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Public Interest Resource Center

January 20, 2004

 

Public Interest Lawyers Panel

 

On Tuesday, February 3rd at Noon, KJF and the Career Services Office will be sponsoring a public interest lawyers panel.  Lawyers currently practicing in the area of public interest law, mostly from various areas of government, will share their experiences as a public interest lawyer and answer student questions.  Room TBA.  If you have any questions please email Aaron Garland (agarland@kentlaw.edu) or Melanie Kushnir in the career services office (mhushnir@kentlaw.edu).

 

Food and drink will be provided! 

 

CONFERENCES & RETREATS

Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference

On Saturday, February 21st, the Chicago Area Law School Consortium will be sponsoring a Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference at Northwestern University School of Law.  The Conference attracts over 50 employers for on-site interviews, table talk and for resume collections. Last year more than 200 students from 30 schools attended, with hundreds more submitting resumes to the non-attending employers.  Registration is required by Thursday, February 15th.  Please see the conference website for more information.

 

10th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference

During the weekend of February 20-22nd, the 10th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference will be held at Yale Law School in New Have, Connecticut.  The Rebellious Lawyering is a student-run conference that brings together practitioners, law students, and community activists/advocates from around the country to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change. For more information, please visit the Conference website.

 

17th Annual Robert M. Cover Public Interest Retreat

During the weekend of February 27-29th you can join 150 public interest law students, professors, and practitioners in the woods of New Hampshire at Boston University’s Sargent Camp in Peterborough, New Hampshire.  It will be a weekend devoted to developing personal connections, discussing important issues related to public interest law and careers, and learning from peers.  For more information, visit the retreat website.

 

6th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest & Social Justice Law Retreat

During the weekend of March 13-14th, the 6th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat will be held at the Park Plaza Hotel in San Jose, California. The 2004 Abascal lecturer will be United States Senator, Barbara Boxer. The Retreat provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to forge an alliance by exchanging viewpoints, exploring career opportunities and formulating strategies for social justice.  For more information, please visit the retreat website.

 

3rd Annual Norman Amaker Public Interest Retreat

During the weekend of March 26-28th, the Equal Justice Works student chapter at the University of Indiana-Indianapolis, along with SALT and Equal Justice Works will be sponsoring the 3rd Annual Norman Amaker Public Interest Retreat.  The event will be held at Indiana University's Bradford Woods Outdoor Center near Indianapolis.  The Retreat will bring law students, law professors and practitioners together for an informative, challenging, and even relaxing weekend in the country where they can share their knowledge and interests on various topics. The Retreat will focus both on the challenges and rewards of practice and the realities of working in the public interest.  For information on the 2004 meeting, email Kyleen Nash (snash@iupui.edu) at the University of Indiana-Indianapolis, or material check out information on last year's retreat.

 

13th Annual KJF Spring Auction

 

The 13th Annual KJF Spring Auction will be held Wednesday, April 14th.  The Spring Auction is KJF’s largest fundraiser and one of the largest events at Chicago-Kent.  For a small ticket price, attendees are treated to free food and drink and the opportunity to bid on numerous auction packages.  In previous years, auction packages have included spa treatments, hotel stays, theatre and dinner packages, tickets to concert and sporting events, and more.  Professors also donate packages such as dinner at their homes or a fine Chicago restaurant, tickets to sporting events, or a movie night for them and a group of students.  In recent years, the Spring Auction has raised between $15,000-$20,000, all going towards KJF Summer Fellowships.

Planning for the 13th Annual KJF Spring Auction is underway.  More information will be coming.  If you would like to help with the planning of the auction or have any questions please feel free to email the KJF Auction Co-Chairs, Kevin Raica (kraica@kentlaw.edu) or Erin Shanahan (eshanahan@kentlaw.edu).

 

Donate-a-Phone

 

Join KJF and the Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) in the fight against Domestic Violence!

 

Do you have cell phones that you no longer use that you want to get rid of?  As part of the Donate-a-Phone program, KJF and PIRC are collecting used cell phones.  The Donate-a-Phone campaign is an extension of the Wireless Foundation’s CALL to PROTECT program.  This program takes used cell phones and rehabs them and programs them with emergency number in order to provide wireless phones and airtime to victims of domestic violence.  So, by donating your used cell phone, you are hot only helping the environment by keeping these cell phones out of landfills, you are also helping victims of domestic violence.

 

All used cell phones, except car installed “bag phones” are accepted.  Cell phones that are broken are also accepted.  If possible please include charger and other accessories that came with the phone.  If you have questions or would like to donate your used cell phone, please drop the phone by room 654, or email Aaron Garland (agarland@kentlaw.edu) to make other arrangements.

 

 

Public Interest Law Journal

 

Are you interested in writing about today's laws and how they effect the underrepresented?  Do you want to participate in the creation of a Journal that brings together the political, economic and social realities of today?  If yes, this is the place to be.  Whether you want to write or edit, join us on this new venture.  All ideas are welcome!  If you are interested in participating or if you have questions, please contact Dan Rosen (drosen1@kentlaw.edu).  

 

Comments? Suggestions? E-mail drosen1@kentlaw.edu

 

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