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     Project Bosnia began with the donation of a laptop computer and modem to three law school faculty members from the University of Sarajevo who visited the Villanova's School of Law in January of 1996. After a demonstration of the school's computer and information technology capabilities, the Bosnian law professors realized the potential importance technology could have in rebuilding their country.

     In the two years since the initial visit from the Bosnian legal scholars, student involvement has grown tremendously. Project directors from both schools have focused their collective energies to develop and maintain a strategic plan to ensure the success of Project Bosnia. Toward that end, students have created a Bosnia Home page on the World Wide Web (http://www.project-bosnia.org) to broadcast the Project's accomplishments. This links Web browsers to a universe of information regarding the country and its history, and tells the story of Project Bosnia.

     Moreover, student volunteers continuously work with administrators and faculty from their respective schools to coordinate various support programs. Students are currently canvassing local businesses and area law

"The project enhances and expands our school's mission. It puts a practical face on the legal learning that takes place in our classrooms."
—Assistant Dean Charles Rudnick.

firms seeking either monetary contributions or donations of personal computers which are necessary for Bosnian access to the Internet.

     "It is impressive that such small group of people can effectuate substantial

Always a teacher, Dean Perritt firmly believes the best education occurs through active student participation. Here, Alex Rozman and IV Ashton practice giving a computer slide presentation prior to meeting with the members of the Bosnian Constitutional Court in Sarajevo.
change," comments third-year law student IV Ashton. "When we joined Project Bosnia, we were just a group of students who wanted to lend a helping hand. Now, through a lot of hard work and dedication, we are helping a country ravaged by war rebuild its infrastructure. Helping bring stability to Bosnia via the Internet

only reinforces the commitment that we made at the beginning our legal education to utilize our abilities as future attorneys to assist others."

     It is this type of student enthusiasm that Dean Perritt credits for motivating him. He said his close association with students is an unusually good example of the mentor/protege relationship and has become a productive combination. "I'm not quite the same as I was at 25, not as bold. Students say `come on, let's call this person, let's contact that organization,'" commented Perritt.

     Dean Perritt graduated from MIT in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering and received a Master in Science degree from MIT's Sloan School of Management in 1970. In 1975, he received a law degree from Georgetown.
     "I think Dean Perritt's experience lends credibility," comments Alex Rozman, fellow Project Director and second year student. "His grasp of technology allows us to be more creative as we apply that technology to the law. He has worked in Washington and understands how public policy is made, how the legislative process works and how senior policy makers operate. He has taught us that if you don't understand how institutions interact, you marginalize your efforts."

     With these dynamics, Project Bosnia has successfully created a working environment that is atypical for both students and administrators. "The project has changed me in that I have never worked with students in this way before," said Dean Perritt. "The intensity is great. When you spend so much time together inevitably you get to know students in a much more personal way. We interact as equals and colleagues. We have come to trust each other and we have formed lasting friendships."

     Indeed one thing is for certain, no grade can measure what students and the law school communities are learning from Project Bosnia. On a technological level, both schools are committed to exploring various methods to advance their leadership in Internet research and development as it applies to legal systems. In fact, as technicians at CILP test theories pertaining
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