The Record -- Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

January 26, 1998
Vol. No. XXXII, No. 3
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In this week's Record (in order of appearance)
From the Administration:
   Dean Henry H. Perritt, Jr.
   Professionalism Day
   Student Services
   Financial Aid
   Career Services
   Information Center
   Center for Law and Computers
   Serving Our Society
   Writing Contests
   Employment Opportunities
   Special Notices
From Student Organizations:
   Student Bar Association
   American Bar Association
   Amnesty International
   Chicago Bar Association
   Kent Justice Foundation
   Labor and Employment Law Society
   Sports and Entertainment Law
   Women in Law


Law is a profession. One of the responsibilities of a law school, a responsibility that Chicago-Kent takes seriously, is to educate and socialize you to assume your professional responsibilities. To supplement other aspects of its educational program and to reinforce its emphasis on professionalism, Chicago-Kent organized the first Professionalism Day in 1995. Each year since then, all law school classes have been canceled one day a year to permit all Chicago-Kent students to attend a one-day program on law as a profession. The program is mandatory for second year students. In 1997, the program won the E. Smythe Gambrell Award from the American Bar Association, recognizing it as a model for other law schools around the country.

The relationship between legal education and professionalism is an important one. At the most recent annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, the President of the American Bar Association, speaking for practicing lawyers, and the President of the Association of American Law Schools, speaking for legal educators, agreed on the importance of future lawyers being exposed, while they are still in law school, to some of the issues that will confront them in practice and of law faculties making it clear that becoming a lawyer represents the assumption of important professional responsibilities.

Law as a Profession: Professionalism Day 1998 is not something that was dreamed up in an ivory tower; it is an important advance glimpse of the real world. If you engage it enthusiastically, you will get a sense, not only of the challenges that will confront you after law school, but also of the fun you can have, the power you will have as a change agent and champion of justice, and of the personal fulfillment you can realize.


May 1998 Graduates
A list of students who have submitted Applications for Graduation is posted on the second floor bulletin board. Please review the list to make sure that your name appears exactly as you want it printed on your diploma. If you have not submitted an Application for Graduation to the Registrar's Office, please submit one as soon as possible.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)
Applications for the MPRE exam are available in the Registrar's Office. The deadline for applying for the March 13 exam is February 13, 1998. (Note: The date of the exam was incorrectly listed as March 18 in last week's Record.)



Law as a Profession: Professionalism Day 1998 is coming on Wednesday, February 4! Don't forget that all classes are canceled for ALL students on that day.

To all students who will be attending the program: You are strongly encouraged to come to the program in professional attire, as you would for an interview or professional conference. Now is your chance to break in those new shoes or that tie you got for the holidays! Help us show the many attorneys who have graciously volunteered their time that Chicago-Kent students are consummate professionals. We appreciate your cooperation.

For more information about Law as a Profession: Professionalism Day 1998, check out the bulletin board outside the Career Services Office or our new web site!!! Click here for the site, or look for a link on the top of the Intranet home page. You can find lots of information there, such as a schedule of events for the day and biographies of all of the wonderful speakers who have volunteered their time to speak at the program.


Save the date! - MLER Exam Writing Workshop
On Saturday, February 14, the Minority Legal Education Resources Consortium, a group consisting of representatives from the Chicago-area law schools and bar associations, will host a program on improving your exam writing skills. The program will be held at Loyola University School of Law, 1 E. Pearson, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is open to all students from the Chicago-area law schools. For additional information about the program, contact Ellen Berger.

HELP WANTED: Student Orientation Coordinator
The Student Orientation Coordinator assists the Student Services staff with the planning, organizing, and running of the first week of school for incoming first-year students. This is a paid position and involves approximately 10 hours per week throughout the summer. For more information about the position, please contact Ellen Berger. Application forms are due January 30, and are available on the rack outside of room 544.

Illinois Bar Application Q & A Session - Handouts
Handouts from this session are available on the desk across from room 544. If you have any further questions, please call the Illinois Board of Bar Examiners at 217/522-5917 or contact Ellen Berger for assistance.

Teaching Assistant Office Hours
Teaching Assistants have been assigned to Contracts, Civil Procedure, Property and Justice for the spring semester. TA's are available to help you on a one-on-one basis each week. (If you are unable to meet with your TA during office hours, send them an e-mail to set up an appointment for a more convenient time.)

Corre		IV Ashton (HASHTON)	Mon., 10:40-11:40am (C15)
Gely		Deborah Alexander	Wed., 6:00-7:00pm (155)
Smith (eve.)	Michael Ilagan		Wed., 5:00-6:00pm (370)
Warner		Dan Adelman		Mon., 4:00-5:00pm (C15)

Nance		Jon Casadont		Mon., 5:00-5:50pm (C15)
Sowle		Alyssa Mogul		By Appointment (AMOGUL)

Civil Procedure
Lien		Kathleen Devine		Tue., 11:45am-12:30pm (547)
Steinman	Joe Graham		Tue., 3:15-4:15pm (C15)
Stewart		Jennifer O'Neill	Thur., 2:30-3:30pm (C15)

Deutsch		Tanya Geranios		Wed., 1:15-2:15 pm (530d)
Nance		Mary Kelly		Wed., 10:40-11:40am (C15)
Tarlock		Melanie Mason		Thur., 1:00-1:45pm (C15)
The Weekly Link
Looking for a way to keep up on your favorite team, The Winter Olympics, Super Bowl XXXII, or any other sporting event? This week's links will get you the inside scoop on all this and much more. Visit these sites for the latest scores and updates from around the globe.
ESPN Sports Zone
The Official Super Bowl XXXII site
CNN Worldwide Sports
Guide to the Winter Olympics



Financial Aid Packages for the 1998-99 school year are available for pick-up for all students. Please remember, in order to complete your 1998-99 financial aid file, you must submit a Chicago-Kent Institutional Application to the Financial Aid Office and mail in your Renewal FAFSA. If you have not received your Renewal FAFSA form by February 1, 1998, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

If you have any questions concerning your financial aid, please feel free to give us a call at 312-906-5180 or stop by room 230.


Office Closings

The Career Services Office will be closed the following days in preparation and execution of Law as a Profession: Professionalism Day 1998:

    Tuesday, February 3
    Wednesday, February 4
    Thursday, February 5

Counseling Appointments
If you wish to meet with one of our career counselors we encourage you to make an appointment as soon as possible. January and February are peak demand times for appointments and we will be able to accommodate very few walk-in appointments during this time.

To schedule an appointment with Maureen Stimming, Debbi Gutman, Kim Reynolds or Stephanie Rever Chu see LaJuanna Williams at the front desk in room 360 or call 312/906-5200. We look forward to meeting with you!

Office Tours
Come check out the Career Services Resource Center! Find out where to find the job postings, employer files, and more! Sign up in the Program Sign-Up binder at the reception desk in Suite 360 to reserve your spot: tours are limited to 12 students each. Tours will be held each day this week at 12:00 noon and on Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m.

Student Careers Committee Seeks Members
The Student Careers Committee (SCC), a working committee of the Career Services Office, is seeking additional members! You will join our committee's dynamic team of first and second year students in working together with the Career Services staff to increase outreach efforts to the legal community and to fellow students. The committee meets several times each semester to plan programs, organize the annual Jobathon, and work on other projects with our staff.

If you are interested in joining the SCC, please e-mail Charis Runnels, Assistant Director, at CRUNNELS for more information.

Upcoming Career Services Programs

Minority Lawyers' Tips for Law Students:
On Tuesday, January 27, at 12:00 noon in room 590, several attorneys from member law firms of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms will be speaking at Chicago-Kent to students interested in working at large law firms. Hear firsthand from minority lawyers who are involved in their firms' decision-making about who gets an offer and who doesn't; learn what large firm practice is really like; discover what large law firm practice in Chicago may be able to offer you; and find out what you can do to make yourself a better candidate for employment by a large law firm. All are welcome. To register, please sign up in the Program Sign-Up binder at the front desk of the Career Services Office.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshops:
The more you know about your strengths and your working style, the better you'll be able to market yourself to prospective employers and the better you'll perform on the job. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an instrument that can help you recognize your working style and make the most of it.

What exactly is the MBTI? The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a psychometric instrument based on the work of Carl Jung and his theory of personality types. The MBTI helps you identify your behavioral preferences-including how you gather information and how you make decisions. Once you've identified your "type," you have one more piece of information to help you find your ideal work environment, plan an effective job search, and work with colleagues, supervisors and clients once you're on the job.

An important note: the MBTI is not a "test"--there are no right or wrong answers. Nor is it a career interest inventory--it doesn't tell you whether you should be a lawyer, a door-to-door salesperson or the next David Letterman!

We are offering two sessions--one for day students and one for evening students.

Here's what to do:

  1. Make sure you can attend Part One and Part Two of the Myers-Briggs workshop. You must attend both parts of the workshop for it to be worthwhile.
             Part I--Tuesday, February 10, at 12:00 noon in room 580
             Part II--Tuesday, February 24, at 12:00 noon in room 580
             Part I--Thursday, February 12, at 5:00 p.m. in room 580
             Part II--Wednesday, February 25, at 5:00 p.m. in room 570

  2. Sign up for the Myers-Briggs on the sign up sheet in the Program Sign-Up Binder at the reception desk in Career Services no later than Friday, February 6, at 5:00 p.m. Each session is limited to 40 students, so sign up early!

  3. Before Monday, February 9, find a spare half hour to forty minutes of time, and stop by the Career Services Office to complete the MBTI. You must complete the Indicator before the end of the day on February 9 in order to participate. The Indicator must be completed in the Career Services Office -- we cannot allow booklets to leave the office.

  4. Come to the workshop prepared to learn about how you think and how you make decisions. Be prepared for some interactive exercises that will make the MBTI come alive. The MBTI can be a lot of fun, and it can help you see your professors, classmates, and significant other in a whole new way!

Miscellaneous Programs

Law Student Interview Workshop:
If the thought of interviewing makes you nervous, mark your calendar for a workshop you cannot afford to miss! The Young Lawyer's Section (YLS) of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) is sponsoring a Law Student Interview Workshop on Thursday, February 5, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the CBA headquarters at 321 S. Plymouth Court. This is your opportunity to participate in one-on-one mock interviews with practicing attorneys from many different areas of practice and learn strategies for handling difficult interview questions.

The workshop is free for CBA members and $8.00 for non-members (fee includes a one-year CBA membership, worth $8.00). The cost will be $10 at the door for non-members if you don't send your money when you register. Please sign up for the workshop in the Career Services Office, 360. The deadline is Tuesday, January 27, for reserving your interview spot, so sign up today!

Symposium on Career Options for Minority Students in the Securities and Commodities Industries:
The Midwest Office of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) invites all students interested in the securities and commodities industries to attend a symposium on Thursday, February 19, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Northwestern University School of Law. Join Senator Carol Moseley-Braun, Isaac C. Hunt, Jr., SEC Commissioner; Brooksley Born, Chairperson of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission; and other leaders from these industries for an afternoon of panels, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, case studies and refreshments. Advance registration in the Career Services Office is required by Thursday, February 12.

Fifth Annual Mid-America International Law Careers Day:
The International Law Society of the University of Missouri, Kansas City invites all interested students to its Fifth Annual International Law Careers Day, scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 21, 1998 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the UMKC School of Law. The registration fee of $25 is due by February 6, 1998, but will jump to $30 if you register at the door. Pick up Handout #62 for more information.

Are You Leaving Chicago This Summer?

The National Association for Law Placement annually publishes a listing of summer sublets of law students' apartments in cities across the country. If you will need an apartment for the summer, or would like to sublet your own apartment, you can register to be included in the Exchange directory. This directory will be mailed to law schools nationwide in early March.

Registration forms must be received by the NALP office in D.C. no later than February 2, 1998. Late forms cannot be accepted. Pick up Handout #54 for additional information and registration materials.

Other Special Opportunities: Handouts Available in Career Services

1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls: United States Securities and Exchange Commission Summer Volunteer Positions:
The Midwest Regional Office of the SEC (in Chicago) is currently accepting applications for a limited number of openings in its extern program for the 1998 summer term, which will run from approximately May 18 - September 15. Applications must be received by February 28 to be considered. See Handout #68 for more details.

1Ls, 2Ls: American Bar Association Public Service Summer Internship Program:
The ABA's Public Services Division and Law Student Division invite students to participate in their annual Internship Program, which is a unique program designed for law students to engage in an individualized public interest research and writing project over a 10-week summer period. The application, which includes a 3-5 page essay describing the project you would propose for your internship, must be postmarked by January 31, 1998. See Handout #63 for application requirements.

2Ls, 3Ls: Environmental Defense Fund: Internship Program at the Rocky Mountain Office:
The internship program of the Rocky Mountain office of the EDF is searching for qualified students to work on projects related to air quality and water quality in the region. The internships are for 10 weeks, 40 hours per week. Applications are due by February 1, 1998. See Handout #64 for more information.

2Ls, 3Ls: U.S. Department of Justice - Immigration Court:
The United States Immigration Court in Chicago is looking for second and third-year law students to work as interns during this summer. Duties would include pre-hearing preparation involving motions and preparation of bench memoranda; in-depth research and analysis of novel legal issues; and drafting of decisions taken under advisement. Prior knowledge of immigration law is preferred. Interns are expected to work 35-40 hours per week. Applications must be received by February 28, 1998. See Handout #65 for application procedures.


3Ls: Pro Bono Students America Fellowship:
Pro Bono Students America (PBSA), headquartered at New York University School of Law in New York City, is please to announce the availability of the 1998-99 PBSA Fellowship to begin in mid-August, 1998. The PBSA Fellow will be primarily responsible for cultivating and maintaining PBSA's relationship with law-related public service organizations nationwide. For a descriptive list of specific duties, please see Handout #69. Applications are due by February 27, 1998.

1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls: Illinois Women in Government Conference Award:
Illinois Women in Government (IWG) encourages all students interested in local, state, and federal government to apply for paid attendance at the 1998 conference in Springfield on April 15-17, 1998. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 20, 1998. See Handout #71 for application and conference details.

3Ls: Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. NAPIL Fellow:
The National Association for Public Interest Law has approved an application for a NAPIL Partner Fellowship in the East St. Louis, Illinois office of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance; therefore LLLA is now accepting applications from prospective fellows. The Fellow will staff a new program, Project Independence. The fellowship is a two-year position starting September 1, 1998. See Handout #66 for more details about the Project and the fellowship.

3Ls: Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Fellowship:
The LCCRUL, a non-partisan, non-profit organization, is requesting applications for its George N. Lindsay Civil Rights Legal Fellowship. A 1998 graduate will be selected to work with the Lawyer's Committee for a six-month period on a range of civil rights matters. Interested students must submit an application postmarked no later than February 2. See Handout #60 for additional information.

Judicial Clerkships/Interns

1Ls, 2Ls: Internships with Wisconsin Circuit and Appellate Court Judges:
The Wisconsin judicial system is offering law students the opportunity to work as unpaid interns with circuit and appellate court judges throughout the state during the summer of 1998. More than 75 judges across the state wish to participate in the program. Applications will be accepted through May 1, 1998. See Handout #70 for more details. You should also see Professor Vivien Gross for assistance in selecting clerkship opportunities and navigating the application procedures.

2Ls, 3Ls: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia:
Applications are being accepted until February 6 for one-year judicial clerkships with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia beginning Aug. 1999, including four U.S. District Judges in Norfolk, one U.S. Magistrate Judge in Newport News and two U.S. Bankruptcy Judges in Norfolk. In addition, a staff attorney may be hired to handle prisoner petitions. For detailed descriptions and application requirements, see Handout #61. You should also see Professor Vivien Gross for assistance in selecting clerkship opportunities and navigating the application procedures.

2Ls, 3Ls: United States District for the Northern District of Illinois:
Judge Philip G. Reinhard of the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois in Rockford, Illinois, is now accepting applications for a two-year clerkship to begin in August of 1999. Interviews will be in March and April of 1998 in Rockford. See Handout #67. You should also see Professor Vivien Gross for assistance in selecting clerkship opportunities and navigating the application procedures.


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Formbooks Tutorials
Are you looking for a complaint or petition? Do you need a sample will or business contract? Then you should come to this week's tutorial on FORMBOOKS. Using Formbooks is a good beginning for drafting legal documents. The schedule for this week's tutorials, given by members of the reference staff in the Information Center, is posted on the 9th floor bulletin board. You don't have to sign up. Just show up by the Reference Desk at the scheduled times. If you have any suggestions regarding future topics or the times when they are offered, please send them to Lenore Glanz (LGLANZ).

January Information Center Newsletter
Copies of the January 1998 Information Center Newsletter are available in the Information Center. Stop by the Service Desk and pick up a copy.

Westcheck Software
The Information Center has received copies of the software for the latest version of Westcheck, 3.0--both CD and disk versions. Students who need this software should ask for it at the 9th Floor Service Desk.



Student representative lab hours: During lab hours, student representatives are available to answer questions and will be located either in lab 700 or at the tables just outside of lab 700. Lab hours for the week of January 26, 1998, will be as follows:

	Monday		 1:00 - 5:00	Michael Ambroziak   
	Tuesday		10:30 - 5:00	Michael Ambroziak
	Wednesday	 1:00 - 5:00	Michael Ambroziak
As always, 24-hr online technical and research assistance is available by calling 1-800-850-WEST. Questions can also be e-mailed to CBROWN or MAMBROZI.

What's New On Westlaw?:
Westcheck 3.0 is coming this week. It's the new Keycite compatible cite-checking, quote-checking, case-retrieving, timesaving, money-saving, mistake-avoiding software from West Group. Look for it on the network and on CD-Rom at the 9th floor reference desk this week.

New Database Announcements: "More Jurs" were added in December. Joining the American Jurisprudence 2d and New York Jurisprudence 2d databases on WESTLAW are:

New WESTLAW exclusive databases:

Recent Enhancements:
Merit Systems Protection Board decisions are now available in KeyCite. You can now check KeyCite and the Table of Authorities for these decisions and they will appear as citing references in KeyCite results for other cases.


Any student who has completed over 50 hours of volunteer legal or non-legal service last fall is eligible for an SOS certificate. This does not include externs who received credit for their volunteer hours. All eligible students may stop by the SOS office during office hours to fill out the proper form.

The Cook County Public Guardian's Office is currently seeking 2L and 3L students to volunteer at Juvenile Court. The students would assist the attorneys in preparing for trial, researching and writing briefs and memos. Additionally, any 711 eligible student could also assist in the court trial procedures. If you are interested, please stop by the SOS office or contact either Ann Celine or Carolyn.

Office Hours - room 686:

	Monday		 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.	
	Tuesday		 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
	Wednesday	12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
	Thursday	 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
If you are unable to visit SOS during these times, please e-mail either AOHALLAR or CBUNTIN to schedule an appointment.


At the recent annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, Professor Anita Bernstein was elected to the Executive Committee of the Section on Torts and Compensation Systems. Her election insures a continued Chicago-Kent presence on the committee. Professor Richard Wright, the chair of the committee in 1997, will be serving his last year on the committee during 1998.

On January 24, Professor Bernstein presented her paper, "Precaution and Respect," at a conference called "Strategies for Implementing the Precautionary Principle," held at the Wingspread conference center in Racine, Wisconsin. Professor Bernstein explored parallels between environmentalism and sexual harassment law. Conference papers are scheduled to be published as a book later this year.


1998 Academic Year

NOTE: Please stop by room 320D for hard copies of rules and regulations governing all contests.


Professor Joan Steinman is looking for a research assistant to work on matters related to appellate jurisdiction and other procedural questions for articles that she may write. If you are interested, please let her know, JSTEINMA. You can leave a resume and description of your grades in her mailbox or with her in room 835, ext. 65292, or her secretary, Greg Kelson, on the eighth floor. The law school will pay at its customary rate.


The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) is offering scholarships for law students interested in trial advocacy. All applicants for these scholarships must be ATLA members. The following scholarships are currently available:

ATLA Trial Advocacy Scholarship
This scholarship is open to all second- or third-year ATLA Law Student Members. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates a commitment to ATLA and dedication to its mission through extensive involvement in ATLA student chapter activities; expresses a desire to represent victims; exhibits an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy; and shows a financial need for the scholarship. The application deadline is June 1, 1998.

Leesfield/ATLA Law Student Scholarship
Sponsored by Ira Leesfield and ATLA, this scholarship has been established to award $1,000 to a law student for attendance at ATLA's Annual Convention to be held in Washington, DC, July 11-15. This scholarship is available to first- and second-year ATLA Law Student Members. Applicants must submit a statement of financial need, a 500-word essay, and recommendations from a faculty advisor, trial advocacy professor or dean. The application deadline is June 1, 1998.

ATLA Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarships
This is a new scholarship sponsored by ATLA's Minority Caucus. These scholarships are open to all second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American ATLA Law Student Members. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who best exhibit an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy; express a desire to represent victims; demonstrate a commitment to ATLA and dedication to its mission through involvement in an ATLA student chapter and Minority Caucus activities; and show a financial need for the scholarship. Applicants must submit a 500-word essay and recommendations from a faculty advisor, trial advocacy professor, dean, ATLA member or trial lawyer. The application deadline is February 28, 1998.

Detailed information about each of these scholarships is available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.

The Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that it will award a scholarship for the 1998-99 academic year.

The Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship Foundation, Inc., was established in 1994 by the law clerks to the Honorable Harry A. Blackmun, Associate Justice (Ret.) of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Justice's clerks intend it as a perpetual testament to his contribution to American jurisprudence, to his compassion and generosity of spirit, and to the inspiration he has provided to us through example and personal encouragement.

At the discretion of the Foundation, the Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship may be awarded to a student engaged in or about to engage in the pursuit of a Juris Doctor at an accredited law school in the United States. The recipient must also demonstrate academic achievement, financial need, and the potential for making a contribution to society and the legal profession. In addition, because the scholarship will be granted in honor of Justice Blackmun, all other considerations being equal, preference will be given to applicants with a significant tie to the Justice's home state of Minnesota.

Students wishing to be considered for this scholarship should pick up the application form in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230. The scholarship application process includes the scholarship application form, two personal essays, two letters of recommendation (preferably one from a resident of Minnesota and one from a law school professor or dean), undergraduate and law school transcripts.

All materials should be mailed to the Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship Foundation, Inc. no later than June 15, 1998.

Deadline Extended to January 30, 1998
The Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago (BWLA) is offering scholarships to second- and third-year black women law students in the extended Chicago area for 1998. The BWLA is a community service organization that wants to promote and reward a similar interest in community service among future black women lawyers attending law school in the extended Chicago area.

The following criteria will be considered in awarding scholarships: academic record (which may include, but is not limited to, grades, journal and/or moot court participation, experience as a teaching fellow/research assistant), extracurricular activities (with particular emphasis given to service-oriented extracurricular activities), letters of recommendation, financial need, the applicant's essay, and an interview with the BWLA Scholarship Committee.

Two scholarships will be awarded by the BWLA. Although the amounts are not yet determined, the BWLA has historically awarded one scholarship for $2,500, and another for $1,500. The scholarships are intended to help defray the costs of tuition for promising future black women lawyers.

Scholarship applications and additional information are available in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Suite 230. The scholarship application and supporting documentation must be postmarked and mailed to the BWLA no later than January 30, 1998.

The Polish Women's Civic Club, Inc. is a philanthropic organization of American women of Polish descent interested in discovering the richness of their Polish heritage and sharing it with others.

Realizing that education is the main tool for deepening an appreciation of culture and advancing a people, the Club supports educational activities and the personal efforts of Polish American students, male and female, through financial scholarships.

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. must be a United States citizen;
  2. must have one parent of some Polish heritage;
  3. must be a Chicago-area resident enrolled as a full-time student;
  4. must exhibit definite financial need; and
  5. must have acceptable grades
Students wishing to be considered for this scholarship may obtain an application by enclosing a self-addressed stamped envelope and writing to: Therese Brzezinski, Chairman, Education Committee - PWCC, P.O. Box 31967, Chicago, Illinois 60631-0967. The scholarship application must be postmarked by June 30, 1998.

The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) is pleased to announce their 1997-98 Scholarship Program. Two scholarship opportunities are currently available to Puerto Rican and other Latino students who are presently enrolled in law school:

Father Joseph P. Fitzpatrick Scholarship Fund ($1,000 award)
All Latino students attending law school in the United States are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Students must demonstrate financial need as well as a commitment to the Latino community. The scholarship fund's purpose is to support PRLDEF in its efforts to ensure that talented Latino law students have the resources needed to pursue a career in public interest law. Applications for PRLDEF Scholarships must be postmarked and mailed no later than April 30, 1998.

Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA) Scholarship Award ($1,000 award)
All Latino students attending law school in the United States are eligible to apply. PRBA selects recipients based on financial need and academic promise.

All applicants must be candidates for a J.D. degree. LL.M. students are not eligible to apply for these awards.

Scholarship applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230. The same application is used for both awards. The application process includes the scholarship application; law school transcript; one-page resume; a copy of your financial aid award letter; a copy of your most recent tax form (as well as your spouse's, if applicable); a personal statement; and two letters of recommendation.

Applications for PRBA Scholarships must be postmarked and mailed no later than March 1, 1998.



The university recently published a new shuttle bus schedule for the spring semester, effective January 19, 1998. The schedule is similar to the fall; however, there are a few minor changes to the bus run times which were necessary in order to accommodate the IIT Institute of Design which is now located downtown. The new bus schedule is available at the front lobby reception desk and in the student information area on the concourse.


January Social Change
The January Social has been changed from last Thursday to this Thursday, January 29, from 7:00pm - 11:00pm at Jak's Tap (we think). Any questions or comments should be directed to Nick Scarpelli (
NSCARPEL). Nick will post fliers this week detailing the location and outlining directions.

BOG Meeting Change
The first BOG meeting has been changed; it now will take place during the week of January 26. The Finance Committee is still working on a budget proposal. Right now, we are hoping that budgets will be completed and voted on during that BOG meeting. If you have any issues for the agenda, please e-mail SBAQ.

Faculty Meeting
The faculty voted on a measure to require incoming students to own a computer. The reasoning behind the measure is that students can only receive financial aid to purchase a computer if their school requires them to own one. Although I voted against it, the issue was passed by a narrow margin.

Curriculum Committee
The BOG's Curriculum Committee advises the faculty and administration on the students' views regarding what classes should be offered, the quality of final exams given, and the quality of professors and their teaching. If you have suggestions or comments about these subjects, please e-mail Howard Rosenburg (HROSENBU), Curriculum Committee Chair.

If you have any questions about the budget process or reimbursements from last semester, please e-mail Helen Fabisiewicz (HFABISIE), SBA Treasurer.

Law Week
Law Week will begin on Monday, April 13. Please mark your calendars. Any suggestions for speakers or events should be directed to Elayna Pham (EPHAM) or Matt Knorr (MKNORR).

Barristers Ball
Barristers Ball will take place on Saturday, April 18, at the Fairmont Hotel (we hope). Any suggestions for the event should be directed to Ivy Israel (IISRAEL).


  • The ABA helps those who help themselves - take advantage of what the ABA has to offer: The ABA's goal is to improve the legal process, the role of the legal profession, and the law. Take control of your legal career and have an impact on the legal profession -- join the ABA.

    Membership materials are on the Concourse, under the stairs; or contact BMILLER or SBRADY. Membership is $15. Sign up by January 30.

    Amnesty's first meeting of 1998 will be this Tuesday, January 27, at 4pm in room 180. Amnesty will hold elections so this is an excellent time to get involved! We will also be discussing various projects for February regarding human rights in Africa. All members and interested students are encouraged to attend the meeting. If you have any questions e-mail Sita at SBALTHAZ.

    Law Student Interview Workshop 2/5/98:
    If the thought of interviewing makes you nervous, mark your calendar for a workshop you cannot afford to miss! The Young Lawyer's Section (YLS) of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) is sponsoring a Law Student Interview Workshop on Thursday, February 5, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the CBA headquarters at 321 S. Plymouth Court. This is your opportunity to participate in one-on-one mock interviews with practicing attorneys from many different areas of practice and learn strategies for handling difficult interview questions.

    The workshop is free for CBA members and $8.00 for non-members (fee includes a one-year CBA membership). The cost will be $10 at the door for non-members who don't pay when they register. You can sign up for the workshop in the Career Services Office, 360. The deadline is Tuesday, January 27, for reserving your interview spot, so sign up today!

    Law Student Newsletter:
    All members should have received their copy of the winter 1997 YLS Law Student Newsletter. Check it to read all about some of the exciting projects the committee has been working on! Articles by Charis and Ivy are in there, so read it today or check out the web site for the same information.

    Blood Drive Coming in February:
    Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 26! On that day in room 580, Chicago-Kent will host a blood drive as part of the annual CBA/YLS Law Student Blood Drive Competition, which will take place the last two weeks in February. All area law schools will host blood drives during that time, and the school that donates the most pints of blood wins a pizza party for all participants and the honor of housing the traveling plaque that announces the yearly winners! Chicago-Kent WON last year, so let's hold on to our title as champions! Students will get the opportunity to register to donate in the cafeteria in the weeks before the blood drive. Watch the Record for additional details!

    Check out the New Chicago Bar Association Web Site:
    The Chicago Bar Association has launched a great new web site at Check it out today to join the CBA as a law student member for only $8 per year! If you're already a member, don't forget your membership number from your membership card -- you'll need it to access certain secured information for members only. Check it out today!

    If you would like to join the CBA, you can register on-line at under the law student information. If you have any questions, just e-mail either Ivy Israel at IISRAEL or Charis Runnels at CRUNNELS. Thanks!

    ---Ivy Israel, Chicago-Kent CBA Representative & Charis Runnels, CBA/YLS Law Student Committee Chair

    T-shirts with our auction theme will be available at the end of January. Please wear your t-shirts on the following days to advertise the auction: 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, and 3/25. This is a great way to get people interested in the auction, so please wear your t-shirts!

    Spaghetti Dinner - Spring Fundraiser
    Our spring fundraiser will be a spaghetti dinner. We will hold it on the second floor of the Spak on Thursday, February 12, from 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. It will be lots of fun so please come!

    General Meeting - Important Fellowship Information
    Our next general meeting will be on Wednesday, January 28, at 3:00 p.m in room 170 and at 5:00 p.m in room C74 for evening students. This is a mandatory meeting for all members. We will be discussing criteria for Summer Fellowships and auction plans. Please make sure that you attend this very important meeting!

    Bake Sale
    Our next bake sale will be on Wednesday, January 28. We still need a lot of people to bake and to sell baked goods at the following times: 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. If you can bake and/or sell goods, please e-mail Adam Weber (AWEBER). Bake sales are an important part of our Summer Fellowship fundraising so please help out!

    You've heard about attorneys practicing their cases before mock juries to see how the case flies and what the mock jurors pick up on or like or don't like about the attorney's case. Now you have an opportunity to see a real mock trial!!!

    The Labor and Employment Law Society is sponsoring a Mock Trial in the Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom on Wednesday, January 28, 1998, from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. The case involves age discrimination and will actually be tried in Federal Court in the next few weeks. The attorneys will be making opening and closing statements, examining and cross-examining witnesses, presenting evidence, and objecting. Chicago-Kent students will be serving as jurors.

    Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend some or all of the Mock Trial. This is your chance to see how a real trial operates, and you do not have to even leave the building. Look for flyers posted in the Spak and on the Labor and Employment Society Board on the concourse level.

    Welcome back! Our first meeting for the semester will take place on Tuesday, January 27 (tomorrow) at 5:00 p.m. in room C90. We will be discussing upcoming speaker events, conferences and parties. Hope to see you there. If you have any questions, contact Ivy Israel (IISRAEL) or Jim O'Brien (JOBRIEN).

    Welcome back everyone! Here's an update on events scheduled for the rest of the semester: