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Week of September 1, 2003

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

CTA U-Pass Program. If you are a full-time student and have not yet picked up your U-Pass for the Fall semester, please do so as soon as possible. The passes are available from Denise Lang outside my office (Suite 320C). Details about the U-Pass program were included in last week's Record (click on the archive link above).

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.

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

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 (Advanced Research, Legal Drafting, Research/Drafting combined sections, Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and all seminars). The Guidelines, which address a variety of issues, including plagiarism, are linked to this page. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines recently, please do so.

Chicago-Kent Law Review: Updated List of New 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, or their successful participation in this summer's write-on competition. I hope you will take the opportunity to congratulate the students you know.
Michelle L. Albrecht Aaron J. Marcus
Ryan D. Andrews Rayna M. Matczak
Matthew A. Argenti Michael P. Matesky II
Carson C. Block Calista J. Mitchell
John K. Burnett III Tonya G. Newman
Antonio Caldarone Gerard M. Nussbaum
Lindsey A. Daggett Maria Pellegrino
David J. Gonen Sharyn M. Procaccio
Shahid U. Haque Steven M. Richart
Katherine M. Hausrath David E. Robin
Sarah P. Herlihy Kristin J. Rosella
Joseph H. Herron Hart L. Rosenblatt
Bradley C. Johnson Kristin Rylko
Christopher M. Kaiser Heather L. Sauber
Jessica C. Kaiser Michael J. Van Riper
Steven L. Lezell Kirsten K. Wendela
David K. Lutz  

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 must be postmarked by March 1, 2004. 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 a late fee of $350 imposed on those who register at any point after March 1 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.

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 2004 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2004 Illinois bar exam must be postmarked by February 1, 2004. 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 by February 1. If you did not register during your first year, you will need a separate set of application materials, which contains both the registration application and the final application. Please be sure that you obtain the correct materials. 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 May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation so that we will know you plan to graduate in 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.

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 the equivalent of two full academic years of law school, i.e., after you have completed two-thirds of the academic requirements for the J.D. degree. Applications for the next exam, on March 8, 2003, are available in the Registrar's office. The deadline for applying for the March exam is February3, 2004 (the late deadline is February 19).

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 IIT 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, contact Mary Anne Smith, Vice President and General Counsel of IIT, at 312/567-3034.

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


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