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Week of March 14th, 2011

Register for Lobby Day Field Trip

Are you interested in policy and the "sausage-making" process of legislating?  Come on down to see what it's all about!  The ELS is joining the Sierra Club and other public interest groups to attend Lobby Day, an annual gathering of volunteers who are quickly trained in the lobbying process and then walk the floors of the State Legislature to urge lawmakers to protect the environment.  Details on the priority bills are available at

Lobby Day 2011 will take place Tue 1:45PM - Wed 8PM/Mar 29-30th - registration is available immediately at Costs will be $30-50 depending on how many students attend, subsidized by SBA ($10 for dinner/training/networking party on 29th, $10 for materials/lunch on 30th, $45 for Amtrak, $45 for hotel stay = $110). Please note that he hotel price is for a shared room - if you'd like your own, you will need to pay an extra $45.  Please contact Shannon Beebe by Friday, Mar. 11 if you want to sign up for SBA funds and to ensure a spot on the last Amtrak train that will arrive in time for the networking party/training on the 29th.  Commitment and payment needed by Friday Mar. 25.  If you plan to attend and have a car that you would drive, please contact Shannon asap at

Bike Drive at Chicago-Kent: Help Provide Bikes for those in need!

Are you handy with an L-wrench?  Want to become handy?  Come
learn and reconstruct bikes at a bike drive for the needy this month!  ELS is teaming up with KJF and other public interest groups to reconstruct bikes using materials from a local bike shop on March 26, 2011 from 9AM - 3 PM.  Activities will take place in the concrete area behind Kent.  For more details, visit or contact

Earth Day Coming Soon

The Environmental Law Society will be holding events for Earth Week in mid-April, which will include a movie and popcorn night, an alumni panel and a raffle. We also have a beach cleanup coming up soon, stay tuned for details.  For information email

First Spring Round Table Events

The first round table events have been scheduled! To encourage discussion, only 12 seats will be available on a first come first served basis.  Please sign up on TWEN, Lunch will be provided.

Wed, March 23, 11:45-12:45: Louise Gross, EPA attorney and Clean Air Act expert, will discuss how environmental regulation has developed over the past 20 years and the government's role in protecting the environment.

Tue, March 29, 11:45-12:45: Shell Bleiweis, a sole practitioner who specializes in environmental law, will come to Kent to discuss his experiences in environmental law and this alternative way to practice it. 

GM Crops and Federal Regulation: Presentation by Biotech Expert Gregory Jaffe, April 11, 4PM, Kent Auditorium/Lobby:

Along with Net Impact, SALDF and IPLS, the ELS presents Greg Jaffe, an attorney at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in DC.  Mr. Jaffe will present the pros and cons of genetically modified crops - both plant and animal - and how well federal regulations are protecting the public interest.  A late lunch will be served.

Net Impact Happy Hour at Kerryman

Eight of Net Impact local chapters are throwing a Happy Hour event on April 1st 5:30PM at Kerryman (661 N Clark Street). All participants are from the environment and CSR fields. ELS members are invited!

Friends of the Forest Preserves Water Policy Internship

The Friend of the Forest Preserves is looking for a policy intern this summer. The intern will be working for Friends of the Forest Preserve to advocate through community organizing and education for the adoption of a Stormwater Management Policy for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, which is currently being considered by the forest preserve board of commissioners.  The Forest Preserves of Cook County make up 11% of Cook County land with many of the preserves buffering the region's river corridors, yet these same preserves receive between 50% and 80% of the County's stormwater.  This has a negative impact on water quality and also stresses high quality natural areas in the forest preserves including habitat for 173 threatened and endangered species.  The intern would also work on site specific stormwater challenges by conducting research, working to find alternative solutions, and educating the public and local officials. Finally, the intern would serve as Friends' liaison at watershed partnership meetings.  The intern will also work on developing information and messaging, themes and images to use in communications, along with creating and giving presentations to local groups.

Internship Dates:  12 weeks (May 23-Augut 12, 2011, some flexibility with dates); 32 hours per week. Benefits include $160 per week stipend plus a travel award to be announced later. Applications are due by Monday, April 18.

To apply submit a cover letter and resume to:

Alice Brandon, Conservation Director
Friends of the Forest Preserves
28 E. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 1102
Chicago, IL 60604-2330
(312) 356-9990

Stephen H. Rothblatt Scholarship

Full or part-time graduate students pursuing a couse of study and research leading to careers in environment related studies can apply for the Stephen H. Rothblatt Scholarship. Applicatns must be a U.S. citizens of permanent resident.  The Scholarship is $1,000.00.  Application deadline is March 18, 2011. The application is available at


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