|Dr. Yassin El-Ayouty, Esq.
Founder and President
This year, our 9th in existence, promises to witness several events including a luncheon to which new personalities will be invited, and a symposium on the role of the lawyer in a democratic society. In addition, we have begun to plan for a project in Iraq the purpose of which is to propagate legal education for the masses.
II. Our New Executive Unit:
This Unit is intended to be the core of operational planning in the U.S. and overseas. It is made up exclusively of Associates, whose names are listed below, in their alphabetical order:
- Wil Carter - Project Funding
- Ray Chan - Webmaster and Technology
- Carol Maluje - Overseas Project Coordination
- Anthony Poulin - Research
- Angelika Ohl Saleh - Media and Social Events
- Hind Al Shnayen - Public Relations and Liaison
- Benjamin Barnett of St. Francis College, a SUNSGLOW intern, as an observer
These are the critical areas in the life and continuity of this organization that represents a hybrid of a private corporation with a public service purpose, namely the enhancement of the globalization of respect for and observance of the Rule of Law
. So it is only fitting that these tasks are entrusted to SUNSGLOW Associates who are, in effect, the equivalent of the peace corps of SUNSGLOW.
III. PROJECTED ACTIVITIES 2008:
A. SUBSTANTIVE PROGRAMS
1. LEGAL EDUCATION FOR THE MASSES IN IRAQ:
This pilot project’s title is “People and the Law.” It will consist of several episodes covering a period of twelve months for broadcast and telecast in Iraq. Yassin will be assisted in this effort by SUNSGLOW Associate Hind Al Shnayen. A source of funding has been located and is presently considering financing this program.
This in-country activity is now being planned for implementation in late 2008 in consultation with the Hon. Judge Medhat Al-Mahmood, the President of the Supreme Iraqi Judicial Council, who heads SUNSGLOW’s Liaison Center in Baghdad.
2. THE CHENNAI (MADRAS) COLLOQUIUM ON THE ROLE OF THE LAWYER IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY:
This colloquium, which was scheduled for March 18 and 19, 2008, is now scheduled to take place in October 2008. It will be co-sponsored by Fordham University Law School (The Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics). It is to be coordinated by Justice S. Mohan, who directs SUNSGLOW’s Liaison Center in Southeastern Asia, one of SUNSGLOW’s 10 regional centers.
B. ANCILLARY ACTIVITIES
3. SYMPOSIUM ON ISLAM AND DIVERSITY:
This is an event that will be co-sponsored with Fordham University Law School (the Institute on Religion, Law and the Lawyer’s Work) to be held on Saturday, April 12, 2008, beginning at 9:30 am. In this regard, diversity denotes acceptance of other faiths, creeds and a variety of differences. The symposium will feature a students/lawyer panel. In addition one of the speakers will be Judge Al-Saedi, a young investigative Iraqi Judge, who presided over the first phase of the trial of Saddam Hussein.
IV. SUNSGLOW LUNCHEON:
This semi-annual event, which has been held at Fordham University Law School since 2006, will be hosted, as previously announced, by the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, whose Chief Judge is the Hon. Raymond J. Dearie. Judge Dearie has recently joined the SUNSGLOW Board of Advisors. A date will be scheduled for that luncheon in April.
In view of this luncheon special venue, the guest list will feature a mix of persons consisting largely of personalities who are being introduced for the first time to SUNSGLOW, together with a number of advisors primarily from the New York area, associates and media personnel.
V. ASSOCIATES AND OTHER NEWS:
1. Wil Carter, who works on project funding for SUNSGLOW, is currently working on a master’s degree in international affairs at The New School University in New York. His research focus is on corporate social responsibility.
2. Raymond Chan is currently a manager of information technology at the Stony Brook University. He oversees the development and support of enterprise technology solutions to the Facilities and Finance divisions of the University.
3. The Commission on the World Justice Project of the American Bar Association has invited Yassin El-Ayouty to attend, as their guest the Forum’s meeting in Vienna, Austria from July 2-5, 2008. In explaining the purpose of the event, which Yassin has agreed to attend together with “500 leaders from fifteen disciplines and dozens of nations,” the invitation read in part as follows: “The World Justice Forum will bring together leaders representing such disciplines as business, education, engineering, environment, faith, human rights, labor, public health, and public safety. The Forum will launch new partnerships and initiatives to advance the rule of law and help all disciplines achieve their goals.”
4. Anthony S. Poulin completed his legal studies and has graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law with a juris doctor. He is sitting for the February bar exam in both New York and New Jersey. Good Luck, Anthony!
5. In 1983 Angelika Ohl Saleh was executive producer of a unique documentary on children in Seattle called “Streetwise”. “Streetwise” was nominated in 1984 for an Oscar and received several honors and awards. Now Angelika is poised to revive “Streetwise” in the form of a DVD. Thought is being given to having the theme of “Streetwise” benefit the Childhood Care and Sponsorship Organization in Iraq (CCSO), whose Honorary President is Hind Al Shnayen.
6. Hind Al Shnayen was honored by an international group of women in New York City on January 8, 2008, for her work on behalf of Iraqi children through the organization which she presides, namely the CHILDREN CARE AND CO-SPONSORSHIP ORGANIZATION IN IRAQ (CCSO- Iraq).
VI. SUNSGLOW INTERNSHIPS:
Our organization has established its own internships/externships as selected by the International Cultural Studies Department of St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, New York. The training program, which accommodates one selected student per every Fall, Spring and Summer semester, may in the future be extended.
VII. A LAW BOOK AT A GARAGE SALE ON LONG ISLAND:
A friend of Yassin El-Ayouty, who is an avid garage sale visitor, picked up a small page-sized book of 204 pages simply titled Law, published in Philadelphia, USA, in 1899, by the Penn Publishing Company. The full title of that gem by Paschal H. Coggins, Esq., of the Philadelphia Bar, is Law and How to Keep out of it. Chapter I, which deals with “Rights and Obligations”, ends up with the following paragraph: “Constitutions, Laws, and ordinances are intended to lay down general rules of action applicable alike to everybody within their jurisdiction. Contracts, on the other hand, may be described as special rules of action relating to some particular transaction, adopted in advance by the mutual consent of the persons concerned.”
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