|April 6, 1998
Vol. No. XXXII, No. 12
posting to the Record
|In this week's Record||(in order of appearance)|
Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle
Assistant Dean Michael Burns
Special Notices from Faculty
From the Law Offices
Student Bar Association
Black Law Student Association
Family Law Society
Health Law Society
Illinois State Bar Association
Intellectual Property Law Society
Jewish Law Student Association
Women in Law
Additional Fall 1997 CALI Award Winners
Congratulations to Christopher Tobin, who received the highest grade in Professor Maynes' Advanced Income Tax class, and to Robert Vitello, who received the highest grade in Professor Hamilton's Advanced Research class.
Summer 1998 Session
Instructors for Legal Drafting and Trial Advocacy 1
In the summer session schedule issued before Spring Break, the instructors for Legal Drafting: General Practice, section 424-052, and for Trial Advocacy 1, sections 555-001 and 555-051, were listed as "TBA." The instructor for Legal Drafting will be Professor Bernard Farber; the instructor for Trial Advocacy will be David Erickson.
Adding and Dropping Courses
You may add an open course, or withdraw from a course without penalty, at any time through the end of the first week of summer session. If you withdraw from a course during the second week of classes, you will be charged 50% of tuition. If you withdraw from a course after the second week of classes, you will be charged 100% of tuition. The date of withdrawal is the date a signed Registration Change Form is submitted to the Registrar's Office.
Intensive Intellectual Property Seminar
An intensive 2-credit seminar entitled "Procedures, Practice and Current Issues Before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit" will be offered from Sunday, August 16, to Friday, August 21, and will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day. The instructor will be John M. Whealan, an Associate Solicitor in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The seminar will be considered a fall course for purposes of tuition and computing the fall semester grade point averages, and the credits will count as part of the fall semester course load for purposes of credit hour limitations. (As described below, most of the research and writing of the seminar paper will take place during the fall semester.) The course will be listed in the Fall Registration Bulletin, and you should register for it as you would a regular fall class. A course description follows:
Procedures, Practice and Current Issues Before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal CircuitFall 1998 Registration
This intensive seminar will focus on both the practical aspects of appearing before the Federal Circuit as well as the most relevant substantive issues currently before the Court. The seminar will discuss the history of the Court, the purpose for its creation, the Court's jurisdiction, rules of practice, and the practical workings of the Court. Practical aspects of appearing before the Court will include brief writing, oral argument, and opinion analysis. Current issues facing the Court will include the Court's standard of review, claim construction, on-sale bar, and the doctrine of equivalents. The seminar will also discuss the most recent Federal Circuit cases addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court. All students will be required to write a research paper complying with the Chicago-Kent seminar paper requirement. Although all class meetings will take place in August, the process of researching and writing the paper will extend into the fall semester, with final drafts being due prior to the end of the fall semester. Students will communicate with the instructor and submit drafts of their papers by e-mail during the research and writing process. Two credit hours.
Members of the faculty, Ellen Berger, and I are available to discuss course selections with you. Ellen Berger and I will hold general meetings for students at the times listed below to discuss the preliminary fall schedule, selecting courses for the fall, and suggestions for planning your legal education. If you are unable to attend one of these meetings, feel free to contact me or Ellen Berger directly. In addition, a List of Recommended Courses, recently adopted by the faculty, will be issued this week along with the preliminary schedule.
All meetings will be held on Monday, April 13
First-year day students: 1:15 p.m. in the auditorium.
Advanced day students: 3:00 p.m. in rm. 210.
Advanced eve. students: 5:00 p.m. in the auditorium.
First-year eve. students: 7:35 p.m. (after Justice) in rm. 510.
Intensive Trial Advocacy 1 and Intellectual Property Intensive Trial Advocacy
Two sessions of Intensive Trial Advocacy 1 (one session in August, the other in January) will be offered in the 1998-99 academic year, as well as one session of Intellectual Property Intensive Trial Advocacy (in August). To indicate your interest in enrolling in any of these sessions, please submit an Intensive Trial Advocacy Request Form to the Registrar's office by this Thursday, April 9, 1998. Forms are available in the Registrar's office and outside the third floor cafeteria. Enrollments are limited, so there is no guarantee that you will be placed in any of the courses. The names of students selected for each course and the waiting lists will be posted outside the Registrar's office on Wednesday, April 15, 1998.
If selected, you should register for the course on your fall 1998 registration form. All of the courses are considered fall courses for purposes of tuition and computing the fall semester grade point averages. However, the credits will not count as part of the fall semester course load for purposes of credit hour limitations. Notice to Evening Division students: If Intensive Trial Advocacy brings your total credit hours for the fall semester to at least 12, you will automatically be billed for student health insurance unless you waive coverage; instructions for waiving coverage will appear in the Fall Registration Bulletin.
Intellectual Property Intensive Trial Advocacy – 2 credits
Monday, August 17 - Friday, August 21, 1998
This course will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day. Prerequisites: Evidence, Civil Procedure, and Patent Law. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the Intellectual Property Law certificate program. If you enroll in the course and later decide to drop it, you must notify the Registrar by Friday, May 29, 1998, or you will be charged full tuition for the course unless another student takes your seat. Students who take this course may still take the conventional Trial Advocacy 1 course or Intensive Trial Advocacy 1, but are not eligible to take Trial Advocacy 2.
Intensive Trial Advocacy 1 – 3 credits
Session 1: Saturday, August 15 - Saturday, August 22, 1998
Session 2: Saturday, January 2 - Saturday, January 9, 1999
This conventional Intensive Trial Advocacy course will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day, including the intervening Sunday. Prerequisite: Evidence. Seats in this course will be allocated as follows: one-third for Evening Division students, one-third for current second-year Day Division students, and one-third for current first-year Day Division students. If demand exceeds the number of seats available, students will be chosen at random within each category. If you enroll in the course and later decide to drop it, you must notify the Registrar by Friday, May 29, 1998 (Session 1) or Friday, September 4, 1998 (Session 2), or you will be charged full tuition for the course unless another student takes your seat. If you enroll in Intensive Trial Advocacy 1, you must enroll in Trial Advocacy 2 in the semester immediately following.
Exams on Computers
All students who signed up to write their exams on computers were accommodated.
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.
Academic Support Teaching Assistant Applications -- Deadline: Thursday, April 9
Academic Support Program Teaching Assistant applications are due to the Office of Student Services (rooms 544/546) by Thursday, April 9, 1998. If you did well in one or more of your first-year classes, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and are excited about working with first-year students, then we want you! TA's can choose to receive credit or a stipend for the semester. TA's for both the fall and spring semesters are chosen from this semester's applicants, so apply now even if you are only interested in being a TA for a spring semester class. If you have any questions, please e-mail EBERGER or CMATHENY or stop by the Student Services Office.
Last Chance for First Aid Training!
Standard First Aid and First Aid Basics - Saturday, April 18, from 12:00-4:00 p.m.
American Red Cross Instructor and Chicago-Kent student Stu Weg will be holding one more first aid training class in April. Standard First Aid and First Aid Basics will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The cost is $17.25 and ARC Certification in First Aid will be awarded to all who complete the course. (This course regularly costs $50!) Topics to be covered include: controlling bleeding, treatment of burns, dealing with cold- and heat-related illnesses, and handling sudden illnesses, including seizures and diabetic emergencies. These programs are available to all students, staff and faculty at Chicago-Kent. For more information or to reserve a space in the class, e-mail SWEG or EBERGER (312/906-5272).
All students who plan to attend summer school must submit a 1998-99 Summer Financial Aid Addendum and a loan application on or before April 20, 1998, to the Financial Aid Office.
You must be enrolled at least 6 hours to be eligible for Federal Stafford Loans and at least 3 hours to be eligible for Private Loans.
If you have any questions please feel free to call us at (312) 906-5180 or e-mail us at FINAID.
THE NATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE LAW MOOT COURT TEAM
The Chicago-Kent team of Cintra Bentley and Beverly McClellan won the championship at the 1998 National Administrative Law Moot Court Competition held at the University of Dayton School of Law. The competition, in which twelve teams participated, involved issues of a governor's control over the removal of members of an executive agency and the reviewability of the agency's sanctions against a regulated party.
The Chicago-Kent team competed in four preliminary rounds, arguing against the University of Wisconsin, two different teams from the University of Northern Kentucky Salmon P. Chase School of Law, and Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis. The team then advanced to the semi-finals, where it defeated Wayne State University. Cintra and Beverly again faced IU-Indianapolis in the finals, where they triumphed.
Congratulations to Cintra and Beverly for their superb accomplishment. The team was coached by Professor Harold Krent, with assistance from Professors Sanford Greenberg, Margaret Stewart, and Kathy Baker.
THE NATIONAL APPELLATE ADVOCACY COMPETITION TEAM
The Moot Court Honor Society would like to congratulate Kathy Weiher, Rob Bodine, and Lawrence Hill for their excellent performance in the Midwest Regional Rounds of the 1998 National Appellate Advocacy Competition. The competition included 25 teams and was held in Houston at the South Texas College of Law. This year's topic involved an Establishment Clause challenge to the use of student-initiated prayer and school-directed religious songs at a high school graduation.
The Chicago-Kent team won the fourth best brief award and advanced to the final round of the regional competition along with seven other teams. In the three preliminary rounds, Chicago-Kent argued against teams from the University of Houston, Washington University (St. Louis), and Southern Illinois University. Based on the team's fine overall performance in those three rounds, including its high brief score, Chicago-Kent then advanced to the round of 16 and defeated Creighton in that round.
In the final round, Chicago-Kent met one of the two teams from host South Texas. The Chicago-Kent team argued extremely well before a panel that included a judge from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Although South Texas was awarded the victory in the final round, the Chicago-Kent team left Houston feeling justifiably proud of its weeks of hard work and its excellent advocacy.
Moot Court Honor Society President David Slovick served as the team's student coach, and Acting Director of Appellate Advocacy Sanford Greenberg was the team's faculty advisor. The team thanks all the professors, alumnae/i, and students who gave generously of their time during practice arguments.
THE GILES RICH MOOT COURT COMPETITION TEAM
Congratulatiions to Amy Ahn, Tom Basso, Eric Baude and Jamie McDole on their successful performance in the Giles Rich Moot Court Competition (patent law). Amy Ahn and Tom Basso won their round defeating a team from the University of Wisconsin. From a field of 18 teams, Eric Baude and Jamie McDole advanced to the semi-finals. Both teams did an excellent job and were coached by Professors Kimbery Pace and Bradley Hulbert.
Technology is changing at a rapid rate. Whether you are interested in transactional work or litigation, you are bound to encounter intellectual property issues in the general practice of law. If you just want to know the basics take Introduction to Intellectual Property Law in the fall with Professor Pace. This course is designed to teach you the basics of trademark, copyright, patent and trade secret law in three credits. Students who have taken or are concurrently taking two or more of Patent Law, Copyright Law, or Trademarks & Unfair Competition Law may NOT take this course. Students who have submitted a letter of intent to participate in the Intellectual Property certificate program may NOT take this course. Taking this course does not prohibit you from later taking one of all of the individual intellectual property courses.
Are you participating in the Resume Referral Program? If not, or if you are unsure, stop by the office and inquire. Participation in the program in the best way to let the CSO staff know you are seeking a job. To participate, complete the Resume Referral Registration Form and return it to our office with 12 copies of your current resume. When employers call our office wanting to find candidates without posting positions, we turn to the resumes in the referral program. It's not a guarantee of getting a job, but it's another avenue. Turn in your resumes today!
Student Worker Positions Available in Career Services
The Career Services Office is looking for students to work between 10-15 hours per week for the remainder of the semester and/or for 20 hours per week in the summer. Applicants should be available to work until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and/or Thursday. Applications are available in suite 360. Please e-mail Dana Beaird (DBEAIRD) with any questions.
Last Chance to Volunteer for the Career Services Jobathon!!!
The annual Jobathon is underway and we need your help this week!!! Student volunteers are needed to call employers that have posted positions with Chicago-Kent in the past to see if they have any current openings for law clerks or attorneys. 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! Last time, over 50 new jobs were gathered from the Jobathon. The time commitment needed is at least an hour and at most whatever you can do.
The Jobathon runs Monday through Friday of this week. There are four "slots" for each hour between 9-12 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. If you haven't done the Jobathon before, please allow a few minutes for us to explain the procedures to you before you begin calling. You can sign up for as many hours as you wish.
To volunteer for specific time slots, please stop by the Career Services Office and sign up on the schedule posted outside Charis Runnels' office door. If you can't get to the office, please call the Career Services Office at (312) 906-5200 or e-mail Dan Shapiro (DSHAPIRO). Dan, a wonderfully dedicated 2L on the Student Careers Committee, has graciously volunteered to oversee the Jobathon and help schedule volunteers. There are a total of 96 hour-long slots available. If you have friends that can volunteer, PLEASE RECRUIT THEM!!! The jobathon is only as successful as you make it. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Dan Shapiro (DSHAPIRO) or Charis Runnels (CRUNNELS). Thank you.
IP Students: Special Job Search Advice Available
While attending the National Association for Law Placement Annual Education Conference, the CSO staff met an IP headhunter who graciously provided us with a job search guide she compiled for law students, entitled "Patterson's Guide to Intellectual Property Career Interviewing and Job Selection." Copies of the guide and a list of Silicon Valley IP firms are now available in the CSO as Handout #94. Many thanks to Kate Patterson of Katherine C. Patterson Consulting for providing this information to Chicago-Kent students.
Arab-American Bar Association of Illinois Job Fair
The AABA of Illinois is proud to announce its first Job Fair, available to graduating law students of Arab-American descent. The Job Fair will take place on Friday, April 24, at a law school in Chicago. You MUST pre-register by April 17, 1998 -- to do so, please come to the Career Services Office.
Upcoming Career Services Programs and other Events
"Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams!"
The Career Services Office and the Student Bar Association are pleased to bring noted author of the National Law Journal's Job Goddess column Kimm Alayne Walton, J.D., author of "Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams . . . Regardless of Your Grades, Your School, or Your Work Experience" to Chicago-Kent for her practical and extremely popular career development seminar that has led law students and lawyers nationwide to satisfying employment in the practice of law. The program will be held from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 in the Ogilvie Auditorium to coincide with the Student Bar Association's Law Week. The SBA is sponsoring a wonderful reception with food and drinks immediately following the program in the 10th Floor Event Room.
At this seminar, you're learn the following:
Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium:
All students are cordially invited to a unique and informative program about career opportunities in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, the U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District of Illinois, the Illinois Attorney General's Office, and the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel's Office. This prosecutorial symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 1998 and hosted by The John Marshall Law School at 315 S. Plymouth Court in Chicago. Speakers include judges and current and former prosecutors who will address all aspects of prosecution at the city, state, and federal levels.
There is no cost for the symposium, but space is limited, so reservations are required by phone no later than Wednesday, April 15. To RSVP, please call Elaine Bielik at (312) 345-2466. The symposium, sponsored by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, the National Hispanic Prosecutor Association and the National Black Prosecutors Association, is open to all students but they especially invite African American and Hispanic students who may have an interest in a career in criminal prosecutions.
"Technology and Competition in Illinois: An Overview of Recent Developments in the Law of Interest to Illinois Businesses and Relating to the Development and Exploitation of Technology": This program, presented by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law and Intellectual Property Sections, will be held on Friday, April 17, 1998 at the ISBA regional office (20 N. Clark Street, Suite 900). For further information and a registration form, please see Handout #98.
3Ls: Attorney Positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The Office of General Counsel, U.S. EPA, seeks applicants for several environmental attorney positions. Licensed attorneys and law students in their last year of school are invited to apply for these entry level positions at the GS-11 and GS-12 levels ($39,270-$61,190, depending on experience and qualifications). If interested, please submit a resume and writing sample to Eudora Bow, Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M Street, S.W., Mail Code 2311, Washington, D.C. 20460. All applications should be postmarked no later than April 24, 1998.
1ls, 2Ls, 3Ls of Asian-American Descent: Cook County State's Attorney Summer Internships:
Cook County State's Attorney Richard Devine is offering a paid summer internship for two Asian American college or university students, in conjunction with the observance of Asian American Heritage Month. This opportunity will provide invaluable experience to the selected students. For application forms, please see the State's Attorney's web page at http://www.statesattorney.org. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 1, 1998. For more information, please call Mr. Chris Zala, Asian American Relations Specialist, Prosecutions Division (312/603-5598).
1Ls, 2Ls: Summer Internship in Madras, India
The law firm of Surana & Surana, International Attorneys, is participating in an International Law Students summer internship program and is very interested in hiring two Chicago-Kent students. The firm has 24 attorneys, making it the largest in southern India. The positions are available from May until August at their offices in Madras, India. As is customary for ILS programs, room and board will be provided in lieu of a salary. Please contact former intern and Chicago-Kent student Christine Brown at (219) 923-5542 for more information.
Other Special Opportunities: Handouts Available in Career Services
1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls: Kent Justice Foundation (KJF) Fellowship Applications:
The 1998 Kent Justice Foundation Fellowship Application is now available in the Career Services Office as Handout #95. The applications are due in the KJF mailbox by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 1998. No exceptions will be made for late submissions, so be sure to get it in on time. The application packet tells you everything you need to do in order to apply for a Summer Fellowship. If you have any questions, please contact KJF co-chairs Doug Harvath or Ann Celine O'Hallaren at KJF.
1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls: Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Domestic Violence Division:
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office encourages law students with an interest in the criminal justice system and domestic violence to volunteer in the Domestic Violence Division. They are seeking students to work during the school year, as well as during the summer. Students may volunteer, earn internship credit, or seek salaried positions through public interest initiatives. Work hours are flexible; however, a 10-hour commitment is necessary. See Handout #91 for application information.
1Ls, 2Ls: $1,000 Loan Repayment Grant from NAPIL for Students in Public Interest:
Chicago-Kent's very own Kent Justice Foundation (KJF) has been selected as one of 50 law school organizations to give a $1,000 loan-repayment award to a student who wishes to work in one of nearly 150 Legal Services groups nationwide, focusing in either domestic violence of housing or homelessness. For more information, pick up Handout #89 and/or e-mail KJF or Doug Harvath (DHARVATH).
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.
3Ls: Georgetown University Law Center (GULC) PBGC Fellowship Program:
GULC and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) are recruiting for an LL.M. fellowship program. The fellowship recipient will work as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the PBGC and enroll in the Masters of Laws program at GULC in Taxation or Labor and Employment Law. The application deadline is May 1, 1998. See Handout #96 for details.
3Ls: NAPIL Partner Fellowships Job Announcements:
The National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL) is pleased to announce new public interest law opportunities across the country created under the NAPIL Partner Fellowship program. These fellowships are two-year, "organization-based" fellowships. Successful fellowship applicants will receive the benfits of NAPIL fellows, including loan repayment assistance. See Handout #93 for a list of all the available positions. More detailed descriptions are available in the Resource Center of the Career Services Office. Note: an updated listing will be available in the next few weeks...watch the Record for it!
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: 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.
2Ls: Law Clerkships with the New Jersey Judiciary for the Court Year 1999-2000:
The New Jersey Judiciary is continuing to fill approximately 420 law clerk positions for the Court Year 1999-2000. Applicants who want their resumes included in the May, 1998 distribution should submit their applications by April 17, 1998. Additional distributions are scheduled for September 1998, December 1998 and February 1999. See Handout #97 for details.
UPDATE: 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 89 judges across the state wish to participate in the program. Applications will be accepted through May 1, 1998. See Handout #92 for an updated listing and map indicating the number of internships that remain available in each of the counties. 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.
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.
If you need a quick overview of how to find local court rules, then you should come to this week's tutorial on LOCAL COURT RULES.
The tutorials are being presented by Information Center Reference Librarians. They last about 15 to 20 minutes, or less, and the schedule is posted on the 9th floor bulletin board. You don't have to sign up for them; simply show up by the Reference Desk at the scheduled times. See you there!
Students are reminded not to leave valuables unattended in the Information Center. Any personal items such as wallets, purses, briefcases, etc., should be carried with you at all times.
Students Visit Information Center for Pre-Law Day
On February 18, a dozen high school students from Illinois District 214 (Rolling Meadows, Buffalo Grove, Palatine) paid a visit to the IIT Downtown Campus and the Information Center. The students were visiting Chicago-Kent as part of a pre-law day designed to provide them with a feel for being a law student and to highlight both traditional and alternative career paths for people with a law degree.
During their tour of the Information Center, the concepts of primary and secondary legal authority and the fundamentals of primary authority were discussed. The need for today's lawyers to be able to locate and understand non-law materials such as medical and financial reports was also explained. The explosion of computer-assisted research tools (WESTLAW, LEXIS, Internet, CD-ROM) for both legal and non-legal research and the use of the Internet in lawyer-lawyer and lawyer-client communications was of particular interest.
Fall 1998 applications are now available in room 600 -- Due no later than THURSDAY, APRIL 9
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 fall. The spring applications are due no later than April 9.
Students may apply for Law Offices after they have completed the equivalent of their first year of law school (current first-year day students may apply for the fall 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 April 9 deadline by 5:00 p.m.
Students who have previously taken, who are now taking Law Offices, or who are accepted for the summer 1998 semester (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. Next, priority will be given to the top ten students on each first choice waiting list who did not turn down a place for spring 1998, who were on the waiting list in the division they have marked as first choice, and who submitted their fall applications by the due date. 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 fall 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 are five in-house practice groups from which to choose: employment discrimination/civil rights with some general practice, criminal defense, tax (prerequisites are Personal Income Tax and Tax Procedure), health law, and mediation & other ADR procedures.
For more information, you may talk to the clinical professors who supervise the various practice groups: Professors Gonzalez (rm. 629) and Norton (rm. 623) for employment discrimination/civil rights with some general practice; Professors Kadish (rm. 613), Kling (rm. 625), and Thomas (rm. 609) for criminal defense; Professor Livingston (rm. 688) for tax; Professor Kentra (rm. 690) for mediation & other ADR procedures; and Professor Altman (rm. 611) for health with some family law. Professor Laser (rm. 631) is also available to answer your questions.
Advanced Externship Program -- Fall 1998
Prospective Third Year Students Only:
Do you wish to develop your legal skills, gain practical legal experience in a specialized area of law with a corporation, firm or government agency, and make yourself more marketable to prospective employers upon graduation? If so, consider applying to the Advanced Externship Program for fall semester 1998.
The Advanced Externship Program is a 4-credit-hour, non-graded program. The program is open to students in their last two semesters of law school. An extern is placed in a private or public, civil or criminal practice and is required to work a minimum of 15 hours a week at his/her designated placement. Externs interested in civil law may select to work under the supervision of general counsel in major corporations or under the supervision of designated teaching lawyers in well-known firms or specific government agencies. Externs may specialize in such diverse legal areas as tax, commodities, securities, corporate, health care, medical malpractice, general corporate law, etc. Those interested in criminal law may elect to work with designated supervising lawyers at the State's Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, or the U.S. Attorney's Office. Many externships offer students opportunities to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.
More information about the program and an accompanying application form are available in the Law Offices Reception Area and the Career Services Office. Applications must be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross in room 612 by noon on Friday, March 27. All applicants must have scheduled and completed an interview with Professor Gross prior to turning in their applications. Should extern applicants outnumber the number of students who can be accepted into the program, students with at least one semester of Law Offices or LADR (Law Alternative Disputes Resolution program) will receive preference.
If you are interested in learning more about externship opportunities or in applying to the program, please see Professor Vivien Gross in room 617.
THIRD YEAR STUDENTS
Fall 1998 Externship: U.S. Attorney - Northern District of Indiana
A Chicago-Kent graduate who is currently an assistant at the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Indiana, Hammond/Dyer office (no more than 30 minutes from the loop and close to the southern suburbs of Lansing and Calumet City), has established the possibility for an externship opportunity for third-year Chicago-Kent students in the Fall 1998 semester. Please see Prof. Gross for an application as soon as possible, as the applications are due no later than April 22, 1998. Should you obtain a placement, Professor Gross can arrange for you to receive externship credit.
The goals of this externship are to provide law students with the greatest exposure to and participation in federal trial and appellate practice and to obtain excellent legal talent to assist the office in handling its multitude of various cases. All candidates will have broad experiences as externs in this program. All candidates are required to write at least one appellate brief to be filed with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in which the candidate's name will appear on the brief. Students may have the opportunity for oral argument before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals located in Chicago, Illinois. In addition, students may also have the opportunity to handle misdemeanor cases and National Park Service cases before the United States Magistrate Judges while under the supervision of an Assistant United States Attorney.
On Thursday, April 16, Chicago-Kent will present the 20th annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture, The Globalization of Labor Markets: Its Impact on Labor Law and Labor Relations in the United States, in the Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium from 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m.
This year's Piper Lecture focuses on the globalization of labor markets and its importance for labor law and labor relations in the United States and features Thomas A. Kochan, George M. Bunker Professor of Management, Sloan School of Management and Institute for Work and Employment Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Commentary will be provided by Janice R. Bellace, Samuel Blank Professor of Legal Studies and Professor of Legal Studies and Management, University of Pennsylvania; William L. Keller, Senior Partner, Clark, West, Keller, Butler & Ellis of Dallas, Texas; and Mark Levinson, Chief Economist and Director of Policy, UNITE, AFL-CIO, CLC.
All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.
Please stop by room 320D for hard copies of rules and regulations governing all contests!
Qualifications: Significant secretarial experience, ability to type at a rate of 65 wpm with an error rate of 2% or less and ability to edit electronically stored information.
In this position you can receive up to nine-credit hours of tuition remission per semester, just one of the many perks you'll receive as a full-time staff member of Chicago-Kent.
If you are interested, please drop a resume off to Barbara Washington, Supervisor Faculty Secretaries, mailbox 130 or e-mail BWASHING.
April 2 - Nomination Deadline
April 7 - Deadline for submission of resumes
April 13 - Committee to make recommendations by 6:00 pm
April 15 - BOG to vote on Committee recommendations
Andy Stein (ASTEIN), Chair of the Bar and Gavel Committee, will notify you if you were nominated for an award. He will request additional information, such as a resume or letter in support, so that the Committee can make an educated decision. Good luck!
The SBA traditionally gives an award, voted on by the students, for the Faculty Member of the Year and the Administrative Staff Member of the Year. Please send nominations to for these awards to Adam Weiss (AWEISS) no later than Monday, April 13. Those nominated will appear on a separate voting ballot during the Elections on April 15 and 16.
The following SBA members have completed timely petitions to be on the ballot for next year's BOG:
Candidates, Ticket Name (if applicable):
James G. Bukowski, Veritas
Elayna Pham, Experienced
Vice President, Day:
Vice President, Evening:
Kim Hamlin, Veritas
Lawrence Hill, Experienced
Paul Miller, Experienced
Nick Scarpelli, Experienced
ABA Representative, Day:
Sean Brady, Experienced
ABA Representative, Evening:
Steve Edwards, Experienced
Ben Wong, Experienced
Donna Rotunno, Experienced
4L Representative, Evening:
Andy Stein, Experienced
3L Representative, Day:
Lorena Alvarez, Experienced
Alex Rozman, Experienced
Devin Williams, Experienced
3L Representative, Evening:
Robin Remley, Experienced
Jon E. Szostak
2L Representative, Day:
Brent Gustafson, Experienced
Emily Nicholson, Experienced
Please exercise your right to vote on April 15 and 16!
Tickets for Barristers Ball are on sale now! The tickets for the April 18 Ball at the Fairmont Hotel cost $50 each and are available in the bookstore. Your ticket will entitle you to an elegant evening of dining and dancing. There will be a live band (High Society) and a twenties theme. Any suggestions for the event should be directed to Ivy Israel (IISRAEL).
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).
One of the scheduled programs is "Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams!" Noted author Kimm Alayne Walton, J.D., author of "Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams," will present a FREE career development seminar that has led law students and lawyers nationwide to satisfying employment in the practice of law. The program will be held from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 in the Ogilvie Auditorium, in order to coincide with Law Week. The SBA is sponsoring a wonderful reception with food and drinks immediately following the program in the 10th Floor Event Room.
At this seminar, you're learn the following:
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.
Women's Convention/CEDAW: Senator Durbin indicated that he will support CEDAW. Durbin, responding to the great work of AI members and others in Illinois was the first to indicate he will support the treaty. Thanks to everyone who signed the petition to ratify the Women's Convention to Senator Durbin. You were part of a great accomplishment in women's rights. You can continue your work in ending all discrimination against women by educating your friends about CEDAW, writing a thank you letter to Senator Durbin, and/or encouraging your friends in other states to write to their senators.
The event will cover Lesbian and Gay International Human Rights Issues. The speaker is Michael Heflin, the Deputy Director of the Amnesty International MidWest Regional Office. He is a law school graduate where he focused on International Human Rights Law and is a long time Gay and Lesbian Rights activist. The event will be co-sponsored by the Gaylaw. Food will be served.
Date: April 7
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: room 355
EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND!
If you have any questions, e-mail Sita Balthazar-Thomas at SBALTHAZ.
BLACK LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
Join us at "Meritocracy: Objective Truth or Subjective Bias?" to discuss the implications of merit-based standards on law school admissions. Panelists include: Kent Lollis, Executive Director. Law Services; Professor Daria Roithmayr, University of Illinois School of Law; Michael Burns, Asst. Dean of Admissions, Chicago-Kent College of Law; and, Theresa Cropper, Assistant Dean of Students Affairs, Northwestern University School of Law. For more information, contact SSHIELDS.
Date: Thursday, April 9, 1998
Time: 12 - 2 p.m.
Place: Ogilvie Auditorium
Talk with Prosecutors
Meet with members of the Chicago Chapter of the National Black Prosecutors Association and learn about careers opportunities as an assistant state's attorney and assistant U.S. attorney. For more information, contact SSHIELDS.
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 1998
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Place: Room 345
FAMILY LAW SOCIETY
Spring Symposium -- April 8
You can't turn on the television or the radio without hearing about the issues and concerns of artificial reproduction. Just last week, the New York Court of Appeals heard oral arguments regarding the fate of five frozen embryos intended for use by a married couple who have since divorced. If you want to be part of a timely and informative discussion, please attend our spring symposium, "Property Rights of Reproductive Technology," co-sponsored with Health Law Society this WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, from 3:30 - 5:30 pm in the Auditorium. Following the discussion, we will be hosting a reception in the 10th floor event room where you can mingle with Chicago-Kent's family law alumni!
We are incredibly fortunate to have an excellent panel of presenters willing to share their knowledge with us, so please attend! Our presenters include: Robin Shapiro, chairperson of the American Bar Association's Bioethics Committee; Vicki Bush-Joseph, an attorney specializing in the area of collaborative reproduction; Dr. Ralph Kazer, an expert in reproductive medicine from Northwestern University Medical Center; and Kristin Daus, a member of RESOLVE's board of directors (a support group for couples utilizing in vitro fertilization). We hope you can join us!
Family Law Society elections are right around the corner. The officer positions that will need to be filled for the 1998-99 year are as follows: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer. The procedure for running for office: Only those FLS members currently on the FLS mailing list (if you receive FLS e-mails from the current President, Leslie Borre, you are on the list) are eligible to vote for the officers.
Please mark the following dates in your day-timer. . .
Interested candidates should e-mail their intention to run for office and the position they are seeking to Leslie (LBORRE) on either Monday, April 13, or Tuesday, April 14, 1998 only. A list of the candidates will be forwarded to FLS members, and e-mail voting will take place on Tuesday, April 21, 1998. Between Monday, April 13, and Tuesday, April 21, candidates may post election information regarding their candidacy on the Family Law Society bulletin board -- note: due to our very limited board space, candidates may only post ONE item that is a maximum of 5 x 7 inches -- all else will have to be removed. Thanks very much and GOOD LUCK!
HEALTH LAW SOCIETY
The Health Law and Family Law Societies are proud to present:
Wednesday, April 8, 1998
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Reception following in the 10th floor event room
Four speakers and a moderator will discuss the current legal issues in Reproductive Medicine:
We have invited over 200 alumni and members of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology to join us for this event. It will be an excellent opportunity to meet the professionals working in this area. Mark your calendars -- you don't want to miss this event!!
ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
Alternatives to Practicing Law
Please join us for an informative discussion with two attorneys who have chosen not to "practice" law following law school graduation. If you are interested in learning what these attorneys are currently doing and how their law degree got them there, then please stay tuned! Program is planned for the week of April 13 -- more information will be available on the Broadcast messages and in the April 13 Record. If you have any questions, please e-mail (LBORRE).
Law Day Celebration!
ALL students are invited to attend an evening with the "quintessential prosecutor", Vincent Bugliosi, at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, on May 1 from 5:00-7:00pm. Mr. Bugliosi prosecuted Charles Manson and wrote the best-selling true crime book, Helter Skelter. As an assistant Los Angeles district attorney, Bugliosi won 105 out of 106 felony jury trials, including 21 consecutive murder convictions. Tickets are $35 (for members and non-members) and must be purchased by April 27th! PLEASE NOTE: the $35 registration fee includes admission to the program on the "Appellate Practice: Preserving and Arguing the Issues, from Motions-in-Limine to Oral Argument," featuring Justice Daniel D. Doyle of the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, and Philip H. Corboy, Jr., of Corboy & Demetrio. Also held on May 1, this program will take place at the ISBA offices, 20 S. Clark, Suite 900, from 1:00-4:10 p.m. For registration information call, 1-800-252-8908. See ISBA bulletin board on the concourse for additional information.
The Ninth Annual Minority and Women Attorneys' Conference will take place on Saturday, May 2, from 8:00am - 2:00pm at the John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court. Break-out workshops include topics on: estate planning, juvenile law, labor law (employment discrimination), family law, bankruptcy, real estate, consumer fraud, and civil and criminal techniques. Registration fee is $25 for ISBA student members and includes lunch. Deadline to register is April 29, 1998.
If you have not joined the ISBA as a law student member, join before June 1 and get the summer for free! How? By submitting your membership application and the $10 fee, you will be enrolled through August 1999. As a student member, the following benefits are available to you: subscription to the monthly Illinois Bar Journal, the Law Student Newsletter, Young Lawyers Division newsletter, and seven substantive law sections newsletters; free admission to the LAW ED Series program, ISBA Annual and Midyear Meetings, and Young Lawyers Division seminars. Join Today! Applications are available under the stairs on the Concourse.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW SOCIETY
On Thursday, April 9, 1998, at 6:00 p.m., in room C40, attorneys Jerry Gilson and Phil Johnson will be speaking to interested students about the use of survey evidence in trademark cases.
Jerry Gilson is a name partner at Brinks, Hofer, Gilson and Lione and one of the most prominent trademark attorneys in the country. He is also the author of a leading treatise on trademark law. Phil Johnson is an expert market analyst in the field of trademark law. He creates, administers, and interprets trademark surveys. Mr. Johnson has testified as an expert witness in many trademark cases.
Professor Pace invites all interested students to attend.
JEWISH LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
The Jewish Law Students Association will have a Pre-Passover Party and Seder Workshop with Rabbi Mordy Raizman of the Chicago Torah Network on Tuesday, April 7, at 12:15 pm, room tba. Free pizza & drinks. See the JLSA board for more details.
The annual Jewish United Fund lawyers dinner will take place May 6 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The speaker is former U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole. E-mail HROSENBU for more info and to request an invitation.
If you are interested in being on the JLSA board for the 1998-99 school year, please e-mail LLEONARD to express your interest by the end of the week.
WOMEN IN LAW
Here's What's Happening, from Your Friends at Wil....
Its Time for another Bake Sale!! If you were unable to travel over spring break, make yourself feel better by baking oodles and oodles of candies, cookies and yummy treats so we can make a million dollars at the next bake sale on Tuesday, April 7. If you went somewhere warm, you have to bake double - we're not kidding.
You Could Be a Member of the Last WIL Executive Board in this Millennium... all you have to do is turn in your platform by Thursday, April 8, and get elected on April 14. Its that simple!!!