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October 16, 2000

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From Professor Tim Holbrook

Any student, faculty or staff member planning on running the Chicago Marathon is invited to contact Professor Timothy Holbrook (who is running the marathon) to plan a group lunch or some activity to commemorate the marathon. If interested, please contact him at 906-5297 or e-mail

From Professor Pam Kentra

The Advice Desk program has immediate openings for law students to work with clients in an exciting environment. The Advice Desk is located at the Daley Center in Chicago. In this program, senior law students interview, counsel, and advise clients, and draft pleadings and motions for indigent defendants being sued in Cook County. Students work under the supervision of an experienced licensed attorney.

The Advice Desk, often referred to as the "ER of Law," offers a unique opportunity to receive mentored, on-the-job training and to learn the workings of the Circuit Court of Cook County Municipal Division. Students must be eligible for a 711 License, which requires that a student has completed 52 or more credit hours in law school. Pay is $12.50 per hour and participants must be able to work 20-40 hours per week. Prior experience as an Advice Desk class student is preferred but not required. We will provide all necessary training. If interested, please contact Professor Pam Kentra at

From Professor Richard Warner

Correction: Last issue, Judge Francis A. Gembala was listed as Associate Clerk for Court Operations. His correct title is Associate Judge, Circuit Court Cook County. Bettina Gembala was not listed is the last issue. She is Associate Clerk for Court Operations. The Record regrets the error.

PROJECT POLAND CONFERENCE Project Poland is pleased to announce an upcoming conference entitled "Advancing the Polish Judiciary: Efficiency and Independence" or in Polish, "Sprawne zarzadzanie sadami w Polsce." The conference activities will take place from October 17-21 in Warsaw, Lublin and Poznan. It is jointly sponsored and organized by Chicago-Kent's Project Poland and the Chicago Office of the Consul General of The Republic of Poland, Poland's Ministry of Justice and Iustitia, the Polish Association of Judges.

The Polish court system is in the midst of many substantive and administration changes, and the American participants will engage in discussions on a wide variety of topics including mediation and settlement, court administration and domestic violence.

The American participants include: Judge Barbara J. Disko, Circuit Court Judge, Cook County; Judge Francis A. Gembala, Associate Judge, Circuit Court Cook County; Bettina Gembala, Associate Clerk for Court Operations; Judge Thaddeus Kowalski, Associate Judge, Circuit Court Cook County; and Aurelia Pucinski, Clerk of the Circuit Court.

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