Society of Women in Law:
News & announcements for the week of
September 28, 1998

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Don't forget: October General Meetings will take place Tues., Oct. 6th at 12:00 (#170) and Wed., Oct. 7th at 5:00 p.m. (#580).  Mark your calendar now!
Autumn Welcome/Mentorship Reception on Oct. 1st 
On Thursday, October 1st from 4-7 p.m. in the 10th Floor Event Room, Women in Law will host its Autumn Welcome/Mentorship Reception.  Hors d'ouevres and drinks will be served, catered by Last Minute Gourmet.  WIL members old and young are encouraged to attend this great event, and all female faculty members have been invited.  For participants in our mentorship program, this reception would be a great time for you to meet your mentee/mentor!  And don't forget your checkbook, because we'll be accepting membership dues and also selling the "Fund the Fight, Find the Cure" stamps (see related info. below) for $8/sheet of 20! 

October Speaker Panel: Domestic Violence 
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, WIL is bringing together a panel of distinguished speakers on Wednesday, October 14th at 3:00 p.m. in the Auditorium to discuss with us the varied legal issues surrounding domestic violence.  This event will be co-sponsored by Family Law, Health Law, Gaylaw, and Amnesty International.  The panel will begin at 3:00 p.m., followed by a reception in the lobby at 4:00 p.m. during which refreshments will be served. 
To date, speakers include Pamela Paziotopoulos, Supervisor of the Domestic Violence Unit of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, and Denise Wolf Markham, Director of Legal Services for LifeSpan Center for Legal Services, which helps low-income women who have been victims of domestic violence.  Watch this space for more details next week!  

"What Every First-Year Female Law Student Should Know" 
On Monday, October 12th, Professor Morrison Torrey from DePaul will be talking with law students about her most recent article concerning women's experiences in legal education, "What Every First-Year Female Law Student Should Know," soon to be published in the Columbia Journal of Gender and the Law.  The two 97 DePaul graduates who co-authored the article will also be speaking.  Copies of the article will be distributed during the program, and refreshments will be served.  Prof. Torrey teaches private sector collective bargaining and Feminist Jurisprudence.  She has written about rape, pornography, feminist teaching methodology and employment discrimination.  Along with Professors Mary Becker and Cynthia Grant Bowman, she edited the casebook "Cases and Materials in Feminist Jurisprudence: Taking Women Seriously."  Prof. Torrey spoke about this issue at WIL's 1998 spring conference This event is sponsored by the Student Board of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois (on which three WIL executive board members sit), and will be hosted by the Depaul Women's Law Caucus at DePaul University School of Law, 25 E. Jackson. (Check the WIL website for the exact time and room number - it will be either 4:30-6:30pm or 5-7pm.)  Students from Chicago-Kent will be meeting in our Lobby to walk over to DePaul the Record next week for exact time and location.  Law students of all years and genders are encouraged to attend. 

Mentorship Program A Success! 
Thank you to all students who are particpating in our mentorship program linking 1Ls with upperclass students!  You should receive an e-mail from Heather Fritsch, Mentoship Coordinator (, by Sunday, Sept. 27th at the latest with the name of your mentee/mentor.    We encourage you all to come to our Welcome Reception on Oct. 1st so you can meet each other face-to-face!  And special thanks to Heather for all of her hard work! 

REMINDER: Have you paid your membership dues yet? 
Please remember to pay your dues for the 1998-'99 year.  A $10.00 check made payable to Women in Law can be left in the WIL mailbox on the 2nd Floor.  Payment of dues allows you to participate in elections and mentorship porgrams and receive discounts on WIL merchandise.  Dues are used to fund programs and social events throughout the year, as well as fellowships we give to students over the summer to help pay for expenses when they volunteer with a public service agency.  Thank you! 

Charis Runnels, President 
Abigail Kell, Vice President 
Stephanie Benway, Vice President 
Kimberly DeMarino, Treasurer 
Sita Balthazar-Thomas, Secretary 
Heather Fritch, Mentorship Coordinator 
(1L Representatives to be elected) 

If you have any questions about WIL membership, check out our webpage at or e-mail us at 

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