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


February 16, 1998
Vol. No. XXXII, No. 6
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In this week's Record (in order of appearance)
From the Administration:
   Dean Henry H. Perritt, Jr.
   Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle
   Registrar
   Assistant Dean Michael Burns
   Student Services
   Financial Aid
   Alumnae/i & Student Relations
   Career Services
   Information Center
   Center for Law and Computers
   LEXIS
   WESTLAW
   Serving Our Society
   Henry C. Morris Lecture
   Faculty News
   Writing Contests
   Scholarships
   Special Notices
From Student Organizations:
   Student Bar Association
   Amnesty International
   Chicago Bar Association
   Chicago-Kent Tax Society
   Criminal Justice Society
   Environmental Law Society
   Family Law Society
   Hispanic Law Student Association
   International Law Society
   Jewish Law Student Association
   Kent Justice Foundation
   Women in Law

FROM DEAN HENRY H. PERRITT, JR.

First Annual State of the Law School Address
As announced in last week's Record, 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 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 hope you will attend.

FROM ASSISTANT DEAN STEPHEN SOWLE

Telecommunications Law and Policy
The first meeting of this course, cross-listed in the law school and the Stuart School, will be on Wednesday, February 25, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:10 p.m. The class will meet in room 370.

FROM THE REGISTRAR

Change of Division
Students who want to change division for the fall 1998 semester must submit a Request to Change Divisions form to the Registrar's Office by Friday, February 27. Division changes will be permitted on a space-available basis. Students who change division will have the lowest registration priority within their starting group for summer and fall 1998 registrations.

FROM ASSISTANT DEAN MICHAEL BURNS

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.


FROM THE OFFICE OF STUDENT SERVICES

Presentation Skills Workshop
Wednesday, February 25, 3:00-4:00 p.m. & 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom

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 for effective public speaking. Learn how to improve your presentation skills and enhance your performance in the classroom, for moot court exercises and on job interviews. The program will be videotaped and may be borrowed for overnight check-out.

Online Orientation Feedback
1Ls -- Think back six months to that August day when you first stepped into this building. What was Orientation like for you? Your feedback is extremely valuable to us as we begin to plan next year's orientation program. Please start to think about these issues and get your opinions ready for our brand new Online Orientation Evaluation. A link to the evaluation form will be posted in next week's Record. Keep an eye out for it and please take a moment to give us your feedback. We look forward to hearing from you!

Teaching Assistant Office Hours
Teaching Assistants have been assigned for all first year courses. Office hour times and room numbers are posted in the Student Services display case on the second floor. Copies of the schedule are also available in 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. To view SRL materials, visit Chris Matheny in room 544. All books are available for one week check out.

The Weekly Link
As the holiday bills start to roll in (and the money starts to roll out!), it is especially important to learn some tips and tricks of the trade for managing your credit and debt. This week's sites are aimed at improving credit, managing finances, and becoming an educated consumer. Check them out for advice on everything from getting the best credit card rates to managing student loan debt.

	Consumer World			http://www.consumerworld.org

	Financial Aid Information Page	http://www.finaid.org

	Consumer Information Center	http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/

	Consumer Literacy Consortium	http://www.emich.edu/public/coe/nice/66ways.html

FROM THE OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID

If you have not already noticed, the Financial Aid Office has undergone a few changes with the staff. The new Director is Joline Weidner and the Assistant Director is Ariana Monroe. Remaining with the Financial Aid staff are Orlando Dallas and Kimberly Caldwell. All of us are happy to be a part of the Chicago-Kent community and welcome the opportunity to help students, staff and faculty in any way we can. Please feel free to stop by Suite 230, or e-mail the Financial Aid Office at FINAID if any of us can be of service to you. Thank you.

FROM ALUMNAE/I & STUDENT RELATIONS

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
Retake pictures for the Class of 1998 composite will be taken here at the law school at the following times:

	Tuesday, March 3	10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
	Wednesday, March 4	 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
	Thursday, March 5	10:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Pictures are free for those who were unable to take them the first time however, there is a $15.00 fee for retakes. Sign up sheets are available in Suite 310.

The proofs from the first round of pictures are now available in Suite 310.

Class Speaker Competition
Congratulations to Alyssa Mogul who has been chosen to be the class speaker!

If you have any questions regarding graduation, please e-mail John Fogarty at JFOGARTY or stop in to Suite 310.

Student Worker
The Office of Alumnae/i & Student Relations is looking for a part-time student worker to serve as receptionist. The time commitment will be 10-15 hours per week. Responsibilities are primarily clerical and will include answering phones, assisting with mailings, data input, filing, as well as various and sundry projects and events. This position is a good opportunity to make some extra money and to network for future jobs. To apply, contact Beth Miller at BMILLER2.

Decalogue Reception
The Decalogue Society of Lawyers and The Decalogue Foundation are sponsoring The Honorable Ilana Diamond Rovner Scholarship Reception to inaugurate the establishment of a student scholarship in the name of Judge Rovner. Judge Rovner, a 1966 graduate of Chicago-Kent, sits on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The reception will take place on Thursday March 26, 1998, in the 10th Floor Event Room. All Decalogue Society members are welcome to attend.


FROM CAREER SERVICES

On-Campus Interviewer:
3Ls interested in school and education law:
The Arlington Heights law firm of Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn is coming to interview 3Ls on Monday, March 9, 1998. They are looking for students interested in school and education law. Preference will be given to students in the top 25% and law review, but this is only a preference: all students interested in this area of law school apply. To apply, please drop off a resume to the front desk of the Career Services Office by 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25. Students will be contacted the first week of March if they have been chosen to interview.

Upcoming Career Services Programs

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshops:
For those of you who signed up for and attended Part I on Tuesday, February 10, don't forget about Part II on Tuesday, February 24, at 12:00 noon in room #580!

Interview Skills to Get You Started:
Does the thought of interviewing make your stomach turn? Do you wonder how a legal interview differs from other interviews? Or how you can prepare for an interview? Are you curious to know what hiring attorneys looking for in new hires? Or how you can 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 the above 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.

Job Researching on the Internet:

"What can I find on the Internet that would assist me in my job search?" "Why should I use the Internet during my job search?" "How can I find what I'm looking for on the Internet?" "What can't I find on the Internet?"

If you've asked the following questions and are eager to find out the answers, join members of the Career Services Office on Tuesday, March 3, at 12:00 noon and Wednesday, March 4, at 5:00 p.m. as they discuss job researching on the Internet. Space is limited, so interested students should register early in the Career Services Office Program Sign-Up Binder. Watch the Record for additional details next week.

Mock Interviews!
Don't miss this opportunity! One of the best ways to prepare for job interviews is to participate in a mock interview session. Career strategist Deborah Gutman will conduct mock interviews in the Career Services Office on the following days:

	Wednesday, March 11 		12:00 noon - 7:00 p.m.
	Thursday, March 12		12:00 noon - 7:00 p.m.
	Wednesday, March 18		12:00 noon - 7:00 p.m.
The half-hour sessions include a videotaped mock interview, playback of the videotape, and a critique of the interview. It is suggested that you bring your own videotape to the interview so you take the tape home to review in its entirety.

Space is limited, so make an appointment soon in the Career Services Office or call (312) 906-5200. You must leave a resume at the reception desk prior to the date of the interview. Please give notice of any cancellation at least 24 hours in advance.

Other Special Opportunities: Handouts Available in Career Services

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.

ISBA Women's Roundtable Luncheon: Effective Speaking Skills:
On Wednesday, March 11, from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. at the ISBA Regional Office (Two First National Plaza, Suite 900), panelists will discuss the ABC's of effective speaking. Cost is $10.00 and advance registration is required. For information and a registration form, see Handout #80.

1998 Pro Bono Students America Law School Workshop and Awards Reception: On March 24, 1998, the PBSA is having its annual workshop and awards reception at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, CA. For information and a registration form, pick up Handout #79.

Scholarships/Fellowships

1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls: National Lawyers Guild Fellowships for Social and Economic Justice: Applications and the listing of the 1998 Summer Projects for the Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowships for Social and Economic Justice, sponsored by the National Lawyer's Guild are now available. The stipend is $2,000 per fellowship for ten weeks of work. Students are encouraged to pursue matching public interest grants to supplement the experience. Applicants can apply for up to three internships listed, but all applications must be postmarked no later than February 28, 1998. See Handout #81 for an application.

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.

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 Project Independence and the fellowship.

Internships/Externships

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 positions. 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.

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 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 1999. Interviews will be in March and April 1998 in Rockford. See Handout #67. You should also see Professor Vivien Gross for assistance in selecting clerkship opportunities and navigating the application procedures.


FROM THE INFORMATION CENTER

[Information Center Home Page]

Tutorial
When entering the Information Center, you will see a large-screen computer directly to your left. This is the ProQuest database, a service which abstracts and indexes articles in over 1000 management, marketing, and business journals. It includes over 350 international journals that provide comprehensive coverage of the global marketplace--in English. This week the Reference Staff will demonstrate ProQuest and discuss its advantages.

The schedule for the tutorials is posted on the 9th floor Information Center bulletin board. Each tutorial will last about 20 minutes, or less. You don't have to sign up for them -- just show up by the Reference Desk at the scheduled times. If you have any comments or suggestions for new topics or a topic you would like repeated, contact Lenore Glanz (LGLANZ). We'd like to hear from you.

Lost and Found Department
If you lose or misplace anything in the Information Center, your items are sent down to the Security Officer's desk in the lobby very promptly. They may be in the lost and found drawer at the Service Desk only briefly. Remember to check with the Security Officer if you lose anything.

ID Stickers
Current registration stickers for your student IDs are available in the Registrar's Office. Your law student ID with a registration sticker for this semester is needed to check out books and reserve study rooms.


FROM THE CENTER FOR LAW AND COMPUTERS (CLC)

HOME PAGE SWEET HOME PAGE

The CLC is proud to announce the availability of home pages to everyone in the Chicago-Kent community! If you are a faculty member, staff member or student, you can now post your own home page that is accessible by anyone on the Internet! Below is important information about posting pages, information about upcoming training classes and documentation, and a link to the bare-bones, how-to instructions.

IMPORTANT NOTICES

There are a few important details you need to be aware of before you begin posting web pages:

[Note: below you will see references to "your home directory" and "your web directory." "Your home directory" is the H:\ drive - if you are used to seeing H:\home\username for your home directory, you will now see that it has changed to simply H:\. "Your web directory" is the subdirectory H:\public.www\]

  1. The pages you post will be governed by the school's forthcoming Acceptable Use Policy. When that policy is finalized, it will be announced for you to read.
  2. Your web site will have a limit of 10 megabytes (MB) - this includes the files in your home directory! In other words, the total of the files in your home directory plus the files in your web directory cannot exceed 10MB.
  3. If you plan on posting web pages, you need to name the main page "index.html". This prevents people from viewing a list of files that are in your web directory. This will be discussed more in the introductory materials and classes.
  4. There will be a page on the Chicago-Kent site that links to every person's web directory whether you post a page or not. This means that if you put files into your web directory, the world will be able to access them, even if you never formally make a web page. If you don't want the world to have access to your files, don't put them in your web directory.
  5. Everything you put in your web directory will be searchable by a search engine we are making available. This means that even if you make an index.html file (see #3 above), someone can use the search engine and find the files that are in your web directory. The important point here is that you should bear in mind that anything you put in your web directory can be accessed by anyone in the world - including potential employers, your teachers, and your classmates!
For the Beginners
If you are new to making web pages, but want to post a page (your resume, for example), we are in the process of developing the support to show you how to publish. We are setting up training classes, making documentation, and gathering lists of Internet sites that can help further your web education.

Classes
We will be holding training classes over the next few weeks to teach the basics you need to know to start publishing your own web pages. After that, we will hold more advanced classes to teach more about web publishing techniques. We request that you e-mail Melissa Mooney (MMOONEY) if you will be attending any of the sessions. You will receive the room assignments directly by e-mail before the sessions. Below is a schedule of upcoming class times:

Instructional Documentation
We will also be drafting documents that explain the basic procedures for publishing using Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, and Netscape Composer. Then we will work on creating documents on more advanced techniques. Also, we will make available a list of web resources for learning more about making web pages.

For Advanced Users
If you feel ready to plow ahead and start making pages, check out the basic instructions and the publishing resources links pages.

For Everyone
As always, if you have any problems or questions, contact Nate Austin (NAUSTIN), Jeff Harrison (JHARRISO), Melissa Mooney (MMOONEY), or Dan Connell (DCONNELL).


FROM THE LEXIS REPRESENTATIVE

LEXIS
Welcome Back!
The LEXIS student representative will hold office hours this week in lab 700 (the large lab inside the library), or at one of the tables outside the lab if lab 700 is fully occupied. Lab hours for the week of February 16:

Monday9:00-11:00 am
Wednesday9:00-11:00 am
Thursday9:00-11:00 am
Saturday10-12:00

Please note that any changes to this schedule will be posted on the LEXIS bulletin board in lab 700.

If you are an evening student, I do apologize for not having evening office hours this semester (on the other hand, if you have questions, you can ask me in class). Please e-mail LEXISQ to set up a meeting time. Additionally, the LEXIS rep is always availble to answer questions via e-mail via LEXISQ.

Passwords
Did you forget your password? Did you update your software and erase it from your hard drive? Not to worry. Send your name and expected graduation date to LEXISQ and we will get your password as soon as possible.

For more information, please visit the LEXIS rep in lab 700 during office hours, or e-mail LEXISQ with your questions. Hope the semester is going well for everyone.


FROM THE WESTLAW REPRESENTATIVE

WESTLAW
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 16, 1998, will be as follows:

	Monday		 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.	Michael Ambroziak   
	Tuesday		10:30 a.m. - 5:00 a.m.	Michael Ambroziak
	Wednesday	 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.	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.


FROM SERVING OUR SOCIETY (SOS)

Tutoring
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.

HENRY C. MORRIS LECTURE IN INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW

On Tuesday, March 10, 1998, at 12 noon in the Auditorium, you are cordially invited to attend the 11th annual Henry C. Morris Lecture in International and Comparative Law. This year's lecture is entitled After Soviet Socialism: Russian Law Since 1993. Our lecturer, Professor Bernard Rudden, will look at the present state of law in the Russian Federation. Drawing on a comparative perspective, and using both previous Soviet and current Western benchmarks, he will concentrate on the country's recent attempts to democratize the state through a Constitution, and to privatize the economy through a civil code. Professor Rudden has been Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Oxford since 1979 and is a Fellow of the British Academy. Formerly, he was Fellow and Tutor, Oriel College, Oxford and University Lecturer. He is an English solicitor and holds the degrees of Ph.D. (Wales), LL.D. (Cambridge), D.C.L. (Oxford), and Honorary LL.D. (McGill).

FACULTY NEWS

Adjunct Professor Vincent J. Samar's new book Justifying Judgement & Practicing Law and Philosophy (1998) is now available through the University Press of Kansas. In that work, Samar shows how to decide very hard cases by appealing to a metatheory that includes a theory of natural law/natural rights. The work also has suggestions for legal education.


Two recent decisions of the Illinois courts relied on Professor Richard Wright's articles explaining and defending the doctrine of joint and several liability (Allocating Liability Among Multiple Responsible Causes: A Principled Defense of Joint and Several Liability for Actual Harm and Risk Exposure, 21 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 1141 (1988), and The Logic and Fairness of Joint and Several Liability, 23 MEMPHIS ST. L. REV. 45 (1992)). In Best v. Taylor Machine Works, 1997 Ill. LEXIS 478; CCH Prod. Liab. Rep. P15,123 (Dec. 18, 1997), the Illinois Supreme Court invalidated the entirety of Illinois' 1995 tort "reform" act. In its discussion (and invalidation) of the legislature's abolition of joint and several liability, the Court quoted from both of Professor Wright's articles and adopted his terminology to distinguish between "joint and several" liability and "proportionate several liability." In Lilly v. Marcal Rope & Rigging, Inc., 289 Ill. App. 3d 1105, 682 N.E.2d 481 (July 14, 1997), the Appellate Court of Illinois for the Fifth District quoted extensively from Professor Wright's 1992 article to explain the significant distinction between defendants' liability to the plaintiff, on the one hand, and defendants' liability to one another (in contribution and indemnity actions), on the other.

On November 28-30, 1997, Professor Wright participated in the Interdisciplinary Workshop on Similarity and Categorisation, in Edinburgh, Scotland. While in Edinburgh, he also met with Professors Neil MacCormick and Zenon Bankowski to discuss future joint projects.

During the first week of February, Professor Wright visited the University of Alabama School of Law, where he made a presentation to the faculty on "The Principles of Proximate Causation."


WRITING CONTESTS

1998 Academic Year

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

SCHOLARSHIPS

ASSOCIATION OF TRIAL LAWYERS OF AMERICA SCHOLARSHIPS
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.

HARRY A. BLACKMUN SCHOLARSHIP
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.

CABANISS, JOHNSTON SCHOLARSHIP
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.

DUPAGE COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE JUSTINIAN SOCIETY OF LAWYERS SCHOLARSHIP
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.

ILLINOIS JUDICIAL COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIPS
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.

POLISH WOMEN'S CIVIC CLUB, INC., SCHOLARSHIPS
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.

PUERTO RICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
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. The 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.


SPECIAL NOTICES

FALL 1998 SEMESTER: EXTERNSHIPS FOR U.S. ATTORNEY NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
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.


JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: SUMMER AND FALL 1998 SEMESTERS
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


THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
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 (room 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.


ORGANIZATIONS

FROM ADAM WEISS, PRESIDENT OF THE STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION
February Social
The February Social will take place on Thursday, February 26, from 7:00 - 11:00pm. The event will be hosted at Mercedes (on Jackson and Halsted), and will include free food and drinks. Thanks to Nick Scarpelli, Social Chair, for his work planning the soiree.

March Social
For those Boy or Girl Scouts out there, who wish to "be prepared," the March Social has been scheduled for Thursday, March 19. While a location has not yet been secured, food and drinks will be served from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Organization Budget Amendments
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 or to Dan Kirschner (DKIRSCHN), Constitution and Bylaws Committee Chair. The final proposal will eventually be published to the students and then voted on by the BOG.

Bar and Gavel Awards
The Bar and Gavel Committee has finished making recommendations for the winter graduates. The BOG will vote on the proposal at its next meeting. 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.

Budget/Reimbursements
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).


AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Thanks to all students, faculty, and members of AI who supported our bake sale on Tuesday, February 10. We made over $120!

Thanks to everybody who attended the video showing of the human rights violations in Rwanda!

For all those people who have been asking about Amnesty International and its goals, the focus of the group, as mandated in the AI international statute, is to "secure the release of prisoners of conscience, ensure fair and prompt trials for all political prisoners, abolish the death penalty, and end political killings and disappearances." Furthermore, AI works independent of any particular government, political, economical, or religous interests.

If you would like to support Amnesty International and become involved, please e-mail Sita Balthazar Thomas at SBALTHAZ. Remember that even if you don't agree with every goal of AI, your participation is valuable! Membership is free and is a great way to get involved with the protection of human rights in the United States and in the world.


CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION
Blood Drive February 26:
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. All area law schools will host blood drives over the following month 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!

Register to Donate Early:
Students will get the opportunity to register to donate in the cafeteria this week and next week before the blood drive. Sign up for a half-hour time to signify when you will be arriving at the blood drive to give blood. The entire process usually takes between 30-60 minutes, depending on how crowded it is. We'd like to keep everything moving evenly so no-one has to wait too long. Sign up for your slot this week!

Volunteers Needed:
If you or your student organization would like to help sponsor the blood drive, we welcome your involvement! We will need people to sit n the Spak to sign up donors over the next two weeks. If you would like to help out, please e-mail Ivy Israel, Chicago-Kent's CBA Representative at IISRAEL.

Check out the New Chicago Bar Association Web Site:
The Chicago Bar Association has launched a great new web site at http://www.chicagobar.org. 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!

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


CHICAGO-KENT TAX SOCIETY
The Chicago-Kent Tax Society (CKTS) will host a social gathering with complimentary refreshments 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! Copies of our current newsletter, membership applications and other information will be available.


CRIMINAL JUSTICE SOCIETY
Our newly created e-mail discussion group now has 80 subscribers from law schools across the country. To name a few, there are law students from Duke, Northwestern, Alabama, Georgia State, and others. There's even somebody from Australia. To subscribe to the list, send an e-mail to LISTPROC. Type whatever you want as the subject, or leave it blank. Type the following in the body of the e-mail: subscribe cjs (your name), Chicago-Kent. Do not use parenthesis. To participate in the discussion, send e-mail to CJS@chicagokent.kentlaw.edu. It's that easy. For more information, click here or contact Jeremy Pfeifer (JPFEIFER). As always, you can e-mail CRIMJUST with questions and comments.


ENVIRONMENTAL LAW SOCIETY
The Program in Environmental and Energy Law (PEEL) is sponsoring a speaking event on Tuesday, February 24, at 11:45 a.m. (watch Record and e-mail for room number). Laurel O'Sullivan of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI) will be speaking about urban sprawl.

Get set for our Spring Social - February 26 at Dugan's in Greektown. The fun starts at 6:00 p.m.!!

Mark your calendar for officer elections on April 17. Candidate statements for those running are due April 13.

EcoTip: RECYCLE!!!!! For Pete's sake, there are recycle bins next to every single trash in the school and people still are blind to them. If you have a can or bottle, PLEASE put them in the proper recepticle. They are there for a reason!


FAMILY LAW SOCIETY
Movie Night!
Come join us for pizza, pop and a movie on Thursday, February 26, at 6:15pm. We will have movie details and location in next week's Record. Stay tuned.

Bake Sale. . .
It's that time again for you to bake up some tasty treats for FLS's Bake Sale. We also need volunteers to help work the "treat" table. If you can help out, please e-mail Mae (MHUNG). The Bake Sale will be held on Tuesday, March 17, in the Spak.

If you would like your name added to FLS's e-mail list, please e-mail Leslie (LBORRE).


HISPANIC LAW STUDENT ASSOCIATION
The Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA) of Chicago-Kent College of Law would like to extend an invitation to the entire Chicago-Kent Community to attend this year's Public Interest Fellowship Banquet. This event is dedicated to raising funds for HLSA's Public Interest Fellowship Fund.

The banquet will take place on Saturday, February 21, 1998, at 6:00 p.m., at Banquets by Biagio, located at 4242 N. Central Avenue, Chicago. The featured speaker for this event is Mr. Hugo Chaviano, Immediate Past President of the Hispanic National Bar Association. Mr. Chaviano will address the issue of affirmative action programs in higher education and their impact upon the legal profession.

Additional highlights for the evening will include music by Isla 809, Rhythm of Chicago's Best Local Band of 1997, and a performance by comedian Paul Saucedo.

Please consider attending what promises to be an educational and entertaining evening. In addition, your attendance will help make the HLSA Public Interest Fellowship Program a continued success.

Tickets will be available for purchase at a ticket table set up outside of the cafeteria. In addition, you may contact Monica Lepe (MLEPE) for individual tickets. We hope to see you all there.


INTERNATIONAL LAW SOCIETY
Our next general meeting will be on February 24, at 12 noon and at 5 p.m. We will be discussing the upcoming conference in Washington D.C., fundraising, future speaker events, and other ILS business. Keep on a lookout for the location.

Officers: Remember... Our next Executive Board Meeting will be on Tuesday, February 17, at 12 noon. Watch out for an e-mail for specific location.

Sweatshirts: We will be starting sweatshirt, T-shirt, and baseball cap sales again on February 16. We need all the help we can get as this is one of ILS's biggest fundraisers. Please sign up to sell them in the Spak whenever you have a free hour or two. All questions can be directed to Krystl Kolojay (KKOLOJAY).

THANK YOU to all of the people that made both our Winter Olympics social and our International Food Festival a success. Hopefully, we can keep up the good work!!


JEWISH LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
The details: Senior Federal District Court Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, Tuesday, February 17, at 12:15 p.m. in room 270. Pizza & beverages will be served.

Rabbi Raizman continues his weekly discussion group in room C15 on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.


KENT JUSTICE FOUNDATION
General Meeting
We will have a general meeting on Wednesday, February 18, at 3:00 p.m. in room 170 and 5:00 in C74. Please attend!

Auction
Viva! Join us Wednesday, March 25, for VIVA! The Seventh Annual Spring Auction! Please continue to do follow-up calls!

Please wear your Viva T-shirts on the following days: February 18 and 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25!! If you did not pick up your T-shirt, please e-mail Ann Celine O'Hallaren (AOHALLAR) or Carolyn Buntin (CBUNTIN) or stop by the SOS office in room 688.

Spring Fundraiser
Thank you for all of the hard work everyone did for the spaghetti dinner!! It was quite a success!


WOMEN IN LAW
Congratulations to Stephanie Benway, the new WIL Secretary for the remainder of the year. Thanks to all of those who ran and voted. Remember that we will be electing the new WIL board for next year in just a few months.

Next Tuesday, February 16, WIL will be holding a general meeting at noon in room 170, and 5:00 p.m. in room 210. We will be discussing the Spring Conference, the practice sessions for 1Ls' moot court competition and the bake sale scheduled for March 3. Please try to attend.