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Week of August 25, 2003

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General Announcements:

Academic Calendar Reminder:
In observance of Labor Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 1.

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 26, from 12:00-2:00 (for day students) and from 5:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited. (Please note: For students participating in the on-campus interviewing program, there is a mandatory meeting from 12:00-1:10 on August 26. You will have time to attend the program and still participate in the Fair.)

New Chicago-Kent Master Calendar. A new Master Calendar for the Law School was launched over the summer. The site is linked to this page; 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, and Student Calendar. You can view events in calendar or list format; by day, week, month, or year; and may look at one specific kind of calendar or all calendars together.

CTA U-Pass Program. As announced last Spring, Chicago-Kent has joined the Chicago Transit Authority's U-Pass program. U-Pass cards for the Fall semester are now available from Denise Lang outside my office (Suite 320C). The U-Pass is a discount fare card allowing unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains. The U-Pass also qualifies holders for discounts of up to 50% at over 750 merchants throughout Chicago. Participating merchants include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Steppenwolf Theatre, museums, dry cleaners, restaurants, and comedy clubs. All full-time students will receive a U-Pass card valid from August 25 (the first day of classes) through December 20 (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, visit the CTA's U-Pass web site.

Health Insurance Deadline. Continuing students who were enrolled in the university's student health insurance program last year and who are currently enrolled for 12 or more credit hours, and new students enrolled for 12 or more credit hours, will be automatically enrolled in the basic health plan for the 2003-2004 academic year, unless they have waived coverage by submitting the proper forms. The deadline for waiving coverage is September 3, 2003. If you are enrolled for fewer than 12 hours and wish to elect coverage, or if you would like to upgrade your coverage from the basic plan to the comprehensive plan, the deadline is also September 3. For details about waiving coverage, about electing coverage, and about the difference between the basic and comprehensive plans, please visit the Counseling and Health Services Office website at If you have questions, please call 312/808-7100.

Notice to Evening Division students: If registering for Intensive Trial Advocacy brings your total credit hours for the Fall semester to at least 12 hours, you will automatically be billed for health insurance unless you waive coverage.

Furniture in the Classrooms. 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.

Award to Tarek Fadel. I'm pleased to announce that Tarek Fadel, the 2002-2003 president of the Chicago-Kent Student Bar Association, was recently awarded the National Achievement Award for SBA President of the Year at the ABA Law Student Division Annual Meeting in San Francisco. As the winner of this award, Tarek was invited as a guest panelist to provide ideas and advice to SBA presidents and ABA student representatives from across the country. The Chicago-Kent student newspaper, the Commentator, was also nominated for three awards. Congratulations to Tarek for this achievement, and to the Commentator.

To Entering Students:

Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. Please take time to review the Student Handbook, including the Chicago-Kent Code of Conduct, included in 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

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?

ASP Program on Class Preparation & Socratic Method. On Wednesday, August 27, the Academic Support Program will present a program on how to prepare for class effectively and how to get the most out of the Socratic Method used by most of your professors. The program will be held in the Auditorium from 4:00-5:00 pm. All students are invited to attend. If you are unable to attend but would like to see a videotape of the program, contact Dean Sowle. Hold the dates: The ASP program will also present a programs on Outlining Your Courses (October 1), and Preparting for and Taking Exams (November 12). Details will be announced closer to those dates.

To Returning Students:

Initial Reading Assignments. Initial reading assignments for many Fall semester courses are linked to the Student Portal Page, along with other information you will find useful as the new school year starts (including links to the 2003-2004 Academic Calendar, the bookstore's hours, Trial Advocacy section assignments, the Fall final exam schedule, and changes to the Fall class schedule).

Fall Course Information -- Updates. A list of all changes to the Fall 2003 class schedule since the Fall Registration Bulletin was issued is linked to this page. I would like to highlight three new additions to the Fall schedule:

Intellectual Property Patent Clinic. This new clinical program will be supervised by Adjunct Professor Robert Barrett; it will meet Mondays, 4:00-5:50 pm. See the list of Fall schedule changes for a description of the clinic. Three credits.

Lobbying for the Polish Community. Under the guidance of the Polish-American lawyer Christopher Kurczaba, students will research and prepare to lobby Washington legislators. There is a possibility of a trip to Washington D.C. for some students. The course will meet Tuesday at 3:00 pm, or at a time to be announced. Contact Professor Warner (312/906-5340; e-mail: RWARNER) for more information. One credit.

Building an Online Political Website. This project will be supervised by Dean Krent and Professor Warner. Contact Professor Warner (312/906-5340; e-mail: RWARNER) for more information. One credit.

In addition, the 431-018 section of Legal Writing 3 has been canceled since the initial list of schedule changes was issued earlier this month; and Prof. Dinwoodie's Trademarks class will have a take-home rather than scheduled exam.

Fall Classroom Assignments.
A revised copy of the Fall 2003 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is linked to this page. Classroom assignments are also posted in the front lobby.

Fall Exam Schedule. A copy of the Fall 2003 exam schedule is linked to this page. The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled, even if you have two exams in a row, or one at 6:00 p.m. and another at 8:30 a.m. the next morning. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively (which rarely happens) or two exams scheduled at the same time. Please note that you are permitted to register for courses with exams scheduled at the same time; one exam will be rescheduled for you. If you believe you have an exam conflict or other circumstance justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please contact Jamie Lake, the Director of Student Services (312/906-5247; e-mail: JLAKE).

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.

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 linked to this page.

Courses Likely to be Offered in Spring 2004 Semester. A list of courses likely to be offered in the Spring semester is listed on pages 13-15 of the Fall Registration Bulletin. Please keep in mind that this list is preliminary and subject to change.

Notice About Upper-Level Legal Writing Courses. Please review the following provisions, which address the Legal Writing 4 equivalents for students enrolled in Law Review, Appellate Advocacy, Pretrial Litigation, or Judicial Externship.

*Third-year students enrolled in Appellate Advocacy should register for the two-credit version of the course (not the new three-credit version).

*Second-year students enrolled in Pretrial Litigation and Appellate Advocacy should also register for the two-credit version of Appellate Advocacy; they will satisfy the Legal Writing 4 equivalency in Pretrial Litigation.

*Second-year students who receive credit for Law Review and are enrolled in Appellate Advocacy should register for the three-credit version of Appellate Advocacy, and should inform Ryan Liebl on the Law Review staff that they are fulfilling the Legal Writing 4 equivalency through Appellate Advocacy (these students will be excused from the Law Review research training sessions).

*Second-year students who are doing Judicial Externships and are also enrolled in Appellate Advocacy should register for the three-credit version of Appellate Advocacy.

*Second-year students who are doing Judicial Externships, and who are not receiving credit for Law Review, Appellate Advocacy, or Pretrial Litigation, should join the Law Review’s research training sessions (meeting Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00) if they want to fulfill the Legal Writing 4 requirement through an equivalent.

CALI Award Winners for Spring 2003. 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 most Spring 2003 courses are linked to this page. If a section or a course is not listed, that means we have not yet received the name of the award recipient from the instructor; they will be published in a later issue of the Record. Congratulations to all of you who received the award -- you should be proud of your achievement. We will hold a Student Awards Luncheon during the Fall semester to recognize the CALI winners fromthe 2002-2003 academic year.

Grade Distributions for Spring 2003. The grade distributions for Spring 2003 courses are linked to this page.

Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs for Spring 2003. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2003 semester are linked to this page.

London Law Consoritum Program. 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 2004 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Denise Lang outside my office (Suite 320C). Spaces in the program will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We must submit to the program administrators completed applications from all of our participating students no later than Friday, September 12, 2003. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (; 312/906-5354).

Joke of the week. A young man facing a murder charge decided to bribe a kindly-looking juror to hold out for a manslaughter verdict. After a long trial and and even longer jury deliberation, the jury indeed returned a verdict of manslaughter. Before being led off to prison, the young man had a moment to talk with the juror he'd bribed. "Thank you so much," he said. "How did you do it?" The juror replied, "it wasn't easy. They all wanted to acquit you!"

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