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Headlines for the Week of April 23, 2012

Student Bar Association

SBA General Assembly meeting minutes

Read the minutes from the April 15, 2012, SBA General Assembly meeting.

Journal of Environmental and Energy Law (JEEL)

Journal of Environmental and Energy Law seeking applicants for Executive Board for 2012-13

The Journal of Environmental and Energy Law (JEEL) is an online journal at Chicago-Kent focused on advancing legal discourse on important developments, practices and theories in the area of environmental and energy law. The journal publishes one issue annually and maintains an "In the News" section on the journal's website that features short articles updating readers on cases, administrative rulings and other developments in environmental and energy law.

Why should you join JEEL?

  • You can learn more about a challenging and interesting practice area.
  • You can build writing and editing skills.
  • You can gain valuable journal experience to add to your résumé.

We are seeking 2Ls and 1Ls for the following positions:

  • Editor-In-Chief
  • Managing Editor
  • Submissions Editor
  • Executive Articles Editor (3)
  • Research Editor
  • Webmaster
  • Public Relations Director

An explanation about the exact nature of the positions is available on the JEEL website at or you can contact Kendra Garstka at for more information.

To apply: send a brief (150 words or less) statement of interest detailing your work, educational and personal experience that makes you a good candidate to by April 23.  Identify the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line.

Feel free to apply for multiple positions. A focus in environmental and energy law is helpful, but not required to be considered.

Sports and Entertainment Law Society

Presenting entertainment lawyer Travis Life

Tuesday, April 24
1 p.m. in room 170

The Sports and Entertainment Law Society presents entertainment lawyer Travis Life with insight and advice to help students get into the field.

Women in Law

Congratulations to the 2012-13 WIL Executive Board Members!

President: Abby Whitt
VP: Alex Grace
Treasurer: Gabri Asrow
Secretary: Rebecca Lyon
3L Reps: Katrina Alexopoulos and Kylin Fischer
Social Chair: Megan Mulherin
Philanthropy Chair: Megan Sippl
WBAI Liason: Hannah Pitsenberger
Media/Website Coordinator: Catie Lee
2L Reps: Sunny Nam and Lauren Vandersluis

April 24: Class-picking panel!

Tuesday, April 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in room 570. WIL is co-hosting with several other student groups!

  • Each panelist will represent a different certificate program. They will give some quick information about their respective programs and provide general information about the classes/professors (i.e., required classes, if there are multiple professors who teach a particular course, how their exams are structured, attendance policies, whether they cold call, etc.) Also, they will give any recommendations they have with regards to the classes/professors in the certificate programs.
  • Panelists will discuss classes that most 2Ls take (Con Law, Evidence, Bus Orgs, and Legal Writing 3/4--general information on the professors, how the classes were structured, etc.)
  • They will share some thoughts on other elective classes that they may have liked (or classes that they absolutely hated).
  • Each panelist will probably talk for about 5 to 7 minutes in order to provide students with time to ask questions at the end.

Pequod's deep dish pizza will be provided! Come eat pizza and get some info about classes!

Reminder: WIL is nominated for Student Org of the Year!

All members are invited (and highly encouraged) to attend the awards ceremony Tuesday, April 24, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., where Dean Krent will give his State of the Law School Address and will announce the winner.

April 25: Special networking breakfast with the Mothers' Defense Host Committee of the Family Defense Center (FDC)

Dear Friend:

On behalf of our Mothers' Defense Host Committee, we invite you to attend an informational monthly special networking breakfast on April 25, 2012, from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. at our offices. The purpose of the breakfast is to introduce you to the pioneering work of Family Defense Center to address the child welfare system's biases against mothers. This breakfast is a chance for us to meet with leaders in our community who care about justice for children and families. It is also a chance for all of us to share ideas about how the work the FDC has started on behalf of mothers in the child welfare system can become more effective in breaking down entrenched biases and changing policies that hurt women, children, and families.

The Family Defense Center is an award-winning not-for-profit organization that advocates justice for families in the child welfare system. By offering high-level systemic advocacy as well as grass-roots activities for families treated unfairly by state child protection agencies, the FDC defends children who can be safely raised in their own homes.

The Mothers' Defense Project was started in 2009 as a framework for the Center's handling of cases in which mothers were the specific targets of wrongful accusations by the child protection system for reasons that appeared to be gender-specific and discriminatory. Currently there are five categories of cases the center accepts that fall within the Mothers' Defense Framework:

  • Domestic violence victims threatened with the loss of' their children due to their own status as victims
  • Mothers with mental illness
  • Non-offending mothers blamed for being in relationships with a "risky" partner, or blamed for their partner's actions
  • Mothers in extreme poverty
  • Teen mothers.

We look forward to sharing more information about the mothers we help to access justice and we hope to solicit your ideas to help us make our work on behalf of these mothers and their children even more successful. We hope you are interested in this work and will be even more interested in getting involved with this Project after you learn more.

We hope to see you at Mothers' Defense informational breakfast on April 25, 2012 from 8:15 to 9:30 am. at 70 East Lake Street. A delicious patisserie breakfast will be served. Hope you can join us!


Diane Redleaf and Helene Snyder

On behalf of the Center's Mothers' Defense Leadership Committee (in formation):

Julie Bauer
Ann Courter
Colleen Garlington
Prof. Dorothy Roberts

WBAI's seventh Leadership Development Series Program

The Women's Bar Association of Illinois and the
Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women

invite you to join us for

WBAI's seventh Leadership Development Series Program

Women Leaders in Government
Tuesday, May 1
5:30 to 7 p.m.

111 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois
41st Floor

Sheila Simon
Illinois Lieutenant Governor

Toni Preckwinkle
Cook County Board President

RSVP to Monique in the WBAI office by April 27
Telephone: (312) 341-8530



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