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Week of January 29, 2007
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Adding and Dropping Classes. You may add an open course without special permission through Friday, January 26 (the end of the first week of Spring 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 Friday, February 2 (the end of the second week of classes).

ASP Small Group Sessions. Information about the Academic Support Program, including membership criteria for ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning into the small groups, is linked to this page. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

U-Pass Distribution.
If you have not yet picked up your Spring U-Pass, you may do so from the Registrar's office. For more information on the U-Pass program and which students qualify for participation in the program, see the U-Pass FAQ. If there is no U-Pass for you but you believe you qualify for one, please contact Mindi Mysliwiec (mmysliwiec@kentlaw.edu).

Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer on "Writing for Judges." All first-year students are encouraged to attend a presentation by U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer on the topic “Writing for Judges.” Judge Pallmeyer, who has presided over several notable recent trials, including the trial of Governor George Ryan, will be offering tips and insight about the art of written advocacy, particularly at the trial court level. A question-and-answer session will follow her remarks. The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, January 31, at 3:00pm, in the Auditorium.

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 (Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and all seminars). The Guidelines, which address a variety of issues, including plagiarism, are available by clicking here. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines recently, please do so.

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 http://www.illinoislap.org.

Counseling Services. IIT's Counseling Center will have a staff psychologist at the Law School on Mondays throughout the academic year. She will be available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 808-7132. There is no charge for these counseling services.

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

Joke of the Week. "When I was a kid we made money by going to the houses of people who hadn't shoveled their snow, slipping, and suing them." (Bill Braudis)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Lawyer's Invocation to Spring," by Henry Howard Brownell. (Thanks to Motty Stone for this week's poem.)


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