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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of August 15, 2005
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General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Monday, August 29, 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.

To Entering Students:

Welcome to Chicago-Kent!
For those of you starting your first year, you chose a terrific law school and we are pleased that you are joining our community. You have an exciting several years ahead of you.

What My Office Does. In my capacity as Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs, I have responsibility for a number of areas that affect your life as a student. I supervise the Registrar's office on scheduling your courses, administering your exams, and maintaining your academic records. I oversee the Student Services office on Orientation, academic and personal counseling of students, and applying the school's academic regulations. More generally, my job is to make sure that your life at the Law School remains as free from administrative hassles as possible. If you think I can be of help, please call me (906-5282), come by my office (Suite 320C), or e-mail me (SSOWLE). If I'm not the right person to help you, I should be able to point you in the right direction. My door is open without appointment, so long as I am not otherwise occupied when you drop by.

Orientation Week. The final schedule for Orientation week will be distributed in the packets you receive when you arrive on August 15. In addition, the Admissions Office has created a special web site for entering students with links to lots of useful information. (A password is required for access to this site; contact the Office of Admissions if you don't have a password.)

Academic Support Program. You will receive information during Orientation about the Academic Support Program, which is designed to assist first-year students in developing the skills needed to succeed in law school. Please see the Academic Support Program section of the Record later this week (it has not yet been updated) for more information about the Academic Support Program, including membership criteria for ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning into the small groups. Information about the program and study resources is also available on the ASP web site.

CTA U-Pass Program. Chicago-Kent is a participant in the Chicago Transit Authority's U-Pass program. 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. All full-time day students will be issued a U-Pass card valid from August 22 (the first day of classes) through December 21 (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, see our U-Pass FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass web site. We will also distribute informational brochures along with the U-Pass cards. Details about when and how the cards will be distributed to first-year students will be sent by e-mail, and will appear in next week's Record.

To Returning Students:

Welcome Back! I hope you had an enjoyable summer and that you have a successful and productive year. If you would like to see me with a question, problem, or suggestion, please call me (906-5282), come by my office (Suite 320C), or e-mail me (SSOWLE).

Fall 2005 Semester Information. The Fall 2005 Term Information page has most of the information you will need in advance of the start of the Fall semester. (Permanent links for term information pages appear on the Student Portal page, under "Academic term information.") Print copies of many of the documents described below are available outside the third floor cafeteria.

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester are available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page. (Please note: The list of initial assignments has been updated since it was first posted last week, and may be updated again if we receive additional assignments.) If you have not yet returned to school, you may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials for you until you arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore or call 312/906-5605. In addition, you may order your course materials over the Internet by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Student Portal page.

Course Information Updates. Cours information updates for Fall 2005 classes are available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page. (Please note: This document has been updated since it was first posted last week, and further changes may be made before the start of Fall classes). A revised version of the Fall class schedule incorporating these changes, as well as revised course and exam grids, are available outside the third floor cafeteria; online versions are available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page.

Revised Fall Schedule (with Classroom Assignments). A revised copy of the Fall 2005 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page. Classroom assignments will also be posted in the front lobby later this week.

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.

Exam Schedule. A copy of the Fall 2005 exam schedule is available on the Fall 2005 Term Information 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).

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 available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page.

Bookstore Hours. The Bookstore's hours for the Fall semester are available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page.

2005-2006 Academic Calendar. The Academic Calendar for 2005-2006 is linked to this page.

Appellate Courts & Procedure: Consider Taking This Fall Course. (A notice from Prof. Steinman.) All through law school you read appellate court decisions, and perhaps you plan to litigate. How much do you know about appellate review? about who can appeal, when, where, and how? about the scope of review available before final judgment? Do you understand what the various standards of review really mean, and what standard the courts will apply to what issues? Are you sure of the degree to which the trial court record and the issues you've raised or failed to raise in the trial court limit what you can argue on appeal? Have you pondered when appellate courts feel free to make new law and when they leave law making to legislatures? or the role of intermediate appellate courts in lawmaking? Have you considered how the volume of litigation has altered how appellate courts operate (their internal procedures, their use of staff, the very structure of appellate court systems), and the implications of those changes for how appellate counsel must work? Do you know much about U.S. Supreme Court jurisdiction and certiorari policy, or the role of amicus curiae? If these questions interest you, consider taking Appellate Courts and Procedure, MWTh 9:35-10:30 am. We'll be using brand new materials by Meador, Baker, & Steinman.

Legal, Ethical & Political Issues in Business: Cross-Listed Course. This course is being offered by the Stuart Graduate School of Business and is open to upper-level law students. It will meet Fridays, 6:00-9:15 pm, and will be taught by Sharon O'Bryan, President and CEO of O'Bryan Advisory Services, Inc. The Stuart School course number is MGT 556-077. The course will meet on the Stuart School's calendar (Fall quarter). If you are interested in this course, please contact Dean Sowle.

Spring 2006 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2006 semester is linked to this page. Please note: This schedule is only preliminary; there will be additions to the class list (in particular, we anticipate adding several seminars) and other changes made before the schedule is finalized. The final Spring 2006 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring 2006 classes will also take place.

At this point, we anticipate adding the following courses to the preliminary Spring schedule: Federal Courts (in the day); and Nonprofit Law (in a 4:00 slot).

U-Pass Distribution. All full-time day students (determined by your official division status, not by the number of credit hours you take in a particular semester) will be issued a U-Pass card valid from August 22 (the first day of classes) through December 21 (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. For more details about the U-Pass program, see our U-Pass FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass web site. Distribution of Fall 2005 U-Passes to continuing students will take place on the following dates:

*Wednesday, August 17, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Friday, August 19, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Monday, August 22, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Front Lobby.

If you registered for Fall classes late or do not have a picture in the ID system, we will not have a U-Pass for you. Please let us know that you qualify for a U-Pass and, after we confirm your status, we will order one for you.

Spring 2005 CALI Award Winners. 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 Spring 2005 courses are linked to this page. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

London Law Consortium 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 2006 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 2, 2005. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Joke of the week. In honor of our new Legislative Process course, here are a few "dumb laws" on the books in Illinois (according to the Dumb Laws web site):

*You may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least one dollar bill on your person.

*You must contact the police before entering the city in an automobile.

*You may not eat in a place that is on fire (Chicago only).

(I suspect some of these laws could be challenged on grounds of desuetude.)

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