|March 2, 1998
Vol. No. XXXII, No. 8
posting to the Record
|In this week's Record||(in order of appearance)|
Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle
Alumnae/i & Student Relations
Serving Our Society
From the Law Offices
Henry C. Morris Lecture
Student Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Computer Law Association
Environmental Law Society
Intellectual Property Law Society
Jewish Law Student Association
Kent Justice Foundation
Phi Alpha Delta
Women in Law
CALI Award Winners for Fall 1997 Semester
A list of CALI award winners accompanies this issue of the Record. The CALI award for academic excellence is given to the student who earns the highest grade in each section of a course. Congratulations to all of the winners. You should feel justly proud of your achievements. The award recipients will be invited to the annual Student Awards Luncheon, which will be held on October 6 (hold the date!). Students' names will appear on the award certificates and in the luncheon program as they appear on the list accompanying this issue; please e-mail me if you want to make any changes. If a section or a course is not listed, the instructor has not submitted the name yet, but we're working on it.
Women in Law Conference: "Celebrating 125 Years of Illinois Women in Law"
The law school will be hosting an impressive array of speakers on March 6 at a conference sponsored by the Chicago-Kent Women in Law student organization. The conference, entitled "Celebrating 125 Years of Illinois Women in Law: Where We Were - Where We Are - Where We're Going," will feature Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow of the Illinois Supreme Court; Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Laurel Bellows, immediate past Chair of the influential ABA Commission on Women in the Profession; and Dawn Clark Netsch, former Illinois Comptroller, legislator, and 1994 gubernatorial candidate. They will be joined by 20 other prominent female attorneys to discuss various theoretical and practical issues that face lawyers today.
All Chicago-Kent students are invited to attend the conference. The registration fee is $12, which includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch and admission to all conference program events. For a schedule of events and more detailed information, please consult the Women in Law section elsewhere in this issue of the Record. Information is also available on the Women in Law web site at http://www.kentlaw.edu/student_orgs/wil/ , or you may contact Audrey Anderson at AANDERSO.
Grade reports for the fall semester were mailed last week. If you have not received your grade report, please stop by the Registrar's Office to verify that your correct address is on file.
On Wednesday, March 4, the MLER Consortium will host a free program on building up your legal experience to make yourself a competitive candidate in today's job market. The program will be held at Northwestern University School of Law from 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m and will feature a panel presentation and breakout sessions with distinguished judges and practitioners from the Chicago-area. All law students are welcome to attend and pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Ellen Berger or Chris Matheny. (We will be organizing a group to travel over to the NU law school together that evening. If you would like to join us, e-mail EBERGER.)
Online Orientation Feedback
1Ls -- The Online Orientation Evaluation is now in place! This is your chance to sound off about your experiences during Orientation. Your feedback and suggestions are extremely valuable to us as we begin to plan next year's orientation program. All responses will be transmitted anonymously. Just click on this link, Orientation Evaluation, and follow the instructions on the survey. We look forward to hearing from you!
Student Resource Library
Reminder: Please return any SRL materials you have had for longer than one week. We are in the process of updating our collection records and these materials need to be cataloged for entry into our new Student Resource Library Database. Student Resource Library materials are available in room 544. If you have any questions, please e-mail CMATHENY.
The Internet is a great source of information, especially when it comes to your job search. This week's sites are aimed at helping you find the job of your dreams (or at least one that will pay the bills)! For more information on this subject, plan to attend "Job Researching on the Internet," a Career Services program to be held this week. See the Career Services section for more information.
Law Firms on the Net http://www.law.indiana.edu/law/v-lib/lawfirms.html Hoover's On-Line http://www.hoovers.com State of Illinois Web Page http://www.state.il.us/
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are You Looking for a Summer Clerk or Attorney Position?
The annual Career Services Jobathon is coming and we need your help! During March 9-11, and April 6-9, student volunteers are needed to help call legal employers to ask if they have clerking or attorney positions available either immediately or for the Summer. Most of the employers have posted positions with us in the past, so it's a fairly easy process. If you volunteer to help make the calls, you're able to see these positions and apply early before we enter them all into our database for the rest of the student body!
The time commitment needed is at least an hour and at most whatever you can do. If interested, please come to the Jobathon Informational Meeting on Wednesday, March 4, 1998, at 3:00 p.m. (Watch next week's Record for the room number). Please e-mail Charis Runnels at CRUNNELS to let her know that you are interested. If you have any questions, please e-mail Charis or stop by the office.
Student Careers Committee Meeting
Members, don't forget about our meeting on Wednesday, March 4, which coincides with the Jobathon Informational Meeting at 3:00 p.m. in room 370. Bring your friends!
Interested in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)?
There are eleven summer internship positions (Paralegal Specialist) available with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5. Please visit their web site at www.epa.gov/region5/jobs for more information, or see Maureen Stimming in the Career Services Office.
Upcoming Career Services Programs
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.
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.
(See listing above under "Are You Looking for a Summer Clerking Position?")
"Building a Set of Credentials to Compete in the Legal Job Market"
On Wednesday, March 4, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Northwestern University, 357 East Chicago Ave., the MLER Consortium will host a free program on building up your legal experience to make yourself a competitive candidate in today's job market. The program will be held at the Northwestern University School of Law from 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m and will feature a panel presentation and breakout sessions with distinguished judges and practitioners from the Chicago-area. All law students are welcome to attend and pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Ellen Berger or Chris Matheny in the Student Services Office.
Other Special Opportunities: Handouts Available in Career Services
1L Minority Students Who Are Permanent Residents of West Michigan:
The Grand Rapids (MI) Bar Association and the Floyd Skinner Bar Association are pleased to announce their 1998 Minority Clerkship Program for 1Ls. This program helps facilitate the placement of first-year minority law students in law firm and public interest clerkships. You MUST be a permanent resident of western Michigan. Applications must be received by March 9, 1998. See Handout #86 for application 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.
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.
1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls: BALIF/NEFIR Summer Fellowship Program:
The National Education Foundation for Individual Rights (NEFIR) cooperates with the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), the San Francisco Bay Area lesbian and gay bar association, to fund internship opportunities for those wishing to gain experience in the area of individual rights litigation, sexual orientation law, direct legal services with people with AIDS/ARC, and other legal concerns to the lesbian and gay community. Applications for the Summer of 1998 are due by March 13, 1998. See Handout #82 for a listing of internships and application information.
3Ls: Fellowships for The Legal Aid Society of New York City, Civil Division:
The Civil Division of The Legal Aid Society of New York City wishes to sponsor third year law students for fellowships in public interest law, such as the Skadden, NAPIL Open Society and Partner Fellowships and Soros Fellowships. They will also consider sponsoring applicants for other fellowship, internship or funded programs. Applicants may develop projects in a wide range of poverty related issues. See Handout #83 for details.
1Ls, 2Ls. 3Ls: State of California Judicial Administration Fellowship Program:
The Judicial Administration Fellowship Program prepares professionals to work in California's complex and changing court environment. Graduate studies in Public Administration complement hands-on experience in the California Judicial Council and the Administrative Office of the Courts. The fellowship is for 11 months; applications must be postmarked April 3, 1998. For additional information, see Handout #84.
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: 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.
1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls: Internships with Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Inc. (FLAC):
FLAC, one of Florida's largest not-for-profit organizations dedicated to protecting and promoting the basic human rights of immigrants of all nationalities, is offering unpaid internship and volunteer opportunities. See Handout #87 for details.
1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls: Graduate and Undergraduate Internships in State Government in Springfield:
There are several internships available through the Illinois state government: application deadlines vary, starting with March 1, 1998. See Handout #85 for details.
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.
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.
The tutorial topic for the current week is how to use the United States Code Congressional And Administrative News, popularly known as USCCAN. The tutorials are being presented by the Reference Staff of the Information Center and the schedule is posted on the 9th floor bulletin board. You don't have to sign up for them; just show up at the Reference Desk at the scheduled times.
If you have any suggestions regarding future topics or the times when they are offered, we'd like to have them. Send them to Lenore Glanz (LGLANZ).
Students who check out books from the Information Center have the option of renewing them for an additional two weeks. The renewal process is made available to students to avoid paying fines for over-due books. When renewing a book, please bring the books back to the Information Center so the new date can be placed in the back of the books. Remember, if you need a book longer than two weeks, renew, don't be overdue!
Food and Drink
Please consume food and drink outside the Information Center. We would like to maintain a clean and pleasant environment for the students studying here at Chicago-Kent. To do this, we need your cooperation.
Monday 1:00 - 5:00 Michael Ambroziak Tuesday 10:00 - 5:00 Michael Ambroziak Wednesday 1:00 - 5:00 Michael Ambroziak Thursday 12:00 - 5:00 Alex Rozman Friday 9:00 -12:00 Alex Rozman Sunday 5:00 - 7:00 Alex RozmanAs always, 24-hr online technical and research assistance is available by calling 1-800-850-WEST. Questions can also be e-mailed to AROZMAN or MAMBROZI.
Keycite Scholar$hip Contest - Who needs to be employed? Look for the posters announcing the upcoming scholarship contest and a chance to make the big bucks.
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.
So You Want to be a Rock-and-Roll Lawyer?
For a practical introduction to starting and running an entertainment law practice, access the Practicing Law Institute database (PLI). Restrict your search to the title field (ti) to read a series of articles on "Development of an Entertainment Law Practice."
Run: ti(develop! /s entertainment)
Association House Legal Services Needs Volunteers
Association House Legal Services (AHLS) provides free legal services to individuals who qualify. AHLS only practices family law, concentrating on orders of protection, adoptions, divorce, name changes, guardianship and other family law issues. AHLS is located at 2150 West North Avenue, and provides services to a large Hispanic community. Volunteers are responsible for interviewing clients, drafting correspondence, researching family law issues and preparing legal memoranda. Please contact the SOS office if you are interested in this great volunteer opportunity.
Tutor/ Mentor Opportunities
Children of all ages need tutors and/or mentors. Come to the SOS office and look in our directory.
SOS Office Hours:
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.
Summer 1998 Applications Are Now Available in Room 600, Due No Later Than Thursday, March 12
Students who would like to learn how to practice law while they are in law school should apply for the in-house clinical education program, Law Offices. Applications are now available for the summer. The summer applications are due no later than March 12.
Students may apply for Law Offices after they have completed their first year of law school (current first-year day students may apply for the summer 1998 semester). To be considered for a place, ALL students must complete and return a completed Law Offices application. Applications must be turned in to the Law Offices receptionist in Suite 600 by the March 12 deadline.
Students who have previously taken or who are now taking Law Offices (called Continuing Law Offices Students) and who submit their applications by the due date will be given preference in their same practice group if availability permits. New students who have submitted their applications by the due date will be selected in the Law Offices lottery. The total number of available places during the summer semester is dependent upon the number of supervising attorneys in each practice group. The number of available new places is dependent upon the number of continuing students and has not yet been determined.
There will be five in-house practice groups from which to choose -- employment discrimination/civil rights with some general practice, criminal defense, tax (prerequisite is Personal Income Tax), health law, and mediation and other ADR procedures.
For more information, you may talk to the clinical professors who supervise the various practice groups -- Professors Gonzalez (room 629) and Norton (room 623) for employment discrimination/civil rights with some general practice; Professors Kadish (room 613), Kling (room 625), and Thomas (room 609) for criminal defense; Professor Livingston (room 688) for tax; Professor Kentra (room 690) for mediation and other ADR procedures; and Professor Altman (room 611) for health law. Professor Laser (room 631) is also available to answer your questions.
Please stop by room 320D for hard copies of rules and regulations governing all contests!
NOTE: Information on all Law Student Writing Competitions is collected on the University of Memphis Law School Website and is available without cost to students or faculty interested in gathering information about writing contests. Simply log on to http://www.people.memphis.edu/~law/.
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.
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, with the Alabama Law Foundation, Inc., created 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.
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:
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. The following scholarship opportunity is 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.
All applicants must be candidates for a J.D. degree. LL.M. students are not eligible to apply for this award.
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.
The 15th annual Conference on Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation
On Thursday and Friday, March 19-20, 1998, the law school will host Professor Sheldon Nahmod's 15th annual Section 1983 conference. The conference features nationally prominent law professors and practitioners who offer instruction on both the fundamentals and more advanced aspects of §1983 practice and trial skills, and analyze the latest case decisions. If you can attend only one or a few segments, you should come at the beginning for Professor Nahmod's session on the prima facie case against individuals. This is a unique opportunity, especially for students who intend to be involved in federal court litigation when they practice.
Law students (J.D. only) enrolled at Chicago-Kent are welcome to attend any or all of the program sessions free of charge (note: course materials are not included; however, copies of the materials will be available in the library at a later date). However, pre-registration is required! To register, please stop by the Office of Continuing Legal Education (Suite 530) to fill out a registration form. Students must register before or on Tuesday, March 17, 1998.
For Prospective Second- and Third-Year Students With a Minimum 3.2 Grade Point Average
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!
Completed applications for Fall Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, room 612 of the Law Offices, by Tuesday, March 10, at 5:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, March 4, 1998, the Appellate Court of Illinois (Third Division, First District) will hear oral arguments in three cases in Chicago-Kent's Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom. (A fourth case that was originally scheduled has been removed from the schedule.) The session begins at 9:30 a.m. and will end between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. depending on the complexity of the cases. Students whose class schedules permit are invited to attend and will be able to enter and leave the Courtroom at any time. If time permits, the panel may meet informally with students following the last argument to take questions about appellate advocacy.
The cases include a criminal appeal, a civil appeal, and a review of an administrative agency adjudication.
Schacht, Acting Director of Insurance, as Liquidator of MedCare HMO v. Prairie Foundation. (formerly Central Community Hospital). This case is an appeal from a trial court decision granting the defendant's motion to dismiss for failure to state a cause of action. It raises issues related to alter ego liability, promissory estoppel, and third-party beneficiary contracts.
Illinois J. Livingston Co. v. Illinois Human Rights Commission. This case is a review of a state agency adjudication in which an employer was found liable for age discrimination. The employer is challenging the administrative decision as against the manifest weight of the evidence.
The briefs for these cases have been placed on reserve if anyone wishes to learn more about these cases.
The Chicago-Kent Law Review invites you to attend the Symposium on the Internet & Legal Theory, which will take place in the auditorium on Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14. The Symposium brings together international legal scholars and Internet experts, who will discuss the impact that Cyberspace will have on international law, property, securities regulation, legal theory, and theories of governance.
The Friday and Saturday Symposium sessions are free.
In addition, a dinner will be held on Friday evening in the 10th Floor Event Room featuring a keynote address by Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago. Professor Epstein's address is entitled "Anything New Online?" The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the keynote address starting at 7:30. There is a $25 charge to attend the dinner. Please make checks payable to the Chicago-Kent Law Review.
Please stop by the Law Review office for a Schedule of Events and more information. Information is also available on the Law Review web page at www.kentlaw.edu/lawrev/symposium.html.
Bar and Gavel Award Winners - Winter Graduates
The BOG passed the Bar and Gavel Committee's proposal to have the following people inducted into the Bar and Gavel Society:
Congratulations for this honor! The Bar and Gavel Awards are given to those students who distinguish themselves by outstanding service to their fellow students, their school, and their community.
March Social/Conviser Bash - Date Change
The March Social/Conviser Bash has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, March 18. The festivities will be held at OTB on Jackson. 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.
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.
If you have any questions about the budget process or reimbursements from last semester, please e-mail Helen Fabisiewicz (HFABISIE), SBA Treasurer.
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 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).
CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION/Young Lawyer's Section
Thank You to Blood Drive Donors!!!
Thank you to all those who donated blood during the blood drive last Thursday. Watch next week's Record for the final total of pints donated! The blood drive is over March 20, so watch this space in the Record to see if we won the competition.
Special thanks to Ivy Israel, our CBA representative, for coordinating the drive. Thanks to Health Law Society members for assisting with signing up donors and all other organizations and individuals who helped sign up donors or donated extra baked goodies for the donors!
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
COMPUTER LAW ASSOCIATION
Greetings. There will be a general meeting of the Computer Law Association on Thursday, noon, in room 155. Unfortunately, we could not get a room for an evening meeting. If you can attend the meeting, please do! We will be discussing the upcoming Computer Fair, raffle, and educational conferences. Bring your lunch and join us! Thank you. For more information, please contact PAFUSO.
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW SOCIETY
The Social originally planned for March 5 has been cancelled due to the 1Ls impending brief. We will reschedule for later in the month.
The spring movie night is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, March 19. We will be showing Contact with Jodie Foster. Please e-mail ELS if you know of any major conflicts with that date.
EcoTip: A little known, but important tip for this week. Did you know that all trash bins here at Chicago-Kent use "passive recycling?" This means that paper is recyclable UNTIL IT IS CONTAMINATED WITH OTHER TRASH.
Therefore, try to limit your food and beverage waste deposit to the Spak trash bins in order to maintain the integrity of our recycling system. This is, of course, in addition to properly depositing all glass, plastic and cans in the active recycle bins located throughout the school. Thank you for taking a small amount of time and energy to make our world -- even if it's just the Chicago-Kent community -- a cleaner, better place to live!
On March 4, 1998, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chicago Bar Association, President's Room, 321 South Plymouth Court, the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago and the CBA Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men will host a reception for candidates for election or retention to judicial office in Cook County. $5.00 at the door, hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. All are welcome. RSVP to 312-347-7917 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by March 2.
March 11, 1998, 5:15 to 6:00 p.m.
GayLaw Student Organization Meeting
April 15, 1998
Brown-bag lunch "Transgender and the Law" discussion by Prof. Levi.
To be on GayLaw's anonymous news-mailing list, simply e-mail FBARNHAR, DKURTZ, or GAYLAW. If you had been on the list during this previous month you would have learned more about:
- The Lavender Law Conference 1998, which is being held in Boston
- The lawsuit involving the ACLU and the Boy Scouts of America
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW SOCIETY
Trademarks Speaker Event:
The IPLS is pleased to welcome Rich Renner, former chief intellectual property counsel for Anheuser-Busch to IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Plan to attend his talk on trademarks in the late afternoon on Wednesday, March 11. Students are reminded that a technical degree is not required for the practice of trademark law. Details on time and place will follow. Snacks will be provided.
Practicing IP Attorney/Student Luncheon:
Reserve Tuesday, March 24, for the 2nd annual IP Luncheon. All Chicago-Kent students are welcome to attend. Prices and menu information to follow.
Any questions on these events may be e-mailed to Lilly Johnston at LJOHNSTO.
Questions about the IPLS in general may be e-mailed to Carol Barnes at CBARNES.
And don't forget to pick up your copy of the IPLS Newsletter, edited by Mary Kelly and Elayna Pham. You may find the latest edition on the IPLS bulletin board on the Concourse. Take a look!
JEWISH LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
And the hits keep on coming...
Rabbi Raizman's weekly discussion group moves to Tuesdays (so there is no longer a conflict with "South Park") at 12:00 p.m. in C15. Larry Leonard wants this to be called "Lunch 'n' Learn". Witty.
Senior Federal District Court Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz will speak on his life as a judge, lawyer, politician & Jew on Tuesday, March 10, at 12:15 p.m., room TBA. Anyone interested (we are even allowing non-JLSA members this year) is encouraged to come hear him speak.
Mike Schlau is now looking for a law clerk to help him handle his overwhelming case load. Law Review is preferred, but not required. If interested, please send him your resume and salary requirements at MSCHLAU.
KENT JUSTICE FOUNDATION
AUCTION: Viva! Viva!
Please send out your personal solicitations ASAP and put your initials in the corner.
Please remember to make auction announcements in class and wear your auction T-shirts every Wednesday.
T-shirts will also be on sale for all Chicago-Kent students at bake sales. Any student can buy a T-shirt and wear it on auction day for free admission!
Thanks to everyone who helped out with the bake sale!
PHI ALPHA DELTA
Thanks to all those who showed up at Excalibur on Friday!
The PAD Blackstone Chapter (along with other local PAD chapters) and the SBA are sponsoring a Walk-A-Thon on April 4,1998, benefitting the American Cancer Society. The group will be walking from Chicago-Kent at approximately 10 a.m. and ending at Wrigley Field to attend the Cubs home game. We have a group discount rate of $7 per ticket for the afternoon game starting at 1:20 p.m. against Montreal. All participants are welcome to attend the walk. We need to raise as much money for the American Cancer Society as possible.
Volunteers are still needed to perform various tasks. We will be having another informational meeting on Thursday, March 12, at 3:30 p.m.. The meeting will be held in the room across from the PAD office on the Concourse. Please attend and we will give you all the details. If you have any more questions, please e-mail KJARVIS.
PAD/SBA is hosting a networking seminar where Alan Zelkowitz, a Chicago area attorney and a PAD International Board Member, will go over the skills needed for effective networking. It will be held on Tuesday, March 10, from noon-1:30 p.m. in room 590.
WOMEN IN LAW
Bake Sale!! The next WIL bake sale will be Tuesday, March 3, in the Spak. All profits go towards WIL summer fellowships, so get cooking!!
Help Celebrate 125 Years of Women in Law!! The conference is this Thursday and Friday. Please register ASAP to receive the discounted fee of $12. Registration is $15 the day of the conference. Bring your friends, family and co-workers, all are invited to attend this exciting event.
Conference at Chicago-Kent March 5 & 6:
Celebrating 125 Years of Illinois Women in Law: Where We Were - Where We Are - Where We're Going
In Myra Bradwell v. The State, 83 U.S. 130, 141 (1872), Justice Bradley wrote on behalf of the Supreme Court the following, which denied Ms. Bradwell admission to the Illinois Bar:
If only Justice Bradley could be at Chicago-Kent on March 6 to hear all the successful female attorneys and judges who have certainly proven him dreadfully wrong!
Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow (IL Supreme Court), Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner (Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals), Laurel Bellows (immediate past Chair of the prestigious ABA Commission on Women in the Profession), and Dawn Clark Netsch (former Illinois Comptroller, legislator, and 1994 gubernatorial candidate) are but a few of the prominent speakers coming to speak at our conference entitled Celebrating 125 Years of Illinois Women in Law: Where We Were - Where We Are - Where We're Going. These 4 famous women will be joining 20 other speakers (including 4 other judges) to discuss various theoretical and practical issues that face lawyers, particularly women, today.
To register for the conference early and get the discounted rate of only $12, you can pick up a registration form from the bulletin boards on the Spak or Concourse or download our Conference Registration Form, complete the hard copy form, and drop it in the WIL mailbox on the 2nd floor by Wednesday, March 4, 1998. As of March 5, 1998, the registration fee jumps to $15. So register today and get the 20% discount!
What you get for your $12 conference registration fee:
Admission to the Judicial Reception Thursday night from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
The reception, sponsored by The Decalogue Society of Lawyers, offers the following: great food, drinks, and the opportunity to meet prominent federal and state judges from all levels, practitioners from throughout Chicago, and law students from throughout the Midwest.
Admission to all conference events on Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
This includes a lavish continental breakfast; gourmet buffet lunch; all conference materials, including information about bar associations and other organizations of interest to women and/or lawyers; an opening address by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow; your choice of three of six breakout sessions on a variety of topics; a Judges Panel featuring several distinguished female judges; and a keynote address by Laurel Bellows, immediate past Chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession.
For a Schedule of Events:
For Descriptions of the Panel and Breakout Sessions and a List of the Speakers: http://www.kentlaw.edu/student_orgs/wil/panels.htm
For Registration Information:
To Get a T-Shirt Order Form:
If you have any questions about the conference, please see our general conference web site at http://www.kentlaw.edu/student_orgs/wil/conference.htm, e-mail WIL, or call (312) 906-5380.