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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Weeks of August 28, 2006
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General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 6, from 11:30-1:00 (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: the time for the evening student version was incorrectly listed as 4:00-5:00 when this was first announced - it will be held 5:00-6:00.)

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 2006-2007 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explains how you may request that directory information, including the information published in the Student Directory, not be published or released.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). If you are in recovery for a substance abuse problem, or if you are not in recovery but would like help with a substance abuse problem, consider contacting the Lawyers Assistance Program. This confidential program exists to help lawyers, judges, and law students with alcohol abuse, drug dependency, or mental health problems. If you are already in recovery, there is a weekly A.A. meeting at LAP's Chicago office, Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm, at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 1820. If you would like to be put in contact with other members of the Chicago-Kent community who are in recovery, call Janet Voss, the director of LAP, at 312/726-6607. If you are not in recovery but would like to find out more about what LAP can do for you, call or stop by LAP's office, or go to their web site at

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 (located at the end of 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 (ASP), which is designed to assist first-year students in developing the skills needed to succeed in law school. One component of the program is weekly small group sessions focusing on skills development in the context of each of your Fall doctrinal courses. If you were not invited to join these sessions and would like to petition to join them, click here for the petition form, which is due to me no later than Thursday, September 7. Please see the ASP section of the Record later this week (it has not yet been updated) for more information about the Academic Support Program. Information about the program and study resources is also available on the ASP web site.

ID and U-Pass Distribution. If you have not yet received your ID card, you may do so on Monday, August 28, 11:00-2:00 in the front lobby. After that date, they will be available in the Registrar's office. If you were not able to have your U-Pass made last week, we will email you when your U-Pass arrives. We are awaiting their delivery from the CTA. For more details about the U-Pass program, see our U-Pass FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass web site.

Reminder: Computer Support Not Available for Macintosh, Linux, Windows 95, or Windows 98. We would like to remind all incoming students that (as you were informed over the summer) Chicago-Kent does not provide hardware, software, or official network service support for student laptops running on Macintosh, Linux, Windows 95, or Windows 98. In addition, we do not support any "emulation environments" under any of these platforms.

To Returning Students:

Fall 2006 Semester Information. The Fall 2006 Term Information page has most of the information you will need in advance of the start of the Fall semester - click here, or go to the main Student Portal page and click on the Fall '06 link 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 2006 Term Information page. (Please note: The list of initial assignments has been updated since it was first issued.) Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your Fall courses.

Course Information Updates. Course information updates for Fall 2006 classes are available on the Fall 2006 Term Information page.

Revised Fall Schedule (with Classroom Assignments). A revised copy of the Fall 2006 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is available on the Fall 2006 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 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 2006 exam schedule is available on the Fall 2006 Term Information page. The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. A Final Exam Reschedule Form will be posted later this semester through Web for Students.

Under the new policy adopted by the faculty last December, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if he or she has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

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 2006 Term Information page. If your section meets at the Daley Center, please be sure to bring your Kent ID card with you, as you will be required to show it before being allowed to enter.

Bookstore Hours. The Bookstore's hours for the Fall semester are available on the Fall 2006 Term Information page.

2006-2007 Academic Calendar. The Academic Calendar for 2005-2006 is linked to this page.

Opportunity to take Psychology & Law at UIC. If you are interested in taking Psychology & Law at the University of Illinois, Chicago this Fall, please contact me. The course will be taught by Prof. Bette Bottoms in the UIC Department of Psychology. A limited number of Chicago-Kent students will be permitted to register.

Spring 2007 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2007 semester is linked to this page. Please note: This schedule is only preliminary; there will be additions to the class list and other changes made before the schedule is finalized. The final Spring 2007 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring 2007 classes will also take place.

Distribution of Fall U-Passes, New ID cards, and Perkins Loan Packets.

We will distribute Fall U-Passes, new ID cards for continuing students, and Perkins loan packets at the following time. Please read the additional information below about U-Passes, why we are issuing new ID cards, and the Perkins loan packets. If you miss this distribution time, please pick your U-Pass and/or ID card up in the Registrar's office, and your Perkins loan packet in the Financial Aid office.

Monday, August 28, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Front Lobby.

U-Pass Information: 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 28 (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. If you registered for Fall classes late or do not have a picture in our 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. For more details about the U-Pass program, see our U-Pass FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass web site.

New ID Cards for Continuing Students: Last month, the Law School introduced a new system for managing computer lab printing and Library photocopying services. All students must obtain a new photo ID card in order to use Library photocopying services and/or Law School computer lab printing services. The new system entails two significant changes: (1) The new system uses centrally stored accounts that are linked to your photo ID card. All students will now have a "cash account" into which personal funds may be deposited for use with Library photocopiers or computer lab printers. (2) Law School students will have an additional "printing account" which will be reset to the equivalent of 400 pages of printing at the start of each semester. The print release stations in the Law School computer labs will allow you to choose which account each of your print jobs is charged to.

Perkins Loan Packets: If you are receiving a Perkins loan for the coming academic year, you must pick up a packet containing important information about your loan. The packet also contains forms you must sign and return. If you are unable to pick your packet up during the distribution times listed above, you should pick your packet up in the Financial Aid Office after August 28.

Spring 2006 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 2006 courses are available by clicking here. 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 2006 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs. [This information will be posted shortly.]

London Law Consortium: Brochures Available. 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 2007 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 Tuesday, September 5, 2006. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (; 312/906-5354).

Serve as a Mentor to an International Student. If you are an upper-level student, consider serving as a Chicago Mentor to help orient one of our international LL.M. students to life in Chicago and the U.S. This pilot program matches 2L, 3L, and 4L J.D. students with new LL.M. students. As a Chicago Mentor, you would be available to answer questions about life in Chicago, public transportation, social events, etc. You could even get together with your mentee for lunch, invite him or her to a party at your apartment or home, or take them to a Chicago neighborhood festival.

If you are interested in being a Chicago Mentor, sent an email to Mark Hoffman ( no later than Friday, September 1, with the following information:

- Your name and email address
- Your year at Kent
- If there is a language that you speak/read/write
- If there is a particular country or area of the world that interests you
- Your age and if you are male or female
- What type of law interests you
- What neighborhood in Chicago (or suburbs) you live in
- Anything else that you think would be helpful in matching you with an international student.

Joke of the Week. "Time's fun when you're having flies." (Kermit the Frog).

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph," by Anne Sexton.
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