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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of October 10, 2005
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Academic Calendar Reminder. Due to a religious holiday, classes starting 4:00 and later are canceled on Wednesday, October 12, and all classes are canceled on Thursday, October 13.

Fire Drill. We would like to thank students, faculty, and staff for their cooperation with the recent fire drill. We were pleased with how the drill went, but would like to pass along a few reminders:

*Please use the nearest staircase to exit the building -- do not use the elevators.

*Please do not take time to gather up your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you feel that you must take any valuables with you, please "grab and go" -- do not waste precious seconds or minutes powering down your laptop computer or packing up your belongings.

*Once you exit the building, please move eastward down the sidewalk (toward the lake) so that you will be out of harm's way if any windows shatter. For your safety, please do not cross the street or step into traffic.

Trial Team Tryouts. I have been informed that tryouts for the Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team have been rescheduled to November 1 (from October 11). Details should appear in my section of the Record approximately two weeks before that date.

U.S. District Court: "Courtroom as Classroom" Program.
The United States District Court is offering a program, "The Courtroom as Classroom," for Chicago-Kent students on Monday, October 24, 4:00-5:30 pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Denise Lang (DLANG) so that we can provide a rough estimate of attendance to the District Court. Although the program is open to all students, first-year students are particularly encouraged to attend. The program provides an introduction to federal court practice and procedures. Each law school in the district is given its own day to send students to hear from a variety of speakers drawn as much as possible from graduates of the law school. Speakers typicially include a U.S.District Judge; U.S. Magistrate Judge; U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge; Assistant U.S. Attorney; and Federal Defender Program Staff Attorney.

The program will be held in the Parsons Memorial Courtroom, Rm. 2525, on the 25th Floor of the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 South Dearborn Street. The Dirksen Building is within walking distance; transportation will not be provided. (Walk east on Adams Street to Dearborn Street; the Dirksen Building is on the southeast corner of Adams and Dearborn.) You should plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early, as it can take time to get through the security checkpoint. You should then proceed directly to the 25th Floor. Please bring a photo ID with you, but do not bring cameras or any personal protection devices (weapons, pocket knives, pepper spray, etc.).

London Law Consortium: Spaces Still Available. I have been informed that there are still spaces available in the London Law Consoritum program for the Spring 2006 semester. If you are interested in applying, please contact me as soon as possible. For details about the program, see my Record archives (scroll down to the August 29, 2005 entry).

Joke of the Week. "The Miranda rights, as I see them: You have the right to remain silent, and to wear bananas on your head." (Joy Behar) [If you're too young to get this, do a Google image search of "Carmen Miranda."]

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," by Dylan Thomas.


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