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In mid-November, DePaul law students and the Pro Bono Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) joined nearly 1,000 other regional volunteers to serve approximately 600 of Chicago’s homeless at the St. Vincent de Paul Center’s Homeless Outreach Luncheon in Lincoln Park. The service day was one of PBCSI’s monthly Donate-A-Day community service projects for law students. College of Law Chaplain Tom Judge and other DePaul Loop Campus students also participated.
Xavier McElrath-Bey has a remarkable story to tell. Imprisoned for first degree murder at age 13, he's now in his 30s with a master's degree and is working to make the world a better place.
On Friday, November 1, 2013, the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center will welcome McElrath-Bey to talk about his traumatic childhood experiences in foster care, in a gang and in being institutionally raised, all of which give him insight into the challenges many youth today face. McElrath-Bey's message is hopeful, emphasizing how we can help make a positive difference in the lives of at-risk youth.
The event is scheduled from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at DePaul University College of Law, 25 E. Jackson Blvd., Lewis Room 242. Tickets are $100; proceeds support the center's public service work in juvenile justice and child abuse and neglect.
To register or for more information about the event, visit https://alumni.depaul.edu/FREvents/ExtEventDetail.aspx?event_id=1861.
The Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) recently concluded its annual school supply drive for homeless and low-income students at A.N. Pritzker Elementary School, a Chicago Public School located in Wicker Park. PBCSI Director Cheryl Price delivered the supplies to the school where they were warmly received by Pritzker staff, including Assistant Principal Mrs. Barbara Abdullah-Smith, School Counselor Amanda Szaraz, and 6-8th grade teacher Jerry Weissbuch. Although Pritzker is located in Wicker Park its students live in a variety of neighborhoods across the city. According to Ms. Szaraz, approximately 50% of Pritzker students are considered low-income, and approximately 30 of them are considered homeless. As such, the school supplies are sorely needed to ensure that these students have the supplies they need to learn and thrive in the school setting.
PBCSI was pleased with this year’s donations. According to PBCSI Director Cheryl Price: “I was so impressed with the DePaul community’s generosity and thoughtfulness, especially staff members, who contributed the lion’s share of school supplies and money for this drive.” Price was also thankful for the generous donation of pens and flash drives from Lexis/Nexis. Price explained: “All of these supplies go directly to the students to help them succeed at school. We are happy to contribute to this worthy cause and feel strongly that it is an important part of our Vincentian mission. We look forward to running the school supply drive again next fall.”
On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, the Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL), the Public Interest Law Association (PILA) and Law Career Services (LCS) hosted a lunchtime information session on how to find a summer public interest law job and secure funding. During the presentation, Elizabeth Boe, assistant director of recruiting, LCS, Shaye Loughlin, CPIL director and Robin Wagner, a third year student and PILA president offered advice to students seeking summer internships with public interest organizations.
All of the presenters advised students to begin the internship search early, as public interest internships are competitive. To help students find positions, Elizabeth Boe introduced students to the primary job posting sites: Vincent, PSJD, PILI, and the Government Honors/Internship Handbook. Upper-level students also gave their perspectives on ways to maximize the summer externship experience, including Robin Wagner’s tip of diversifying internships in order to build skills. Hannah Scruton, a 2L, discussed her internship at the Office of the Public Guardian, which she got in part through her CPIL mentor. The information session also gave first-year law students an overview of the possible funding sources available to public interest interns, and gave them a timeline for beginning to apply for summer positions.
The presentation was videotaped and can be accessed via iTunes U; look for Law Career Services under “On Campus.”
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DePaul law students are known for their commitment to service and public interest work so it was no surprise that the Fall Student Service Fair drew a large crowd of students who were excited and ready to start volunteering. The fair, held September 10 and organized by the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative (PBCSI), is one example of the many ways PBCSI works to engage law students in service work.
The fair started with presentations from PBCSI’s six partner organizations, which include Cabrini Green Legal Aid, the Center for Disability & Elder Law, Croak Student Legal Services, the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, and A.N. Pritzker Elementary School. Students also learned about volunteer opportunities with Illinois Legal Aid Online, DePaul’s Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic and the Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse Project, which is a project of DePaul’s Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center. University Ministry informed students about their winter break Service Immersion Trips to New Orleans and Washington D.C.
Jody Raphael, author, national researcher and senior research fellow at the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, met law students, faculty and staff to discuss her new book, “Rape is Rape: How Denial, Distortion, and Victim Blaming are Fueling a Hidden Acquaintance Rape Crisis.” She offered information on the causes of rape denial and its effects on those who report rape. The presentation and discussion is part of a series of monthly discussions hosted by the Child & Family Law Center.
More information about Raphael’s new book and other publications and reports from the Child & Family Law Center, is availabel on the center's website.
Wendy Musielak (BUS '99, JD '03) was named DuPage County Bar Association's Lawyer of the Year in recognition of her long-standing commitment to the DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA) and DuPage Association of Women Lawyers.
Musielak is a partner at Esp Kreuzer Cores LLP where she concentrates her practice in family law.
Musielak received the award at the 2013 President's Ball at Danada House in Wheaton. "Wendy has been invaluable to the DCBA," said outgoing DCBA President Sharon Mulyk. "When it came time to make a decision for Lawyer of the Year, the choice was an obvious one."
She also serves as chair of the membership committee and a member of the planning committee for the DCBA. Musielak is a director for the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers and a fellow with the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois.
Vastine and Newman teach a course at the College of Law in restorative practices, a process that has been gaining ground in the legal community as an effective alternative dispute resolution possibility.
It’s a process that encourages both communicating and listening in a safe, responsible and effective manner. The process works whether the participants are merely discussing ideas or options, or are resolving conflicts. “Restorative practices are about helping to create safe space for whatever the dialogue might be,” said Vastine.
The philosophy has roots in many ancient and indigenous cultures. The process first gained currency in Illinois in connection with criminal and juvenile matters, and is often spoken of in terms of victims and offenders and, occasionally, forgiveness. Yet, as Vastine and Newman contend, the process is much, much more.
The Center for Public Interest Law concluded the yearlong Public Interest Legal Skills Series with a three session restorative justice series. Adjunct Professors Elizabeth Vastine and Peter Newman taught the series this April during the lunch hour. Vastine and Newman held each session in a restoratve justice circle, to help students gain a basic understanding of the practice, as well as how it is implemented in Cook County Juvenile Justice system.
Student participants praised the opportunity to collaborate with one another and learn more about this increasingly popular method of alternative dispute resolution, which is fast becoming a critical practice in juvenile justice system. "I was so grateful to have the chance to gain restorative justice skills," said Cindy Bedrosian ('14). "We learned about restorative justice by actually participating in a restorative justice circle each week. It was wonderful to have this opportunity to learn about an innovative practice by experiencing it, instead of merely attending a lecture."