvzQZdA_3d_3d

Administrative memo #10

Please click here for the newest admin memo.

Summer clerk position at OILP (JD’s only).

The Office of International Law and Policy Development is looking for a part-time file clerk for approximately 10-15 hours per week for the summer.  The position is not open to current LL.M. students.  Please send your resume to Hilary Waldron at hwaldron@kentlaw.edu if you are interested in the position.

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.

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 cgiu.applicant@clintonglobalinitiative.org.

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 www.CGIU.org.

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 JLCR@acadjourn.org 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; http://www.academicjournals.org/JLCR/Instruction.htm

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: http://www.ccm.itesm.mx/internacional/build.html#summer 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 www.law-school.de/summerprogram.html.

European Commission Launches New Guide to Studying in Europe

Study-in-europe.org 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. Study-in-Europe.org also offers an overview of the European higher education system, a guide to applying to European universities, and information about living in Europe.

Please visit us online: www.study-in-europe.org.

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