Society of Women in Law:
News & announcements for the week of
October 5, 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!

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, Amnesty International, and possibly the Black Law Students Association.  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, 
  • 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, and 
  • Mary S. Trew, Exective Director of Pro Bono Advocates, whick provides direct legal services to the victims of domestic violence in Cook County.  
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. 

Welcome/Mentorship Reception A Success! 
Thank you to everyone who came to our Welcome/Mentorship Reception on October1st.  We hope you had a great time!  It was nice to see mentors and mentees meet each other, too.  We hope to have a similar reception in the Spring with Chicago-Kent alumnae practicing in Chicago--we'll keep you posted! 

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 programs, receive discounts on WIL merchandise, and makes you eligle for our fellowships!  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 
Faye Hizon, 1L Day Division Representative
Sonia Kosar, 1L Evening Division Representative

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