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Record Archives for 2005-2006 Academic Year

Archive entries are in reverse chronological order.
SUMMER 2006

Week of August 14, 2006

Fall 2006 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials: Updated List Available.
Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester are available on the Fall 2006 Term Information page -- click here, or go to the main Student Portal page and click on the Fall '06 link under "Academic term information." (Please note: The list of initial assignments has been updated since it was first posted last week, and may be updated again if we receive additional assignments.) Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your Fall courses. The list of initial assignments may be updated periodically if we receive additional assignments.

If you have not yet returned to school, you may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials 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, call the bookstore at 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 2006 Course Information Updates. Course information updates for Fall 2006 classes are available on the Fall 2006 Term Information page. Most of these changes have been previously announced. A revised version of the Fall class schedule incorporating these changes, as well as revised course and exam grids, will be available later this week outside the third floor cafeteria and on the Fall 2006 Term Information page.

Bookstore Hours. The bookstore's hours are available on the Fall 2006 Term Information page.

Additional Spring 2006 CALI Award Winners. Congratulations to the following student, who received the highest grade in the courses indicated. Other CALI Award winners were announced in the last issue of the Record; the complete list of CALI winners is linked to this page.

International Patent Law: Francisco Castro
Adv. Litigation Strategies in Domestic Relations (LL.M. course): Katherine M. Johnson

New ID Cards for Continuing Students. On July 20, the Law School introduced a new system for managing computer lab printing and Library photocopying services. The new system entails two significant changes:

The new system uses centrally stored accounts that are linked to your photo ID card. All students will now have a "cash account" into which personal funds may be deposited for use with Library photocopiers or computer lab printers.

Law School students will have an additional "printing account" which will be reset to the equivalent of 400 pages of printing at the start of each semester. The print release stations in the Law School computer labs will allow you to choose which account each of your print jobs is charged to.

All students must obtain a new photo ID card in order to use Library photocopying services and/or Law School computer lab printing services. If you are a continuing student, you may pick up your new card in the Registrar's office. Summer hours for the Registrar's office are: Monday-Thursday 8:30-6:00, Friday 8:30-12:00. We will also schedule distribution dates in the main lobby during the first week of classes.

London Law Consortium: Brochures Available. 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 2007 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Denise Lang outside my office (Suite 320C). 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 Tuesday, September 5, 2006. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Joke of the Week. A farmer is driving a manure cart, which breaks down in front of the county mental hospital. A patient leans out of the window and shouts, "What's that manure for?" The farmer says, "I'm going to put it on my strawberries." The patients, responds, "We may be crazy in here, but we put whipped cream on ours!"

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The End of Summer," by Rachel Hadas.

Weeks of July 31 & August 7, 2006 (revised 8/11/06)

Fall 2006 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester are available on the Fall 2006 Term Information page -- click here, or go to the main Student Portal page and click on the Fall '06 link under "Academic term information." Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your Fall courses. The list of initial assignments may be updated periodically if we receive additional assignments.

If you have not yet returned to school, you may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials 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, call the bookstore at 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.

Spring 2006 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 Spring 2006 courses are linked to this page. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

New ID Cards for Continuing Students. On July 20, the Law School introduced a new system for managing computer lab printing and Library photocopying services. The new system entails two significant changes:

The new system uses centrally stored accounts that are linked to your photo ID card. All students will now have a "cash account" into which personal funds may be deposited for use with Library photocopiers or computer lab printers.

Law School students will have an additional "printing account" which will be reset to the equivalent of 400 pages of printing at the start of each semester. The print release stations in the Law School computer labs will allow you to choose which account each of your print jobs is charged to.

All students must obtain a new photo ID card in order to use Library photocopying services and/or Law School computer lab printing services. If you are a continuing student, you may pick up your new card in the Registrar's office. Summer hours for the Registrar's office are: Monday-Thursday 8:30-6:00, Friday 8:30-12:00.

Notice to Recent Graduates. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent e-mail, printing, and network accounts and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

E-mail and Network Accounts. E-mail and network accounts will be terminated on Monday, July 31. However, IIT offers a free e-mail service to all alumni. (The e-mail address on the account will not be the same as your current Kentlaw e-mail address; it will be an IIT address.) For details, go to the CLC's Record page, or click here.

Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Tuesday, August 1. Anything left in lockers after that date will be removed. If you are unable to clear your locker out by that date, please contact me to make arrangeents for your locker contents to be set aside for you.

London Law Consortium: Brochures Available. 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 2007 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Denise Lang outside my office (Suite 320C). 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 Tuesday, September 5, 2006. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Joke of the Week. A guy shows up in a doctor's office and says, "Help! I think I'm a moth!" The doctor says, "I don't think I can help you -- you need the psychiatrist next door. Why on earth did you come to me?" The guy replies, "Your light was on."

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Off the Record," by Ronald Wallace.

Weeks of July 17 & 24, 2006

Summer 2006 Exams.

Exam Schedule.
The final exams for the Summer term are listed in the Schedule of Classes available here. E-mail notifications were sent last week with your classroom assignment for your exam(s). If you did not receive an e-mail notification, please contact me.

Class Ranks for Spring 2006. The class ranks as of the end of the Spring 2006 semester have been posted and are available through Web for Students.

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 (Monday, August 21); 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 interested in being a mentor: Fill out the online form linked to this page by July 28, 2006. You will be contacted with your match information before or during Orientation week.

If interested in being an Orientation Leader: Please e-mail me at ssowle@kentlaw.edu with the following information:

-Name
-Are you available to lead a lunch discussion with a group of students (divided by Legal Writing section) on Monday, August 21, 12:00-1:00? (If so, please provide the name of your first-year Legal Writing professor.)
-Are you available to assist with ID photos on Monday, August 21, 1:00-3:00 pm, and/or 7:20-8:00 pm?
-Are you available for general assistance with Orientation activities on Tuesday, August 22 and/or Wednesday, August 23?

Notice to Recent Graduates. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent e-mail, printing, and network accounts and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

E-mail and Network Accounts. Printing accounts will be terminated on Monday, May 22. E-mail and network accounts will be terminated on Monday, July 31 (the Monday after the summer bar exam). However, IIT offers a free e-mail service to all alumni. More information about alumni e-mail accounts will be e-mailed to you at a later date, and will be posted on the Computer Center's Record page. The alumni accounts will likely be created in early July. (Note: The e-mail address on the account will *not* be the same as your current Kentlaw e-mail address -- it will be an IIT address.)

Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Tuesday, August 1. Anything left in lockers after that date will be removed. If you are unable to clear your locker out by that date, please contact me to make arrangeents for your locker contents to be set aside for you.

Joke of the Week. Question: Why did the chicken cross the basketball court? Answer: He heard that the referee was calling fowls.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Sense of the Sleight-of-Hand Man," by Wallace Stevens.

Weeks of July 3 & 10, 2006

Summer 2006 Exams.

Exam Schedule.
The final exams for the Summer term are listed in the Schedule of Classes available here. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

Exam Reschedule Requests. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please contact Amanda Kastern (akastern@kentla.edu) no later than Tuesday, July 11, 2006.

Under the new policy adopted by the faculty in December, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

•Exams on Computer Sign-up. Many professors allow students to take their exams on computer (either lab computers or students' own laptops, or both). Registration for taking exams on computer will begin on Thursday, July 6 and will end on Wednesday, July 12. To register beginning July 6, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the appropriate form.

Class Ranks for Spring 2006. The class ranks as of the end of the Spring 2006 semester have been posted and are available through Web for Students.

New Chicago-Kent Law Review 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:

Frank H. Bieszczat Rajeev Khurana
Joseph A. Brabender Dana E. Lobelle
Amy Z. Chiang Michael N. Loterstein
Jennifer C. Erhard Rice Lindsey N. Marcus
Jessica K. Fender Rachel E. Moran
Jedediah B. Forkner Jamie T. Newton
Caleb S. Fox Troy D. Smith
Joshua A. Gad-Harf Sarah F. Suma
Hunter Hogan Paula K. Villela
Jonathan R. Kanter Elena N. Vranas
Elizabeth C. Katzman Kristin M. Weber

London Law Consortium: Brochures Available. 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 2007 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Denise Lang outside my office (Suite 320C). 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 Tuesday, September 5, 2006. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

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 (Monday, August 21); 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 interested in being a mentor: Fill out the online form linked to this page by July 28, 2006. You will be contacted with your match information before or during Orientation week.

If interested in being an Orientation Leader: Please e-mail me at ssowle@kentlaw.edu with the following information:

-Name
-Are you available to lead a lunch discussion with a group of students (divided by Legal Writing section) on Monday, August 21, 12:00-1:00? (If so, please provide the name of your first-year Legal Writing professor.)
-Are you available to assist with ID photos on Monday, August 21, 1:00-3:00 pm, and/or 7:20-8:00 pm?
-Are you available for general assistance with Orientation activities on Tuesday, August 22 and/or Wednesday, August 23?

Notice to Recent Graduates. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent e-mail, printing, and network accounts and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

E-mail and Network Accounts. Printing accounts will be terminated on Monday, May 22. E-mail and network accounts will be terminated on Monday, July 31 (the Monday after the summer bar exam). However, IIT offers a free e-mail service to all alumni. More information about alumni e-mail accounts will be e-mailed to you at a later date, and will be posted on the Computer Center's Record page. The alumni accounts will likely be created in early July. (Note: The e-mail address on the account will *not* be the same as your current Kentlaw e-mail address -- it will be an IIT address.)

Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Tuesday, August 1. Anything left in lockers after that date will be removed. If you are unable to clear your locker out by that date, please contact me to make arrangeents for your locker contents to be set aside for you.

Joke of the Week. Question: What do you get when you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter? Answer: Pumpkin pi.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Ode, July 4, 1857," by Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Weeks of June 19 & 26, 2006

Continuing Students: Help Us Improve Orientation. Following is a message from Mark Hoffman, who is helping us organize the upcoming Orientation program for incoming students:

Dear fellow Kent students - My name is Mark Hoffman and I'm writing to introduce myself and ask you for your assistance. I just finished my first year at Kent in the evening division and am assisting Dean Sowle and Amanda Kastern (the Director of Student Services) with planning orientation. If you have any ideas of how to make orientation as effective as possible, or you'd like to assist with orientation, please contact me at: Mhoffman@kentlaw.edu.

Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent e-mail, printing, and network accounts and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

E-mail and Network Accounts. Printing accounts will be terminated on Monday, May 22. E-mail and network accounts will be terminated on Monday, July 31 (the Monday after the summer bar exam). However, IIT offers a free e-mail service to all alumni. More information about alumni e-mail accounts will be e-mailed to you at a later date, and will be posted on the Computer Center's Record page. The alumni accounts will likely be created in early July. (Note: The e-mail address on the account will *not* be the same as your current Kentlaw e-mail address -- it will be an IIT address.)

Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Tuesday, August 1. Anything left in lockers after that date will be removed. If you are unable to clear your locker out by that date, please contact me to make arrangeents for your locker contents to be set aside for you.

Fall 2006 Course Information Updates. Course information updates for Fall 2006 classes are available on the Fall 2006 Term Information page, which may also be accessed through the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '06 link under "Academic term information"). Some of these changes have been previously announced; further changes may be made before the start of Fall classes. A revised version of the Fall class schedule incorporating these changes, as well as revised course and exam grids, are available on the Fall 2006 Term Information page.

Joke of the Week. "The other day I broke 70. That's a lot of golf clubs." (Henny Youngman)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Man in the Dead Machine," by Donald Hall (the new poet laureate of the United States).


Weeks of June 5 & 12, 2006

Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent e-mail, printing, and network accounts and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

E-mail and Network Accounts. Printing accounts will be terminated on Monday, May 22. E-mail and network accounts will be terminated on Monday, July 31 (the Monday after the summer bar exam). However, IIT offers a free e-mail service to all alumni. More information about alumni e-mail accounts will be e-mailed to you at a later date, and will be posted on the Computer Center's Record page. The alumni accounts will likely be created in early July. (Note: The e-mail address on the account will *not* be the same as your current Kentlaw e-mail address -- it will be an IIT address.)

Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Tuesday, August 1. Anything left in lockers after that date will be removed. If you are unable to clear your locker out by that date, please contact me to make arrangeents for your locker contents to be set aside for you.

Fall 2006 Course Information Updates. Course information updates for Fall 2006 classes are available on the Fall 2006 Term Information page, which may also be accessed through the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '06 link under "Academic term information"). Some of these changes have been previously announced; further changes may be made before the start of Fall classes. A revised version of the Fall class schedule incorporating these changes, as well as revised course and exam grids, are available on the Fall 2006 Term Information page.

Joke of the Week. Did you hear about the thieves who broke into the police station and stole all the toilets? The police say they have nothing to go on.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Variations on the Word Love," by Margaret Atwood.

Weeks of May 22 & 29, 2006

Summer 2006 Term Information.

•Classroom Assignments. The Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2006 term, including classroom assignments, is available here.

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2006 courses is available here, and print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafeteria. Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

Fall 2006 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2006 courses will be posted here and through the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '06 link) no later than Friday, August 4.

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the summer. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore before you leave, or call the bookstore at 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.

Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent e-mail, printing, and network accounts and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

E-mail and Network Accounts. Printing accounts will be terminated on Monday, May 22. E-mail and network accounts will be terminated on Monday, July 31 (the Monday after the summer bar exam). However, IIT offers a free e-mail service to all alumni. More information about alumni e-mail accounts will be e-mailed to you at a later date, and will be posted on the Computer Center's Record page. The alumni accounts will likely be created in early July. (Note: The e-mail address on the account will *not* be the same as your current Kentlaw e-mail address -- it will be an IIT address.)

Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Tuesday, August 1. Anything left in lockers after that date will be removed. If you are unable to clear your locker out by that date, please contact me to make arrangeents for your locker contents to be set aside for you.

Joke of the Week. Question: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter? Answer: Pumpkin pi.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Sheltered Garden," by H.D.

SPRING 2006

W
eek of May 15, 2006

Have a Nice Summer!
Congratulations on (almost) completing the school year. For those of you who will be back next year, I hope you have a productive and restful summer. For those who are graduating this semester, I look forward to seeing you at Commencement -- and I wish you good luck on the bar and in starting your careers.

Spring 2006 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You should have received an e-mail from the Registrar's office with room assignments for your exams. If you have not received that information, you can find it by logging into your Web for Students account and clicking on the "Spring 2006" link under "Schedule" (on the left hand menu), then scrolling down.

•Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call me (312/906-5282) or Amanda Kastern (312/906-5247) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Do not contact your professor about any problem connected with your exam, as this may compromise your anonymity. Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.

•Cell Phones During Exams. You are not permitted to use a cell phone during any exam, including during any restroom breaks. If you have a cell phone with you during an exam, it must be turned off and stored out of sight.

•Consulting Laptops During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on your laptop computer during an open book or limited open book exam; you are limited to consulting print materials authorized by your professor. Please note: This is separate from the issue of whether you may write your exam on your own laptop. The limitation described above applies whether you are writing your exam by hand or on a lab or laptop computer.

•Access to Computer Labs During Exams. Because we use the computer labs during many of the exam slots during exam period, access for other purposes (e.g., printing out papers or exam outlines) is limited. Please keep in mind that there is a printer in the 5th Floor Student Lounge that you can use if the labs are all in use.

Summer 2006 Term Information.

•Classroom Assignments. The Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2006 term, including classroom assignments, is available here.

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2006 courses will be available no later than Monday, May 15. It will be linked to this page, and available on the main Student Portal page (click on the Summer '06 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

Fall 2006 Registration. The initial registration period is now over. If you have not already done so, please log back into the online registration system to see what classes you were admitted into. You may make adjustments to your schedule through the end of the second week of the Fall semester. The Fall 2006 Registration Bulletin, which includes the final schedule of Fall classes and course and exam grids, is available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions of these documents, and of the preliminary Spring 2007 schedule, are available through the online registration link and the main Student Portal page.

Please note the following corrections/changes to the Fall schedule:

*Law, Policy & International Development: This class will be offered with a seminar/course option (previously it was listed only as a seminar). The class will meet Thursdays 4:00-5:50 pm. For those taking it as a course, the exam will be Thursday, December 14, 6:00 pm. If you want to register for the class as a course, use course number 465-081. If you want to register for the class as a seminar, use course number 670-081. (If you have already registered for the class as a seminar, you do not need to re-register.)

*Environmental Law & Policy 1 (426-081): The class grids correctly listed this course as meeting Mon./Wed. 4:00-5:25 pm; the schedule of classes listed it incorrectly as meeting Tues./Thurs. (It will meet Mon./Wed.)

*Labor/Employment Class (266-001): The class grid correctly listed this course as meeting Tues. 9:35-10:30 am; the schedule of classes listed it as both Tues. and Wed. (it will meet only on Tuesdays).

*Litigation Technology (254-081): This class will meet Saturdays, 9:00-12:00 noon, not Wednesdays 6:00-9:00 pm.

*Employment Discrimination (3650-001): The final exam for Prof. Eglit's day section of Employment Discrimination will be Monday, Dec. 18, 8:30 am (not Wednesday, Dec. 13).

*Personal Income Tax (276-051) and Remedies (280-051): The exam dates on the evening division schedule were incorrect for these courses. The exams will be Thursday, Dec. 21, 6:00 (the schedule listed these on the correct date, but erroneously said it was Friday).

Fall 2006 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2006 courses will be posted on the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '06 link) no later than Friday, August 4.

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the summer. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore before you leave, or call the bookstore at 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.

Joke of the Week. You don't need a parachute to go skydiving -- you need a parachute to go skydiving twice. (Thanks to Bill Mette for this week's joke.)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Observation," by Dorothy Parker.

Week of May 8, 2006

Spring 2006 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You should have received an e-mail from the Registrar's office with room assignments for your exams. If you have not received that information, you can find it by logging into your Web for Students account and clicking on the "Spring 2006" link under "Schedule" (on the left hand menu), then scrolling down.

•Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call me (312/906-5282) or Amanda Kastern (312/906-5247) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Do not contact your professor about any problem connected with your exam, as this may compromise your anonymity. Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.

•Cell Phones During Exams. You are not permitted to use a cell phone during any exam, including during any restroom breaks. If you have a cell phone with you during an exam, it must be turned off and stored out of sight.

•Consulting Laptops During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on your laptop computer during an open book or limited open book exam; you are limited to consulting print materials authorized by your professor. Please note: This is separate from the issue of whether you may write your exam on your own laptop. The limitation described above applies whether you are writing your exam by hand or on a lab or laptop computer.

•Access to Computer Labs During Exams. Because we use the computer labs during many of the exam slots during exam period, access for other purposes (e.g., printing out papers or exam outlines) is limited. Please keep in mind that there is a printer in the 5th Floor Student Lounge that you can use if the labs are all in use.

•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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Summer 2006 Term Information.

•Classroom Assignments. The Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2006 term, including classroom assignments, is available here.

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2006 courses will be available no later than Monday, May 15. It will be linked to this page, and available on the main Student Portal page (click on the Summer '06 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

Fall 2006 Registration. The initial registration period is now over. If you have not already done so, please log back into the online registration system to see what classes you were admitted into. You may make adjustments to your schedule through the end of the second week of the Fall semester. The Fall 2006 Registration Bulletin, which includes the final schedule of Fall classes and course and exam grids, is available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions of these documents, and of the preliminary Spring 2007 schedule, are available through the online registration link and the main Student Portal page.

Please note the following corrections to the Fall schedule:

*Environmental Law & Policy 1 (426-081): The class grids correctly listed this course as meeting Mon./Wed. 4:00-5:25 pm; the schedule of classes listed it incorrectly as meeting Tues./Thurs. (It will meet Mon./Wed.)

*Labor/Employment Class (266-001): The class grid correctly listed this course as meeting Tues. 9:35-10:30 am; the schedule of classes listed it as both Tues. and Wed. (it will meet only on Tuesdays).

*Litigation Technology (254-081): This class will meet Saturdays, 9:00-12:00 noon, not Wednesdays 6:00-9:00 pm.

*Employment Discrimination (3650-001): The final exam for Prof. Eglit's day section of Employment Discrimination will be Monday, Dec. 18, 8:30 am (not Wednesday, Dec. 13).

*Personal Income Tax (276-051) and Remedies (280-051): The exam dates on the evening division schedule were incorrect for these courses. The exams will be Thursday, Dec. 21, 6:00 (the schedule listed these on the correct date, but erroneously said it was Friday).

Fall 2006 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2006 courses will be posted on the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '06 link) no later than Friday, August 4.

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the summer. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore before you leave, or call the bookstore at 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.

Joke of the Week. Question: Why do anarchists drink horrible tea? Answer: Because proper tea is theft!

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Jabberwocky," by Lewis Carroll.

Week of May 1, 2006

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Please note the following dates for the closing weeks of the Spring semester:

Monday, May 1: Monday classes meet (King Birthday make-up)
Tuesday, May 2: Last day of classes: Friday classes meet (Good Friday make-up)

Read Period runs from Wednesday, May 3 through Sunday, May 7. Exams begin Monday, May 8 and end on Friday, May 19.

Fall 2006 Registration. The final Fall 2006 schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available by clicking here or by going to the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '06 link). Print copies are available outside the third floor cafeteria. Registration runs through Monday, May 1. You may register at any time during that period.

After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student’s registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Wednesday, May 3. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after Wednesday, May 3 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Please note the following corrections to the Fall schedule:

*Environmental Law & Policy 1 (426-081): The class grids correctly listed this course as meeting Mon./Wed. 4:00-5:25 pm; the schedule of classes listed it incorrectly as meeting Tues./Thurs. (It will meet Mon./Wed.)

*Labor/Employment Class (266-001): The class grid correctly listed this course as meeting Tues. 9:35-10:30 am; the schedule of classes listed it as both Tues. and Wed. (it will meet only on Tuesdays).

*Litigation Technology (254-081): This class will meet Saturdays, 9:00-12:00 noon, not Wednesdays 6:00-9:00 pm.

*Employment Discrimination (3650-001): The final exam for Prof. Eglit's day section of Employment Discrimination will be Monday, Dec. 18, 8:30 am (not Wednesday, Dec. 13).

*Personal Income Tax (276-051) and Remedies (280-051): The exam dates on the evening division schedule were incorrect for these courses. The exams will be Thursday, Dec. 21, 6:00 (the schedule listed these on the correct date, but erroneously said it was Friday).

Spring 2007 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Spring 2007 semester is available by clicking here or by going to the main Student Portal page (click on the Spring '07 link). Print copies are available outside the third floor cafeteria. Please note: This schedule is only preliminary – there will be additions to the class list and other changes made before the schedule is finalized. The final schedule will be issued during the Fall 2006 semester, when registration for Spring 2007 classes will also take place. If you have any questions or comments about the preliminary schedule, please feel free to contact me by e-mail (SSOWLE), phone (6-5282), or by stopping by my office (Rm. 320).

Intensive Trial Advocacy. Please note that registration for both the August 2006 and the January 2007 sessions of Intensive Trial Advocacy take place as part of Fall 2006 registration. See the listing for Intensive Trial Advocacy in the preliminary Schedule of Classes for details.

Spring 2006 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

•Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call me (312/906-5282) or Amanda Kastern (312/906-5247) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Do not contact your professor about any problem connected with your exam, as this may compromise your anonymity. Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.

•Cell Phones During Exams. You are not permitted to use a cell phone during any exam, including during any restroom breaks. If you have a cell phone with you during an exam, it must be turned off and stored out of sight.

•Consulting Laptops During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on your laptop computer during an open book or limited open book exam; you are limited to consulting print materials authorized by your professor. Please note: This is separate from the issue of whether you may write your exam on your own laptop. The limitation described above applies whether you are writing your exam by hand or on a lab or laptop computer.

•Access to Computer Labs During Exams. Because we use the computer labs during many of the exam slots during exam period, access for other purposes (e.g., printing out papers or exam outlines) is limited. Please keep in mind that there is a printer in the 5th Floor Student Lounge that you can use if the labs are all in use.

•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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

API Workshop on Client Development: Reduced Rate for Students. LATE BREAKING UPDATE: I have been informed that the API Workshop has been canceled due to lack of sufficient advance registration.

Week of April 24, 2006

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Please note the following dates for the closing weeks of the Spring semester:

Monday, May 1: Monday classes meet (King Birthday make-up)
Tuesday, May 2: Last day of classes: Friday classes meet (Good Friday make-up)

Read Period runs from Wednesday, May 3 through Sunday, May 7. Exams begin Monday, May 8 and end on Friday, May 19.

Fall 2006 Registration. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2006 semester is available outside the third floor cafeteria and through the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '06 link). The final schedule and Registration Bulletin will be issued on Tuesday, April 25. Registration will take place from Thursday, April 27 through Monday, May 1. You may register at any time during that period.

After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student’s registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Wednesday, May 3. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after Wednesday, May 3 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

"Where Do We Go From Here?" Program. This program introduces first-year students to the course requirements after the first year, the certificate programs offered by Chicago-Kent, and clinical, externship, and other program opportunities available to upper-level students. The program will be offered at the following times:

Day Division: Tuesday, April 25, 12:00 noon (Auditorium).
Evening Division: Wednesday, April 26, 6:00 pm (Auditorium).

Intensive Trial Advocacy. Please note that registration for both the August 2006 and the January 2007 sessions of Intensive Trial Advocacy take place as part of Fall 2006 registration. See the listing for Intensive Trial Advocacy in the preliminary Schedule of Classes for details.

Spring 2006 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

•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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Dean's Certificate for Illinois Bar Exam. We will mail a Dean's Certificate to the Illinois bar examiners for every graduating student after final grades for the Spring semester are received and processed, and we can confirm completion of all graduation requirements. We compile the list of graduating students from the list of those who submitted Applications for Graduation listing Spring 2006 as their final semester.

Bar Exams in Other Jurisdictions. If you plan to take a bar exam outside of Illinois, you should provide the Registrar with appropriate forms for the Law School to complete as soon as possible.

Joke of the Week. "Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage." (H.L. Mencken)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," by W.B. Yeats.


Week of April 17, 2006

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Please note the following dates for the closing weeks of the Spring semester:

Monday, May 1: Monday classes meet (King Birthday make-up)
Tuesday, May 2: Last day of classes: Friday classes meet (Good Friday make-up)

Read Period runs from Wednesday, May 3 through Sunday, May 7. Exams begin Monday, May 8 and end on Friday, May 19.

Summer 2006 Registration. Initial registration for Summer 2006 classes is now over. Fortunately, we were able to accommodate all student registration requests -- we did not have to drop anyone from any of the summer courses due to oversubscribed classes.
The registration system has reopened. You may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through the end of the first week of the Summer term.

Fall 2006 Preliminary Schedule.
The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2006 semester will be distributed no later than Thursday, April 20, 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.

Spring 2006 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You will be notified of your Spring exam number and the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

•Exam Reschedule Requests.
The deadline for submitting exam reschedule requests has now passed. If you submitted a reschedule request, we will notify you as soon as possible about the results of your request.

•Exams on Computer Sign-Up: Deadline April 21. Many professors allow students to take their exams on computer (either lab computers or students' own laptops, or both). Registration for taking exams on computer is now open and runs through Friday, April 21. To register, log onto your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the appropriate form.

•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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about 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. Ever wonder about those people who spend 2 dollars for a little bottle of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backwards.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "A Supermarket in California," by Allen Ginsberg.

Week of April 10, 2006

Academic Calendar Reminder.
All Law School classes are canceled on Friday, April 14, for Good Friday.

Spring 2006 Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You will be notified of your Spring exam number and the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

•Exam Reschedule Requests: Deadline April 14.
The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form on the Web for Students site (log onto your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form). The deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, April 14. This deadline will be strictly enforced. If your request is approved, the Registrar's office will notify you later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

Under the new policy adopted by the faculty in December, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

•Exams on Computer Sign-Up: Deadline April 21. Many professors allow students to take their exams on computer (either lab computers or students' own laptops, or both). Registration for taking exams on computer is now open and runs through Friday, April 21. To register, log onto your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the appropriate form.

•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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Summer 2006 Registration: April 6-10. The Summer 2006 Registration Bulletin, including the Schedule of Classes and information about applying for Summer clinical programs, is available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions are also available on the Student Portal page (click on the Summer '06 link near the top), or by clicking here.

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 6 through Monday, April 10. You may register at any time during that period. To register, go to the Student Portal page and click on the Online Registration link. You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School.

After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group. Evening Division students have priority over Day Division students for Summer registration. Within divisions, registration priority is based on anticipated graduation date, with the earliest graduation date having the highest priority.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the Online Registration site on or after Wednesday, April 12. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Wednesday, April 12 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Fall 2006 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2006 semester will be distributed early in the week of April 17 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.

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about 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. "The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it's just sort of a tired feeling." (Paula Poundstone)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond," by e.e. cummings.


Week of April 3, 2006

Important Information About Spring 2006 Exam Rescheduling.
The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form on the Web for Students site (log onto your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form). The deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, April 14. This deadline will be strictly enforced. If your request is approved, the Registrar's office will notify you later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

Under the new policy adopted by the faculty in December, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

Summer 2006 Registration. The Summer 2006 Registration Bulletin, including the Schedule of Classes and information about applying for Summer clinical programs, is available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions are also available on the Student Portal page (click on the Summer '06 link near the top), or by clicking here.

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 6 through Monday, April 10. You may register at any time during that period. To register, go to the Student Portal page and click on the Online Registration link. You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School. Applications for Summer clinical programs are due by Tuesday, April 4.

After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group. Evening Division students have priority over Day Division students for Summer registration. Within divisions, registration priority is based on anticipated graduation date, with the earliest graduation date having the highest priority.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the Online Registration site on or after Wednesday, April 12. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Wednesday, April 12 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Law Week Activities. The Student Bar Association has a great line-up of events for Law Week, starting on Monday, April 3, with the Dean's annual State of the Law School Address and culminating on Saturday, April 8, with the Barrister's Ball. See the Law School's Master Calendar for details of all the events.

London Law Consortium: Informational Session. Chicago-Kent is a member of the London Law Consortium, a program that provides students at Chicago-Kent and six other American law schools the opportunity to study in London every Spring. If you would like to learn about the program that will be offered in Spring 2007, there will be an informational session on Monday, April 10, at 10:40 am, in Rm. 170. Professor David Rudstein, who has taught in the Consortium, will discuss the program and answer questions. The program is open to 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls.

Joke of the Week. A guy went to the optometrist's office. "I keep seeing spots in front of my eyes," he said. The receptionist asked, "Have you seen a doctor?" "No," the guy replied, "just the spots."

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is actually a set of song lyrics, in honor of Earth Day later this month: "Gentle Arms of Eden," by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer. (Thanks to Sue Russell for suggesting this.)


Week of March 27, 2006

Important Information About Spring 2006 Exam Rescheduling.
The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form on the Web for Students site (log onto your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form). The form will be available starting Wednesday, March 29. The deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, April 14. This deadline will be strictly enforced. If your request is approved, the Registrar's office will notify you later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

Under the new policy adopted by the faculty in December, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

New Director of Student Services. Amanda Kastern recently joined the Office of Student Services as the new Director of Student Services. Amanda is new to the Office of Student Services, but not to the Chicago-Kent community. She formerly served as Assistant Director of Financial Aid here at the IIT Downtown Campus.

Students are encouraged to contact Amanda with any questions regarding the CTA U-Pass, student health insurance, ADA accommodations, or the ASP program. She is also available for academic and personal counseling. Amanda can be reached at akastern@kentlaw.edu or 312/906-5247. Students are also welcome to visit Amanda in her new office, Room 310A.

Summer 2006 Schedule. The Summer 2006 schedule of classes and Registration Bulletin will be available outside the third floor cafeteria and through the Student Portal web page on Thursday, March 30.

"The Legacies of Nuremberg" Lecture Series and Exhibits. On March 29 and 30, the Chicago Bar Association, in conjunction with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Chicago Public Library, will be sponsoring a series of lectures and exhibits "exploring the Holocaust, the Nuremberg Trials, and their lasting influence on our system of justice." One of the lectures, an address on "The Third Reich and the Legal Profession" by Dr. William Meinecke, will be held here at Chicago-Kent on Thursday, March 30, 9:30-11:00 am in the Auditorium. For details about this and the other events, click here or pick up a brochure from the table outside the third floor cafeteria. All of the events are free and open to the public except the lunches each day, the opening breakfast, and the closing dinner.

Joke of the Week. A guy walked into a bank and asked the teller to check his balance. So she pushed him.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Lesson," by Forrest Hamer.


Week of March 20, 2006

Joke of the Week. Question: What do cannibals do at weddings? Answer: They toast the bride and groom.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is Shakespeare's Sonnet 73.

Week of March 13, 2006

No new entries this week.

Week of March 6, 2006

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Spring Break begins Saturday, March 11, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 20.

CALI Award Winners for Summer 2005. 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 Summer 2005 courses are linked to this page. Congratulations to all of you who received the award.

Joke of the Week. Question: Why do elephants drink so much? Answer: To try to forget.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Lines," by Martha Collins.

Week of February 27, 2006

Fall 2005 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 Fall 2005 courses are linked to this page. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

Fall 2005 Grade Distributions. The grade distributions for Fall 2005 courses are linked to this page.

Joke of the Week.
"When I put on my acid-washed jeans, I started having flashbacks." (Nick Arnette)

Poem of the Week.
This week's poem is "I Hear American Singing," by Walt Whitman.

Week of February 20, 2006

"Putting Law School Grades in Perspective."
If you are concerned about your law school grades, or would like to learn more about how professors grade and the significance of grades, click here for an interesting article by Michael Swygert, a faculty member at Stetson College of Law.

Trial Team Success. The Chicago-Kent Trial Team continued its record of excellent performances in the regional competition held earlier this month. See Dean Krent's section of the Record for details.

Traffic Alert: Closure of Monroe Street Bridge. Beginning Monday, February 27, the Monroe Street Bridge over the Kennedy Expressway will be closed for reconstruction.

TV Commercial Featuring 10th Floor Reading Room. If you would like to see the Hallmark commercial filmed in December in the 10th floor reading room, click here, then click on the commercial titled "Library."

Joke of the Week. "I tried Flintstones vitamins. I didn't feel any better but I could stop the car with my feet." (Joan St. Once)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Sympathy," by Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Week of February 13, 2006

Elective Courses Subject to the Mandatory Curve: CORRECTION.
The list published last week of Spring 2006 courses subject to the mandatory curve for elective courses listed one course incorrectly. Prof. Ehrenberg's section of Remedies (not Prof. Cavanaugh's section) is subject to the curve. A corrected list is linked to this page. (Please note: The elective course curve formerly applied to courses with at least 25 students enrolled. At the faculty's December 2005 faculty meeting, the curve was revised to apply only to courses with at least 40 students enrolled.)

Joke of the Week. "Comedy premise one hundred years in the future: 'So, I was at the Rolling Stones farewell tour....'" (Nick Arnette)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Dover Beach," by Matthew Arnold.

Week of February 6, 2006

Illinois Bar Exam: Q&A With Bar Examiners.
(Note: Attending this program could save you $450!) Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will be at the Law School on Tuesday, February 7, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm (Rm. 590), and from 5:00 to 5:50 pm (Rm. C50), to answer questions from first-year students concerning the completion of your bar registration materials, which are due by March 1, 2006. (See my Record entry for January 16 for details about the bar registration process for first-year students.)

Certificate Programs: Information Session. For students interested in one or more of Chicago-Kent's certificate programs, there will be an informational session on Wednesday, February 8, 4:00-5:45 pm, in the 10th Floor Event Room. Meet faculty and students in the certificate programs, gather information, and have a snack! We currently have certificate programs in the following areas:

-Labor & Employment Law
-Intellectual Property Law
-International & Comparative Law
-Environmental Law
-Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR)
-Public Interest Law

Class Ranks and GPA Cut-Offs. Fall 2005 class ranks, and cumulative GPAs including Fall 2005 grades, are now available through Web for Students (click on the "Fall 2005" link under "Grades and Rank" on the left hand menu). The GPA cut-offs for upper-level students as of the end of the Fall 2005 semester are linked to this page. Please note: First-year students are not ranked until the end of their second semester. Likewise, transfer students and students admitted with advanced standing are not ranked until they have completed two semesters at Chicago-Kent.

Elective Courses Subject to the Mandatory Curve. A list of Spring 2006 elective courses with at least 40 students enrolled, and thus subject to the mandatory curve for elective courses, is linked to this page. (Please note: The elective course curve formerly applied to courses with at least 25 students enrolled. At the faculty's December 2005 faculty meeting, the curve was revised to apply only to courses with at least 40 students enrolled.)

ASP Small Group Sessions. Information about the Academic Support Program, including membership criteria for ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning into the small groups, is linked to this page. Petitions are due to me no later than Wednesday, February 8. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

Joke of the Week. "I suffer from two phobias: (1) Phobia-phobia -- the fear you're unable to get scared, and (2) Xylophataquieopiaphobia -- the fear of not pronouncing words correctly." (Brad Stine)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Woman at the Washington Zoo," by Randall Jarrell.

Week of January 30, 2006

Illinois Bar Exam: Q&A With Bar Examiners.
(Note: Attending this program could save you $450!) Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will be at the Law School on Tuesday, February 7, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm (Rm. 590), and from 5:00 to 5:50 pm (Rm. C50), to answer questions from first-year students concerning the completion of your bar registration materials, which are due by March 1, 2006. (See my Record entry for January 16 for details about the bar registration process for first-year students.)

ASP Small Group Sessions. Information about the Academic Support Program, including membership criteria for ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning into the small groups, is linked to this page. Petitions are due to me no later than Wednesday, February 8. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

U-Pass Distribution. If you have not yet picked up your Spring U-Pass, you may do so from Denise Lang outside my office (320C) between the hours of 10:00-11:00 am and 2:30-3:30 pm daily. For more information on the U-Pass program and which students qualify for participation in the program, see the U-Pass FAQ.

Joke of the Week. Question: How many software programmers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Answer: None -- that's a hardware problem.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The moon has set...", by Sappho.

Week of January 23, 2006

Adding and Dropping Classes.
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. 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.

ASP Small Group Sessions. Information about the Academic Support Program, including membership criteria for ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning into the small groups, is linked to this page. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

U-Pass Distribution. If you have not yet picked up your Spring U-Pass, you may do so from Denise Lang outside my office (320C) between the hours of 10:00-11:00 am and 2:30-3:30 pm daily. For more information on the U-Pass program and which students qualify for participation in the program, see the U-Pass FAQ.

Changes in Academic Regulations on Grading, Exam Rescheduling, and Make-Up Classes. The faculty passed the following new academic regulations at its December 2005 meeting:

Exam Rescheduling. Pursuant to a proposal from the SBA, the second paragraph of section 7.2 of the Student Handbook has been changed as follows:

Old language: "A student will be deemed to have a conflict if he or she has three exams scheduled consecutively (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. on the same day, or 1:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on one day and 8:30 a.m. the following morning). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled on the same day, but at different hours."

New language: "A student will be deemed to have a conflict if he or she has two exams scheduled within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the next morning)."

Classes During Read Period. Pursuant to a proposal from the SBA, new section 9.4 has been added to the Student Handbook, reading as follows:

"Scheduling of Make-Up Classes. No instructor shall schedule a make-up class during the period designated 'Read Period,' except on the first day of that period. Optional review sessions are permitted during the remainder of the period. Faculty should make every effort to schedule make-up classes during the regular semester, considering the feasibility of scheduling them during the two periods of time each week during which no regular classes are schedule."

Grading Curve for Required Courses. The mandatory curve for required courses, excluding Legal Writing courses and seminars, provided in section 6.8 of the Student Handbook was changed to increase the percentage of grades professors may give in the B- and C+ ranges. These changes will apply beginning with Fall 2005 courses. Click here for details.

Grading Curve for Elective Courses. The mandatory curve for elective courses provided in section 6.8 of the Student Handbook will now apply only to courses with at least 40 students enrolled (rather than to courses with at least 25 students enrolled). This change is effective beginning with the Spring 2006 semester.

New City of Chicago Smoking Ordinance. Effective Monday, January 16, 2006, the City Of Chicago mandates that smoking not be allowed within 15 feet of building entrances. Smokers should use the newly-designated outdoor smoking area to the east of the building entrance (past the second column). The smoking urns have been moved to this new location.

Notice to Students in Substance Abuse Recovery (or who want to be). If you are in recovery for a substance abuse problem, or if you are not in recovery but would like help with a substance abuse problem, consider contacting the Lawyers Assistance Program. This confidential program exists to help lawyers, judges, and law students with alcohol abuse, drug dependency, or mental health problems. If you are already in recovery, there is a weekly A.A. meeting at LAP's Chicago office, Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm, at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 1820. If you would like to be put in contact with other members of the Chicago-Kent community who are in recovery, call Janet Voss, the director of LAP, at 312/726-6607. If you are not in recovery but would like to find out more about what LAP can do for you, call or stop by LAP's office, or go to their web site at http://www.illinoislap.org.

Joke of the Week. Question: What do you call a fish with no eyes? Answer: A fsh.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Dream Deferred," by Langston Hughes.

Week of January 16, 2006

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.

Academic Calendar Reminder. Classes will not be held on Monday, January 16, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Day. Spring semester classes will start on Tuesday, January 17. Because Martin Luther King Day is an official university holiday, this also means that the Law School building will be closed on January 16.

Spring 2006 Semester Information.
The Spring 2006 Term Information page has most of the information you will need for the start of the Spring semester. (Permanent links for term information pages appear on the Student Portal page, under "Academic term information.") Print copies of many of the documents described below are available outside the third floor cafeteria.

Initial Reading Assignments. Reading assignments for the first week of the Spring semester are available on the Spring 2006 Term Information page. (Please note: The list of initial assignments has been updated since it was first posted.)

Course Information Updates. Course information updates for Spring classes are available on the Spring 2006 Term Information page.

Revised Spring Schedule (with Classroom Assignments). A revised copy of the Spring 2006 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is available on the Spring 2006 Term Information page. Classroom assignments are also posted in the front lobby.

Adding and Dropping Classes. 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. 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.

Exam Schedule. A copy of the Spring 2006 exam schedule is available on the Spring 2006 Term Information page. Please see the announcement below concerning a recent change in academic policy concerning exam rescheduling. Also, 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 me.

Trial Advocacy Section Assignments. If you are registered for Trial Advocacy 1 or Trial Advocacy 2 for the Spring semester, a list of section assignments is available on the Spring 2006 Term Information page.

Bookstore Hours. The bookstore's hours are available on the Spring 2006 Term Information page. Please note that the bookstore will not be open on Monday, January 16, due to the Law School's observance of Martin Luther King Day.

2005-2006 Academic Calendar. The academic calendar for the Spring semester is linked to this page.

ASP Small Group Sessions. Information about the Academic Support Program, including membership criteria for ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning into the small groups, is linked to this page. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

Changes in Academic Regulations on Grading, Exam Rescheduling, and Make-Up Classes. The faculty passed the following new academic regulations at its December 2005 meeting:

Exam Rescheduling. Pursuant to a proposal from the SBA, the second paragraph of section 7.2 of the Student Handbook has been changed as follows:

Old language: "A student will be deemed to have a conflict if he or she has three exams scheduled consecutively (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. on the same day, or 1:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on one day and 8:30 a.m. the following morning). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled on the same day, but at different hours."

New language: "A student will be deemed to have a conflict if he or she has two exams scheduled within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the next morning)."

Classes During Read Period. Pursuant to a proposal from the SBA, new section 9.4 has been added to the Student Handbook, reading as follows:

"Scheduling of Make-Up Classes. No instructor shall schedule a make-up class during the period designated 'Read Period,' except on the first day of that period. Optional review sessions are permitted during the remainder of the period. Faculty should make every effort to schedule make-up classes during the regular semester, considering the feasibility of scheduling them during the two periods of time each week during which no regular classes are schedule."

Grading Curve for Required Courses. The mandatory curve for required courses, excluding Legal Writing courses and seminars, provided in section 6.8 of the Student Handbook was changed to increase the percentage of grades professors may give in the B- and C+ ranges. These changes will apply beginning with Fall 2005 courses. Click here for details.

Grading Curve for Elective Courses. The mandatory curve for elective courses provided in section 6.8 of the Student Handbook will now apply only to courses with at least 40 students enrolled (rather than to courses with at least 25 students enrolled). This change is effective beginning with the Spring 2006 semester.

New City of Chicago Smoking Ordinance. Effective Monday, January 16, 2006, the City Of Chicago mandates that smoking not be allowed within 15 feet of building entrances. Smokers should use the newly-designated outdoor smoking area to the east of the building entrance (past the second column). The smoking urns have been moved to this new location.

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 submitted by March 1, 2006. All registration applications must be submitted both electronically and in print form. 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 an additional fee of $450 if you apply to take the bar 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 begin working on the materials sooner rather than later. 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.

Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will visit the Law School later this semester or early in the Spring semester to answer questions concerning the completion of the bar registration application. We will announce the date and time once the session has been scheduled.

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 2006 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2006 Illinois bar exam must be submitted by February 1, 2006. (Note: An announcement last Fall incorrectly stated that the deadline was later for those who filed a bar registration application in their first year.) All application materials must be submitted both electronically and in print form. You may file a late application for the July bar exam up to May 31, but substantial penalty fees apply. 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. 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 December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation so that we will know you plan to graduate in either December or 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 two-thirds of the credits required for the J.D. degree (at Chicago-Kent, this means you must have completed 58 credits). Registration information and application forms for the next exam, on Saturday, March 11, 2006, are available online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/tests.htm. The deadline for applying for the March exam is January 31, 2006 (the late deadline is February 16). Note: An applicant whose religious beliefs preclude him or her from taking the examination on a Saturday may apply to take the MPRE on the following day, Sunday, in the afternoon. Go to http://www.ncbex.org/tests.htm for more details.

Weather Closing Information. Flyers with information about emergency weather closings are available on the table outside the third-floor cafeteria. As explained in the flyer, you may find out whether the Law School is closed due to severe weather in any of the ways listed below. Please note: Information for the Law School will be listed under "IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law."

Radio: WGN 720 AM; WBBM 780 AM.
TV: CBS 2, NBC 5, ABC 7, WGN, Fox 32, CLTV News.
Phone: 847/238-1234.
Online: http://www.EmergencyClosings.com. (You may also sign up for personalized e-mail notifications at this site.)
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 candidate's fund-raiser; and putting campaign posters on university property. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact Mary Anne Smith, Vice President and General Counsel of IIT, at 312/567-3034.

Joke of the Week. "Delusions of grandeur make me feel a lot better about myself." (Jane Wagner)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Chicago," by Carl Sandburg.

FALL 2005

W
eek of December 19, 2005

UPDATE (12/23/05): Initial Reading Assignments now available.
A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2006 courses is now available through the Student Portal page (click on the Spring '06 link). We will update the list periodically as we receive additional assignments.

You may ask the Bookstore to hold your Spring course books for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the holiday break. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore before you leave, or call the bookstore at 312/906-5605. In addition, you may order your course books over the web by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Student Portal page.

Happy Holidays! I wish all of you a joyous (and restful) holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you next month.

Fall 2005 Final Exams.

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call me (312/906-5282) or Jamie Lake (312/906-5247) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Do not contact your professor about any problem connected with your exam, as this may compromise your anonymity. Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.

Consulting Laptops During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on your laptop computer during an open book or limited open book exam; you are limited to consulting print materials authorized by your professor. Please note: This is separate from the issue of whether you may write your exam on your own laptop. The limitation described above applies whether you are writing your exam by hand or on a lab or laptop computer.

Cell Phones During Exams. You are not permitted to use a cell phone during any exam, including during any restroom breaks. If you have a cell phone with you during an exam, it must be turned off and stored out of sight.

Access to Computer Labs During Exams. Because we use the computer labs during many of the exam slots during exam period, access for other purposes (e.g., printing out papers or exam outlines) is limited. Please keep in mind that there is a printer in the 5th Floor Student Lounge that you can use if the labs are all in use.

Spring 2006 Registration.
If you have not already done so, please log back into the online registration system to see what Spring 2006 classes you were admitted into. You may make adjustments to your schedule through the end of the second week of the Spring semester. A revised version of the Spring 2006 schedule is available through the Student Portal page (click on the Spring 2006 link), or by clicking here. The revised schedule reflects the following additions/corrections, some previously announced:

*Classes canceled due to low enrollment:

Advanced Bankruptcy (288-051).
Chicago Legal Clinic Practicum (238-001).
Complex Crimes Prosecution (228-051).
Current Issues in Environmental Law seminar (624-051).
Estate Planning (414-051).
Intellectual Property and Technology Licensing (281-052) (Note: the Thursday evening section of this course, section no. 281-051, has not been canceled).
International Trade (384-051).
Nanotechnology seminar (607-071).
Reproductive Technology (643-051).

*Additional section of Legal Writing 4: 432-054, Tues./Thurs. 6:00-7:25pm, Intellectual Property (Prof. Dolan).

*Management of I.P. Portfolios: This class will meet Tuesdays 4:00-5:50 pm (it was listed as day/time TBA on the final schedule). The course number is 239-071 (not 239-051).

*Seventh Cir. Review: Honors Seminar: This seminar is 2 credits (the number of credits was inadvertently omitted on the final schedule).

*Legal Writing for LL.M. Students: The original schedule listed this course incorrectly. The revised information is as follows: Title: Legal Writing 5 for International LL.M. Students: Contracts and Commercial Drafting. Course No.: 116-001. Professor: K. Brest van Kempen. Credits: 3 credits. Meeting Times: Wed./Fri. 11:45-1:10 pm. This course is open only to International LL.M. students. Note: If you are currently taking Legal Writing 4 for International LL.M. Students, you are eligible to take this new Legal Writing 5 course in the Spring.

*Critical Race Theory: This course has been added to the Spring schedule. Professor: Kristen Barnes. Course No.: 461-071. Credits: 2 credits. Meeting Time: Thursdays, 4:00-5:50 pm. Exam: Thurs. 5/11 6:00 pm. Course Description: This course will examine a wide range of Critical Race Theory literature ranging from some of the key writings that formed the movement to recent criticism in the area. The course will also explore the relationship between Critical Legal Studies and Critical Race Theory.

*Topics in Muslim-Jewish Relations: Professor: Rachel Havrelock. Course No.: 462-001. Credits: 3 credits. Meeting Time: Tues./Thurs. 2:00-3:15pm. Additional Information: This course is the first offering in a new joint program by Chicago-Kent and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the course is open to students at both institutions. The course will meet some weeks at UIC and some weeks at Chicago-Kent and will follow the UIC academic schedule (the course will start on January 10 and end on April 27). The course will ge graded on the basis of four papers (80%) and class participation (20%). Course Description: Students will become familiar with the primary texts of the Jewish and the Muslim traditions while learning to distinguish between source texts and the history of interpretation. In addition, they will gain skills in textual analysis, legal interpretation, philosophic reading and cultural comparison.

*Law and Literature: The take-home exam in this course will be given from Friday, May 12, 3:00pm to Monday, May 15, 6:00pm.

Joke of the Week. Jean-Paul Sartre is sitting at a French cafe revising his draft of Being and Nothingness. He says to a waiter, "I'd like a cup of coffee please, with no cream." The waiter replies, "I'm sorry, monsieur, but we're out of cream. How about with no milk?"

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Woman at the Washington Zoo," by Randall Jarrell.


Week of December 12, 2005

Fall 2005 Final Exams.

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call me (312/906-5282) or Jamie Lake (312/906-5247) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Do not contact your professor about any problem connected with your exam, as this may compromise your anonymity. Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.

Consulting Laptops During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on your laptop computer during an open book or limited open book exam; you are limited to consulting print materials authorized by your professor. Please note: This is separate from the issue of whether you may write your exam on your own laptop. The limitation described above applies whether you are writing your exam by hand or on a lab or laptop computer.

Cell Phones During Exams. You are not permitted to use a cell phone during any exam, including during any restroom breaks. If you have a cell phone with you during an exam, it must be turned off and stored out of sight.

Access to Computer Labs During Exams. Because we use the computer labs during many of the exam slots during exam period, access for other purposes (e.g., printing out papers or exam outlines) is limited. Please keep in mind that there is a printer in the 5th Floor Student Lounge that you can use if the labs are all in use.

Spring 2006 Registration.
If you have not already done so, please log back into the online registration system to see what Spring 2006 classes you were admitted into. You may make adjustments to your schedule through the end of the second week of the Spring semester. A revised version of the Spring 2006 schedule is available through the Student Portal page (click on the Spring 2006 link), or by clicking here. The revised schedule reflects the following additions/corrections, some previously announced:

*Classes canceled due to low enrollment:

Advanced Bankruptcy (288-051).
Chicago Legal Clinic Practicum (238-001).
Complex Crimes Prosecution (228-051).
Current Issues in Environmental Law seminar (624-051).
Estate Planning (414-051).
Intellectual Property and Technology Licensing (281-052) (Note: the Thursday evening section of this course, section no. 281-051, has not been canceled).
International Trade (384-051).
Nanotechnology seminar (607-071).
Reproductive Technology (643-051).

*Additional section of Legal Writing 4: 432-054, Tues./Thurs. 6:00-7:25pm, Intellectual Property (Prof. Dolan).

*Management of I.P. Portfolios: This class will meet Tuesdays 4:00-5:50 pm (it was listed as day/time TBA on the final schedule). The course number is 239-071 (not 239-051).

*Seventh Cir. Review: Honors Seminar: This seminar is 2 credits (the number of credits was inadvertently omitted on the final schedule).

*Legal Writing for LL.M. Students: The original schedule listed this course incorrectly. The revised information is as follows: Title: Legal Writing 5 for International LL.M. Students: Contracts and Commercial Drafting. Course No.: 116-001. Professor: K. Brest van Kempen. Credits: 3 credits. Meeting Times: Wed./Fri. 11:45-1:10 pm. This course is open only to International LL.M. students. Note: If you are currently taking Legal Writing 4 for International LL.M. Students, you are eligible to take this new Legal Writing 5 course in the Spring.

*Critical Race Theory: This course has been added to the Spring schedule. Professor: Kristen Barnes. Course No.: 461-071. Credits: 2 credits. Meeting Time: Thursdays, 4:00-5:50 pm. Exam: Thurs. 5/11 6:00 pm. Course Description: This course will examine a wide range of Critical Race Theory literature ranging from some of the key writings that formed the movement to recent criticism in the area. The course will also explore the relationship between Critical Legal Studies and Critical Race Theory.

*Topics in Muslim-Jewish Relations: Professor: Rachel Havrelock. Course No.: 462-001. Credits: 3 credits. Meeting Time: Tues./Thurs. 2:00-3:15pm. Additional Information: This course is the first offering in a new joint program by Chicago-Kent and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the course is open to students at both institutions. The course will meet some weeks at UIC and some weeks at Chicago-Kent and will follow the UIC academic schedule (the course will start on January 10 and end on April 27). The course will ge graded on the basis of four papers (80%) and class participation (20%). Course Description: Students will become familiar with the primary texts of the Jewish and the Muslim traditions while learning to distinguish between source texts and the history of interpretation. In addition, they will gain skills in textual analysis, legal interpretation, philosophic reading and cultural comparison.

*Law and Literature: The take-home exam in this course will be given from Friday, May 12, 3:00pm to Monday, May 15, 6:00pm.

Spring 2006 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2006 courses will be posted on the Student Portal page (click on the Spring '06 link) no later than Friday, December 23. Assignments not received by December 23 will be posted as we receive them.

You may ask the Bookstore to hold your Spring course books for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the holiday break. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore before you leave, or call the bookstore at 312/906-5605. In addition, you may order your course books over the web by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Student Portal page.

Joke of the Week.
Question: What do you get when you cross the Godfather with a philosopher? Answer: An offer you can't understand.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," by Maya Angelou.


Week of December 5, 2005

Academic Calendar Reminder.
The class schedule for the last week of the semester is as follows:

Monday, December 5: Thursday classes meet (Yom Kippur make-up)
Tuesday, December 6 (last day of classes): Monday classes 4:00 and later meet (day classes do not meet) (Rosh Hashanah make-up)

Read period runs from Wednesday, December 7 through Sunday, December 11. Exams start on Monday, December 12 and end on Wednesday, December 21.

Spring 2006 Registration.
The initial registration period is now over. If you have not already done so, please log back into the online registration system to see what classes you were admitted into. You may make adjustments to your schedule through the end of the second week of the Spring semester. A revised version of the Spring 2006 schedule is available outside the third floor cafeteria, through the Student Portal page (click on the Spring 2006 link), or by clicking here. The revised schedule reflects the following additions/corrections (some previously announced):

*Additional section of Legal Writing 4: 432-054, Tues./Thurs. 6:00-7:25pm, Intellectual Property (Prof. Dolan).

*Management of I.P. Portfolios: This class will meet Tuesdays 4:00-5:50 pm (it was listed as day/time TBA on the final schedule). The course number is 239-071 (not 239-051).

*Seventh Cir. Review: Honors Seminar: This seminar is 2 credits (the number of credits was inadvertently omitted on the final schedule).

*Legal Writing for LL.M. Students: The original schedule listed this course incorrectly. The revised information is as follows: Title: Legal Writing 5 for International LL.M. Students: Contracts and Commercial Drafting. Course No.: 116-001. Professor: K. Brest van Kempen. Credits: 3 credits. Meeting Times: Wed./Fri. 11:45-1:10 pm. This course is open only to International LL.M. students. Note: If you are currently taking Legal Writing 4 for International LL.M. Students, you are eligible to take this new Legal Writing 5 course in the Spring.

*Critical Race Theory: This course has been added to the Spring schedule. Professor: Kristen Barnes. Course No.: 461-071. Credits: 2 credits. Meeting Time: Thursdays, 4:00-5:50 pm. Exam: Thurs. 5/11 6:00 pm. Course Description: This course will examine a wide range of Critical Race Theory literature ranging from some of the key writings that formed the movement to recent criticism in the area. The course will also explore the relationship between Critical Legal Studies and Critical Race Theory.

*Topics in Muslim-Jewish Relations: This course has been added to the Spring schedule. Professor: Rachel Havrelock. Course No.: 462-001. Credits: 3 credits. Meeting Time: Tues./Thurs. 2:00-3:15pm. Additional Information: This course is the first offering in a new joint program by Chicago-Kent and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the course is open to students at both institutions. The course will meet some weeks at UIC and some weeks at Chicago-Kent and will follow the UIC academic schedule (the course will start on January 10 and end on April 27). The course will ge graded on the basis of four papers (80%) and class participation (20%). Course Description: Students will become familiar with the primary texts of the Jewish and the Muslim traditions while learning to distinguish between source texts and the history of interpretation. In addition, they will gain skills in textual analysis, legal interpretation, philosophic reading and cultural comparison.

*Law and Literature: The take-home exam in this course will be given from Friday, May 12, 3:00pm to Monday, May 15, 6:00pm.

Fall 2005 Final Exams.
Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up. The period for registering to take exams on computer has now closed.

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call me (312/906-5282) or Jamie Lake (312/906-5247) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Do not contact your professor about any problem connected with your exam, as this may compromise your anonymity. Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.

Consulting Laptops During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on your laptop computer during an open book or limited open book exam; you are limited to consulting print materials authorized by your professor. Please note: This is separate from the issue of whether you may write your exam on your own laptop. The limitation described above applies whether you are writing your exam by hand or on a lab or laptop computer.

Cell Phones During Exams. You are not permitted to use a cell phone during any exam, including during any restroom breaks. If you have a cell phone with you during an exam, it must be turned off and stored out of sight.

Access to Computer Labs During Exams. Because we use the computer labs during many of the exam slots during exam period, access for other purposes (e.g., printing out papers or exam outlines) is limited. Please keep in mind that there is a printer in the 5th Floor Student Lounge that you can use if the labs are all in use.

Joke of the Week.
Question: What did Hamlet say when he found the liniment? Answer: Aye, there's the rub! (Thanks to Matt Cavanaugh for this week's joke.)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Spring and Fall," by Gerard Manley Hopkins.


Week of November 28, 2005

No new entries this week.

Week of November 21, 2005

Spring 2006 Schedule and Registration.

Final Spring 2006 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final schedule and Registration Bulletin for the Spring 2006 semester are available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions are also available on the Student Portal page (click on the Spring 2006 link), or by clicking here.

Please note the following additions/corrections to the Spring schedule:

*Additional section of Legal Writing 4: 432-054, Tues./Thurs. 6:00-7:25pm, Intellectual Property (Prof. Dolan).

*Management of I.P. Portfolios: This class will meet Tuesdays 4:00-5:50 pm (it was listed as day/time TBA on the final schedule). The course number is 239-071 (not 239-051).

*Seventh Cir. Review: Honors Seminar: This seminar is 2 credits (the number of credits was inadvertently omitted on the final schedule).

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place Thursday, November 17 through Tuesday, November 22. You may register at any time during that period. Registration will take place through the Online Registration system (linked to the Student Portal page). After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group.

Registration for First-Year Students. Although first-year students have set schedules, you still must register for your Spring courses using the Online Registration system. Please be careful to register for the doctrinal classes listed for your current section, and for the Legal Writing section taught by your current professor.

University of Metz Exchange Program. As part of an agreement recently concluded with the University of Metz, ten Chicago-Kent students will have the opportunity to take three courses, totaling nine credits, during the Spring 2006 semester. The University will match each student with an internship opportunity in Luxembourg, Frankfurt, or elsewhere. The courses are: Comparative Intellectual Property Law, European Union Law, and Comparative Constitutional Law. The internships are not available to students who do not study at Metz this Spring. Contact Assistant Dean Lydia Lazar (llazar@kentlaw.edu) for more information.

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 24, through Sunday, November 27. The class schedule following Thanksgiving is as follows:

Monday, November 28: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 29: Tuesday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah)
Wednesday, November 30: Wednesday classes starting 4:00 and later meet (day classes do not meet) (Yom Kippur make-up)
Thursday, December 1: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Friday, December 2: Friday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Monday, December 5: Thursday classes meet (Yom Kippur make-up)
Tuesday, December 6 (last day of classes): Monday classes 4:00 and later meet (day classes do not meet) Rosh Hashanah make-up)

Read period runs from Wednesday, December 7 through Sunday, December 11. Exams start on Monday, December 12 and end on Wednesday, December 21.

Fall 2005 Final Exams.
Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. The Registrar's office will notify you at a later date of the classroom assignments for your exams.

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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up. Many professors allow students to take their exams on computer (either lab computers or students' own laptops, or both). Registration for taking exams on computer begins on Monday, November 14 and runs through Wednesday, November 30. To register, log onto your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the appropriate form.

Intensive Trial Advocacy: Seats Still Available in January 2006 Session.
Registration for the January session of Intensive Trial Advocacy (January 7-January 14, 2006) took place as part of Fall 2005 registration. However, several spaces are still available. Please contact me if you are interested in being added to the class.

Teaching Evaluations.
Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about 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. "You know, a male turkey and a male cat are both called Toms. I don't need that kind of confusion on Thanksgiving." (Reno Goodale)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Romance," by Edgar Allan Poe. (Thanks to Amy Strege for suggesting this poem.)

Week of November 14, 2005

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 24, through Sunday, November 27. The class schedule following Thanksgiving is as follows:

Monday, November 28: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 29: Tuesday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah)
Wednesday, November 30: Wednesday classes starting 4:00 and later meet (day classes do not meet) (Yom Kippur make-up)
Thursday, December 1: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Friday, December 2: Friday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Monday, December 5: Thursday classes meet (Yom Kippur make-up)
Tuesday, December 6 (last day of classes): Monday classes 4:00 and later meet (day classes do not meet) Rosh Hashanah make-up)

Read period runs from Wednesday, December 7 through Sunday, December 11. Exams start on Monday, December 12 and end on Wednesday, December 21.

Spring 2006 Schedule and Registration.
Final Spring 2006 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final schedule and Registration Bulletin for the Spring 2006 semester are now available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions are also available on the Student Portal page (click on the Spring 2006 link), or by clicking here.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place Thursday, November 17 through Tuesday, November 22. You may register at any time during that period. Registration will take place through the Online Registration system (linked to the Student Portal page). After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group.

Registration for First-Year Students. Although first-year students have set schedules, you still must register for your Spring courses using the Online Registration system. Please be careful to register for the doctrinal classes listed for your current section, and for the Legal Writing section taught by your current professor.

Fall 2005 Final Exams. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page.

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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up. Many professors allow students to take their exams on computer (either lab computers or students' own laptops, or both). Registration for taking exams on computer begins on Monday, November 14 and runs through Wednesday, November 30. To register, log onto your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the appropriate form.

Intensive Trial Advocacy: Seats Still Available in January 2006 Session.
Registration for the January session of Intensive Trial Advocacy (January 7-January 14, 2006) took place as part of Fall 2005 registration. However, several spaces are still available. Please contact me if you are interested in being added to the class.

Joke of the Week. "Vanna White's in a rehab center. She's hooked on phonics." (Scott Wood)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The First Dream," by Billy Collins.

Week of November 7, 2005

Spring 2006 Preliminary Schedule.
The Spring 2006 preliminary schedule is linked to this page. Please note: This preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2005 semester), and changes will be made to the schedule before it is finalized. The first-year schedule for the Spring will be published in the final schedule. The final schedule will be issued late in the week of November 7.

Fall 2005 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 6:00 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 complete a Final Exam Reschedule form on the Web for Students site (log onto your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form). The deadline is Friday, November 11. If your request is approved, the Registrar's office will notify you later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams.
The Academic Support Program will present its final Fall workshop on Tuesday, November 8, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Rm. 590 (for day students) and Wednesday, November 9, 5:00-5:45 pm, in Rm 590 (for evening students). This workshop will focus on strategies for preparing for and taking exams and will feature comments from both the faculty and student perspectives. Although the workshop is mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend but would like to see a videotape of the program, contact Jamie Lake (e-mail: JLAKE). For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

Trial Team Success. Congratulations to the Chicago-Kent Trial Team for its impressive showing in the University of Buffalo National Mock Trial Invitational. Two Kent teams were among the 30 teams competing in the tournament. The first Kent team, consisting of Anthony Lucafo, Jason Kang, Robert Milla, and Keya Rajput, finished in the final four (for the second year in a row). The second team, consisting of Stacy Manning, Daniel Hanichak, Elizabeth Stark, and Andrew Cherkasky, made it to the final eight. Both teams were lead by coaches Margaret Firnstein, David Lavin, Nick Caputo and George Dumas.

Joke of the Week. "Do you really appreciate igneous rock? Or do you just take it for granite?" (Thanks to Matt Cavanaugh for this week's joke.)

Poem of the Week. In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, this week's poem is "In Flanders Field," by Lt. Col. John McCrae. (Thanks to Sue Russell for suggesting this week's poem.)

Week of October 31, 2005

Notice About November 4 MPRE Exam.
We have been informed that the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) on November 4 is scheduled to be administered at the Congress Plaza Hotel, which is being picketed by striking workers. Strike organizers advise us that the picket line "regularly includes chanting via bullhorn, handbilling and at times demonstrations." We have expressed our concerns to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which administers the MPRE.

Fall 2005 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 6:00 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 complete a Final Exam Reschedule form on the Web for Students site (log onto your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form). The deadline is Friday, November 11. If your request is approved, the Registrar's office will notify you later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

New Certificate Program in Public Interest Law.
The faculty recently approved a new Certificate Program in Public Interest Law. The program will be administered by Professor Ronald Staudt as part of the activities of the newly formed Center for Access to Justice and Technology. The certificate requirements include 12 hours of coursework, including two courses that will be new to the curriculum: Legal Writing 4-Public Interest Law, and a new three-credit course titled Public Interest Law and Policy. The Career Services Office will offer a required Career Path Planning process as part of the certificate program. While the program officially launches in Fall 2006, look for announcements of meetings and presentations introducing the program to students over the next few months.

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams.
The Academic Support Program will present its final Fall workshop on Tuesday, November 8, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Rm. 590 (for day students) and Wednesday, November 9, 5:00-5:45 pm, in Rm 590 (for evening students). This workshop will focus on strategies for preparing for and taking exams and will feature comments from both the faculty and student perspectives. Although the workshop is mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend but would like to see a videotape of the program, contact Jamie Lake (e-mail: JLAKE). For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

Joke of the Week. Why can't a scientist tell a joke timing.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "I Died for Beauty," by Emily Dickinson.

Week of October 24, 2005

New Certificate Program in Public Interest Law.
The faculty recently approved a new Certificate Program in Public Interest Law. The program will be administered by Professor Ronald Staudt as part of the activities of the newly formed Center for Access to Justice and Technology. The certificate requirements include 12 hours of coursework, including two courses that will be new to the curriculum: Legal Writing 4-Public Interest Law, and a new three-credit course titled Public Interest Law and Policy. The Career Services Office will offer a required Career Path Planning process as part of the certificate program. While the program officially launches in Fall 2006, look for announcements of meetings and presentations introducing the program to students over the next few months.

Trial Team Tryouts -
UPDATE: Tryouts for the Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team will be held on Tuesday, November 1, at 6:00 pm in the Chicago-Kent Courtroom. All students (including first-year students) are eligible. Details are linked to this page.

Joke of the Week. "I'm shopping, and I caught this guy who's comparing apples and oranges. So I walked over and said, 'Hey, you can't do that.' He said, 'Why not?' 'Because it would be like . . . forget it.'" (James Leemer)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Curriculum Vitae," by Lisel Mueller.

Week of October 17, 2005

Trial Team Tryouts.
UPDATE 10/18/05: Tryouts for the Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team will be held on Tuesday, November 1, at 6:00 pm in the Chicago-Kent Courtroom. All students (including first-year students) are eligible. Details are linked to this page.

Joke of the Week. "The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done.'" (George Carlin)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Fire and Ice," by Robert Frost.

Week of October 10, 2005

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Due to a religious holiday, classes starting 4:00 and later are canceled on Wednesday, October 12, and all classes are canceled on Thursday, October 13.

Fire Drill. We would like to thank students, faculty, and staff for their cooperation with the recent fire drill. We were pleased with how the drill went, but would like to pass along a few reminders:

*Please use the nearest staircase to exit the building -- do not use the elevators.

*Please do not take time to gather up your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you feel that you must take any valuables with you, please "grab and go" -- do not waste precious seconds or minutes powering down your laptop computer or packing up your belongings.

*Once you exit the building, please move eastward down the sidewalk (toward the lake) so that you will be out of harm's way if any windows shatter. For your safety, please do not cross the street or step into traffic.

Trial Team Tryouts. I have been informed that tryouts for the Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team have been rescheduled to November 1 (from October 11). Details should appear in my section of the Record approximately two weeks before that date.

U.S. District Court: "Courtroom as Classroom" Program.
The United States District Court is offering a program, "The Courtroom as Classroom," for Chicago-Kent students on Monday, October 24, 4:00-5:30 pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Denise Lang (DLANG) so that we can provide a rough estimate of attendance to the District Court. Although the program is open to all students, first-year students are particularly encouraged to attend. The program provides an introduction to federal court practice and procedures. Each law school in the district is given its own day to send students to hear from a variety of speakers drawn as much as possible from graduates of the law school. Speakers typicially include a U.S.District Judge; U.S. Magistrate Judge; U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge; Assistant U.S. Attorney; and Federal Defender Program Staff Attorney.

The program will be held in the Parsons Memorial Courtroom, Rm. 2525, on the 25th Floor of the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 South Dearborn Street. The Dirksen Building is within walking distance; transportation will not be provided. (Walk east on Adams Street to Dearborn Street; the Dirksen Building is on the southeast corner of Adams and Dearborn.) You should plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early, as it can take time to get through the security checkpoint. You should then proceed directly to the 25th Floor. Please bring a photo ID with you, but do not bring cameras or any personal protection devices (weapons, pocket knives, pepper spray, etc.).

London Law Consortium: Spaces Still Available. I have been informed that there are still spaces available in the London Law Consoritum program for the Spring 2006 semester. If you are interested in applying, please contact me as soon as possible. For details about the program, see my Record archives (scroll down to the August 29, 2005 entry).

Joke of the Week. "The Miranda rights, as I see them: You have the right to remain silent, and to wear bananas on your head." (Joy Behar) [If you're too young to get this, do a Google image search of "Carmen Miranda."]

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," by Dylan Thomas.


Week of October 3, 2005

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Due to a religious holiday, classes starting 4:00 and later are canceled on Monday, October 3, and all classes are canceled on Tuesday, October 4.

U.S. District Court: "Courtroom as Classroom" Program. The United States District Court is offering a program, "The Courtroom as Classroom," for Chicago-Kent students on Monday, October 24, 4:00-5:30 pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Denise Lang (DLANG) so that we can provide a rough estimate of attendance to the District Court. Although the program is open to all students, first-year students are particularly encouraged to attend. The program provides an introduction to federal court practice and procedures. Each law school in the district is given its own day to send students to hear from a variety of speakers drawn as much as possible from graduates of the law school. Speakers typicially include a U.S.District Judge; U.S. Magistrate Judge; U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge; Assistant U.S. Attorney; and Federal Defender Program Staff Attorney.

The program will be held in the Parsons Memorial Courtroom, Rm. 2525, on the 25th Floor of the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 South Dearborn Street. The Dirksen Building is within walking distance; transportation will not be provided. (Walk east on Adams Street to Dearborn Street; the Dirksen Building is on the southeast corner of Adams and Dearborn.) You should plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early, as it can take time to get through the security checkpoint. You should then proceed directly to the 25th Floor. Please bring a photo ID with you, but do not bring cameras or any personal protection devices (weapons, pocket knives, pepper spray, etc.).

Joke of the Week. "I think the Brady Bill is working. I was in New York and I heard a guy say, 'Give me your wallet, or I'll blow your brains out in five business days.'" (Jonathan Katz)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Happiness," by Raymond Carver.

Week of September 26, 2005

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Due to a religious holiday, classes starting 4:00 and later are canceled on Monday, October 3, and all classes are canceled on Tuesday, October 4.

ASP Program on Outlining. The Academic Support Program will present the second of three Fall workshops on Tuesday, September 27, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Rm. C50 (for day students) and Wednesday, September 28, at 5:00-5:45 pm, in Rm. C50 (for evening students). This workshop will focus on different approaches to the course outlining process and will feature students and staff sharing tips for assembling a useable and complete course outline. Although the programs are mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend.

Family and Friends Day. Please join us for the Family and Friends Day program on Saturday, October 1, from 1:00 pm to 4:15 pm. (This year's program is being held in the afternoon rather than the morning in order to give students the chance to participate in the Race for the Cure.) The program is intended to give spouses, partners, parents, children, and other important people in students' lives the opportunity to visit the Law School and get a taste of what their loved ones are experiencing as law students. The program will include mini-classes taught by me, Prof. Brill, and Prof. Piatt, as well as a mock trial demonstration featuring members of our award-winning Trial Team. If you would like to attend, please complete the response form no later than September 27. If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Lake (e-mail: JLAKE).

Book Returns. The Bookstore is in the process of doing inventory of required texts and supplements in preparation for returning unpurchased books to the publishers. If you still have books to purchase, please do so by the end of the week of September 26.

Joke of the Week. Question: What do you call a camel without a hump? Answer: Humphrey.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Dirge Without Music," by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Week of September 19, 2005

Elective Courses Subject to Mandatory Curve. A list of Fall 2005 elective courses with at least 25 students enrolled, and thus subject to the mandatory curve for elective courses, is linked to this page.

Trial Team Tryouts. Tryouts for the Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team will be held on October 11. Further details will be announced as soon as I receive them.

Fire Safety Reminder. In the event of a fire, it is vital that we clear the building as quickly as possible. You should assume that there is a real fire whenever the fire alarms go off and should immediately take the nearest enclosed stairwell to the first floor and exit the building -- do not use the elevators, and do not take valuable time collecting up your possessions or stopping by your locker. Once you exit the building, please move eastward down the sidewalk (toward the lake) so that you will be out of harm's way if any windows shatter. For your safety, please do not cross the street or step into traffic. Failure to leave the building promptly, or failure to follow the directions of Law School personnel, may subject you to a Code of Conduct charge.

Joke of the Week. "Keith Richards doesn't strike me as a morning person." (Tom Ryan)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Strange Meeting," by Wilfred Owen, the great war poet who died in the closing days of World War I.

Week of September 12, 2005

Additional Spring 2005 CALI Award Winners.
Congratulations to the following student, who received the highest grade in the courses indicated. Other CALI Award winners were announced in last week's Record; the complete list of CALI winners is linked to this page.

Complex Crimes Prosecution: Sheilah C. O'Grady

Intensive Trial Advocacy CALI Award Winners. Congratulations to the following students, who received the highest grades in the August session of Intensive Trial Advocacy.

Rebecca S. Berlin
Rachel A. Lynch
Suzanne K. O'Connor

Trial Team Tryouts. Update 9/13/05: Tryouts for the Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team will be held on October 11. Details will be announced as soon as I receive them.

Televised Coverage of Roberts Confirmation Hearings. The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin holding hearings on Monday, September 12, on the nomination of John Roberts to be Chief Justice. A TV monitor has been set up on the second floor of the cafeteria for those who would like to see the hearings.

Joke of the Week. "Sprint is now offering a service that is 'talking e-mail.' What is this? Didn't that used to be called a phone call?" (Jay Leno)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Not Only the Eskimos," by Lisel Mueller.


Week of September 5, 2005

Academic Calendar Reminder.
In observance of Labor Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 5.

Additional Spring 2005 CALI Award Winners. 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; the complete list of CALI winners is linked to this page.

Money Managers: Xiao Zheng
Parternship Taxation 2: Thomas B. Murtagh
Remedies (Prof. Conviser): Andrea E. Forsyth

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 submitted by March 1, 2006. All registration applications must be submitted both electronically and in print form. 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 additional fees ranging from $350 to $450 if you apply to take the bar 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 begin working on the materials sooner rather than later. 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.

Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will visit the Law School later this semester or early in the Spring semester to answer questions concerning the completion of the bar registration application. We will announce the date and time once the session has been scheduled.

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.

February 2006 and July 2006 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2006 bar exam must be submitted by September 1, 2005. Applications for the July 2006 bar exam must be submitted by February 1, 2006. All application materials must be submitted both electronically and in print form. You may file a late application for the February bar up to December 31, and for the July bar up to May 31, but substantial penalty fees apply. 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. 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 December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation so that we will know you plan to graduate in either December or 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.

Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will visit the Law School later this semester or early in the Spring semester to answer questions concerning the bar application process. We will announce the date and time once the session has been scheduled.

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 two-thirds of the credits required for the J.D. degree (at Chicago-Kent, this means you must have completed 58 credits). Registration information and application forms for the next exam, on November 4, 2005, are available online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/mpre.htm. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 27, 2005 (the late deadline is October 12).

Weather Closing Information. Flyers with information about emergency weather closings are available on the table outside the third-floor cafeteria. As explained in the flyer, you may find out whether the Law School is closed due to severe weather in any of the ways listed below. Please note: Information for the Law School will be listed under "IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law."

Radio: WGN 720 AM; WBBM 780 AM.
TV: CBS 2, NBC 5, ABC 7, WGN, Fox 32, CLTV News.
Phone: 847/238-1234.
Online: http://www.EmergencyClosings.com. (You may also sign up for personalized e-mail notifications at this site.)

Joke of the Week. If at first you don't succeed, stay away from skydiving.

Poem of the Week. In honor of Labor Day, this week's poem is "Shirt," by Robert Pinsky. (Thanks to Keith Ann Stiverson for suggesting this poem.)


Week of August 29, 2005

Academic Calendar Reminder.
In observance of Labor Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 5.

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Monday, August 29, from 12:00-2:00 (for day students) and from 5:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited.

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 (Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, 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.

U-Pass and ID Distribution. If you have not picked up your U-Pass or ID card, you may do so from Denise Lang in 320C (just outside my office) between 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-5:00 any day this week. (If you are a continuing student and already have an ID card, you do not need a new one.) For more details about the U-Pass program, see our U-Pass FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass web site.

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 (starting Monday, August 29), 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.

Private Area for Prayer. If you would like a private area in the Library to use for prayer, please contact the librarian on duty at the Reference Desk.

ASP Workshop: How to Prepare For and Get the Most Out of Class. The Academic Support Program will present a program this week on how to prepare for class effectively and how to get the most out of your classes. The program will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 3:00-4:00 (for day students) and 5:00-5:50 pm (for evening students), in Rm. 590. All students are invited to attend, but first-year students are particularly encouraged to attend. If you are unable to attend but would like to see a videotape of the program, contact Jamie Lake (JLAKE). For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

Spring 2005 Grade Distributions. The grade distributions for Spring 2005 courses are linked to this page.

Additional Spring 2005 CALI Award Winners. 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; the complete list of CALI winners is linked to this page.

Antitrust: Daniel S. Konar II
Intellectual Property & Technology Licensing: Christian G. Stahl & Gregory M. Zinkl
International Criminal Law: Yelena A. Dolgosheeva
International Labor & Employment Law: Elizabeth A. Noonan
International Organizations: Ravi Rao
International Trade: Lan Zhang & Marc E. McCallister
Law in Contemporary East Asia: Miwako Iida

Spring 2005 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2005 semester are 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 2006 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Denise Lang outside my office (Suite 320C). 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 2, 2005. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

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.

Andrew W. Bateman Kevin C. Keenan
Muniza Bawaney Jonathan R. Lahn
Valerie R. Calhoun Robert J. Lapointe
Ian A. Campbell Louis J. Manetti
Roy Chamcharas Steven A. Markoff
Eric Y. Choi Deborah S. Nall
Erin R. Conway Dean F. Pettinga
Aaron Davis Christopher R. Proesel
Joel D. Eagle Benjamin H. Shanbaum
Sepideh Esmaili Suzanne E. Smith
Scott C. Fanning Daniel S. Stringfield
Kelly L. Gawne Julie A. Sullivan
Adrienne K. Goss Kathryn C. Vikingstad
Andrew M. Graap Nicholas D. Vogel
Andrew N. Hamm Clare Gaynor Willis
Victoria L. Holland Sarah A. Zielinski
Benjamin A. Householder  

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 submitted by March 1, 2006. All registration applications must be submitted both electronically and in print form. 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 additional fees ranging from $350 to $450 if you apply to take the bar 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 begin working on the materials sooner rather than later. 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.

Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will visit the Law School later this semester or early in the Spring semester to answer questions concerning the completion of the bar registration application. We will announce the date and time once the session has been scheduled.

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.

February 2006 and July 2006 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2006 bar exam must be submitted by November 1, 2005 (if you previously filed a bar registration application) or by September 1, 2005 (if you have not previously filed a bar registration application). Applications for the July 2006 bar exam must be submitted by May 1, 2006 (if you previously filed a bar registration application) or by February 1, 2006 (if you have not previously filed a bar registration application). All application materials must be submitted both electronically and in print form. You may file a late application for the February bar up to December 31, and for the July bar up to May 31, but substantial penalty fees apply. 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. 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 December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation so that we will know you plan to graduate in either December or 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.

Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will visit the Law School later this semester or early in the Spring semester to answer questions concerning the bar application process. We will announce the date and time once the session has been scheduled.

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 two-thirds of the credits required for the J.D. degree (at Chicago-Kent, this means you must have completed 58 credits). Applications for the next exam, on November 4, 2005, are available in the Registrar's office. You may also register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/mpre.htm. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 27, 2005 (the late deadline is October 12).

Joke of the Week. Question: How many paranoiacs does it take to change a lightbulb? Answer: WHO WANTS TO KNOW?!

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Three Goals," by David Budbill.

Week of August 22, 2005

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Monday, August 29, from 12:00-2:00 (for day students) and from 5:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited.

Chicago-Kent Master Calendar. The Chicago-Kent Master Calendar is linked to this page; it may also be accessed from the main Chicago-Kent web page and from the Record web pages (see, e.g., the link to the right on this page). This site brings together the following different calendars: the Academic Calendar, Admissions Calendar, Alumnae/i Calendar, Events Calendar, Student Administrative Calendar, and Student Organizations Calendar. You can view events in calendar or list format; by day, week, month, or year; and may look at one specific kind of calendar or all calendars together.

Student Health Insurance. For information about the 2005-2006 student health insurance plan, please see the Student Services section of this week's Record, and the Student Health Insurance FAQ.

FERPA Rights and Notification of Access to Education Records. The Student Handbook outlines student rights and responsibitilies regarding access to educational records. Please review sections 14.4 and 14.5, which are linked to this page. Please pay particular attention to section 14.5, which lists the types of information that Chicago-Kent classifies as "directory information" (which Chicago-Kent may release at its discretion) and the information published in the online Student Directory (available only to members of the Chicago-Kent community). Section 14.5 also explains how you may request that directory information, including the information published in the Student Directory, not be published or released.

Notice to Students in Substance Abuse Recovery (or who want to be). If you are in recovery for a substance abuse problem, or if you are not in recovery but would like help with a substance abuse problem, consider contacting the Lawyers Assistance Program. This confidential program exists to help lawyers, judges, and law students with alcohol abuse, drug dependency, or mental health problems. If you are already in recovery, there is a weekly A.A. meeting at LAP's Chicago office, Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm, at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 1820. If you would like to be put in contact with other members of the Chicago-Kent community who are in recovery, call Janet Voss, the director of LAP, at 312/726-6607. If you are not in recovery but would like to find out more about what LAP can do for you, call or stop by LAP's office, or go to their web site at http://www.illinoislap.org.

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 candidate's fund-raiser; and putting campaign posters on university property. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact Mary Anne Smith, Vice President and General Counsel of IIT, at 312/567-3034.

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.

To Entering Students:

Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. Please take time to review the Student Handbook, including the Chicago-Kent Code of Conduct (located at the end of the Handbook). For future reference, there is a permanent link to the Handbook on the main Student Portal page.

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, or received a period of supervision for, any offense other than a minor traffic or parking violation, or is any charge now pending against you concerning such an offense? (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?

Academic Support Program. You received information during Orientation about the Academic Support Program, which is designed to assist first-year students in developing the skills needed to succeed in law school. Please see the Academic Support Program section of the Record for more information about the Academic Support Program, including membership criteria for ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning into the small groups. Information about the program and study resources is also available on the ASP web site.

U-Pass and ID Distribution. U-Passes and ID cards will be distributed on Monday, August 22, 11:00-2:00 in the main lobby. For more details about the U-Pass program, see our U-Pass FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass web site. We will also distribute informational brochures along with the U-Pass cards.

To Returning Students:

Fall 2005 Semester Information. The Fall 2005 Term Information page has most of the information you will need in advance of the start of the Fall semester. (Permanent links for term information pages appear on the Student Portal page, under "Academic term information.") Print copies of many of the documents described below are available outside the third floor cafeteria.

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester are available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page. (Please note: The list of initial assignments has been updated since it was first posted.)

Course Information Updates. Course information updates for Fall 2005 classes are available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page. (Please note: This document has been updated since it was first posted.) A revised version of the Fall class schedule incorporating these changes, as well as revised course and exam grids, are available outside the third floor cafeteria; online versions are available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page.

Revised Fall Schedule (with Classroom Assignments). A revised copy of the Fall 2005 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page. Classroom assignments will also be posted in the front lobby later this week.

New Family Law Program. Chicago-Kent has created a new Graduate Program (LL.M.) in Family Law. Students in the J.D. program may take courses in the program with the permission of Prof. Ira Feldman, the program's co-director. The following courses will be offered this Fall:

*Financial Aspects of Divorce, Mondays 6:00-7:55 pm
*Children and the Law, Tuesdays 6:00-7:55 pm
*Negotiations and Strategies, Wednesdays 6:00-7:55 pm
*Forensic Psychology, Thursdays 6:00-7:55 pm

Details about these Fall course offerings are on the final page of the revised Fall 2005 schedule, available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page.

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.

Exam Schedule. A copy of the Fall 2005 exam schedule is available on the Fall 2005 Term Information 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 Jamie Lake, the Director of Student Services (312/906-5247; e-mail: JLAKE).

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 available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page.

Bookstore Hours. The Bookstore's hours for the Fall semester are available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page.

2005-2006 Academic Calendar. The Academic Calendar for 2005-2006 is linked to this page.

Legal, Ethical & Political Issues in Business: Cross-Listed Course. This course is being offered by the Stuart Graduate School of Business and is open to upper-level law students. It will meet Fridays, 6:00-9:15 pm, and will be taught by Sharon O'Bryan, President and CEO of O'Bryan Advisory Services, Inc. The Stuart School course number is MGT 556-077. The course will meet on the Stuart School's calendar (Fall quarter). If you are interested in this course, please contact Dean Sowle.

Spring 2006 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2006 semester is linked to this page. Please note: This schedule is only preliminary; there will be additions to the class list (in particular, we anticipate adding several seminars) and other changes made before the schedule is finalized. The final Spring 2006 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring 2006 classes will also take place.

At this point, we anticipate adding the following courses to the preliminary Spring schedule: Federal Courts (in the day); and Nonprofit Law (in a 4:00 slot).

U-Pass Distribution. All full-time day students (determined by your official division status, not by the number of credit hours you take in a particular semester) will be issued a U-Pass card valid from August 22 (the first day of classes) through December 21 (the end of Fall exams). New cards will be issued at the start of the Spring semester. The charge for the card will appear on the semester bill for each full-time student. For more details about the U-Pass program, see our U-Pass FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass web site. If you have not yet picked up your Fall U-Pass, you may do so at the following time:

Monday, August 22, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Front Lobby.

If you registered for Fall classes late or do not have a picture in the ID system, we will not have a U-Pass for you. Please let us know that you qualify for a U-Pass and, after we confirm your status, we will order one for you.

Spring 2005 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 Spring 2005 courses are linked to this page. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award -- you should be proud of your achievement. [Update -- we have received several additional CALI winners from Spring professors; check back later today for an update.]

Spring 2005 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs. [This information will be posted shortly.]

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 2006 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Denise Lang outside my office (Suite 320C). 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 2, 2005. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Joke of the week. "Tourists, have some fun with New York's hard-boiled cabbies. When you get to your destination, say to your driver, 'Pay? I was hitchhiking.'" (David Letterman)

Poem of the week. Law school is often a relentlessly analytical enterprise. To help make sure we don't forget that there are other ways of perceiving the world and seeking for truths, I am inaugurating a new feature, the "poem of the week." The inaugural poem is "Forgetfulness," by Billy Collins.

Week of August 15, 2005

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Monday, August 29, from 12:00-2:00 (for day students) and from 5:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited.

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 supervise the Registrar's office on scheduling your courses, administering your exams, and maintaining your academic records. I oversee 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 (906-5282), 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.

Orientation Week. The final schedule for Orientation week will be distributed in the packets you receive when you arrive on August 15. In addition, the Admissions Office has created a special web site for entering students with links to lots of useful information. (A password is required for access to this site; contact the Office of Admissions if you don't have a password.)

Academic Support Program. You will receive information during Orientation about the Academic Support Program, which is designed to assist first-year students in developing the skills needed to succeed in law school. Please see the Academic Support Program section of the Record later this week (it has not yet been updated) for more information about the Academic Support Program, including membership criteria for ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning into the small groups. Information about the program and study resources is also available on the ASP web site.

CTA U-Pass Program. Chicago-Kent is a participant in the Chicago Transit Authority's U-Pass program. The U-Pass is a discount fare card allowing unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains. The U-Pass also qualifies holders for discounts of up to 50% at over 750 merchants throughout Chicago. All full-time day students will be issued a U-Pass card valid from August 22 (the first day of classes) through December 21 (the end of Fall exams). New cards will be issued at the start of the Spring semester. The charge for the card will appear on the semester bill for each full-time student. Due to restrictions imposed by the CTA, the program is not currently available to evening students or part-time day students. For more details, see our U-Pass FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass web site. We will also distribute informational brochures along with the U-Pass cards. Details about when and how the cards will be distributed to first-year students will be sent by e-mail, and will appear in next week's Record.

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 (906-5282), come by my office (Suite 320C), or e-mail me (SSOWLE).

Fall 2005 Semester Information. The Fall 2005 Term Information page has most of the information you will need in advance of the start of the Fall semester. (Permanent links for term information pages appear on the Student Portal page, under "Academic term information.") Print copies of many of the documents described below are available outside the third floor cafeteria.

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester are available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page. (Please note: The list of initial assignments has been updated since it was first posted last week, and may be updated again if we receive additional assignments.) If you have not yet returned to school, you may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials 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 materials over the Internet by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Student Portal page.

Course Information Updates. Cours information updates for Fall 2005 classes are available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page. (Please note: This document has been updated since it was first posted last week, and further changes may be made before the start of Fall classes). A revised version of the Fall class schedule incorporating these changes, as well as revised course and exam grids, are available outside the third floor cafeteria; online versions are available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page.

Revised Fall Schedule (with Classroom Assignments). A revised copy of the Fall 2005 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page. Classroom assignments will also be posted in the front lobby later this week.

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.

Exam Schedule. A copy of the Fall 2005 exam schedule is available on the Fall 2005 Term Information 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 Jamie Lake, the Director of Student Services (312/906-5247; e-mail: JLAKE).

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 available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page.

Bookstore Hours. The Bookstore's hours for the Fall semester are available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page.

2005-2006 Academic Calendar. The Academic Calendar for 2005-2006 is linked to this page.

Appellate Courts & Procedure: Consider Taking This Fall Course. (A notice from Prof. Steinman.) All through law school you read appellate court decisions, and perhaps you plan to litigate. How much do you know about appellate review? about who can appeal, when, where, and how? about the scope of review available before final judgment? Do you understand what the various standards of review really mean, and what standard the courts will apply to what issues? Are you sure of the degree to which the trial court record and the issues you've raised – or failed to raise – in the trial court limit what you can argue on appeal? Have you pondered when appellate courts feel free to make new law and when they leave law making to legislatures? or the role of intermediate appellate courts in lawmaking? Have you considered how the volume of litigation has altered how appellate courts operate (their internal procedures, their use of staff, the very structure of appellate court systems), and the implications of those changes for how appellate counsel must work? Do you know much about U.S. Supreme Court jurisdiction and certiorari policy, or the role of amicus curiae? If these questions interest you, consider taking Appellate Courts and Procedure, MWTh 9:35-10:30 am. We'll be using brand new materials by Meador, Baker, & Steinman.

Legal, Ethical & Political Issues in Business: Cross-Listed Course. This course is being offered by the Stuart Graduate School of Business and is open to upper-level law students. It will meet Fridays, 6:00-9:15 pm, and will be taught by Sharon O'Bryan, President and CEO of O'Bryan Advisory Services, Inc. The Stuart School course number is MGT 556-077. The course will meet on the Stuart School's calendar (Fall quarter). If you are interested in this course, please contact Dean Sowle.

Spring 2006 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2006 semester is linked to this page. Please note: This schedule is only preliminary; there will be additions to the class list (in particular, we anticipate adding several seminars) and other changes made before the schedule is finalized. The final Spring 2006 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring 2006 classes will also take place.

At this point, we anticipate adding the following courses to the preliminary Spring schedule: Federal Courts (in the day); and Nonprofit Law (in a 4:00 slot).

U-Pass Distribution. All full-time day students (determined by your official division status, not by the number of credit hours you take in a particular semester) will be issued a U-Pass card valid from August 22 (the first day of classes) through December 21 (the end of Fall exams). New cards will be issued at the start of the Spring semester. The charge for the card will appear on the semester bill for each full-time student. For more details about the U-Pass program, see our U-Pass FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass web site. Distribution of Fall 2005 U-Passes to continuing students will take place on the following dates:

*Wednesday, August 17, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Friday, August 19, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Monday, August 22, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Front Lobby.

If you registered for Fall classes late or do not have a picture in the ID system, we will not have a U-Pass for you. Please let us know that you qualify for a U-Pass and, after we confirm your status, we will order one for you.

Spring 2005 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 Spring 2005 courses are linked to this page. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

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 2006 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Denise Lang outside my office (Suite 320C). 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 2, 2005. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Joke of the week. In honor of our new Legislative Process course, here are a few "dumb laws" on the books in Illinois (according to the Dumb Laws web site):

*You may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least one dollar bill on your person.

*You must contact the police before entering the city in an automobile.

*You may not eat in a place that is on fire (Chicago only).

(I suspect some of these laws could be challenged on grounds of desuetude.)

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