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April 17, 2000

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From Professor Suzanne Ehrenberg

Legal writing teaching assistant applications
Applications are now being accepted for Legal Writing teaching assistants for the 2000-01 academic year. Students must be graduating in June, 2001, to apply. Teaching assistants work closely with the Legal Writing professors in teaching legal research, creating assignments and grading student papers. They also work closely with students in drafting and revising their work. Applicants should have received superior grades (B+ or above) in their Legal Writing courses and have a strong interest in helping other students to master the skills of legal research and writing. Membership on Law Review or Moot Court is desirable, but is not a requirement of the job. Evening students are encouraged to apply. Teaching assistants receive two hours of academic credit each semester and salary equal to the tuition for two credit hours each semester. (Note that these are not tuition-free credits.)

In order to serve as a teaching assistant, you must be available to attend a training session, which will take place during the week before classes begin.

Interested students should submit a current resume to Professor Suzanne Ehrenberg in room 753. Please indicate on your resume the name of your first-year legal writing professor and the grades you received in the course. After you have submitted a resume, please sign up for an interview on the schedule outside Professor Ehrenberg's door. The interview will last approximately 20 minutes, and then applicants will be asked to complete a short closed-book quiz on grammar, punctuation and citation form.

If you have any questions please contact Professor Ehrenberg at (

From Professor Steve Heyman

Symposium on the Second Amendment-- Friday, April 28.
The school shootings at Columbine High School exactly one year ago brought the issue of gun control to the center of the national political agenda. But do gun control laws violate the Second Amendment to the Constitution? The Amendment reads, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the defense of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Does the Second Amendment give individuals the right to possess weapons for their own purposes, or only within the context of a state-organized militia? The Supreme Court has never definitively resolved this issue, but an important case now working its way up through the courts, United States v. Emerson, may soon require the Court to do so.

On Friday, April 28, from 9:00 to 5:00 in the Auditorium, ten leading historians and constitutional scholars, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Jack N. Rakove of Stanford University, will be at Chicago-Kent for a major symposium on the meaning of the Second Amendment. We hope that the symposium, which is being co-sponsored by the Chicago-Kent Law Review and the Institute for Law and the Humanities, will attract major media coverage, and may even be broadcast on C-SPAN. Once it is published in the Law Review this fall, the symposium may have an impact on the Supreme Court's consideration of the Emerson case, which may well become one of the most important constitutional cases of the decade.

All members of the Chicago-Kent community (as well as the public) are invited to attend the symposium. Food and beverages will be provided throughout the day, and at a reception following the symposium. A schedule of the conference is available on the Law Review's Web site

From Professor Harold Krent

Research Assistant Position
Professor Krent is looking for anyone interested in devoting his or her soul to researching and writing about presidential powers this summer. Part time or full time possible. If intrigued, contact him at (

From Professor Christopher Leslie

Panel Presentation on Careers in Antitrust Law -- Tuesday, April 18.
With the Microsoft trial receiving significant media attention over the past year, it is clear that antitrust law will play a prominent role in the emerging high-tech economy. Antitrust attorneys will help shape entire industries, from diamonds to intellectual property, from health care to military equipment.

On Tuesday, April 18, from 2:00 to 3:30 in the Auditorium, four leading antitrust attorneys will discuss the range of careers in antitrust law. The panelists include: Marvin Price, head of the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Chicago; Christine Rosso, chief of the Antitrust Bureau in the Illinois Attorney General's Office; Roxane Busey, partner, Gardner, Carton & Douglas; Robert Joseph, partner, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal. The presentation is being co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section and Chicago-Kent.

If the Microsoft trial has piqued your interest in antitrust or if you're uncertain as to what substantive field you want to practice in, this is an excellent opportunity to explore one of the most dynamic areas of law.

From Professor Jeffrey Sherman

Summer Research Assistants
Professor Sherman is looking for several students to assist in his research this summer, involving employment discrimination issues and federal preemption issues. Interested students should submit a resume and a list of law school grades to Professor Sherman in room 741. The law school will pay at its customary rate. The time involved will not be more than 10 hours per week.

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