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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 be served.

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 She will confirm your registration. Also, please let her know if you have any dietary restrictions.

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:

On 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.

No 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 or Carrie Heriford at 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.

I 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.

See my Record 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 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 justice?"

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, Ret.
Nancy Pollock is the famous suffragette Clara Shortridge Foltz.
Attorney 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 2, 2007.

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).

Joke 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.

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