|About Operation Kosovo||
idea: New law firm in the former Yugoslavia
often that a law school starts a private law firm, but Chicago-Kent College
of Law may do just that - in Kosovo, in the former Yugoslavia.
wracked by war and forced migration of hundreds of thousands of people
in the 1990s and is now under United Nations control.
from the Illinois Institute of Technology and students from the university's
law school, Chicago-Kent College of Law, have for several years worked
together in Operation Kosovo, which promotes the rule of law, democracy,
civil society and economic development in Kosovo.
law Professor Henry H. Perritt Jr. traveled to Kosovo with four students,
three of them from Chicago-Kent and one an undergraduate in political
science at IIT.
team will explore starting a law firm to provide opportunities for graduates
and students of the law school at Kosovo's Pristina University and also
attract foreign investment.
would start with one American attorney and one Kosovar attorney and later
expand to include more Kosovar lawyers, according to law student Tonya
Newman, a spokesperson for the group that went to Kosovo.
hope is [that the involvement of a U.S. lawyer] will facilitate investment
from Americans and from international businesses," she said.
there aren't a lot of offices where graduating [Kosovar] law students
can go. There aren't a lot of firms there.
there are attorneys in Kosovo," she said, "many older attorneys
are unfamiliar with [UN] regulations, while younger attorneys have difficulty
. The firm will fill a need for representation of Kosovars
to international bodies such as the United Nations."
of starting a law firm came from the political science major on the trip,
Tim Grochochinski. The other traveling students are Nicole Thibodeau,
Carson Block and Jill Wechtler. Newman hopes to go another time.
will also meet with representatives of the Kosovo Law Centre, which is
publishing a new compendium of Kosovar laws, and with representatives
of Kosovo's Criminal Defense Resource Centre.
As a sign
of the new complexities in ancient Kosovo, both of those operations are
new NGO's, or non-governmental organizations, established by the Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Mission in Kosovo Rule of Law
The planned law firm will initially focus on transactional work.
(Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 11, 2003, p. 3)
|Historical and Cultural Info|
|Project Open Macedonia|
Several Interprofessional Projects (IPROs) of Chicago-Kent College of Law and the Illinois Institute of Technology have contributed to this site.
thanks to Charles Rudnick, Julian Mulla, George Soros's people by name,
IV Ashton, Scott Waguespack, and a number of students who have participated
in past IPROs and played key
This site is made possible due to donations from Sun Microsystems.