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

February 2, 1998
Vol. No. XXXII, No. 4
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In this week's Record (in order of appearance)
From the Administration:
   Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle
   Professionalism Day
   Assistant Dean Michael Burns
   Student Services
   Financial Aid
   Alumnae/i & Student Relations
   Career Services
   Information Center
   Center for Law and Computers
   Exam Review
   Faculty News
   Writing Contests
   Employment Opportunities
   Special Notices
From Student Organizations:
   Student Bar Association
   Chicago-Kent Tax Society
   Computer Law Association
   Federalist Society
   Jewish Law Student Association
   Kent Justice Foundation


Academic Calendar Reminder
All law school classes are canceled on Wednesday, February 4, for Professionalism Day.


Pass/Fail Election
You may elect to take a course pass/fail by submitting two copies of the Pass/Fail Election Form no later than Friday, February 6, 1998. The deadline will not be extended for any reason. Pass/Fail Election Forms are available in the Registrar's Office; please read the instructions and note which courses are not eligible for pass/fail election. In addition to the courses listed on the form, the following are not eligible for pass/fail election:
     Civil Procedure 2 - Laser
     Criminal Procedure: Adjudicative Process - Rudstein
     Estates & Trusts - Sherman

You must submit two copies of the Pass/Fail Election Form. Make sure one copy is signed by a member of the Registrar's staff and returned to you; keep this copy as evidence of your election. You may revoke an election at any time up to the last day of spring classes.



Mark your calendars! Professionalism Day 1998 is this Wednesday, February 4. Over 30 practitioners will be participating in the program and they are all very excited to have this opportunity to discuss their experiences with you. Please take note of the following important times.


10:00-10:30 a.m.
Check in at the registration table in the front lobby to pick up your program materials. The program will start promptly at 10:30 a.m. in the Ogilvie Auditorium.

3:45-4:30 p.m.
The program concludes with a lively dessert reception in the 10th floor event room.


5:30-6:00 p.m.
Check in at the registration table in the front lobby to pick up your program materials. Come early so you have time to eat your box dinner before the program starts at 6:00 p.m. in the Ogilvie Auditorium.

9:00-9:30 p.m.
The evening program will conclude with a dessert reception in the front lobby.

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.

A complete schedule of Professionalism Day 1998 events is posted on the Career Services bulletin board and on our web site. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Charis Runnels in the Career Services Office. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!


TO:           All Continuing Students

FROM:    Michael S. Burns, Assistant Dean of Admissions

DATE:     Spring Semester 1998

RE:          Critical Information Regarding Merit-based and Need-based Scholarships and Awards

All continuing students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Merit scholarships are based solely on your academic performance at Chicago-Kent and do not require a financial aid application. If you are exclusively interested in merit-based scholarships, you do not need to apply for financial aid.

Chicago-Kent also awards a limited number of financial need-based awards. If you wish to be considered for need-based awards, you must submit the Chicago-Kent Institutional Application and have a Student Aid Report (SAR) on file in the Office of Financial Aid on or before April 20, 1998. Students who do not meet these deadlines will not be considered for need-based scholarships and awards.


Save the date! - MLER Exam Writing Workshop
Saturday, February 14, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Loyola University School of Law.

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 free program on improving exam writing skills. The program will be held at Loyola University School of Law, 1 E. Pearson, and is open to all Chicago-area law students. For additional information about the program and parking information, contact Ellen Berger.

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. Office hour times and room numbers are posted in the Student Services display case on the second floor and copies of the schedule may be picked up from the rack outside of room 544.

The Weekly Link
This week's links celebrate the designation of February as Black History Month. The following pages contain links on many topics including art, history, politics, and literature.

USC Library Black History Month Resources

African American Journey

Writing Black - Literature and history written by and on African Americans

The Universal Black Pages

African-American Mosaic - A Library of Congress Resource Guide


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.


Class of 1998 Graduation Information
The Class of 1998 Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 24, 1998 at 2:30 p.m. at Navy Pier. Chicago-Kent has blocks of rooms reserved at local hotels for that weekend. Stop in to Suite 310 for a list of locations and prices.

Class Pictures
Proofs from class pictures will be available in Suite 310 on February 11, 1998. Retakes for class pictures will be taken on March 3, 4, and 5, 1998, in Suite 583.

Sign up sheets are available in Suite 310.


Office Closings

Don't forget that 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

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.

Note To Current Members: Don't forget about our meeting on Tuesday, February 3, at 12:00 p.m. in the Career Services Office conference room.

Upcoming Career Services Programs

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. (Don't forget that our office will be closed Tuesday thru Thursday this week, so come in Monday or Friday to take the instrument.)

  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!

1L Interview Skills to Get You Started:
How does a legal interview differ from other interviews? How do you prepare for an interview? What are hiring attorneys looking for in new hires? How do you sell yourself effectively?

On Tuesday, February 17, in room 590, at 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, February 18, at 3:00 p.m., the Career Services Office staff will discuss the basics of a legal interview, answer strategy questions and provide resource suggestions to help you prepare for legal interviews. To register, sign up in the Program Sign-Up Binder in the Career Services Office.

Miscellaneous Programs

Gays and Lesbians in the Profession
At John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Ct., at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, the JM Career Services and Gay and Lesbian Law Alliance will be viewing a short video entitled, "Inside/Out: A portrait of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers." Following the video will be a discussion led by members of the legal community. Lunch will be served. RSVP by February 3 to Lori at (312) 987-1402.

Military Recruiters:
The U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps will be at DePaul University School of Law on February 4-6. Interested students should contact Anitra Burkett at DePaul at (312)362-8386. For additional information, please see the Army JAG Corps grey file in Career Services.

The U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps will be on Illinois Institute of Technology's main campus on February 13 for informational interviews. Interested students should contact Erik Friedman of the IIT Career Services at 808-7109 or e-mail him at


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.

Other Special Opportunities: Handouts Available in Career Services

Scholarship for Summer Interns in Communications Positions in Government
The Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation will award stipends to law students from its Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund. In 1998, the Foundation will award at least four $2,500 stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in communications positions with government offices. The application deadline is Friday, March 13, 1998. See Handout #72 for details.

AFL-CIO Minority Outreach Program
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Lawyers Coordinating Committee is undertaking a minority outreach program. The goal of the program is to recruit highly qualified minority law students for paying clerkship positions in union-side law firms and legal departments beginning this summer. A list of LCC law firms and legal departments that have agreed to participate in the outreach program is available as Handout #75. Clerkship candidates should contact the participating firms directly, but must reference "AFL-CIO minority outreach program" in all correspondence.


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 nation-wide. 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 US District Judges in Norfolk, one US Magistrate Judge in Newport News and two US 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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This is the week of Professionalism Day and the Reference Staff of the Information Center is presenting tutorials on LEGAL ETHICS RESEARCH IN ILLINOIS. We will discuss briefly how problems in legal ethics are managed in Illinois and indicate the books which provide background. The schedule for the tutorials is posted on the Information Center bulletin board, and you don't have to sign up for them. Just come to the Reference Desk at the scheduled times. If you have any comments or suggestions on the topics or the schedule, please e-mail them to Lenore Glanz (LGLANZ).

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.

News Articles
News stories of interest to students are posted on the bulletin board to the left as you enter the Information Center on the 9th floor. Look for the caption "In the News...Law, International Relations and Business" and take a few minutes to read an article from papers such as The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal. The bulletin board frequently features newspaper photos of Chicago-Kent students and faculty who are in the news.



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 February 2, 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 here! It's the new Keycite compatible cite-checking, quote-checking, case-retrieving, timesaving, money-saving, mistake-avoiding software from West Group. Pick-up your copy on CD-Rom from the 9th floor reference desk.

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.


Personal Income Tax Exam Review for Professor Chapman
An exam review session will be held on Tuesday, February 3, at 12 noon in room 520. You must attend the review session if you want an individual conference to discuss your exam.


Professor Philip Hablutzel was the lead speaker at a seminar at the Chicago Bar Association on January 26, 1998. The seminar topic was: "Representing the Tax Exempt Organization," and Prof. Hablutzel gave a paper on "Formation, Maintenance, and Governance of Charitable Organizations."


1998 Academic Year

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


Warren Heindl, Professor of Law Emeritus, is looking for a secretary to work 4 to 6 hours per week for about four weeks to help him prepare his tax returns. If you are interested, please send a resume to Barbara Washington, Supervisor of Faculty Secretaries, room 815.


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.

The Illinois Judicial Council is awarding scholarships in the amount of $500 to minority law students. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be enrolled fulltime and rank in the upper half of their law school class or, if the student is entering the first year of law school, must have ranked in the upper half of their most recently completed undergraduate class. All applicants must submit an official copy of their transcript, a current family financial statement, the Illinois Judicial Council Scholarship Application, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and be available to meet with the Illinois Judicial Council scholarship committee.

Students wishing to be considered for these scholarships must pick up an application in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230. The completed application and supporting documentation must be received by the Illinois Judicial Council no later than March 1, 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 its 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. Applications for PRBA Scholarships must be postmarked and mailed no later than March 1, 1998.

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.


Prospective Third-Year Students Only

All prospective third-year students (those who will be in their last two semesters of law school as of fall 1998) who are interested in externing with the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois for the fall 1998 semester, should pick up their applications from Professor Gross in room 617. The primary goals of this externship are to provide the student with the greatest possible exposure to and participation in federal trial and appellate practice and to assist the office in handling its multitude of important cases. Completed applications must be received at the Office of the U.S. Attorney by Friday, February 20, 1998.

Should you be selected by the U.S. Attorney's office to receive law school credit for this externship, you must be enrolled in the law school's Advanced Externship 4-credit-hour program. Those applications will be available in late February. Professor Gross will answer any questions you might have, when you pick up your application.

For Prospective Second- and Third-Year Students With a Minimum 3.2 Grade Point Average

Informational Meeting
On February 17, 1998, at 12:00 p.m. in room 510, there will be a meeting for all students who are interested in externing for a federal appellate, district, bankruptcy or magistrate judge for the summer or fall 1998 semesters. Professor Vivien Gross will describe the kinds of experiences a judicial extern will have in the course of a semester, as well as how to apply. If you are interested in a judicial externship but are unable to attend the meeting, please see Professor Gross in room 617.

A judicial externship enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those legal problems. Depending upon the judge, an extern may have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of a judge and discuss with the judge and the judge's law clerk those legal problems which attorneys face in their profession, and the specific problems which attorneys confront in their courtroom. Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world!

Application Process

ATTENTION First-Year Day Students & Second-Year Evening Students Interested in Labor and Employment Law & All Students Presently Enrolled in the Labor & Employment Law Certificate Program
There will be a meeting with the Certificate Program's faculty on Thursday, February 12, from 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. in room 510. We will discuss the course offerings and requirements for students enrolled in the certificate program and introduce interested students to the program's objectives, benefits and requirements.

Please attend. Pizza and pop will be served. This is your opportunity to catch up on your colleagues' news and gossip, to find out what you need to do to graduate and to hear about the options available for next year!

Any questions, or if unable to attend, contact Professor Malin (906-5056) or Professor Strubbe (906-5288).

On Saturday, January 24, a team of Chicago-Kent students won first place (along with a team from the University of Indiana) in the Midwest Regional Trial Competition. This is the fourth year in a row that a Chicago-Kent team has won the regional competition. The team defeated Loyola in the final round, which was judged by Judge Norgle of the Federal District Court. Team members Lisa Longo, Mark Cumba, and Rick Duffin will now advance to the finals of the National Trial Competition, to be held in San Antonio, Texas, from March 5 to March 7. A second Chicago-Kent team, consisting of Jenni Henley, Judy Martinez, and Ljubica Djordjevic, advanced to the semi-final round at the regional competition. A total of 22 teams from 11 schools participated in the competition. The Chicago-Kent teams were coached by Justice Warren Wolfson, David Erickson, Demetrios Kottaras, Carl Volz, Marcie Thorpe, Dee Brown Lee, and Liz Lienau.

This latest victory follows an impressive showing by a Chicago-Kent trial team at the Tournament of Champions, an annual invitational competition of the best trial advocacy teams in the country. Team members Judy Martinez, Mark Cumba, Ljubica Djordgevic, and Jenni Henley reached the quarter-final round in the tournament, which was held in Los Angeles in October.

The Commentator will be accepting applications for next year's editor-in-chief. The position entails many different responsibilities and duties, but also provides some nice perks. Feel free to contact Jim O'Brien to discuss the position further. Please submit a written statement of why you would like the position and what you would do to improve the paper by February 10, 1998. Statements may be submitted to the Commentator mailbox on 2 or by e-mailing them to COMMENT. There will be an organizational meeting to discuss the next issue on February 10 at 5 p.m. The room number will be announced next week.

Discounted subscriptions for The Wall Street Journal for students, staff and faculty are available from Prof. Hablutzel. Please sign up on the sheet outside his office (#829) or e-mail him (PHABLUTZ) the necessary information: your name, the address you want it sent to, your phone number and your e-mail address.

Full year for $88, half-year for $45, or 15 weeks for $29. He also has the forms for discounted subscriptions for Barrons and for Financial Times.

Winner of Campus Center Design Competition to be announced February 5. Learn who will design the architectural icon of the next century. On Thursday, February 5, President Collens will announce the winner of The Richard H. Driehaus International Design Competition for the new campus center at IIT. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to the announcement and a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the HUB ballroom, Main Campus. The entries will be on display in the form of models and boards.

Five top architects from around the world are vying to build the campus center, to be located across State Street from the modernist buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe. The five finalists are Peter Eisenman, New York; Zaha Hadid, London; Helmut Jahn/Werner Sobek, Chicago/Stuttgart; Rem Koolhaas, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam; and Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, Tokyo.


January Social
Thanks to Nick Scarpelli, Social Chair, for his work planning the January Social at Jak's Tap.

Organization Budgets
I am proud to say that the Finance Committee, chaired by Treasurer Helen Fabisiewicz, was able to pass a budget proposal for the spring semester. The BOG voted on the proposal at Thursday's meeting. If the proposal was passed, there will be copies of the awarded amounts outside C88. Otherwise, a new proposal will be sent to the BOG next week.

If you wish to file an amendment to your organization's budget or to make a special request for funds, please e-mail Treasurer Helen Fabisiewicz (HFABISIE). The new semester brings new funds, so please do not hesitate to ask, even if you already did last semester.

Establishing Organizations
The BOG will propose a bylaw to its constitution regarding the establishment of new student organizations. As it stands, the process is free to change from year to year. Any suggestions or comments should be directed towards Ivy Israel (IISRAEL), Student Organization Committee Chair. The proposals will eventually go to the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

Bar and Gavel Awards
The Bar and Gavel Committee met last week to discuss nominations for the winter graduates. Results will be posted in the Record when the information becomes final. Please contact Andy Stein (ASTEIN), Committee Chair, with any questions or comments.

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. There will be a live band (High Society) and a twenties theme. Any suggestions for the event should be directed to Ivy Israel (IISRAEL).

The Chicago-Kent Tax Society (CKTS) will host a social gathering on Monday, February 16, 1998, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the main lobby of the school. All current as well as prospective members are invited to attend and are encouraged to make suggestions or ask questions regarding the CKTS.

Thanks for all who attended our meeting on the 20th. For those who could not attend due to scheduling conflicts, please e-mail PAFUSO so we can see that our next meeting is at a more mutually convenient time. Members on the CLASS mailing list should have recieved a copy of the minutes. If you did not receive a copy, please send a message to the CLASS secretary Riquel Diniz at RDINIZ.

Upcoming events:
Law and Technology Speaker Series

Federalist Society Student Symposium
The Seventeenth National Symposium on Law and Public Policy will be held at New York University Law School on the weekend of March 6-7, 1998. The topic of the symposium will be "The Revival of the Structural Constitution." The symposium speakers will include several appellate court judges (including the Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook and the Hon. Alex Kosinski) and law professors from around the country. National members of the Federalist Society are eligible for partial travel scholarships. If you are interested please e-mail CPOULSON ASAP. Special room rates may be availible if you respond immediately.

Upcoming events
This semester we intend to have events on health care, Megan's Law and civil committment of sex offenders, and, hopefully, an appellate court judge speaking on judicial activism. Watch the Record for details.

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Every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. in room C15, Rabbi Mordy Raizman of the Chicago Torah Network conducts a weekly discussion series entitled "Introduction to Judaism". The next meeting will be on February 11, and the topic is "The Seven Wonders of Jewish History." It actually sounds interesting.

On Thursday, February 12, there will be a Jewish Law Student/Lawyer reception at Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Scott Turow will not be signing autographs, so don't ask.) There will be plenty of food as a well as a great opportunity to network (yeah right.) The feature speaker is Chicago attorney and Jewish communal leader Maynard Wishner. If you have not received an invite, please look for the details on the JLSA board or e-mail MSCHLAU or HROSENBU for more information (preferably MSCHLAU).

On Tuesday, February 17, at 12:15 p.m., room TBA, JLSA presents Senior Federal District Court Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz. His lectures are great, so come listen. Admission is free.

Please continue to follow-up on letters. This is the final push! Chicago-Kent's biggest social event is rapidly approaching! Auction t-shirts will be in sometime this week. An e-mail will go out letting you know when they have arrived.

NAPIL Leadership Retreat is taking place February 21 and 22 at Northwestern University School of Law . The retreat is an opportunity for student organization leaders and members to learn about fundraising techniques and organizational skills. If you would like more information please contact Douglas Harvath (DHARVATH).