of the SBA's Award for "Outstanding Student Organization of the Year"
Slipper Project Drive a Great Success!
Thank you to everyone who donated items to WIL's Glass
Slipper Project drive. Over 50 dresses, 15 pairs of shoes and
assorted accessories were donated during our drive. The dresses will
be distributed in April to local high school girls who lack the financial
means to purchase a dress for their prom. The Glass Slipper Project
was started recently by several young female attorneys in Chicago.
If you missed our drive but still would like to donate items, the Chicago
Bar Association at 321 S. Plymouth Court is taking donations through March
International Women's Day Conference
On March 6th, over 100 women attended the 5th Annual Chicago Celebration
of International Women's Day at Chicago-Kent. The conference was
about women sharing their stories, their dedication, their frustrations
and their visions for the future. Despite the snow storm, volunteers
helped out, speakers showed up, and participants contributed lots and lots
Special thanks to Michele Katz and Heather Fritsch who volunteered at
the conference, Janet Keim who managed to reserve the whole 5th floor for
us, and Katharine Baker who spoke at the opening plenary. I also would
like to thank Chicago-Kent students who participated and the organizations
(Amnesty International, Black Law Students Association, Gaylaw, International
Law Society, and Women in Law) who sponsored the conference.
If you would like to get information on International Women's Day 2000,
email Sita Balthazar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moot Court Competition Practices
To assist its 1L WIL members with their oral argument skills before
the Charles Evans Hughes Moot Court Competition, experienced upper-class
students will act as mock judges for 1Ls. Interested 1Ls should
with the title of their case problem and general times when you
would like to practice. Upperclass judges are needed -
to volunteer, please e-mail email@example.com
with times you are available between 4/5 and 4/15 (including weekends).
Everyone who requested outlines from WIL should have received them
by now. If you didn't receive an outline you requested, it's because
we don't have an outline for the class/professor. Only three students
submitted new outlines to us this semester, so we're desperate for other
outlines. We are still seeking outlines from the following classes
(if you requested outlines for any of these classes, we will send them
out to you if and when we get these outlines):
2. Sports law
3. Business Organizations
5. Illinois Civil Procedure
6. Health care law
7. Products Liability
8. Estates and trusts
9. International Human Rights
10. Conflict of Laws
If you have these or other outlines you're willing to donate, please
send them to us. To help save some trees, outlines will be accepted
in electronic form only. Please just e-mail WIL at firstname.lastname@example.org
with your outlines, telling us the class, the professor, the textbook(s)
used in class, the semester & year, your name, and the program in which
the outline is written (e.g. WordPerfect 7.0, Word 7). If you have
any questions about our outline bank, please
click here or e-mail Sita Balthazar-Thomas, our Secretary, at email@example.com.
Student Board Update
The WBAI Student Board, on which Charis, Heather and Stephanie sit
as Chicago-Kent representatives, is continuing its efforts. In the
next few weeks we will be distributing a survey for students to help guide
the Board's efforts to create programming and activities that will benefit
law students throughout Chicago. We would appreciate it if all WIL
members, regardless of whether you're also a WBAI member, would complete
the survey. Watch this space for more information.
The Board will also continue it's speaker series by having each program
hosted by a different member school. Students from all law schools
are welcome and encouraged to attend all of these programs.
In addition, the WBAI is planning another reception for student members
and new admittees to the Illinois Bar. The reception will be after
the May swearing in for February bar takers.
In early April, Loyola will schedule a presentation on job search techniques.
On April 16th from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m., Northwestern will have its annual
Feminist Symposium. A series of panels focusing on women's issues
in the workplace today is planned. The first panel will feature attorneys
who have each dealt with balancing family and work different ways (part
time partners, women who depend on daycare, a woman whose husband quit
to stay at home with kids). The next session will have a panel on
coming out in the workplace, as well as a panel on women in traditionally
male fields (a judge, criminal defense, patent work, securities).
The next session will feature one panel on moving from the private sector
to the public sector and the panel on networking and rainmaking techniques
featuring two WBAI members. The day will finish up at 3:30p.m. with
a keynote speaker (TBA) and a reception.
Chicago-Kent and DePaul will host speakers next Fall. Our program
will focus on dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace.
If you are interested in finding out more about the WBAI, please contact
Charis, Stephanie or Heather for more information or application forms.
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 WIL outlines and 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!
If you have any questions about WIL
membership, check out our webpage at http://www.kentlaw.edu/student_orgs/wil/
or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOMEN IN LAW
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 Rep.
Sonia Kosar, 1L Evening Division Rep.