More CALI Award Winners. Congratulations to the following
students, who received the highest grades in the courses indicated.
Your names will appear on the award certificates and in the program for
the Student Awards Luncheon as they appear below. Please e-mail me
if you want to make any changes.
Spring 1998 Semester
Change to Mandatory Curve for Elective Courses. The following
memorandum was issued on August 26 by Dean Perritt:
Advanced Research (Prof. Livingston): Wendy Butler & Lauren
Insolvency and Reorg. (S. Harris; LL.M.): Robert A. Stearn
Justice & the Legal System (Prof. Nance): Steven Edward
Justice & the Legal System (Prof. Sowle): Jennifer A. Henrikson
1998 Summer Session
Bankruptcy (Prof. Reibman): Matthew D. Sobolewski & Joseph
Negotiations (Prof. Schoenfeld): Timothy J. Vertovec
Personal Income Tax (Prof. Chapman): Jennifer A. Henrikson
Trial Advocacy 1 (Prof. Erickson): Trina Hardman-Burt
"At its first meeting of the year yesterday, the faculty voted
to change the mandatory curve applied to elective courses with 25 or more
students enrolled. These changes will take effect immediately and
thus will apply to Fall 1998 courses.
Enterprising Students Wanted for IIT Interprofessional Projects (IPRO's).
IIT has pioneered in offering undergraduate students experience working
in team projects to explore solutions for problems provided by industry.
The projects vary widely. Teams recently have explored how to plan
for a new Chicago Bears stadium; whether computer simulations can be designed
for easy use in criminal trials; how to create more efficient patient monitoring
devices; and the legal dimensions of using solar panel advertising on IIT
property. Please see Prof. Krent (Room 735) if you are interested
in working on an IPRO this semester. Academic credit is available.
"The existing curve required professors to stay within specified ranges
for each grade
increment (A, A-, B+, etc.) and also placed limits on the numbers of
grades given cumulatively. The faculty has eliminated all of the
"range" requirements for the various grade increments and all but three
of the "cumulative" limits. The following are the cumulative limits
A- maximum of 30%
B+ maximum of 50%
B- maximum of 85%
"Thus, for example, a professor may give, cumulatively, no more than
50% A's, A-'s, and B+'s. One consequence of this is that professors
are no longer limited to giving a maximum of 15% A's, but may allocate
the highest grades as he or she sees fit between A and A-.
"The primary effect of these changes will be to give professors greater
assigning the grades they believe are deserved. There has been
mounting concern among many faculty members that the existing curve often
forced them to give higher grades than were warranted based on the merits
of the exams. The changes described above help to address that concern
by giving professors greater latitude in assigning grades that accurately
reflect the quality of the work.
"I believe that these changes will give more meaning to your grades,
because they will not reflect the artificial inflationary effects sometimes
caused by the existing curve. As some of you may know, a survey of
law school grades was recently published in the National Jurist.
The data indicated that, among the schools included in the survey, Chicago-Kent
had worse grade inflation than all but three other law schools. Such
an impression hurts our graduates by inviting skepticism about honor grades
received by Chicago-Kent students.
"The faculty will be addressing a range of academic issues this year,
including the grading system, and additional refinements to the mandatory
curve may be forthcoming. I welcome your thoughts and recommendations
as we proceed."
Spring 1998 Grade Distributions. The grade distributions
for Spring 1998 courses are linked
to this page. Copies of the grade distributions are also posted on
the second floor bulletin board.
Academic Calendar Reminder. In observance of Labor Day,
there will be no classes on Saturday, September 5 or Monday, September
Faculty/Staff Team Prevails in Softball Game Against Students.
In an impressive display of athletic acumen, the faculty/staff team defeated
the student team by a score of 6 to 5 in the recent softball game sponsored
by the Student Bar Association. As a member of the prevailing team,
however, I feel obliged to acknowledge the important assistance provided
by several students, who graciously agreed to play for the faculty/staff
team upon discovering that there were too few faculty and staff members
present to field a team. There is no truth to the rumor that the
margin of victory was provided by a well-timed threat from one of the faculty
players to "flunk, flunk, flunk, ha-ha-ha" several members of the student