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

February 9, 1998
Vol. No. XXXII, No. 5
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In this week's Record (in order of appearance)
From the Administration:
   Dean Henry H. Perritt, Jr.
   Assistant Dean Michael Burns
   Student Services
   Financial Aid
   Professionalism Day
   Career Services
   Information Center
   Center for Law and Computers
   Serving Our Society
   Writing Contests
   Employment Opportunities
   Special Notices
From Student Organizations:
   Amnesty International
   Chicago-Kent Tax Society
   Criminal Justice Society
   Kent Justice Foundation
   Women in Law


First Annual State of the Law School Address
On Wednesday, February 18, at 5:00 p.m., I will present a State of the Law School Address to the student body in the Auditorium. I have learned much about the Law School in my six months as Dean, and I look forward to sharing with you my thoughts about the strengths of the Law School, and the challenges we face. After presenting my remarks, I will invite you to respond with questions or concerns you may have and suggestions for how we can build on our strengths and meet our challenges. I look forward to seeing you there.


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! Presentation Skills Workshop
Wednesday, February 25, 3:00-4:00 p.m. & 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Hone your presentation skills and conquer your fear of public speaking! Join the Student Services staff and special guests for a discussion of presentation techniques that can enhance your public speaking skills. Learn how to improve your presentation skills and enhance your performance in the classroom, moot court exercises and job interviews. Keep an eye on the Record for the room number and additional program information!

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 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 information about the program, contact Ellen Berger.

Teaching Assistant Office Hours
Teaching Assistants have been assigned to for all first year courses. 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.

Student Resource Library
Before you stock up on commercial outlines and supplemental texts for this semester, peruse the materials in the Student Resource Library. We have a wide array of first year books and a selection of materials for upper-level courses as well. To view SRL materials, visit Chris Matheny in room 544. All books are available for one week check out.

The Weekly Link
Looking for the perfect gift for Valentines Day? Running short on time? The following sites will provide you with some great ideas just in time for Valentines Day. You can send flowers (virtual or real), greeting cards, and many other unique gifts.

The Vermont Teddy Bear Company

Hallmark Greeting Cards

The Flower Stop- Online Fresh Flowers

Virtual Florist - Virtual and Real Flowers


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.


Thank You to Law as a Profession Participants

Thank you for attending Law as a Profession this year. We hope that the day's themes of professional excellence and diversity in the profession will resonate throughout your time at Chicago-Kent and as you begin your legal career.

Many thanks also to the staff members, faculty, and practitioners whose invaluable contributions made Law as a Profession a success this year! In particular, we would like to thank the following student volunteers for their help:

Kathleen Devine, Andrea Malley, Mandi Urban, Leanne Striegel, Brenda Villarreal, Julia Rodenkirch, Shawn Deggins, Amy Ahn, Margaret Hogan, Kim Schwegel, Brian McKay, Erica Vitsky, Jeff Friedman, Daniel Hronek, Jeremy Pfeifer, Lorena Alvarez, Christopher Campbell, Aloha Mateo, Lawrence Hill, Sharese Shields, Richard Labrador, and Gina Cabay


Upcoming Career Services Programs

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshops:
The MBTI workshops begin this week! Participating in these workshops will provide you an opportunity to recognize or learn more about your strengths and your working style. With this knowledge, you'll be better able to market yourself to prospective employers and better able to perform on the job.

If you've signed up to participate in the Day Session workshops, we'll see you at:

     Part I on Tuesday, February 10, at 12:00 noon in room 580
     Part II on Tuesday, February 24, at 12:00 noon in room 580

Just a reminder: In order to participate in the Day Session Workshops, you must complete the MBTI before the end of the day on Monday, February 9. If you haven't done so, hurry to the Career Services Office. Plan on spending about thirty to forty minutes in the office to complete the instrument.

If you've signed up for the Evening Session workshops, we'll see you at:

     Part I on Thursday, February 12, at 5:00 p.m. in room 580
     Part II on Wednesday, February 25, at 5:00 p.m. in room 570

If you would still like to participate, there are still some spots open in the evening session workshops. However, you must register AND take the MBTI instrument in the Career Services Office, which will take about 20 minutes, by Wednesday, February 11, at 5:00 p.m.

Come to the workshop prepared to learn about how you think and how you make decisions. Get ready 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!

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!

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.

Gaining Legal Experience as an Evening Student:
Evening students are faced with the question of how to develop practical legal experience while working full time. On Tuesday, February 24, at 5:00 p.m. in the Auditorium, the Career Services Office Staff will address the special challenges faced by evening students, share practical strategies for gaining legal experience, and suggest ways to devise a career transition plan that will work for you. Please sign up in the Program Sign-Up Binder in the Career Services Office if you plan to attend.

Miscellaneous Programs

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)'s Diversity 2000 Dinner Series:
The MCCA is a national, non-profit organization which was created to promote the advancement of attorneys of color in corporate law departments by conducting regional and national events that will foster professional development. The MCCA is extending 25 complimentary invitations to law students of color (African-American, Hispanic and Asian) to attend their "Each One Reach One" event which will take place on Wednesday, March 18, 1998 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at the Chicago Marriott Downtown. If you are interested in this opportunity, stop in the Career Services Office to sign up and pick up more information. The sign-up deadline is Friday, February 13, 1998.

Military Recruiter:
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.

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.


2Ls, 3Ls: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
The U.S. EPA's Region 10 Office of Regional Counsel in downtown Seattle, WA is accepting applications for one or two summer 1998 externship position. Externs will be expected to conduct legal research, prepare pleadings and motions in administrative cases, draft legal memoranda, and attend negotiations and meetings. Applications must be submitted on or before March 20, 1998. Handout #76 provides more information.

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.

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 Sept. 1, 1998. See Handout #66 for more details about the Project and the fellowship.

Judicial Clerkships/Interns

2Ls, 3Ls: State of Maine Supreme Judicial Court:
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is accepting applications for one-year clerkships located in several Maine communities and beginning in August 1999. Interviews will be conducted in April 1998. The application deadline is March 13, 1998. For more information, see Handout #77. You should also see Professor Vivien Gross for assistance in selecting clerkship opportunities and navigating the application procedures.

2Ls, 3Ls: State of Maine Superior Court
The Superior Court of Maine is seeking applicants for one-year clerkships beginning in August 1999. Interviews will be scheduled for late May or early June, 1998. The deadline for applications is April 10, 1998. See Handout #78 for details. You should also see Professor Vivien Gross for assistance in selecting clerkship opportunities and navigating the application procedures.

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 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 week's tutorial will be on Administrative Law. The Reference Staff of the Information Center will present the tutorials. They will discuss sources for Administrative Law research and how to locate them. The schedule for the tutorials is posted on the Information Center bulletin board, and you don't have to sign up for them. Each session will last about 20 minutes, or less, 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).

Students are reminded not to leave valuables unattended in the Information Center. Any personal items such as wallets, purses, briefcases, etc., should be carried with you at all times.

Study Rooms
Conference rooms are available throughout the Information Center, and may be reserved by law students for group study. Students can reserve a study room for one hour per week by signing up at the Service Desk and showing a current student ID. Individuals who are participants in group study sessions are each allowed one hour.


Mandatory Password Change
For security reasons, every six months Chicago-Kent requires that everyone with a network account change their passwords on the network. Shortly, when you login you will see a message telling you that your password has expired and that you will be able to login 4 more times with your current password.

What this means is that you must change your password before you've logged in for a fifth time. With that in mind, here are the guidelines in regards to creating passwords:

The CLC does not keep a record of your password so make sure that you remember it. If you are unable to access the network, stop by Melissa Mooney's desk in Lab 700. For us to reset your password if you fail to change it, you must show up in person and bring photo identification.

Filing Your FAFSA Online Via the Web
Instead of manually filling out and mailing your FAFSA for financial aid next year, you can complete and send in the form over the Internet. It dramatically speeds up the processing of your FAFSA! Here's how you can do it on the network at Chicago-Kent:

    Under the menu option called Student Services, select Financial Aid, then FAFSA On The Web.

    Once you have selected this option, a special encrypted version of Netscape will run and allow you to renew or fill out the FAFSA application.

Reminder About Using Lab Computers
Students have been asking why they are not able to find files they have downloaded to the lab computers. Please remember that you are NOT to save to the C: drive of the lab computers. The CLC periodically reformats the drives to prevent problems. When working in the labs you have the option of saving (1) to a floppy in the A: drive, or (2) to your home directory on the H: drive.


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 9, 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.

February WESTLAW Contest -- Win $25 worth of Vittles!
The February WESTLAW Contest deals with affairs of the heart, or more specifically, affairs of the heart that go awry.

To enter the contest, access the CT-CS database and run a search such as the following:

Then click on the KC icon and Print the KeyCite result to e-mail. Send it to: MAMBROZI@KENTLAW.EDU. The winning entry will receive a $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant.

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.


The Tutor/Mentor Connection needs volunteers. This program provides children with high-quality opportunities during out-of-school time. Activities include developing basic academic skills as well as recreational activities. There are many locations available which are probably near your home, school, and other convenient locations.

Domestic Violence
Life Span is seeking volunteers interested in assisting low-income women who are the victims of domestic violence. A volunteer would assist the staff attorneys, who are Chicago-Kent graduates, with interviewing clients, preparing cases for orders of protection and divorce, and researching issues for an appeal dealing with child removal and custody. In addition, any 3L/711 licensed student could make court appearances regarding hearings for orders of protection and divorce prove-ups.

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.


1998 Academic Year

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


The Office of Admissions is looking for students who are available to work part-time (approximately ten hours per week) to give tours to prospective students and assist with admissions mailings. Shifts may be scheduled in two-hour time blocks, Monday through Friday, and can be tailored to fit your class schedule. The position pays $7.00 per hour. This is an excellent opportunity for both day and evening students who are looking for part-time employment. If you are hardworking, customer-service oriented and would like to work in a friendly, high-energy office, please stop by the Office of Admissions, Suite 230, to pick up an application.

The Law Offices of Daniel Harris and Howard Prossnitz are accepting applications from 1Ls and 2Ls for a part-time clerk position. Students interested in consumer protection and complex litigation are encouraged to apply. Please see the posting in the Career Services Office for details. Resumes should be faxed to 312-960-1804 Attn: Brandy Sargent.


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 materials include 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), and undergraduate and law school transcripts.

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

To commemorate its 100th anniversary in 1987, the firm of Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal of Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama, created with the Alabama Law Foundation, Inc. a scholarship in memory of its founding partners, Edward Harmon Cabaniss and Forney Johnston. The first scholarship was awarded in 1987.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a law student who is a resident of Alabama, is attending an accredited law school in the United States and will be a second year student. The scholarship will cover tuition and books for the second year of law school to a maximum of $5,000. A second place scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded at the committee's discretion. While academic achievement is the key factor in determining eligibility for the scholarship, consideration will be given to other factors such as conscientiousness, dependability, civic involvement, financial need and dedication to the highest ethical standards.

Students wishing to be considered for this scholarship should pick up the application form in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230. The deadline for submitting completed applications and all supporting documents to the Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship Committee is June 5, 1998.

The DuPage County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers is awarding a minimum of one $1,000 scholarship to a law student of Italian extraction who has completed at least one semester of law school.

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, a brief personal statement, a copy of your federal income tax return for the previous calendar year, and a letter of recommendation by a law school faculty member. All applications and recommendations must be received no later than April 1, 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 full time 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 transcripts, 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 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).

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 the second floor 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. in room 547.

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.

The Office of Admissions is looking for enthusiastic students to join the Chicago-Kent Advocates, a student group created to promote Chicago-Kent to prospective students. It's a great opportunity to meet new people, attend events, and perhaps even go on a recruiting trip!

Please join us on Wednesday, February 11, at noon and also at 5:00 p.m. in room 305 to learn more about Chicago-Kent Advocates. Pizza and soda will be served. E-mail Brenna Kelley (BKELLEY) to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you!


Congratulations to the new board members of Amnesty International:
   President: Sita Balthazar-Thomas
   Co-Vice-President: Christine Vouzikas
   Co-Vice-President: Kris Autorino
   Secretary: Binal Joshi
   Treasurer: Erick Farrales

Thanks to all those involved in the African Human Rights teaching project. For those who are not yet involved, there is still time! Just contact Sita Balthazar-Thomas at SBALTHAZ.

We need more people to volunteer to bring food to Amnesty's Bake Sale this Tuesday, February 10! Please e-mail Sita Balthazar-Thomas at SBALTHAZ if you would like to bring food to the Spak on Tuesday.

To celebrate Black History Month, Amnesty will have a movie night on Thursday, February 12, at 4:30 p.m. in room 590. The movie will be on the genocide in Rwanda. Free Pizza!!

Questions? E-mail Sita Balthazar-Thomas at SBALTHAZ or Binal Joshi at BJOSHI.

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. Complimentary food, beer, and soda will be served!

CJS has gone online! Click on our heading to visit our new web page Also, CJS has created an e-mail discussion group. Share your ideas regarding criminal law issues with law students from around the country. See our web page for more information and for instructions on how to join the discussion group. Stay tuned to the broadcast messages and the Record for info on future events. E-mail CRIMJUST with questions.

General Meeting
There will be a meeting in room 170 on Wednesday, February 11, at 3:00 p.m. for day students, and in C-74 at 5:00 p.m for evening students. Please attend!

Auction 1998! VIVA!
The KJF Auction is upon us once again! This year promises to be the best auction ever! Join us Wednesday, March 25, for VIVA! The Seventh Annual Spring Auction! This year, auction items include theatre tickets, vacations and much, much more! Come by to help support public interest law at Chicago-Kent!

The auction is Chicago-Kent's most popular & exciting social event! Don't miss it! Details to follow ... Keep watching the Record for updates.

KJF Auction T-shirts will be available soon! (really!) Watch the Record for details.

Committee members continue to do follow up phone calls. Everyone please e-mail your committee chair. There will be more at next week's meeting about fellowships and auction plans.

Spring Fundraiser
Please join us for a great spaghetti dinner on February 12, from 5-7 p.m. in the Spak!

Secretary Elections:
After elections for the recently vacated position of secretary were held last Tuesday, it appears that we have a tie -- there will be a run-off election this week between Tanya Ashur and Stephanie Benway. Watch your e-mail for the date and time of the run-off election.

Bake Sale:
Our bagel/bake sale last week earned almost $120!!! Thank you to all who baked and those who bought--your generous contributions will help allow us to give a fellowship to one of our members so that they can volunteer at a needy organization this summer.

Spring Conference, March 5 & 6, 1998:
WIL is excited to announce that we will be hosting a conference on Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6, at Chicago-Kent. The conference, entitled "Celebrating 125 Years of Illinois Women in Law: Where We Were - Where We Are - Where We're Going," will honor the 125th anniversary of the admission of women to the Illinois Bar. The first of its kind in the Midwest, this conference is designed to appeal to both students and practitioners. Students from all nine law schools in Illinois as well as throughout the Midwest are being invited to participate. We have received the support of several bar associations in the area, such as the Chicago Bar Association and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois.

The conference starts on Thursday night with a judicial reception from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the 10th Floor Event Room. The reception, hosted by The Decalogue Society of Lawyers, will provide food, beverages, and an opportunity to meet many of the area's judges and practitioners.

Friday will begin with an opening address by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow, continue with several panel sessions focusing on theoretical as well as practical issues facing women in law, and end with an address by Laurel Bellows, immediate past Chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession. The registration fee of $12 ($15 at the door) includes the Thursday night reception, breakfast and lunch on Friday, and admission to all the conference events on Friday. Attendees can also gain admission to the opening night reception at the Harold Washington Library for an exhibit by the Chicago Bar Association's Alliance for Women at a discounted price of $15 ($35 at the door for students/$25 for others). The exhibit, entitled "Bar None: 125 Years of Women Lawyers in Illinois," will profile the first 100 women admitted to the Illinois Bar. Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada, will be the keynote speaker. The reception will also have food and an open bar. See our web page for details!

Conference T-shirts:
To help finance our conference we are selling 100% cotton t-shirts in the Spak during lunch and dinner times on most days. The shirts have a timeline, including pictures, of many of the "firsts" in the history of women lawyers in Illinois. Stop by today to see what they look like!

New Women in Law Web Page:
Check out our new web page for up-to-date information on upcoming WIL events and information about the conference, including registration information and panel topics and speakers. There's a link from the student organization list, or go to

Check out our web site or watch the Record in coming weeks for more details!!!