Society of Women in Law:
News & announcements for the week of
October 12, 1998

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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.  Speakers scheduled to appear are:
  • Pamela Paziotopoulos, '90, Supervisor of the Domestic Violence Unit of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, 
  • Denice 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. 
  • Beatrice Burgos, Chicago Abused Women's Coalition 

"What Every First-Year Female Law Student Should Know"  
On Monday, October 12th from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Rare Book Room in DePaul's library, 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.  It's in the Rare Book Room, 5th floor of the library. 

Students from Chicago-Kent will be meeting in our Lobby at 4:00 p.m. to walk over to DePaul together.  Look for Heather Fritsch, our Mentorship Coordinator, who will be leading the group.  Law students of all years and genders are encouraged to attend. 

WIL Outlines Now Available!
WIL has compiled and up-to-date list of all outlines currently available to members on disk and in hard copy form.  If you didn't get a chance to sign up at our General Meetings last week, please e-mail Sita Balthazar-Thomas, our Secretary, at with your request.

WIL Bake Sale Scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th
Mark your calendars...the October WIL bake sale has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 20th from 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Come to the Spak to buy some delicious baked goods and help WIL raise money for its summer fellowships!  We also need volunteers to bring in baked goods and to sit at the table throughout the day.  Please e-mail  if you can help out.  We will also be selling the "Fund the Fight, Find the Cure" breast cancer stamps  - $8.00 for a sheet of 20 stamps. 

Agenda & Notes from October General Meetings Last Week
If you missed the general meetings last week, don't despair!  The agenda and notes from the meeting will be published to the WIL website next week. 

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 

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

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