Student Organizations:
News & announcements for the week of
August 24, 1998

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Message from the president:

Hello Everyone:

On behalf of the Student Bar Association, I would like to welcome you back. I hope that you had a productive as well as relaxing summer vacation. We have many goals for SBA this year and we hope that you will stay informed by reading this SBA portion of the Record each week to stay abreast of the events we are planning and the issues that will come before the 1998-1999 SBA Board of Governors. This is a reminder that the first voting item of the year for the Board of Governors is the proposed amendment to the SBA Constitution originating from the Student Organizations Committee. Per our SBA Constitution, we have posted the proposed amendments for your review on the SBA Bulletin Board (located on the Concourse level). If you have any questions, comments, or objections to the proposed amendments, please e-mail me ASAP at EPHAM.

In addition, SBA Elections for the following open Board of Governor positions will begin with campaigning on September 10:

     4L-Evening (1 position)
     3L-Day (1 position)
     2L-Evening (2 positions)

Please join us at the SBA General Election informational meeting to be held on Tuesday, September 1, 1998, at 4:00pm (room to be announced). I will be discussing campaigning rules and procedures so please attend if you wish to run. Please e-mail me in advance if you plan to attend at EPHAM.

Attention 1Ls:
A special welcome goes out to the incoming 1Ls! I hope that you've enjoyed Orientation Week and that you are becoming more familiar with Chicago-Kent's facilities. We've all been in your shoes and we know how overwhelming first year can be, so try not to worry too much! It was great meeting so many of you last Tuesday at the Student Organizations Fair. I spoke with a number of you about the many opportunities within and beyond the SBA. As you may or may not know, the SBA 1L Election is drawing near. The following positions are open for the incoming 1L class:

     1L-Day, Section 1 (2 positions)
     1L-Day, Section 2 (2 positions)
     1L-Day, Section 3 (2 positions)
     1L-Evening (2 positions)

I hope that you will join us at the SBA General Elections informational meeting to be held on Tuesday, September 1, 1998, at 4:00pm (room to be announced). If you are interested in attending or wish to attend but cannot due to time constraints, please e-mail me at EPHAM.

Hopefully, you will take advantage of the many worthwhile and active organizations at Chicago-Kent this year and in the years to follow. Please take the opportunity to e-mail me or any other SBA Governor at your convenience with any concerns, questions, or comments.

Message to the Board of Governors:
Welcome back! Congratulations again to the new Board. We have a fantastic group of representatives this year and I anticipate a productive and exciting new administration! This is a reminder that our first full Board of Governors meeting will take place on Thursday, August 27, at 5:00 pm (the room designation will be e-mailed to you shortly). We have at least three voting items to discuss in addition to committee appointments; a full and final agenda will sent to you prior to the meeting. If you have anything to add to the agenda, e-mail me ASAP. Please attend this very important first meeting or prepare to proxy your votes to me prior to meeting date.

I wish everyone the best of luck this year and I look forward to working more closely with you this coming year!


Elayna Pham
SBA President


Law Student Membership only $8/year!
The Chicago Bar Association is a professional organization dedicated to excellence in the legal field. With over 22,000 members, the CBA is one of the largest and most active bar associations in the country! Membership in the CBA offers law students the opportunity to learn about the actual practice of law through committee participation, seminars and publications. In addition, important networking opportunities are available for those who participate in CBA activities. To become a member, simply pick up an application from the CBA bulletin board in the concourse or log onto the CBA webpage,, to register on-line.

New Chicago-Kent CBA Representative
Your new Chicago-Kent representative for the 1998-99 year is 2L Donna Rotunno (DROTUNNO). As the school's CBA representative, Donna is a member of the SBA Board of Governors. Donna will also attend monthly meetings for the CBA Young Lawyer's Section Law Student Committee and report back to you about YLS activities and functions for law students. In addition, 4L Charis Runnels (CRUNNELS) has been re-appointed Chair of the YLS Law Student Committee for the 1998-99 bar year. Either Donna or Charis can answer any questions you may have about the CBA. Watch the Record for further details!


General meeting September 2, at 3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.

Welcome Back! We invite ALL students to join the executive board at our first general membership meetings on Wednesday, September 2, at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Room to be announced in next week's Record). We will share all of our great ideas for the coming year, including numerous speaker programs, social events, a mentorship program between students and practitioners, an alumnae/i reception and fundraiser, and much more!

WIL membership forms are available on our bulletin board on the concourse, along with our membership survey, mentorship questionnaires and informational brochures. If you have any questions about WIL, check out our webpage at or e-mail us at WIL.

WIL named the "Outstanding Student Organization of the Year" in 1998!
We are proud to announce that Women in Law was chosen by the Student Bar Association at the end of last year as the recipient of its "Outstanding Student Organization of the Year" award for 1998. Our plaque will hang in the WIL office and our name and picture has been added to the plaque between the elevators in the concourse. Thank you to all members whose hard work and dedication last year helped earn us this prestigious award!

Step Out to Stop Abuse 10K Walk on August 28
WIL is proud to be participating in the Step Out to Stop Abuse annual 10K walk, hosted by the Chicago Abused Women Coalition. The walk is this Saturday, August 29, starting at 10:00 a.m. We'd like to form a WIL team of walkers -- if you'd like to walk with us or would be willing to sponsor a WIL walker, PLEASE e-mail WIL IMMEDIATELY. Information is available on the WIL bulletin board on the concourse.

    1998-99 EXECUTIVE BOARD:
    Charis Runnels, President
    Abigail Kell, Vice President
    Stephanie Benway, Vice President
    Kimberly DeMarino, Treasurer
    Sita Balthazar-Thomas, Secretary
    Heather Fritch, Public Relations Coordinator


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