of Academic Administration and Student Affairs
Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle
Week of October 22, 2007|
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Change of Division Requests. Students wishing
to request a change of division for the Spring semester (e.g., from evening division
to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should consult the instructions
for doing so on the Registrar's
Record page. Please note: Students may not switch divisions
until they have completed their first year. The request form will be available
beginning Monday, October 22. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday,
November 5, at 5:00 pm.
Dean's Roundtable. Dean Krent invites
students to join him on Thursday, November 1, at 12:00 noon (Rm. 800),
when alumnus Peter J. Birnbaum, Class of 1983, will be our third Dean's Roundtable
speaker. Peter is the President and CEO of Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, a Chicago-based
title insurance company operating in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Lunch will
Spaces at the Roundtable are limited and will be available on
a first-to-respond basis, with preference to J.D. students. If you would like
to attend, you must reserve a spot with Insa Blanke at email@example.com. She
will confirm your registration. Also, please let her know if you have any dietary
Peter Birnbaum began a law student clerkship with Attorneys'
Title in the winter of 1981. He parlayed that experience into a job upon graduation.
During his 26-year tenure he has held the positions of Staff Attorney, Vice President
and General Counsel, and now President and CEO. Under Peter's guidance, Attorneys'
Title has grown to include annual revenues of $29+ million, 250+ employees, and
six thriving subsidiaries. Come hear of his entrepreneurial successes and bumps
in the road.
Illinois Bar Exam: Informational Sessions. We have
just been informed by the Illinois bar examiners that they are changing their
past practice of holding informational sessions for first-year students, and for
third-year and fourth-year students approaching graduation, at each Illinois law
school. Instead, they plan to hold sessions for all Chicago-area law students
on Thursday, January 17, 2008, at the Chicago Wyndham Hotel. You should
plan to attend one of the January 17 sessions if (1) you are a first-year student
and you have questions about the first-year bar registration process, (2) you
are a third-year or fourth-year student planning on taking the July 2008 bar exams
and you have questions about the application process, or (3) you are a student
at any stage of your studies and you have questions about the character and fitness
process. If you would like to attend one of the January 17 sessions, you
must register by October 31; spaces will be filled first-come, first-served. Here
are further details, from the bar examiners' web site:
Thursday, January 17, 2008, IBABY representatives will host important informational
meetings regarding character and fitness and bar examination registration at the
Chicago Wyndham Hotel. All first year law students and all third year applicants
for the July 2008 Illinois bar examinations are invited and encouraged to attend.
These meetings will replace those previously held at individual law schools in
the Chicago area. The meetings will be held in the Grand Ballroom on the second
floor of the Wyndham. The hotel is located at 633 N St Clair, at the intersection
of St Clair and Erie Streets, approximately one block east of North Michigan Avenue.
Three sessions will be held on January 17. The first session will begin at 12:00
noon, the second at 5:00pm, and the third at 7:00pm. [See further
note below.] We will be able to seat several hundred applicants at each session.
fee will be charged, but prompt advance registration is required. Seats at each
session will be filled in the order that emailed requests to attend are received.
On or before October 31, applicants wishing to attend one of the information sessions
on January 17 must email Vanessa King at VKing@ibaby.org or Carrie Heriford
at CHeriford@ibaby.org. Your email must include your full name, the name of
your law school, whether you are a first or third year student, and the hour of
the session you would prefer. The time of the session to which you have been assigned
will be advised by email soon after your request is received. We expect there
will be seats for all who wish to attend. If all 3 sessions fill before the October
31 registration deadline, however, we will arrange one or more additional sessions
on Wednesday, January 16.
have been informed that, although any student may register for any of the three
sessions, the noon and 7:00pm sessions will be geared more towards graduating
students, while the 5:00pm session will be geared more towards first-year students.
archives (the September 10 entry) for details about the application process
for the February 2007 and July 2007 bar exams for graduating students, and the
registration process for first-year students. We recommend that you download and
look over the application and/or registration materials available at http://www.ibaby.org
before the January 17 program.
Flu Shots. The IIT Student Health
Center will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff
on Tuesday, October 23, from 12:00-2:00 pm (Rm. 580) and from 5:00-6:00
pm (Rm. 590). Shots will cost $20, payable by cash or check (made out to Illinois
Institute of Technology).
Performance: "Arson and Lace, A Short
Play About the First Woman Attorney in the State of California." This
play presents dramatizations of the closing arguments in a 19th century arson
prosecution. The performance will take place on Monday, October 22, 5:00-5:50
pm, in the Auditorium.
In 1895 San Francisco, Clara Shortridge Foltz
was appointed to defend an illiterate immigrant charged with arson. The prosecutor
was the famous Col. Thetus Stonehill, a retired Confederate army officer and prominent
trial attorney. He moved to disqualify her even though she had been admitted to
the bar--three times.
Come see and hear the Colonel: "Are we being
honest in saying that this Lady Lawyer is not a distraction to the jury, and to
Come see and hear Ms. Foltz's reply, direct from the transcript:
"Council intimates with a curl on his lip that I am called the Lady Lawyer.
I am sorry I can return the compliment. I never heard anybody call him any kind
of a lawyer at all. [Objections on the grounds of gender, religion or ethnicity]
must hurt the attorneys business and damage their clients, or it must cease. I
prefer that it cease--AND IT SHALL CEASE!"
Witness a fundamental
change in American law. Experience classic legal oration. See the beginnings of
the suffrage movement, and the civil rights movement.
You may be the jury.
You may decide: Are such fundamental changes always fair to every litigant?
Adjunct Professor Todd S. Parkhurst is Col. Thetus Stonehill, CSA,
Nancy Pollock is the famous suffragette Clara Shortridge Foltz.
Stephen Walanka is Judge Martin C. Foley
Adjunct Professor Marshall
Hartman: Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations to Adjunct Professor
Marshall Hartman, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at its annual dinner on Friday, November
Women's Bar Association of Illinois Symposium. WILPOWER,
an affiliate of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois, and several area bar
associations are sponsoring a symposium entitled "Women's Economic Empowerment:
Where Are We Today and What Work Must Be Done?" The symposium will be held
on Wednesday, October 24, 5:15-7:30pm at the Chicago Bar Association headquarters
(321 S. Plymouth Court, 2d floor). All are invited to attend (no RSVP necessary).
of the Week. "An escalator can never break; it can only become stairs.
You would never see an 'Escalator temporarily out of order' sign, just 'Escalator
temporarily stairs. Sorry for the inconvenience.'" (Mitch Hedberg)
Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The
Reflection," by Roald Hoffmann.