Office of Academic Administration and Student Affairs:
News & announcements from Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle for the week of April 17, 2000

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Academic Calendar Reminder.  All law school classes are canceled on Friday, April 21, for Good Friday.

More CALI Award Winners.  Congratulations to the following students, who received the highest grades in the Fall 1999 courses indicated.  Other CALI Award winners were announced in the April 3 issue of the Record; that list is linked to this page.  All recipients of the award will be invited to the annual Student Awards Luncheon next Fall.  Students' names will appear on the award certificates and in the luncheon program as they appear here.  Please e-mail me if you want to make any changes.

Health Care: Legal and Business Issues (Prof. Becker): Julie A. Burger,
    Cameron H. Goodman, John B. MacIntyre
Legal Rights of Children (Hablutzel, N.):  Frank N. DeBoni
Legal Writing 1 (Gatter): Brett P. Johnson
Legal Writing 1 (Warner, D.): Bradley W. Crawford
Tax-Exempt Organizations (Clark): Mark E. Brabec
Trial Advocacy 1 (McNerney): David S. Olshansky
Trial Advocacy 1 (Rogers): Michael S. Shinsky
Correction:  The wrong name was listed in the April 3 issue of the Record as winning the CALI Award in Suzanne Greene's Legal Writing 1 section.  The actual winners were Jeffrey K. Jacobs and Stephen A. Skardon.

Summer 2000 Registration -- Update.  We continue to experience difficulties in finalizing the summer 2000 schedule -- my apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.  The schedule is almost complete and should be distributed early in the week of April 17 outside the third floor cafeteria.  Registration for summer courses will take place during the week of April 24; the precise dates will be contained in the schedule when it is distributed.  For the first time, we will be conducting summer registration over the Internet.

Fall 2000 Registration.  Registration for Fall 2000 classes will take place at the end of this month.  The preliminary schedule of classes will be distributed during the week of April 24.  As with summer registration, Fall registration will be conducted over the Internet.

Intensive Trial Advocacy.  The law school will offer both an August session and a January session of Intensive Trial Advocacy 1 in the 2000-2001 academic year.  To indicate your interest in enrolling for either session of Intensive Trial Advocacy 1, please submit an Intensive Trial Advocacy Request Form to the Registrar’s office by Wednesday, April 26, 2000.  Forms are available in the Registrar’s office and outside Dean Sowle’s office (Suite 320).  Enrollments are limited, so there is no guarantee that you will be placed in either session.  The names of students selected for each session and the waiting lists will be posted outside the Registrar’s office on Monday, May 1, 2000.

If selected, you should register for the course during the Fall 2000 registration process. Both sessions are considered Fall courses for purposes of tuition and computing the Fall semester grade point averages.  However, the credits will not count as part of your Fall semester course load for purposes of credit hour limitations. Notice to Evening Division students: If Intensive Trial Advocacy brings your total credit hours for the Fall semester to at least 12, you will automatically be billed for student health insurance unless you waive coverage; instructions for waiving coverage will appear in the Fall Registration Bulletin.

Intensive Trial Advocacy 1  – 3 credits 
      Session 1:     Saturday, August 12 - Saturday, August 19, 2000 
      Session 2:     Saturday, January 6 - Saturday, January 13, 2001 
Classes will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day, including the intervening Sunday. Prerequisite: Evidence.  Seats in this course will be allocated as follows: one-third for Evening Division students, one-third for current second-year Day Division students, and one-third for current first-year Day Division students.  If demand exceeds the number of seats available, students will be chosen at random within each category. If you enroll in the course and later decide to drop it, you must notify the Registrar by Friday, May 26, 2000 (Session 1) or Friday, September 8, 2000 (Session 2), or you will be charged full tuition for the course unless another student takes your seat. Please note:  If you enroll in Intensive Trial Advocacy 1, you must enroll in Trial Advocacy 2 in the semester immediately following.

Academic Calendar for 2000-2001.  The Academic Calendar for 2000-2001 is linked to this page.

Teaching Evaluations.  Teaching evaluations will be distributed during the week of April 17 to elicit students' opinions regarding 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 after the grades for the courses are recorded. 

Joke of the Week.  Darth Vader:  LUKE SKYWALKER, I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GETTING FOR CHRISTMAS.  Luke: How do you know?  Darth Vader:  I FELT YOUR PRESENTS.


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