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Record Archives for 2006-2007 Academic Year

Archive entries are in reverse chronological order.
SUMMER 2007

Week of August 13, 2007

Fall 2007 Initial Reading Assignments: Updated List Available.
Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester are available on the Fall 2007 Term Information page -- click here, or go to the main Student Portal page and click on the Fall '07 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.) Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafeteria.

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 2007 Course Information Updates. Course information updates for Fall 2007 classes are available on the Fall 2007 Term Information page. Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafeteria. A revised version of the Fall class schedule incorporating these changes is also available (see below).

Revised Fall 2007 Schedule (with Classroom Assignments). A revised copy of the Fall 2007 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is available on the Fall 2007 Term Information page. Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafeteria.

Bookstore Hours. The Bookstore's hours for the Fall semester are available on the Fall 2007 Term Information page.

Spring 2007 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 2007 courses are available by clicking here. 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: 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 2008 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 7, 2007. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Consider Taking Appellate Courts & Procedure. [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 & Procedure, Mon., Tues., Thurs. 1:55-2:50 pm. We'll be using new materials by Meador, Baker, & Steinman.

Joke of the Week. "Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding, he sings." (Ed Gardner)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Darkling Thrush," by Thomas Hardy.

Weeks of July 30 and August 6, 2007

UPDATE 8/3/07
Initial Reading Assignments for Fall 2007 Now Available
Click here

Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent e-mail 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 30. However, IIT offers a free e-mail service to all alumni. Information about alumni e-mail accounts was sent to graduating students recently by e-mail, and is available on the Computer Center's Record page. (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 Wednesday, 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. "Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding, he sings." (Ed Gardner)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Darkling Thrush," by Thomas Hardy.

Weeks of July 16 & July 23, 2007

No new entries this week.

Weeks of July 2 & July 9, 2007

Summer 2007 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 Mindi Mysliwiec (mmysliwiec@kentlaw.edu) no later than Friday, July 6, 2007. 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.

•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 take place from Thursday, July 5 through Tuesday, July 10. To register beginning July 5, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the appropriate form.

Class Ranks for Spring 2007.
The class ranks as of the end of the Spring 2007 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:

Marina G. AronchikLaura B. Rowe
Andrew R. Booth Laura A. Schmieder
Molly BrooksJessica Herzog Schultz
Edward E. DabuzhskyKara L. Schuur
Betsy L. GatesChristopher H. St. Peter
Robert J. GrindleSandra R. Stipp
John O. GundersonLong X. Truong
Ted C. KoshiolBenjamin W. Tull
Shannon O'BoyeJessica Tyrus
Justin J. PaulTianran Yan
Aaron J. Rosenthal 

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 2008 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 7, 2007. 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 or dinner discussion with a group of students on the first day of Orientation (Monday, August 20); helping take ID photos; or answering questions and giving advice. 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 20, 2007. You will be contacted with your match information no later than the first week of classes.

If interested in being an Orientation Leader: Please e-mail Mindi Mysliwiec (mmysliwiec@kentlaw.edu) with the following information:

-Name and division
-Are you available to lead a lunch/dinner discussion with a group of students (divided by Legal Writing section) on Monday, August 20, 12:00-1:00pm (day students) or 6:30-7:20pm (evening students)? If so, please provide the name of your first-year Legal Writing professor.
-Are you available to assist with ID photos on Monday, August 20, 1:00-3:00 pm, and/or 7:20-8:00 pm?
-Are you available for general assistance with Orientation activities on Tuesday, August 21 and/or Wednesday, August 22?

Notice to Graduating Seniors.
If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent e-mail 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 30 (not July 26, as previously announced). However, IIT offers a free e-mail service to all alumni. Information about alumni e-mail accounts was sent to graduating students recently by e-mail, and is available on the Computer Center's Record page. (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 Wednesday, 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. "I bought all of those Jane Fonda videos. I love to sit and eat cookies and watch them." (Dolly Parton)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "I Grant You Ample Leave," by George Eliot.


Weeks of June 18 & June 25, 2007

Notice to Graduating Seniors.
If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent e-mail 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 30 (not July 26, as previously announced). However, IIT offers a free e-mail service to all alumni. Information about alumni e-mail accounts was sent to graduating students recently by e-mail, and is available on the Computer Center's Record page. (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 Wednesday, 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. "I put instant coffee in the microwave and almost went back in time." (Steven Wright)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "As I Walked Out One Evening," by W.H. Auden.

Weeks of June 4 & June 11, 2007

Notice to Graduating Seniors.
If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent e-mail 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 Thursday, July 26 (the first business day 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 Wednesday, 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. There are three kinds of people -- those who can count, and those who can't.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Selected Exercises in Case Law II," by Cathrine Grondahl.

Weeks of May 21 & May 28, 2007

Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent e-mail 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 Thursday, July 26 (the first business day 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 Wednesday, 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.

Summer 2007 Term Information.

Classroom Assignments. The Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2007 term, including classroom assignments, is available here.

Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2007 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 2007 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2007 courses will be posted on the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '07 link) no later than Friday, August 3.

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. There are three kinds of people -- those who can count, and those who can't.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Selected Exercises in Case Law II," by Cathrine Grondahl.

SPRING 2007

Week of May 14, 2007

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 2007 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 Mindi Mysliwiec (312/906-5005) 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.

Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent e-mail 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 Thursday, July 26 (the first business day 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 Wednesday, 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.

Summer 2007 Term Information.

Classroom Assignments. The Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2007 term, including classroom assignments, is available here.

Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2007 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 2007 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 2007 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 2008 schedule, are available through the main Student Portal page.

Fall 2007 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2007 courses will be posted on the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '07 link) no later than Friday, August 3.

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. What's the definition of adamant? The very first insect.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Song from Abdelazar," by Aphra Behn.

Week of May 7, 2007

Spring 2007 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 Mindi Mysliwiec (312/906-5005) 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 after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exam Database link (under Resources). Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent e-mail 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 Thursday, July 26 (the first business day 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 Wednesday, 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.

Summer 2007 Term Information.

Classroom Assignments. The Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2007 term, including classroom assignments, is available here.

Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2007 courses will be available no later than Monday, May 14. It will be linked to this page, and available on the main Student Portal page (click on the Summer '07 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

Fall 2007 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 2007 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 2008 schedule, are available through the main Student Portal page.

Fall 2007 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2007 courses will be posted on the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '07 link) no later than Friday, August 3.

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 are E.T.'s eyes so big? Answer: Because he just got the phone bill.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "There may be Chaos still around the World," by George Santayana.

Week of April 30, 2007

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

Last day of classes: Friday, May 4
Read Period: Saturday, May 5 - Tuesday, May 8
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 9 - Friday, May 18

Fall 2007 Registration. The final Fall 2007 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 '07 link). Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafeteria. Registration will take place from Friday, April 27 through Tuesday, 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 Thursday, 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 Thursday, May 3 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Spring 2008 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Spring 2008 semester is available by clicking here or by going to the main Student Portal page (click on the Spring '08 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 2007 semester, when registration for Spring 2008 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 2007 and the January 2008 sessions of Intensive Trial Advocacy take place as part of Fall 2007 registration. See the listing for Intensive Trial Advocacy in the preliminary Schedule of Classes for details.

Spring 2007 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 Mindi Mysliwiec (312/906-5005) 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 after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exam Database link (under Resources). Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Dean for a Day Karaoke Event. Dean for a Day student Jessie Augustyn has arranged for food and karaoke to be available on Thursday, May 3, 4:00–6:00pm in the second floor cafeteria. It should be a great time!


Week of April 23, 2007

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

Last day of classes: Friday, May 4
Read Period: Saturday, May 5 - Tuesday, May 8
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 9 - Friday, May 18

Summer 2007 Registration. Initial registration for Summer 2007 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 2007 Registration. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2007 semester is available outside the third floor cafeteria and through the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '07 link). The final schedule and Registration Bulletin will be issued no later than Wednesday, April 25. Registration will take place from Friday, April 27 through Tuesday, 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 Thursday, 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 Thursday, 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 24, 12:00-1:15pm (Auditorium).
Evening Division: Monday, April 23, 5:00-6:00 pm (Auditorium).

Intensive Trial Advocacy. Please note that registration for both the August 2007 and the January 2008 sessions of Intensive Trial Advocacy take place as part of Fall 2007 registration. See the listing for Intensive Trial Advocacy in the preliminary Schedule of Classes for details.

Graduating Senior Outing to Six Flags. In her capacity as Dean for a Day, Kiran Ali has designated Friday, May 18 for a Class of 2007 Excursion to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. Complimentary transportation via air-conditioned motor coach will be provided by Chicago-Kent. Buses will depart from the Law School at 9:00am on May 18 and return from Six Flags at 7:00pm. The cost is $32 per ticket, with a two ticket maximum per student. Please email Denise Lang (dlang@kentlaw.edu) in Dean Sowle's office, no later than Monday, May 7, with your name, and number of tickets desired. Tickets will be distributed during Read Period and Exam Period and may be paid for by personal check or cash. Be sure to reserve today - you don't want this to be another Barrister's Ball situation!

Spring 2007 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.

•Exams on Computer Sign-Up: Extended Through Monday, April 23. It appears that an unusually high number of students this semester missed the deadline for registering to take exams on computer. Because of the administrative burden this is causing, we are opening registration back up temporarily. For those who missed the deadline, you may register to take exams on computer through this coming Monday, April 23, at 5:00pm. If you do not register by that time, you will be unable to take your exam on computer.

To register, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the "Register for exams on computer" link on the left-hand menu.

Please note: Registering for exams on computer is separate from installing the SofTest program, which you will need to do if you plan on taking exams on your own laptop. (You don't need to worry about this if you take your exams on a lap computer.) Installing SofTest involves a separate downloading and registration process, and you will receive information about this from the Computer Center. The instructions above relate to registering with Chicago-Kent your desire to take exams on computer, so that we may make classroom and lab assignments for the exam period.

•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exam Database link (under Resources). Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Dean's Certificate for Illinois Bar. 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 2007 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. "I took up meditation. I like to have an espresso first just to make it more interesting." (Betsy Salkind)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Immortality," Lisel Mueller.


Week of April 16, 2007

Trial Team Tryouts. Tryouts for the Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 5:30-8:00pm in the Chicago-Kent Courtroom. All students (including first-year students) are eligible. Preparation: Each student should read problem 9.8 (People v. Michael Miller) in Materials in Trial Advocacy. If you do not have a copy of this book, a copy of the problem will be on reserve in the Library. You should be prepared to perform one opening statement (prosecution or defense), a portion of one direct examination of either the victim or the defendant, a portion of one cross examination of either the victim or the defendant, and one closing argument (prosecution or defense). The opening and closing arguments should be about 5 minutes each; the direct and cross examinations should be about 3-5 minutes each.

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 2008, there will be an informational session on Wednesday, April 18, at 3:00 pm, in Rm. 370. Professor David Rudstein, who has taught in the Consortium program, will discuss the program and answer questions. The program is open to 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls.

Spring 2007 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 Conflict/Reschedule Requests: April 3-April 16. 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. The form will be available beginning Tuesday, April 3. To complete the form, log into 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 Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm. This deadline will be strictly enforced. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

Under current policy, 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: April 3-April 16. 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 Tuesday, April 3. To register, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Register for Exams on Computer form. The deadline for registering to take your exams on computer is Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm. This deadline will be strictly enforced.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact me if you register to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. (SofTest is the program all students are required to use for taking exams on computer; the Computer Center will email and post information separately about the SofTest program.) Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact me to discuss your situation.

•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exam Database link (under Resources). Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Change of Division Requests. Students wishing to request a change of division for next academic year (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should consult the instructions for doing so on the Registrar's Record page. The request form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 28. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm.

Summer 2007 Registration. The Summer 2007 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 '07 link near the top), or by clicking here.

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Wednesday, April 11 through Monday, April 16. 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 18. 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 18 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Fall 2007 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2007 semester will be distributed late in the week of April 16 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.

"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 24, 12:00-1:15pm (Auditorium).
Evening Division: Monday, April 23, 5:00-6:00 pm (Auditorium).

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. Question: What was the name of the heftiest Knight of the Round Table? Answer: Sir Cumference!

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Ox Cart Man," Donald Hall.


Week of April 9, 2007

Trial Team Tryouts. Tryouts for the Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 5:30-8:00pm in the Chicago-Kent Courtroom. All students (including first-year students) are eligible. Preparation: Each student should read problem 9.8 (People v. Michael Miller) in Materials in Trial Advocacy. If you do not have a copy of this book, a copy of the problem will be on reserve in the Library. You should be prepared to perform one opening statement (prosecution or defense), a portion of one direct examination of either the victim or the defendant, a portion of one cross examination of either the victim or the defendant, and one closing argument (prosecution or defense). The opening and closing arguments should be about 5 minutes each; the direct and cross examinations should be about 3-5 minutes each.

Spring 2007 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 Conflict/Reschedule Requests: April 3-April 16. 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. The form will be available beginning Tuesday, April 3. To complete the form, log into 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 Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm. This deadline will be strictly enforced. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

Under current policy, 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: April 3-April 16. 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 Tuesday, April 3. To register, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Register for Exams on Computer form. The deadline for registering to take your exams on computer is Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm. This deadline will be strictly enforced.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact me if you register to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. (SofTest is the program all students are required to use for taking exams on computer; the Computer Center will email and post information separately about the SofTest program.) Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact me to discuss your situation.

•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exam Database link (under Resources). Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Change of Division Requests. Students wishing to request a change of division for next academic year (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should consult the instructions for doing so on the Registrar's Record page. The request form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 28. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm.

Summer 2007 Registration. The Summer 2007 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 '07 link near the top), or by clicking here.

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Wednesday, April 11 through Monday, April 16. 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 18. 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 18 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Fall 2007 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2007 semester will be distributed late in the week of April 16 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.

Student Services Office Move. The Office of Student Services is now located in Rm. 310A, towards the front of the Alumni Affairs & Development Suite. Please stop by to see Mindi Mysliwiec, our Director of Academic Administration and Student Affairs, in Rm.310A if you have questions or need information on any student services matter.

Joke of the Week. "I didn't invent the hypothetical situation, but let's just suppose for a second that I did." (Auggie Cook)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Landscape With the Fall of Icarus," by William Carlos Williams.


Week of April 2, 2007

Academic Calendar Reminder. All Law School classes are canceled on Friday, April 6, for Good Friday.

Early Bird Bar Preparation Program. BAR/BRI will present four free lectures to all third-year and fourth-year students. You do not need to be signed up for the regular BAR/BRI program to attend these lectures. The first lecture, presented by Prof. Conviser, will be an overview of the bar exam and will help demystify the exam and preparation process. Prof. Conviser will also discuss (and try to allay concerns about) upcoming changes to the essay portion of the Illinois bar exam. The Saturday lectures will cover three topics on the Illinois bar exam – Equity, Secured Transactions, and Evidence. These lectures are not meant to replace a commercial bar course, but are meant as a way to jump start the bar exam preparation process.

Tuesday, April 3: Overview of the Illinois Bar Exam (Richard Conviser), 12:45-1:45pm, Auditorium.

Saturday, April 7: Equity (Richard Conviser), 9:00am-12:30pm, Auditorium.

Saturday, April 14: UCC Article 9: Secured Transactions (Michael Spak), 10:00am-12:30pm, Rm. C50. Evidence: Hearsay (Bill Elward), 1:30-4:00pm, Rm. C50.

Bar Exam Preparation Courses. We have a new Bar Exam Preparation web page for students. Please review the site for information on bar preparation courses. Thanks to Gabriela Reyes-Noyola for her work on pulling the information together.

Trial Team Tryouts. Tryouts for the Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 5:30-8:00pm in the Chicago-Kent Courtroom. All students (including first-year students) are eligible. Preparation: Each student should read problem 9.8 (People v. Michael Miller) in Materials in Trial Advocacy. If you do not have a copy of this book, a copy of the problem will be on reserve in the Library. You should be prepared to perform one opening statement (prosecution or defense), a portion of one direct examination of either the victim or the defendant, a portion of one cross examination of either the victim or the defendant, and one closing argument (prosecution or defense). The opening and closing arguments should be about 5 minutes each; the direct and cross examinations should be about 3-5 minutes each.

Summer 2007 Schedule. The Summer 2007 schedule of classes and Registration Bulletin will be available outside the third floor cafeteria and through the Student Portal web page on Wednesday, April 4.

Spring 2007 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 Conflict/Reschedule Requests: April 3-April 16. 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. The form will be available beginning Tuesday, April 3. To complete the form, log into 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 Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm. This deadline will be strictly enforced. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

Under current policy, 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: April 3-April 16. 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 Tuesday, April 3. To register, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Register for Exams on Computer form. The deadline for registering to take your exams on computer is Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm. This deadline will be strictly enforced.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact me if you register to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. (SofTest is the program all students are required to use for taking exams on computer; the Computer Center will email and post information separately about the SofTest program.) Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact me to discuss your situation.

•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exam Database link (under Resources). Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Change of Division Requests. Students wishing to request a change of division for next academic year (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should consult the instructions for doing so on the Registrar's Record page. The request form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 28. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm.

Student Services Office Move. The Office of Student Services is now located in Rm. 310A, towards the front of the Alumni Affairs & Development Suite. Please stop by to see Mindi Mysliwiec, our Director of Academic Administration and Student Affairs, in Rm.310A if you have questions or need information on any student services matter.

Joke of the Week. "I didn't invent the hypothetical situation, but let's just suppose for a second that I did." (Auggie Cook)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Landscape With the Fall of Icarus," by William Carlos Williams.


Week of March 26, 2007

Spring 2007 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 Conflict/Reschedule Requests: April 3-April 16. 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. The form will be available beginning Tuesday, April 3. To complete the form, log into 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 Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm. This deadline will be strictly enforced. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

Under current policy, 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: April 3-April 16. 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 Tuesday, April 3. To register, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Register for Exams on Computer form. The deadline for registering to take your exams on computer is Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm. This deadline will be strictly enforced.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact me if you register to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. (SofTest is the program all students are required to use for taking exams on computer; the Computer Center will email and post information separately about the SofTest program.) Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact me to discuss your situation.

•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exam Database link (under Resources). Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Change of Division Requests. Students wishing to request a change of division for next academic year (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should consult the instructions for doing so on the Registrar's Record page. The request form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 28. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm.

Bar Exam Preparation Courses. We have a new Bar Exam Preparation web page for students. Please review the site for information on bar preparation courses. Thanks to Gabriela Reyes-Noyola for her work on pulling the information together. This year we will have a free Early Bird Bar Preparation Course for 3L and 4L students. The first event will be an overview of the bar presented in the auditorium by Prof. Conviser at 12:45 on April 3, 2007, with subsequent lectures on April 7 and April 21. Time and topics TBA.

Law Week Activities. The Student Bar Association has a great line-up of events for Law Week, starting on Monday, March 26, with the Dean's annual State of the Law School Address and culminating on Saturday, March 31, with the Barrister's Ball. Click here for a list of all the events and more details.

Joke of the Week. Question: Is it true a crocodile won't eat a man carrying a flashlight? Answer: It depends on how fast he's carrying the flashlight!

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Diving Into the Wreck," by Adrienne Rich.


Week of March 19, 2007

Additional Fall 2006 CALI Award Winner. Congratulations to the following student for earning a CALI Award this past Fall. The complete list of CALI winners is available by clicking here.

-Trial Advocacy 1 (Prof. L. Wolfson): Jason D. Luczak

SmithAmundsen Excellence in Legal Writing Award. The SmithAmundsen Excellence in Legal Writing Award is available to first-year students at Chicago-Kent whose personal or family background, life, or cultural and/or ethnic experience contributes to a more diverse environment at Chicago-Kent and in the legal community. See the Writing Contests section of the Record for more information. The winner of the award will receive a prize of $5,000.

Security Reminder: Watch Your Valuables! We would like to remind all faculty, staff, and students to guard your valuables to avoid the risk of theft. Please do not leave your possessions unattended in the Library or any other part of the building, even for a short time -- it only takes a second for a thief to grab and run.

Trial Team Success. On March 1-4, the Chicago-Kent Trial Team consisting of Rachael Levy, Alexandra Molesky, Mark Griffin, and Sandra Wortham competed in the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America – ATLA) Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Philadelphia. After winning three preliminary rounds against schools from Penn State and Temple, the trial team advanced to the final four semifinal round, where, unfortunately, they lost to a team from Duquesne. Congratulations to the Trial Team members for their impressive showing.

Joke of the Week. From the 1922 edition of the Chicago-Kent annual yearbook: Lawyer: Tell the court the exact words the defendant used. Witness: They are not fit for gentlemen to hear. Lawyer: In that case, whisper them to the judge. (Thanks again to Prof. Ralph Brill for this blast from the past.)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "A Myth of Devotion," by Louise Gluck.


Week of March 12, 2007

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Week of March 5, 2007

Academic Calendar Reminder. Spring Break begins Saturday, March 10, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 19.

Dean's Meet-and-Greets. Dean Krent will hold "meet-and-greets" with students this Tuesday, March 6, in the 5th Floor Student Lounge from 8:45-9:30 am and 5:00-5:45 pm. Come and share your thoughts about the law school or to ask questions. Refreshments will be available at both events.

Additional Fall 2006 CALI Award Winners.
Congratulations to the following students for earning CALI Awards this past Fall. The complete list of CALI winners is available by clicking here.

-Torts (Prof. Wright): Ashley C. Hayes and Justin J. Paul.

Lecture: Judea Pearl on Muslim-Jewish Dialogue. Judea Pearl, president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, will present a lecture entitled "Muslim-Jewish Dialogue and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" on Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at 3:00 pm in the Ogilvie Auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. For more information, click here.

Joke of the Week. From the 1920 edition of The Transcript, the annual yearbook for Chicago-Kent: Judge Kavanagh, while trying a case, was disturbed by a young man who kept moving things about in the rear of the courtroom. “Young man, you are making a good deal of noise. What are you doing?” The young man replied, “Your Honor, I have lost my gloves, and am trying to find them.” To which Judge Kavanagh replied, “Well, people often lose whole suits in here without making all that disturbance.” (Thanks to Prof. Ralph Brill for this golden oldie.)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Last Month," by John Ashbery.


Week of February 26, 2007

Additional Fall 2006 CALI Award Winners. Congratulations to the following students, 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 available by clicking here.

-International Antitrust (Prof. Gerber): Emily L. Grande
-Labor/Employment Class (Prof. Soliunas): Lauren S. Shapiro
-Negotiations (Prof. David): Mark A. Diomede and Derek M. Johnson
-Securities Regulation (Prof. Hablutzel): Muniza Bawaney

Joke of the Week. Did you hear about the dolphin who threatened to kill himself? He decided life had no porpoise.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Meditation XVII,"by John Donne.


Week of February 19, 2007

Fall 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 Fall 2006 courses are available by clicking here. 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.

Joke of the Week. Question: What do you feed a teddy bear? Answer: Nothing -- it's already stuffed.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "When I Set Out for Lyonnesse," by Thomas Hardy.


Week of February 12, 2007

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 14, 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 & Energy Law
-Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR)
-Public Interest Law

Fall 2006 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2006 semester are available here.

Elective Courses Subject to Mandatory Curve. A list of Spring 2007 elective courses with at least 40 students enrolled, and thus subject to the mandatory curve for elective courses, is available here.

Counseling Services. IIT's Counseling Center has a staff psychologist at the Law School on Mondays throughout the academic year. She will be available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 808-7132. There is no charge for these counseling services.

Joke of the Week. Two flies were hanging out. One turns to the other and says, "hey fly, your dude is down."

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Phone Call," by Tony Hoagland (scroll down to the second poem).


Week of February 5, 2007

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 14, 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 & Energy Law
-Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR)
-Public Interest Law

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 the Registrar's office. For more information on the U-Pass program and which students qualify for participation in the program, see the U-Pass FAQ. If there is no U-Pass for you but you believe you qualify for one, please contact Mindi Mysliwiec (mmysliwiec@kentlaw.edu).

Joke of the Week. "Men think they're more important than women because their jackets have secret inside pockets." (Rita Rudner)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Song of Songs," by Wilfred Owen.


Week of January 29, 2007

Adding and Dropping Classes. You may add an open course without special permission through Friday, January 26 (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 Friday, February 2 (the end of 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 the Registrar's office. For more information on the U-Pass program and which students qualify for participation in the program, see the U-Pass FAQ. If there is no U-Pass for you but you believe you qualify for one, please contact Mindi Mysliwiec (mmysliwiec@kentlaw.edu).

Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer on "Writing for Judges." All first-year students are encouraged to attend a presentation by U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer on the topic “Writing for Judges.” Judge Pallmeyer, who has presided over several notable recent trials, including the trial of Governor George Ryan, will be offering tips and insight about the art of written advocacy, particularly at the trial court level. A question-and-answer session will follow her remarks. The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, January 31, at 3:00pm, in the Auditorium.

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 available by clicking here. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines recently, please do so.

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.

Counseling Services. IIT's Counseling Center will have a staff psychologist at the Law School on Mondays throughout the academic year. She will be available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 808-7132. There is no charge for these counseling services.

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. "When I was a kid we made money by going to the houses of people who hadn't shoveled their snow, slipping, and suing them." (Bill Braudis)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Lawyer's Invocation to Spring," by Henry Howard Brownell. (Thanks to Motty Stone for this week's poem.)


Week of January 22, 2007

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.

U-Pass Distribution.
The CTA is late in getting us the Spring U-Passes. Our latest information is that they will arrive Friday morning, January 19. Assuming they arrive as promised, our first distribution will take place in the front lobby on Friday, January 19, from 12:00-2:00pm. The complete distribution schedule is as follows:

Friday, January 19, 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm (front lobby).
Monday, January 22, 11:00am - 1:00pm and 3:00pm - 5:00pm (front lobby).
Tuesday, January 23, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm -4:00 pm (front lobby).

After Tuesday, January 23, you may pick up your U-Pass from the Registrar's office. For more information on the U-Pass program and which students qualify for participation in the program, see the U-Pass FAQ.

If you were not registered as a full-time, day division student or as an LL.M. student by December 15, 2006, or you had a financial hold on your account on that date, or you did not have an ID picture on file in the Registrar's office by that date, you will not receive a U-Pass during the initial distribution period. Students who qualify for the U-Pass after December 16 or were not included in the initial Spring U-Pass request sent to the CTA will have passes ordered for them on Monday, January 29, 2006.

Spring 2007 Semester Information.
The Spring 2007 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 2007 Term Information page. The Initial Reading Assignments list has been revised (through January 18) as follows:

*New entries added 1/10/07: Antitrust (Prof. Hannay); Corporate Tax (LL.M.) (Prof. Larvick); Law of Trade Secrets (Prof. Parkhurst); Legal Writing 4: Criminal Appellate Advocacy (Prof. T. Gonzalez).

*New entry added 1/18/07: Banking Law (LL.M.) (Prof. McCauley).

*Corrected assignments revised 1/18/07: Access to Justice & Technology Seminar (Prof. Staudt); Business Organizations (Prof. Batlan); Copyright Law (Prof. Staudt); Gender & the Law (Prof. Batlan).

Course Information Updates. Course information updates for Spring classes are available on the Spring 2007 Term Information page.

Revised Spring Schedule (with Classroom Assignments). A revised copy of the Spring 2007 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is available on the Spring 2007 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 2007 exam schedule is available on the Spring 2007 Term Information page. Please note that you are permitted to register for courses with exams scheduled at the same time; one exam will be rescheduled for you.

The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals 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. A Final Exam Reschedule Form will be posted later this semester through Web for Students.

A student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if he or she 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).

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 2007 Term Information page. Note: If your section meets at the Daley Center, please be sure to bring your Kent ID card with you, as you will be required to show it before being allowed to enter.

Bookstore Hours. The bookstore's hours are available on the Spring 2007 Term Information page.

2006-2007 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.

Announcement About Prof. Sherman's Classes. As announced in the Initial Reading Assignments document, Professor Sherman's classes (Gift & Estate Tax, and Law & Literature) will start the week of January 29. Thus, the first meeting of Gift & Estate Tax will be Monday, January 29, and the first meeting of Law & Literature will be Tuesday, January 30.

Illinois Bar Examiners: Information Sessions. The Illinois Bar Examiners will be at the Law School on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, to answer questions regarding the bar registration process for 1Ls, and to answer questions about the final bar application process for students graduating this year.

1L Sessions:
January 23, 12:00 pm, Rm. 510
January 23, 5:00 pm, Rm. C40

For more details about the bar registration process, see the separate entry below.

Graduating Senior Sessions:
January 23, 12:00 pm, Rm. 210
January 23, 5:00 pm, Rm. 590

All students planning to graduate this year should try to attend one of the presentations on January 23 regarding the final bar application process. You must complete the final bar application even if you registered as a 1L. For more details about the bar application process, see the separate entry below.

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 8, 2007 (extended from March 1, the previously announced deadline). 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 of $450 or more if you apply to take the bar at any point after March 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.

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 2007 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the July 2007 bar exam must be submitted by February 22, 2007 (extended from February 1, the previously announced deadline). You must apply by February 22 whether or not you filed a bar registration application as a first year student. (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 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 May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation so that we will know you plan to graduate in May.

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

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of most jurisdictions, including Illinois. The exam is administered in March, August, and November each year. You may take the exam after you have completed 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 March 10, 2007, are available in the Registrar's office. You may also register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre. The deadline for applying for the March exam is January 30, 2007 (the late deadline is February 15).

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. Patient: Doctor, I just swallowed a pillow! Doctor: How do you feel? Patient: A little down in the mouth.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Kentucky River Junction," by Wendell Berry.


FALL 2006

Week of December 18, 2006

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

Spring 2007 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials.
A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2007 courses will be posted on the Student Portal page (click on the Spring '06 link) no later than Thursday, December 21. Assignments not received by December 21 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.

Spring 2007 Registration.
The initial registration period is now over. If you have not already done so, please log back into the online registration system (available through the Spring 2007 Term Page) 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.

Please note the following schedule change:

*Legal Writing 4: Environmental Law (Prof. Sanders, 432-055) has been moved from Tuesday nights to Thursday nights, 6:00-8:50 pm.

The following Spring courses have been canceled due to inadequate enrollment:

*International Commercial Litigation (235-001)
*Civil RICO (279-051 and 641-051)
*State Constitutional Law (609-081)

A revised Spring schedule, with course and exam grids, is available through the Spring 2007 Term Page. Print copies are also available outside the third floor cafeteria.

Fall 2006 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 Mindi Mysliwiec (312/906-5005) 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.

Misuse of Library Materials. I received a report from the Library recently that a reserve Constitutional Law treatise was found hidden in the Law Review stacks on the 7th floor, with the reserve label removed from the spine. A student had requested the treatise the previous day, but none of the three copies of the treatise could be located. Please keep in mind that any misuse of library materials (including stealing, hiding, or defacing such materials) is an offense under the Code of Conduct.

Joke of the Week. "Life is a near-death experience." (George Carlin)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Soybeans," by Thomas Alan Orr.


Week of December 11, 2006

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Read period runs from Friday, December 8 through Monday, December 11. Exams start on Tuesday, December 12 and end on Thursday, December 21.

Fall 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. The deadlines for exam reschedule requests, and for registering to take exams on computer, have now passed.

•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link (under Resources). Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

•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 Mindi Mysliwiec (312/906-5005) 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.

Tryouts for Thurgood Marshall National Trial Competition. Tryouts will be held on Wednesday, December 13 and Thursday, December 14 from 4:00-6:00 pm on both days in the Marovitz Courtroom on the first floor. All Chicago-Kent students are eligible for the tryouts. For more details, see the flyer on the table outside the third-floor cafeteria, or contact Judge Erickson at derickson@kentlaw.edu.

Spring 2007 Registration.
The initial registration period is now over. If you have not already done so, please log back into the online registration system (available through the Spring 2007 Term Page) 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.

Please note the following schedule change:

*Legal Writing 4: Environmental Law (Prof. Sanders, 432-055) has been moved from Tuesday nights to Thursday nights, 6:00-8:50 pm.

The following Spring courses have been canceled due to inadequate enrollment:

*International Commercial Litigation (235-001)
*Civil RICO (279-051 and 641-051)
*State Constitutional Law (609-081)

A revised Spring schedule, with course and exam grids, is available through the Spring 2007 Term Page. Print copies are also available outside the third floor cafeteria.

Spring 2007 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2007 courses will be posted on the Student Portal page (click on the Spring '06 link) no later than Thursday, December 21. Assignments not received by December 21 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. The two rules for success in business are: (1) Never tell them everything you know.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "There's a certain slant of light," by Emily Dickinson.


Week of December 4, 2006

Academic Calendar Reminder.
The class schedule for the final week of classes is as follows:

Monday, December 4: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, December 5: Monday classes meet (Yom Kippur make-up)
Wednesday, December 6: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Thursday, December 7 (last day of classes): Friday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)

Read period runs from Friday, December 8 through Monday, December 11. Exams start on Tuesday, December 12 and end on Thursday, December 21.

Spring 2007 Registration.
The initial registration period is now over. If you have not already done so, please log back into the online registration system (available through the Spring 2007 Term Page) 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.

Please note the following schedule change:

*Legal Writing 4: Environmental Law (Prof. Sanders, 432-055) has been moved from Tuesday nights to Thursday nights, 6:00-8:50 pm.

The following Spring courses have been canceled due to inadequate enrollment:

*International Commercial Litigation (235-001)
*Civil RICO (279-051 and 641-051)
*State Constitutional Law (609-081)

A revised Spring schedule, with course and exam grids, is available through the Spring 2007 Term Page. Print copies are also available outside the third floor cafeteria.

Fall 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. The deadlines for exam reschedule requests, and for registering to take exams on computer, have now passed.

•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link (under Resources). Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

•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 Mindi Mysliwiec (312/906-5005) 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.

Academic Calendar for 2007-2008. The academic calendar for 2007-2008, as recently adopted by the faculty, is available here.

Joke of the Week. Question: What do you call the fear of a fat man in a red suit in a confined space? Answer: Santaclaustrophobia.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "wrist-wrestling father," by Orval Lund (follow the link and scroll down).

Week of November 27, 2006

Spring 2007 Schedule and Registration.


•Final Spring 2007 Schedule and Registration Bulletin.
The final schedule and Registration Bulletin for the Spring 2007 semester are now available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions are also available through the main Students Portal page (click on the Spring 2007 link), or by clicking here.

Note: The final Spring schedule listed the day section of Legal Writing 4: Labor/Employment as instructor and time TBA. The new instructor is available to teach the class only in the evening. The information about the new section is as follows:
Legal Writing 4: Labor/Employment, 432-060, Prof. Koerth, 3 credits, Mon./Wed. 6:00-7:25 pm. (This is in addition to Prof. Gonzalez's Labor/Employment section of Legal Writing 4, Tues./Thurs. 6:00-7:25pm.)

•Registration Instructions.
To register, go to the Spring 2007 Term page and click on the "Online Registration" link. Registration will run from Tuesday, November 21 through Tuesday, November 28. You may register at any time during that period. Registration will take place through the Online Registration system (linked to the Students Portal page and the Spring 2007 Term 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. Notice to students in Section A: There are two sections of Property for Section A. Students in Section A should register for Property as follows: Those of you who have Prof. Aamot or Prof. Harris for Legal Writing should register for Prof. Hamilton's section of Property (261-001). Those who have Prof. De Armond or Prof. Adams for Legal Writing should register for Prof. Perrit's section of Property (261-004).

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 23, through Sunday, November 26. Classes meet as usual the week of November 27. The class schedule for the final week of classes is as follows:

Monday, December 4: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, December 5: Monday classes meet (Yom Kippur make-up)
Wednesday, December 6: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Thursday, December 7 (last day of classes): Friday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)

Read period runs from Friday, December 8 through Monday, December 11. Exams start on Tuesday, December 12 and end on Thursday, December 21.

Fall 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.

•Exams on Computer Sign-Up: November 13-26. 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 runs through Sunday, November 26. To register, log into your Webmail account, click on Web for Students, and navigate to the appropriate form.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact me if you register to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. (SofTest is the program all students are required to use for taking exams on computer; the Computer Center will email and post information separately about the SofTest program.) Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact me to discuss your situation.

•Exam Reschedule Requests. The period for requesting an exam reschedule has now closed.

•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 and clicking on the Exam Database link (under Resources).

Joke of the Week. Question: If the Pilgrims were still alive today, what would they be most known for? Answer: Their incredible age!

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Egg," by C.G. Hanzlicek.

Week of November 20, 2006

Spring 2007 Schedule and Registration.

•Final Spring 2007 Schedule and Registration Bulletin.
The final schedule and Registration Bulletin for the Spring 2007 semester are now available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions are also available through the main Students Portal page (click on the Spring 2007 link), or by clicking here.

•Registration Instructions.
To register, go to the Spring 2007 Term page and click on the "Online Registration" link. Registration will run from Tuesday, November 21 through Tuesday, November 28. You may register at any time during that period. Registration will take place through the Online Registration system (linked to the Students Portal page and the Spring 2007 Term 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.

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 23, through Sunday, November 26.

Fall 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.

•Exams on Computer Sign-Up: November 13-26. 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 runs through Sunday, November 26. To register, log into your Webmail account, click on Web for Students, and navigate to the appropriate form.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact me if you register to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. (SofTest is the program all students are required to use for taking exams on computer; the Computer Center will email and post information separately about the SofTest program.) Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact me to discuss your situation.

•Exam Reschedule Requests. The period for requesting an exam reschedule has now closed.

•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 and clicking on the Exam Database link (under Resources).

Illinois Bar Exam: Q&A with Bar Examiners Rescheduled. The session for third-year and fourth-year students, originally scheduled for Tuesday, November 7, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 23, 2007, from 12:00-1:00 pm (for day students) and 5:00-5:50 pm (for evening students). The bar examiners will provide information and answer questions from students in their final year of school concerning the completion of the bar application process and the character and fitness process. A separate session will be held early in the Spring semester for first-year students.

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. Note about Legal Writing 3 Evaluations: We will be asking students in Legal Writing 3 this semester to evaluate the class through an online form rather than the traditional paper format. If you are taking Legal Writing 3 this semester, you will receive more information about this from your professor.

Joke of the Week. Question: How do you make a turkey float? Answer: A couple of scoops of ice cream, some root beer, and a lot of turkey!

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Days We Would Rather Know," by Michael Blumenthal.

Week of November 13, 2006

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 23, through Sunday, November 26.

Fall 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.

•Exams on Computer Sign-Up: November 13-26. 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 13 and runs through Sunday, November 26. To register, log into your Webmail account, click on Web for Students, and navigate to the appropriate form.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact me if you register to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. (SofTest is the program all students are required to use for taking exams on computer; the Computer Center will email and post information separately about the SofTest program.) Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact me to discuss your situation.

•Exam Reschedule Requests. The period for requesting an exam reschedule has now closed.

•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 and clicking on the Exam Database link (under Resources).

Spring 2007 Schedule. The Spring 2007 preliminary schedule is linked to this page. The final schedule will be issued during the week of November 13. Please note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2006 semester), and changes will be made to the schedule before it is finalized.

Illinois Bar Exam: Q&A with Bar Examiners. The session for third-year and fourth-year students, originally scheduled for Tuesday, November 7, will be rescheduled to a date early in the Spring semester. The new date will be announced here when it has been set. A separate session will be held early in the Spring semester for first-year students.

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. Note about Legal Writing 3 Evaluations: We will be asking students in Legal Writing 3 this semester to evaluate the class through an online form rather than the traditional paper format. If you are taking Legal Writing 3 this semester, you will receive more information about this from your professor.

Joke of the Week. If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown too?

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "To be of use," by Marge Piercy.

Week of November 6, 2006

Fall 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 Reschedule Requests: Deadline November 10. 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, November 10. 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 current policy, 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 Monday, November 13. Keep an eye on the Record for more details.

•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 and clicking on the Exam Database link (under Resources).

Spring 2007 Preliminary Schedule. The Spring 2007 preliminary schedule is linked to this page. Please note: This preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2006 semester), and changes will be made to the schedule before it is finalized. The final schedule will be issued late in the week of November 6.

ASP Workshop: Preparing For and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program will present its final Fall workshop on Tuesday, November 7, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Rm. 590 (for day students) and Wednesday, November 8, 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. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

Illinois Bar Exam: Q&A with Bar Examiners for 3L/4L Students. Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will be at the Law School on Tuesday, November 7, 1:00-1:50 pm (for day students) and 5:00-5:50 pm (for evening students) in the Auditorium to provide information and answer questions from students in their final year of school concerning the completion of the bar application process and the character and fitness process. See my Record archives (the September 11 entry) for details about the application process for the February 2007 and July 2007 bar exams. We recommend that you download and look over the application materials available at www.ibaby.org before coming to the November 7 program.

A separate session will be held early in the Spring semester for first-year students; details will be announced in one of the January issues of the Record. See my Record archives (the September 11 entry) for details about the bar registration requirements for first-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation.

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. Note about Legal Writing 3 Evaluations: We will be asking students in Legal Writing 3 this semester to evaluate the class through an online form rather than the traditional paper format. If you are taking Legal Writing 3 this semester, you will receive more information about this from your professor.

Intensive Trial Advocacy: Seats Still Available in January 2007 Session. Registration for the January session of Intensive Trial Advocacy (January 13-January 20, 2007) took place as part of Fall 2006 registration. However, several spaces are still available. Please contact me if you are interested in being added to the class.

CALI Award Certificates for 2005-2006. If you won a CALI Award during the 2005-2006 academic year, but were unable to attend the recent Student Awards Luncheon, you may pick your certificate up from Denise Lang outside my office (Suite 320C).

Joke of the Week. Question: Why are robots so brave? Answer: They have nerves of steel.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Possessive Case," by Lisel Mueller. (Scroll down a bit to see the poem.) |

Week of October 30, 2006

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.

ASP Workshop: Preparing For and Taking Exams.
The Academic Support Program will present its final Fall workshop on Tuesday, November 7, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Rm. 590 (for day students) and Wednesday, November 8, 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. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

Fall 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 Reschedule Requests: Deadline November 10. 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, November 10. 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 current policy, 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 Monday, November 13. Keep an eye on the Record for more details.

•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.

CALI Award Certificates for 2005-2006. If you won a CALI Award during the 2005-2006 academic year, but were unable to attend the recent Student Awards Luncheon, you may pick your certificate up from Denise Lang outside my office (Suite 320C).

Illinois Bar Exam: Q&A with Bar Examiners for 3L/4L Students.
Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will be at the Law School on Tuesday, November 7, 1:00-1:50 pm (for day students) and 5:00-5:50 pm (for evening students) in the Auditorium to provide information and answer questions from students in their final year of school concerning the completion of the bar application process and the character and fitness process. See my Record archives (the September 11 entry) for details about the application process for the February 2007 and July 2007 bar exams. We recommend that you download and look over the application materials available at www.ibaby.org before coming to the November 7 program.

A separate session will be held early in the Spring semester for first-year students; details will be announced in one of the January issues of the Record. See my Record archives (the September 11 entry) for details about the bar registration requirements for first-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation.

Joke of the Week. "My grandma says she has eyes in the back of her head. I hope it's not hereditary." (Steven Wright)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The List of Famous Hats," by James Tate.

Week of October 23, 2006

Illinois Bar Exam: Q&A with Bar Examiners for 3L/4L Students.
Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will be at the Law School on Tuesday, November 7, 1:00-1:50 pm (for day students) and 5:00-5:50 pm (for evening students) in the Auditorium to provide information and answer questions from students in their final year of school concerning the completion of the bar application process and the character and fitness process. See my Record archives (the September 11 entry) for details about the application process for the February 2007 and July 2007 bar exams. We recommend that you download and look over the application materials available at www.ibaby.org before coming to the November 7 program.

A separate session will be held early in the Spring semester for first-year students; details will be announced in one of the January issues of the Record. See my Record archives (the September 11 entry) for details about the bar registration requirements for first-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation.

Student Health Insurance Cards: Now Available for Pick-up. The student health insurance cards have now arrived. If you have health insurance through the school and have not already received your card, you may pick it up from Denise Lang outside my office (320C) during normal business hours (except 1:00-2:00pm, when she is at lunch). Note to LL.M. students: Your health insurance cards may be picked up from Tasha Kincade in the Dean's Office (Suite 330). --SDS.

Joke of the Week. "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying." (Woody Allen)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Brain -- is wider than the Sky," Emily Dickinson.

Week of October 16, 2006

Fire Drill.
We would like to thank students, faculty, and staff for their cooperation with the recent fire drills. We were pleased with how the drills 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.

Illinois Bar Exam: Q&A with Bar Examiners for 3L/4L Students. Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will be at the Law School on Tuesday, November 7, 1:00-1:50 pm (for day students) and 5:00-5:50 pm (for evening students) in the Auditorium to provide information and answer questions from students in their final year of school concerning the completion of the bar application process and the character and fitness process. See my Record archives (the September 11 entry) for details about the application process for the February 2007 and July 2007 bar exams. We recommend that you download and look over the application materials available at www.ibaby.org before coming to the November 7 program.

A separate session will be held early in the Spring semester for first-year students; details will be announced in one of the January issues of the Record. See my Record archives (the September 11 entry) for details about the bar registration requirements for first-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation.

Lecture: Prof. Neal Katyal on "Guantanamo, the Supreme Court, and the Rule of Law." On Thursday, October 19, Professor Neal Katyal of Georgetown University Law School, the lead litigator in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, will give a public talk at 3:00 pm in the Auditorium. This event is sponsored by Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and Humanities, and co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society. The talk is free and open to the public.

Student Health Insurance Cards: Now Available for Pick-up. The student health insurance cards have now arrived. If you have health insurance through the school and have not already received your card, you may pick it up from Denise Lang outside my office (320C) during normal business hours (except 1:00-2:00pm, when she is at lunch). Note to LL.M. students: Your health insurance cards may be picked up from Tasha Kincade in the Dean's Office (Suite 330). --SDS.

Joke of the Week. A teacher asks her students where they went on vacation. Timmy says, "my family went to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania." "That's very interesting," says the teacher. "Please spell 'Punxsutawney' for the class." Timmy thinks for a moment, then says, "Actually, we went to Ohio."

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Eleventh Floor Lies," Justice Warren Wolfson.

Week of October 9, 2006

New Director of Academic Administration and Student Affairs.
I'm pleased to announce that Mindi Mysliwiec, until recently the Director of Institutional Projects in the Dean's Office, is our new Director of Academic Administration and Student Affairs. This is the successor to the Director of Student Services position held by Mindi's predecessor, Amanda Kastern. In this new position, Mindi will work on a range of academic affairs issues in addition to students services. Mindi will remain in her current office in the Dean's Suite (Rm. 330A).

Students are encouraged to contact Mindi 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. Mindi can be reached at mmysliwiec@kentlaw.edu or 312/906-5005.

ASP Workshop on Outlining. The Academic Support Program will present the third of four Fall workshops on Tuesday, October 10, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Rm. 590 (for day students) and Wednesday, October 11, at 5:00-5:50 pm, in Rm. 590 (for evening students). This workshop will focus on different approaches to the course outlining process and will feature students and faculty 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.

Joke of the Week. (This week's joke is considered a scream in physics circles.) Werner Heisenberg was pulled over by a traffic cop. The cop asks, "Do you know how fast you were going?" Heisenberg responds, "No, but I know exactly where I am!"

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Death of a Soldier," by Wallace Stevens.

Week of October 2, 2006

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Due to a religious holiday, all classes are canceled on Monday, October 2.

Guantanamo National Teach-In. On Thursday, October 5, law schools, colleges, and universities across the country will participate in a teach-in examining the legal issues raised by the detentions at Guantanamo Bay. All Chicago-Kent faculty, students, and staff are invited to participate in the teach-in, which will include several sessions broadcast nationally over the Internet as well as local panels hosted here at Chicago-Kent. Local speakers will include Dean Harold J. Krent and Professors Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Sheldon Nahmod, Bartram Brown, and Mark Rosen. Chicago-Kent co-sponsors of the event include: The American Constitution Society, the Federalist Society, the Chicago-Kent Law Review, APALSA, the National Lawyers Guild, the Kent Justice Foundation, the Military Law Society, the International Law Society, the Chicago-Kent Lambdas, and the Justinian Society.

The program will run from 9:00am-5:15pm. From 9:00am-3:00pm, the program will be held in Rm. 580, and from 3:00pm on, it will be held in Rm. 590. You are welcome to attend all of it, or as much of it as fits into your schedule. You do not need to RSVP for the program. For more information on both the broadcast sessions and the local panels, click here. For details about the national program, including background information about the detentions, program speakers, and other participating schools, go to http://law.shu.edu/guantanamoteachin.

ASP Workshop on Outlining. The Academic Support Program will present the third of four Fall workshops on Tuesday, October 10, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Rm. 590 (for day students) and Wednesday, October 11, at 5:00-5:50 pm, in Rm. 590 (for evening students). This workshop will focus on different approaches to the course outlining process and will feature students and faculty 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.

Summer 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 Summer 2006 courses are linked to this page. Congratulations to all of you who received the award.

Lawyers' Assistance Program Dinner. The Lawyers' Assistance Program (LAP) will hold its annual dinner on Friday, October 6, at 6:00pm at the Palmer House Hilton. There will be a table for law students who are in recovery or are interested in LAP's work. If you are interested in attending, contact Janet Voss, the Executive Director of LAP, at 312/726-6607, or jpvoss@illinoislap.org.

Joke of the Week. "Two women broke a Guinness world record by spending twelve days in a room with 888 snakes. Apparently, the record was for the two dumbest women in one room." (Conan O'Brien)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Suicide of a Moderate Dictator," by Emma Lazarus.

Week of September 25, 2006

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Due to a religious holiday, all classes are canceled on Monday, October 2.

Family and Friends Day.
Please join us for the Family and Friends Day program on Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 am to 12:45 pm. 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 (click here) no later than September 26. If you have any questions, please contact me (ssowle@kentlaw.edu).

ASP Program on Time Management. The Academic Support Program will present the second of four Fall workshops on Monday, September 25, 5:00-5:50 pm, in Rm. 590. This workshop will focus on time management skills for law students. It will be led by Erica Berg, a staff psychologist with the IIT Counseling Center. Although the program is mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For information on the remaining Fall workshops, visit the ASP Record page.

Guantanamo National Teach-In. On Thursday, October 5, law schools, colleges, and universities across the country will participate in a teach-in examining the legal issues raised by the detentions at Guantanamo Bay. All faculty, students, and staff are invited to participate in the teach-in, which will include several sessions broadcast nationally over the Internet as well as local panels hosted here at Chicago-Kent. Local speakers will include Dean Harold J. Krent and Professors Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Sheldon Nahmod, Bartram Brown, and Mark Rosen. Chicago-Kent co-sponsors of the event include: The American Constitution Society, the Federalist Society, the Chicago-Kent Law Review, APALSA, the National Lawyers Guild, the Kent Justice Foundation, the Military Law Society, the International Law Society, the Chicago-Kent Lambdas, and the Justinian Society.

The program will run from 9:00am-5:00pm. From 9:00am-3:00pm, the program will be held in Rm. 580, and from 3:00pm on, it will be held in Rm. 590. You are welcome to attend all of it, or as much of it as fits into your schedule. You do not need to RSVP for the program. For more information on both the broadcast sessions and the local panels, click here. For details about the national program, including background information about the detentions, program speakers, and other participating schools, go to http://law.shu.edu/guantanamoteachin.

Joke of the Week. "My boyfriend is a personal trainer who takes diet very seriously. He told me, 'You need to go on the Caveman Diet: protein and fats. There were no fat cavemen.' Yeah? What about Fred Flintstone?" (Maura Kennedy)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Chemin de Fer," by Elizabeth Bishop.

Week of September 18, 2006

Family and Friends Day.
Please join us for the Family and Friends Day program on Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 am to 12:45 pm. 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 (click here) no later than September 26. If you have any questions, please contact me (ssowle@kentlaw.edu).

ASP Program on Time Management. The Academic Support Program will present the second of four Fall workshops on Monday, September 25, 5:00-5:50 pm, in Rm. 590. This workshop will focus on time management skills for law students. It will be led by Erica Berg, a staff psychologist with the IIT Counseling Center. Although the program is mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For information on the remaining Fall workshops, visit the ASP Record page.

Elective Courses Subject to Mandatory Curve. A list of Fall 2006 elective courses with at least 40 students enrolled, and thus subject to the mandatory curve for elective courses, is available here.

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. "Gone fission!" --Sign found on the atom's door after he split.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Sea Fever," by John Masefield.

Week of September 11, 2006

Chicago-Kent Law Review Members: Correction to List of Members.
Two names were left off of the list of new Law Review members last week -- Monica Kapp and Timothy Wright. My apologies for the error. The corrected list appears below.

Megan BesethRajeev Khurana
Frank H. BieszczatYeongjoon M. Ko
Joseph A. BrabenderElizabeth A. Laughlin
Amy Z. ChiangJulia R. Lissner
Reetu DuaDana E. Lobelle
Jennifer C. Erhard RiceMichael N. Loterstein
Jessica K. FenderRachel E. Moran
Jedediah B. ForknerJustin N. Nemunaitis
Joshua A. Gad-HarfJamie T. Newton
Juli D. GilliamSarah F. Suma
Ivan H. GoldenBrandon S. Swider
Andrew F. HettingaPaula K. Villela
Hunter HoganElena N. Vranas
Jacob L. KahnGiles M. Walsh
Jonathan R. KanterKristin M. Weber
Monica F. KappTimothy H. Wright
Elizabeth C. KatzmanChristine M. Zeivel

Counseling Services. IIT's Counseling Center will have a staff psychologist at the Law School on Mondays throughout the academic year. She will be available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 808-7132. There is no charge for these counseling services.

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, 2007. 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 of $350 or more 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 2007 and July 2007 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2007 bar exam must be submitted by November 1, 2006 (if you previously filed a bar registration application) or by September 1, 2006 (if you have not previously filed a bar registration application). Applications for the July 2007 bar exam must be submitted by May 1, 2007 (if you previously filed a bar registration application) or by February 1, 2007 (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, 2006, are available in the Registrar's office. You may also register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 26, 2006 (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. "Whoever invented bungee jumping must have watched a lot of Road Runner cartoons." (Nick Arnette)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Man in the Dead Machine," by Donald Hall.


Week of September 4, 2006

Academic Calendar Reminder.
In observance of Labor Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 4.

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 6, from 11:30-1:00 (for day students) and from 5:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited. (PLEASE NOTE: The time for the evening student version was incorrectly listed as 4:00-5:00 when this was first announced - it will be held 5:00-6:00.)

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 available by clicking here. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines recently, please do so.

U-Pass and ID Distribution. If you have not yet picked up your ID card or U-Pass, they are available in the Registrar's office.

Notice About U-Pass Fraud. We have been asked by the CTA to post the following notice (which is not directed at Chicago-Kent students specifically, but rather all participants in the U-Pass program generally): "The CTA has noticed an increase in fraudulent use by students this semester. Students are using various methods to either buy or sell U-Passes. U-Passes cannot be shared, sold or bought. Use of the U-Pass is exclusive to the student to whom it was issued. Students caught in the act of using a U-Pass that was not issued to them face confiscation and are subject to arrest."

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.

ASP Workshop: Preparing For and Getting the Most Out of Classes. The Academic Support Program's first workshop of the semester will address how to prepare for class effectively and how to get the most out of your classes. The program will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 3:00-4:00, in Rm. 590 (for day students) and on Monday, September 11, 5:00-5:50 pm, in Rm. 590 (for evening students). 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 me. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

The remaining workshops for the Fall semester are listed below. Please mark your calendars.

Time Management Skills for Law Students
Monday, September 25, 5:00-6:00pm, Rm. 590

Outlining Your Courses
Tuesday, October 10, 12:00-1:00pm, Rm. 590
Wednesday, October 11, 5:00-6:00pm, Rm. 590

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Tuesday, November 7, 12:00-1:00pm, Rm. 590
Wednesday, November 8, 5:00-6:00pm, Rm. 590

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

Spring 2006 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2006 semester are linked to this page.

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, or their successful participation in this summer's write-on competition:

Megan BesethRajeev Khurana
Frank H. BieszczatYeongjoon M. Ko
Joseph A. BrabenderElizabeth A. Laughlin
Amy Z. ChiangJulia R. Lissner
Reetu DuaDana E. Lobelle
Jennifer C. Erhard RiceMichael N. Loterstein
Jessica K. FenderRachel E. Moran
Jedediah B. ForknerJustin N. Nemunaitis
Joshua A. Gad-HarfJamie T. Newton
Juli D. GilliamSarah F. Suma
Ivan H. GoldenBrandon S. Swider
Andrew F. HettingaPaula K. Villela
Hunter HoganElena N. Vranas
Jacob L. KahnGiles M. Walsh
Jonathan R. KanterKristin M. Weber
Elizabeth C. KatzmanChristine M. Zeivel

Counseling Services. IIT's Counseling Center will have a staff psychologist at the Law School on Mondays throughout the academic year. She will be available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 808-7132. There is no charge for these counseling services.

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, 2007. 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 of $350 or more 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 2007 and July 2007 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2007 bar exam must be submitted by November 1, 2006 (if you previously filed a bar registration application) or by September 1, 2006 (if you have not previously filed a bar registration application). Applications for the July 2007 bar exam must be submitted by May 1, 2007 (if you previously filed a bar registration application) or by February 1, 2007 (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, 2006, are available in the Registrar's office. You may also register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 26, 2006 (the late deadline is October 12).

Joke of the Week.
Question: Did you hear about the cannibal restaurant? Answer: Yeah, I heard it costs an arm and a leg! (In honor of Regina v. Dudley & Stephens.)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "A Way to Make a Living," by James Wright.


Week of August 28, 2006

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 6, from 11:30-1:00 (for day students) and from 5:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited. (PLEASE NOTE: the time for the evening student version was incorrectly listed as 4:00-5:00 when this was first announced - it will be held 5:00-6:00.)

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 2006-2007 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 (ASP), which is designed to assist first-year students in developing the skills needed to succeed in law school. One component of the program is weekly small group sessions focusing on skills development in the context of each of your Fall doctrinal courses. If you were not invited to join these sessions and would like to petition to join them, click here for the petition form, which is due to me no later than Thursday, September 7. Please see the ASP section of the Record later this week (it has not yet been updated) for more information about the Academic Support Program. Information about the program and study resources is also available on the ASP web site.

ID and U-Pass Distribution. If you have not yet received your ID card, you may do so on Monday, August 28, 11:00-2:00 in the front lobby. After that date, they will be available in the Registrar's office. If you were not able to have your U-Pass made last week, we will email you when your U-Pass arrives. We are awaiting their delivery from the CTA. For more details about the U-Pass program, see our U-Pass FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass web site.

Reminder: Computer Support Not Available for Macintosh, Linux, Windows 95, or Windows 98. We would like to remind all incoming students that (as you were informed over the summer) Chicago-Kent does not provide hardware, software, or official network service support for student laptops running on Macintosh, Linux, Windows 95, or Windows 98. In addition, we do not support any "emulation environments" under any of these platforms.

To Returning Students:

Fall 2006 Semester Information. The Fall 2006 Term Information page has most of the information you will need in advance of the start of the Fall semester - click here, or go to the main Student Portal page and click on the Fall '06 link 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 2006 Term Information page. (Please note: The list of initial assignments has been updated since it was first issued.) Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your Fall courses.

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

Revised Fall Schedule (with Classroom Assignments). A revised copy of the Fall 2006 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is available on the Fall 2006 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 2006 exam schedule is available on the Fall 2006 Term Information page. The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals 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. A Final Exam Reschedule Form will be posted later this semester through Web for Students.

Under the new policy adopted by the faculty last December, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if he or she 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).

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 2006 Term Information page. If your section meets at the Daley Center, please be sure to bring your Kent ID card with you, as you will be required to show it before being allowed to enter.

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

2006-2007 Academic Calendar. The Academic Calendar for 2005-2006 is linked to this page.

Opportunity to take Psychology & Law at UIC. If you are interested in taking Psychology & Law at the University of Illinois, Chicago this Fall, please contact me. The course will be taught by Prof. Bette Bottoms in the UIC Department of Psychology. A limited number of Chicago-Kent students will be permitted to register.

Spring 2007 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2007 semester is linked to this page. 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 Spring 2007 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring 2007 classes will also take place.

Distribution of Fall U-Passes, New ID cards, and Perkins Loan Packets.

We will distribute Fall U-Passes, new ID cards for continuing students, and Perkins loan packets at the following time. Please read the additional information below about U-Passes, why we are issuing new ID cards, and the Perkins loan packets. If you miss this distribution time, please pick your U-Pass and/or ID card up in the Registrar's office, and your Perkins loan packet in the Financial Aid office.

Monday, August 28, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Front Lobby.

U-Pass Information: 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 28 (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. If you registered for Fall classes late or do not have a picture in our 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. For more details about the U-Pass program, see our U-Pass FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass web site.

New ID Cards for Continuing Students: Last month, the Law School introduced a new system for managing computer lab printing and Library photocopying services. All students must obtain a new photo ID card in order to use Library photocopying services and/or Law School computer lab printing services. The new system entails two significant changes: (1) 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. (2) 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.

Perkins Loan Packets: If you are receiving a Perkins loan for the coming academic year, you must pick up a packet containing important information about your loan. The packet also contains forms you must sign and return. If you are unable to pick your packet up during the distribution times listed above, you should pick your packet up in the Financial Aid Office after August 28.

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 available by clicking here. 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.

Spring 2006 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2006 semester are linked to this page.

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).

Serve as a Mentor to an International Student. If you are an upper-level student, consider serving as a Chicago Mentor to help orient one of our international LL.M. students to life in Chicago and the U.S. This pilot program matches 2L, 3L, and 4L J.D. students with new LL.M. students. As a Chicago Mentor, you would be available to answer questions about life in Chicago, public transportation, social events, etc. You could even get together with your mentee for lunch, invite him or her to a party at your apartment or home, or take them to a Chicago neighborhood festival.

If you are interested in being a Chicago Mentor, sent an email to Mark Hoffman (mhoffman@kentlaw.edu) no later than Friday, September 1, with the following information:

- Your name and email address
- Your year at Kent
- If there is a language that you speak/read/write
- If there is a particular country or area of the world that interests you
- Your age and if you are male or female
- What type of law interests you
- What neighborhood in Chicago (or suburbs) you live in
- Anything else that you think would be helpful in matching you with an international student.

Joke of the Week. "Time's fun when you're having flies." (Kermit the Frog).

Week of August 21, 2006

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 6, from 11:30-1:00 (for day students) and from 5:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited. (NOTE: the time for the evening student version was incorrectly listed as 4:00-5:00 when this was first announced - it will be held 5:00-6:00.)

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 21. 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 (ASP), which is designed to assist first-year students in developing the skills needed to succeed in law school. One component of the program is weekly small group sessions focusing on skills development in the context of each of your Fall doctrinal courses. If you were not invited to join these sessions and would like to petition to join them, click here for the petition form, which is due to me no later than Thursday, September 7. Please see the ASP section of the Record later this week (it has not yet been updated) for more information about the Academic Support Program. 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. All full-time day students will receive a U-Pass card valid from August 28 (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.

Joke of the Week. Question: What's the definition of a lawyer? Answer: A person who writes a 10,000 word document and calls it a "brief."

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph," by Anne Sexton.

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 2006 Semester Information.
The Fall 2006 Term Information page has most of the information you will need in advance of the start of the Fall semester - click here, or go to the main Student Portal page and click on the Fall '06 link 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 2006 Term Information page. (Please note: The list of initial assignments has been updated since it was first, and it 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.

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

Revised Fall Schedule (with Classroom Assignments). A revised copy of the Fall 2006 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is available on the Fall 2006 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 2006 exam schedule is available on the Fall 2006 Term Information page. The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals 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. A Final Exam Reschedule Form will be posted later this semester through Web for Students.

Under the new policy adopted by the faculty last December, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if he or she 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).

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 2006 Term Information page. If your section meets at the Daley Center, please be sure to bring your Kent ID card with you, as you will be required to show it before being allowed to enter.

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

2006-2007 Academic Calendar. The Academic Calendar for 2005-2006 is linked to this page.

Opportunity to take Psychology & Law at UIC. If you are interested in taking Psychology & Law at the University of Illinois, Chicago this Fall, please contact me. The course will be taught by Prof. Bette Bottoms in the UIC Department of Psychology. A limited number of Chicago-Kent students will be permitted to register.

Spring 2007 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2007 semester is linked to this page. 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 Spring 2007 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring 2007 classes will also take place.

Distribution of Fall U-Passes, New ID cards, and Perkins Loan Packets.

We will distribute Fall U-Passes, new ID cards for continuing students, and Perkins loan packets at the following times. Please read the additional information below about U-Passes, why we are issuing new ID cards, and the Perkins loan packets.

*Wednesday, August 23, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Friday, August 25, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Monday, August 28, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Front Lobby.

U-Pass Information: 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 28 (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. If you registered for Fall classes late or do not have a picture in our 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. For more details about the U-Pass program, see our U-Pass FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass web site.

New ID Cards for Continuing Students: Last month, the Law School introduced a new system for managing computer lab printing and Library photocopying services. All students must obtain a new photo ID card in order to use Library photocopying services and/or Law School computer lab printing services. The new system entails two significant changes: (1) 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. (2) 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.

Perkins Loan Packets: If you are receiving a Perkins loan for the coming academic year, you must pick up a packet containing important information about your loan. The packet also contains forms you must sign and return. If you are unable to pick your packet up during the distribution times listed above, you should pick your packet up in the Financial Aid Office after August 28.

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 available by clicking here. 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: 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).

Serve as a Mentor to an International Student. If you are an upper-level student, consider serving as a Chicago Mentor to help orient one of our international LL.M. students to life in Chicago and the U.S. This pilot program matches 2L, 3L, and 4L J.D. students with new LL.M. students. As a Chicago Mentor, you would be available to answer questions about life in Chicago, public transportation, social events, etc. You could even get together with your mentee for lunch, invite him or her to a party at your apartment or home, or take them to a Chicago neighborhood festival.

If you are interested in being a Chicago Mentor, sent an email to Mark Hoffman (mhoffman@kentlaw.edu) no later than Friday, September 1, with the following information:

- Your name and email address
- Your year at Kent
- If there is a language that you speak/read/write
- If there is a particular country or area of the world that interests you
- Your age and if you are male or female
- What type of law interests you
- What neighborhood in Chicago (or suburbs) you live in
- Anything else that you think would be helpful in matching you with an international student.

Joke of the Week. Question: What's the definition of a lawyer? Answer: A person who writes a 10,000 word document and calls it a "brief."

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph," by Anne Sexton.

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