of the SBA's Award for "Outstanding Student Organization of the Year" in
It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of our elections
- the following individuals, along with two 1L representatives to be elected
next Fall, comprise the Executive Board for 1999-2000 (class years designate
what each person's year will be when they serve next year):
President: 3L Heather Fritsch
Vice President (Day): 2L Faye Hizon
Vice President (Eve): 2L Sonia Kosar
Secretary: 2L Jessica Bank
Treasurer: 2L Megan Oliver
Mentorship Coordinator: 3L Michele Katz
All of the elections were very close, and we encourage ALL who participated
to continue your involvement in Women in Law, regardless of your official
position within the organization. This organization is only as strong as
Lucky Students Awarded Summer Fellowships
2L Heather Ast received a $750 partial fellowship for her 2 day/week
volunteer work at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, where she
will work in the Labor/Employment group in the Civil Actions Bureau.
1L Jessica Bank received a $2,500 full fellowship for her full-time
volunteer work at the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian.
(Funds for this fellowship were from WIL & KJF.)
Both Jessica and Heather have been active in WIL during their time at
Chicago- Kent and we wish them the best during their upcoming summer.
They'll tell us all next Fall about their experiences!
Sita Balthazar-Thomas wins first annual Esther Rothtein Award
At the Spring Reception last week, 3L Sita Balthazar-Thomas was awarded
the honor of receiving the first annual Esther Rothstein Award from Women
in Law. Mr. Alan Zenoff, '77 grad and nephew of Ms. Rothstein's,
gave a very moving speech portraying his Aunt and the kind of wonderful
woman she was. Charis then shared with those in attendance snippets
from Sita's very moving and inspirational personal statement. Although
the award was originally $250, a few weeks ago we received a check for
$250 from a woman who had been touched by Ms. Rothstein during her lifetime
and wanted to return the favor by matching our gift for the first recipient
of the award. However, since the $250 gift was matched by the Pritzker-Galvin
Challenge Grant, we were happy to award Sita with $750 to help defray her
costs of traveling to and volunteering in Rawanda, Africa after graduation
through Amnesty International with the International Tribunal.
from the President
This has been another GREAT year for Women in Law, and I hope that
you all have enjoyed participating. I do sincerely encourage you
all to continue your involvement in the organization, either as a student
or alumnae/i member. I do want to sincerely thank this year's board
members for all of their hard work and dedication to WIL: Abbie Kell, Stephanie
Benway, Kim DeMarino, Heather Fritsch, Sita Balthazar Thomas, Faye Hizon,
and Sonia Kosar.
We presented successful programs, distributed outlines, assisted with
1L moot court arguments, continued our mentorship program, held THREE fabulous
receptions, had opportunities to network with alumnae/i and other female
attorneys in Chicago, had some fun social events, sponsored a team for
the "Step Out to Stop Abuse" 10K walk, assisted with the Glass Slipper
Project, and raised funds through bakesales, raffles and donations for
our Fellowship Fund, Rothstein Award, and general operating costs of the
organization. And that's just what I can think of off the top of
Thanks to all and good luck with finals!
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.