The first meeting of the semester was filled with exciting announcements and updates on upcoming activities. 

Events: 
There is still a carpool forming for the Midwest Public Interest Law Careers Conference coming up Saturday February 5th.  Contact Chris Donahoe if you are interested in joining in the carpool.  Tuesday, February 8th PILS will be hosting a movie night featuring Conviction, starring Hillary Swank on campus.  Stay tuned to the law daily for the room announcement.  Animal Law Society will be having its first ever organizational meeting in the next two weeks.  An email will be sent out when the date and room are available.  Finally, Tuesday February 22nd - Thursday February 24th, PILS will be sponsoring a second week of valuable information for all those pursuing a career in public interest, this time focusing on how to pursue public interest and make student loan payments at the same time.  February 22nd will have a panel on Fellowship opportunities, both for 1L/2L summers and 3L postgrad opportunities.  February 23rd will focus on Loan Repayment options and breaks available to those in government service or public interest.  February 24th will be a special presentation from the Washington University Business School Skandalaris Center on social entrepreneurship and the programs they offer.  Finally, PILS will be sponsoring the Friday April 8th Happy Hour with the Consumer Protection Society. 

Updates:
Jess has been working with Carol Vizer to find more postgrad options for public interest students.  Stay tuned for Public Interest Week 2 updates for more information on the programs and opportunities that they find or create. The Women's Law Caucus is also working hard through their auction activities to create more stipends for rising 3Ls.  The auction is coming up in March, so stay tuned for date, time and location info to help the cause by attending or spreading the word.

Public Service: 
Kim Harris is taking volunteers for a Habitat for Humanity construction day in February.  Contact her at kaharris@go.wustl.edu.  Sharone Pasternak is taking volunteers to create a listening library for a St. Louis Public School to help children learn to read.  Volunteers would help raise funds for the project, record books on tape, and help select a school to donate the finished product to.  Contact her at sharonepasternak@gmail.com.
 
 
Here are some interesting articles related to changes in law schools approach to teaching, and the state of the public interest market: