Society of Women in Law:
News & announcements for the week of
March 22, 1999

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Applications Available for '99-'00 Executive Board  
Applications are now being accepted for 1999-2000 Executive Board positions.  The following positions are available: President,  Vice President (Day Division), Vice President (Evening Division), Treasurer, Secretary, and Mentorship Coordinator.  For full descriptions of these positions, click here.  

To apply, you must complete the application (available on the WIL bulletin board on the Concourse), which includes a brief (one page) candidate statement on why you think you should be elected to the WIL Executive Board.   This statement will be distributed to the voters before and at the time of the election. Applications are due to the WIL mailbox on the 2nd floor by 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 6th.  Candidate statements will be available on the WIL website by April 8th. Elections will take place in the Spak during the bake sale on Tuesday, April 13th.  Only dues-paying members may vote.  

Applications Available for 1999 Summer Fellowships 
Summer Fellowships are available to members working for a public service organization over the summer.  The position should be either pro bono or partially salaried.  Work relevant to women, as a community, is strongly preferred.  For the 1999 Summer, WIL will be offering between $3,000 and $4,000 in Fellowships (exact amount depends on KJF matching funds after KJF Auction).  No one student will be awarded more than $2,500.  

To be eligible for a WIL Summer Fellowship, you must: 
1) Be a currently enrolled student at Chicago-Kent College of Law who will return in Fall, 1999;  
2) Have paid your $10.00 Women in Law membership dues for 1998-'99; 
3) Have secured a position with a public service employer for Summer, 1999; and 
4) Have participated in: 
 a) At least three (3) WIL events or activities AND at least three (3) Kent Justice Foundation (KJF) events or activities during the 1998-'99 year (as required to be eligible for KJF matching funds);  OR 
 b) At least three (3) WIL events or activities during the 1998-'99 year (to be eligible for exclusively WIL funds). 

TO APPLY:  To apply for the WIL Fellowships, you must complete and submit all application materials to the WIL mailbox by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 9th, 1999.  Fellowship Rules and applilcations are available on the WIL bulletin board on the Concourse.  Applicants are also encouraged to apply for KJF Fellowships, should they meet KJF's eligibility requirements.  Each application will be reviewed and a fellowship awarded to one or more individuals based on their respective needs.  Fellowship winners will be announced at the Spring Reception in late April.  

WIL Announces New Esther Rothstein Award  
WIL is very pleased to announce the creation of an annual honorary award named after the late Esther Rothstein.  The award will recognize a current Chicago-Kent student who has demonstrated initiative and dedication to women's issues.  The annual award will be presented at the end of each academic year and will consist of an honorary plaque and $250.00.   

 Interested students may apply for the award by submitting a short application (available on the WIL bulletin board on the concourse), current resume and personal statement.  Application materials are due to the WIL mailbox on the 2nd floor no later than Friday, April 9th at 5:00 p.m.  Students may exemplify their initiative and dedication to women's issues through past or current community involvement, employment experience, academic pursuit, political action, or other such activities and personal experiences.   Applicants may be of either gender and need not be a member of WIL.   

The winner of the award will be chosen by the WIL Esther Rothstein Award Selection Committee.  Committee members will include disinterested WIL Executive Board members and Professors Baker, Sowle and Steinman.   The award winner will be announced at WIL's Spring Reception during the last week of April.  For more information about Esther Rothstein, click here.  

Glass Slipper Project, Part II    
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. 

Collecting the dresses, however, is only half the battle.  Volunteers are now needed to help set up the "boutiques" where the dresses and accessories will be distributed.  For all the details about how you can help, please see

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 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 with times you are available between 4/5 and 4/15 (including weekends). 

WIL Spring Reception 
We are planning our final event, the Spring Reception, for the last week of April.  At the reception, the new Exeuctive Board members, fellowship recipient(s), and Esther Rothstein Award winner will be announced.  Please watch this space for further will be a great event you won't want to miss! 

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  
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 or e-mail us at 

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