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Week of September 24, 2007
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Student/Faculty Book Groups. In an effort to facilitate more student/faculty interactions outside the classroom, we are working on several innovative events for the coming school year. The first event will be student/faculty book groups. A number of faculty members have volunteered to host book groups later this semester on a variety of dates and in a variety of locations (including restaurants, coffee shops, their homes, and here at school). All book groups will meet only once and will read the renowned play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. The Crucible is also this year's "One Book, One Chicago" selection, which means that there will be a number of events taking place throughout the city celebrating this work, including a production of the play at Steppenwolf Theatre.

To participate, all you have to do is go to the Student Lounge on the fifth floor and sign up for the group that you would like to attend (the sign-up sheets will be available early in the week of September 24); read the play; and attend the discussion group. Each group will consist of a maximum of eight students and the sponsoring professor, so this is a great way of getting to know faculty outside of the classroom as well as an opportunity to read and discuss a classic American play. We have asked the Bookstore to order copies of the play for purchase. We hope that the book groups will be wonderfully successful and something we can make into a Kent tradition.

Dean's Roundtable Series: Upcoming Events.
The Dean's Roundtable series provides students with the opportunity to meet Chicago-Kent alumni who have pursued careers outside the law. The next two Roundtables will take place on the following dates: Wednesday, October 3, 12:00-1:00pm, with Jonathan Carson, Class of 1997, President and Co-Founder of Kurtzman Carson Consultants in El Segundo, California; and Thursday, October 4, 12:00-1:00pm, with Ward D. Parkinson, Class of 1997, co-founder of Micron Technology Inc. and Ovonyx, Inc. For more information on these Roundtables and how to sign up for them (spaces are limited), see Dean Krent's section of this week's Record.

Summer 2007 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 Summer 2007 courses are available by clicking here. Congratulations to all of you who received the award.

Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms: Event for Minority 1L Students. The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms invites minority 1L students to a program entitled “How to Get the Job You Want After Law School.” The program will include several panelists – partners and associates from law firms in Chicago, as well as a federal judge. The program will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 5:30-7:30pm, at the offices of Wildman Harrold, 225 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3000. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Christina Harris at charris@chicagocommittee.org.

Parking in Front of the Building. If you drive to school and park on the street, you may have noticed that the parking meters in front of the building are now labeled with red "Zone 3" stickers. This is part of a citywide program to indicate the cost of parking by color-coded zone markers. Red "Zone 3" meters indicate that parking costs 25 cents for 15 minutes. Please note that parking in front of the building is prohibited between 4:00 and 6:00pm, Monday through Friday (this is strictly enforced), and that parking is limited to two hours between 8:00 and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, and between 8:00 and 6:00pm on Saturdays.

Joke of the Week. "Probably the toughest time in anyone's life is when you have to murder a loved one because they're the devil. Other than that, it's been a good day." (Emo Philips)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is"An Irish Airman Forsees His Death," by W.B. Yeats.

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