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Office of Academic Administration and Student Affairs

Asst. Dean Stephen Sowle

Week of September 16, 2019

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Fire Safety Reminders. In the event of a fire, it is vital that we clear the building as quickly as possible. Please keep the following in mind:

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 and pack your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you have valuables you do not wish to leave behind, please "grab and go" when you hear the alarm -- 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.

Failure to follow the directions of Law School personnel during an evacuation may result in a disciplinary charge.

Constitution Day Observance. In observance of Constitution Day, there will be a panel discussion on "The Constitution and Political Polarization," featuring Professor Steven Heyman, University Distinguished Professor Mark Rosen, Professor Christopher Schmidt, and Associate Professor Carolyn Shapiro, on Wednesday, September 18, 3:00-4:00pm, in Rm. 590. The event is free and open to the public.

Family and Friends Day. This year's Family and Friends Day program will be held on Saturday, September 28, starting at 9:00 am. The program gives parents, spouses, partners, siblings, children, and other important people in your life the opportunity to visit Chicago-Kent and get a taste of what you are experiencing as a student. The program will include mini-classes taught by Professor Heyman, Judge Erickson and Dean Sowle. We will also have a mock trial demonstration featuring members of our award-winning Trial Team.

The day will start with registration and continental breakfast at 9:00 am and a welcome at 9:30 am from Dean Krug. Mini-classes will be held from 9:45-10:30, followed by the mock trial at 10:45. Students and their guests will break out into mock juries following the trial and will gather again at 12:30 for a discussion of the trial and concluding remarks. Lunch will be provided by the Student Bar Association with some activities from the student organizations.  If you plan to attend, please register here no later than Tuesday, September 24.

Termination of Joint JD/MPH Program. We have been informed by the University of Illinois at Chicago that they are terminating the joint Juris Doctor/Masters in Public Health program with Chicago-Kent and, as a consequence of their merger with John Marshall Law School, with be partnering with John Marshall instead. Students with any questions should contact me.

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent and Other Services. The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) will be holding Fall office hours at Chicago-Kent on the dates listed below. LAP provides free and confidential assistance to members of the Illinois legal community, including students, and can help you with issues of addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, focusing, worries about the character and fitness process, and having a successful first-year transition. Click here for more information about LAP and the services it provides.

The dates for Fall office hours are:

Thursday, September 19
Thursday, October 17
Thursday, November 7
Thursday, December 5

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 660. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment by emailing Jamie Dureno at gethelp@illinoislap.org.

All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of your visit. The LAP clinician will also have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. No member of the Chicago-Kent administration is involved, ensuring absolute confidentiality.

If you are already in recovery, there are regular A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office and a weekly meeting of the Young Attorney and Law Student Support Group. LAP's offices are located at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 450. Call or email the LAP office for more information about these meetings (312-726-6607 or gethelp@illinoislap.org).

Preparing for the Bar: Bar Refresher and Preparation Series. Chicago-Kent will kick of its Bar Refresher and Bar Readiness Series for 3L/4L students with a workshop on Bar Exam Basics on Tuesday, September 17, 12:00-1:15 pm (Rm. 170) (for day students) and on Tuesday, September 24, 5:00-6:00 pm (Rm. 580) (for evening students). Click here for the full list of sessions and workshops for the 2019-2010 academic year. Please contact Prof. Kari Johnson, kjohnson@kentlaw.iit.edu, if you have questions.

Joke of the Week. Charles Dickens walks into a bar and orders a martini. The bartender asks, "Olive or Twist?"

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