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Record Archives for 2007-2008 Academic Year

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SUMMER 2008

Week
of August 11, 2008

Fall 2008 Initial Reading Assignment.
Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester are available on the Fall 2008 Term Information page -- click here, or go to the main Student Portal page and click on the Fall '08 link under "Academic term information." 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 2008 Course Information Updates.
This document will be posted later this week.

Revised Fall 2008 Class Schedule (with Classroom Assignments). This document will be posted later this week.

Bookstore Hours.
The Bookstore's hours for the Fall semester are available on the Fall 2008 Term Information page.

Note about Barnes & Noble:
There have been recent news reports about an indictment of certain individuals charged with indentity theft in connection with a scheme to hack into the computer systems of Barnes & Noble, Inc. Please note that this does not involve Barnes & Noble College Booksellers (the company that operates the Chicago-Kent Bookstore), which is a separate company from Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Spring 2008 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 2008 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 2009 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 September 12, 2008. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Joke of the Week. "The more fonts in a document, the less content it has." (Guy Kawasaki)

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

Weeks of July 28 and August 4, 2008

UPDATE 8/4/08
Initial Reading Assignments for Fall 2008 Now Available
Click here

Spring 2008 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 2008 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 2009 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 September 12, 2008. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email 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.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be terminated on Monday, August 4 (the first Monday after the summer bar exam). As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to offer you the option of setting up an alumni.kentlaw.edu email address through our email forwarding service. This service is available through the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community and allows you to choose a username@alumni.kentlaw.edu address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc). This system allows you to use a simple e-mail address to give to family and friends, and your username can be your current username@kentlaw.edu or you can create a new one. You'll never have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address because you can simply update your personal e-mail address by logging into the Online Community, and emails will subsequently be forwarded to your email address.

In order to access email forwarding, all you have to do is sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community. Accounts for May 2008 graduates will be available in mid-July. Click here to sign up now! For questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, 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 arrangements for your locker contents to be set aside for you.

Joke of the Week. "The more fonts in a document, the less content it has." (Guy Kawasaki)

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

Weeks of July 14 and July 21, 2008

Summer 2008 Exams.


Exam Schedule. The final exams for the Summer term are listed in the Schedule of Classes available here. You should have received an email with your exam room assignments; if you did not, please contact me.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You should have received an email from the Computer Center about when and how to do this; if you did not, the information can be found in the Computer Center's section of the Record.

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 opt 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. 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.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

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 2009 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 September 12, 2008. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email 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.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be terminated on Monday, August 4 (the first Monday after the summer bar exam). As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to offer you the option of setting up an alumni.kentlaw.edu email address through our email forwarding service. This service is available through the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community and allows you to choose a username@alumni.kentlaw.edu address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc). This system allows you to use a simple e-mail address to give to family and friends, and your username can be your current username@kentlaw.edu or you can create a new one. You'll never have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address because you can simply update your personal e-mail address by logging into the Online Community, and emails will subsequently be forwarded to your email address.

In order to access email forwarding, all you have to do is sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community. Accounts for May 2008 graduates will be available in mid-July. Click here to sign up now! For questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, 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 arrangements for your locker contents to be set aside for you.

Joke of the Week. "A day without sunshine is like ... night." (Steve Martin)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Parenthood," by John Chipman Farrar.

Weeks of June 30 and July 7, 2008

Summer 2008 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 Jenna Moroney (jmoroney@kentlaw.edu) no later than Monday, July 7. 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 Method Registration. Students have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).

Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam.

If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab computer, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The form will be available beginning Tuesday, July 1. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Monday, July 7.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

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 opt 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. 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.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

Class Ranks for Spring 2008. The class ranks as of the end of the Spring 2008 semester have been posted and are available through Web for Students (go into your Webmail account, click on Web for Students, then click on the "Spring 2008" link under "Grades and Rank" on the left hand menu). For those of you who just graduated, this information constitutes your final GPA and class rank.

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:

Amartya Basu Catherine J. Krenz
Michael S. BorellaChloe A. Long
Jessica L. BourneNicholas R. Merker
Jocelyn D. FloydJeff J. Mikrut
Paul J. ForsterScott D. Salmon
Douglas R. GarmagerTeresa L. Slattery
Michael T. GustafsonHoward A. Smith
Justin D. HaseldenVincent M. Smolczynski
Victoria S. HayesAndrew R. Stein
Gregory W. JonesRue K. Toland
Sean Z. KramerAmy B. Unander
Adam R. KreisChunyan Wang

Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email 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.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be terminated on Monday, August 4 (the first Monday after the summer bar exam). As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to offer you the option of setting up an alumni.kentlaw.edu email address through our email forwarding service. This service is available through the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community and allows you to choose a username@alumni.kentlaw.edu address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc). This system allows you to use a simple e-mail address to give to family and friends, and your username can be your current username@kentlaw.edu or you can create a new one. You'll never have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address because you can simply update your personal e-mail address by logging into the Online Community, and emails will subsequently be forwarded to your email address.

In order to access email forwarding, all you have to do is sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community. Accounts for May 2008 graduates will be available in mid-July. Click here to sign up now! For questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, 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 arrangements for your locker contents to be set aside for you.

Joke of the Week. "A day without sunshine is like ... night." (Steve Martin)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Parenthood," by John Chipman Farrar.


Weeks of June 16 and June 23, 2008

Notice to Graduating Seniors.
If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email 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.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be terminated on Monday, August 4 (the first Monday after the summer bar exam). As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to offer you the option of setting up an alumni.kentlaw.edu email address through our email forwarding service. This service is available through the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community and allows you to choose a username@alumni.kentlaw.edu address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc). This system allows you to use a simple e-mail address to give to family and friends, and your username can be your current username@kentlaw.edu or you can create a new one. You'll never have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address because you can simply update your personal e-mail address by logging into the Online Community, and emails will subsequently be forwarded to your email address.

In order to access email forwarding, all you have to do is sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community. Accounts for May 2008 graduates will be available in mid-July. Click here to sign up now! For questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, 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 arrangements for your locker contents to be set aside for you.

Joke of the Week. Question: What happened to the butcher who backed up into his meat grinder? Answer: He got a little behind in his work.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Parenthood," by John Chipman Farrar.

Weeks of June 2 and June 9, 2008

Notice to Graduating Seniors.
If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email 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.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be terminated on Monday, August 4 (the first Monday after the summer bar exam). As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to offer you the option of setting up an alumni.kentlaw.edu email address through our email forwarding service. This service is available through the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community and allows you to choose a username@alumni.kentlaw.edu address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc). This system allows you to use a simple e-mail address to give to family and friends, and your username can be your current username@kentlaw.edu or you can create a new one. You'll never have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address because you can simply update your personal e-mail address by logging into the Online Community, and emails will subsequently be forwarded to your email address.

In order to access email forwarding, all you have to do is sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community. Accounts for May 2008 graduates will be available in mid-July. Click here to sign up now! For questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, 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 arrangements for your locker contents to be set aside for you.

Joke of the Week. Question: What happened to the butcher who backed up into his meat grinder? Answer: He got a little behind in his work.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Parenthood," by John Chipman Farrar.

Weeks of May 19 and 26, 2008

Notice to Graduating Seniors.
If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email 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.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be terminated on Monday, August 4 (the first Monday after the summer bar exam). As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to offer you the option of setting up an alumni.kentlaw.edu email address through our email forwarding service. This service is available through the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community and allows you to choose a username@alumni.kentlaw.edu address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc). This system allows you to use a simple e-mail address to give to family and friends, and your username can be your current username@kentlaw.edu or you can create a new one. You'll never have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address because you can simply update your personal e-mail address by logging into the Online Community, and emails will subsequently be forwarded to your email address.

In order to access email forwarding, all you have to do is sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community. Accounts for May 2008 graduates will be available in mid-July. Click here to sign up now! For questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, 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 2008 Term Information.

•Classroom Assignments. The final Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2008 term, including classroom assignments, is available on the Summer 2008 Term Information page (also available by going to the main Student Portal page and clicking on the Summer '08 link).

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2008 courses is available on the Summer 2008 Term Information page (also available by going to the main Student Portal page and clicking on the Summer '08 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

Fall 2008 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2008 courses will be posted on the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '08 link) no later than Monday, August 4.

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

Joke of the Week. Why were the police called to the day care center? A three-year-old was resisting a rest.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "An Ode to Exams," by Angela Lucas.

SPRING 2008

Week of May 12, 2008

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 2008 Final Exams.


•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. If you have not received your exam room assignments by email, you can check them by logging into Webmail, clicking on Web for Students, and then clicking on "Spring 2008" under "Schedule" in the lefthand menu (then scroll down until you see your exam schedule).

•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 Jenna Moroney (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.

•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.

Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice to Hand Writers:
Students who are hand writing an exam will usually be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers are not segregated in their own room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

Notice About SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. The Computer Center has emailed information to all students about the procedures for doing this. You may also find this information in the Computer Center's section of the Record. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

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 opt 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. 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.

Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email 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.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be terminated on Monday, August 4 (the first Monday after the summer bar exam). Free email services to all alumni will be available. More information about these services will be emailed to you at a later date, and will be posted on the Computer Center's Record page. (Note: The email address for complimentary alumni services will not be the same as your current Kentlaw email address.)

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, 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 2008 Term Information.

•Classroom Assignments. The final Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2008 term, including classroom assignments, is available on the Summer 2008 Term Information page (also available by going to the main Student Portal page and clicking on the Summer '08 link).

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2008 courses is available on the Summer 2008 Term Information page (also available by going to the main Student Portal page and clicking on the Summer '08 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

Fall 2008 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 2008 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 2009 schedule, are available through the main Student Portal page.

Fall 2008 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2008 courses will be posted on the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '08 link) no later than Monday, August 4.

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

Joke of the Week. I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me. (Thanks to Alice Curry for this week's joke.)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "An Ode to Exams," by Angela Lucas.

Week of May 5, 2008

Spring 2008 Final Exams.


•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. If you have not received your exam room assignments by email, you can check them by logging into Webmail, clicking on Web for Students, and then clicking on "Spring 2008" under "Schedule" in the lefthand menu (then scroll down until you see your exam schedule).

•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 Jenna Moroney (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.

•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.

Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice to Hand Writers:
Students who are hand writing an exam will usually be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers are not segregated in their own room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

Notice About SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. The Computer Center has emailed information to all students about the procedures for doing this. You may also find this information in the Computer Center's section of the Record. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

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 opt 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. 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.

Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email 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.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be terminated on Monday, August 4 (the first Monday after the summer bar exam). Free email services to all alumni will be available. More information about these services will be emailed to you at a later date, and will be posted on the Computer Center's Record page. (Note: The email address for complimentary alumni services will not be the same as your current Kentlaw email address.)

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, 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 2008 Term Information.

•Classroom Assignments. The final Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2008 term, including classroom assignments, will be posted shortly.

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2008 courses will be available no later than Monday, May 12. It will be linked to this page, and available on the main Student Portal page (click on the Summer '08 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

Fall 2008 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 2009 schedule, are available through the main Student Portal page.

Fall 2008 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2008 courses will be posted on the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '07 link) no later than Monday, August 4.

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

Joke of the Week. I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me. (Thanks to Alice Curry for this week's joke.)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "An Ode to Exams," by Angela Lucas.

Week of April 28, 2008

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

Last day of classes: Friday, May 2 (Monday classes meet; King Birthday make-up)
Read Period: Saturday, May 3- Tuesday, May 6
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 7- Friday, May 16

Fall 2008 Registration. The final Fall 2008 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 '08 link). Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafeteria. Registration will take place from Friday, April 25 through Tuesday, April 29. You may register at any time during that period.

Changes/corrections to the schedule:
*Entrepreneurial Law Practicum: You must have completed 30 credit hours to take this practicum.
*Harassment in Employment Law seminar and Privacy in Employment Law seminar: Employment Relationships is recommended preparation for Privacy in Employment, but not for Harassment in Employment Law.
*Investment Funds seminar: Business Organizations is a prerequisite; Securities Regulation will be helpful but is not required.
*Rule of Law in America seminar: Constitutional Law is a prerequisite.

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 1. 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 1 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Spring 2009 Preliminary Schedule. To help with planning your Fall 2008 course schedule, the preliminary schedule of classes for the Spring 2009 semester is available on the Fall 2008 Term page -- click here, or go to the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '08 link). 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 2008 semester, when registration for Spring 2009 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 2008 and the January 2009 sessions of Intensive Trial Advocacy take place as part of Fall 2008 registration. See the listing for Intensive Trial Advocacy in the Fall Schedule of Classes for details.

Spring 2008 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 Jenna Moroney (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.

•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.

Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice About Exam Methods: Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, our default assumption is that you will take your exams on laptop. During the exam method registration period, you were able to change this either to hand writing or lab computer, if you wished. If you did nothing during the exam method registration period, then you are registered to take the exam on your laptop computer (assuming your professor authorized exams on computer).

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will usually be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers are not segregated in their own room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

Notice About SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. The Computer Center has emailed information to all students about the procedures for doing this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

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 opt 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. 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.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

Joke of the Week. Don't sweat the petty things - and don't pet the sweaty things.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "A little Madness in the Spring," by Emily Dickinson.


Week of April 21, 2008

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

Last day of classes: Friday, May 2 (Monday classes meet; King Birthday make-up)
Read Period: Saturday, May 3- Tuesday, May 6
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 7- Friday, May 16

Spring 2008 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. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. We are now processing the requests. If you submitted a request, we will notify you of our response as soon as possible.

Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice About Exam Methods: Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, our default assumption is that you will take your exams on laptop. During the exam method registration period, you were able to change this either to hand writing or lab computer, if you wished. If you did nothing during the exam method registration period, then you are registered to take the exam on your laptop computer (assuming your professor authorized exams on computer).

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will usually be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers are not segregated in their own room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

Notice About SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. The Computer Center has emailed information to all students about the procedures for doing this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

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 opt 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. 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.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

•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.

Fall 2008 Registration. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2008 semester is available outside the third floor cafeteria and through the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '08 link). The final schedule and Registration Bulletin will be issued no later than Wednesday, April 23. Registration will take place from Friday, April 25 through Tuesday, April 29. 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 1. 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 1 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Intensive Trial Advocacy. Please note that registration for both the August 2008 and the January 2009 sessions of Intensive Trial Advocacy take place as part of Fall 2008 registration. See the listing for Intensive Trial Advocacy in the preliminary Schedule of Classes for details.

Summer 2008 Registration. Initial registration for Summer 2008 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.

Due to inadequate enrollment, we have canceled one summer class -- Water Law (485-081).

"Where Do We Go From Here?" Programs: April 22 and 23. 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 22, 1:00-1:50pm (Auditorium)
Evening Division: Wednesday, April 23, 5:00-5:50pm (Rm. 210)

I.P. Information and Course Selection Program: April 22. Are you planning on pursuing an IP career? Somewhat mildly curious about what this “IP stuff” is all about? Wondering if someone without a technical background can take IP classes or pursue an IP career (the answer to both is “yes”)? If you answer "yes," or even “maybe,” to any of these questions, then you should attend the IP class selection program on Tuesday, April 22, 12:00 noon in Rm. 580.

At this session, members of Chicago-Kent’s IP faculty will give a quick overview of potential careers in IP and explain the differences amongst the various disciplines. They will then go over the slate of IP classes to be offered in the 2008-09 school year and provide suggestions and strategies as to which classes to take. So, please plan on attending! Light refreshments will be served.

Trial Team Tryouts. Tryouts for the 2008-2009 Trial Advocacy Team will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2008. All interested students should meet in the Marovitz courtroom (first floor) at 6:00p.m. The only requirement is that you are a full-time Kent student. First-year students may try out. This will be an open competition; we will pick 3-6 students to participate. Both regional competitions will be held the second or third week in February. The Regionals for the National Trial Competition will be held in Chicago, and the Regionals for the ATLA Competition will be held in Chicago. The winners of the Regionals will proceed to the Nationals in March of 2009.

We have assembled three excellent coaching faculties. The National Trial competition is the largest trial competition for law schools in the country. It begins with more than 300 teams throughout the nation. Over the last 27 year Chicago Kent has been one of the most successful programs in the country. Kent has been regional champion 18 of the last 27 years. The national competition is sponsored by the ABA, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

The ATLA competition is the largest specialized bar association competition in the country. It is also national in scope. Our goal as a faculty will be to provide the students on both teams with the highest caliber of instruction possible. If you are selected for a team, you will be asked to commit a substantial part of your time to practice. Our purpose is to turn you into trial lawyers.

Additionally, Chicago-Kent will be entering a team in the BLSA Thurgood Marshall Trial Competition. This competition is also national in scope. We will be selecting four students for the "Marshall" team at a future date; the details of where and when are not yet finalized.

During the tryouts, you will be asked to present up to 3 to5 minutes of an OPENING STATEMENT, CLOSING ARGUMENT and a DIRECT and CROSS EXAMINATION. We will be using State v. Miller, case file 9.8 in the Mauet & Wolfson, Materials in Trial Advocacy. The witnesses will be Shirley Thompson and Michael Miller. Please prepare an opening statement and a closing argument for one side, not both sides. When you come into the room you will be asked which side you are doing the opening statement and closing argument for, as well as being asked which witness you wish to direct and cross. (In other words, you will be asked to do part of an opening statement, part of a closing argument, part of one direct examination, and part of one cross examination.) We will announce those who have been selected on the night of tryouts, so please be prepared to wait until the decisions have been made by the coaching faculty as to all of the positions. (This process usually takes the entire evening, so be prepared.) The opening and closing arguments should be about 5 minutes each; the direct and cross examinations should be about 3-5 minutes each.

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.

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 2008 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.


Week of April 14, 2008

Spring 2008 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. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. We are now processing the requests. If you submitted a request, we will notify you of our response as soon as possible.

Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice About Exam Methods: Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, our default assumption is that you will take your exams on laptop. During the exam method registration period, you were able to change this either to hand writing or lab computer, if you wished. If you did nothing during the exam method registration period, then you are registered to take the exam on your laptop computer (assuming your professor authorized exams on computer).

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will usually be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers are not segregated in their own room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

Notice About SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. The Computer Center has emailed information to all students about the procedures for doing this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

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 opt 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. 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.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

•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.

Summer 2008 Registration. Initial registration for Summer 2008 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.

Due to inadequate enrollment, we have canceled one summer class -- Water Law (485-081).

Fall 2008 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2008 semester will be distributed late in the week of April 14 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?" Programs: April 22 and 23. 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 22, 1:00-1:50pm (Auditorium)
Evening Division: Wednesday, April 23, 5:00-5:50pm (Rm. 210)

I.P. Information and Course Selection Program: April 22. Are you planning on pursuing an IP career? Somewhat mildly curious about what this “IP stuff” is all about? Wondering if someone without a technical background can take IP classes or pursue an IP career (the answer to both is “yes”)? If you answer "yes," or even “maybe,” to any of these questions, then you should attend the IP class selection program on Tuesday, April 22, 12:00 noon in Rm. 580.

At this session, members of Chicago-Kent’s IP faculty will give a quick overview of potential careers in IP and explain the differences amongst the various disciplines. They will then go over the slate of IP classes to be offered in the 2008-09 school year and provide suggestions and strategies as to which classes to take. So, please plan on attending! Light refreshments will be served.

Trial Team Tryouts. Tryouts for the 2008-2009 Trial Advocacy Team will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2008. All interested students should meet in the Marovitz courtroom (first floor) at 6:00p.m. The only requirement is that you are a full-time Kent student. First-year students may try out. This will be an open competition; we will pick 3-6 students to participate. Both regional competitions will be held the second or third week in February. The Regionals for the National Trial Competition will be held in Chicago, and the Regionals for the ATLA Competition will be held in Chicago. The winners of the Regionals will proceed to the Nationals in March of 2009.

We have assembled three excellent coaching faculties. The National Trial competition is the largest trial competition for law schools in the country. It begins with more than 300 teams throughout the nation. Over the last 27 year Chicago Kent has been one of the most successful programs in the country. Kent has been regional champion 18 of the last 27 years. The national competition is sponsored by the ABA, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

The ATLA competition is the largest specialized bar association competition in the country. It is also national in scope. Our goal as a faculty will be to provide the students on both teams with the highest caliber of instruction possible. If you are selected for a team, you will be asked to commit a substantial part of your time to practice. Our purpose is to turn you into trial lawyers.

Additionally, Chicago-Kent will be entering a team in the BLSA Thurgood Marshall Trial Competition. This competition is also national in scope. We will be selecting four students for the "Marshall" team at a future date; the details of where and when are not yet finalized.

During the tryouts, you will be asked to present up to 3 to5 minutes of an OPENING STATEMENT, CLOSING ARGUMENT and a DIRECT and CROSS EXAMINATION. We will be using State v. Miller, case file 9.8 in the Mauet & Wolfson, Materials in Trial Advocacy. The witnesses will be Shirley Thompson and Michael Miller. Please prepare an opening statement and a closing argument for one side, not both sides. When you come into the room you will be asked which side you are doing the opening statement and closing argument for, as well as being asked which witness you wish to direct and cross. (In other words, you will be asked to do part of an opening statement, part of a closing argument, part of one direct examination, and part of one cross examination.) We will announce those who have been selected on the night of tryouts, so please be prepared to wait until the decisions have been made by the coaching faculty as to all of the positions. (This process usually takes the entire evening, so be prepared.) The opening and closing arguments should be about 5 minutes each; the direct and cross examinations should be about 3-5 minutes each.

Chicago-Kent Is Now LinkedIn! We invite all students, faculty, alumni, and staff to join the official Chicago-Kent group on the networking site, LinkedIn. If you have a LinkedIn account, please click here to request membership. Questions? Contact alums@kentlaw.edu.

Teaaching 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. "If life gives you lemons, make some sort of fruity juice." (Conan O'Brien)


Week of April 7, 2008

Summer 2008 Registration.
Initial registration for Summer 2008 classes is now over. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the Online Registration site when it opens back up on Tuesday, April 8. 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.

Spring 2008 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 2-April 11. 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 Wednesday, April 2. 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 Friday, April 11, at 5:00 pm. 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 Method Registration: April 2 - April 11. Students have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).

Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam.

If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab computer, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, April 2. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, April 11, at 5:00 pm.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

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 opt 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. 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.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

•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.

Week of March 31, 2008

Summer 2008 Registration: March 31-April 4. The Summer 2008 Registration Bulletin, including the Schedule of Classes, is available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions are also available on the Student Portal page (click on the Summer '08 link near the top), or by clicking here.

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Monday, March 31 through Friday, April 4. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on March 31, go to the Student Portal page and click on the Online Registration link (under "Registration & grades"). 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 Tuesday, April 8. 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 Tuesday, April 8 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Change of Division Requests: March 26-April 4. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Fall semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should submit a Change of Division request. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 26. To complete the form, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Change of Division form. The deadline for submitting the form is Friday, April 4, at 5:00 pm. Changes are permitted on a space-available basis. If all students can be accommodated, all will be permitted to change divisions; if all students cannot be accommodated, a lottery drawing will be held to determine which students will be permitted to change. We will notify you as soon as possible after April 4 whether your request is approved.

Spring 2008 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 2-April 11. 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 Wednesday, April 2. 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 Friday, April 11, at 5:00 pm. 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 Method Registration: April 2 - April 11. Students have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).

Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam.

If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab computer, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, April 2. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, April 11, at 5:00 pm.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

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 opt 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. 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.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

•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.

Early Bird Bar Preparation Program for Kent Students. 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, and you do not need to RSVP if you plan to attend. 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.

Saturday, March 29: Commercial Law (Commercial Paper and Secured Transactions) (Prof. Jason Kilborn), 10:00am - 1:00pm, Rm. 590 (overflow room: 510).

Sunday, March 30: Introduction to the Illinois Bar Exam and Torts (Prof. Richard Conviser), 1:00 - 3:00pm, Auditorium.

Saturday, April 5: Evidence (focusing on Hearsay) (Prof. Bill Elward), 10:00am - 12:00 noon, Rm. 590 (overflow room: 510).

Saturday, April 5: Multistate Practice Test (MPT) Workshop (Prof. Michael Spak), 1:00 - 3:30pm, Rm. 590 (overflow room: 510).

Bar Exam Preparation Courses. For information on bar exam preparation courses, click here.

Joke of the Week. If someone tries to fail and succeeds, which did he do?

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Forgotten Planet," by Doug Dorph.

Week of March 24, 2008

Law Week Activities.
The Student Bar Association has a great line-up of events for Law Week, starting on Monday, March 24, with Dean Krent's annual State of the Law School Address and culminating on Saturday, March 29, with the Barrister's Ball. Click here for a list of all the events and more details (look under Upcoming Events on the right side of the page).

Summer 2008 Class Schedule. The Summer 2008 Registration Bulletin, including the Schedule of Classes, is available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions are also available on the Student Portal page (click on the Summer '08 link near the top), or by clicking here.

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Monday, March 31 through Friday, April 4. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on March 31, go to the Student Portal page and click on the Online Registration link (under "Registration & grades"). 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 Tuesday, April 8. 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 Tuesday, April 8 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Change of Division Requests: March 26-April 4. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Fall semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should submit a Change of Division request. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 26. To complete the form, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Change of Division form. The deadline for submitting the form is Friday, April 4, at 5:00 pm. Changes are permitted on a space-available basis. If all students can be accommodated, all will be permitted to change divisions; if all students cannot be accommodated, a lottery drawing will be held to determine which students will be permitted to change. We will notify you as soon as possible after April 4 whether your request is approved.

Spring 2008 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 2-April 11. 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 Wednesday, April 2. 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 Friday, April 11, at 5:00 pm. 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 Method Registration: April 2 - April 11. Students have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).

Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam.

If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab computer, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, April 2. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, April 11, at 5:00 pm.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

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 opt 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. 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.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

•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.

Early Bird Bar Preparation Program for Kent Students. 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, and you do not need to RSVP if you plan to attend. 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.

Saturday, March 29: Commercial Law (Commercial Paper and Secured Transactions) (Prof. Jason Kilborn), 10:00am - 1:00pm, Rm. 590 (overflow room: 510).

Sunday, March 30: Introduction to the Illinois Bar Exam and Torts (Prof. Richard Conviser), 1:00 - 3:00pm, Auditorium.

Saturday, April 5: Evidence (focusing on Hearsay) (Prof. Bill Elward), 10:00am - 12:00 noon, Rm. 590 (overflow room: 510).

Saturday, April 5: Multistate Practice Test (MPT) Workshop (Prof. Michael Spak), 1:00 - 3:30pm, Rm. 590 (overflow room: 510).

Bar Exam Preparation Courses. For information on bar exam preparation courses, click here.

Joke of the Week. If someone tries to fail and succeeds, which did he do?

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Forgotten Planet," by Doug Dorph.

Week of March 17, 2008

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Spring Break begins Saturday, March 15, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 24.

Week of March 10, 2008

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Spring Break begins Saturday, March 15, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 24.

Joke of the Week. Patient: Doctor, I sure hope I'm sick. Doctor: Why in the world would you say that? Patient: Because I'd hate to be well and feel like this!

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Evidence," by Mary Jo Bang.

Week of March 3, 2008

No new headlines this week.

Week of February 25, 2008

Certificate Programs: Informational Reception. For students interested in one or more of Chicago-Kent's certificate programs, there will be an informational session on Monday, February 25, 4:30-5:45 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
-Criminal Litigation
-Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR)
-Public Interest Law

Additional Fall 2007 CALI Award Winners. Congratulations to the following student for earning a CALI Award this past Fall. The complete list of CALI winners is available by clicking here.

-Intensive Trial Advocacy (August 2007 session): Salvador Lopez
-International Intellectual Property (Prof. Harding): Simon Stolzenbach

Joke of the Week. What happens when none of your bees wax?

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "To Spareness," by Jane Hirshfield.

Week of February 18, 2008

Fall 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 Fall 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.

Fall 2007 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2007 semester are available by clicking here.

Joke of the Week. Remember -- avoid cliches like the plague!

Week of February 11, 2008

Elective Courses Subject to Mandatory Curve. A list of Spring 2008 elective courses with at least 40 students enrolled, and thus subject to the mandatory curve for elective courses, is available here.

Joke of the Week. A neutron walked into a bar and asked, "How much for a beer?" The bartender replied, "For you, no charge."

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "One Art," by Elizabeth Bishop.

Week of February 4, 2008

ASP Small Group Sessions. 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 available by clicking here. 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 Jenna Moroney (jmoroney@kentlaw.edu).

Joke of the Week. Question: How many economists does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Four - one to screw it in, and three to hold everything else constant.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Still Life," by Tony Hoagland.

Week of January 28, 2008

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.

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 Jenna Moroney (jmoroney@kentlaw.edu).

Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines. This is a reminder that the Chicago-Kent Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines apply to all Chicago-Kent students, including students enrolled in upper-level writing courses (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 provides counseling services at the Law School two days a week, 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. Question: How many gorillas does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Only one - but it takes a lot of light bulbs.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "To Judgment: An Assay," by Jane Hirshfield.

Week of January 21, 2008

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. Distribution of Spring 2008 U-Passes will take place as follows:

*Thursday, January 17, 2:00-3:30pm, Front Lobby
*Friday, January 18, 12:00-1:30pm, Front Lobby
*Tuesday, January 22, 11:30-1:00pm and 3:00-4:30pm, Front Lobby

After Tuesday, January 22, 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.

You will not receive a U-Pass during the initial distribution period if you registered for classes late or do not have a picture in our ID system. In either of those cases, please contact Jenna Moroney (jmoroney@kentlaw.edu) to explain your situation, and we will put you on our supplemental order list after we confirm your status.

Spring 2008 Semester Information. The Spring 2008 Term Information page has most of the information you will need in advance of the start of the Spring semester - click here, or go to the main Student Portal page and click on the Spring '08 link under "Academic term information." Print copies of many of the documents described below are available outside the third floor cafeteria.

Initial Reading Assignments.
Initial reading assignments for the first week of the Spring semester are available on the Spring 2008 Term Information page. The list of assignments has been revised from its initial version as follows:

*New entries added 1/16/08: Civil Procedure (Prof. Laser); Evidence (Prof. Bailey); Evidence (Prof. Kling); International Business Transactions (Prof. Birdthistle); Introduction to Islamic Law (Prof. Shawamreh); Resolving Environmental Liabilities in Bankruptcy (Prof. Prewitt); Securities Regulation (Prof. Birdthistle).

*Revised entry 1/16/08: Work and Family (Prof. Shapiro).

Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your Spring courses.

Course Information Updates. Course information updates for Spring classes are available on the Spring 2008 Term Information page.

Revised Spring Schedule (with Classroom Assignments). A revised copy of the Spring 2008 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is available on the Spring 2008 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.

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 2008 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.

Exam Schedule. A copy of the Spring 2008 exam schedule is available on the Spring 2008 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).

Bookstore Hours. The bookstore's hours are available by clicking here.

2007-2008 Academic Calendar. The academic calendar for the Spring semester is available on the Spring 2008 Term Information page.

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, 2008. 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 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 2008 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the July 2008 bar exam must be submitted by February 1, 2008. 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 December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation so that we will know you plan to graduate in either December or May.

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

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of most jurisdictions, including Illinois. The exam is administered in March, August, and November each year. You may take the exam after you have completed two-thirds of the credits required for the J.D. degree (at Chicago-Kent, this means you must have completed 58 credits). You may register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre. The deadline for applying for the March exam is January 29, 2008 (the late deadline is February 14).

Academic Calendar for 2008-2009. The academic calendar for next academic year (2008-2009) is available here.

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 News Chicago, CLTV News.
Phone: 847-238-1234 (use Kent's phone number, 312-906-5000, as the school ID).
Online: http://www.EmergencyClosings.com. (You may also sign up for personalized e-mail notifications at this site.)
Joke of the Week. Question: How many gorillas does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Only one - but it takes a lot of light bulbs.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "To Judgment: An Assay," by Jane Hirshfield.

FALL 2007

Week of December 17, 2007

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

Spring 2008 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. UPDATE: Reading assignments for the first week of the Spring semester are now available on the Spring 2008 Term Information page -- click here, or go to the main Student Portal page and click on the Spring '08 link under "Academic term information." 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 Spring courses. The list of initial assignments may be updated periodically if we receive additional assignments.

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

Spring 2008 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 2008 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 changes:

Courses/sections canceled due to low enrollment:

*Access to Justice & Technology (671-081)
*Advanced Bankruptcy (288-051)
*Chicago Legal Clinic Practicum (238-001)
*Estate Planning (699-051; LL.M. class)
*Legal Writing 3 (431-001, Prof. Calder)

Other changes:
*Animal Law seminar (Prof. Harley): The course number was omitted from the schedule. It is 676-081.
*Law of Privacy (Prof. De Armond): This class will meet TTh 4:00-5:25pm (not 4:00-5:50pm).
*
Intellectual Property & Antitrust seminar (Prof. Harris): To take this seminar, you must have taken Antitrust or one intelletual property course.
*Legal Writing 4: An additional section, 432-009, has been added to the schedule. It will meet Mon./Wed. 4:00-5:25pm and will focus on Real Estate and Commercial Law. Prof. Brest van Kempen will teach the new section.
*Strategies in Intellectual Property (Prof. Holbrook): The note appended to the listing for this course should have stated that it is open only to I.P. certificate students graduating in December 2008 (not 2007) or earlier.

Fall 2007 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 Jenna Moroney (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.

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 News Chicago, CLTV News.
Phone: 847-238-1234 (use Kent's phone number, 312-906-5000, as the school ID).
Online: http://www.EmergencyClosings.com. (You may also sign up for personalized e-mail notifications at this site.)

Week of December 10, 2007

Academic Calendar Reminder. Read period runs from Friday, December 7 through Tuesday, December 11. Exams start on Wednesday, December 12 and end on Friday, December 21.

Fall 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.

•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 Jenna Moroney (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.

Spring 2008 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 2008 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 changes:

Changes/corrections to J.D. schedule:
*Animal Law seminar (Prof. Harley): The course number was omitted from the schedule. It is 676-081.
*Law of Privacy (Prof. De Armond): This class will meet TTh 4:00-5:25pm (not 4:00-5:50pm).
*
Intellectual Property & Antitrust seminar (Prof. Harris): To take this seminar, you must have taken Antitrust or one intelletual property course.
*Legal Writing 4: An additional section, 432-009, has been added to the schedule. It will meet Mon./Wed. 4:00-5:25pm and will focus on Real Estate and Commercial Law. Prof. Brest van Kempen will teach the new section.
*Strategies in Intellectual Property (Prof. Holbrook): The note appended to the listing for this course should have stated that it is open only to I.P. certificate students graduating in December 2008 (not 2007) or earlier.

Changes/corrections to LL.M. schedule:
*On the Financial Services schedule, Banking Law has been moved to Tuesday nights (from Wednesdays), and Money Managers has been moved to Wednesday nights (from Tuesdays).
*The Family Law LL.M. schedule is now available on the revised final schedule of classes (click on the link above).

Spring 2008 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2008 courses will be posted on the Spring 2008 Term Page (also available through the main Student Portal Page) no later than Friday, 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. Question: How do you get down from an elephant? Answer: You don't -- you get down from a duck.

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

Week of December 3, 2007

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

Monday, December 3: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, December 4: Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Wednesday, December 5: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Thursday, December 6 (last day of classes): Friday classes meet and Wednesday
classes starting 4:00 & after meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah make-ups)

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

Spring 2008 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 2008 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:

Changes/corrections to J.D. schedule:
*Animal Law seminar (Prof. Harley): The course number was omitted from the schedule. It is 676-081.
*Law of Privacy (Prof. De Armond): This class will meet TTh 4:00-5:25pm (not 4:00-5:50pm).
*
Intellectual Property & Antitrust seminar (Prof. Harris): To take this seminar, you must have taken Antitrust or one intelletual property course.
*Legal Writing 4: An additional section, 432-009, has been added to the schedule. It will meet Mon./Wed. 4:00-5:25pm and will focus on Real Estate and Commercial Law. Prof. Brest van Kempen will teach the new section.
*Strategies in Intellectual Property (Prof. Holbrook): The note appended to the listing for this course should have stated that it is open only to I.P. certificate students graduating in December 2008 (not 2007) or earlier.

Changes/corrections to LL.M. schedule:
*On the Financial Services schedule, Banking Law has been moved to Tuesday nights (from Wednesdays), and Money Managers has been moved to Wednesday nights (from Tuesdays).
*The Family Law LL.M. schedule is now available on the revised final schedule of classes (click on the link above).

Fall 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.

•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 Jenna Moroney (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.

Joke of the Week. A guy walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm. He says to the bartender, "A beer for me, and one for the road."

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


Week of November 26, 2007

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

Monday, December 3: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, December 4: Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Wednesday, December 5: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Thursday, December 6 (last day of classes): Friday classes meet and Wednesday
classes starting 4:00 & after meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah make-ups)

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

Spring 2008 Schedule and Registration.

Final Spring 2008 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2008 schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available by clicking here for the Spring 2008 Term page or by going to the main Students Portal page (click on the Spring '08 link). Print copies are available outside the third floor cafeteria.

Changes/corrections to J.D. schedule:
*Animal Law seminar (Prof. Harley): The course number was omitted from the schedule. It is 676-081.
*Law of Privacy (Prof. De Armond): This class will meet TTh 4:00-5:25pm (not 4:00-5:50pm).
*
Intellectual Property & Antitrust seminar (Prof. Harris): To take this seminar, you must have taken Antitrust or one intelletual property course.
*Strategies in Intellectual Property (Prof. Holbrook): The note appended to the listing for this course should have stated that it is open only to I.P. certificate students graduating in December 2008 (not 2007) or earlier.

Changes/corrections to LL.M. schedule:
*On the Financial Services schedule, Banking Law has been moved to Tuesday nights (from Wednesdays), and Money Managers has been moved to Wednesday nights (from Tuesdays).
*The Family Law LL.M. schedule is now available on the revised final schedule of classes (click on the link above).

Registration Instructions. To register, go to the Spring 2008 Term page and click on the "Online Registration" link. Registration will run from Tuesday, November 20 through Tuesday, November 27. 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 Friday, November 30. 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 Friday, November 30 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

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.

ASP Teachers' Assistant Applications for Spring 2008. If you are interested in being a Teachers' Assistant for a first-year class next semester, please submit an application by Tuesday, November 27, 2007. A complete application includes an application form, unofficial transcript, and a recent resume. You can find more information about job responsibilities, grade requirements, compensation, and the application forms by clicking here.

Fall 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. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. We are now processing the requests. If you submitted a request, we will notify you of our response as soon as possible.

•Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice About Exam Methods: Beginning this semeser, we changed our "default" assumption as to how you will take your exams. Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, the default setting is now that you will take the exam on laptop. During the exam method registration period, you were able to change this either to hand writing or lab computer, if you wished. If you did nothing during the exam method registration period, then you are registered to take the exam on your laptop computer (assuming your professor authorized exams on computer).

Notice to Hand Writers: Beginning this semester, students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will no longer be segregated in their own room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

Notice About SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

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 opt 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. 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 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.

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 "My Triumph," by John Greenleaf Whittier.


Week of November 19, 2007

Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 22, through Sunday, November 25.

Dean's Roundtable. Dean Krent invites students to join him on Monday, November 26, at 12:00 noon (Rm. 800), when alumnus Robert G. Hershenhorn, Class of 1968, will be our fourth Dean's Roundtable speaker. Mr. Hershenhorn is Chairman of the First Bank & Trust Company of Illinois, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hershenhorn Bancorporation. Lunch will be served.

Spaces at the Roundtable are limited and will be available on a first-to-respond basis, with preference to J.D. students. If you would like to attend, you must reserve a spot with Insa Blanke at iblanke@kentlaw.edu. She will confirm your registration. Also, please let her know if you have any dietary restrictions.

Spring 2008 Schedule and Registration.

Final Spring 2008 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2008 schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available by clicking here for the Spring 2008 Term page or by going to the main Students Portal page (click on the Spring '08 link). Print copies are available outside the third floor cafeteria.

Corrections:
*Law of Privacy (Prof. De Armond): This class will meet TTh 4:00-5:25pm (not 4:00-5:50pm).
*
Intellectual Property & Antitrust seminar (Prof. Harris): To take this seminar, you must have taken Antitrust or one intelletual property course.

Registration Instructions. To register, go to the Spring 2008 Term page and click on the "Online Registration" link beginning next Tuesday. Registration will run from Tuesday, November 20 through Tuesday, November 27. 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 Friday, November 30. 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 Friday, November 30 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

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.

ASP Teachers' Assistant Applications for Spring 2008. If you are interested in being a Teachers' Assistant for a first-year class next semester, please submit an application by Tuesday, November 27, 2007. A complete application includes an application form, unofficial transcript, and a recent resume. You can find more information about job responsibilities, grade requirements, compensation, and the application forms by clicking here.

Fall 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. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. We are now processing the requests. If you submitted a request, we will notify you of our response as soon as possible.

•Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice About Exam Methods: Beginning this semeser, we changed our "default" assumption as to how you will take your exams. Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, the default setting is now that you will take the exam on laptop. During the exam method registration period, you were able to change this either to hand writing or lab computer, if you wished. If you did nothing during the exam method registration period, then you are registered to take the exam on your laptop computer (assuming your professor authorized exams on computer).

Notice to Hand Writers: Beginning this semester, students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will no longer be segregated in their own room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

Notice About SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

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 opt 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. 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 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.

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. "Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem." (Woody Allen)

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


Week of November 12, 2007

Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 22, through Sunday, November 25.

Fall 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: Deadline November 14. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. 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 Wednesday, November 14, 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 Method Registration: Deadline November 14. Students have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).

Beginning this semester, we are changing our "default" assumption as to how you will take your exams. Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam.

If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab comuter, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Wednesday, November 14, at 5:00 pm.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

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 opt 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. 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.

Notice to Hand Writers: Beginning this semester, students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will no longer be segregated in their own room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

•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.

Spring 2008 Preliminary Schedule. The Spring 2008 preliminary schedule is linked to this page. The final schedule will be issued during the week of November 12. Please note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2007 semester), and changes will be made to the schedule before it is finalized.

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. "Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem." (Woody Allen)

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


Week of November 5, 2007

Dean's Meet-and-Greets. Dean Krent will hold "meet-and-greets" with students this Tuesday, November 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.

Fire Drill Follow-Up. 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, unless the staircase is overcrowded. In that case, please seek out an alternate staircase (there are at least two on each floor). Do not use the elevators.

Once in the staircase, please proceed all the way to the first floor -- do not exit at the third floor in order to use the atrium staircase.

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 either eastward or westward down the sidewalk so that you will be out of harm's way if any windows shatter. For your safety, please do not step into traffic or cross against a traffic light.

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program will present its final Fall workshop on Tuesday, November 6, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Rm. 590 (for day students) and Wednesday, November 7, 5:00-5:50 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 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: Deadline November 14. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. 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 Wednesday, November 14, 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 Method Registration: Deadline November 14. Students have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).

Beginning this semester, we are changing our "default" assumption as to how you will take your exams. Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam.

If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab comuter, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Wednesday, November 14, at 5:00 pm.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

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 opt 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. 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.

Notice to Hand Writers: Beginning this semester, students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will no longer be segregated in their own room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

•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.

Change of Division Requests. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Spring semester (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. Please note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, November 5, at 5:00 pm.

Student Awards Luncheon. The program from the recent Student Awards Luncheon, celebrating student achievements during the 2006-2007 academic year, is available here. The remarks delivered by Adjunct Professor Todd Parkhurst, the luncheon speaker, are available here. If you won a CALI Award during the 2006-2007 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).

Spring 2008 Preliminary Schedule. The Spring 2008 preliminary schedule is linked to this page. Please note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2007 semester), and changes will be made to the schedule before it is finalized.

Joke of the Week. "Last Halloween was bad for me. I got real beat up. I went to a party dressed as a pinata." (Jim Samuels)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Continuous Life," by Mark Strand.


Week of October 29, 2007

Academic Calendar Reminder. In recognition of the inauguration of John Anderson as IIT's new President, day division classes are canceled on Tuesday, October 30. Classes starting at 4:00pm or later will meet as usual.

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program will present its final Fall workshop on Tuesday, November 6, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Rm. 590 (for day students) and Wednesday, November 7, 5:00-5:50 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 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: October 31-November 14. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, October 31. 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 Wednesday, November 14, 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 Method Registration: October 31-November 14. Students have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).

Beginning this semester, we are changing our "default" assumption as to how you will take your exams. Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam.

If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab comuter, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, October 31. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Wednesday, November 14, at 5:00 pm.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

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 opt 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. 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.

Notice to Hand Writers: Beginning this semester, students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will no longer be segregated in their own room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

•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.

Change of Division Requests. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Spring semester (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. Please note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, November 5, at 5:00 pm.

CALI Award Certificates for 2006-2007. If you won a CALI Award during the 2006-2007 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).

Intensive Trial Advocacy (January 2008 Session): Seats Still Available. Registration for the January session of Intensive Trial Advocacy (January 12-January 19, 2008) took place as part of Fall 2007 registration. However, several spaces are still available. Please contact me if you are interested in being added to the class.

Spring 2008 Preliminary Schedule. The Spring 2008 preliminary schedule is linked to this page. The final schedule will be issued in early November. Please note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2007 semester), and changes will be made to the schedule before it is finalized.

Joke of the Week. "An escalator can never break; it can only become stairs. You would never see an 'Escalator temporarily out of order' sign, just 'Escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the inconvenience.'" (Mitch Hedberg)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Reflection," by Roald Hoffmann.


Week of October 22, 2007

Change of Division Requests. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Spring semester (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. Please note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. The request form will be available beginning Monday, October 22. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, November 5, at 5:00 pm.

Dean's Roundtable. Dean Krent invites students to join him on Thursday, November 1, at 12:00 noon (Rm. 800), when alumnus Peter J. Birnbaum, Class of 1983, will be our third Dean's Roundtable speaker. Peter is the President and CEO of Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, a Chicago-based title insurance company operating in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Lunch will be served.

Spaces at the Roundtable are limited and will be available on a first-to-respond basis, with preference to J.D. students. If you would like to attend, you must reserve a spot with Insa Blanke at iblanke@kentlaw.edu. She will confirm your registration. Also, please let her know if you have any dietary restrictions.

Peter Birnbaum began a law student clerkship with Attorneys' Title in the winter of 1981. He parlayed that experience into a job upon graduation. During his 26-year tenure he has held the positions of Staff Attorney, Vice President and General Counsel, and now President and CEO. Under Peter's guidance, Attorneys' Title has grown to include annual revenues of $29+ million, 250+ employees, and six thriving subsidiaries. Come hear of his entrepreneurial successes and bumps in the road.

Illinois Bar Exam: Informational Sessions. We have just been informed by the Illinois bar examiners that they are changing their past practice of holding informational sessions for first-year students, and for third-year and fourth-year students approaching graduation, at each Illinois law school. Instead, they plan to hold sessions for all Chicago-area law students on Thursday, January 17, 2008, at the Chicago Wyndham Hotel. You should plan to attend one of the January 17 sessions if (1) you are a first-year student and you have questions about the first-year bar registration process, (2) you are a third-year or fourth-year student planning on taking the July 2008 bar exams and you have questions about the application process, or (3) you are a student at any stage of your studies and you have questions about the character and fitness process. If you would like to attend one of the January 17 sessions, you must register by October 31; spaces will be filled first-come, first-served. Here are further details, from the bar examiners' web site:

On Thursday, January 17, 2008, IBABY representatives will host important informational meetings regarding character and fitness and bar examination registration at the Chicago Wyndham Hotel. All first year law students and all third year applicants for the July 2008 Illinois bar examinations are invited and encouraged to attend. These meetings will replace those previously held at individual law schools in the Chicago area. The meetings will be held in the Grand Ballroom on the second floor of the Wyndham. The hotel is located at 633 N St Clair, at the intersection of St Clair and Erie Streets, approximately one block east of North Michigan Avenue. Three sessions will be held on January 17. The first session will begin at 12:00 noon, the second at 5:00pm, and the third at 7:00pm. [See further note below.] We will be able to seat several hundred applicants at each session.

No fee will be charged, but prompt advance registration is required. Seats at each session will be filled in the order that emailed requests to attend are received. On or before October 31, applicants wishing to attend one of the information sessions on January 17 must email Vanessa King at VKing@ibaby.org or Carrie Heriford at CHeriford@ibaby.org. Your email must include your full name, the name of your law school, whether you are a first or third year student, and the hour of the session you would prefer. The time of the session to which you have been assigned will be advised by email soon after your request is received. We expect there will be seats for all who wish to attend. If all 3 sessions fill before the October 31 registration deadline, however, we will arrange one or more additional sessions on Wednesday, January 16.

I have been informed that, although any student may register for any of the three sessions, the noon and 7:00pm sessions will be geared more towards graduating students, while the 5:00pm session will be geared more towards first-year students.

See my Record archives (the September 10 entry) for details about the application process for the February 2007 and July 2007 bar exams for graduating students, and the registration process for first-year students. We recommend that you download and look over the application and/or registration materials available at http://www.ibaby.org before the January 17 program.

Flu Shots. The IIT Student Health Center will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Tuesday, October 23, from 12:00-2:00 pm (Rm. 580) and from 5:00-6:00 pm (Rm. 590). Shots will cost $20, payable by cash or check (made out to Illinois Institute of Technology).

Performance: "Arson and Lace, A Short Play About the First Woman Attorney in the State of California." This play presents dramatizations of the closing arguments in a 19th century arson prosecution. The performance will take place on Monday, October 22, 5:00-5:50 pm, in the Auditorium.

In 1895 San Francisco, Clara Shortridge Foltz was appointed to defend an illiterate immigrant charged with arson. The prosecutor was the famous Col. Thetus Stonehill, a retired Confederate army officer and prominent trial attorney. He moved to disqualify her even though she had been admitted to the bar--three times.

Come see and hear the Colonel: "Are we being honest in saying that this Lady Lawyer is not a distraction to the jury, and to justice?"

Come see and hear Ms. Foltz's reply, direct from the transcript: "Council intimates with a curl on his lip that I am called the Lady Lawyer. I am sorry I can return the compliment. I never heard anybody call him any kind of a lawyer at all. [Objections on the grounds of gender, religion or ethnicity] must hurt the attorneys business and damage their clients, or it must cease. I prefer that it cease--AND IT SHALL CEASE!"

Witness a fundamental change in American law. Experience classic legal oration. See the beginnings of the suffrage movement, and the civil rights movement.

You may be the jury. You may decide: Are such fundamental changes always fair to every litigant?

Adjunct Professor Todd S. Parkhurst is Col. Thetus Stonehill, CSA, Ret.
Nancy Pollock is the famous suffragette Clara Shortridge Foltz.
Attorney Stephen Walanka is Judge Martin C. Foley

Adjunct Professor Marshall Hartman: Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations to Adjunct Professor Marshall Hartman, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at its annual dinner on Friday, November 2, 2007.

Women's Bar Association of Illinois Symposium. WILPOWER, an affiliate of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois, and several area bar associations are sponsoring a symposium entitled "Women's Economic Empowerment: Where Are We Today and What Work Must Be Done?" The symposium will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 5:15-7:30pm at the Chicago Bar Association headquarters (321 S. Plymouth Court, 2d floor). All are invited to attend (no RSVP necessary).

Joke of the Week. "An escalator can never break; it can only become stairs. You would never see an 'Escalator temporarily out of order' sign, just 'Escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the inconvenience.'" (Mitch Hedberg)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Reflection," by Roald Hoffmann.


Week of October 15, 2007

Illinois Bar Exam: Informational Sessions. We have just been informed by the Illinois bar examiners that they are changing their past practice of holding informational sessions for first-year students, and for third-year and fourth-year students approaching graduation, at each Illinois law school. Instead, they plan to hold sessions for all Chicago-area law students on Thursday, January 17, 2008, at the Chicago Wyndham Hotel. You should plan to attend one of the January 17 sessions if (1) you are a first-year student and you have questions about the first-year bar registration process, (2) you are a third-year or fourth-year student planning on taking the July 2008 bar exams and you have questions about the application process, or (3) you are a student at any stage of your studies and you have questions about the character and fitness process. If you would like to attend one of the January 17 sessions, you must register by October 31; spaces will be filled first-come, first-served. Here are further details, from the bar examiners' web site:

On Thursday, January 17, 2008, IBABY representatives will host important informational meetings regarding character and fitness and bar examination registration at the Chicago Wyndham Hotel. All first year law students and all third year applicants for the July 2008 Illinois bar examinations are invited and encouraged to attend. These meetings will replace those previously held at individual law schools in the Chicago area. The meetings will be held in the Grand Ballroom on the second floor of the Wyndham. The hotel is located at 633 N St Clair, at the intersection of St Clair and Erie Streets, approximately one block east of North Michigan Avenue. Three sessions will be held on January 17. The first session will begin at 12:00 noon, the second at 5:00pm, and the third at 7:00pm. [See further note below.] We will be able to seat several hundred applicants at each session.

No fee will be charged, but prompt advance registration is required. Seats at each session will be filled in the order that emailed requests to attend are received. On or before October 31, applicants wishing to attend one of the information sessions on January 17 must email Vanessa King at VKing@ibaby.org or Carrie Heriford at CHeriford@ibaby.org. Your email must include your full name, the name of your law school, whether you are a first or third year student, and the hour of the session you would prefer. The time of the session to which you have been assigned will be advised by email soon after your request is received. We expect there will be seats for all who wish to attend. If all 3 sessions fill before the October 31 registration deadline, however, we will arrange one or more additional sessions on Wednesday, January 16.

I have been informed that, although any student may register for any of the three sessions, the noon and 7:00pm sessions will be geared more towards graduating students, while the 5:00pm session will be geared more towards first-year students.

See my Record archives (the September 10 entry) for details about the application process for the February 2007 and July 2007 bar exams for graduating students, and the registration process for first-year students. We recommend that you download and look over the application and/or registration materials available at http://www.ibaby.org before the January 17 program.

Flu Shots. The IIT Student Health Center will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Tuesday, October 23, from 12:00-2:00 pm (Rm. 580) and from 5:00-6:00 pm (Rm. 590). Shots will cost $20, payable by cash or check (made out to Illinois Institute of Technology).

Intensive Trial Advocacy (January 2008 Session): Seats Still Available. Registration for the January session of Intensive Trial Advocacy (January 12-January 19, 2008) took place as part of Fall 2007 registration. However, several spaces are still available. Please contact me if you are interested in being added to the class.

Performance: "Arson and Lace, A Short Play About the First Woman Attorney in the State of California." This play presents dramatizations of the closing arguments in a 19th century arson prosecution. The performance will take place on Monday, October 22, 5:00-5:50 pm, in the Auditorium.

In 1895 San Francisco, Clara Shortridge Foltz was appointed to defend an illiterate immigrant charged with arson. The prosecutor was the famous Col. Thetus Stonehill, a retired Confederate army officer and prominent trial attorney. He moved to disqualify her even though she had been admitted to the bar--three times.

Come see and hear the Colonel: "Are we being honest in saying that this Lady Lawyer is not a distraction to the jury, and to justice?"

Come see and hear Ms. Foltz's reply, direct from the transcript: "Council intimates with a curl on his lip that I am called the Lady Lawyer. I am sorry I can return the compliment. I never heard anybody call him any kind of a lawyer at all. [Objections on the grounds of gender, religion or ethnicity] must hurt the attorneys business and damage their clients, or it must cease. I prefer that it cease--AND IT SHALL CEASE!"

Witness a fundamental change in American law. Experience classic legal oration. See the beginnings of the suffrage movement, and the civil rights movement.

You may be the jury. You may decide: Are such fundamental changes always fair to every litigant?

Adjunct Professor Todd S. Parkhurst is Col. Thetus Stonehill, CSA, Ret.
Nancy Pollock is the famous suffragette Clara Shortridge Foltz.
Attorney Stephen Walanka is Judge Martin C. Foley

Lecture: Prof. David Wexler on "Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Criminal Justice." The Department of Criminal Justice, the Department of Psychology, and the Liberal Arts and Sciences Legal Interests Committee of UIC, along with Chicago-Kent School of Law, will co-sponsor a talk by Prof. David Wexler, Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona, on "Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Criminal Justice: From Theory to Practice" on Wednesday, October 17, 1:30-3:00 pm in Rm. 2019 of the Behavioral Sciences Building (1007 W. Harrison Street) on the UIC campus.

Joke of the Week. Question: How many folk singers does it take to change a lightbulb? Answer: Ten - one to do it, the other nine to complain that it's electric.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Man Speaking to a Woman," by Sherwood Anderson.


Week of October 8, 2007

Flu Shots.
The IIT Student Health Center will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Tuesday, October 23, from 12:00-2:00 pm (Rm. 580) and from 5:00-6:00 pm (Rm. 590). Shots will cost $20, payable by cash or check (made out to Illinois Institute of Technology).

ASP Workshop on Outlining. The Academic Support Program will present the second of three Fall workshops on Tuesday, October 9, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Rm. 590 (for day students) and Wednesday, October 10, 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.

Student Health Insurance Cards: Now Available for Pick-up. (If you do not have health insurance through the school, you may ignore this announcement.) The student health insurance cards for most students have arrived and may be picked up from Denise Lang outside my office (320C) during normal business hours (except 1:00-2:00pm, when she is at lunch). Note to first-year students: I have been informed by Main Campus that we have only some of the cards for first-year students. If your card is not here when you come to pick it up, we will ask you to put your name on a list, and we will email you when your card arrives.

Lawyers' Assistance Program Dinner. The Lawyers' Assistance Program (LAP) will hold its annual dinner on Friday, November 2. 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.

Performance: "Arson and Lace, A Short Play About the First Woman Attorney in the State of California." This play presents dramatizations of the closing arguments in a 19th century arson prosecution. The performance will take place on Monday, October 22, 5:00-5:50 pm, in the Auditorium.

In 1895 San Francisco, Clara Shortridge Foltz was appointed to defend an illiterate immigrant charged with arson. The prosecutor was the famous Col. Thetus Stonehill, a retired Confederate army officer and prominent trial attorney. He moved to disqualify her even though she had been admitted to the bar--three times.

Come see and hear the Colonel: "Are we being honest in saying that this Lady Lawyer is not a distraction to the jury, and to justice?"

Come see and hear Ms. Foltz's reply, direct from the transcript: "Council intimates with a curl on his lip that I am called the Lady Lawyer. I am sorry I can return the compliment. I never heard anybody call him any kind of a lawyer at all. [Objections on the grounds of gender, religion or ethnicity] must hurt the attorneys business and damage their clients, or it must cease. I prefer that it cease--AND IT SHALL CEASE!"

Witness a fundamental change in American law. Experience classic legal oration. See the beginnings of the suffrage movement, and the civil rights movement.

You may be the jury. You may decide: Are such fundamental changes always fair to every litigant?

Adjunct Professor Todd S. Parkhurst is Col. Thetus Stonehill, CSA, Ret.
Nancy Pollock is the famous suffragette Clara Shortridge Foltz.
Attorney Stephen Walanka is Judge Martin C. Foley

Talk: Prof. David Wexler on "Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Criminal Justice." The Department of Criminal Justice, the Department of Psychology, and the Liberal Arts and Sciences Legal Interests Committee of UIC, along with Chicago-Kent School of Law, will co-sponsor a talk by Prof. David Wexler, Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona, on "Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Criminal Justice: From Theory to Practice" on Wednesday, October 17, 1:30-3:00 pm in Rm. 2019 of the Behavioral Sciences Building (1007 W. Harrison Street) on the UIC campus.

Joke of the Week. Question: How many art museum visitors does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Answer: Two - one to screw it in, and one to say "My six-year-old could do that!"

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is"Baseball and Writing," by Marianne Moore.

Week of October 1, 2007

ASP Workshop on Outlining. The Academic Support Program will present the second of three Fall workshops on Tuesday, October 9, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Rm. 590 (for day students) and Wednesday, October 10, 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.

Student Health Insurance Cards: Now Available for Pick-up. (If you do not have health insurance through the school, you may ignore this announcement.) The student health insurance cards for most students have arrived and may be picked up from Denise Lang outside my office (320C) during normal business hours (except 1:00-2:00pm, when she is at lunch). Note to first-year students: I have been informed by Main Campus that we have only some of the cards for first-year students. If your card is not here when you come to pick it up, we will ask you to put your name on a list, and we will email you when your card arrives.

Construction Notice. The building directly south of the Downtown Campus (565 W. Quincy) will be under major construction starting the second week of October 2007 through September 2008. The construction project consists of taking the existing seven-floor structure and adding eleven more floors for a total of eighteen. The building will end up being 209 feet tall (the Downtown Campus building is 165 feet in height). The outer dimension of the building will remain the same except for the South elevation on Jackson Street, which will be inset slightly. The parking lot on Quincy Street will remain open through all phases of construction.

Construction noise may be significant at different stages during this phase. The general contractor will try to inform us in advance when noisy work is scheduled so alternative classroom assignments can be made during these times, if necessary, for classes that meet on the south side of the building. The General Contractor has the academic calendars for all schools that reside at the Downtown Campus so they can try to avoid scheduling noisy work during any of our exam periods, and they expect to be able to accommodate our request for quiet during exams.

Student/Faculty Book Groups. In an effort to facilitate more student/faculty interactions outside the classroom, we are working on several innovative events for the coming school year. The first event will be student/faculty book groups. A number of faculty members have volunteered to host book groups later this semester on a variety of dates and in a variety of locations (including restaurants, coffee shops, their homes, and here at school). All book groups will meet only once and will read the renowned play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. The Crucible is also this year's "One Book, One Chicago" selection, which means that there will be a number of events taking place throughout the city celebrating this work, including a production of the play at Steppenwolf Theatre.

To participate, all you have to do is go to the Student Lounge on the fifth floor and sign up for the group that you would like to attend (the sign-up sheets are near the south wall); read the play; and attend the discussion group. Each group will consist of a maximum of eight students and the sponsoring professor, so this is a great way of getting to know faculty outside of the classroom as well as an opportunity to read and discuss a classic American play. We have asked the Bookstore to order copies of the play for purchase. We hope that the book groups will be wonderfully successful and something we can make into a Kent tradition.

Museum of Contemporary Art: "Forty Free Days."
In celebration of its 40th anniversary, admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art will be free of charge from September 29 through November 14 and will have special programming during that period. For details, get a copy of the latest MCA Mag, available on the Concourse under the stairs.

Joke of the Week. Question: How many art museum visitors does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Answer: Two - one to screw it in, and one to say "My six-year-old could do that!"

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is"Baseball and Writing," by Marianne Moore.

Week of September 24, 2007

Student/Faculty Book Groups.
In an effort to facilitate more student/faculty interactions outside the classroom, we are working on several innovative events for the coming school year. The first event will be student/faculty book groups. A number of faculty members have volunteered to host book groups later this semester on a variety of dates and in a variety of locations (including restaurants, coffee shops, their homes, and here at school). All book groups will meet only once and will read the renowned play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. The Crucible is also this year's "One Book, One Chicago" selection, which means that there will be a number of events taking place throughout the city celebrating this work, including a production of the play at Steppenwolf Theatre.

To participate, all you have to do is go to the Student Lounge on the fifth floor and sign up for the group that you would like to attend (the sign-up sheets are near the south wall); read the play; and attend the discussion group. Each group will consist of a maximum of eight students and the sponsoring professor, so this is a great way of getting to know faculty outside of the classroom as well as an opportunity to read and discuss a classic American play. We have asked the Bookstore to order copies of the play for purchase. We hope that the book groups will be wonderfully successful and something we can make into a Kent tradition.

Dean's Roundtable Series: Upcoming Events.
The Dean's Roundtable series provides students with the opportunity to meet Chicago-Kent alumni who have pursued careers outside the law. The next Roundtable will take place on Wednesday, October 3, 12:00-1:00pm, with Jonathan Carson, Class of 1997, President and Co-Founder of Kurtzman Carson Consultants in El Segundo, California. For more information on the Roundtables and how to sign up for them (spaces are limited), see Dean Krent's section of this week's Record. (Note: The previously announced Roundtable with Ward Parkinson, Class of 1997 and co-founder of Micron Technology Inc., has been posponed to a later date yet to be determined.)

Summer 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 Summer 2007 courses are available by clicking here. Congratulations to all of you who received the award.

Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms: Event for Minority 1L Students. The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms invites minority 1L students to a program entitled “How to Get the Job You Want After Law School.” The program will include several panelists – partners and associates from law firms in Chicago, as well as a federal judge. The program will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 5:30-7:30pm, at the offices of Wildman Harrold, 225 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3000. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Christina Harris at charris@chicagocommittee.org.

Parking in Front of the Building. If you drive to school and park on the street, you may have noticed that the parking meters in front of the building are now labeled with red "Zone 3" stickers. This is part of a citywide program to indicate the cost of parking by color-coded zone markers. Red "Zone 3" meters indicate that parking costs 25 cents for 15 minutes. Please note that parking in front of the building is prohibited between 4:00 and 6:00pm, Monday through Friday (this is strictly enforced), and that parking is limited to two hours between 8:00 and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, and between 8:00 and 6:00pm on Saturdays.

Joke of the Week. "Probably the toughest time in anyone's life is when you have to murder a loved one because they're the devil. Other than that, it's been a good day." (Emo Philips)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is"An Irish Airman Forsees His Death," by W.B. Yeats.

Week of September 17, 2007

Elective Courses Subject to Mandatory Curve.
A list of Fall 2007 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.
"To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer." (Paul Ehrlich)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Soldier," by Rupert Brooke.

Week of September 10, 2007

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

IIT Emergency Notification Service. The university recently launched iitalert, a self-service, web-based, mass notification system that will enable the university to send instant alerts simultaneously to all students, faculty and staff, no matter where they are. This new system allows IIT to communicate emergency broadcasts and school closings immediately to the individual's cell phone, Blackberry, wireless PDA, text pager, personal email (optional), and RSS reader. This system will complement IIT's existing communication system (mass email, myIIT portal, IIT Today), allowing the university to reach the IIT community at a moment's notice.

Click here to register for iitalert. Registration is easy and takes less than a minute. All you need to do is choose a user name, input your phone/PDA number, and indicate you status (faculty, staff, or student) and what campus(es) you are associated with. (Alerts will be sent out on a campus basis.) If you do not have a cellular phone, pager, or PDA, you can register an alternative, non-IIT email address.

London Law Consortium. 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 Friday, September 14, 2007. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

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, 2008. 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 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 2008 and July 2008 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2008 bar exam must be submitted by September 1, 2007. Applications for the July 2008 bar exam must be submitted by February 1, 2008. 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 3, 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 November exam is September 25, 2007 (the late deadline is October 11).

Joke of the Week.
Question: What do you call an unemployed jester? Answer: Nobody's fool.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Song to Celia," by Ben Jonson.

Week of September 3, 2007

Academic Calendar Reminder. In observance of Labor Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 3.

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 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.

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.

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 Tuesday, September 4, 12:00-1:00, in Rm. 590 (for day students) and on Monday, September 10, 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. 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.

Outlining Your Courses
Tuesday, October 9, 12:00-1:00pm, Rm. 590
Wednesday, October 10, 5:00-5:50pm, Rm. 590

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Tuesday, November 6, 12:00-1:00pm, Rm. 590
Wednesday, November 7, 5:00-5:50pm, Rm. 590

Dean's Roundtable Series. Next week, Dean Krent will inaugurate the Dean's Roundtable series, which will provide students with the opportunity to meet Chicago-Kent alumni who have pursued careers outside the law. The first Dean's Roundtable will take place over an informal dinner on Monday, September 10, 5:00-6:30pm with Greg McLaughlin, Class of 1999, President of the Tiger Woods Foundation. For more information on the Dean's Roundtable and how to sign up for the dinner with Greg McLauglin (spaces are limited), see Dean Krent's section of this week's Record.

IIT Emergency Notification Service. The university recently launched iitalert, a self-service, web-based, mass notification system that will enable the university to send instant alerts simultaneously to all students, faculty and staff, no matter where they are. This new system allows IIT to communicate emergency broadcasts and school closings immediately to the individual's cell phone, Blackberry, wireless PDA, text pager, personal email (optional), and RSS reader. This system will complement IIT's existing communication system (mass email, myIIT portal, IIT Today), allowing the university to reach the IIT community at a moment's notice.

Click here to register for iitalert. Registration is easy and takes less than a minute. All you need to do is choose a user name, input your phone/PDA number, and indicate you status (faculty, staff, or student) and what campus(es) you are associated with. (Alerts will be sent out on a campus basis.) If you do not have a cellular phone, pager, or PDA, you can register an alternative, non-IIT email address.

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.

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.

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.

Disability Resources. Illinois Institute of Technology provides individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to participate in university activities, programs, and services. Individuals with disabilities requiring an accommodation to participate in an activity, program or service (for example, exam accommodations or classroom accommodations) should contact the university's Center for Disability Resources.

Center for Disability Resources
Illinois Institute of Technology
3105 S. Dearborn LS 252
Chicago, IL 60616
312/567-5744
disabilities@iit.edu

Academic Counseling. I am available for counseling about course selection, certificate programs, bar preparation, academic rules and regulations, and other academic matters. If you are interested in a particular area of law, I can also arrange for you to meet with a faculty member who specializes in that area. You may contact me by email (ssowle@kentlaw.edu), phone (312/9096-5282), or by stopping by my office (320C).

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 2007 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs.
The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2007 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:

Marina G. AronchikMatthew G. Minder
Patrick D. Austermuehle Daniel C. Mullenix
Adnan Bohri Shannon O'Boye
Andrew R. BoothDaniel J. Pylman
Michael G. BoothScott J. Richard
Jill E. BornsteinAaron J. Rosenthal
Molly BrooksLaura B. Rowe
Maura C. ColemanLaura A. Schmieder
Matthew D. DudekJessica Herzog Schultz
Betsy L. GatesKara L. Schuur
Robert J. GrindleKathleen O. Sedey
David L. GulbransenAntonio J. Senagore
John O. GundersonSara L. Siegall
Adam P. JoffeChristopher H. St. Peter
Drew A. KellySandra R. Stipp
Jerem D. KermanMatthew J. Towey
Ted C. KoshiolBenjamin W. Tull
Matthew J. LevinsteinJessica Tyrus
Sandra D. MertensAnne M. Walker
Randy R. MichelettiTianran Yan

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, 2008. 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 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 2008 and July 2008 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2008 bar exam must be submitted by September 1, 2007. Applications for the July 2008 bar exam must be submitted by February 1, 2008. 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 3, 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 November exam is September 25, 2007 (the late deadline is October 11).

Joke of the Week. "I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else." (Lily Tomin)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Wash of Cold River," by H.D.


Week of August 27, 2007

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 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.

Chicago-Kent Master Calendar. The Chicago-Kent Master Calendar is available here; 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.

Disability Resources. Illinois Institute of Technology provides individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to participate in university activities, programs, and services. Individuals with disabilities requiring an accommodation to participate in an activity, program or service (for example, exam accommodations or classroom accommodations) should contact the university's Center for Disability Resources.

Center for Disability Resources
Illinois Institute of Technology
3105 S. Dearborn LS 252
Chicago, IL 60616
312/567-5744
disabilities@iit.edu

Student Health Insurance. For information about the 2007-2008 student health insurance plan, please see the Student Health Insurance FAQ.

New Certificate Program in Criminal Litigation. The faculty has approved a new Certificate Program in Criminal Litigation. For the program description, click here. Upper-level students may be able to qualify for the certificate if they have already taken certain courses. We emailed last week all upper-level students whom we believe are eligible to pursue the certificate. If you did not receive an email, but are interested in seeing if you qualify, click here and review the information on the second page. First-year students interested in the program will apply for the program next Spring.

Classes Canceled October 30 for President Anderson's Inauguration. In recognition of the inauguration of John Anderson as IIT's new President, day division classes will be canceled on Tuesday, October 30. Classes starting at 4:00pm or later will meet as usual. A revised Academic Calendar is available by clicking here.

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.

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg Mock Trial Program. The law firm of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg invites available students to serve as jurors for their Mock Trial Program. The program will run on Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6, from approximately 9:00-4:00. This annual program is a valuable exercise for NGE associates and enables them to practice their trial skills and receive constructive feedback early in their careers. The law students will get the opportunity to watch the associates in action and to learn from the partners who serve as judges for the program. Additionally, after the program concludes there will be a cocktail reception for all attorneys and students to meet, mingle and share observations from their experience. Finally, as an added incentive, each student will earn $100 for their participation in our program. If you are interested, contact Jennifer Gallinson at jgallinson@ngelaw.com or 312/269-5226.

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. We have sent invitations to selected students to join these sessions. If you do not receive an invitation and would like to petition to join them, click here for the petition form, which is due to me no later than Thursday, September 6. Information about the program and study resources is available on the ASP web site.

ID and U-Pass Distribution.
The ID cards are now ready. You may pick your ID card up on Monday in the front lobby between 11:00 and 2:00. I will distribute evening student ID cards outside their 6:00 class on Monday, August 27. After Monday, ID cards will be available in the Registrar's office.

We are awaiting delivery of the U-Passes from the CTA. If they arrive Monday morning, they will be available in the front lobby betweeen 11:00 and 2:00. After Monday, they will be available in the Registrar's office.

About the 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 27 (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.

Immunization Records.
If you have not yet supplied your immunization records to IIT, please do so as soon as possible. You may have a hold placed on your registration if you do not submit the proper documentation.

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 2007 Semester Information.
The Fall 2007 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 '07 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 2007 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 2007 classes are available on the Fall 2007 Term Information page.

Revised Fall 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. 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 2007 exam schedule is available on the Fall 2007 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.

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 2007 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 2007 Term Information page.

2007-2008 Academic Calendar.
The Academic Calendar for 2007-2008 is linked to this page.

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.

Spring 2008 Preliminary Schedule.
The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2008 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 2008 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring classes will also take place.

Fall U-Pass Distribution.
Fall U-Passes for upper-level students will be distributed in the front lobby on Monday, August 27, from 11:00 to 2:00. After Monday, you may pick up your U-Pass from the Registrar's office.

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 U-Passes valid from August 27 (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.

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).

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, send an email to Assistant Dean Lydia Lazar (llazar@kentlaw.edu) no later than Friday, September 7, 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. George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill: "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend ... if you have one." Churchill's response: "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second ... if there is one."

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "How to Be a Poet," by "Wendell Berry.

Week of August 20, 2007

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 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.

Disability Resources. Illinois Institute of Technology provides individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to participate in university activities, programs, and services. Individuals with disabilities requiring an accommodation to participate in an activity, program or service (for example, exam accommodations or classroom accommodations) should contact the university's Center for Disability Resources.

Center for Disability Resources
Illinois Institute of Technology
3105 S. Dearborn LS 252
Chicago, IL 60616
312/567-5744
disabilities@iit.edu

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 20. 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. We will be sending invitations to selected students before the start of the regular semester to join these sessions. If you do not receive an invitation and would like to petition to join them, click here for the petition form, which is due to me no later than Thursday, September 6. Information about the program and study resources is 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 27 (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.

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 2007 Semester Information.
The Fall 2007 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 '07 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 2007 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 2007 classes are available on the Fall 2007 Term Information page.

Revised Fall 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. 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 2007 exam schedule is available on the Fall 2007 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.

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 2007 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 2007 Term Information page.

2007-2008 Academic Calendar.
The Academic Calendar for 2007-2008 is linked to this page.

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.

Spring 2008 Preliminary Schedule.
The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2008 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 2008 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring classes will also take place.

Fall U-Pass Distribution.
Fall U-Passes for upper-level students will take place in the front lobby at the following times:

*Wednesday, August 22, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Friday, August 24, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Monday, August 27, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Front Lobby.

After Monday, August 27, you may pick up your U-Pass from the Registrar's office.

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 U-Passes valid from August 27 (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.

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).

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, send an email to Assistant Dean Lydia Lazar (llazar@kentlaw.edu) no later than Friday, September 7, 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. George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill: "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend ... if you have one." Churchill's response: "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second ... if there is one."

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "How to Be a Poet," by "Wendell Berry.

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