Society of Women in Law:
News & announcements for the week of
March 15, 1999

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Winner of the SBA's Award for "Outstanding Student Organization of the Year" in 1998  
Glass 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 31st.  

Chicago 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 of energy!  

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 sbalthaz@kentlaw.edu.

1L 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 e-mail wil@kentlaw.edu 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 wil@kentlaw.edu with times you are available between 4/5 and 4/15 (including weekends). 

WIL Needs Outlines!  
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): 

1.  Remedies 
2.  Sports law 
3.  Business Organizations 
4.  Evidence 
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 wil@kentlaw.edu 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 sbalthaz@kentlaw.edu. 

WBAI 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 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. 
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. 

If you are interested in finding out more about the WBAI, please contact Charis, Stephanie or Heather for more information or application forms. 

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 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! 
 
1998-'99 WOMEN IN LAW  
EXECUTIVE BOARD: 
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. 
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 wil@kentlaw.edu 


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