Student Organizations:
News & announcements for the week of
September 27, 1999

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Meeting on Thursday, September 30. The room will be announced later. For more information check out our Web page at


John Kurey, a partner at Rudnick & Wolfe, will discuss "What is Corporate Law?" at the Corporate Law Society's first speaker event of the academic year on October 5 at 12:00pm in room C40. Lunch will be provided.


1st Note: HLSA is proud to be able to once again offer two public interest fellowships. This year the HLSA broad has been able to secure two public interest positions with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF). These two fellowships will be for approximately $1,500 each. A third fellowship might be available in the future with the Puerto Rican American Legal Defense and Education Fund; however, that is still a tentative project. Applications will be available on September 20 on the HLSA board located on the west side of the concourse floor.

The deadline for anyone interested in applying for the MALDEF fellowships will be September 29. Absolutely no applications will be taken after that date, so if you are interested please keep the deadline in mind. You will need to submit you applications to Professor Rafael Gely's office located on the 7th floor in room 729. If you should have any questions please feel free to e-mail me (last year's vp) at or Minelson (last years pres.) at at any time.

Both fellowships will consist of a minimum of 160 hours to be spread out from October 4 through April 21. Please keep in mind that those dates are merely tentative and that the specific dates will have to be worked out between the student and MALDEF. Also, MALDEF has provided us with the following summary of what their expectations and needs are for the prospective students:

    The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educations Fund is a national not-for-profit legal organization that seeks to secure and defend civil rights for the over 29 million Latinos residing in the United States. MALDEF has five regional offices, including the office located in Chicago. The Chicago office is staffed by three attorneys, an additional part-time volunteer attorney, two policy analysts, a paralegal and support staff. Our region includes the Midwest and part of the South-- namely, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Our Chicago office is seeking interns for the fall semester. During the fall, MALDEF will be working on a number of exciting litigation and advocacy projects.

We are concentrating our efforts during this time period on:

  • 1) Immigration/due process issues.
  • 2) Equal protection in public service.
  • 3) Defending affirmative action programs in higher education.

Interns would work closely with MALDEF legal staff in formulating legal theories, strategy and tactic for potential litigation. An internship at MALDEF is a "hands-on" experience with the goal of developing litigation and practical legal skills. (Please be advised that the fall term has been amended to both fall and spring semesters to accommodate the requisite 160 hour minimum.)

2nd Note: Also, please be advised that HLSA will be conducting elections next week. The deadline to submit a statement of intent to run for any of the positions will be September 24. E-mail your statement of intent for any of the positions to A list of the candidates will be posted September 27 after 1:00pm on the HLSA bulletin board located in the concourse level, at which time, you can e-mail your vote to by September 30. All positions are open for elections:

  • President
  • Vice President.
  • Public Affairs Officer
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • HNBA Representative

  Thank you for your interest and hope to see you at the next HLSA meeting.

Monica Lepe-Negrete
Vice President (98-99)


William Baker of DePaul University invites our student body to a Sports Law Conference at DePaul on Tuesday, October 5. The details are at the following Web site:

To the general public, there is a conference fee of $125-$150. However, DePaul University is making this free to our law students. All our students have to do is register with Susan Alico at (312) 362-6229. This could be a good opportunity to learn about, and network into, the field of sports law.


SBA is sponsoring a law-related film series this year. We hope to present three films each semester, projected on video. Following each film, a Chicago-Kent professor or outside guest will lead a group discussion about the legal implications of the film. The goal is to provide a release from studying that is both fun and relevant to the law.

We will hold the first screening on Tuesday, September 28, at 5:00 in room 590. Professor David Thomas, criminal defense attorney in the Law Offices of Chicago-Kent and professor of criminal procedure, will join us for "Paradise Lost," a documentary about the trials of three teenagers in the mutilation murders of young boys in the woods near West Memphis, Arkansas, in the mid 1990s. This award-winning film raises some interesting questions about how justice is administered in our system. This movie is much scarier than "The Blair Witch Project" because it is 100% real! For more background information on this case and the documentary, go to


The Society of Women in Law held its first general meeting this week. For those of you who could not attend, a few highlights of the meeting were the introduction of the executive board and announcement of this fall's planned events for WIL.

Please attend our bake sale to be held on Wednesday, September 29, from 10:00am until 6:00pm in the Spak. We also need volunteers to bake and to sit at the table. Please contact Jessica Bank (JBANK).

Please remember to pay your dues! The annual dues for WIL are $10. Payment of your dues will allow you to receive all of the benefits of being a member of WIL, including access to the outline bank.

The 1L representative elections will be held on Tuesday, September 28, from 12:00-6:00pm. Please remember that the WIL 1L representative statements are due in room 694 by 6:00pm on Friday, September 24.

The 1L Welcome Reception has been POSTONED from Octobrer 7 at 5:00pm to October 14 at 5:00pm. The reception will be held on the 10th floor in the reception room.

If you are interested in being either a mentor or a mentee, please pick up an application from the WIL board on the concourse level. The applications are due Monday, September 27, by 6:00pm in room 694.

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