of the SBA's Award for "Outstanding Student Organization of the Year"
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.
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
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);
b) At least three (3) WIL events or activities
during the 1998-'99 year (to be eligible for exclusively WIL funds).
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.
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.
Announces New Esther Rothstein Award
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.
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
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 www.kentlaw.edu/student_orgs/wil/glassslipper.htm.
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).
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 details...it will
be a great event you won't want to miss!
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.