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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of August 22, 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.

Chicago-Kent Master Calendar. The Chicago-Kent Master Calendar 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, Student Administrative Calendar, and Student Organizations 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.

Student Health Insurance. For information about the 2005-2006 student health insurance plan, please see the Student Services section of this week's Record, and the Student Health Insurance FAQ.

FERPA Rights and Notification of Access to Education Records. The Student Handbook outlines student rights and responsibitilies regarding access to educational records. Please review sections 14.4 and 14.5, which are linked to this page. Please pay particular attention to section 14.5, which lists the types of information that Chicago-Kent classifies as "directory information," which Chicago-Kent may release at its discretion, and the information published in the online Student Directory (available only to members of the Chicago-Kent community). Section 14.5 also explains how you may request that directory information, including the information published in the Student Directory, not be published or released.

Notice to Students in Substance Abuse Recovery (or who want to be). [

Reminder About IIT's Political Activity Policy. IITís General Counsel would like to remind employees and students of the universityís 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 IITís 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, please contact Mary Anne Smith, Vice President and General Counsel of IIT, at 312/567-3034.

Furniture in the Classroom. 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.

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?

Academic Support Program. You received 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 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.

U-Pass and ID Distribution. U-Passes and ID cards will be distributed on Monday, August 22, 11:00-2:00 in the main lobby. For more details about the U-Pass program, 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.

To Returning Students:

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.)

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.) 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.

New Family Law Program. [Information about this new program will be posted shortly.]

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 ß 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.

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. The remaining distribution date for Fall U-Passes is:

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.

Spring 2005 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs. [This information will be posted shortly.]

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 (; 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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