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Record Archives for 2009-2010 Academic Year

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SUMMER 2010

Week of August 9, 2010

Fall 2010 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials.
A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2010 courses is available on the Current Students Portal page (click on the Fall '10 link). This list may be updated if we receive additional assignments.

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 Current Students Portal page.

Illinois Sales Tax Holiday for Certain School-Related Purchases. Illinois has declared a sales-tax holiday from August 6 to August 15 for certain school-related purchases. For more information, visit TaxHoliday.Iliinois.gov.

Joke of the Week. Question: What do you do when you see a space man? Answer: You park in it, man!

Weeks of July 26 & August 2, 2010

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 - Termination Date Extended to August 9. Email and network accounts for graduating students will be deactivated on Monday, August 9, at 11:59pm (not August 2, as originally announcerd).

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at pchelp@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5300.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu 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).  Your username can be your current kentlaw.edu username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up-to-date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 30. 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. Note: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.

Student Information System Upgrade: Certain Services Unavailable July 28-August 1. The university will be installing an upgrade to the Banner student information system from Wednesday, July 28 to Sunday, August 1. During this time, students will not have access to registration or other services in the myIIT portal, and the Registrar's office will be unable to process or print form letters, transcripts, enrollment verifications, or other similar documents. In addition, the Registrar's Office will be closed on Thursday, July 29 and Friday, July 30. For more information about the system upgrade, please go to http://www.iit.edu/publications/iittoday/index.php.

Chicago-Kent Network Upgrade: Certain Services Unavailable July 30-August 1. An important upgrade of the Chicago-Kent network infrastructure will take place beginning Friday, July 30 at 6:00 pm through Saturday, July 31 at 11:00 pm. There will also be additional intermittent outages through Sunday, August 1. Affected services include: Internet access, remote access services, email services (including Webmail), network directories (H: drive, P: drive, etc.), network printing, the main Chicago-Kent web site, departmental web sites, and hosted web sites. The Downtown Campus Library will be closed on Saturday, July 31. The Library web site will also be unavailable on July 31 and access will be intermittent on August 1. Affected Library web services include access to online databases and online journals. For more information about the network upgrade, please go to the Center for Law and Computers Record page.

Fall 2010 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2010 courses will be posted on the Current Students Portal page (click on the Fall '10 link) no later than Tuesday, August 3.

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

Joke of the Week. Did you hear about the invisible man who married the invisible women? Yeah, their children aren't much to look at, either.

Weeks of July 12 & July 19, 2010

Summer 2010 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 period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule.

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

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 (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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.

Spring 2010 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-offs.
The class ranks as of the end of the Spring 2010 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 2010" 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. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2010 semester are available by clicking here.

Spring 2010 CALI Awards. 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 2010 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.

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:

Travis M. Bayer Margaret K. Master
Katherine G. Cisneros Diana W. Myers
Jeffrey M. Cisowski Kelly Noonan
Katherine L. Goyert Bradley E. Puklin
Richard E. Gutierrez Rachel A. Remke
Jacquelyn M. Hill Matthew B. Rudolph
Michael R. Johnson Charles M. Spiekerman
David G. Jorgensen Caroline A. Teichner
Brian L. Kebbekus Jonathan R. Walton
John K. Kennedy Jordan E. Wilkow

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 deactivated on Monday, August 2, at 11:50pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam).

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at pchelp@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5300.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu 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).  Your username can be your current kentlaw.edu username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up-to-date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 30. 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. Note: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.

Joke of the Week. Question: Why did the cow get a divorce? Answer: She got a bum steer.


Weeks of June 28 & July 5, 2010

Summer 2010 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: Submit Online Form by July 7.
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, 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.

•Exam Method Registration: July 1 - July 7.
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 Thursday, July 1. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Wednesday, 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 (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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.

Spring 2010 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-offs.
The class ranks as of the end of the Spring 2010 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 2010" 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. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2010 semester are available by clicking here.

Spring 2010 CALI Awards. 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 2010 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.

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:

Travis M. Bayer Margaret K. Master
Katherine G. Cisneros Diana W. Myers
Jeffrey M. Cisowski Kelly Noonan
Katherine L. Goyert Bradley E. Puklin
Richard E. Gutierrez Rachel A. Remke
Jacquelyn M. Hill Matthew B. Rudolph
Michael R. Johnson Charles M. Spiekerman
David G. Jorgensen Caroline A. Teichner
Brian L. Kebbekus Jonathan R. Walton
John K. Kennedy Jordan E. Wilkow

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 deactivated on Monday, August 2, at 11:50pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam).

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at pchelp@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5300.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu 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).  Your username can be your current kentlaw.edu username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up-to-date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 30. 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. Note: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.


Weeks of June 14 & June 21, 2010

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 deactivated on Monday, August 2, at 11:50pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam).

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at pchelp@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5300.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu 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).  Your username can be your current kentlaw.edu username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up-to-date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 30. 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. Note: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.

Institute for Law and the Humanities Writing Contest. Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Humanities invites Chicago-Kent professors and students to submit student papers with humanistic content for consideration for the 2010 ILH Paper Prizes. Both J.D. and LL.M. students at Chicago-Kent are eligible. First prize is $500 and second prize is $250, and winning papers will be posted. The deadline for submission has been extended to July 1, 2010. Winners will be announced at the beginning of the Fall 2010 semester. Please submit papers electronically to Professor Nahmod at snahmod@kentlaw.edu, or to Professor Batlan at fbatlan@kentlaw.edu. For further information, please visit the Institute for Law and the Humanities' home page.

Weeks of May 31 & June 7, 2010

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 deactivated on Monday, August 2, at 11:50pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam).

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at pchelp@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5300.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu 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).  Your username can be your current kentlaw.edu username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up-to-date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 30. 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. Note: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.

Adjunct Professor Looking for a Research Assistant. Audrey Rubin, a member of the adjunct faculty, is looking for a research assistant to locate and Shepardize cases and articles on Law Practice Management. Prof. Rubin will direct the student as to the particulars of the articles, cases, and texts she seeks; the student will be asked to locate the materials and provide them to Prof. Rubin for review and copying. The student will also be asked to seek new cases on some topics of law practice management as directed by the professor, and may be asked to summarize or digest some materials. One credit of Independent Research is available - in other words, this opportunity is availabe for credit, but not for pay. If you are interested, please contact Prof. Rubin at 847-542-2211, or audreyrubin@rubinsolutions.com.

Joke of the Week.
A guy interviewed for a job with a blacksmith. The blacksmith asked, "Have you ever shoed a horse?" The guy thought for a minute and then replied, "No, but I once told a donkey to bug off!"



Weeks of May 17 & May 24, 2010

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 deactivated on Monday, August 2, at 11:50pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam).

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at pchelp@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5300.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu 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).  Your username can be your current kentlaw.edu username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up-to-date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 30. 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. Note: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.

Summer 2010 Term Information.

•Classroom Assignments.The final Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2010 term, including classroom assignments, is available on the Summer 2010 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Summer '10 link).

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2010 courses is available on the Summer 2010 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Summer '10 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

•Pass/Fail for Summer Classes. Pass/fail elections for the Summer semester must be made online no later than Friday, May 28, 2010. Please review section 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" in the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections. In order to make your election, you should:
  1. Log into your Webmail account
  2. Click on the "Web for Students" icon in lower left portion of the left frame
  3. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading
  4. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis
  5. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request, determine your eligibility and notify you of the status.

Fall 2010 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2010 courses will be posted on the Current Students Portal page (click on the Fall '10 link) no later than Tuesday, August 3.

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

Joke of the Week.
Scientists say that neighboring galaxies are speeding away from Earth at 90,000 miles per second. What do you think they know that we don't?


SPRING 2010

Week of May 10, 2010


Have a Nice Summer!
Congratulations on (almost) completing the school year. 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. For those of you who will be back next year, I hope you have a productive and restful summer.

Spring 2010 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 2010" under "Schedule" in the lefthand menu (then scroll down until you see your exam schedule).

•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/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. 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 Abhijeet (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.

Exam Method Notices.

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 on the Computer Center's web site. 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 (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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.

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 deactivated on Monday, August 2, at 11:50pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam).

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at pchelp@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5300.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu 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).  Your username can be your current kentlaw.edu username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up-to-date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 30. 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. Note: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.

Summer 2010 Term Information.

•Classroom Assignments.The final Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2010 term, including classroom assignments, is available on the Summer 2010 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Summer '10 link).

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2010 courses will be available no later than Monday, May 17. It will be linked to this page, and available on the Current Students Portal page (click on the Summer '10 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

Fall 2010 Registration. The initial registration period for Fall 2010 classes closed on Friday. The registration system opened back up on Wednesday, May 5, for students to see what classes they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Fall add/drop period (Friday, September 3). If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so beginning May 5.

If you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2010 semester, please note that you may take fewer than the normal minimum credits, if you need fewer in order to reach the 87 credits required to graduate.

Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2010 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2010 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than the end of the Fall add/drop period (Friday, September 3), and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Changes to the Fall Schedule:

*Advanced Legislative Advocacy (486-01 and 622-01): This class will meet Tues. 11:45-1:35pm (not Mon. 11:45-1:35pm).

*International Intellectual Property (236-01): You may take this class if you are taking any of the following courses concurrently (not just if you have already completed them): Copyright Law, Patent Law, or Trademarks and Unfair Competition; or permission of the instructor.

*Justice and Technology Practicum (506-81): This class is pass/fail only.

Family Law LL.M. Schedule: The revised schedule includes the course offerings for the Family Law LL.M. program, which were unavailable when the final schedule was issued.

Fall 2010 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2010 courses will be posted on the Current Students Portal page (click on the Fall '10 link) no later than Tuesday, August 3.

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

Joke of the Week.
Scientists say that neighboring galaxies are speeding away from Earth at 90,000 miles per second. What do you think they know that we don't?

Week of May 3, 2010

Spring 2010 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 2010" under "Schedule" in the lefthand menu (then scroll down until you see your exam schedule).

•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/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. 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 Abhijeet (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.

Exam Method Notices.

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 on the Computer Center's web site. 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 (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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.

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 deactivated on Monday, August 2, at 11:50pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam).

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at pchelp@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5300.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu 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).  Your username can be your current kentlaw.edu username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up-to-date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 30. 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. Note: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.

Summer 2010 Term Information.

•Classroom Assignments.The final Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2010 term, including classroom assignments, is available on the Summer 2010 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Summer '10 link).

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2010 courses will be available no later than Monday, May 17. It will be linked to this page, and available on the Current Students Portal page (click on the Summer '10 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

Fall 2010 Registration. The initial registration period for Fall 2010 classes closed on Friday. The registration system will open back up this Wednesday, May 5 for students to see what classes they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Fall add/drop period (Friday, September 3). If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so beginning May 5.

If you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2010 semester, please note that you may take fewer than the normal minimum credits, if you need fewer in order to reach the 87 credits required to graduate.

Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2010 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2010 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than the end of the Fall add/drop period (Friday, September 3), and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Changes to the Fall Schedule:

*Advanced Legislative Advocacy (486-01 and 622-01): This class will meet Tues. 11:45-1:35pm (not Mon. 11:45-1:35pm).

*International Intellectual Property (236-01): You may take this class if you are taking any of the following courses concurrently (not just if you have already completed them): Copyright Law, Patent Law, or Trademarks and Unfair Competition; or permission of the instructor.

*Justice and Technology Practicum (506-81): This class is pass/fail only.

Family Law LL.M. Schedule: The revised schedule includes the course offerings for the Family Law LL.M. program, which were unavailable when the final schedule was issued.

Fall 2010 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2010 courses will be posted on the Current Students Portal page (click on the Fall '10 link) no later than Tuesday, August 3.

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

Trial Team Tryouts. The Chicago-Kent Trial Team would like to thank everyone who attended the recent tryouts. The turnout was incredible and the talent was outstanding. We are pleased to announce the newest members of the 2010-2011 Trial Team, Onika Angus, Jack Bentley, Jessica Biagi, Nick McIntyre, Rachel Remke, and Gabriela Sapia; the newest members of the 2010-2011 BLSA Trial Team, Angela Geitner and Temi Oduala; and those who were invited back for second-round summer tryouts, Marcell Taylor, Jessica Velez, and Erik Wilson. Congratulations to all!  

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 2010 as their final semester.

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

Joke of the Week.
Teacher: How many seconds are in a year? Student: Twelve - January second, February second....

Week of April 26, 2010

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

Last day of classes: Friday, April 30 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)
Read Period: Saturday, May 1 - Tuesday, May 4
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 5 - Friday, May 14

Fall 2010 Registration. The final Fall 2010 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available by clicking here or by going to the Current Students Portal page (click on the Fall '10 link). Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafetria. Registration will take place from Tuesday, April 27 through Friday, April 30. You may register at any time during that period.

After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student’s registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after  Wednesday, May 5. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after Wednesday, May 5 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

If you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2010 semester, please note that you may take fewer than the normal minimum credits, if you need fewer in order to reach the 87 credits required to graduate.

Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2010 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2010 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than the end of the Fall add/drop period in September, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Spring 2011 Preliminary Schedule. To help with planning your Fall 2010 course schedule, the preliminary schedule of classes for the Spring 2011 semester is available on the Fall 2010 Term page -- click here, or go to the Current Students Portal page (click on the Fall '10 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 2010 semester, when registration for Spring 2011 classes will 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).

Spring 2010 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/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. 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 Abhijeet (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.

Exam Method Notices.

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 on the Computer Center's web site. 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 (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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.

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 2010 as their final semester.

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

Joke of the Week.
"A new study reveals U.S. students have very little knowledge of American history. In fact, test scores are the lowest since the Lincoln-Nixon debates." (Conan O'Brien)


Week of April 19, 2010

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

Last day of classes: Friday, April 30 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)
Read Period: Saturday, May 1 - Tuesday, May 4
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 5 - Friday, May 14

Summer 2010 Registration. Initial registration for Summer 2010 classes is now over. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the Online Registration site on or after Monday, April 19. (The only oversubscribed classes were Evidence and Professional Responsibility.) The registration system has reopened for Summer add/drop. 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. Click here for links to the revised Summer schedule and the online registration system.

The following Summer 2010 class was canceled due to inadequate enrollment:

-Tax Procedure (Prof. Decatorsmith), 580-81

Fall 2010 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2010 semester will be distributed this Wednesday, April 21, outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version will be available on the main Student Portal page.

"Where Do We Go From Here?" Program: April 22. 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: Thursday, April 22, 3:30-4:30 pm (Auditorium)
Evening Division: Thursday, April 22, 8:30-9:30 pm (Rm. 520)

Spring 2010 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 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 (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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.

•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/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Trial Team Tryouts: April 22. Tryouts for the 2010-2011 Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2010. All interested students should meet in the Marovitz courtroom (first floor) at 5:00p.m. The only requirement is that you are a full-time Kent student. First-year students are encouraged to try out. This will be an open competition; we will pick 1-6 students to participate. For those who make it onto the team, both regional competitions will be held the second or third week in February 2011. The Regionals for the National Trial Competition will be held in Indiana, and the Regionals for the AAJ Competition will be held in Chicago. The winners of the Regionals will proceed to the Nationals in March 2011.

The Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Program has been nationally ranked as the #4 law school for the best trial advocacy program in the country by US News & World Report. We have assembled excellent coaching faculties. The National Trial Competition is the largest trial competition for law schools in the country, beginning with more than 300 teams throughout the nation. Over the last 29 years Chicago-Kent has been one of the most successful programs in the country. Chicago-Kent has been Regional Champions 23 of the last 29 years, including 2010, and won three national titles, in 1988, 2007, and 2008. This year, Chicago-Kent finished as semi-finalists, making the Final Four out of 305 teams. The National Trial Competition is sponsored by the ABA, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Texas Young Lawyers Association. The AAJ competition is the largest specialized bar association competition in the country. It is also national in scope. Chicago-Kent also entered a team this year in the ABA Labor and Employment Trial Competition. The team won the Region, earning the title of Midwest Regional Champions, and went on finish as a National Semi-Finalist. Additionally, for the fifth year, 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.

Our goal as a faculty will be to provide the students on all of the 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.

Tryouts: During the tryouts, you will be asked to present up to 3 to 5 minutes of an OPENING STATEMENT, CLOSING ARGUMENT, and a DIRECT and CROSS EXAMINATION. We will be using State v. Fletcher and Morris, a case file in Mauet & Wolfson, Materials in Trial Advocacy. The witnesses will be Mr. Green and Ricky Edwards. Please prepare an opening statement and a closing argument for only 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, and 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.) Good luck!

Joke of the Week.
Patient: "Doctor, doctor, I think I'm a bridge!" Doctor: "I wonder what's come over you." Patient: "Well, so far, it's been three cars, two trucks, and a bus."


Week of April 12, 2010

Summer 2010 Class Schedule and Registration.
The Summer 2010 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin are available outside the third floor cafeteria and through the Student Portal page.

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 8 through Wednesday, April 14. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on April 8, 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 Monday, April 19. 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 Monday, April 19 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Fall 2010 Class Schedule. The schedule of classes for the Fall 2010 semester will be distributed the week of April 20 outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version will be available on the main Student Portal page.

Spring 2010 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 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 (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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.

•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/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Program in Environmental and Energy Law: Informational Meeting.
The Program In Environmental and Energy Law is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, April 13, at 12:00 noon in Room 270.  This meeting is important for students who are or may be seeking the Certificate in Environmental and Energy Law, from first-year students to student graduating in May; and for any students who are planning to take environmental and energy law courses , participate in environmental externships, and/or participate in the Environmental Law Clinic. The meeting will give important information about these activities and also provide an opportunity for students to interact with professors who teach in the program. Pizza and beverages will be served. For more information about the meeting or the program, contact Prof. Keith Harley at kharley@kentlaw.edu.

Trial Team Tryouts: April 22. Tryouts for the 2010-2011 Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2010. All interested students should meet in the Marovitz courtroom (first floor) at 5:00p.m. The only requirement is that you are a full-time Kent student. First-year students are encouraged to try out. This will be an open competition; we will pick 1-6 students to participate. For those who make it onto the team, both regional competitions will be held the second or third week in February 2011. The Regionals for the National Trial Competition will be held in Indiana, and the Regionals for the AAJ Competition will be held in Chicago. The winners of the Regionals will proceed to the Nationals in March 2011.

The Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Program has been nationally ranked as the #4 law school for the best trial advocacy program in the country by US News & World Report. We have assembled excellent coaching faculties. The National Trial Competition is the largest trial competition for law schools in the country, beginning with more than 300 teams throughout the nation. Over the last 29 years Chicago-Kent has been one of the most successful programs in the country. Chicago-Kent has been Regional Champions 23 of the last 29 years, including 2010, and won three national titles, in 1988, 2007, and 2008. This year, Chicago-Kent finished as semi-finalists, making the Final Four out of 305 teams. The National Trial Competition is sponsored by the ABA, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Texas Young Lawyers Association. The AAJ competition is the largest specialized bar association competition in the country. It is also national in scope. Chicago-Kent also entered a team this year in the ABA Labor and Employment Trial Competition. The team won the Region, earning the title of Midwest Regional Champions, and went on finish as a National Semi-Finalist. Additionally, for the fifth year, 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.

Our goal as a faculty will be to provide the students on all of the 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.

Tryouts: During the tryouts, you will be asked to present up to 3 to 5 minutes of an OPENING STATEMENT, CLOSING ARGUMENT, and a DIRECT and CROSS EXAMINATION. We will be using State v. Fletcher and Morris, a case file in Mauet & Wolfson, Materials in Trial Advocacy. The witnesses will be Mr. Green and Ricky Edwards. Please prepare an opening statement and a closing argument for only 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, and 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.) Good luck!

Congratulations to SBA Award Winners. Congratulations to the following faculty members and students who won SBA Awards during the recent Law Week celebrations.

Full-Time Faculty Member of the Year: Christoper Buccafusco

Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year: Jeffrey Olin

Bar and Gavel Awards: Christopher Bailey, Lauren Conway, Alexa Cubas, Michael Elliott, Jeremy Hagee, Andrew Heap, Melanie Hoekstra, Mark Hoffman, Anna Lusero, Jennifer Maples, Geetu Naik, and Tamara Starks

Workshop: Prof. Vicki Schultz on "Antidiscrimination as Disruption." Vicki Schultz, Ford Foundation Professor of Law at Yale Law School, will give a workshop on "Antidiscrimination as Disruption: The Emergence of a New Paradigm for Understanding and Addressing Discrimination" on Tuesday, April 20, at 12:00 noon. The workshop is open to students. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Tasha Kincade (tkincade@kentlaw.edu) in the Dean's Office.

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.
Did you hear about Max? He hates going up steep hills. He's always been something of an anti-climb Max.


Week of April 5, 2010

Law Week Activities.
The Student Bar Association has a great line-up of events for Law Week, starting on Monday, April 5, with Dean Krent's annual State of the Law School Address and culminating on Saturday, April 10, with the Barrister's Ball. Click here for a list of all the events and more details.

Summer 2010 Class Schedule and Registration.
The Summer 2010 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin are available outside the third floor cafeteria and through the Student Portal page.

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 8 through Wednesday, April 14. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on April 8, 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 Monday, April 19. 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 Monday, April 19 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Spring 2010 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: March 31 - April 9. 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 form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 31; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, April 9, 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: March 31 - April 9. 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 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, March 31; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, April 9, 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 (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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.

•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/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Program in Environmental and Energy Law: Informational Meeting.
The Program In Environmental and Energy Law is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, April 13, at 12:00 noon in Room 270.  This meeting is important for students who are or may be seeking the Certificate in Environmental and Energy Law, from first-year students to student graduating in May; and for any students who are planning to take environmental and energy law courses , participate in environmental externships, and/or participate in the Environmental Law Clinic. The meeting will give important information about these activities and also provide an opportunity for students to interact with professors who teach in the program. Pizza and beverages will be served. For more information about the meeting or the program, contact Prof. Keith Harley at kharley@kentlaw.edu.

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

Joke of the Week.
Did you hear about the sheep herder who got fired? He kept falling asleep during inventory. (Thanks to Jennifer Rexroat for this week's joke.)


Week of March 29, 2010

Law Week Activities.
The Student Bar Association has a great line-up of events for Law Week, starting on Monday, April 5, with Dean Krent's annual State of the Law School Address and culminating on Saturday, April 10, with the Barrister's Ball. Click here for a list of all the events and more details.

Summer 2010 Class Schedule.
The Summer 2010 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin will be available outside the third floor cafeteria and through the Student Portal page on Monday, April 5.

Change of Division Requests: March 24-April 2.
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 24. To complete the form, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and then click on the link (in the left-hand menu) entitlted, "Request to change division." The deadline for submitting the form is Friday, April 2, 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 2 whether your request is approved.

Spring 2010 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: March 31 - April 9. 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 form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 31; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, April 9, 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: March 31 - April 9. 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 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, March 31; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, April 9, 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 (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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.

•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/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Joke of the Week. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.


Week of March 22, 2010

Change of Division Requests: March 24-April 2.
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 24. To complete the form, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and then click on the link (in the left-hand menu) entitlted, "Request to change division." The deadline for submitting the form is Friday, April 2, 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 2 whether your request is approved.

Joke of the Week.
If you're not part of the solution, you're a precipitate.

Week of March 15, 2010

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Spring Break begins Saturday, March 13, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 22.

Adjunct Professor Eric Greenberg: Independent Research Opportunity. Adjunct Professor Eric Greenberg is seeking a student with superior computer software and database skills (including Adobe Acrobat) to assist in creating a unique type of casebook in the Food and Drug Law field. The student would compile, organize, index, and cross-reference a group of government documents into a database/book that would serve as a teaching tool for students and professionals seeking to learn this specialized area. One credit of independent research is available. If interested, please contact Prof. Greenberg at greenberg@efg-law.com.

Week of March 8, 2010

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Spring Break begins Saturday, March 13, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 22.

Workshop: Prof. Peter Lindseth on Power and Legitimacy. Peter Lindseth, Professor of Law at University of Connecticut School of Law, will give a workshop based on his recent book, "Power and Legitimacy," in the 10th Floor Event Room on Wednesday, March 10, at 3:00. His book focuses on European law, but has significance for many areas of law (e.g., the relationship between law and the nation state in the globalization age). If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Tasha Kincade (tkincade@kentlaw.edu) in the Dean's Office.

Week of March 1, 2010

Certificate Programs: Informational Session.
For students interested in one or more of Chicago-Kent's certificate programs, there will be an informational session on Monday, March 1, 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! All first-year students are encouraged to attend. 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

Joke of the Week. "The remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served us nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found." (Calvin Trillin)

Week of February 22, 2010

Additional Fall 2009 CALI Winners.
Congratulations to the following students for earning CALI Awards this past Fall. The complete list of CALI winners is available by clicking here.

-Business Entity Formation (Prof. G. Brown): Ala Belkina
-Constitutional Law (Prof. Nahmod): Patrick M. Bickley

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

Week of February 15, 2010

Fall 2009 CALI 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 2009 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 2009 Class Rank/GPA Cut-Offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2009 semester are available by clicking here.

Joke of the Week. "A friend said, 'I quit smoking cold turkey.' What do you smoke now - ham?" (Yakov Smirnoff)

Week of February 8, 2010

Fall 2009 Class Ranks.
The class ranks as of the end of the Fall 2009 semester will be posted early in the week of February 9. To see your rank, log into your Webmail account, click on Web for Students, and then click on the Fall 2009 link under "Grades and Rank" on the lefthand menu. Note: Class ranks are calculated only for students who have been at Chicago-Kent for at least two semesters. First-year students, and students who transferred into Chicago-Kent at the start of the Fall 2009 semester, will receive their first class ranks at the end of the Spring 2010 semester.

Dean's Meet-and-Greets. Dean Krent will hold "meet-and-greets" with students this Thursday, February 11, in the Student Lounge from 8:45-9:30 am and 4:30-5:15 pm. Come and share your thoughts about the law school or to ask questions. Refreshments will be available at both events.

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. Petitions to participate in the Spring Semester are due on Tuesday, February 9. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

Theft in Building.
There was a theft in the building last week of a large sum of money from a student's purse; the money was to be used in connection with the student's seriously ill mother. Although such incidents are not common, we would like to remind all faculty, staff, and students to guard your valuables. Please do not leave your possessions unattended even for a short time -- it only takes a second for a thief to grab and run.

Joke of the Week. On the other hand, the early worm gets eaten.

Week of February 1, 2010

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. Petitions to participate in the Spring Semester are due on Tuesday, February 9. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

Joke of the Week.
If everything is going your way, you may be driving in the wrong lane.

Week of January 25, 2010

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 U-Pass, they are available in 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 Abhijeet (jabhijeet@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 by appointment. 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 university 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.
Did you hear about the crossword puzzle addict who died? He was buried six feet down and three feet across.

Week of January 18, 2010

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 2010 U-Passes will take place as follows:

*Thursday, January 14, 2:00-3:30pm, Front Lobby
*Friday, January 15, 12:00-1:30pm, Front Lobby
*Tuesday, January 19, 11:30-1:00pm and 3:00-4:30pm, Front Lobby

After Tuesday, January 19, 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 Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu) to explain your situation, and we will put you on our supplemental order list after we confirm your status.

Note to International LL.M. students and visiting students: You qualify for a U-Pass if you are registered for at least 12 credit hours for the Spring semester. If you are reigstered for fewer than 12 credit hours, you do not qualify for a U-Pass.

Spring 2010 Semester Information. The Spring 2010 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 '10 link under "Academic term information." Print copies of most 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 2010 Term Information page. The list of assignments has been revised from its initial version as follows:

*New assignments added 1/11/10: Commercial Real Estate Transactions (Prof. Stern); Employment Discrimination (Prof. R. Gonzalez); Environmental Law & Policy 2 (Prof. Stern); Estates & Trusts (Prof. Decatorsmith); Family Law (Prof. Aamot); International Trade (Prof. Hill); Police Misconduct Litigation (Profs. Kamionski & Antholt); Real Estates Fundamentals & Syndications (Profs. Rothbart & Delrahim); Tax Procedure (Prof. Decatorsmith)

*Revised assignment 1/11/10: Professional Responsibility (day section) (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.

Revised Spring Schedule (with Classroom Assignments). A revised copy of the Spring 2010 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is available on the Spring 2010 Term Information page. Classroom assignments will also be posted in the front lobby before classes start.

Course Information Updates. Course information updates for Spring classes are available on the Spring 2010 Term Information page.

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 2010 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 may be required to show it when you enter.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring must be made no later than Friday, February 12. This deadline is firm. Please review § 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" of the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections. In order to make your election you should log in to your Webmail account; click on the Web for Students icon; select the "Take Class Pass/Fail option" under the "On Line Forms" heading; select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis; and submit your selection. If there is any problem with your request, the Registrar's Office will notify you.

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

You may withdraw from any course except a required course, a clinical course, Law Review, Moot Court, or Intensive Trial Advocacy at any time prior to the date of the final exam or final paper (see §3.10(c) of the Student Handbook). There is no tuition penalty if you drop a course during the first two weeks of classes. You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after the second week of classes.

Exam Schedule. A copy of the Spring 2010 exam schedule is available on the Spring 2010 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 on the Spring 2010 Term Information page.

Academic Calendar. The academic calendar for the Spring semester is available on the Spring 2010 Term Information page.

Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Graduating seniors needing fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2010, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, February 5, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Taking Courses at the Stuart School. Upper-level Chicago-Kent students are allowed to take up to two non-law, graduate-level courses, with my permission, including courses offered at the Stuart School of Business. Please contact the Registrar's office for information about the Stuart School's Spring schedule.

Bar Preparation Class. Through the generosity of Prof. Conviser and BAR-BRI, we are offering a no-credit, free class this Spring that will provide an early opportunity to begin preparing for the bar exam. The class will meet at least six times during the semester on Thursdays 4:00-5:50 pm, and is geared toward general bar preparation (not just Illinois).  The class is open to both J.D. and LL.M. students graduating in May who plan to take a bar exam this summer or next winter.  The class will be taught by Stephanie Goetz of BAR-BRI.  If you are interested in signing up for the class, please email me at ssowle@kentlaw.edu.  --SDS.

Fall 2009 Grade Submissions. Grades for the Fall semester are due no more than five weeks from the date of the exam or, for non-exam courses, five weeks from the last day of the exam period. Exams ended on Monday, December 21, so all Fall grades should be in by Monday, Janaury 25.

New TouchNet Payment Service. The university now allows students the option of having their financial aid refunds direct deposited into their checking or savings account. Click here for more information on the new TouchNet service. 

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).

Illinois Bar Exam: Informational Sessions. As announced in the Fall, the Illinois bar examiners will be holding informational sessions for first-year students, and for third-year and fourth-year students approaching graduation, on Thursday, January 21, 2010. These sessions are for all Chicago-area law students. You should plan to attend one of the January 21 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 February 2010 or July 2010 bar exams and you have questions about the application or character and fitness process, or (3) you are a student at any stage of your studies and you have questions about the character and fitness process. Here are further details, as provided by the bar examiners' office:

IBABY character and fitness information sessions for ALL Chicago first year law student registrants and ALL Chicago third year applicants for the February and July 2010 bar examinations are scheduled to be held on Thursday, January 21, 2010, in the Auditorium of the American Dental Association building located at 211 East Chicago Avenue.

The first session will begin at noon and will be held for third year students, the second at 5 PM for first year students, and a third at 7 PM again for third years. First year students not available to attend the 5 PM session, however, would benefit from attendance at one of the other two sessions because although those noon and 7 PM sessions will be tailored to third years, the basic information and instruction are the same. There is no fee, and advance registration is not required.

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 are due by March 1, 2010. 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 substantial additional fees 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 Chicago area this month (see announcement above) to answer questions concerning the completion of the bar registration application.

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 2010 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the July 2010 bar exam must be submitted by February 1, 2010. You may file a late application up to May 31, but 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 Chicago area this month (see announcement above) to answer questions concerning the bar application process.

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 6, 2010 exam is January 26 (the late deadline is February 11).

Joke of the Week.
After hearing two eyewitness accounts of the same accident, you begin to wonder about history.


FALL 2009

Week of December 21, 2009

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

Spring 2010 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2010 courses is posted on the Spring 2010 Term Page (also available through the main Student Portal Page). 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 materials over the web by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Student Portal Page.

Spring 2010 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 2010 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 changes, corrections, and cancellations. A revised schedule (available through the Spring 2010 Term Page and outside the third floor cafeteria) has been issued incorporating these revisions.

First-year - Section B schedule change: Please note the following change to the schedule for Section B in the Spring: We are moving the Wednesday session of Civil Procedure from Wednesday morning to Tuesday morning; and we are moving the Tuesday sessions of Legal Writing 2 (Prof. Greenberg's section and Prof. Knowles' section) from Tuesday morning to Wednesday morning.  (Note: If you are enrolled in a 4:00 section of Legal Writing, your Legal Writing schedule will not change -- only your Civil Procedure schedule.)  Here is the new Section B schedule:

Civil Procedure (258-02 - Prof. Steinman):  Mon./Tues./Thurs. 9:45-11:20am
Legal Writing 2 (260-03 & 260-04, Profs. Greenberg & Knowles): Wed. 9:35-11:25am / Fri. 10:40-11:35am [no change for students enrolled in 4:00 sections of Legal Writing 2]
Legislation (206-02 - Prof. Heyman): Tues. 1:55-3:20pm / Fri. 12:50-2:15 pm [no change]
Property
(261-02 - Prof. Harding): Mon./Wed./Thurs. 12:50-2:05pm [no change]

Trial Advocacy 2: Due to popular demand, we have revived the Saturday section of Trial Advocacy 2 (558-83), which had previously been canceled due to low enrollment.

Class cancellations: The following Spring classes/sections have been canceled due to inadequate enrollment.

Access to Justice & Technology (671-81)
Agency Law (277-51)
Asset Protection Planning (220-51)
Class Actions and Civil RICO (221-51)
Complex Business Litigation (272-51)
International Commercial Litigation (235-81)
Mediation (evening section) (420-51)
Stock Drop Litigation (673-51)

Family Law LL.M. and Financial Services LL.M. schedules:
The revised schedule includes the course offerings for the Family Law LL.M. and Financial Services LL.M. programs, which were unavailable when the final schedule was issued.

Additional Legal Writing 4 sections:
As announced previously, the Legal Writing program has added the following Legal Writing 4 sections to the Spring schedule:

-Legal Writing 4: Public Interest (432-09), Prof. Philips, Tues./Thurs. 4:30-5:55 pm.
-Legal Writing 4: Labor & Employment (432-58), Prof. Mendez, Mon. 5:00-7:50 pm.
-Legal Writing 4: Civil Litigation (432-59), Prof. Marko, Tues./Thurs. 6:00-7:25 pm.

Corrections:
-Law and Literature: The final schedule omitted the course number for this seminar. The course number is 677-81.
-Work and Family: The final schedule listed the wrong course number for the seminar version of this class. The course number is 618-81 (not 623-81).
-Business Transactions Clinic 2: This clinic is available in both a 3-credit and a 4-credit version. The final schedule incorrectly listed both versions as 3 credits. 517-01 is the 3-credit version, and 517-02 is the 4-credit version.
-Strategies in Intellectual Proprty: This class was correctly listed as 3 credits in the final schedule, but was incorrectly listed as 2 credits on the Day Division Grid.

Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Graduating seniors needing fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2010, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, February 5, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Taking Courses at the Stuart School. Upper-level Chicago-Kent students are allowed to take up to two non-law, graduate-level courses, with my permission, including courses offered at the Stuart School of Business. Please contact the Registrar's office for information about the Stuart School's Spring schedule.

Joke of the Week. How do "Keep off the grass" signs get where they are?

Week of December 14, 2009

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Read period runs from Saturday, December 5 through Wednesday, December 9. Exams start on Thursday, December 10 and end on Monday, December 21.

Fall 2009 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You should have received an individual email with your exam room assignments; if you have not received the email, please contact me.

•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 Study Help). 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 Abhijeet (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.

Exam Method Notices.

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 (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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.

Spring 2010 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 2010 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 changes, corrections, and cancellations. A revised schedule (available through the Spring 2010 Term Page and outside the third floor cafeteria) has been issued incorporating these revisions.

Class cancellations: The following Spring classes/sections have been canceled due to inadequate enrollment.

Access to Justice & Technology (671-81)
Agency Law (277-51)
Asset Protection Planning (220-51)
Class Actions and Civil RICO (221-51)
Complex Business Litigation (272-51)
International Commercial Litigation (235-81)
Mediation (evening section) (420-51)
Stock Drop Litigation (673-51)
Trial Advocacy 2 (Saturday section) (558-83)

Family Law LL.M. and Financial Services LL.M. schedules:
The revised schedule includes the course offerings for the Family Law LL.M. and Financial Services LL.M. programs, which were unavailable when the final schedule was issued.

Additional Legal Writing 4 sections:
As announced previously, the Legal Writing program has added the following Legal Writing 4 sections to the Spring schedule:

-Legal Writing 4: Public Interest (432-09), Prof. Philips, Tues./Thurs. 4:30-5:55 pm.
-Legal Writing 4: Labor & Employment (432-58), Prof. Mendez, Mon. 5:00-7:50 pm.
-Legal Writing 4: Civil Litigation (432-59), Prof. Marko, Tues./Thurs. 6:00-7:25 pm.

Corrections:
-Law and Literature: The final schedule omitted the course number for this seminar. The course number is 677-81.
-Work and Family: The final schedule listed the wrong course number for the seminar version of this class. The course number is 618-81 (not 623-81).
-Business Transactions Clinic 2: This clinic is available in both a 3-credit and a 4-credit version. The final schedule incorrectly listed both versions as 3 credits. 517-01 is the 3-credit version, and 517-02 is the 4-credit version.
-Strategies in Intellectual Proprty: This class was correctly listed as 3 credits in the final schedule, but was incorrectly listed as 2 credits on the Day Division Grid.

Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Graduating seniors needing fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2010, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, February 5, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Spring 2010 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2010 courses will be posted on the Spring 2010 Term Page (also available through the main Student Portal Page) no later than Monday, 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 materials over the web by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Student Portal Page.

Problems with Printing Charges. Please note that student printing at Chicago-Kent is separate from the process used on Main Campus - you should not use the IIT Printing Channel in the myIIT portal. If you have used the channel to add money for printing, please contact Nancy Caruson at caruson@iit.edu for a refund. At Chicago-Kent, students receive credit for 400 pages worth of free printing per semester; any printing beyond 400 pages is charged at a rate of $0.07 per page.  All Chicago-Kent printing – both free and charged – is managed by the Law School’s own printing system. You can add money to your account at the station located in the 9th floor photocopy room in the Library.

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu). IIT has developed an FAQ that provides information about the H1N1 virus and the university's plans and procedures for addressing the virus. We encourage all members of the Chicago-Kent community to read the FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu (students), Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.edu (faculty), or Assistant Vice President Dawn Rupcich at drupcich@kentlaw.edu (staff).
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Hand sanitizers also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination. We have already offered seasonal flu vaccinations to students, and the H1N1 vaccinations to students, faculty, and staff who fall into various risk categories. We hope to receive additional supplies of both vaccinations and will notify the Chicago-Kent community if we do receive additional supplies. Alternatively, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to contact their own doctors or other health care providers to obtain the vaccinations at a local site.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

Joke of the Week. Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren't they just stale bread?


Week of December 7, 2009

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Read period runs from Saturday, December 5 through Wednesday, December 9. Exams start on Thursday, December 10 and end on Monday, December 21.

Fall 2009 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You should have received an individual email with your exam room assignments; if you have not received the email, please contact me.

•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 Study Help). 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 Abhijeet (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.

Exam Method Notices.

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 (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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.

Spring 2010 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 2010 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 changes, corrections, and cancellations. A revised schedule (available through the Spring 2010 Term Page and outside the third floor cafeteria) has been issued incorporating these revisions.

Class cancellations: The following Spring classes/sections have been canceled due to inadequate enrollment.

Access to Justice & Technology (671-81)
Agency Law (277-51)
Asset Protection Planning (220-51)
Class Actions and Civil RICO (221-51)
Complex Business Litigation (272-51)
International Commercial Litigation (235-81)
Mediation (evening section) (420-51)
Stock Drop Litigation (673-51)
Trial Advocacy 2 (Saturday section) (558-83)

Family Law LL.M. and Financial Services LL.M. schedules:
The revised schedule includes the course offerings for the Family Law LL.M. and Financial Services LL.M. programs, which were unavailable when the final schedule was issued.

Additional Legal Writing 4 sections:
As announced previously, the Legal Writing program has added the following Legal Writing 4 sections to the Spring schedule:

-Legal Writing 4: Public Interest (432-09), Prof. Philips, Tues./Thurs. 4:30-5:55 pm.
-Legal Writing 4: Labor & Employment (432-58), Prof. Mendez, Mon. 5:00-7:50 pm.
-Legal Writing 4: Civil Litigation (432-59), Prof. Marko, Tues./Thurs. 6:00-7:25 pm.

Corrections:
-Law and Literature: The final schedule omitted the course number for this seminar. The course number is 677-81.
-Work and Family: The final schedule listed the wrong course number for the seminar version of this class. The course number is 618-81 (not 623-81).
-Business Transactions Clinic 2: This clinic is available in both a 3-credit and a 4-credit version. The final schedule incorrectly listed both versions as 3 credits. 517-01 is the 3-credit version, and 517-02 is the 4-credit version.
-Strategies in Intellectual Proprty: This class was correctly listed as 3 credits in the final schedule, but was incorrectly listed as 2 credits on the Day Division Grid.

Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Graduating seniors needing fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2010, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, February 5, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Spring 2010 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2010 courses will be posted on the Spring 2010 Term Page (also available through the main Student Portal Page) no later than Monday, 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 materials over the web by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Student Portal Page.

Academic Calendar for 2010-2011. The academic calendar for next academic year (2010-2011) is available here.

Changes in Graduation Honors. At its November meeting, the faculty voted to change the awarding of graduation honors, effective with the May 2010 graduating class. Currently, the members of the top 10% of each graduating class are awarded High Honors, and the remaining members of the top 25% are awarded Honors. Under the new system, the top 1% of each graduating class will graduate summa cum laude, the remaning members of the top 10% will graduate magna cum laude, and the remaning members of the top 25% will graduate cum laude.

Change in Curve for Professional Responsibility. At its November meeting, the faculty voted to change the curve that applies to Professional Responsibility, effective with the Summer 2010 term. The Spring 2010 sections of Professional Responsibility will still be subject to the current curve. Currently, Professional Responsibility is subject to the same curve that applies to required doctrinal classes in the first and second year (Criminal Law, Torts, Contracts, Legislation, Civil Procedure, Property, and Constitutional Law). Beginning with the Summer 2010 term, Professional Responsibility will be subject to the upper-level curve that is highly recommended for elective classes with 40 or more students enrolled. However, that curve will be mandatory for Professional Responsiblity (not just highly recommended).  See Student Handbook section 6.8 for a description of the curves. 

Illinois State Senate Public Hearing on Redistricting. The Illinois State Senate will hold a public hearing on redistricting in the Chicago-Kent Courtroom on Tuesday, December 8, from 11:00am to approximately 4:00pm. All are welcome, and you may come and go (quietly) at any point during the proceedings. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in redistricting issues, or who wants to view an official legislative hearing in action.

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu). IIT has developed an FAQ that provides information about the H1N1 virus and the university's plans and procedures for addressing the virus. We encourage all members of the Chicago-Kent community to read the FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu (students), Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.edu (faculty), or Assistant Vice President Dawn Rupcich at drupcich@kentlaw.edu (staff).
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Hand sanitizers also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination. We have already offered seasonal flu vaccinations to students, and the H1N1 vaccinations to students, faculty, and staff who fall into various risk categories. We hope to receive additional supplies of both vaccinations and will notify the Chicago-Kent community if we do receive additional supplies. Alternatively, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to contact their own doctors or other health care providers to obtain the vaccinations at a local site.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

Joke of the Week. Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren't they just stale bread?


Week of November 30, 2009

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

Monday, November 30: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, December 1: Monday classes meet (Yom Kippur make-up)
Wednesday, December 2: Make-up Day (no regular classes scheduled)
Thursday, December 3: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Friday, December 4 (last day of classes): Friday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up).

Read period runs from Saturday, December 5 through Wednesday, December 9. Exams start on Thursday, December 10 and end on Monday, December 21.

Spring 2010 Schedule and Registration.


Final Spring 2010 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2010 schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available by clicking here for the Spring 2010 Term page or by going to the main Students Portal page (click on the Spring '10 link). Print copies are available outside the third floor cafeteria.

Changes/Corrections to Schedule.
Please note the following changes and corrections to the Spring 2010 schedule. A revised schedule (available through the Spring 2010 Term Page and outside the third floor cafeteria) has been issued incorporating these revisions.

Additional Legal Writing 4 sections:
The Legal Writing program has added the following Legal Writing 4 sections to the Spring schedule:

-Legal Writing 4: Public Interest (432-09), Prof. Philips, Tues./Thurs. 4:30-5:55 pm.
-Legal Writing 4: Labor & Employment (432-58), Prof. Mendez, Mon. 5:00-7:50 pm.
-Legal Writing 4: Civil Litigation (432-59), Prof. Marko, Tues./Thurs. 6:00-7:25 pm.

Corrections:
-Law and Literature: The final schedule omitted the course number for this seminar. The course number is 677-81.
-Work and Family: The final schedule listed the wrong course number for the seminar version of this class. The course number is 618-81 (not 623-81).
-Business Transactions Clinic 2: This clinic is available in both a 3-credit and a 4-credit version. The final schedule incorrectly listed both versions as 3 credits. 517-01 is the 3-credit version, and 517-02 is the 4-credit version.
-Strategies in Intellectual Proprty: This class was correctly listed as 3 credits in the final schedule, but was incorrectly listed as 2 credits on the Day Division Grid.

Financial Services LL.M. schedule: The revised schedule includes the course offerings for the Financial Services LL.M. program, which were unavailable when the final schedule was issued.

Registration Instructions. To register, go to the Spring 2010 Term page and click on the "Online Registration" link beginning Tuesday. Registration will run from Tuesday, November 24 through Tuesday, December 1. You may register at any time during that period. After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Friday, December 4. 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, December 4 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.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Graduating seniors needing fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2010, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, February 5, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Fall 2009 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 Study Help). 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 Abhijeet (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.

Exam Method Notices.

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 (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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.

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu). IIT has developed an FAQ that provides information about the H1N1 virus and the university's plans and procedures for addressing the virus. We encourage all members of the Chicago-Kent community to read the FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu (students), Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.edu (faculty), or Assistant Vice President Dawn Rupcich at drupcich@kentlaw.edu (staff).
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Hand sanitizers also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination. We have already offered seasonal flu vaccinations to students, and the H1N1 vaccinations to students, faculty, and staff who fall into various risk categories. We hope to receive additional supplies of both vaccinations and will notify the Chicago-Kent community if we do receive additional supplies. Alternatively, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to contact their own doctors or other health care providers to obtain the vaccinations at a local site.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

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


Week of November 23, 2009

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 26, through Sunday, November 29. (Unlike the Main Campus, classes are not canceled on Wednesday, November 25, unless individual faculty members decide not to hold class.) The class schedule for the final week of classes is as follows:

Monday, November 30: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, December 1: Monday classes meet (Yom Kippur make-up)
Wednesday, December 2: Make-up Day (no regular classes scheduled)
Thursday, December 3: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Friday, December 4 (last day of classes): Friday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up).

Read period runs from Saturday, December 5 through Wednesday, December 9. Exams start on Thursday, December 10 and end on Monday, December 21.

Spring 2010 Schedule and Registration.


Final Spring 2010 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2010 schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available by clicking here for the Spring 2010 Term page or by going to the main Students Portal page (click on the Spring '10 link). Print copies are available outside the third floor cafeteria.

Registration Instructions. To register, go to the Spring 2010 Term page and click on the "Online Registration" link beginning Tuesday. Registration will run from Tuesday, November 24 through Tuesday, December 1. You may register at any time during that period. After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Friday, December 4. 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, December 4 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.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Graduating seniors needing fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2010, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, February 5, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Fall 2009 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. If you submitted a request and have not heard back about it, please contact Jenna Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu).

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

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 (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

CBA Program on "Opening a Law Firm." The Chicago Bar Association will be offering a program on "Opening a Law Firm" from Thursday, January 14 through Saturday, January 16. Law students who are CBA members can register for the program for $50 (you can get a CBA student membership for $12 and then take advantage of the law student rate for the program). Click here for details.

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu). IIT has developed an FAQ that provides information about the H1N1 virus and the university's plans and procedures for addressing the virus. We encourage all members of the Chicago-Kent community to read the FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu (students), Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.edu (faculty), or Assistant Vice President Dawn Rupcich at drupcich@kentlaw.edu (staff).
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Hand sanitizers also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination. We have already offered seasonal flu vaccinations to students, and the H1N1 vaccinations to students, faculty, and staff who fall into various risk categories. We hope to receive additional supplies of both vaccinations and will notify the Chicago-Kent community if we do receive additional supplies. Alternatively, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to contact their own doctors or other health care providers to obtain the vaccinations at a local site.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

Joke of the Week. "The other night I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything." (Steven Wright)


Week of November 16, 2009

Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 26, through Sunday, November 29. (Unlike the Main Campus, classes are not canceled on Wednesday, November 25, unless individual faculty members decide not to hold class.)

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu).
IIT has developed an FAQ that provides information about the H1N1 virus and the university's plans and procedures for addressing the virus. We encourage all members of the Chicago-Kent community to read the FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu (students), Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.edu (faculty), or Assistant Vice President Dawn Rupcich at drupcich@kentlaw.edu (staff).
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Hand sanitizers also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination. We have already offered seasonal flu vaccinations to students, and the H1N1 vaccinations to students, faculty, and staff who fall into various risk categories. We hope to receive additional supplies of both vaccinations and will notify the Chicago-Kent community if we do receive additional supplies. Alternatively, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to contact their own doctors or other health care providers to obtain the vaccinations at a local site.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

Fall 2009 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 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 (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Spring 2010 schedule. The Spring 2010 preliminary schedule is linked to this page. Please note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2009 semester), and there will be changes and additions to the schedule before it is finalized.

The final schedule and Registration Bulletin will be issued on Friday, November 20, and will be posted here and on the main Student Portal page. Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 24, through Tuesday, December 1.

2009 Palmer Lecture. Professor Scott M. Matheson, Jr., of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, will deliver the 2009 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture on Friday, November 20, 2009, at 11:30 am in the Marovitz Courtroom on the first floor. A reception will follow at 12:30 pm. Professor Matheson will discuss his book, Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times. All members of the Chicago-Kent community are invited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Tasha Kincade at tkincade@kentlaw.edu, or 312-906-5006, no later than Tuesday, November 17.

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. "Whenever you ask for a doggie bag at a restaurant, there's a certain sense of failure there, isn't there? People always whisper it to the waiter, 'Uh, excuse me. Can I get the doggie bag? I, uh, I -- couldn't make it.' It's embarrassing, because the doggie bag means either you're out at a restaurant when you're not hungry, or you've chosen the stupidest possible way there is to get dog food." (Jerry Seinfeld)


Week of November 9, 2009

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu).
IIT has developed an FAQ that provides information about the H1N1 virus and the university's plans and procedures for addressing the virus. We encourage all members of the Chicago-Kent community to read the FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu (students), Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.edu (faculty), or Assistant Vice President Dawn Rupcich at drupcich@kentlaw.edu (staff).
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Hand sanitizers also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination. We have already offered seasonal flu vaccinations to students, and the H1N1 vaccinations to students, faculty, and staff who fall into various risk categories. We hope to receive additional supplies of both vaccinations and will notify the Chicago-Kent community if we do receive additional supplies. Alternatively, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to contact their own doctors or other health care providers to obtain the vaccinations at a local site.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

Fall 2009 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: November 5 - 13. 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 form will be available beginning November 5; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, November 13, 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: November 5 - 13. 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 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 November 5; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, November 13, 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 (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Spring 2010 preliminary schedule. The Spring 2010 preliminary schedule is linked to this page. Please note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2009 semester), and there will be changes and additions 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.

Credit Card Cancellation Information (If Your Wallet or Purse is Lost or Stolen). Courtesy of the IIT Public Safety Department, we are providing a list of phone numbers for major credit card companies, department stores, and others, in the event that your wallet or purse is lost or stolen. The list is available by clicking here.

Joke of the Week. Question: What cheese is made backwards? Answer: Edam.


Week of November 2, 2009

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu).
IIT has developed an FAQ that provides information about the H1N1 virus and the university's plans and procedures for addressing the virus. We encourage all members of the Chicago-Kent community to read the FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu (students), Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.edu (faculty), or Assistant Vice President Dawn Rupcich at drupcich@kentlaw.edu (staff).
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Hand sanitizers also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination. We have already offered seasonal flu vaccinations to students, and will be offering H1N1 vaccinations this week to students, faculty, and staff who fall into various risk categories. We hope to receive additional supplies of both vaccinations and will notify the Chicago-Kent community if we do receive additional supplies. Alternatively, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to contact their own doctors or other health care providers to obtain the vaccinations at a local site.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

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 submit a request through the Chicago-Kent Web for Students site. (Log into Webmail, click on the Web for Students icon, and then select "Request to change division" on the left-hand menu.) Please note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. The request form will be available beginning Monday, October 26. The deadline for submitting the form is Friday, November 6, at 5:00 pm.

Fall 2009 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: November 5 - 13. 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 form will be available beginning November 5; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, November 13, 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: November 5 - 13. 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 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 November 5; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, November 13, 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 (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program will present its final Fall workshop on Tuesday, November 3, 12:00-1:00 pm, in the Auditorim (for day students) and Wednesday, November 4, 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.

Program on "Fred Hampton, Police Violence, Racism & the Law": November 5 at Northwestern. This program will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2009, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law, 375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. The program will feature a reading by Jeff Haas from his new book, "The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther." A panel discussion will follow. The event is co-sponsored by the MacArthur Justice Center, the Center on Wrongful Convictions, Northwestern University School of Law, Mandel Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, and other organizations. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, please call 312-503-0396 or email e-curtis@law.northwestern.edu.

Joke of the Week. A Viking named Leif came home after a voyage only to find that his name had been removed from the town roll. When he complained, the keeper of the roll said, "I'm sorry, I must have taken Leif off my census."


Week of October 26, 2009

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu).
IIT has developed an FAQ that provides information about the H1N1 virus and the university's plans and procedures for addressing the virus. We encourage all members of the Chicago-Kent community to read the FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu (students), Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.edu (faculty), or Assistant Vice President Dawn Rupcich at drupcich@kentlaw.edu (staff).
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Hand sanitizers also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination. We have already offered seasonal flu vaccinations to students, and will be offering H1N1 vaccinations this week to students, faculty, and staff who fall into various risk categories. We hope to receive additional supplies of both vaccinations and will notify the Chicago-Kent community if we do receive additional supplies. Alternatively, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to contact their own doctors or other health care providers to obtain the vaccinations at a local site.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

Academic Calendar Reminder. In order to avoid possible confusion, I would like to provide an advance reminder that Chicago-Kent's Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 26, through Sunday, November 29. Unlike the Main Campus, classes are not canceled on Wednesday, November 25 (unless individual faculty members decide not to hold class).

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 submit a request through the Chicago-Kent Web for Students site. (Log into Webmail, click on the Web for Students icon, and then select "Request to change division" on the left-hand menu.) Please note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. The request form will be available beginning Monday, October 26. The deadline for submitting the form is Friday, November 6, at 5:00 pm.

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program will present its final Fall workshop on Tuesday, November 3, 12:00-1:00 pm, in the Auditorim (for day students) and Wednesday, November 4, 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.

Illinois Bar Exam: Informational Sessions. The Illinois bar examiners will be holding informational sessions for first-year students, and for third-year and fourth-year students approaching graduation, on Thursday, January 21, 2010. These sessions are for all Chicago-area law students. You should plan to attend one of the January 21 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 February 2010 or July 2010 bar exams and you have questions about the application or character and fitness process, or (3) you are a student at any stage of your studies and you have questions about the character and fitness process. Here are further details, as provided by the bar examiners' office:

IBABY character and fitness information sessions for ALL Chicago first year law student registrants and ALL Chicago third year applicants for the February and July 2010 bar examinations are scheduled to be held on Thursday, January 21, 2010, in the Auditorium of the American Dental Association building located at 211 East Chicago Avenue.

The first session will begin at noon and will be held for third year students, the second at 5 PM for first year students, and a third at 7 PM again for third years. First year students not available to attend the 5 PM session, however, would benefit from attendance at one of the other two sessions because although those noon and 7 PM sessions will be tailored to third years, the basic information and instruction are the same. There is no fee, and advance registration is not required.

See my Record archives (the September 14 entry) for details about the application process for the February 2010 and July 2010 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 21 program.

Joke of the Week. "Doctor, I broke my arm in three places!" "Well then, stop going to those places!"


Week of October 19, 2009

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu).
IIT has developed an FAQ that provides information about the H1N1 virus and the university's plans and procedures for addressing the virus. We encourage all members of the Chicago-Kent community to read the FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu (students), Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.edu (faculty), or Assistant Vice President Dawn Rupcich at drupcich@kentlaw.edu (staff).
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Hand sanitizers also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu.As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination. Students: We have already offered the seasonal flu vaccination to students, and we may receive more supplies in the near future; we are awaiting supplies of the H1N1 vaccine. Faculty and staff should contact their doctor or other health care provider to obtain the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination (when available) at a local site.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

Joke of the Week. "Doctor, I broke my arm in three places!" "Well then, stop going to those places!"


Week of October 12, 2009

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu).
IIT has developed an FAQ that provides information about the H1N1 virus and the university's plans and procedures for addressing the virus. We encourage all members of the Chicago-Kent community to read the FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu (students), Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.edu (faculty), or Assistant Vice President Dawn Rupcich at drupcich@kentlaw.edu (staff).
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Hand sanitizers also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu.As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination. Students: We have already offered the seasonal flu vaccination to students, and we may receive more supplies in the near future; we are awaiting supplies of the H1N1 vaccine. Faculty and staff should contact their doctor or other health care provider to obtain the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination (when available) at a local site.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms: Workshop on Study Skills and Exam Taking. The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms will host a workshop for minority law students on study skills and exam taking, as part of its Law Student Preparedness Series. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 28, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, at Goldberg Kohn, 55 E. Monroe Street, Suite 3300. Interested students may RSVP here.

Joke of the Week. "My mom said she learned how to swim when someone took her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. I said, 'Mom, they weren't trying to teach you how to swim.'" (Paula Poundstone)


Week of October 5, 2009

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu).
IIT has developed an FAQ that provides information about the H1N1 virus and the university's plans and procedures for addressing the virus. We encourage all members of the Chicago-Kent community to read the FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu (students), Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.edu (faculty), or Assistant Vice President Dawn Rupcich at drupcich@kentlaw.edu (staff).
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Hand sanitizers also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu.As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination. Students: We have already offered the seasonal flu vaccination to students, and we may receive more supplies in the near future; we are awaiting supplies of the H1N1 vaccine. Faculty and staff should contact their doctor or other health care provider to obtain the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination (when available) at a local site.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

ASP Workshop on Outlining. The Academic Support Program will present the second of three Fall workshops on Tuesday, October 6, 12:00-1:00 pm, in the Auditorium (for day students) and Wednesday, October 7, 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. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

Pre-Register for January Intensive Course: "What Every Lawyer Should Know about Business." We are tentatively planning on offering an intensive course in January designed as an introduction to various business-related areas of law. To ensure we will have adequate enrollment to proceed with the course, we are inviting upper-level students to pre-register for the class by emailing me at ssowle@kentlaw.edu. (This pre-registration will not be binding, but please do not pre-register unless you are reasonably confident you will be able to take the course.) You will actually register for the class when Spring registration takes place in November.

Course description: What Every Lawyer Should Know About Business. This innovative and intensive class is designed to provide law students with an introduction to some of the most important legal and financial subjects that affect businesses. This fourteen-hour, one-credit course will provide students with a basic understanding of different types of business entities, securities laws, banking laws, accounting, corporate finance, bankruptcy, and corporate tax. Two hours will be devoted to each subject, and each subject will be taught by a different professor who specializes in the area. The goal of the course is to provide students with basic literacy on these topics. The course is designed for students who would not otherwise enroll in many business-related courses as well as for students who would like a bird’s-eye overview of these subjects before studying them in detail. The course will be taught during the intersession, from January 13 to January 16, by Professors Batlan, Birdthistle, Brody, G. Brown, Chapman, Hablutzel, and S. Harris.

Joke of the Week. In democracy, it's your vote that counts. In feudalism, it's your count that votes.


Week of September 28, 2009

Academic Calender Reminder.
Due to a religious holiday, classes are canceled on Monday, September 28.

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu).
As you settle into the new semester, we would like to let you know about our preparations in case the H1N1 virus (swine flu) affects you or other members of the Chicago-Kent community. You can find detailed information in our H1N1 FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, our Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu (students), Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.edu (faculty), or Assistant Vice President Dawn Rupcich at drupcich@kentlaw.edu (staff).
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Hand sanitizers also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu.As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination. We anticipate receipt of supplies of both vaccines that will be made available to students; we will distribute more information as it becomes available. Faculty and staff should contact their doctor or other health care provider to obtain the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination (when available) at a local site.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

ASP Workshop on Outlining. The Academic Support Program will present the second of three Fall workshops on Tuesday, October 6, 12:00-1:00 pm, in the Auditorium (for day students) and Wednesday, October 7, 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. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.


Week of September 21, 2009

Academic Calender Reminder.
Due to a religious holiday, classes are canceled on Monday, September 28.

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu).
As you settle into the new semester, we would like to let you know about our preparations in case the H1N1 virus (swine flu) affects you or other members of the Chicago-Kent community. You can find detailed information in our H1N1 FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, our Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu (students), Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.edu (faculty), or Assistant Vice President Dawn Rupcich at drupcich@kentlaw.edu (staff).
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Hand sanitizers also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu.As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination. We anticipate receipt of supplies of both vaccines that will be made available to students; we will distribute more information as it becomes available. Faculty and staff should contact their doctor or other health care provider to obtain the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination (when available) at a local site.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

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). There are maps in the elevator bays on each floor identifying the locations of the staircases. 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.

Summer 2009 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 2009 courses are available by clicking here. Congratulations to all of you who received the award.

Faculty Speaker Series. The Chicago-Kent faculty invites interested students to join us at the faculty speakers series. Several times a semester, legal academics from other law schools come to Chicago-Kent to present their work to the faculty. These workshops take place on Tuesdays at 12:00 noon or on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm. The speakers often, but not always, distribute drafts of the paper that they plan to present. Generally, the speaker talks for about 20 minutes and then answers questions from the audience for the remaining 40 minutes. If you plan to attend, it is therefore advisable to read the paper if one is available.

The next workshop will take place on Wednesday, September 23, at 3:00 pm in the 10th Floor Event Room, Professor Richard Ford from Stanford University Law School will speak.  Professor Ford specializes in issues related to race and multiculturalism. He writes both for academic audiences and for the popular press, including such outlets as Slate, the Washington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor. RSVPs are not necessary to attend Professor Ford's talk, but if you plan to attend, e-mail Professor Carolyn Shapiro (cshapiro1@kentlaw.edu) to receive a copy of any paper that Professor Ford distributes ahead of time.

C-SPAN Supreme Court Week. C-SPAN will present a week of programming devoted to the U.S. Supreme Court from Sunday, October 4 through Monday, October 12. The series will include one-on-one interviews with eight current justices, as well as Justice O'Connor (retired). For more information on the series, go to http://www.c-span.org/supremecourt.

Joke of the Week. Question: What is the difference between bird flu and swine flu? Answer: For bird flu you need tweetment, and for swine flu you need oinkment. (Sorry about that...)


Week of September 14, 2009

Academic Calender Reminder.
Due to a religious holiday, classes are canceled on Saturday, September 19.

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu).
As you settle into the new semester, we would like to let you know about our preparations in case the H1N1 virus (swine flu) affects you or other members of the Chicago-Kent community. You can find detailed information in our H1N1 FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, our Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5005 so that we can stay in touch with you about coursework and other matters.
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Talk with your health care providers about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu. In particular, if you are at higher risk for flu complications from H1N1, you should consider getting the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. People at higher risk for H1N1 complications include pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes). For more information about priority groups for vaccination, visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/acip.htm.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

Dean's Meet-and-Greets. Dean Krent will hold "meet-and-greets" with students this Tuesday, September 15, 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.

Faculty Speaker Series. The Chicago-Kent faculty invites interested students to join us at the faculty speakers series. Several times a semester, legal academics from other law schools come to Chicago-Kent to present their work to the faculty. These workshops take place on Tuesdays at 12:00 noon or on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm. The speakers often, but not always, distribute drafts of the paper that they plan to present. Generally, the speaker talks for about 20 minutes and then answers questions from the audience for the remaining 40 minutes. If you plan to attend, it is therefore advisable to read the paper if one is available.

The first two such workshops will take place this month. On Tuesday, September 15, at 12:00 noon in the 10th Floor Event Room, Professor Alison LaCroix, a legal historian from the University of Chicago Law School, will speak. Much of Professor LaCroix's work has focused on the historic origins of federalism and other aspects of our constitutional structure. Because lunch will be served, spaces are limited. If you wish to attend, please e-mail Tasha Kincade (tkincade@kentlaw.edu) by the end of Monday, September 14. Students who have RSVP'd will receive a copy of any paper Professor LaCroix distributes.

On Wednesday, September 23, at 3:00 pm in the 10th Floor Event Room, Professor Richard Ford from Stanford University Law School will speak.  Professor Ford specializes in issues related to race and multiculturalism. He writes both for academic audiences and for the popular press, including such outlets as Slate, the Washington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor. RSVPs are not necessary to attend Professor Ford's talk, but if you plan to attend, e-mail Professor Carolyn Shapiro (cshapiro1@kentlaw.edu) to receive a copy of any paper that Professor Ford distributes ahead of time.

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 2010 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Theda Mickey 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 21, 2009. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Constitution Day Talk by Professor Mark Rosen. In honor of Constitution Day, Professor Mark Rosen will speak on Wednesday, September 16, at 3:00 pm in Rm. 210. His topic will be "What Our Constitution Does (and Does Not) Do." All are welcome to attend.

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 are due by March 1, 2010. 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 substantial additional fees 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 Chicago area 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 2010 and July 2010 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2010 bar exam must be submitted by September 1, 2009. Applications for the July 2010 bar exam must be submitted by February 1, 2010. You may file a late application for the February bar up to December 31, and for the July bar up to May 31, but 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 Chicago area 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 7, 2009, 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 29, 2009 (the late deadline is October 15).

Joke of the Week. Question: What do you get when you cross an elephant and a skin doctor? Answer: A pachydermatologist.


Week of September 7, 2009

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu).
As you settle into the new semester, we would like to let you know about our preparations in case the H1N1 virus (swine flu) affects you or other members of the Chicago-Kent community. You can find detailed information in our H1N1 FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, our Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5005 so that we can stay in touch with you about coursework and other matters.
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Talk with your health care providers about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu. In particular, if you are at higher risk for flu complications from H1N1, you should consider getting the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. People at higher risk for H1N1 complications include pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes). For more information about priority groups for vaccination, visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/acip.htm.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

Academic Calender Reminder. In observance of Labor Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 7. The building will be closed Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7.

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), or around the west corner of the building and then south toward Jackson, 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.

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.

IIT Emergency Notification Service. The university provides a self-service, web-based, mass notification system, known as iitalert, that enables the university to send instant alerts simultaneously to all students, faculty, and staff, no matter where they are. This system allows IIT to communicate emergency broadcasts and school closings immediately to the individual's cell phone, Blackberry, wireless PDA, text pager, personal email, and/or RSS reader. This system complements 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.

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.

Tuition Discount for Graduating Students Taking More than 87 Credits. If you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2009 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, September 11, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

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 2010 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Theda Mickey 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 21, 2009. 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 are due by March 1, 2010. 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 substantial additional fees 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 Chicago area 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 2010 and July 2010 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2010 bar exam must be submitted by September 1, 2009. Applications for the July 2010 bar exam must be submitted by February 1, 2010. You may file a late application for the February bar up to December 31, and for the July bar up to May 31, but 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 Chicago area 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 7, 2009, 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 29, 2009 (the late deadline is October 15).

Joke of the Week. Remember - no matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.


Week of August 31, 2009

General Announcements:

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu).
As you settle into the new semester, we would like to let you know about our preparations in case the H1N1 virus (swine flu) affects you or other members of the Chicago-Kent community. You can find detailed information in our H1N1 FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, our Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5005 so that we can stay in touch with you about coursework and other matters.
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Talk with your health care providers about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu. In particular, if you are at higher risk for flu complications from H1N1, you should consider getting the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. People at higher risk for H1N1 complications include pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes). For more information about priority groups for vaccination, visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/acip.htm.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

Academic Calender Reminder. In observance of Labor Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 7. The building will be closed Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7.

Student Organization Fair. The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 2, from 11:00-1:00 (for day students) and from 4:00-6:00 (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.

New Chicago-Kent Law Review Members.
I'm pleased 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:

Melissa B. Anderson William M. Lopez
Mark M. Berardi Mark L. Mazzone
Patrick M. Bickley Elizabeth A. Meyer
Margaux L. Birdsall Aaron H. Midler
Martina F. Brendel Laura J. Raatjes
Samuel J. Coe Aimee E. Sabolyk
Nicholas G. Cordell Grant S. Shackelford
Ashley E. Crettol Melissa A. Smith
Madeline K. Engel Tanya Kristina Solis
David A. Franklin Keith L. Southam
Stephen J. Gorski Keith R. Syverson
Gregory L. Grattan Elizabeth E. Tempel
Christopher M. Hoffmann Jerry D. Thomas
Karen S. Hwang Stephanie A. Thommes
Katherine C. Jahnke Conor D. Weber
Andrew M. Jung Michael S. Young
Jin-Won Jung Jacqueline R. Zablocki
Brian C. Langs  

Bursar Announcement: New TouchNet Billing Service. Beginning later this semester, IIT will be converting to the TouchNet billing service for student tuition payments. Click here for more information on this new service.

U-Pass and ID Distribution. If you have not yet picked up your U-Pass (for all full-time students) or ID card (if you are a first-year student), they are available in the Registrar's office.

To Entering Students:

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 1, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium) (for day students) and on Wednesday, September 2, 5:00-5:50 pm (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 6, 12:00-1:00pm (Auditorium)
Wednesday, October 7, 5:00-5:50pm (Rm. 590)

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Tuesday, November 3, 12:00-1:00pm (Auditorium)
Wednesday, November 4, 5:00-5:50pm (Rm. 590)

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 emailed invitations to selected students to join these sessions. If you did not receive an invitation and would like to petition to join them, click here for the petition form, which is due to Jenna Abhijeet, our Director of Student Services, no later than Tuesday, September 1. Information about the program and study resources is available on the ASP web site.

To Returning Students:


Spring 2009 CALI Awards. 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 2009 courses are available by clicking here. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award - you should be proud of your achievement.

Spring 2009 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-offs. The class ranks as of the end of the Spring 2009 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 2009" 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. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2009 semester are available by clicking here.

Change in Curve for Upper-Level Elective Courses.
At its May meeting, the faculty voted to change the curve for upper-level elective courses with 40 or more students enrolled from a mandatory curve to a highly recommended curve. This change will take effect with the current Fall 2009 semester.

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).

Tuition Discount for Graduating Students Taking More than 87 Credits. If you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2009 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, September 11, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

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 2010 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Theda Mickey 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 21, 2009. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Language Study at Chicago-Kent: Information Sessions on September 1 & 2. Come hear from Johanna Torres, director of Language Loop, about studying a foreign language this semester. Specific language courses are offered based on demand; payment is made directly to Language Loop, and there is no law school credit involved. The language classes take place here in the Law School building unless other arrangements are made. Information sessions will be held Tuesday, September 1, 12:00-1:00pm in Rm. 547, and Wednesday, September 2, 3:00-4:00pm in Rm. 581. Classes will start the week of September 14 and conclude the week of November 16.

Joke of the Week. If at first you don't succeed - then skydiving probably isn't for you.


Week of August 24, 2009

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 2, from 11:00-1:00 (for day students) and from 4:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited.

New Chicago-Kent Law Review Members.
I'm pleased 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:

Melissa B. Anderson William M. Lopez
Mark M. Berardi Mark L. Mazzone
Patrick M. Bickley Elizabeth A. Meyer
Margaux L. Birdsall Aaron H. Midler
Martina F. Brendel Laura J. Raatjes
Samuel J. Coe Aimee E. Sabolyk
Nicholas G. Cordell Grant S. Shackelford
Ashley E. Crettol Melissa A. Smith
Madeline K. Engel Tanya Kristina Solis
David A. Franklin Keith L. Southam
Stephen J. Gorski Keith R. Syverson
Gregory L. Grattan Elizabeth E. Tempel
Christopher M. Hoffmann Jerry D. Thomas
Karen S. Hwang Stephanie A. Thommes
Katherine C. Jahnke Conor D. Weber
Andrew M. Jung Michael S. Young
Jin-Won Jung Jacqueline R. Zablocki
Brian C. Langs  

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.

Bursar Announcement: New TouchNet Billing Service.
Beginning later this semester, IIT will be converting to the TouchNet billing service for student tuition payments. Click here for more information on this new service.

Notice About Recording of Classes. Please do not record any of your classes without seeking permission through your professor. Under Illinois state law, no recordings may be made without the consent of all of those present.

Disability Resources.
Chicago-Kent College of Law provides individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to participate in law school 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 Jenna Abhijeet, Chicago-Kent's Director of Student Services (6-5005 or jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu or office 310A).

Counseling Services.
IIT's Counseling Center provides counseling services at the Law School by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 808-7132. There is no charge for these counseling services.

Student Health Insurance.
For information about the 2009-2010 student health insurance plan, please see the Student Health Insurance FAQ. If you have any questions or problems with respect to student health insurance, contact Jenna Abhijeet, the Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5005.

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.

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 university e-mail accounts to solicit support or contributions for a candidate; using university funds to purchase tickets for a candidate's fund-raiser; and putting campaign posters on university property. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact Mary Anne Smith, Vice President and General Counsel of IIT, at 312/567-3034.

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

To Entering Students:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Academic Support Program. You received information during Orientation about the Academic Support Program (ASP), which is designed to assist first-year students in developing the skills needed to succeed in law school. One component of the program is weekly small group sessions focusing on skills development in the context of each of your Fall doctrinal courses. We have emailed invitations to selected students to join these sessions. If you did not receive an invitation and would like to petition to join them, click here for the petition form, which is due to Jenna Abhijeet, our Director of Student Services, no later than Tuesday, September 1. Information about the program and study resources is available on the ASP web site.

ID and U-Pass Distribution.
If you have not yet picked up your ID card, you may do so in the Registrar's office on the second floor. You may pick up your U-Pass on Monday, August 24, 11:00-2:00pm in the front lobby. After that, the U-Passes will be available for pick-up 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 24 (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@kentlaw.edu).

Fall 2009 Semester Information.
The Fall 2009 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 '09 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 2009 Term Information page. (Please note: The list of initial assignments has been updated since it was first posted, 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.

Course Information Updates.
Course information updates for Fall 2009 classes are available on the Fall 2009 Term Information page.

Revised Fall Schedule (with Classroom Assignments).
A revised copy of the Fall 2008 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is available on the Fall 2009 Term Information page. (Please note: Some classroom assignments have changed since they were first posted last week, and there may be additional changes prior to the start of classes; please re-check the revised schedule shortly before the start of classes to make sure you have the most current information.) Classroom assignments will also be posted in the front lobby a few days before classes start.

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 2009 Term Information page. Please note: If your section meets at the Daley Center, please be sure to bring your Kent ID card with you, as you may be required to show it before being allowed to enter.

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 2009 exam schedule is available on the Fall 2009 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 for the Fall semester are available on the Fall 2009 Term Information page.

2009-2010 Academic Calendar.
The Academic Calendar for 2009-2010 is linked to this page.

Spring 2010 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2010 semester is available on the Fall 2009 Term Information 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 2009 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:

*
Thursday, August 20, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Friday, August 21, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Monday, August 24, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Front Lobby.

After Monday, August 24, 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 24 (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 2009 CALI Awards. 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 2009 courses are available by clicking here. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award - you should be proud of your achievement.

Spring 2009 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-offs. The class ranks as of the end of the Spring 2009 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 2009" 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. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2009 semester are available by clicking here.

Change in Curve for Upper-Level Elective Courses.
At its May meeting, the faculty voted to change the curve for upper-level elective courses with 40 or more students enrolled from a mandatory curve to a highly recommended curve. This change will take effect with the current Fall 2009 semester.

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).

Tuition Discount for Graduating Students Taking More than 87 Credits. If you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2009 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, September 11, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Language Study at Chicago-Kent: Information Sessions on September 1 & 2. Come hear from Johanna Torres, director of Language Loop, about studying a foreign language this semester. Specific language courses are offered based on demand; payment is made directly to Language Loop, and there is no law school credit involved. The language classes take place here in the Law School building unless other arrangements are made. Information sessions will be held Tuesday, September 1, 12:00-1:00pm in Rm. 547, and Wednesday, September 2, 3:00-4:00pm in Rm. 581. Classes will start the week of September 14 and conclude the week of November 16.

Joke of the Week. A grasshopper goes into a bar.  The bartender says, "hey, do you know we have a drink named after you?"  The grasshopper replies, "why in the world would you name a drink 'Pete'?"

Week of August 17, 2009

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 2, from 11:00-1:00 (for day students) and from 4:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited.

Disability Resources.
Chicago-Kent College of Law provides individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to participate in law school 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 Jenna Abhijeet, Chicago-Kent's Director of Student Services (6-5005 or jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu or office 310A).

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 (320C), or e-mail me (ssowle@kentlaw.edu). 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 registration packets when you arrive. 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 Tuesday, September 1. 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 24 (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@kentlaw.edu).

Fall 2009 Semester Information.
The Fall 2009 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 '09 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 2009 Term Information page. (Please note: The list of initial assignments has been updated since it was first posted, 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 2009 classes are available on the Fall 2009 Term Information page.

Revised Fall Schedule (with Classroom Assignments).
A revised copy of the Fall 2008 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is available on the Fall 2009 Term Information page. (Please note: Some classroom assignments have changed since they were first posted last week, and there may be additional changes prior to the start of classes; please re-check the revised schedule shortly before the start of classes to make sure you have the most current information.) Classroom assignments will also be posted in the front lobby a few days before classes start.

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 2009 Term Information page. Please note: If your section meets at the Daley Center, please be sure to bring your Kent ID card with you, as you may be required to show it before being allowed to enter.

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 2009 exam schedule is available on the Fall 2009 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 for the Fall semester are available on the Fall 2009 Term Information page.

2009-2010 Academic Calendar.
The Academic Calendar for 2009-2010 is linked to this page.

Spring 2010 Preliminary Schedule.
The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2010 semester is available on the Fall 2009 Term Information 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 2009 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:

*Thursday, August 20, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Friday, August 21, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Monday, August 24, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Front Lobby.

After Monday, August 24, 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 24 (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 2009 CALI Awards.
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 2009 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.

Change in Curve for Upper-Level Elective Courses.
At its May meeting, the faculty voted to change the curve for upper-level elective courses with 40 or more students enrolled from a mandatory curve to a highly recommended curve. This change will take effect with the current Fall 2009 semester.

Language Study at Chicago-Kent: Information Sessions on September 1 & 2.
Come hear from Johanna Torres, director of Language Loop, about studying a foreign language this semester. Specific language courses are offered based on demand; payment is made directly to Language Loop, and there is no law school credit involved. The language classes take place here in the Law School building unless other arrangements are made. Information sessions will be held Tuesday, September 1, 12:00-1:00pm in Rm. 547, and Wednesday, September 2, 3:00-4:00pm in Rm. 581. Classes will start the week of September 14 and conclude the week of November 16.

Joke of the Week.
A grasshopper goes into a bar.  The bartender says, "hey, do you know we have a drink named after you?"  The grasshopper replies, "why in the world would you name a drink 'Pete'?"


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