Student Organizations:
News & announcements for the week of
September 7, 1998

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SBA President's Message:

I am proud to announce that the SBA Board of Governors unanimously voted in a new student organization! Congratulations to POLSKA WOLA, an organization established to address issues of interest to the Polish legal community. If you are interested in joining this new organization, please contact John DiJohn (JDIJOHN) as soon as possible.

Fall 1998 Budget Request Packets...
have been distributed!!! Budget packets were placed in the student organization mailboxes on August 31. They are due on September 10, 1998, in either the SBA mailbox on the 2nd floor, or under the SBA door at C88. If you have any questions, please contact Nick Scarpelli (NSCARPEL).

The first SBA Social will take place on Thursday, September 24, 1998, at the Cactus Bar, 404 South Wells (Wells & Van Buren), from 8pm-12pm. Please bring your Chicago-Kent I.D. cards (you will not be admitted without it!). We will provide free beer, wine and soft drinks. Please join us for what should be a great evening!

Campaigning begins for the SBA Fall Elections on September 10, 1998. There will be no campaigning prior to that date. Please submit your candidate statement and completed petition by September 8, 1998, at 8:00pm. Actual voting dates will take place on September 23 and 24 on the third floor mezzanine. If you have not picked up your petition, please stop by the SBA office (petitions are available outside the door of C88).

New SBA AD HOC Committee Established
SBA Complaints and Concerns Committee
The SBA Complaints and Concerns Committee is a new mechanism for students to voice their concerns and ideas about SBA, Chicago-Kent and IIT. SBA hopes to better and more directly address student problems by intervening and advocating for individual problems, compiling concerns to address as a community, or advocating for the school body to the administration.

Another purpose of the Complaints and Concerns Committee is to direct people to the resources available for resolving their problems. We also hope to go beyond the information and resources available through the Student Handbook to address problems that arise BECAUSE of those resources, or because of the absence of resources available here.

If you have a complaint or concern, or just want more information, please feel free to e-mail Andrea Laiacona (ALAIACON) or drop a note outside the SBA office (C88). Anonymity is fine, and confidentiality is assured. We look forward to hearing from you.

Fall Lecture Series Committee
If you are interested in assisting with the Fall Lecture Series, please e-mail Robin Remley (RREMLEY) or Marios Rush (MRUSH).

Finance Committee
If you would like to serve as a student-at-large on this fall's SBA Finance Committee, please e-mail Nick Scarpelli, SBA Treasurer (NSCARPEL) as soon as possible -- the committee will meet to vote on the fall 1998 Budget Requests in the next week or so.

Barrister Ball Committee
Donna Rotunno, Barrister Ball Committee Chair, is in the process of location-scouting for the 1999 Barrister Ball. We are looking at a tentative date of April 17. If you would like to assist Donna with the organization of the ball, please e-mail (DROTUNNO) as soon as possible.

SBA General Meeting
The next SBA General Board of Governors meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 23, 1998, at 5:00pm. Governors, please attend this very important meeting as we have many, many issues to cover. (Room to be announced)

Dean's Advisory Council Meeting
If you have any problems or concerns that you want to bring to Dean Sowle's attention, please contact Andrea Laiacona (ALAIACON), Complaints and Concerns Committee Chair, as soon as possible.


National Lawyer's Meeting
Amnesty International is holding a National Lawyers Meeting at Chicago-Kent on November 7 & 8, 1998. The meeting includes panel discussions on the International Criminal Court and on unfair trials. Training sessions address pursuing human rights violators in the United States under the Alien Tort Claims Act, Torture Victims Protection Act, and other means. The keynote speaker is Constance L. Rice who has held the position of Western Regional Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund since 1991. Ms. Rice has litigated cases involving police misconduct, housing discrimination, employment discrimination, education and voting rights.

How to Get Involved
Since the meeting is taking place here at Chicago-Kent, this gives us the great opportunity to help in the planning of this meeting. If you are interested in participating in the Organizing Committee, contact Sita Balthazar-Thomas at SBALTHAZ and attend the next Amnesty International meeting on Wednesday, September 9, at 5 pm.

Amnesty International will be holding elections at the next meeting. If you are interested in running please e-mail Sita at SBALTHAZ.

General Meeting: Wednesday, September 9, 5 p.m., room 580

Human Rights Issues - Did You Know..
*  that it is not a criminalized offense for prison guards to have sexual contact with women prisoners in 13 states in the United States?

*  that 5% of the U.S. population and 9% of all people of color say they have been physically mistreated or abused by the police?


The Commentator is Chicago-Kentís monthly student newspaper. We are looking for writers and editors. For all who are interested, please e-mail Ivy Israel (IISRAEL). Any articles for the September issue must be submitted on disk by Wednesday, September 23, either in The Commentator mailbox or to The Commentator office in C86. Long live paper media!


Welcome 1Ls and all returning students! There will be a meeting on Tuesday, September 8, in room 520 at 12 noon.


Come join us for our first general meeting on Tuesday, September 8 at noon or 5:30, room to be announced. Issues to be discussed are membership, the ILSA Fall Conference, and open positions on the ILS board. See you all there!


To: All students in the Labor/Employment Certificate Program, all students in the Labor and Employment Law Society, and all students interested in labor and employment law.

From: Certificate Program in Labor and Employment Law.

Please join us on Monday, September 14, at 4:30-6:00 p.m. in room 590 for the Fall Welcome Back Get-Together, jointly sponsored by the Certificate Program in Labor and Employment Law and the Labor and Employment Law Society.

Catch up with old friends and meet new ones; learn what the Institute for Law and the Workplace has planned for the year, what is involved in the Certificate program, and what the Labor and Employment Law Society is up to.

Pizza, pop, and cookies!

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