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Headlines for the Week of March 29, 2010

Fifth administrative memo for LL.M. and exchange students.

Please click here for Administrative Memo .

April 1: International Career Panel and Luncheon

On Thursday, April 1, 2010, the International Law Student Association, the Immigration Law Society, and UNA-USA are hosting a career panel event and luncheon with a number of panelists from both the private and public legal sectors. The panel tentatively will include:

  • Ashley Huebner - National Immigrant Justice Center
  • Nestor Esparza - Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights
  • Barbara Susman - Susman & Associates, PC
  • Brad Richards - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy
  • Christopher McVety - Silliker
  • Beata Spuhler - Drinker Biddle

The panelists will discuss career opportunities in both the public interest and private sectors in international law and immigration law, advice for law students interested in the field, and much more! All students will have an opportunity to speak with the panelists at the luncheon following the presentations.

The event will take place in Room 370 and will proceed as follows:

  • 10:00AM - Public interest panelists will present
  • 11:00AM - Private sector panelists will present
  • 12:00PM - The program will conclude with the luncheon

Please RSVP to Christopher Bailey Woon at cbaileywoon@kentlaw.edu.

April 8: PEACE, JUSTICE, AND THE RULE OF LAW with Louise Arbour and M. Cherif Bassiouni at the Spertus Institute.

On Thursday April 8 the Chicago Council on Global Affairs presents PEACE, JUSTICE, AND THE RULE OF LAW with Louise Arbour President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Crisis Group, and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, interviewed by M. Cherif Bassiouni, Distinguished Research Professor of Law at DePaul University’s College of Law, and President Emeritus of DePaul’s International Human Rights Law Institute. This important program is part of the CCGA spring 2010 Chicago and the World Forum series, “International Law and Justice: Folly or Fair Play.”

The program will be held on Thursday, April 8th, 2010, at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies (610 South Michigan Avenue). Registration and a cash bar begin at 5:30 p.m., with the discussion beginning at 6:00 p.m., followed by an audience question and answer session. The full announcement, including details on the program and speakers, can be found below, by clicking here, or by visiting www.thechicagocouncil.org.

Chicago-Kent students have been invited to attend this event on a complimentary basis. Please rsvp to Dean Lydia Lazar if you are interested in attending.

Here are a selection of articles by Ms. Arbour:

Louise Arbour and Ayo Obe, "Leaderless Nigeria Could Spin Out of Control," Op-Ed, Financial Times, February 1, 2010

Louise Arbour, "Obama: Keep Aiming High," Op-Ed, International Herald Tribune, December 17, 2009

Louise Arbour, "Keeping West Africa Stable," Op-Ed, International Herald Tribune, November 26, 2009

Louise Arbour, "From Justice to Prevention," Interview in GlobalPost, November 18, 2009

Louise Arbour, "Bosnia's Continuing Chaos," Foreign Policy, November 18, 2009

International Conference on Multiculturalism and Global Community Call for Papers

International Conference on Multiculturalism and Global Community
24-27 July 2010
Tehran, Iran

Culture: Diversity or Integrity

  1.      Multiculturalism and Global Peace
  2.      Asia: Diversity or Unity in Cultures
  3.      Intercultural Dialogue: Approaches and Outcomes
  4.      Media, Communication and Common Good
  5.      Globalization, Religion and Common Good

Islam: New Challenges, New Perspectives

  1.        Islam and the Crisis of Modern Man
  2.        Islam and Other Faiths: Truth or Salvation
  3.        Islam and Woman: Rights and Commitments
  4.        Islam: Traditionalism or Modernism
  5.        Islam and Revivalism: Needs and Necessities
  6.        Islam: Spirituality, Morality and Jurisprudence

Iran: Realities and Appearances

  1.        Iran, Religious State and International Challenges
  2.        Iran and the Middle East
  3.        Iran and New Generation: Gap or Conflict
  4.        Iran and International Society: Contraction or Expansion
  5.        Cultures and Religions in Iran: Heterogeneous or Homogeneous Society

The deadline for submission of abstracts is April 10th. Abstracts must be submitted via email to: conference@mcgc.ir

For more information please follow this link:

http://www.icmcgc.org/index.php?service=65221_1_fa79d291988a53099899e3c59b76b830

Scholarship Possibilities for Studying at Leiden Law School, The Netherlands

On behalf of Leiden Law School we would like to draw your attention to the scholarships that you, your colleagues, students or other contacts may be eligible to apply for, should they consider to study on one of our international LLM. programme. Sources of funding include the University’s LExS programme, the Orange Tulip Scholarship China 2010, the Preasidium Libertatis Scholarship, the Orange Tulip Scholarship Taiwan 2010 and the GarantiBank scholarships for applicants from Turkey.

Details of the above and other scholarships can be found at http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/beurzen-voor-internationale-studenten/ Information

The international LL.M. programmes offered by the Leiden Law School can be found at http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/about/law-and-public-administration/law-for-international-students-and-professionals/

Please note: For many scholarships the deadline is 1 March 2010. The Law School also offers support for applicants who need help with their English. The university’s English language requirements stipulate submission of an official English test result of either IELTS, TOEFL or the Cambridge Proficiency test.

Details of the entry level required can be found on http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/english-language-tests/

(Please note the entry requirement for our English taught master programmes is IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.)

1 April is the official closing date for completion of applications. For those who will need a visa and/or housing this is especially important in order to ensure that your legal documents are ready and housing is guaranteed for arrival. Last but not least, we would like to let you know that Leiden Law School is currently ranked fifth most popular Law programme in the world, on the well regarded LLM Guide for law students: http://www.llm-guide.com/most-popular-llm-programs

We thank you in advance for passing the above information on to interested parties. Yours sincerely, Els Lemaire Sheena Bruce Head – Office for International Education

Email address for correspondence: international@law.leidenuniv.nl

Using a Credit Card to Make Tuition Payments: New Rules went into effect in November, 2009

Starting November 5, 2009, students will be required to make tuition payments through a new system called TouchNet/PayPath. More information can be found here: www.enrollment.iit.edu/bursar/touchnet_announcement.html

Please note that there will be an additional service fee of 2.75% added to your tuition bill once the TouchNet system is implemented. To avoid this charge, you must pay your tuition in full BEFORE November 5, 2009. IIT will be using TouchNet/PayPath for student tuition accounts ONLY. IIT and the law school will continue to use the same credit card processors we have used in the past for all other credit card transactions. Therefore, service fees will NOT be added to general credit card transactions outside of student tuition account payments and we/IIT will continue to accept VISA, MC, Discover and American Express as we have done in the past.

Q: For Fall 2009, can I still use my Visa card to make payments to the Office of the Bursar for my tuition charges?
A: Yes. As long as your account balance is paid in full prior to November 5, 2009. Fall tuition payments made after this date will be made via TouchNet PayPath and will be assessed the 2.75% convenience fee.

Q: After November 5, 2009, how can I make payments to the Office of the Bursar without incurring the additional 2.75% charge?
A: Online electronic check payments will remain available at no additional charge. In addition, personal checks, money orders and cash payments will be accepted in person at the cashier’s office.

* Please note that service fees are not considered to as part of a student’s educational expenses, that is, service fees are not permitted to be added to a student’s budget for consideration of additional financial aid.

Q: Will I be able to use Visa for misc. payments made to the university such as parking services, book store purchases, etc.
A: The university will continue to accept visa payments for service not related to your student account. Please note that students electing to have their parking permit charged to their student account will not be able to use Visa cards to pay this fee.

German stipend supported summer program for 2010

There is a new stipend-supported summer program in Freiburg Germany for law students from the US, Canada and the UK. Detailed information is available at: www.daad.org/page/law. The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Summer Law School offers the unique opportunity to receive intensive legal training at the University of Freiburg, which hosts one of the most prestigious law faculties in Germany. After the one-week seminar, you will spend about three weeks as an intern at a German law firm, court or other legal institution. The Law Summer School placements provide students with the opportunity to work in an international firm or organization, to learn about the daily life of a lawyer, consultant or judge, and to gain confidence in an international environment. Last but not least, the internships are a source of mutual cultural and professional enrichment for both the interns and their hosts.

The program will start on June 14, 2010 with a one-week seminar series on German and European law in Freiburg. After that, students start their individual internships at institutions of their choice.  Eligibility Requirements: To apply for a law internship you must be a law student enrolled at a university in the US or Canada at the time of the internship. Applicants must prove that they have student status at the time of the internship. German language skills are welcomed but are not necessary.  DAAD will provide a scholarship of ˆ650 for the duration of the Summer School. Furthermore, each scholarship holder will receive a lump sum for international travel expenses and a five-day travel card for German Railways. DAAD will also provide health insurance and accident and personal/private liability insurance.

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