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Record Archives for 2002-2003 Academic Year

Archive entries are in reverse chronological order.
SUMMER 2003

Weeks of August 4 and August 11, 2003

Fall 2003 Course Information.
We have made the following changes to the Fall 2003 class schedule:

(1) Law and Bioethics: This course may now be taken for seminar credit. If you are interested in choosing this option, please contact me at ssowle@kentlaw.edu.

(2) Section 1983/Constitutional Torts seminar: The day/time of this seminar has been changed to Wednesdays, 4:00-5:50 pm.

(3) Legal Drafting: Section 424-053 (Wednesdays at 7:35 pm) has been canceled due to low enrollment.

Fall 2003 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Books. Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall 2003 semester will be posted on the Student Portal page no later than Wednesday, August 6. You may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course books for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, call the bookstore at 312/906-5605. In addition, you may order your course books over the Internet by clicking on the Follett's Bookstore link on the Student Portal page.

Intensive Trial Advocacy -- Seat Available in August Session. A seat has opened up in the August session of Intensive Trial Advocacy 1 (Saturday, August 16 - Saturday, August 23, 2003). If you are interested in taking this seat, you can register through the online registration system (first-come, first-served). The course number is 541-071.

Orientation Leaders and Mentors Wanted. Each year, entering students tell us that much of their most informative and valuable information comes from other students. As someone who has been there, your advice can be critical to the success of our incoming class. As an Orientation Leader, your tasks may include leading a lunch discussion with a group of students on the first day of Orientation (August 18); helping take ID photos; answering questions and giving advice; and whatever other help we end up needing. As a Mentor, you will be paired with one or two first-year students to provide one-on-one advice and guidance about adjusting to the law school experience.

If you are interested in becoming an Orientation Leader or a Mentor (or better yet, both), please e-mail me at ssowle@kentlaw.edu as soon as possible. Please include the following information in your e-mail:

1. Name
2. Section (Day or Evening)
3. Planned year of graduation
4. Would you like to be a Mentor?
(If so, what areas of law most interest you, and what organizations and activities are you involved in?)
5. Would you like to be an Orientation Leader?
(If so, what is your availability August 18-August 21? For purposes of organizing the lunch discussions on August 18, who was your professor for Legal Writing?)

Joke of the week. Did you hear about the guy who fell into the upholstery machine? Don't worry -- he's fully recovered.

Weeks of July 21 and July 28, 2003

London Law Consortium.
Chicago-Kent offers a semester of legal study in London each Spring semester as part of a consortium with seven other law schools. Brochures for the Spring 2004 semester have now arrived. The brochures describe the program in detail and contain application forms. If you are interested in obtaining a brochure, contact my assistant, Denise Lang (dlang@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5133). If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Joke of the week. What's the definition of a will? (Hint: It's a dead giveaway.)

Weeks of July 7 and July 14, 2003

Chicago-Kent Law Review -- List of New Members.
I'm happy to report that the students listed below have been invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance.

Ryan D. Andrews Rayna M. Matczak
Carson C. Block Michael P. Matesky II
John K. Burnett III Tonya G. Newman
Antonio Caldarone Gerard M. Nussbaum
David J. Gonen Maria Pellegrino
Shahid U. Haque Sharyn M. Procaccio
Sarah P. Herlihy Steven M. Richart
Joseph H. Herron David E. Robin
Bradley C. Johnson Marc R. Rubenstein
Christopher M. Kaiser Kristin Rylko
Jessica C. Kaiser Michael J. Van Riper
Steven L. Lezell Tiffany J. Walsh
Aaron J. Marcus  

Joke of the week. "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." (Groucho Marx)


Weeks of June 23 and June 30, 2003

No entries this week.

Weeks of June 9 and June 16, 2003

No entries this week.

Weeks of May 26 and June 2, 2003

No entries this week.


SPRING 2003

Week of March 31, 2003


Chicago-Kent Law Review: 2003-2004 Board of Editors. Congratulations to the members of the 2003-2004 Board of Editors for the Chicago-Kent Law Review. A list of the members is attached to this page.

London Law Consortium: Informational Session. Chicago-Kent is a member of the London Law Consortium (along with six other American law schools). If you would like to hear about taking your Spring 2004 semester courses in London, you should attend an informational session on Wednesday, April 2, at 3:00 p.m., in Rm. 210. Professor David Rudstein, who has taught in the Consortium, and a Kent student who attended last year will discuss the program and answer questions.

Joke of the Week. Driving to work, a guy had to slam on his brakes to avoid hitting a box that fell off a truck in front of him. The box broke open, spilling its contents -- a supply of carpet tacks -- all over the road. A police trooper who witnessed the event approached the driver and said, "I'm going to have to write you a ticket." Amazed, the driver asked, "What for?" The trooper replied, "tacks evasion."

Week of March 24, 2003

No entries this week.
Week of March 17, 2003

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Spring Break runs from Saturday, March 15, 12:00 noon to Sunday, March 23. Classes resume on Monday, March 24.

Joke of the Week. Just as a surgeon was finishing an operation, his patient woke up and demanded to close his own incision. The surgeon shrugged, handed him the needle, and said, "suture self"?


Week of March 10, 2003

Academic Calendar Reminder. Spring Break runs from Saturday, March 15, 12:00 noon to Sunday, March 23. Classes resume on Monday, March 24.

Mexico Summer Program. Chicago-Kent is pleased to announce a new summer study program in cooperation with the Instituto Tecnolygico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. The 2003 summer program will run from June 16 to July 23. The application deadline in May 1. Details about the program are linked to this page.

Exam Schedule for LL.M. Taxation Courses. The exam dates for Spring 2003 LL.M. Taxation courses are linked to this page.

Joke of the Week. What was the best thing before sliced bread?


Week of March 3, 2003

No entries this week.

Week of February 24, 2003

Academic Calendar for 2003-2004. The Academic Calendar for 2003-2004 is linked to this page.

Additional CALI Winners. Congratulations to the following students, who received the highest grades in the course indicated. Other CALI Award winners were announced in last week's Record; that list is linked to this page.

Capital Punishment & Judicial Process: Ginger L. Odom and Robert J. Martin

Joke of the Week. Did you hear about the two antennae that got married? The ceremony was pretty boring, but the reception was great.


Week of February 17, 2003

Elective Courses Subject to Mandatory Curve. A list of Fall 2002 elective courses with at least 25 students enrolled, and thus subject to the mandatory curve for elective courses, is linked to this page.

Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2002 semester are linked to this page.

Fall 2002 CALI Award Winners. The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. The CALI Award winners for most Fall 2002 courses are linked to this page. If a section or a course is not listed, that means we have not yet received the name of the award recipient from the instructor; they will be published in a later issue of the Record. Congratulations to all of you who received the award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

Fall 2002 Grade Distributions. The grade distributions for Fall 2002 courses are linked to this page.

Illinois Bar Exam: Q&A with Bar Examiners. Larie Walton from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will be at the Law School on Monday, February 24, 2003, at 11:30 a.m. in Rm. C50 to answer questions from first-year students concerning the completion of your Bar Registration Application. The session will be held in room C50.

As announced in previous issues of the Record, first-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation should submit a Registration Application, which must be postmarked by March 1, 2003. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org/. Although you are not required to register as a first-year student, the advantage of doing so is that you will avoid paying a late fee of $350 imposed on those who register at any point after March 1 of their first year.

Lawyers' Assistance Program: Intervention Training. Would you like to help your colleagues who need assistance with alcohol dependency, drug abuse, or other mental health issues? Are you interested in learning how to provide confidential assistance that will encourage recovery? Whether you are interested because you or someone close to you has had problems with substance abuse, or because you are interested in joining a great team of volunteers, your help will make a difference.

The Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program is currently scheduling intervention training sessions in an effort to increase services to lawyers and law students. The training sessions will address the problems that lawyers, judges, and law students face in their professional and personal lives and explain how the intervention process can help those who may not realize they need help.

To learn more about future training sessions and about how you can help the Lawyers Assistance Program, please contact Janet Piper Voss, the Executive Director of the Program, at 312/726-6607 or illap@mindspring.com. You may also visit their website at http://www.IllinoisLAP.org.

Joke of the Week. Question: How many ears does Spock have? Answer: Three -- one on the right, one on the left, and the final "front ear."


Week of February 10, 2003

No entries this week.
Week of February 3, 2003

No entries this week.

Week of January 27, 2003

"Law as a Profession: From Law Student to Lawyer," Wednesday, February 5. (Registration deadline, Friday, January 24.) To supplement other aspects of our educational curriculum and to reinforce our emphasis on professionalism, Chicago-Kent organized the first Law as a Profession program in 1995. This program is a graduation requirement. Law as a Profession 2003 will be offered twice on February 5th, once for 2L day students, from 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., and again for 2L evening students (and any 3L/4L student who has not previously attended) from 5 p.m. - 9:20 p.m. Classes for the rest of the student body will be canceled that day. Program topics include: Establishing your Professional Reputation, Diversity in the Profession, Managing your Practice/Personal Life/Time (incorporating pro bono work), and Ethics and the Law. Business casual attire is required (dress slacks, sweaters, dress shirts, pantsuits, skirt/sweater, etc.). No jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes, hats, etc. Day program registration is between 7:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. in the front lobby. Continental breakfast and boxed lunches/dinners will be provided. Evening program registration and dinner will take place between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Note: If you have special dietary needs, please contact Lindsay Duvall in the Student Services Office at lduvall@kentlaw.edu.

Adding Classes After the First Week. You may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of Spring classes; during the second week, however, you may add an open course only with permission of the instructor. You may not add a course after the second week of the semester.

Spring 2003 Initial Reading Assignments. Initial assignments for many Spring 2003 courses are available through the Student Portal page.

Spring 2003 Classroom Assignments. Classroom assignments for Spring courses are posted in the front lobby.

Spring 2003 Schedule Changes. A list of changes to the Spring schedule that were made prior to the holiday break is linked to this page. In addition, the following courses have since been canceled due to low enrollment:

Advanced Research (Prof. Gnoffo, 422-051)
Legal Drafting (Prof. T. Cahill, 424-051)
Cybercrimes (Prof. Chval, 214-051)
I.P. in New Technological Age (Prof. Piatt, 233-051)
Advanced Topics in Busines and Corporate Law (Prof. Gillespie, 623-071)

Spring 2003 Trial Advocacy Section Assignments. Assignments for the Spring 2003 sections of Trial Advocacy 1 and Trial Advocacy 2 are linked to this page.

Spring 2003 Final Exams. The final exam schedule for the Spring semester is linked to this page. The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled, even if you have two exams in a row, or one at 6:00 p.m. and another at 8:30 a.m. the next morning. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively (which rarely happens) or two exams scheduled at the same time. If you believe you have an exam conflict or other circumstances justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please contact me.

Bookstore Hours and Website. The bookstore's hours are linked to this page. Please do not use the bookstore's website to order your books -- it is not currently functioning.

Bar Registration for First-Year Students. First-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation should register with the Illinois bar examiners. The registration materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2003. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org/. Although you are not required to register as a first-year student, the advantage of doing so is that you will avoid paying a late fee of $350 imposed on those who register at any point after March 1 of their first year. If you are uncertain whether you intend to practice in Illinois, you may want to consider waiting to register and paying the late fee should you eventually decide to take the Illinois bar exam. The application form is very comprehensive and requires you to provide a significant amount of background information, some of which may be difficult to remember or obtain. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.
All information you disclose on the bar registration application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar registration application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

First-year students who think they may practice in another state should contact the bar examiners office in that state as soon as possible to determine their registration requirements. Booklets with the addresses and phone numbers of state bar examiners offices are available for you to consult in the Registrar’s office and in my office.

July 2003 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2003 Illinois bar exam must be postmarked by February 1, 2003. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org/. Please note: Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application by February 1. If you did not register during your first year, you will need a separate set of application materials, which contains both the registration application and the final application. Please be sure that you obtain the correct materials. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

The law school sends a “Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation so that we will know you plan to graduate in May.

All information you disclose on the bar application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of most jurisdictions, including Illinois. The exam is administered in March, August, and November each year. You may take the exam after you have completed the equivalent of two full academic years of law school, i.e., after you have completed two-thirds of the academic requirements for the J.D. degree. Applications for the next exam, on March 8, 2003, are available in the Registrar's office. The deadline for applying for the March exam is January 28, 2003 (the late deadline is February 13).


Week of January 20, 2003

Welcome Back!
Congratulations to all first-year students on completing your first semester of law school, and to upper-level students for making it one semester closer to graduation. I hope everyone had a restful holiday break. I would like to thank everyone who sent get well messages or cards while I was ill. I'm recovered now and am very happy to be back at work. My son, who had surgery several weeks ago, is also doing well.

"Law as a Profession: From Law Student to Lawyer," Wednesday, February 5. (Registration deadline, Friday, January 24.) To supplement other aspects of our educational curriculum and to reinforce our emphasis on professionalism, Chicago-Kent organized the first Law as a Profession program in 1995. This program is a graduation requirement. Law as a Profession 2003 will be offered twice on February 5th, once for 2L day students, from 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., and again for 2L evening students (and any 3L/4L student who has not previously attended) from 5 p.m. - 9:20 p.m. Classes for the rest of the student body will be canceled that day. Program topics include: Establishing your Professional Reputation, Diversity in the Profession, Managing your Practice/Personal Life/Time (incorporating pro bono work), and Ethics and the Law. Business casual attire is required (dress slacks, sweaters, dress shirts, pantsuits, skirt/sweater, etc.). No jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes, hats, etc. Day program registration is between 7:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. in the front lobby. Continental breakfast and boxed lunches/dinners will be provided. Evening program registration and dinner will take place between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Note: If you have special dietary needs, please contact Lindsay Duvall in the Student Services Office at lduvall@kentlaw.edu.

Academic Calendar Reminder. In observance of Dr. King's Birthday, there will be no classes on Monday, January 20. Spring semester classes will begin on Tuesday, January 21.

Adding Classes After the First Week. You may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of Spring classes; during the second week, however, you may add an open course only with permission of the instructor. You may not add a course after the second week of the semester.

Spring 2003 Initial Reading Assignments. Initial assignments for many Spring 2003 courses are available through the Student Portal page.

Spring 2003 Classroom Assignments. Classroom assignments for Spring courses are posted in the front lobby.

Spring 2003 Schedule Changes. A list of changes to the Spring schedule that were made prior to the holiday break is linked to this page. In addition, the following courses have since been canceled due to low enrollment:

Advanced Research (Prof. Gnoffo, 422-051)
Legal Drafting (Prof. T. Cahill, 424-051)
Cybercrimes (Prof. Chval, 214-051)
I.P. in New Technological Age (Prof. Piatt, 233-051)
Advanced Topics in Busines and Corporate Law (Prof. Gillespie, 623-071)

Spring 2003 Trial Advocacy Section Assignments. Assignments for the Spring 2003 sections of Trial Advocacy 1 and Trial Advocacy 2 are linked to this page.

Spring 2003 Final Exams. The final exam schedule for the Spring semester is linked to this page. The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled, even if you have two exams in a row, or one at 6:00 p.m. and another at 8:30 a.m. the next morning. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively (which rarely happens) or two exams scheduled at the same time. If you believe you have an exam conflict or other circumstances justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please contact me.

Bookstore Hours and Website. The bookstore's hours are linked to this page. Please do not use the bookstore's website to order your books -- it is not currently functioning.

Bar Registration for First-Year Students. First-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation should register with the Illinois bar examiners. The registration materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2003. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org/. Although you are not required to register as a first-year student, the advantage of doing so is that you will avoid paying a late fee of $350 imposed on those who register at any point after March 1 of their first year. If you are uncertain whether you intend to practice in Illinois, you may want to consider waiting to register and paying the late fee should you eventually decide to take the Illinois bar exam. The application form is very comprehensive and requires you to provide a significant amount of background information, some of which may be difficult to remember or obtain. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.
All information you disclose on the bar registration application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar registration application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

First-year students who think they may practice in another state should contact the bar examiners office in that state as soon as possible to determine their registration requirements. Booklets with the addresses and phone numbers of state bar examiners offices are available for you to consult in the Registrar’s office and in my office.

July 2003 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2003 Illinois bar exam must be postmarked by February 1, 2003. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org/. Please note: Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application by February 1. If you did not register during your first year, you will need a separate set of application materials, which contains both the registration application and the final application. Please be sure that you obtain the correct materials. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

The law school sends a “Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation so that we will know you plan to graduate in May.

All information you disclose on the bar application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of most jurisdictions, including Illinois. The exam is administered in March, August, and November each year. You may take the exam after you have completed the equivalent of two full academic years of law school, i.e., after you have completed two-thirds of the academic requirements for the J.D. degree. Applications for the next exam, on March 8, 2003, are available in the Registrar's office. The deadline for applying for the March exam is January 28, 2003 (the late deadline is February 13).

Joke of the Week. Question: What do marathon runners with bad footwear suffer? Answer: The agony of defeat.


FALL 2002

Week of December 9, 2002

No entries this week.

Week of December 2, 2002

No entries this week.

Week of November 25, 2002

No entries this week.

Week of November 18, 2002

Spring 2003 Schedule.
The issuance of the preliminary schedule has been delayed as we resolve some pending staffing issues and try to add some additional classes. It will be issued early in the week November 18 outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version will be available on the main Student Portal page. My apologies for the delay, but a better schedule should be the result.

Building Power/Computer Network Shutdown: Friday, November 29. The entire computer network (e-mail, web services, etc.) will not be available from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 29 (the building is scheduled to be CLOSED that day) in order to do some necessary maintenance on the electical systems at the Downtown Campus that requires a complete power shutdown of the building that day.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up. Many professors allow students to take their exams on computer (either lab computers or students' own laptops, or both). The deadline for signing up to take exams on computer is November 22. The Registrar's section of the Record has details about the procedure for signing up.

Joke of the week. Question: Why do heroes wear big shoes? Answer: Because of their amazing feats!


Week of November 11, 2002

Spring 2003 Schedule.
The preliminary schedule of classes for the Spring 2003 semester will be distributed the week of November 11 outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version will be available on the main Student Portal page. The final schedule and Registration Bulletin will be issued the following week.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up. Many professors allow students to take their exams on computer (either lab computers or students' own laptops, or both). The deadline for signing up to take exams on computer is November 22. The Registrar's section of the Record has details about the procedure for signing up.

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions regarding the quality of teaching at the Law School. Instructors will review the responses to improve the quality of their instruction and courses. The evaluations are also considered as one important factor in tenure, promotion, and compensation decisions for full-time faculty and are used as a factor in determining the effectiveness of part-time instructors. Evaluations are anonymous and will not be available to professors until grades are turned in.

Joke of the week. Why are builders afraid to have a 13th floor, but book publishers aren't afraid to have a Chapter 11?


Week of November 4, 2002

No entries this week.

Week of October 28, 2002

Fall 2002 Final Exams. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled, even if you have two exams in a row, or one at 6:090 p.m. and another at 8:30 a.m. the next morning. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively (which rarely happens) or two exams scheduled at the same time. If you believe you have an exam conflict or other circumstances justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please contact me no later than Friday, November 15.

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://www.infoctr.edu/studentservices.html, clicking on Exam Database, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Joke of the week. A dog goes into a Western Union office and dictates the following telegram: "woof woof woof, woof woof woof, woof woof woof." The clerk says, "that's only 9 woofs -- if you want, you can add another woof at no additional charge." The dog looks at him and says, "but then the message would make no sense at all!


Week of October 21, 2002

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Week of October 14, 2002

No entries this week.
Week of October 7, 2002

Community Safety Alert.
There have been two recent sexual assaults in the Loop. The police have advised women in the area to be cautious of their surroundings and to walk in groups whenever possible. A flyer with more details, and a composite sketch of the suspect, is available at the Security Desk in the main lobby. As noted in a separate entry below, whistles are available for safety purposes at the Security Desk. Please note that you may request a guard to escort you in the evenings to destinations close to the Law School.

Fire Drill. We would like to thank students, faculty, and staff for their cooperation with the recent fire drill. In one instance, however, a student refused to leave the building when instructed to do so. I would like to remind everyone that it is a Code of Conduct offense to "[fail] to comply with directions of unversity officials ... acting in performance of their duties." In the event of a real fire, the speed with which we clear the building could be a life-and-death issue. You should assume that there is a real fire whenever the fire alarms go off, and you should comply promptly with any instructions from administrative staff or faculty in any such situation.

Political E-Commerce Course. A one-credit course on Political E-Commerce will be offered during the remainder of the current Fall semester. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact Dean Krent (hkrent@kentlaw.edu) or Professor Warner (rwarner@kentlaw.edu). The course will meet once a week at a time to be determined. A description of the course follows: This is a practical exercise in legal analysis. The task is to develop a way to certify that web sites used by politicians conform to appropriate standards. The questions to be answered are: What are the appropriate standards? What form should the certification take? And, is certifying such web sites a commercially viable business? The results will form part of the business strategy of one of the very few election-oriented commercial web sites to survive the dot-com crash, and students will have the opportunity to work with the staff of that site. The course provides valuable real-world experience in e-commerce.

Correction: Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). The deadline for the November 8 exam (not the March exam) was October 1, 2002, with a late deadline of October 17.

Public Safety Notice: Whistles Available. Anyone who would like a whistle for safety purposes can pick one up at the Security Desk in the main lobby.

Joke of the week. Did you hear about the guy who jumped of a Paris bridge? He was in Seine.


Week of September 30, 2002

Family and Friends Day.
We will be offering a "Family and Friends Day" program on Saturday, October 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (registration and continental breakfast from 9:00-9:30). The program is intended to give your spouses, partners, parents, children, and other important people in your lives the opportunity to visit the Law School and get a taste of what you are experiencing as a law student. The program will include a building tour, one or more mini-classes showing what goes in in a law school class, and a mock trial. If you would like to attend, please send an e-mail to Gina Arquilla (GARQUILLA), our Assitant Director of Student Services, by October 7, 2002. Please indicate how many people will be attending with you.

CALI Award Winners for Summer 2002. The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each graded course. The CALI Award winners for Summer 2002 courses are linked to this page. Congratulations to all of you who received the award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

Bar Registration for First-Year Students. First-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation should register with the Illinois bar examiners. The registration materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2003. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org/. Although you are not required to register as a first-year student, the advantage of doing so is that you will avoid paying a late fee of $250 imposed on those who register at any point after March 1 of their first year. If you are uncertain whether you intend to practice in Illinois, you may want to consider waiting to register and paying the late fee should you eventually decide to take the Illinois bar exam. The application form is very comprehensive and requires you to provide a significant amount of background information, some of which may be difficult to remember or obtain. I suggest that, if you do plan to register by the March deadline, you pick up an application as soon as they are available and begin working on it. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

All information you disclose on the bar registration application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar registration application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

First-year students who think they may practice in another state should contact the bar examiners office in that state as soon as possible to determine their registration requirements. Booklets with the addresses and phone numbers of state bar examiners offices are available for you to consult in the Registrar’s office and in my office.

July 2003 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2003 Illinois bar exam must be postmarked by February 1, 2003. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org/. Please note: Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application by February 1. If you did not register during your first year, you will need a separate application packet, which contains both the registration application and the final application. Please be sure that you ask for the correct application packet. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

The law school sends a “Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in May, so you may discard the one included in the application materials. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation so that we will know you plan to graduate in May.

All information you disclose on the bar application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of most jurisdictions, including Illinois. The exam is administered in March, August, and November each year. You may take the exam after you have completed the equivalent of two full academic years of law school, i.e., after you have completed two-thirds of the academic requirements for the J.D. degree. Applications for the next exam, on November 8, 2002, are available in the Registrar's office. The deadline for applying for the November exam is October 1, 2002 (the late deadline is October 17).

Joke of the week. Did you hear the one about the cross-eyed teacher? She couldn't
straighten her pupils out!


Week of September 23, 2002

Reminder About IIT's Political Activity Policy.
IIT’s General Counsel would like to remind employees and students of the university’s obligation as a tax-exempt entity to refrain from engaging in any partisan political activities. This policy applies to all academic units within IIT, including the Law School. Violation of the prohibition against such activity could jeopardize IIT’s tax-exempt status. While individuals are free to express their opinions and to support political candidates on their own, it must be clear that the individual is acting on his or her own behalf and not on behalf of IIT. In no event may the name, symbols, or resources of the university be used to participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for political office. Specific examples of impermissible activities include the use of university letterhead, campus mail, or IIT e-mail accounts to solicit support or contributions for a candidate; using university funds to purchase tickets for a candidates fund-raiser; and putting campaign posters on university property. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, contact Mary Anne Smith, Vice President and General Counsel of IIT, at 312/567-3034.

Joke of the week. Question: What fruit do bugs fear the most? Answer: Squash!

Week of September 16, 2002

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Due to a religious holiday, there will be no classes on Monday, September 16.

Elective Courses Subject to Mandatory Curve. A list of Fall 2002 elective courses with at least 25 students enrolled, and thus subject to the mandatory curve for elective courses, is linked to this page.

Grade Distributions for Spring 2002. The grade distributions for Spring 2002 courses are linked to this page.

2003 Commencement: Date Change. The Academic Calendar for 2002-2003 listed the date of the 2003 Commencement ceremony as tentatively being Sunday, June 1, 2003. The actual date has been changed to Sunday, May 25, 2003.

Videotapes of September 11 Observance Events. Videotapes are available at the main desk in the Library of the memorial observance held at the Law School on Wednesday mornning and the panel discussion held on Wednesday afternoon. You may check either or both tapes out overnight.

Joke of the week. Question: What do you call a short fortune-teller who escapes from prison? Answer: A small medium at large!


Week of September 9, 2002

September 11 Observance.
Classes will be suspended on Wednesday, September 11, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in observance of the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks. See Dean Krent's section of the Record for information about a memorial service and a panel discussion that will be held that day.

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Due to a religious holiday, there will be no classes on Monday, September 16.

London Law Consortium Program. Chicago-Kent offers a semester of legal study in London each Spring semester as part of a consortium with six other schools. If you are interested in the London Law Consortium for the Spring 2003 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure outside Dean Sowle's office. Spaces in the program will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We must submit to the program administrators completed applications from all of our participating students no later than Friday, September 13, 2002.

Joke of the week. Question: What's brown and sticky? Answer: A stick!

Week of September 2, 2002

Academic Calendar Reminder.
In observance of Labor Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 2.

Adding and Dropping Courses. You may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of classes. During the second week, however, you may add an open course only with permission of the instructor. You may not add a course after the second week of the semester. You may withdraw from any course except a required course, a clinical course, Law Review, Moot Court, or Intensive Trial Advocacy at any time prior to the date of the final exam or final paper (see § 3.10(c) of the Student Handbook). There is no tuition penalty if you drop a course during the first two weeks of classes. You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after the second week of classes.

Additional CALI Award Winners for Spring 2002. Congratulations to the following students, who received the highest grades in the courses indicated. Other CALI Award winners were announced in last week's Record; that list is linked to this page.

Legal Drafting (Prof. Brest van Kempen): John J. Marhoefer
Property (Prof. Tarlock): Nicole R. Snode

London Law Consortium Program. Chicago-Kent offers a semester of legal study in London each Spring semester as part of a consortium with six other schools. If you are interested in the London Law Consortium for the Spring 2003 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure outside Dean Sowle's office. Spaces in the program will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We must submit to the program administrators completed applications from all of our participating students no later than Friday, September 13, 2002.

Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2002 semester are linked to this page.

Chicago-Kent Law Review -- Updated List of New Members. I'm happy to report that the students listed below have been invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance, or their successful participation in this summer's write-on competition. I hope you will take the opportunity to congratulate the students you know.

Erik J. Anderson Kristin A. Klaczek
Brian J. Arnold Rebecca E. Leintz
Sowmya Bharathi Ryan J. Liebl
Matthew A. Bredesen Robert J. Martin
Andrea L. Briski Robert M. Mellican
Barry C. Brotine Brian R. Orr
Leone S. Carameli Ernst H. Ostrand
Patrick R. Casey Tricia M. Rachoy
Leslie J. Gogan Karla J. Rachwalksi
Jaime H. Goldstein Ryan J. Rodman
John W. Guzzardo Adrian T. Rohrer
Rebecca J.Hanson Neil M. Rosenbaum
Jeremy R. Holbrook Chad J. Shifrin
Margaret L. Hudgins Joji Takada
Michael C. Kasdin John P. Wappel
Neil D. Kitterlin Kimberly M. Zielinski

Joke of the week. Question: What happens when you through a grenade into a kitchen in France? Answer: You get Linoleum Blownapart!


Week of August 26, 2002

Academic Calendar Reminder.
In observance of Labor Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 2.

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials for Advanced Courses.
Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester are linked to this page, along with other information you will find useful as the new school year starts (including links to the Academic Calendar, the bookstore's hours, Trial Advocacy section assignments, the Fall final exam schedule, and changes to the Fall class schedule). Initial reading assignments received after August 2 will be posted on the second-floor bulletin board as we receive them.

Fall Course Information -- Updates. A list of all changes to the Fall 2002 class schedule since the Fall Registration Bulletin was issued is linked to this page (scroll to bottom of linked page).

Fall Classroom Assignments. A revised copy of the Fall 2002 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is linked to this page.

Fall Exam Schedule. A copy of the Fall 2002 exam schedule is linked to this page. The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled, even if you have two exams in a row, or one at 6:00 p.m. and another at 8:30 a.m. the next morning. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively (which rarely happens) or two exams scheduled at the same time. Please note that you are permitted to register for courses with exams scheduled at the same time; one exam will be rescheduled for you. If you believe you have an exam conflict or other circumstance justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please contact Chris Matheny in the Registrar's office.

Adding and Dropping Courses. You may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of classes. During the second week, however, you may add an open course only with permission of the instructor. You may not add a course after the second week of the semester. You may withdraw from any course except a required course, a clinical course, Law Review, Moot Court, or Intensive Trial Advocacy at any time prior to the date of the final exam or final paper (see § 3.10(c) of the Student Handbook). There is no tuition penalty if you drop a course during the first two weeks of classes. You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after the second week of classes.

CALI Award Winners for Spring 2002. The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. The CALI Award winners for most Spring 2002 courses are linked to this page. If a section or a course is not listed, that means we have not yet received the name of the award recipient from the instructor; they will be published in a later issue of the Record. Congratulations to all of you who received the award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

Trial Advocacy Section Assignments. If you are registered for Trial Advocacy 1 or Trial Advocacy 2 for the Fall semester, a list of section assignments is linked to this page.

London Law Consortium Program. Chicago-Kent offers a semester of legal study in London each Spring semester as part of a consortium with six other schools. If you are interested in the London Law Consortium for the Spring 2003 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure outside Dean Sowle's office. Spaces in the program will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We must submit to the program administrators completed applications from all of our participating students no later than Friday, September 13, 2002.

Courses Likely to be Offered in Spring 2003 Semester. A list of courses likely to be offered in the Spring semester is linked to this page. Please keep in mind that this list is preliminary and subject to change.

Just the Beginning Foundation--Guided Research. The Just the Beginning Foundation (JTBF) is seeking about five upper-level Chicago-Kent students to assist federal judges and law clerks in conducting research about the integration of the federal judiciary, the federal judicial appointment process, and Fourteenth Amendment. JTBF is a not-for-profit foundation established to educate the public about the integration of the federal judiciary. In pursuit of this goal, JTBF is developing an educational CD-ROM that will educate high school students about the Fourteenth Amendment and the integration of the federal judiciary. Students are needed to review historical documents, conduct research, and assist in writing the curriculum. Students will be supervised by Assistant Dean Michael Burns, the Judge Ann C. Williams, and Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan. This is an excellent opportunity to work with federal judges and law clerks on the Seventh Circuit and Northern District of Illinois. One credit hour (pass/fail). If you're interested or have questions, please contact Dean Burns at mburns@kentlaw.edu.

Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines. This is a reminder that the Chicago-Kent Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines apply to all Chicago-Kent students, including students enrolled in upper-level writing courses (Advanced Research, Legal Drafting, Research/Drafting combined sections, and all seminars). The Guidelines, which address a variety of issues, including plagiarism, are linked to this page. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines recently, please do so.

SBA Picnic for Students, Faculty, and Staff. The Student Bar Association is sponsoring a picnic for students, faculty, and staff on Friday, August 30, from 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in Grant Park (corner of Columbus and Balbo). Food (BBQ) will be served from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., and there will be volleyball and softball courts reserved for our use.

Health Insurance Deadline. Continuing students who were enrolled in the university's student health insurance program last year and who are currently enrolled for 12 or more credit hours, and new students enrolled for 12 or more credit hours, will be automatically enrolled in the basic health plan for the 2002-2003 academic year, unless they have waived coverage by submitting the proper forms. If you would like to enroll in the comprehensive plan, you must do so by September 6, 2002. To examine the differences in the two plans, please visit the Counseling and Health Services
Office website at http://www.iit.edu/~chs/index2.htm. You can enroll in the comprehensive insurance plan in the Registrar's office no later than the September 6 deadline. Students who do not meet the 12 credit hour threshold for automatic enrollment may elect to receive coverage by completing the necessary documents and paying the insurance fee. The 2002-2003 health plan brochure and all relevant information are available at the Counseling and Health Services Office web site (see above), or by contacting the office at 312/808-7100. An Adobe Acrobat version of the brochure can be viewed and printed here.

Notice to Evening Division students: If registering for Intensive Trial Advocacy brings your total credit hours for the Fall semester to at least 12 hours, you will automatically be billed for health insurance unless you waive coverage.

First-Year Students: Amendments to Your Applications for Admission. The Illinois bar examiners reserve the right to check information you disclose to them on your bar application for consistency with the information you provided on your application for admission to law school. The bar examiners also conduct their own investigations to ensure that you disclosed all relevant information on your bar application and your law school application. Some students have had considerable difficulty in the past when the bar examiners found discrepencies between the information disclosed to them and the information on their law school applications, or when they discovered relevant information omitted from both.

I recommend that you review your answers to the questions asked on our application for admission and amend your application if any relevant information was excluded. You can amend your application by sending a memo to my attention describing the omitted information and explaining why you did not include the information on your application. In some cases, disciplinary action under the Code of Conduct may be appropriate. But it is much better to disclose the information now, and suffer whatever consequences may ensue (if any), than to be called before the bar examiners three years from now to explain a discrepency or omission.

Most problems in the past have arisen with respect to the following two questions on the
application:

"16. Have you ever been convicted of, plead guilty or nolo contendere to, received a period of supervision for, or is any charge now pending against you concerning, any offense other than a minor traffic or parking violation? (A "minor traffic violation" is a violation for which only a citation was issued, e.g., speeding. You must report any other traffic offense, including any offense in which acting under the influence of a drug or alcohol was an element of the offense.) You must disclose each instance regardless of whether a conviction was reversed, set aside or vacated, or the record sealed or expunged."

"17. Have you ever been dropped, suspended, placed on academic or social probation
or warning, or otherwise disciplined by any college or university for any reason?"

Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2002 semester are linked to this page.

Furniture in the Classroom. If you have any reason to remove tables, podiums, chairs, or other furniture from classrooms temporarily, please be sure that you return them promptly. Missing furniture can cause serious inconvenience to instructors and students.

Joke of the week. Question: Why can't bicycles stand up on their own? Answer: Because they're two-tired.

Week of August 19, 2002

To Entering Students:


Welcome to Chicago-Kent! For those of you starting your first year, you chose a terrific law school and we are pleased that you are joining our community. You have an exciting several years ahead of you.

What My Office Does. In my capacity as Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs, I have responsibility for a number of areas that affect your life as a student. I work closely with the Registrar's office on scheduling your courses, administering your exams, and maintaining your academic records. In addition, I supervise the Student Services office on Orientation, academic and personal counseling of students, and applying the school's academic regulations. More generally, my job is to make sure that your life at the Law School remains as free from administrative hassles as possible. If you think I can be of help, please call me (906-5130), come by my office (Suite 320C), or e-mail me (SSOWLE). If I'm not the right person to help you, I should be able to point you in the right direction. My door is open without appointment, so long as I am not otherwise occupied when you drop by. I hope you have a great year.

Orientation Week. The final schedule for Orientation week will be distributed in the packets you receive when you arrive on August 19. In addition, the Admissions Office has created a special web page for entering students with links to lots of useful information.

To Returning Students:

Welcome Back! I hope you had an enjoyable summer and that you have a successful and productive year. If you would like to see me with a question, problem, or suggestion, please call me at 906-5130, come by my office (Suite 320C), or e-mail me (SSOWLE).

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester are linked to this page, along with other information you will find useful as the new school year starts (including links to the Academic Calendar, the bookstore's hours, Trial Advocacy section assignments, the Fall final exam schedule, and changes to the Fall class schedule). Initial reading assignments received after August 2 will be posted on the second-floor bulletin board as we receive them.

If you have not yet returned to school, you may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course books for you until you arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore or call 312/906-5605. In addition, you may order your course books over the Internet by clicking on the bookstore link on the Student Portal page.

Fall Course Information -- Updates. A list of all changes to the Fall 2002 class schedule since the Fall Registration Bulletin was issued is linked to this page (scroll to bottom of linked page).

Fall Classroom Assignments. A revised copy of the Fall 2002 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is linked to this page.

Fall Exam Schedule. A copy of the Fall 2002 exam schedule is linked to this page. The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled, even if you have two exams in a row, or one at 6:00 p.m. and another at 8:30 a.m. the next morning. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively (which rarely happens) or two exams scheduled at the same time. Please note that you are permitted to register for courses with exams scheduled at the same time; one exam will be rescheduled for you. If you believe you have an exam conflict or other circumstance justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please contact Chris Matheny in the Registrar's office.

CALI Award Winners for Spring 2002. The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. The CALI Award winners for most Spring 2002 courses are linked to this page. If a section or a course is not listed, that means we have not yet received the name of the award recipient from the instructor; they will be published in a later issue of the Record. Congratulations to all of you who received the award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

Trial Advocacy Section Assignments. If you are registered for Trial Advocacy 1 or Trial Advocacy 2 for the Fall semester, a list of section assignments is linked to this page.

Courses Likely to be Offered in Spring 2003 Semester. A list of courses likely to be offered in the Spring semester is linked to this page. Please keep in mind that this list is preliminary and subject to change.

Just the Beginning Foundation--Guided Research. The Just the Beginning Foundation (JTBF) is seeking about five Chicago-Kent students to assist federal judges and law clerks in conducting research about the integration of the federal judiciary, the federal judicial appointment process, and Fourteenth Amendment. JTBF is a not-for-profit foundation established to educate the public about the integration of the federal judiciary. In pursuit of this goal, JTBF is developing an educational CD-ROM that will educate high school students about the Fourteenth Amendment and the integration of the federal judiciary. Students are needed to review historical documents, conduct research, and assist in writing the curriculum. Students will be supervised by Assistant Dean Michael Burns, the Judge Ann C. Williams, and Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan. This is an excellent opportunity to work with federal judges and law clerks on the Seventh Circuit and Northern District of Illinois. One credit hour (pass/fail). If you're interested or have questions, please contact Dean Burns at mburns@kentlaw.edu.

Joke of the week. Question: Why does a chicken coop have two doors? Answer: Because if it had four doors, it would be a chicken sedan.


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